Morning session (includes breakfast): Botswana

Afternoon session (includes lunch): Namibia

You’ll receive need-to-know information, find out where to go and how to do it. A single session costs R550 per person; attend both sessions for R900, including food and drinks. Each participant will get a free copy of our guides.

Where and when?

Paarl:
17 February 2018
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

Pretoria:
24 February 2018
Blue Crane Restaurant, Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Join us at the travel workshops and stand a chance to win a Botswana holiday for two! A lucky draw will determine the winner.

The lucky pair will visit iconic destinations in northern Botswana and also visit the Caprivi in Namibia and Vic Falls in Zimbabwe. This holiday is for 11 days, 10 nights worth R29 900!

Book now:

Call Donvé Myburgh on 021 443 9830; email donve.myburgh@media24.com


What to expect

Have you ever dreamt of a self-drive holiday to Namibia and/or Botswana? Are you worried about what it might cost or whether you have the right vehicle for the trip? And what about border crossings, road conditions and accommodation?

At the travel workshops, our experienced editorial staff will address all these concerns and help you to plan your own itinerary – without breaking the bank. The talks take the form of a slide show with inspirational photographs taken by our journalists and easy-to-follow maps, which will put the landscape in perspective.

Afterwards there will be a Q&A session and you’ll be able to discuss your specific itinerary with our journalists, one on one.

Which routes are discussed, and which journalists will be present?

We provide general travel information – about border crossings, road conditions, currencies used, communication, etc. – about both Botswana and Namibia. We then zoom in on specific routes suitable for first-time visitors to these countries – mostly routes doable in a 4x2 vehicle.

François Haasbroek facilitates the Namibia workshop and will share his knowledge of southern Namibia, including all the classic destinations such as Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop, the quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop, and Sossusvlei. This travel plan is the perfect introduction to a self-drive holiday in Namibia and because it’s in the southern part of the country you don’t need a lot of leave days to fit it all in.

François will also discuss how to tackle Damaraland, and how to extend such a trip to Etosha or even the Kunene River and Epupa Falls (if you have a longer holiday in mind).

Toast Coetzer facilitates the Botswana workshop and will explain why the Great Northern Circle route is ideal for first-timers to Botswana. The Great Northern Circle includes Maun, the Boteti River, the Okavango Panhandle, Tsodilo Hills, the Zambezi Region (previously Caprivi), the Zambezi River at Katima Mulilo, Chobe National Park outside Kasane, Vic Falls in nearby Zimbabwe and Makgadikgadi Pans.

If you don’t want to travel that far, Toast will also touch on destinations in the south of Botswana: Khawa’s Kalahari, the Serowe and Palapye districts (with Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Goo-Moremi Gorge as chief attractions) and the Tuli Block. These places can easily be reached on a long weekend or during a shorter holiday.

At the travel workshops, our experienced editorial staff will address all these concerns and help you to plan your own itinerary – without breaking the bank.

I also want to go off-road…

Although we mostly discuss routes suitable for a 4x2, there will be 4x4 guides at the sessions (from either Bhejane 4x4 Adventures or Mpafa Travel) to answer your technical 4x4 questions, or to discuss travel options if you want to visit areas like Namibia’s Kaokoveld or Botswana’s Moremi.

What will I gain from attending these sessions?

Our journalists will arm you with inside knowledge so you can confidently plan an unforgettable, affordable holiday to Namibia or Botswana (or both). You’ll be able to design your own itinerary and choose the best campsites or most affordable self-catering accommodation. You’ll also receive a free copy of our latest Botswana and Namibia guides – both are packed with accommodation listings crucial to planning your trip.

How should I prepare?

To get the most out of these sessions, come prepared with a list of all your key questions and make sure they get answered. Also print out your planned itinerary so you can discuss it with one of our journalists. Each person will have different interests – make sure that your trip is one you’ll remember!