23 Day – Namibia, Victoria Falls and Botswana (Okavango Delta)


TOUR ENQUIRY


Duration:  23 Days / 22 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 better than our grading, due to the fact that we selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Only 4×4 vehicles.
  • Hire from Windhoek / Return to Windhoek.
  • Includes – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cross border permit / multiple drivers and cleaning fees.

Day 1:

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 city or first explore the capital, which is 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: *** (B)


Day 2 & 3:

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 visit. 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 Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: **** (D & B)


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 & activities
  • Flights over the desert
  • 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 (a bit smelly but interesting!!!) 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 to the park, you could visit the “Dinosaur Footprints” on route. 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 couple of 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 found on the far 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:

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, 19 & 20:

You have the next few of days for some serious “4 x 4 ing”. Continue through Chobe National Park, Savuti, Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta where you can experience a makoro ride along some of the water channels in the delta. Chobe National Park is home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti is known for its mysterious vanishing river, the Savuti Channel and is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers) as well as lions, hyenas, Cape buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dog. In Moremi you should also experience excellent bird-watching on the lagoons and hopefully spot the rare leopard found in the thickly wooded areas. Overnight on route in the reserves.

Accommodation: **** (D & B)


Day 21:

Today you are off on another adventure – drive to Grasslands Safari Lodge in the “Central Kalahari”. Here you will get to meet some of the most interesting indigenous people of Southern Africa, the San or as commonly known – the Bushmen. Overnight near Ghanzi – Botswana.

Accommodation: **** (D, B & Activities)


Day 22:

Depart after breakfast and drive back to Windhoek. Evening at leisure and dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous good restaurants found in town. Overnight in Windhoek.

Accommodation: *** (B)


Day 23:

Enjoy a relaxing morning before catching your flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rentals office at Windhoek International Airport. There should be time for some last minute gift shopping before your departure home.

Accommodation: – (B)


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Included:   Accommodation (3 & 4*) or Camp Sites, car hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cleaning fee / cross border permit and multiple drivers, 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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