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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2016 (73) > Cross-country by car

Cross-country by car

Botswana and Namibia are two of the most popular countries in Africa for a self-drive adventure. We outline an action-packed itinerary from Etosha Pan National Park to the Makgadikgadi

Experience the thrill of the open road

Whether you’re looking for big game or big skies, travelling by 4WD through Namibia and Botswana is the easiest way to discover both. The following two-week route will allow you to enjoy a taste of real adventure as well as some pampering, combining remote campsites with more comfortable places to stay. When you’re caked in dust and ready for a rest after several days on the road, a lodge is just what you need, yet when you feel the timetables are beginning to impinge on your freedom, the exhilaration of wild camping is the only effective treatment.

The back of beyond. Baobab tree-filled Kubu Island, on Botswana’s Sowa Pan, is truly remote and only accessible by 4WD.

Etosha Pan National Park

The expedition begins in this beautiful, arid park in northwestern Namibia, with its extraordinary vistas and wide-open expanses of dusty nothingness. Etosha is a photographer’s paradise. The dazzling whites and greys of the sand and the vast cobalt skies make photos instantly recognisable, even if they show no landmarks at all.

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