24 Day – Namibia and Botswana – The Ultimate 4×4 Safari


TOUR ENQUIRY


Duration:

24 Days / 23 Nights

Accommodation:

  • Mixture of camping and some alternative accommodation.
  • 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:

  • 24 Days – Toyota S / Cab 2 Berth Fully Equipped 4 x 4 Camper or Similar – Windhoek to Victoria Falls.
  • Includes – Contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / multiple drivers / cleaning & Southern Africa cross border permit.

Flights:

  • No domestic flight required.
  • For this tour you need to book your international flights to arrive in Windhoek and depart from Victoria Falls via Windhoek or Johannesburg.

 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: *** (-)


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: Local Campsite (-)


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: Local Campsite (-)


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 campsite / 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. Meals can be enjoyed at anyone of a number of good restaurants found in town, which are all within safe walking distance from your campsite. Overnight in Swakopmund.

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)


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: Local Campsite (-)


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:: Local Campsite (-)


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: Local Campsite (-)


Day 12 & 13:

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

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)


Day 14:  

Depart after breakfast from Etosha via Namutoni Gate, visit Lake Otjikoto outside Tsumeb. Also enjoy an interesting visit to the very unique Hoba Meteorite, before driving to the 22 000 hectare Okonjima private game reserve, home of the Africat Foundation – the world’s largest cheetah and leopard release program. Arrive in time for lunch and an exciting afternoon / sunset safari – tracking that illusive leopard. Overnight on the reserve.

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

Included activity:

  • Evening / sunset open vehicle safari with the camp ranger – tracking leopard.

Day 15:

After breakfast and your included visit to the cheetah / leopard enclosure at Okonjima, you drive via Windhoek and the town of Gobabis to the Namibia / Botswana border post of “Buitepos”. Overnight on route to the border.

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)


Day 16:

Depart early for your longest travelling day on this safari. Cross the border into Botswana and drive to the town of Maun situated on the eastern boundary of the world famous Okavango Delta. Overnight on the outskirts of Maun near the southern gate to the Moremi Game Reserve. 

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)


Day 17, 18, 19 & 20:

Enter into the Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River drains the summer (January-February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1200 kilometers in approximately one month. The waters then spread over a 250 x 150 km area of the delta, over the next four months (March-June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from all around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

You have the next couple of days for some serious “4 x 4 ing”, whilst touching on the Okavango, before continuing on through the Moremi Game Reserve where one can experience excellent views of Savannah game, as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the rare leopard, and then it’s off to the Savuti region in the Chobe National Park, which is home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti is known for its mysterious vanishing river, the Savuti Channel, which is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers). It is also famous for its lions, hyenas and vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dog.

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)


Day 21 & 22:  

Depart from Savuti for your camp situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, where you will have the afternoon and the following day 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 into the Chobe National Park. I recommend that you make use of these services. Overnight at Kasane – Botswana

Accommodation: Local Campsite (-)

Optional activities:

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

Day 23:  

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. You then have the afternoon and the next morning to explore what this magnificent stretch of Africa has to offer. There are a host of optional activities available:

  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Tour to Livingstone Island in Zambia
  • Tiger fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Quad-biking
  • Game safaris to Mosi-o-Tunya Park
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Walking with the lions
  • Helicopter / micro light & Tiger Moth flights over the falls
  • White water rafting
  • Zip-line
  • Bungee jumping.

Overnight in the village of Victoria Falls situated on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River.

Accommodation: **** (-)


Day 24:

Morning at leisure before you drive to Victoria Falls Airport in order for you to catch your connecting flight home via Windhoek or Johannesburg (O R Tambo International Airport). Drop-off your hired vehicle at the airport.

Accommodation: – (B)


TOUR ENQUIRY


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Included:      Accommodation (Camping to 4*), vehicle hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cross border permit & international one-way drop-off fee and meals as indicated.

Excluded:    Air tickets, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, porter-age, gratuities, conservation fees, entrance fees, purchases of items of a personal nature and excess baggage.


 

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