Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari (24 Days)

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Highlights

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  • Starts: Windhoek
  • Ends: Windhoek

Countries Visited

Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Why You'll Love this Tour

Comfort, flexibility, and life changing adventures are at the heart of this small group tour. Hop aboard our custom built trucks in Windhoek and kick back as you journey through the region’s safari heavy-weight destinations. Spend your days mesmerised by iconic highlights such Skeleton Coast, the Big Cats of Okonjima, the Stone Age culture of the Himba Tribes, and the elephants of Chobe National Park. By night, the glow of the campfire and the sweet sounds of nature are sure to bewitch.


Tour Style Camping Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Min 2 Max 14
Age Range All Ages
Length 24 days
Tour SKU CAS1410

Tour Price

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Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at ZAR 53 060 (Jan - June) - 61 565 (Jul - Dec). Currency fluctuations may occur

Dates Tour Length: 24 days


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Included

  • Transport: 1-4 guests: Toyota Quantum with a purpose built trailer. 5-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle)
  • 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.
  •  1 day return to Windhoek at the end of the trip.
  • Three meals a day (unless differently specified)
  • Tea & coffee in camp
  • All camping equipment
  • Park entrance fees
  • Camping OR accommodation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Camp Assistant (unless differently specified)

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Pillow
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Spending money
  • Gratuities

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price:

  • Visit to the Mesosaurus Fossil Site
  • Educational tour at Africa Foundation (home of African big cats)
  • Game viewing in Etosha National Park
  • Floodlit waterholes
  • Visit to the Himba Tribe
  • Bushmen rock engravings
  • Cape Cross Seal Colony
  • Namibian National Marine Aquarium
  • Mokoro trips (traditional canoes)


Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • 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
  • Marine trip around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins

Itinerary

Day 1 : Windhoek – Kalahari, Namibia

Today you will be fetched from your accommodation at Windhoek between 08h00 and 08h30. We journey southward on the main highway, travelling through the Kalahari Desert extending onto the eastern incline of Republic Namibia. Passing through Rehoboth, the traditional home of the Baster people and then to Kalkrand. We make a few stops before making our way into the Kalahari Desert. Very different from the Namib, the Kalahari Desert tends to surprise most people when they first see it. Bearing in mind it is not a desert, as more rain falls here than a true desert however large amounts of greenery will not be found here. The Kalahari’s dunes are unique, with more greenery than other deserts.

In the afternoon, hop onto one of the game drive vehicles for a sunset drive.

Accommodation: Bagatelle Kalahari Ranch Campsite
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 270kms

Day 2 : Kalahari – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site. Then we travel via Keetmanshoop to our camp in the Fish River area. Here you will explore the Quivertree Forest. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dichotomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.

Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 400kms

Day 3 : Fish River – Luderitz, Namibia

Known for its extremely beautiful scenery and the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon, The Fish River Canyon has views that are impossible to forget. The water destruction and crumbling of the valley formed the tall rock faces and deep ravines in the earth’s crust about 500 million years ago. Measuring at 160km tall and 27 km wide and extending far down at almost 550m.

We then pack up camp and head to the coastal town of Luderitz where there are quaint colonial-style buildings that overlook the bay. On some days the the waters are an iridescent blue and other days a stormy grey. Here you can see the fishing boats bobbing up and down and penguins and seals frolicking in the waters.

We should arrive at our guest house in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight will be for your own account.

Accommodation: Luderitz Nest Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 430kms

Day 4 : Luderitz – Aus, Namibia

You have the opportunity today to go on an optional excursion and take a marine trip around Luderitz Bay. Depending on the weather you may be able to go to Halifax Island and see the Jackass Penguins. Please note that the cruise is subject to availability and for the client’s own expense.

We stop off in the town of Luderitz with its traditional German architecture and then head to Diaz Point to see the bird life, some seals and the stone cross replica which was erected by Bartholomew Diaz. Immediately afterwards we drive to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town. The area was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. Since then the desert has encroached over the town giving it an eerie feeling.

Tonight we rest in a private reserve called Klein Aus Vista located in the Aus Mountain Range. You can spend time relaxing here and admiring the sunset over the mountains.

Accommodation: Klein-Aus Vista Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Distance: 125kms

Day 5 : Aus – Sesriem, Namibia

Heading deep into the southern part of the Namib, we make our way across gravel roads passing small rural areas along the way. The landscape is rough with rounded ‘koppies’ of arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock due to erosion.

Travelling through the land, our scenery changes to some greenery before entering the red sand dune desert of Namib. We intend on reaching the camp site before the evening so you can enjoy the pleasures of the stunning views the distant mountains have to offer.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 350kms

Day 6 : Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem, Namibia

Waking in the early hours of the morning so that we do not miss the magical sunrise of the desert. Journeying through the settlement of Sesriem, we arrive at Sossusvlei. Experience a walk like no other, just a few kilometres through the dunes, with the refreshing morning air on your skin and the daylight rising just above the you.

You have the morning to explore Sossusvlei as well as Dune 45. Be ready to capture picture perfect moments with the chance of witnessing a gemsbok or an ostrich as well as the ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees. Returning to Sesriem for lunch and  pay a visit to the Sesriem Canyon late afternoon.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 120kms

Day 7 : Sesriem – Windhoek, Namibia

We travel from Sesriem to Windhoek, crossing the mountains and the picturesque roads before making our way back to Windhoek. We take the Naukluft Mountain Pass, as well as the Hochland Range. We arrive late afternoon in the city where you will be dropped at your accommodation.

Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 350kms

Day 8 : Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat Foundation, Namibia

Today we journey north, making short stops in small towns along the way, including Okahandja, where we will be given time to pay a visit to the biggest wood-carving market in Namibia. This market functions on a local cooperative basis and is one of the finest places to purchase authentic Namibian souvenirs. As we carry on north, we pass through lush farmlands and eventually arrive at Okonjima in the mid-afternoon, which allows us time to set up camp and unwind in the cool shade for a bit before participating in optional activities offered this afternoon.

Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation – a specialist conservation concern that revolves its operations around the African Big Cats (in particular, the cheetah). In the afternoon, you will be led on a guided tour that will allow you the chance to experience some incredible close-up encounters with some of the majestic cheetah that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme. Majority of the animals residing in Okonjima have been rescued from countless awful situations that have left them orphaned or injured by traps. The goal of the rehabilitation process is to try to return these harmed animals safely back into the wild.

Following our informative outing, we head back to our campsite for the night in order to prepare for supper beneath the twinkling of the star-speckled African sky.

Accommodation: Okonjima Campsite
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 300kms

Day 9: Okonjima/Africat – Namutoni/ East Etosha Region, Namibia

We have an early start to our day today. We carry on northward, passing through several small towns on the way and making brief stops for fresh supplies and fuel. We make our way to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park, aiming to arrive in time for a satisfying 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.

Accommodation: Namutoni Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 300kms

Day 10 : East Etosha Region – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, 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. Halali is positioned at the base of a dolomite hill and is encompassed by large Mopane trees. 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. This will be our camp for the night. After dinner we take a two minute walk to the floodlit waterhole for some exceptional game viewing. We will most likely see black rhino, elephant, lion and several species of antelope.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 : Okaukuejo – Grootberg area, Namibia

Departing from Etosha, we start our travels southward with a reasonably brief drive to the small town of Kamanjab. In this area, we pay a visit to the Himba Village – the only traditionally operating Himba community outside of the far north Kaokoland area of Namibia. The tribes-people who have migrated here have managed to keep their lifestyles and customs intact and continue to follow their traditional way of life in their farm villages. The precise location of these sites differs due to the Himba relocating to new areas every once in a while. It is here that we will be educated about traditional marriage costumes, traditional food and, of course, the mysteries of the ‘Holy Fire’ religion. This trip is highly informative and insightful.

From here, it is a brief journey to the Hoada Community Campsite, situated amongst gorgeous rocky hills and mopane trees. Adding to the eco-friendly environment, the hot water system operates in combination with the barbeque area, therefore, whilst your meal is being prepared, the water for your shower will be heated up. Tonight we camp beneath the gorgeous African sky, sprinkled with glimmering stars.

Accommodation: Hoada Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 310kms

Day 12 : Grootberg Area – Twyfelfontein, Namibia

We make our way into one of the most stunning desert areas of Namibia today – Damaraland. Travelling west via the Grootberg Pass, we detour in order to pay a visit to the famous ancient Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. In this area, we will be led on a short tour by a local guide before setting up camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Madisa Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 190kms

Day 13 : Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we make our way deeper into the desert, passing The Brandberg (Namibia’s tallest mountain at 2,573 metres) as well as the gorgeous scenery of Damaraland. Making a quick stop in the old mining town of Uis, we are introduced to the best places to purchase semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. 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. Our goal is to arrive in the early evening, giving us some time to explore a bit of the town on foot before the sun sets.

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. Your guide will offer to put together a group meal in a local restaurant for tonight where participation is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Accommodation: Prost Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 420kms

Day 14 : Swakopmund – Windhoek, Namibia

Our journey back to Windhoek today will take approximately four and a half hours. We will only be leaving after lunch, which allows us some time to spend our morning in Swakopmund doing a bit of unwinding. A lovely seaside town rife with various shops, beaches and an open-air curio market, Swakopmund also boasts an exquisite museum as well as the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.

If you’d like to spend your free time here doing something a little more adventurous instead, a variety of Optional Activities will be available, including airplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (from beach or boat), quad biking trips into the desert and over the sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also taking place in the dunes), skydiving, bird-watching and plenty more. You will be provided with all information needed by your tour guide who will discuss possible adventures for you to partake in prior to reaching Swakopmund in order to proceed with booking in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: All additional activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are at the client’s own risk and expense.

Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 350kms

Day 15 : Windhoek – Gobabis Area, Namibia

Today you will be fetched between 09h00 and 09h30.

Our route today carries us to the tiny town of Gobabis, one of the primary livestock farming hubs of Namibia. Here we set up camp and explore the craft area where we meet the San family at the bush camp. Enjoy an afternoon bush walk with the Bushmen, learning about the hunting skills and cultures of this unique tribe.

We return to camp after our walk and our evening is spent enjoying the sun setting while experiencing San cultural dances and singing. Dinner is prepared over an open campfire and enjoyed under the stars this evening.

Accommodation: Uakii San Campsite
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 350kms

Day 16 : Ghanzi – Guma/Okavango Delta, Botswana

We awake early today for a swift stopover in Ghanzi to gather any last minute provisions before carrying on east and then north, 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.

Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 450kms

Day 17 : 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 utilise 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. This is the most spectacular way to view this stunning region. Later in the day we head back to camp for yet another evening spent near the Okavango waters.

Accommodation:  Guma Lagoon Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 : Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia

We hit the road today and head to our next destination, Namibia. We will need to complete some border formalities, before we set off for the Mahango Game Reserve 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. We continue our drive along the Caprivi Strip which is an narrow stretch of territory that runs parallel to Botswana’s northern border. You will find many small communities with friendly inhabitants welcoming you along this route.

We camp beside the Kwando River.

Accommodation: Camp Kwando
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 345kms

Day 19 : Kwando – Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana

Known for its community tourism product, Lizauli Traditional Village gives you the opportunity to experience a glimpse of life in a traditional village.  They show you how to stamp a millet, how grained can be stored and the different kind of transport used. Forging of metal tools and knives can be viewed, while the hand-made bellows are a operated by the assistants. Feel free to interact with the traditional healer.

We then eventually arrive in the easternmost town of Namibia, Katima Mulilo. We will have a brief stopover here before making our way back across the border and into Botswana. The route we travel carries us into the renowned Chobe National Park, which is home to the world’s biggest concentration of African Elephants. Here, our chances of spotting big game are extremely high as we journey through the Park to the tiny town of Kasane. We set up camp at a local lodge situated on the Chobe Riverbanks.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 230kms + 420kms

Day 20 : Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana

We awake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee before we enjoy a game drive to explore the marvels of the Chobe National Park. Game drives inside the Park give us the chance to observe massive elephant herds and other big game up close. There is also the chance to have a close-up encounter with one of the large African predators here. We then unwind over lunch at camp before embarking on a river boat cruise that carries us back into the Park. From the boat we will be treated to magnificent views of abundant wildlife that wander along the riverbanks and swim in the sparkling waters on which we glide.

Crocodiles and hippos are plentiful in the Chobe River and on the riverbanks you can usually spot a large variety of antelope and game such as elephant, buffalo and Big Cats who have come down to the river for an evening drink. The Chobe River offers a wide range of habitats for birdlife, providing amazing opportunities to spot some of these magnificent creatures.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 : Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Our journey today takes us to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities we make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.

Our campsite sits right in the middle of Victoria Falls town making it a perfect place to be based with all amenities within walking distance. The Camp is only 2 km’s from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls. There are many optional activities available in Victoria Falls such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, various river excursions and scenic flights. You can enjoy a lovely meal at one of the restaurants tonight at your own expense.

PLEASE NOTE: All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at the clients own risk and expense.

Accommodation: Shearwwater Explorers Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 80kms

Day 22 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today is spent at your leisure exploring the region or partaking in some of the Optional Activities on offer here. This makes for a fantastic chance to unwind and soak in the beauty of your surroundings. For some of the group it will be their final evening tonight, spent in an incredible area with wonderful food and company. Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village
Meals: Breakfast

Day 23 : Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia – Rundu, Namibia (Return Transfer)

We bid adieu to our fellow travellers who leave us today and then begin our lengthy journey back to Windhoek. We travel into Livingstone, Zambia and then into Namibia to travel along the Caprivi Strip and spend our evening next to the tiny town of Rundu, located in northern Namibia. We camp on the grounds of a lodge situated on the Okavango Riverbanks, overlooking Angola on the far riverbank.

Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price of your transfer.

Accommodation:  n’Kwazi Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 700kms

Most clients depart in Victoria Falls to save on the long transit back to Windhoek.

Day 24 : Rundu – Windhoek, Namibia

We awake early today and embark on a long drive south through the province of Kavango, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before arriving at our last destination of the tour, Windhoek. We will make some stopovers at a few of the local wood carving stalls as well as the marketplace at Okahandja before reaching the city. You will then be transferred to your accommodation for the evening, marking the end of our wonderful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 800kms

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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