I did it many years ago, but would never advise anyone else to do it. I had driven the route many times, and don't need a map. You would need to bypass Moremi. Hope that driving in caravan is not too slow, and not have a few vehicles stuck along the way, slowing you down. Even then, it requires steady driving and you would arrive well after dark.....maybe.
Why put yourself through it, or pay the park fees. And then there is the chance of a breakdown, which I imagine would upset you plans in Kasane.
We did the trip in one day - we took a bus from Maun to Nata (I believe the bus left right around just before noon), then we hitch hiked from the petrol station at Nata where the bus dropped us off. It took us about 2 hours to get a ride and paid 100 pula each for that. Ended up arriving in Kasane at 10pm; but the road from Nata to Kasane is very potholed and slow going, lots of animals on the road at night so it can be dangerous.
The route through the 'bush' from Maun to Kasane is some serious driving and takes most people two days. I don't see the point of attempting it in one day, as the reason for driving this route is to view both the habitat and the wildlife - and doing it in one day would mean going 'flat out' - without any time to appreciate your surroundings.
If you just need to get from Maun to Kasane - drive on the main road Maun - Nata - Kasane. That will take you around 7/9 hours
As mentioned above it can be a hectic drive through the park and if you are trying to do it in one day then you might as well go on the tar as you will be limited by time to see wildlife. Might therefore be best to drive the Maun-Nata-Kasane route. Just be careful of the big trucks on the Nata-Kasane part of the road as the roadworks are still ongoing and they drive like lunatics sometimes. If travelling through the park keep in mind that the boom gate at the Ngoma end of the Chobe NP through-road closes at 18.30. If you leave Maun at 6am you can be Kasane by 1pm which would leave you time to game drive in Chobe in the afternoon (if you still wanted to drive!).
(1) The Tar road from Maun to Nata, then onto Kasane - about a 7/8 hour drive. Can be done easily in one day.
(2) Maun past the Moremi through Khwai, Mababe, Savuti, Chobe onto Kasane (dirt 4x4 sand road through the Chobe National Park). Will take around 10 to 11 hours but you will probably stop often for animals etc - so not advisable.. it's a VERY long day. Most people drive to Savuti and overnight there in a campsite - so breaking the trip up into two. The Savuti channel has started flowing again, so why not!! Why rush! This area is prime wildlife area and you're on a game drive - so enjoy!
Lodges fitting the 'reasonable' description I would suggest are:
Garden Lodge in Kasane
Water Lily Lodge in Kasane
Thebe River Lodge in KasaneEdited: 25 January 2014, 00:22
Thanks for the info... Could you suggest anywhere between Ngoma and Maun?
Depends which way you are travelling.
If you are taking the tar road Kasane - Nata - Maun, then it is possible to do the whole journey in one day. If you want to break the journey, then you have Nata Lodge, Pelican Lodge. Northgate Lodge or Elephant Sands Lodge all at Nata - or a little further on the Maun road is Planet Baobab. .
If you are travelling on the sand road between Chobe and Moremi and on to Maun, the journey takes 2/3 days and your choices are more limited, as the majority of self drivers are using basic campsites. Camp Savute is a tented Camp which is reasonably priced. If you stop for two nights on the road, then 3rd Bridge Camp has just 5 tents accommodating a maximum 10people - do not confuse with the campsite of the same name, they are two different operations.
That would be stupid to do, just came back from there and it took us 11hrs from Maun to Savuti, lots of water and mud, got stuck about 8 times. advise to travel in convoy, lots of elephants on the road, sometimes the track disappear especially in deep sand after the herds come thru.