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 Zimbabwe.

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Open the map in a new window and zoom in and scroll around with us as we take you on our trip through southern Africa!

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.

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October 10 & 11    Knoxville, Tennessee, to Johannesburg (Kempton Park), South Africa
October 12             Festival Mall, Kempton Park, South Africa
October 13             Johannesburg, South Africa, to Palapye, Botswana
October 14             Palapye, Botswana, to Maun, Botswana
October 15             Maun to Third Bridge, Moremi Game Reserve
October 16             Third Bridge to Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
October 17             Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve, to Savuti, Chobe National Park
October 18             Savuti to Ihaha, Chobe National Park
October 19             Ihaha, Chobe National Park, to Kasane, Botswana
October 20             Kasane, Botswana, to Livingstone, Zambia
October 21             Zambia & Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls, "The Smoke that Thunders"
October 22             Livingstone, Zambia, to Francistown, Botswana
October 23             Francistown, Botswana, to Johannesburg (Kempton Park), South Africa
October 24 & 25    Johannesburg, South Africa, to Knoxville, Tennessee

Tom, the Webmaster

Jana, the Author

Useful links:

Wild Dogs have an excellent Botswana self-drive trip report from June 2007.
SA 4x4 Community Forum is a good discussion forum for Botswana and other southern Africa destinations.
The Overland Forum is another good forum for Botswana and southern Africa.
Virtual Tourist has a decent discussion board.
Fodors forums can be helpful planning your trip.
Trip Advisor occasionally has something useful in their forum.
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.

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