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    i did a very similar trip from jahannesburg and was unable to rent a vehicle as they do not allow them over the border.
    trains are dodgy and the busses bad.what i did was buy a 4x4 then i sold it for the same price 1month later(not always possible)so i dont have much advice on that
    the way we routed ou trip was great we crossed the sa border at pontdrift and went straight into the tuli block which has great game .then we drove to maun and flew into the okovango delta and went to stay at the best (and only cheap)camp in the delta.from there we took a mokoro(dug out canoe)into moremi for 3 days -best thing i've ever done!!
    for a treat stay in the oddballs tree house for a night(my husband proposed to me there)
    then drove to chobe WOW WHAT AMAZING GAME!!!
    from there to victoia falls is about 80kms there i bungi jumped and white water rafted great.
    then we drove to kariba via milibisi binga and karoi
    what a nightmare. dont even think of it!
    either book well in advance and catch the ferry or drive thruogh zambia.then we canoed for 5 days down the lower zambezi stating in kafue amazing.
    never been to namibia.but when you are in chobe it is a 10 min ferry acrss the river.
    enjoy the best trip

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    There are sveralcompanies which organise overland, truck bound safaris, taking in all of these regions. I am hoping to book on one going North out of Cape Town through Botswana and Namibia to Victoria Falls. This lasts about four to five weeks and is a fairly simple way of doing things.

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    spent 3 weeks in botswana in august. had an incredible time. the car rental thing is iffy, if you do it, you may not be able to cross country borders easily. due to car thefts, they check the auto paper work carefully. i went to see my inlaws, so auto wasn't a problem. driving there is pretty peaceful though.

    we drove from gabarone to nata, camped out, saw the salt pans and the bird sanctuary in nata. very nice. went on to chobe and stayed in the kuddu lodge in kasane. highly recommended. It is about a 10 -15 minute drive into the game park (Chobe) and everything leaves from the lodge itself. They have both river safari on the chobe river, and safari by 4x4 into the park. we did one boat and two 4x4. we saw completely different things on both 4x4 trips. a morning 6am (man was it cold!) and a 2 in the afternoon trip. since it was the end of summer it was warm in the afternoon so the animals migrated towards the river in the afernoon. saw 3lions 2 cubs have a bit of a rumble with a herd of elephants, absolutely amazing! If you plan to just cross the border to see Vic Falls, you may only need a day. if you plan to white water raft or further explore livingston, you may want more time. we crossed over and spent the day, saw vic falls (wasn't as couragous as the last guy, didn't bungy jump :-) ) and came back. if you do rent a car in botswana, our lodge had the accomodation for a driver in zimbabwe to pick us up at the border, and take us around for most of the day for pula 400 (about $100). btw, if you are planning to cross in the morning, get there early. you often get school children, or tour buses with a whole bunch of people at the border. they aren't terribly fast, and you could waste alot of time there. Also if you like african art, the Shona tribe is famous for the stone carvings as well as wood articrafts. Alot is available with tremendous bargaining in livingston (vic falls area) ask some one where the main market is, its behind the post office. lots of folks on the street selling all sorts of articrafts. We had many folks ask us to trade old clothes, t-shirts, jeans etc for there crafts. if you have old clothes, you can possibly do some bartering.
    you'll have a great time, one of the best trips i have ever taken. gave up the okavanga delta to see sun city in SA. that is supposed to be incredible too.

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