22 Day – Wonders of Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls


TOUR ENQUIRY


Duration:  22 Days / 21 Nights

Accommodation:

  • Camping 4×4 available.
  • Accommodation is subject to availability, if our first choice accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
  • The standard of the accommodation that we recommend is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Various car hire groups as per your budget.
  • Hire from Windhoek / Return to Johannesburg.
  • Includes – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / 1 x one-way international drop-off fee and cross border permit.

Day 1:

Morning arrival in Namibia. Our representative will be at the Windhoek Airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your rental vehicle at the airport, which is situated about 45 km north east of the city centre. Depending on your time of arrival in Namibia, you could check-in to your accommodation establishment and then explore the capital or first explore the capital, a charming city with a blend of African and European cultures. Much of the architecture has been influenced by German occupation dating back between 1884 and 1914. Our recommended restaurant for tonight is the famous Joe’s Beerhouse. Overnight in Windhoek.

Accommodation: *** (-)


Day 2 & 3:

After breakfast, travel south via the small town of Keetmanshoop to the Fish River Canyon, visit on route the “Kokerboom / Quiver Tree Forest” and “Giant’s Play Ground”. The next day you get to visit the Fish River Canyon, which is the second largest of its kind in the world. There are various viewpoints along the lip of the canyon that one can explore. Overnight near the Fish River Canyon. 

Accommodation: *** (B)


Day 4 & 5:

Leaving the canyon behind, you continue north into the true Namib Desert with its continually shifting barchans’ dunes, barren landscape and an awe-inspiring sense of space. Watch a dramatic sunrise over the world’s largest dunes and then walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes, visit Dead Valley and explore Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: **** (D & B)

Included activity:

  • Full day 4 x 4 escorted tour to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon

Day 6 & 7:

Travel via the “Kuiseb Canyon” and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. You will have the afternoon and the next day at leisure in this town with its beautiful beaches, market places, curio shops, restaurants, etc. Optional activities such as the below can be booked at your accommodation establishment or at a local activity centre:

  • Camel rides
  • Fishing
  • Desert tours and activities
  • Desert sport activities
  • Boat cruise in Walvis Bay

Evenings at leisure. Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at anyone of a number of good restaurants in town, which are all within safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.

Accommodation: **** (B)


Day 8:

A morning at leisure, before driving up the coast to Cape Cross for a visit to one of the largest Cape fur seal breeding colonies in southern Africa and to see the Diego Câo Cross indicating where this first European (Portuguese) explorer landed in Namibia during his voyage in 1486. Afternoon & evening at leisure.

Accommodation: **** (D & B) – Sea View


Day 9 & 10:

Travel up and across the “Skeleton Coast” and the Skeleton Coast National Park to the southern Kunene region, an area formerly known as Damaraland. This entire region is one of the remotest areas on earth (if you look at people per km², then Namibia is also known as one of the least populated countries in the world). Damaraland also has unique landscapes with its unusual mountain and rock formations. The next day you can visit various attractions that are scattered around the area, sites such as: “The White Lady” paintings in the Brandberg Mountains, “Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings”, Burnt Mountain and the “Petrified Forest”. This is an area where Khoikhoi (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks. This art that dates back thousands of years can be viewed on a number of different guided walks / tours. Overnight near Twyfelfontein / Brandberg.

Accommodation: *** (D & B)


Day 11:

Travel to the wonderful Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks in Southern Africa. Depending on the direction you are travelling on your journey, you could visit the “Dinosaur Footprints” on route and then enter the park either through Galton Gate or Andersson Gate. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the park. Overnight in the park.

Accommodation: **** (B)


Day 12 & 13:

Spend another two days in Etosha in search of the endangered black rhino, the magnificent Kalahari lion, elephant, leopard and a host of other wonderful animals, birds & creatures. Overnight in the park.

Accommodation: **** (B)


Day 14:

Depart early after breakfast from Etosha via Von Lindequist Gate, visit Lake Otjikoto outside the mining town of Tsumeb and the very unique Hoba Meteorite near Grootfontein. Then continue your drive north through Rundu in Kavango Land to Popa Falls. Overnight on the south bank of the Kavango River near Popa Falls, which is found on the western end of the so called “Caprivi Strip”.

Accommodation: *** (B) 


Day 15 & 16:                                                                      

Set off after breakfast for Kasane / Chobe, where you will have the next 2 days to relax and explore the beauty of Chobe – Botswana, an area that is home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephant. There are safaris and boat cruises that depart daily from the various campsites and lodges to the Chobe National Park. Overnight at Kasane – Botswana

Accommodation: **** (B)

Optional activities:

  • Morning – Open vehicle safari – Chobe National Park.
  • Afternoon – Open vehicle safari – Chobe National Park.
  • Afternoon – Sunset cruise down the Chobe River.
  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe / Zambezi Rivers.
  • Scenic flights over the Okavango Delta.

Day 17:

Included full day escorted tour, as you cannot take your hired vehicle into Zimbabwe (unless you book a 4×4) – cross the border at Kazungula to Zimbabwe for a visit to one of the “natural wonders of the world”. Although Dr David Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls on the 16 November 1855 from Livingstone Island in Zambia, the best view of the Victoria Falls is without a doubt from the Zimbabwe side. Enjoy lunch and some time at leisure at the “grand old lady” – colonial style Victoria Falls Hotel, before returning to Kasane for the night.

Accommodation: **** (B)


Day 18:

The morning at leisure in Kasane or you could organize a river cruise to a very unique international border line on the confluence of the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers, as this is the “only place in the world where 4 countries meet”, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. After your cruise, you drive south to the village of Nata. If you do not do the cruise and you happen to depart Kasane early, you could book on arrival at your lodge in Nata a sunset open vehicle safari to the “Nata Bird Sanctuary” in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The Sowa (Sua) Pan that you will see is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² and it is known for its prolific birdlife in the wet season. If you don’t manage to do this trip this afternoon you can book an early morning / sunrise open vehicle safari to the bird sanctuary for tomorrow morning. Overnight near Nata.

Accommodation: *** (B)


Day 19:

This day involves quite a bit of travelling. Drive to Serowe and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros, to restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state, to provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. Covering approximately 4300 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 bird species.

Accommodation: ** (-)


Day 20 & 21:

Depart for South Africa. Cross over the “great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River” that forms the natural border between South Africa and Botswana. Enter the country through the Groblersbrug border post and then drive to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa. You have a couple of days here to just relax and reflect on the completion of your great adventure, as well search for the “Big 5” and a host of other animals that you might have missed in Namibia and Botswana. Overnight in / near the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Accommodation: *** (B)


Day 22:

Enjoy a relaxing morning, before driving to Johannesburg, the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rentals office at O R Tambo International Airport. There will be time for some last minute shopping on route. Catch your onward flight or flight home.

Accommodation: – (B)

Optional activity:

  • Escorted – Township tour of SOWETO with an accredited guide.

TOUR ENQUIRY


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Included:   Accommodation (2 – 4*), vehicle hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / 1 x one-way international drop-off fee & cross border permit, full day escorted tours to Sossusvlei / Sesriem Canyon / Dead Valley and Victoria Falls, activities and meals as indicated.

Excluded:   Air tickets, passport / visa fees (Zimbabwe – pay in cash on arrival US$ 35.00 per person), travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, purchases, porter-age, gratuities, conservation & entrance fees and cost of excess baggage, etc.


 

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