I am just in the early stages of planning a trip for next year. My husband and the friends who want to come are into off road driving, and we will get 2 4 x 4s so there will have to be a bit of challenging roads to keep them happy. They are quite good at fixing cars too. I am interested in seeing lots of animals and birds.
I am thinking of Tanzania or Zambia. Tanzania I was thinking of the Northern parks, which I am tempted by as the bird and animal life look great - I would secretly love to see a cheetah. I've never been to Tanzania though and am a bit put off by the thought of it being busy at the main game viewing areas and lots of hassle at police road blocks.
Zambia I was also tempted by - we loved S. Luangwa but I think we would have to go off the beaten track a bit to keep the men happy and wondered about a route through North and South Luangwa and also Lower Zambezi on the way there or back WE've probably only got 2 - 2.5 weeks and the distances are so huge in Zambia I am thinking that might be too much driving and not enough animal watching. Or might driving through Kafue be a better choice for distance - not sure how good the animals and birds are there compared to S. Luangwa.
The third place I was thinking of though prob less likely is Kaokoland for 4 x 4 driving and then Etosha to relax afterwards. I love Namibia, but think it is hard to get self drive 4x4 insured up there ( as I suppose the risk of damage is high)
Anyway would love to hear suggestions from anyone, I think they all look fantastic anyway, but would really appreciate any tips.