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4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

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4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

Is it safe to 4WD on our own through these countries? We are referring to animals, people and quality of roads etc.

We are experienced 4WD drivers having travelled extensively through the Australian outback. We are planning just the 2 of us in one vehicle.

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1. Re: 4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

It is absolutely safe with proper planning and research. Depends on what route/s you take. Of course there are good roads through these places which present no problems at all and then there are more challenging drives if you are heading into more remote areas or 4x4 only national parks etc. Driving at night is not advised due to animals on the roads (both wild and domestic).

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2. Re: 4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

Having driven through all of these (albeit not in one go!), safety was never an issue. We didn't feel threatened by animals or people, took basic precautions against theft (hyaena and monkeys were more of a problem!).

We did carry a satellite phone in Botswana just in case we broke down (didn't need it!) but just a mobile in the others. In Namibia our contact had our itinerary and an agreement with the lodges to check in with her if we didn't arrive. Good cell phone coverage in SA and around Livingstone. Like you there are two of us and we take our daughter (now 12) along with us so access to back up is important. We always make sure that we have food and water with us just in case, along with a good book or two to read. We have broken down several times over the years (mainly in Kenya and SA) and help is sometimes a while in arriving. Hakuna matata, just learned to take it easy.

Road quality was variable but never impassable (except for the water that blocked our exit from Moremi out to Kwhai where the road was closed for several weeks). In many places the road quality was suprisingly good and uncrowded. Navigation is straight forward in most places. Goes something like drive north for 100 miles and turn east. Plenty of time to check your bearings and make sure you know what's coming. The only point at which we resorted to 4x4 was Botswana as we drove from Maun, up through Moremi and Savute to Chobe.

There are lots of regular posters on this forum (like Bushkid0 and Luangwablonde) who give great updates on the latest state of the roads (invaluable when the floods come). However, many people do it and have a great time. Have a browse on the forum you will get loads of ideas.

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3. Re: 4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

Perfectly safe

Important to do your homework on routes to drive. Lots of research. But nothing major. Check out the Tracks4Africa maps.

If you will be renting a 4wd, make sure you get a newish vehicle. A satellite phone is a must. If you are only 2 people, stick to the path more traveled. You should make friends along the way....travel with them, and hopefully utilize the path less traveled.

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Lee Rich

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4. Re: 4WDing from Capetown to Vic Falls via Namibia & Botswana

I agree with the others, it is safe, especially since you are experienced 4x drivers. Planning is key and part of the fun. The two of us have camped (my first camping experience) through Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia and will be returning in late summer. You will love the adventure. Watch for potholes!

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