The Wonders of Namibia, Chobe & Victoria Falls

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18

Days

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For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Windhoek via Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

ZAR 98 775,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Windhoek City Tour

  • Quiver Tree Forest & Giants Playground

  • Fish River Canyon

  • Sossusvlei Dunes, Dead Valley & Sesriem Canyon

  • Walvis Bay - Boat Cruise

  • Swakopmund - Living Desert 4 X 4 Tour

  • Skeleton Coast National Park & Cape Cross

  • Damaraland - Brandberg White Lady

  • Etosha National Park

  • Popa Falls

  • Chobe National Park

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls Walking Tour

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Windhoek

  • 2 Nights - Fish River Canyon

  • 2 Nights - Namib-Naukluft National Park

  • 2 Nights - Swakopmund

  • 1 Night - Uis

  • 3 Nights - Etosha National Park

  • 1 Night - Kavango Land

  • 2 Nights - Kasane

  • 2 Nights - Victoria falls

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • Flight:

                       Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 16 Nights

  • 32 Meals: 16 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 12 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

Day 1:


Depart for Namibia on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.



Day 2:


Your guide will meet you upon your arrival at the airport in Windhoek. After checking in at your lodge, we depart on an afternoon city tour of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Visit en-route the “Christuskirche” or Christ Church, a significant landmark that was built after the wars between the Germans and the Khoikhoi, then with the Herero & Ovambo people. The tour continues to “Tinterpalast” or “The Ink Palace”, the current seat of both the National Council & National Assembly. Take a stroll through Parliament Gardens before visiting the Rider Memorial that honours the soldiers and civilians who died on the German side in the Herero and Namaqua Wars. Also visit the Old Fort which served as the headquarters of the imperial German Schutztruppe during German colonisation. You’ll find that most of the city’s architecture has been influenced by the German colonisation. End the tour with a visit to the historic Cape Dutch style Railway Station, another impressive building found in this charming city, with its blend of African and European cultures. Windhoek was developed at the country's geographical centre, on the site of a permanent hot spring found in the Khomas Highlands. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant with fellow travellers and your guide who will also be the tour manager. Overnight in Windhoek.


Accommodation:  Windhoek

Meals:  Dinner



Day 3 & 4:


Travel south via the small towns of Rehoboth, Mariental & Keetmanshoop to the Fish River Canyon. Lunch along the way. En-route we’ll also visit the Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) Forest and Giants' Playground. There are over 250 Quiver Trees found in this forest and some are hundreds of years old. They are known as the Quiver Tree because the San people traditionally used its branches to make quivers. The San also believed that the tree will bring you good luck if you nurture it. Adjacent to the Quiver Tree Forest is Giants' Playground where 160 million year old dolerite formations have been exposed due to the weathering of the surrounding sedimentary rock. These are fascinating angular formations that resemble huge building blocks. The next morning we visit Hell’s Bend and other viewpoints of the Fish River Canyon. This spectacular canyon is the largest in Africa and the second largest in the world, after the magnificent Grand Canyon. The Fish River, the longest interior river in Namibia, has eroded over millions of years a gigantic ravine which now stretches 160 km (100 miles) long, 27 km (17 miles) wide and 550 meters (1804 feet) deep. Return to the lodge. You then have the rest of the day to relax in the coolness of your room or just take it easy by the swimming pool. Lunch can be had at the lodge's restaurant. This afternoon, we return to the lip of the canyon, as there are not many places better to see the sun setting over Africa than at the Fish River Canyon. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the lodge. Overnight near the Fish River Canyon.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Fish River Canyon

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 5 & 6:


Travel to the Namib-Naukluft National Park located in the southern region of the true Namib Desert, Africa’s largest conservation area. Its barren landscape, deep gorges and continually shifting barchans’ dunes leaves one with an awe-inspiring sense of space. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day we depart on an early morning escorted 4 X 4 tour to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by soaring red sand dunes. The name Sossusvlei is of mixed origin meaning “dead end marsh”, as it is here where the Tsauchab River flows into a drainage basin without outflow. Within the Sossusvlei conservation area one also finds Dead Valley, which is surrounded by the 350 meter (1150 feet) high “Big Daddy” dune, as well as Sesriem Canyon, which has been shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years and is one of the few places in the Namid Desert that holds water throughout the year. A combined visit to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon is probably Namibia’s most spectacular and best known attraction. On this memorable morning you’ll witness a dramatic sunrise over the Namid Desert, walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes or Dune 45, visit Dead Valley and explore Sesriem Canyon. Overnight near Sossusvlei.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Meals:  Breakfast, Day 6 - Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Escorted 4 x 4 tour to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon



Day 7 & 8:


Travel via Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. We arrive early so that you have the rest of the afternoon to explore this seaside town with its beautiful beaches, arts & crafts markets and curio shops. The next morning we take a short drive to the port city of Walvis Bay, where we embark on a marine educational sightseeing tour in search of the “Marine Big 5”, namely whales, dolphins, Mola Molas (fish), Leatherback turtles and Cape fur seals. Every year, between July & November, the majestic Southern Right whale and other whale species grace the shores of western Namibia. The initial cruise takes us past oyster farms and Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse. The dolphins love to swim alongside the boats and the seals & pelicans are cheeky enough to come aboard to get their daily feed. Coffee / tea will be served once on board and a scrumptious lunch with delicious platters, savoury snacks, oysters & sparkling wine is also served to round off a perfect morning. This afternoon, on our return to Swakopmund, we join an exciting guided “Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour” in search of creatures endemic to the Namib Desert. Hidden in this apparently barren landscape and amongst the dunes are Peringuey’s or Sidewinder adders, Palmato geckos with their beautiful colours and transparent skin, large Namaqua chameleons, sand-diving lizards, fish moths, beetles, FitzSimon’s burrowing skinks and dancing White Lady spiders. Evenings at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at any one of a number of restaurants or excellent seafood restaurants found within a short safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.


Accommodation:  Swakopmund

Meals:  Breakfast & Day 8 - Lunch


Included Activities:


  • Morning “Dolphin & Seal Cruise” in Walvis Bay

  • Afternoon “Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour”



Day 9:


Today we travel up the Skeleton Coast National Park to Cape Cross and across the Namib Desert. Cape Cross is now a protected area and is known as the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home to one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. We then continue on through the Namib Desert to the southern Kunene region, an area formerly known as Damaraland. This area, found in the northwestern Namib Desert, has its own unique landscape with unusual mountain and rock formations. The Brandberg Mountains are surrounded by flat Namid gravel plains allowing “Königstein” or King’s Stone, Namibia’s highest mountain standing at 2573 meters (8442 feet) above sea level to be seen from great distances. Deep within the Brandberg Mountain range there are KhoiKhoi (Bushmen) paintings dating back thousands of years. These fascinating people of the Great Kalahari and Namid Desert left their life stories on the rocks in the form of paintings & drawings. You can view some of this art and see the Brandberg White Lady painting on an included guided walking tour. The origin of this famous painting has long been an archaeological dilemma. Overnight near the Brandberg.


Accommodation:  Uis

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided walking tour to the Brandberg White Lady rock art paintings



Day 10, 11 & 12:


After breakfast, we depart for Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks of Southern Africa. Enter Etosha to the west via Galton Gate at a good time of the day for some game spotting. Etosha National Park, found in the northwestern region of the country, was first proclaimed a game reserve in 1907 when Namibia was still known as German South West Africa. The reserve that spreads over an area of 22 270 km² (8 600 miles²) got its name from the Etosha Pan, Etosha meaning “The large white place”. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino. Spend the next couple of days in Etosha in search of four of the “Big 5” animals namely rhino, lion, elephant and leopard, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. Breakfasts and lunches will be served at the camp's restaurant and dinners will be served either at the camp's restaurant or as a traditional “braai” barbeque prepared by your guide over an open fire. After dinner you can then relax with a drink around the campfire. There is no better way to get close to nature than to actually stay within the boundaries of a national park. Listen for any nocturnal visitors and even reminisce with your fellow travellers on all that you would have already seen on this safari. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Etosha National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 13:


We drive northeast to Botswana via Kavango Land and a very narrow stretch of land in Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip. En-route we visit the worlds largest known intact meteorite that weighs over 60 tonnes and it is also the largest naturally occurring piece of iron found on the earth’s surface. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner will be served at our lodge's restaurant found on the southern bank of the Kavango River. Overnight at Popa Falls. These falls are a series of cascades that are accessible by foot from the lodge.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kavango Land

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



Day 14:


From Popo Falls we cross the Ngoma Border Post to Botswana. Your lodge in Botswana is found in the town of Kasane which overlooks the Chobe River. The Chobe area is recognized for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, as well as its prolific birdlife and the abundance of game such as hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, red lechwe and puku antelope. Lunch can be had en-route. Overnight on the fringe of the Chobe National Park.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 15:


Discover the Chobe National Park and “Big 4” animal country on an early morning open vehicle safari. Return for breakfast where you then have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge, with its beautiful setting along the Chobe River or you could join an optional excursion. This afternoon we head back into the Chobe National Park on a sunset river cruise which will allow you the possibility to get “up close and personal” to an array of animals and birds. Overnight in Kasane - Botswana.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Early morning open vehicle safari into the Chobe National Park

  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River


Optional Activity:


  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River



Day 16 & 17:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning we cross the border at Kazungula into Zimbabwe. Check-in at your lodge where you can then enjoy lunch, before we join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. The falls was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls independently with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls



Day 18:


Morning at leisure before we transfer you to the Victoria Falls Airport for you to catch a midday flight to Johannesburg and your connecting flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast