Self-drive through Namibia and Botswana – the details

This post is mostly so that we can remember how we did things next time we plan a trip like this. But it might be useful to someone planning something similar or interesting if you like the practical stuff. It contains some detail on our equipment and our final detailed itinerary as well as an awards section and complete sightings lists.

Our trusty steed

Total distance travelled 12 477km

Days 73

Bird count 285

Number of leopards 9

Number of times rescued by a Toyota 1

 

Vehicle and equipment

Our trusty steed is a 2014 Landrover Discovery 4 SE. We added a snorkel, underbody protection and a C-tech dual battery system which enables you to have power when the car is stopped without running down your main battery. The vehicle modifications were expertly done by Karl at BRS Offroad (http://brsoffroad.co.za). We changed our tyres to Goodyear Duratraks. The Landy’s suspension compressor broke in Namibia but Landrover Assist were great and fixed it in a few days while we drove a Toyota they rented for us. The Discovery is fantastic both off-road and on and we are very happy with it.

Massive thanks to Sean, John, Liz, Rogan, Jules, Dave, Lyn, Erol, Etienne, Stephan and everyone else who lent us gear (or offered to) and gave us advice. We ended up borrowing a fair bit which made a big difference cost wise. Big thanks also to Sean and team at the Landrover Experience in Kyalami for lots of advice and assistance – if you’re looking to do any kind of 4×4 course, we highly recommend them (http://www.4x4experience.co.za)

On the roof we have a Land Rover roof rack with a second spare wheel, 80 liters of diesel in jerry cans (in Frontrunner brackets) and some sand tracks in case we got stuck (and to make the car look cool). Other recovery gear includes full towing kit, a compressor, a balloon jack, a tyre repair kit, a fire extinguisher, satellite phone and various minor spares like fuses and oil. We only used the sand tracks (and only once) but we’re still glad about bringing everything else. We came close to needing the fuel. We have a great automatic siphon hose which enables you to fill the tank from the jerry cans without having do any sucking.

For refrigeration, we have a small 40L fridge which can be set to operate as a freezer when we need it (which ended up being seldom). In places with no electricity we have found it better to limit how much meat we have and use it as a fridge rather. We really struggled with things spilling in the fridge, especially on roads with corrugations. You need to ziplock bag everything! We transfer ice bricks or purchased ice (preferably one big block) into a Coleman Extreme 28L cooler box and use that as a fridge or beer cooler. The Landrover fridge in the centre consol fits 4 long tom (440ml cans) beers which is very handy. For water we have two 27 liter collapsible bags from Frontrunner and a 5 liter plastic bottle that we can refill. Everywhere we have been had water suitable for washing and many places had potable water (although sometimes a bit salty).

We used a Garmin loaded with the Tracks4Africa maps with the paper maps and guide books as back up. We found that it was better to plan some of the more out-of-the-way routes using Basecamp on a computer and then upload them because the navigation software sometimes refuses to use certain roads. We used an app called maps.me extensively as well, and in some areas especially in Botswana we found it more detailed than Tracks4Africa.

Our tent is a OzTrail Fastframe 240 which is incredibly easy to erect and disassemble and has only given us trouble once in extremely strong wind. We couldn’t do without a large mesh groundsheet to keep the dust out, two tables and our amazing collapsible Frontrunner chairs. We sleep on Thermarests with a layer of foam mats underneath – these have proved very useful for putting things on, sitting on and stopping rattling in the car.

Some other very useful items:

– MSR Dragonfly stove which can run on benzene, paraffin, petrol or diesel. Very efficient and fast, especially when running on benzene (aka Coleman Fuel aka naphta). We did the whole trip on 1.5 litres of benzene although we did have small (and excellent) Camping Gaz stove for boiling water in the early morning before a game drive.

– Collapsible washing up bucket

– Braai grid with adjustable stand

– Universal sink plug (so many basins don’t have plugs for washing up)

– Small adjustable solar lanterns which can be wall or solar charged and also take batteries. We loved being able to adjust the light intensity, especially when there were moths about.

– Bundu Booze box which is an ammo crate with special inserts to carry wine (http://iqudu.co.za/product/bundu-booze-box-inserts/)

– Aeropress coffee press, Minipresso machine and Porlex Mini hand coffee grinder

– Inverter for charging camera batteries from the car battery (we didn’t actually need this, but mostly due to luck)

– Shovel and rope

– Spare tent pegs

– Storage net which hangs behind the front seats from the headrests and is great for loose items like maps, cameras etc. we may keep this in the car when we get home.

– Teflon grill sheet for braaing on dirty braai grids

– Converter plug for converting standard three prong SA cables to the weird camping plugs used in South African camp sites

 

Things we brought and never used or wouldn’t bring again:

– Potjie pot – it’s heavy and bulky and we didn’t use it much

– Freezable ice bricks – we just didn’t use the freezer often enough

– Too much food – you can buy supplies very easily, and there were quite a few items (e.g. tomato sauce that we would have liked to have in smaller quantities)

– Dave says that the champagne glasses were excessive. Anne says that is crazy talk.

– Sugar – we don’t use sugar at home, why did we bring it on holiday? More detail on our cooking here https://myverylongweekend.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/5-tips-for-gourmet-camping/

– Sand tent pegs

– A tarpaulin plus poles – it wasn’t hot enough or rainy enough to need it.

A lot of our stuff is packed in ammo crates. We have one everyday crate that we almost always take out regardless of where we stay and two others containing cooking equipment and cutlery/crockery which we only take out when camping. The everyday crate contains coffee making stuff, sharp knives, cutting board, washing up and laundry stuff, salt, pepper, oil, chilli sauce, bug spray (skin and room), Tabard candle (not at all convinced this does anything), braai tongs, firelighters and matches. The food and booze boxes as well as the cooler and fridge stay in the car.

Our detailed itinerary with comments

Natal midlands 3 nights  Beaconvlei guest farm

Wild coast 6 nights private house at Lupatana camp – highlight

Eastern Cape mountains 1 night Tenahead lodge (luxury) – long drive from Lupatana

Kimberley 1 night 278 on Main – long drive from Tenahead

Augrabies 2 nights SANParks rest camp

Kgalagadi 1 night Kgalagadi lodge

Kgalagadi 1 night Twee Rivieren (camping) – would have preferred 2 nights at Kgalagadi lodge

Kgalagadi 1 night Bitterpan – highlight

Kgalagadi 2 nights Mata Mata (camping)

Windhoek 1 night AirBnB

Spitzkoppe 1 night Spitzkoppe rest camp (camping) – 2 nights would have been nice but too windy

Uis 1 night Brandberg rest camp – nothing wrong with it, but would rather have stayed at Spitzkoppe

Damaraland 3 nights Desert Rhino Camp (luxury)  – highlight

Damaraland 1 night Damaraland Camp (luxury)

Damaraland 1 night Palmwag lodge (camping) – good alternative to the luxury Damaraland options

Kaokoland 1 night Puros Ngatutanga (camping) – would have liked to continue further north towards the Marienfluss and seen some of the Skeleton Coast area

Opuwo 1 night Opuwo country hotel

Epupa falls 2 nights Epupa Falls Lodge (camping)

Kunene river 3 nights Kunene River Lodge (camping) – highlight

Kamanjab 1 night Oppi Koppi rest camp – good place for provisions, not really necessary to stay over

Etosha 2 nights Olifantsrus (camping) – highlight

Etosha 1 night Okakeujo (camping) – good game but terrible campsite

Etosha 1 night Halali

Etosha 2 nights Namutoni (camping)

Waterberg 2 nights Waterberg Plateau Campsite (camping) – highlight

Grootfontein 1 night Roy’s rest camp – very good stopover option, great food

Zambezi / Caprivi 3 nights Ngepi camp – highlight

Zambezi / Caprivi 2 nights Nambwa community campsite (camping) – highlight

Kasane 3 nights Senyati Safari lodge (camping) – would have preferred 1 night here for the river cruise and 2 nights at Ihaha, sorry to miss the Savuti

Pandamatenga 1 night Touch of Africa – wasn’t really a necessary stop but we had time to kill and enjoyed it, potentially a good stop en route Chobe in the other direction

Makgadikgadi 2 nights Planet Baobab (camping) – no diesel at Gweta

Makgadikgadi 2 nights Khumaga (camping)

Okavango Delta 3 nights Kwetsani camp (luxury) – highlight

Maun 1 night Old Bridge backpackers

Moremi area 1 night Mankwe (camping) – would have preferred 3 nights (at least) in the Moremi (preferably Xakanaxa)

Moremi 2 nights South Gate (camping) – highlight

Serowe 2 nights Khama Rhino Sanctuary (camping) – long drive from Moremi

Tuli 3 nights Tuli Trails (luxury) – highlight

Mapungubwe 2 nights Leokwe camp

Kruger area 3 nights Pafuri Walking safari

 

Total 73 nights of which 32 camping and 11 luxury

 

And the awards go to…

 

Best campsite:

Kunene river lodge in the Kaokoland

Owner-run, campsites right on the river, gorgeous deck for sunset, plenty to do including great river rafting and incredible birding

Runner up is Nambwa Community Campsite in Caprivi / Zambezi for amazing, relaxed wildlife and stunning location.

 

Best luxury lodge:

Kwetsani camp in the Delta

Perfect in every way, food, guides, rooms, location, activities all wonderful

Runner up goes to Desert Rhino Camp for their wonderful, warm and welcoming team of staff members.

 

Best chalet, mid-range lodge or self catering:

Bitterpan in the Kgalagadi

Utterly isolated, incredible sunsets, breakfast lions.

Runner up goes to the outrageous tree house 5 and a half at Ngepi camp in Caprivi / Zambezi. Because wow.

 

Best meal:

We had a wonderful dinner at Roy’s rest camp – simple, home style and delicious. Top marks.

Runner up goes to Damaraland camp for a spectacular open-air mountain-top breakfast en route to the desert elephants.

 

Honorable mention:

Tuli Trails does not really fit into any of these categories but we loved every minute of our time with them. Beautiful scenery, wild wildlife, great walking, fantastic food and service. It’s a doable trip from Joburg and we highly recommend it.

 

Complete animal list

  • Mountain Zebra
  • Gemsbok
  • Red hartebees
  • Giraffe
  • Steenbok
  • Lion
  • Meerkat
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Cape fox
  • Black backed jackal
  • Mousey
  • African Wild Cat
  • Cape hare
  • Spotted hyena
  • Black rhino
  • Fruit Bat
  • Insect bat
  • Plains zebra
  • Warthog
  • Impala (black faced)
  • Cheetah
  • Banded mongoose
  • Damara dikdik
  • Leopard
  • Porcupine
  • Chacma Baboon
  • Vervet monkey
  • Otter
  • Impala
  • Red lechwe
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Hippo
  • Crocodile
  • Puku
  • Waterbuck
  • Wild dog
  • Reed Buck
  • Tsessebe
  • Slender mongoose
  • Serval
  • Genet
  • Scrub hare
  • Dwarf mongoose
  • White rhino
  • Grey duiker
  • Klipspringer
  • Elephant shrew
  • Nyala
  • Eland
  • Greater bushbaby
  • Tortoise (leopard?)
  • Rock monitor lizard
  • Cape cobra
  • Chameleon
  • Rock agama
  • Water monitor lizard
Complete bird list
Name Location Date Comments
Greater Double-collared Sunbird Lupatana Camp 2016-03-27
Southern Red Bishop Midlands 2016-03-27
Pin-tailed Whydah Midlands 2016-03-27
African Stonechat Maclear 2016-03-27
White-necked Raven Lupatana Camp 2016-03-27
Helmeted Guineafowl Maclear 2016-03-27
Amur Falcon Maclear 2016-03-27
Black-shouldered Kite Maclear 2016-03-27
Jackal Buzzard Maclear 2016-03-27
Long-crested Eagle Midlands 2016-03-27
Cape Vulture Maclear 2016-03-27
Yellow Bishop (Cape Widowbird) Maclear 2016-03-27
Hamerkop Maclear 2016-03-27
Black-headed Heron Maclear 2016-03-27
Burchell’s Coucal Maclear 2016-03-27
Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) Maclear 2016-03-28
Sentinel Rock-Thrush Maclear 2016-03-28
Cape Crow Rhodes 2016-03-28
African Sacred Ibis Rhodes 2016-03-28
Long-tailed Widowbird Rhodes 2016-03-28
Western Cattle Egret Rhodes 2016-03-28
Grey Heron Rhodes 2016-03-28
Hadeda Ibis Rhodes 2016-03-28
Pied Crow Rhodes 2016-03-28
Secretarybird Bloem 2016-03-28
Orange River White-eye Kimberley 2016-03-28
Greater Flamingo Kimberley 2016-03-29
Lesser Flamingo Kimberley 2016-03-29
Cape Wagtail Kimberley 2016-03-29
Sociable Weaver Kimberley 2016-03-29
Speckled Pigeon Augrabies 2016-03-29
Cape Cormorant Lupatana Camp 2016-03-29
Pale-winged Starling Augrabies 2016-03-29
Red-eyed Dove Augrabies 2016-03-30
African Red-eyed Bulbul Augrabies 2016-03-30
Laughing Dove Augrabies 2016-03-30
Black Crake Augrabies 2016-03-30
Familiar Chat Augrabies 2016-03-30
Cape Robin-Chat Augrabies 2016-03-30
African Pied Wagtail Augrabies 2016-03-30
Fiscal Flycatcher Augrabies 2016-03-30
Acacia Pied Barbet Augrabies 2016-03-30
Malachite Kingfisher Augrabies 2016-03-30
Three-banded Plover Augrabies 2016-03-30
Namaqua Dove Augrabies 2016-03-30
Pygmy Falcon Augrabies 2016-03-30
Common Ostrich Augrabies 2016-03-30
Pale Chanting Goshawk Augrabies 2016-03-30
Karoo Korhaan Augrabies 2016-03-30
African Darter Augrabies 2016-03-30
Double-banded Sandgrouse Augrabies 2016-03-30
Crimson-breasted Shrike Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Kori Bustard Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Namaqua Sandgrouse Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Cape Sparrow Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Tawny Eagle Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Shikra Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Gabar Goshawk Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
White-backed Mousebird Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Fork-tailed Drongo Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Yellow Canary Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Black-chested Snake Eagle Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Northern Black Korhaan Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Martial Eagle Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Lanner Falcon Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Lesser Grey Shrike Kgalagadi 2016-04-01
Crowned Lapwing (Plover) Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Brown Snake Eagle Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Common Fiscal Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Ant-eating Chat Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Southern Masked Weaver Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Shaft-tailed Whydah Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Wattled Starling Kgalagadi 2016-04-02
Western Barn Owl Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
White-backed Vulture Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
Cape Glossy Starling Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
Lilac-breasted Roller Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
Greater Kestrel Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
Cape Turtle Dove Kgalagadi 2016-04-03
Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle-Owl Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Lappet-faced Vulture Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Scaly-feathered Finch Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Burchell’s Sandgrouse Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Bateleur Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Pearl-spotted Owlet Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Capped Wheatear Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Groundscraper Thrush Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Common (European) Swift Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Kalahari Scrub Robin Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Lesser Kestrel Kgalagadi 2016-04-04
Cape Bunting Kgalagadi 2016-04-06
Pririt Batis Kgalagadi 2016-04-06
Mountain Wheatear Spitzkoppe 2016-04-06
Black-faced Waxbill Spitzkoppe 2016-04-06
Herero Chat Spitzkoppe 2016-04-06
White-tailed Shrike Spitzkoppe 2016-04-07
Ruppell’s Korhaan Spitzkoppe 2016-04-09
Red-billed Spurfowl Damaraland DRC 2016-04-09
Yellow-bellied Eremomela Damaraland DRC 2016-04-10
Benguela Long-billed Lark Damaraland DRC 2016-04-10
Bare-cheeked Babbler Palmwag 2016-04-13
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Puros 2016-04-13
White-browed Scrub Robin Puros 2016-04-13
Grey Go-away-bird (Lourie) Puros 2016-04-13
Burchell’s Starling Opuwo 2016-04-15
Jameson’s Firefinch Epupa Falls 2016-04-15
African Mourning Dove Epupa Falls 2016-04-15
Rosy-faced Lovebird Epupa Falls 2016-04-15
African Fish Eagle Epupa Falls 2016-04-15
African (Holub’s) Golden Weaver Epupa Falls 2016-04-15
Bearded Woodpecker Epupa Falls 2016-04-16
Olive (Madagascar) Bee-eater Epupa Falls 2016-04-16
Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) Epupa Falls 2016-04-16
Yellow-billed Oxpecker Epupa Falls 2016-04-16
African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene) Epupa Falls 2016-04-16
Monteiro’s Hornbill Epupa Falls 2016-04-17
African Paradise Flycatcher Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-17
Goliath Heron Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-17
Swamp Boubou Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-17
Yellow-bellied Greenbul Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-17
African Scops Owl Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-17
Western Osprey Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
Egyptian Goose Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
African Grey Hornbill Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
Wire-tailed Swallow Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush Epupa Falls 2016-04-18
Green-backed (Striated) Heron Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
Pied Kingfisher Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-18
Red-necked Spurfowl Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Water Thick-knee Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Grey Kestrel Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Grey-headed Kingfisher Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Abdim’s Stork Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Village Indigobird Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Little Sparrowhawk Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-19
Purple Roller Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-20
African Hoopoe Kunene River Lodge 2016-04-20
Red-crested Korhaan Etosha 2016-04-21
Marico Flycatcher Etosha 2016-04-21
Spotted Thick-knee Etosha 2016-04-22
Red-billed Quelea Etosha 2016-04-22
Violet-eared Waxbill Etosha 2016-04-22
Double-banded Courser Etosha 2016-04-22
Red-capped Lark Etosha 2016-04-22
Red-headed Finch Etosha 2016-04-23
Southern White-crowned Shrike Etosha 2016-04-23
Red-knobbed Coot Etosha 2016-04-23
Cape Teal Etosha 2016-04-23
Little Grebe (Dabchick) Etosha 2016-04-24
African Jacana Etosha 2016-04-24
Blue Crane Etosha 2016-04-24
Black-winged Stilt Etosha 2016-04-24
Red-billed Teal Etosha 2016-04-24
Southern Red-billed Hornbill Etosha 2016-04-24
White-crested Helmetshrike Etosha 2016-04-25
Rock Kestrel Etosha 2016-04-25
Swainson’s Spurfowl Etosha 2016-04-25
Glossy Ibis Etosha 2016-04-25
Black-backed Puffback Etosha 2016-04-26
Long-tailed Paradise Whydah Etosha 2016-04-26
Cape Shoveler Etosha 2016-04-26
Common Moorhen Etosha 2016-04-26
Marabou Stork Etosha 2016-04-27
Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle Waterberg 2016-04-28
Carp’s Tit Waterberg 2016-04-28
Green-winged Pytilia Waterberg 2016-04-28
Bradfield’s Hornbill Ngepi camp 2016-04-30
White-faced Whistling Duck Ngepi camp 2016-04-30
Reed Cormorant Ngepi camp 2016-04-30
African Wood Owl Ngepi camp 2016-04-30
White-bellied Sunbird Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Southern Black Tit Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Retz’s Helmetshrike Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Great Spotted Cuckoo Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
African Pygmy Goose Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Rufous-bellied Heron Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Meyer’s Parrot Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Long-toed Lapwing (Plover) Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Magpie Shrike Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Hartlaub’s Babbler Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Coppery-tailed Coucal Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
African Pipit Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Grey-rumped Swallow Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Lesser Striped Swallow Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Little Egret Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Great Egret Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Giant Kingfisher Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Blue Waxbill Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Temminck’s Courser Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Cardinal Woodpecker Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Crested Barbet Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
White-fronted Bee-eater Ngepi camp 2016-05-01
Spur-winged Goose Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Red-billed Oxpecker Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Yellow-billed Stork Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
African Spoonbill Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Arrow-marked Babbler Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Black Heron (Egret) Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
African Wattled Lapwing (Plover) Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Marico Sunbird Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Violet-backed Starling Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
Meves’s Starling Ngepi camp 2016-05-02
White-browed Robin-Chat Ngepi camp 2016-05-03
African Golden Oriole Ngepi camp 2016-05-03
African Openbill Ngepi camp 2016-05-03
Black-collared Barbet Nambwa camp 2016-05-03
Yellow-breasted Apalis Nambwa camp 2016-05-03
Brubru Nambwa camp 2016-05-03
Common (Greater) Scimitarbill Nambwa camp 2016-05-03
Wattled Crane Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
Hottentot Teal Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
African Hawk Eagle Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
White-headed Vulture Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
Saddle-billed Stork Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
Western Banded Snake Eagle Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
Brown-hooded Kingfisher Nambwa camp 2016-05-04
Southern Ground-Hornbill Chobe 2016-05-05
Squacco Heron Chobe 2016-05-06
Greater Blue-eared Starling Chobe 2016-05-06
Greater Blue-eared Starling Chobe 2016-05-06
Southern Carmine Bee-eater Chobe 2016-05-06
Green (Red-billed) Wood-Hoopoe Chobe 2016-05-07
Trumpeter Hornbill Chobe 2016-05-07
Yellow-billed (Intermediate) Egret Chobe 2016-05-07
Crested Francolin Chobe 2016-05-07
Tropical Boubou Chobe 2016-05-07
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Hunters road 2016-05-08
Grey Crowned Crane Hunters road 2016-05-09
Bokmakierie Spitzkoppe 2016-05-09
Little Bee-eater Chobe 2016-05-09
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Makgadigadi 2016-05-12
Southern Pied Babbler Makgadigadi 2016-05-12
Southern Brown-throated Weaver Okavango 2016-05-13
Purple Heron Okavango 2016-05-13
Red-faced Mousebird Okavango 2016-05-14
Dark-capped (Black-eyed) Bulbul Okavango 2016-05-14
Dickinson’s Kestrel Okavango 2016-05-14
Fan-tailed Widowbird Okavango 2016-05-15
African Palm Swift Okavango 2016-05-15
African Green Pigeon Okavango 2016-05-15
Levaillant’s Cuckoo Okavango 2016-05-15
Slaty Egret Okavango 2016-05-15
White-browed Coucal Okavango 2016-05-15
White-browed Coucal Okavango 2016-05-15
Luapula Cisticola Okavango 2016-05-15
Tawny-flanked Prinia Okavango 2016-05-15
Plain-backed Pipit Okavango 2016-05-15
Zitting Cisticola Okavango 2016-05-15
Whiskered Tern Okavango 2016-05-15
Pied Avocet Okavango 2016-05-15
Lesser Jacana Okavango 2016-05-16
Common Buttonquail Okavango 2016-05-17
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting Makgadigadi 2016-05-17
Long-billed Crombec Okavango 2016-05-18
Arnot’s Chat Okavango 2016-05-18
Natal Spurfowl Okavango 2016-05-20
Brown-crowned Tchagra Serowe 2016-05-21
Black-headed Oriole Tuli 2016-05-23
Kurrichane Thrush Tuli 2016-05-23
Yellow-fronted Canary Tuli 2016-05-23
Horus Swift Tuli 2016-05-23
Chinspot Batis Tuli 2016-05-23
Barred Wren-Warbler Tuli 2016-05-23
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark Tuli 2016-05-23
Great Sparrow Tuli 2016-05-24
Tawny-flanked Prinia Tuli 2016-05-25
Mocking Cliff Chat Mapungubwe 2016-05-25
Striped Kingfisher Mapungubwe 2016-05-26
Common Waxbill Mapungubwe 2016-05-26
White-crowned Lapwing (Plover) Mapungubwe 2016-05-26
Common Greenshank Pafuri 2016-05-27
Crested Guineafowl Pafuri 2016-05-27
Little Swift Pafuri 2016-05-27
Woolly-necked Stork Pafuri 2016-05-27
African Goshawk Pafuri 2016-05-28
Speckled Mousebird Pafuri 2016-05-28
Greater Honeyguide Pafuri 2016-05-28
Purple Indigobird Pafuri 2016-05-28
Brown-headed Parrot Pafuri 2016-05-28
Red-billed Firefinch Pafuri 2016-05-28
Kittlitz’s Plover Pafuri 2016-05-28
Green-backed Camaroptera Pafuri 2016-05-29
Grey-backed Camaroptera Pafuri 2016-05-29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Self-drive through Namibia and Botswana – the details

  1. Thanks Dave and Ann. A marvelous travel guide. Makes me envious. Are you sure you saw all those birds !!! Dad/Geoff.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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