Welcome to Tom and Jana's 2007
Southern Africa Journal!
Two weeks of teeth-rattling, bone-jarring, 4x4 self-drive adventure
through the wilds of southern Africa!
Tom and Jana at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Our trip started and ended in Johannesburg, South
Africa, and included Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in
Botswana, and Victoria Falls in Zambia and
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scroll around with us as we take you on our trip through southern
Credit for the text of this journal, as usual, goes to Jana, who always
keeps excellent records when we travel. She also managed to keep track of all
the paperwork associated with the rental vehicle, park and campsite
information, and border crossings. Tom did most of the driving this
time, so Jana was also tasked with navigation, which included marking and
plotting on our hand-held GPS unit.
This journal is rather text heavy this time. We have tried to include
detailed border crossing information that might be useful to people who plan
to make a similar trip, but such detail will be of little interest to the
casual reader. Reading trip reports from other self-drive adventurers was
hugely helpful to us, so we are trying to contribute what we can. Some of the
resources we found particularly helpful in planning this trip are linked at
the bottom of this page.
Use the detailed menu below to jump to any part of our
October 10 & 11
Knoxville, Tennessee, to Johannesburg (Kempton Park), South Africa
Festival Mall, Kempton Park, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa, to Palapye, Botswana
Palapye, Botswana, to Maun, Botswana
Maun to Third Bridge, Moremi Game Reserve
Third Bridge to Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve, to Savuti, Chobe National Park
Savuti to Ihaha, Chobe National Park
Ihaha, Chobe National Park, to Kasane, Botswana
Kasane, Botswana, to Livingstone, Zambia
Zambia & Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls, "The Smoke that Thunders"
Livingstone, Zambia, to Francistown, Botswana
Francistown, Botswana, to Johannesburg (Kempton Park), South Africa
October 24 & 25
Johannesburg, South Africa, to Knoxville, Tennessee
Tom, the Webmaster
Jana, the Author
Dogs have an excellent Botswana self-drive trip report from June
SA 4x4 Community Forum is a good discussion forum for
Botswana and other southern Africa destinations.
Overland Forum is another good forum for Botswana and southern
Virtual Tourist has a decent discussion board.
Fodors forums can be helpful planning your trip.
Trip Advisor occasionally has something useful in their
Lonely Planet isn't great for self-drivers, but is a good
place to get general questions answered.
Bruce Muirhead has some great photos from his self-drive
trip August-September 2007.
Tom Goetz's Homepage