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South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe

I. Southern Africa Travel : Itinerary of two months from June 7 to August 8, 2007

On Thursday, June 7th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The great departure
On Saturday, June 9th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Augrabies Falls
On Monday, June 11th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Fish River Canyon
On Thursday, June 14th, 2007 Travel Journal : Quivertree Forest | Brukkaros
On Sunday, June 17th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Luderitz
On Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Sossusvlei
On Friday, June 22nd, 2007 : Travel Journal : Canyon of Kuiseb - Swakopmund
On Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 : Travel Journal : Cap Cross and the Brandberg
On Monday, June 25th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The kaokoland
On Thursday, June 28th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Epupa Falls
On Sunday, July 1st, 2007 : Travel Journal : Ruacana
On Thursday, July 5th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Etosha National Park
On Sunday, July 8th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Waterberg
On Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 : Travel Journal : Meet with people bushman
On Thursday, July 12th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Caprivi Stip
On Wednesday, July 18th : Travel Journal : Victoria Falls
On Thursday, July 19th, 2007: Travel Journal : The Botswana
On Friday, July 27th, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Limpopo of South Africa
On Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Kruger National Park
On Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 : Travel Journal : The Blyde River Canyon
On Sunday, August 5th, 2007: Travel Journal : To be back
Travel itinerary to Southern Africa

II. Preparation of the Journey

a. Choice of countries

Originally, the journey must be only in Namibia.
Why Namibia?
For several reasons, first of all it is one of country or the number of inhabitant in km2 is the lowest to the world.
Thus a practically blank country of any urban activity on the landscape.
This absence of human activity thus left a fauna and a flora to his natural state. Assist reasons, the variety of these landscapes.
Our main thing activity is the hike, Namibia being a country in thousand facets, that Could only exceptional etre.
The third point, the safety of the country, for a first journey on the African continent it was an essential point.
But after reflection, it was much more profitable to make the rent of the car in South Africa!! From there, left our idea to make the tour of southern Africa.

b. Choice of the route

Our plane landing in Johannesburg, to cross South Africa from east to west, not we enchanted hardly.
Then we took a plane ticket for Upington, city in the door of Namibia .
After this first cleared up point, our purpose was to make a buckle, to put down the rented car at the airport of Johannesburg!!
For it not 36 miles solutions, to cross Namibia from the bottom up, by trying to see a Maximum.
Then cross the Caprivi Strip and join Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
That would have been all the same it's a pity, of etre if meadows and of not not gone to see the biggest fall to the world!!
Botswana stays in us to be crossed, by car standard, not the choice, needs to remain on roads tarred. But what routes to take?
The delta of Okavango, being the main objective of Botswana, we shall take the western road, the direction Maun.
After the delta, more much


- Rucksack 80 L
- Rucksack 20 L
- Special sleeping bag light
- Tent
- Digital camera + 4 Go of memory
- Swig frontal bone
- Twins
- Glasses of sun
- Compass
- Medical kit of first care
- Lotion anti mosquito
- Report and pen
- Swiss knife
- Toilet bag + paper
- Lighter
- Isothermal gourd 1L
- 2nd rucksack
- Piles and charger
- Cooking


- 1 Polar
- 1 supple pants which makes pair of shorts
- 1 pair of shorts
- 4 shirts
- 1 pullover
- 5 pairs of socks rando
- 5 Boxer shorts
- 1 Cap
- 1 pair of shoe trekking

C. Books and consulted sites


III. Budget of travel

For two persons and for two months :

Budget transport ( car rentals et flight ticket ): 2775€

Détails :

- price plane Paris - Johannesburg : 1200€
- Price plane Johannesburg - Upington : 370€
- Price rent a Car for two month ( autoescape ): 1155€

Budget Accomodation and right of entrance : 1021€

Budget food : 764€

Budget gasoline for 13 500km : 433€

Total Budget : 4963€

IV.Whom we are ?

Né le 8 Octobre 1982
Aisne, 02 FRANCE
Surnom : ROM
Romain arroukatchee
Personality: takes the life as it comes, without thinking the next day.
Like : the music, the stranger, to give advice.
Like not: the milk, the idiots, the principles.
Né le 23 janvier 1982
Aisne, 02 FRANCE
Surnom : TIRI
Thierry arroukatchee
Personality: like growing rich of the world which surrounds him.
Like : the ecology, the discovery of the distant parts of the country, the good food.
Like not: the things which are of no use.

V. Conclusion

That of beautiful things during these two months of journeys. Contrary to our western world, this route(course) is to be recommended in all those who would like to retie contact with the beauty of our Planet.
Far from the pollution, from the noise, from the overpopulation, Southern Africa is to remain wild in all its magnificence. That is the landscapes, the fauna, or even the inhabitants would be you disorient on all the points.

Like :

- Have lived two months in the contact of the nature
- The beauty of the landscape
- The fauna and the flora
- Another way of thinking and life
- The hikes
- Of beautiful meetings
- The price of the quotation of beef

Like not :

- Botswana without 4X4 and with few money
- Not have had of the voucher matos photos and videos
- Some too tourist zones
- The lack of freedom of in the car
- The increases of price lists(rates)
- The constraints of a note(ticket)