Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls
Meet one of the last semi-nomadic tribes in Africa, experience the Okavango Delta from two different locations, visit one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls. Embark on safaris in Etosha National Park and Chobe National Park viewing wildlife from a boat or a game viewer vehicle. On this guided African overland safari tour, you will explore 3 countries while travelling on our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle fitted with 12-Ultimate Safari seats. Each traveller gets to sit back, relax and enjoy this incredible safari tour through Africa while our adventure crew takes care of the rest.
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- Climb the majestic Dune 45 in Sesriem
- Observe elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino on a game drive in Etosha National Park
- See picturesque landscapes with spectacular sunsets over the Okavango River in Rundu
- Observe game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable along the Chobe River edge
- Cruise the Okavango Delta in a 'mokoro', travelling the same way local people do, or in a 4x4
- Visit the mighty Victoria Falls, the one of the Seventh Wonders of the World
Itinerary in Brief:
- Day 1: Windhoek
- Days 2-3: Sesriem
- Days 4-5: Swakopmund
- Day 6: Brandberg
- Days 7-8: Etosha National Park
- Day 9: Rundu
- Day 10: Okavango River
- Days 11-12: Chobe River
- Days 13-14: Victoria Falls
- Day 15: Elephant Sands
- Day 16: Maun
- Day 17: Maun (Okavango Delta)
- Day 18: Ghanzi
- Days 19-20: Windhoek
Day 1: Windhoek
Explore Windhoek during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Windhoek is a tiny capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel the bodies contain. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church built in the Gothic revival style.
Days 2-3: Sesriem
Your journey will start after a wholesome breakfast, heading southwest towards the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic drive, beautiful in a unique and rugged way. Sesriem is a small settlement found in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in the sedimentary rock.
An early departure the next morning will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert. The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is red in colour due to the prominent levels of iron oxide. These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.
Days 4-5: Swakopmund
Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures such as quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals.
Swakopmund’s wide variety of things to see and do caters for a wide scope of tastes and styles. The next day, take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Krystal Galerie boasting with the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the World, weighing in at 14 100 kilogrammes. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing then you can enjoy various optional activities (weather permitting).
Day 6: Brandberg
We travel north to Brandberg, home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. We visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg on a guided hike. The walk to the painting and back is about 2 hours. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the riverbed on your way to the famous “lady”, with multicoloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. Around the lodge area, there is a good chance to see the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.
Days 7-8: Etosha National Park
Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. We visit a Himba settlement prior to arriving in Etosha. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes close to the campsites and this offers you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you. These fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. Floodlights gives you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.
The following day, enjoy a full day’s game drive in our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sights that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against the wide-open horizon. Fall asleep with the haunting calls of hyena or a lion’s roar in the distance.
Day 9: Rundu
We head north east toward the Caprivi. The surrounding areas of Rundu are one of Namibia most picturesque landscapes with spectacular sunsets over the Okavango River which acts as the border between Angola and Namibia. You can choose a wide variety of optional activities such as fishing, birding and boat cruises.
Day 10: Okavango River
Today we travel to the Kavango-Zambezi Region, north eastern Namibia. We will overnight on the banks of the Okavango River. Explore the northern parts of the Okavango River (which feeds the Okavango Delta) on an included sunset boat cruise. Remember your camera as you have the opportunity to spot some game at the surrounding Mahango and Buffalo Parks which hosts 4 of The Big Five (African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Lion). Optional activities such a tiger and bream fishing, canoeing or kayaking and guided village tours are also on the menu.
Days 11-12: Chobe River
After breakfast, we will continue east via the Caprivi and cross the border into Botswana with our final destination for the day being to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. You have the rest of the day at leisure as tomorrow you will have a day filled with game viewing opportunities.
The next day, explore Chobe National Park on an early morning game drive on an open 4×4 game viewer vehicle. After your included morning game drive, you will head back to Kasane. In the afternoon, you can go on another wildlife experience, but this time, on a relaxing sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months.
Days 13-14: Victoria Falls
Today we cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world’s biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it’s considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The next day you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure.
Day 15: Elephant Sands
Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. Here you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.
Day 16: Maun
Head south-west on the famous elephant highway, known for its big elephant population in the surrounding area. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a peek of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Observe a diverse array of wildlife and marvel at the vast Delta basin. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.
Day 17: Maun (Okavango Delta)
To ensure the best Delta experience for our clients we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique eco system. Due to the changing water levels in the Delta and dry seasons we will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro(boat) or on a 4×4 open vehicle game drive.
Today you will experience a unique way of travelling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro. The mokoro is used by local people as means of transport. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4×4 vehicle depending on the water levels of the Delta. A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘’poler” standing at the back, manoeuvring the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice. Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to Maun, again in your mokoro enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon. The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May
4X4 Open Vehicle Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve:
Departing from Maun early morning, we are destined for the Blackpools and Xini Lagoon areas in Moremi Game Reserve. Once past the Buffalo Fence and inside the Delta area, 50km from Maun, we start our Delta experience. You can expect a full day of exploration in the search of wild animals, interesting and varied landscapes in this untamed African bush. Lunch will be done en-route and you will have the opportunity to take exquisite photos as Moremi is well known for teeming bird life, elephants, buffalo, hippo, lion and if you are lucky leopard (including various antelope species). What makes Moremi unique is that it was the first tribal land to be proclaimed by a local African tribe in 1963 as a wildlife sanctuary. During the dry season, a congregation of all bird and wildlife species, along permanent rivers and water holes makes Moremi Game Reserve one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences!
Day 18: Ghanzi
Continue the journey to Ghanzi, for your last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.
Days 19-20: Windhoek
Leave Ghanzi early for a long drive through the western parts of Botswana and across the border into Namibia, a country famous for sand, sea, and sun. Enjoy dinner at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants (at your own expense). If you have not yet tried game meat then this is a fantastic opportunity to treat your taste buds with something new like kudu, ostrich, impala or even crocodile.
After a healthy breakfast the next day it is our last goodbye and the end of another incredible tour.
|Namib-Naukluft National Park||Hammerstein Lodge|
|Brandberg||Brandberg White Lady Lodge|
|Etosha National Park||Okaukuejo Resort Camp|
|Okavango River||Kaisosi River Lodge|
|Okavango River||Rainbow River Lodge|
|Chobe National Park||Thebe River Safaris|
|Victoria Falls||Phezulu Lodge|
|Nata||Elephant Sands Lodge|
|Maun||Island Safari Lodge|
|Ghanzi||Ghanzi Trail Blazers|
- Meals - 19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 13 Dinners
- Accommodation - Hotel (4 nts), Lodge (14 nts), Tented Rooms (1 nt)
- Entrance Fees - Etosha National Park, White Lady Bushmen Painting, Namib Naukluft Park – Sesriem&Sossusvlei, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park
- Activities - Game Drives in Etosha National Park, Himba Settlement Experience, Sesriem Canyon Visit, Visit Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, White Lady Bushmen Painting Hike, San (Bushmen) Walk, Okavango Delta Experience, Delta Boat Cruise, Chobe Game Drive
- Airport Transfer - Inclusive of your arrival transfer. Please see “Joining Instructions” for more details
What’s not included?
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- US$481 single supplement
- Any item not mentioned as included