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15 Day Okavango Delta and Namibia Highlights Adventure

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Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Min 4 Max 14
Age Range All Ages

Why book this trip? 

This is a small group (max 14) camping circular route trip takes you to see the highlights of Namibia and Botswana’s waterways of the Okavango Delta. You will access the Okavango Delta via mokoro which is a traditional canoe that you are poled through the waters with. It is a fantastic way to spot wildlife and feel close to nature. You will also travel to the Caprivi Region of Namibia and Etosha National Park, and down to Swakopmund and Sesriem so prepare for some amazing game viewing and beautiful wilderness.

The trip can be upgraded to a comfort trip.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Windhoek
Ends in
Windhoek

A wonderful circular tour taking in all the highlights of Namibia and Botswana's Okavango Delta. You will also travel to the Caprivi Region of Namibia and Etosha National Park, and down to Swakopmund and Sesriem so prepare for some amazing game viewing and beautiful wilderness.

Highlights

Included

  • Limited participation, assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tents.
  • The price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst travelling with us.

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks

SKU: CAS1411
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari – Botswana 

We embark on a lengthy journey today via the Trans-Kalahari-Highway which is a moderately new road that provides a significant link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Our route today carries us to the tiny town of Gobabis, one of the primary livestock farming hubs of Namibia, and then onto the border in Botswana. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we make our way through rural Botswana to Ghanzi, situated in the middle of cattle farming Botswana. Ghanzi is located almost in the exact centre of the Kalahari Desert and was virtually unheard of before the construction of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway.

Distance: 550 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Ghanzi – Okavango Delta – Botswana

We awake early today for a swift stopover in Ghanzi to gather any last minute provisions before carrying on west through the dunes of the Kalahari and passing small towns en route. You will notice a transformation in the types of plant life upon our arrival on the western edge of the magnificent Okavango Delta. From here we travel north for a while before heading west as we make our way into the Delta itself where we will see for the first time the dense plant life of the region. We then set up camp on the banks of a beautiful, untouched African lagoon.

Distance: 450 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Okavango Delta – Botswana

Today we are in the land of the River People, meaning that we will travel through this region by means of boat and mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) that carry us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Our primary mode of transportation, mokoros, are incredibly crafted for use in the narrow water channels of the Delta and permit us to journey further into the Okavango than if we were to utilize any other form of transport. Mokoros can carry up to three people, with the driver being the third who stands on the edge of the canoe and ‘poles’ us through the snaking waterways.

We set up camp on riverbanks and islands, beneath massive endemic trees as we share the landscape with the locals as well as the indigenous African animals. The Okavango is filled with incredible wildlife, and we will be sure to keep a lookout for these creatures during both mokoro rides and bush walks.

PLEASE NOTE: The bathroom facilities in the Okavango Delta can be best described as rustic. There is plenty of water but it is used, straight from the river (boiled first). There is no electricity and we will enjoy bucket showers and basic toilet facilities. These conditions will prevail for the two days on the islands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: Okavango Delta – Botswana

When we are familiar with our wilderness routine, we typically embark on a lengthy bush walk in the early morning to view the environment in the hopes of seeing some big game. We make our way back to camp before the afternoon to enjoy a lovely brunch. This gives us a chance to unwind under the shade during the hot afternoon and from most camps, our polers will be happy to oblige in taking us to a secure swimming spot.

Later in the day there is a shorter walk offered, or a mokoro tour in the cooler early evening. Watching the incredible sunset from the river is an unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5: Okavango Delta – Botswana

The Okavango River People’s lifestyle has stayed virtually untouched for hundreds of years. It is a calming environment set in a beautifully wild landscape. We make our way back to our first camp today, travelling along the sparkling waters which are home to an incredible range of birdlife. There is the opportunity to spot some crocodile and hippopotamus in the rivers before setting up our last camp among the dense riverine vegetation.

We head back to camp via motorboats and hope to reach the lagoon in the early afternoon. We will then be treated to one last evening next to the waters of the magnificent Okavango Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6: Okavango Delta – Rundu – Namibia

We hit the road again today and head off to our next destination, Namibia. There will be border formalities after which we head directly to the Mahango Game Reserve which is a small, Park situated on the Okavango River edge. We game drive through the Park, giving us the opportunity to catch a glimpse of elusive species of Namibia, including the Roan antelope and mighty sable antelope.

Our camp for this evening is located just outside of the Reserve where we spend the night once more next to the Okavango River. However, this time we are camped next to the main river that travels from the highlands of Angola through the pan handle to waters end, the Delta.

Distance: 350 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Rundu – Namutoni, East Etosha Region – Namibia

A brief journey today carries us to the town of Rundu, situated in northern Namibia, where we have some time to explore the local market before making our way down through the Kavango Region. We will take a couple of breaks en route at different kraals to view local artworks and sculptures.

We then make our way to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park, aiming to arrive in time for a filling lunch. This will give us time to unwind before making our way into the park during the cool late afternoon in order to embark on our first game drive.

Distance: 450 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Namutoni, East Etosha Region – Namibia

Today we head out on a game drive in the early morning. We then pay a visit to a few of the various waterholes in the region in the hopes of spotting some of the big game of Etosha that have come down for a morning drink. The game drives through the Namutoni region are some of the finest in the Park. We traverse a couple of different landscapes today, ranging from wooded regions to open savannah and, in the rainy season, wetland. We head back to Namutoni in the early afternoon and following a tasty lunch we will have time to unwind during the hot midday. The pool here is fantastically refreshing, shaded by large palm trees and just a short way away from the waterhole.

We embark on a brief game drive in the early evening, frequently journeying out to one of the popular waterholes where we wait patiently for big game to come to us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: East Etosha region – Okaukuejo – Namibia

Today we embark on an entire day of game driving. We leave early in the morning in order to enjoy the crisp morning air as we make our way through Etosha to Halali camp, located in the centre of the Park. En route, we pay a visit to a couple of waterholes and are offered incredible views of the impressive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is typically superb, giving us an opportunity to check off a few new species that are not usually spotted on the Namutoni park side.

Stopping at Halali in the afternoon, we are given time to unwind and to enjoy a lovely lunch. We will also have time to pay a visit to the Halali waterhole as well as to make use of the camp’s swimming pool and bar facilities prior to continuing our game drive down to Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo is well-known for its waterhole that has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. Located right on the doorstep of our accommodation for tonight, we will most likely see black rhino, elephant, lion and several species of antelope.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Camping

Day 10: Okaukuejo – Twyfelfontein – Damaraland – Namibia

Departing from Etosha, we make our way through the desert and the most picturesque region of our safari. We make a stopover at the tiny town of Outjo where there are delicious sticky cakes and coffee available. We then travel westward to Khorixas, Damarland’s capital. We have a brief rest here and then make our way into the desert. We make a stopover at the Petrified Forest geological site, where we will be led on a tour by a local guide who teaches us about the ancient trees, before carrying on to Twyfelfontein.

The landscapes of Damaraland are some of the finest in all of Namibia, encompassing open grasslands that are peppered with giant stone ‘koppies’ which gives the feeling of being encircled by mountains. In this region you will be able to spot animals such as elephant, black rhino, springbok, ostrich, and gemsbok. We hope to arrive in the late morning, giving us time to unwind in the shade before embarking on an early evening outing to Twyfelfontein itself, where a local guide will educate us about prehistoric Bushman paintings/petroglyphs. We also pay a visit to one more geological site in the region known as the Organ Pipes.

Distance: 400 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund – SkeletonCoast – Namibia

We travel through more gorgeous surroundings in Damaraland today, passing the tallest mountain in Namibia at a height of 2,573 metres, the Brandberg. We make our first stopover in the morning in the tiny town of Uis, an ancient mining town and one of the finest places to purchase semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is renowned. It is here that you can find rough Amethyst, Tourmaline and others at bargain prices!

We turn directly west from here and cross gritty plains whilst making our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. We meet up with the ocean at Henties Bay, but first travel north along the coast in order to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At specific times of the year, over 100,000 Cape Fur seals gather here.

Our next destination is Swakopmund, travelling along the Skeleton Coast into the premier seaside town of Namibia. We will stop en route for lunch. Tonight we have the opportunity to try out one of the fantastic local restaurants (at own expense). The Swakopmund seafood is definitely a must-have!  We also make the most of being back in a main centre by leaving the tents loaded and checking into holiday chalets.

Distance: 400 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Swakopmund – Namibia

We have today free in order to allow the group to spend the day at their leisure. Only breakfast will be provided today which gives you the flexibility of exploring Swakopmund.

Swakopmund is a charming coastal town with plenty of stores, a long stretch of beach, open-air curio markets, cafes and restaurants. There is also the Namibian National Marine Aquarium which will give you an insight into the what lies beneath the waters of Swakopmund. Otherwise, feel free to partake in the myriad of optional activities available here, including airplane and micro light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and much more. Your tour guide will inform you of all optional activities before you arrive in Swakopmund and can arrange these for you.

PLEASE NOTE:  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense. Lunch and dinner today is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Chalet

Day 13: Swakopmund – Namib Desert/ Agama or Sesriem area – Namibia

Our first stopover today is made in Walvis Bay, located approximately 40 kilometres south of Swakopmund. South of the town is a massive marine lagoon which hosts a wide variety of marine birdlife, flamingos in particular. We pay a brief visit to the lagoon to observe the birds and travel a short distance to Walvis Bay to gather last minute provisions before again making our way into the desert. The second portion of our travels today carries us over more of the never-ending Namib gravel terrain. Then without much warning, the landscape transforms into mountain desert.

We head across a few open grass savannah and farmlands before the landscape begins to transform into the vibrant red sand dune desert of the Namib. From here it is a brief distance to our following stopover in the small town of Solitaire. We attempt to reach our camp in the early evening to observe the glowing colours transform on faraway mountains in the east.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 14: Agama / Sesriem Area – Sossusvlei – Namibia

Today we embark on an early morning drive in order to catch a glimpse of the exceptional desert sunrise. Once we’ve passed through the Sesriem (the gateway to the dunes), we make our way into the centre of the dune fields, finally arriving at Sossusvlei on foot, walking the final 5 kilometres through the dunes themselves.

Beautiful photographic opportunities are abundant in the cool morning, with the gentle light of dawn lighting up the dunes from their summits to their bases. During these sunrises, orange blazes all around the desert and creates a contrasting landscape across the entire area. Old mineral pans, undersized camel thorn trees and the possibility of spotting a gemsbok or ostrich make taking your camera along an essential part of this trip.

Our morning is spent in the surrounds of Sossusvlei, paying a visit to the world famous Dune 45. As the day winds down to a finish, we make our way back to Sesriem for a tasty lunch and to reach some shade during the hot hours of the afternoon. As the temperature drops in the early evening, we embark on a brief trip to the Sesriem Canyon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Agama / Sesriem Area – Windhoek – Namibia

Following a good breakfast, we head off over the mountains and travel through picturesque roads to reach Windhoek. We will travel to the ‘N/a’an ku se Namib Conservation Centre’ which is situated in the Solitaire area. Over 500 hectares of the area is specifically for conservation and hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking. You will be educated about the carnivore surveillance in the Namib area.

We then make our way over the Naukluft Mountains as well as the Khomas Hochland Mountain range, through the stunning Remhoogte Pass on our journey back to civilization. We reach the city in the late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your lodging upon our arrival, or taken to the airport.

Distance: 450 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Activities

  • Caonoeing along Okavango Delta
  • Etosha National Park
  • Petrified Forest Geological site
  • Bushmen engravings
  • Visit to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross
  • Namibian National Marine Aquarium
  • Dune 45


Other Activities

  • Aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert
  • Scenic drives
  • Fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat)
  • Four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund
  • Sand boarding trips (also in the dunes)
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing

 

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