Q: We have two routes in mind:
1 SA – Botswana – south of Namibia (2008 we did Namibia central and north)
2 SA – Swaziland – Lesotho
For us camping is the way that we would like to spend our holiday. So we are interested in a trip which could for see in this, but if to cold a B&B is fine.
Due to personal reasons we are NOT able to sleep in malaria areas.
1. Given the facts above, do you maybe have an alternative route you would suggest?
2. Do we have to book something in advance, like campings/hotels?
3. Which type of GPS do you rent out?
1. Both the areas you have in mind is worth visiting, but anywhere near Swaziland & the Kruger Park is Malaria area. To be on the safe side I’d rather visit the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier National Park and Southern Namibia
2. Personally I never book when going to Namibia, but you must book when going to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
You can contact the Botswana Parks Board here: (be aware, it is really frustrating making a booking with them, just try to be patient)
Tel: (+267) 3180774
Fax: (+267) 3180775
The last time I was in that area we went to Mahubasehube, it is the most Eastern part of the Kgalagadi Park – highly recommended!! We only spent 2 days at Mabua 4 (That is part of the Mahubasehube area), from there we went to Nossob, and down to Twee Rivieren, if I were you I’d turn North at Nossob and head towards Namibia
There are loads of places to go to in Southern Namiba, the places I’ve been to and can vouch for are the following:
• Kokerboom Forest near Keetmanshoop
• Giants Playground Near Keetmanshoop (Awesome!!!)
• Campsite at Aus
• Visrivier Canyon
• Luderitz (Fantastic town to visit)
• Sossusvlei (Where those magnificent red dunes are)
• Spitzkoppe (Awsome, but no running water/showers)
We were in a great hurry going through Southern Namibia, we only spent 3 nights there – you need at least a week!!
You can also consider visiting the West Coast of South Africa starting in the Richtersveld in the North (I haven’t been there, but I only get good reports form that area) and then work your way down past Springbok, down the coast to Cape Town. My wife and I went down the West Coast 2 years ago just before our first born came, and we enjoyed it so much!! The people there are very nice and welcoming. Unfortunately I managed to delete all our pictures of that trip.