Namibia and Botswana

Route: Swakopmund to Victoria Falls

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Namibia and Botswana Safaris l Lodge Tour

Introduction:
Our 14 day Namibia and Botswana Safaris form part of the 20 day Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour. If you prefer a bit more comfort while traveling around Africa, this is the tour for you!

This overland group tour departs from Swakopmund in Namibia and ends in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This tour offers a great combination of wildlife safaris, pure nature and diverse cultures.

Highlights include: Spitzkoppe, the Himba tribe, Etosha National Park, the Bushmen tribe, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and of course Victoria Falls. 

 

  • This tour is offered in two travel styles:

1. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. As described below

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2. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms. Click the link for all the info.

  • The basics:

Hotel/ Lodge option How much
Tour price ZAR 19 950
Single supplement ZAR 3900
Optional activity package ZAR 19 120
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How long 14 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Swakopmund, Namibia
End point Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals Breakfast x 13, Lunch x 11, Dinner x 10
Countries Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l Namibia and Botswana Safaris l Lodge Tour

When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:

Day 1 Swakopmund
Our Namibia and Botswana safaris start from Swakopmund. Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia. After meeting your guides, you will have the rest of the day to explore or participate in one of the many activities available here. Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day.
Optional Activities: Sky Diving, Sand boarding, Quad Biking (2 hours), Dinner out in Swakopmund

Day 2 Spitzkoppe and Khorixas
This morning we will travel on a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road. Passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to our overnight stop at Khorixas.

Day 3 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe
We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything, or not.

We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of safari in Etosha National Park.
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit.

Day 4 Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing (animal viewing) experiences in Africa. Today we explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park.
Included Activities: Afternoon game drive (safari) in overland truck.

Day 5 Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We will exit the park in the late afternoon and make our way to our accommodation outside the park.
Included Activities: Full day game drive (safari) in overland truck.

Day 6 Windhoek
We rise early and set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic center of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
Included Activities: Drive through Windhoek with the overland truck
Optional Activities: Dinner out Windhoek

Day 7 Botswana - Ghanzi
Today we travel east and make our way into Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. This afternoon there is an option of a guided walk with your San (Bushmen tribe) hosts, this is an opportunity to learn more about the San culture and interaction with their Desert environment. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.
Included Activities: Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activities: Bushman Walk

Day 8 Maun - Okavango Delta
The San people have existed in some of the harshest conditions for thousands of years and this morning you will have the opportunity of joining an optional walk with San guides to learn how they embrace the environment to survive. This afternoon we journey to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and our launching pad for the Okavango Delta excursion. Your guide will brief you on what to pack for the Delta excursion, a small daypack or overnight bag will be needed due to space restrictions for our transfers to and from camp.

Day 9 Okavango Delta
This morning we board our flight and embark on our Okavango Delta excursion. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquility of this wilderness area remains constant.

Those of you not doing the Delta excursion will remain behind in Maun for the next 2 nights, where you can relax or partake in optional activities including scenic flights and mokoro trips.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated).

Day 10 Okavango Delta
A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the program of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

Day 11 Nata
Leaving the Delta behind we touch down in Maun this morning and reunite with our truck. Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree and we will catch glimpses of the extensive pans that stretch out to the South. As portion of our route bisects the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Parks, if we are lucky we may encounter some of the wildlife that roams this vast protected area.

Day 12 Chobe National Park
We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the River in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.
Activity package: Chobe National Park game drive (safari), Chobe National Park boat cruise.

Day 13 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to the town of Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).

While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveler there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Dinner out Victoria Falls

Day 14 Victoria Falls
Today your tour officially ends after breakfast. Many clients spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.
Optional Activities: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter flights, White Water Rafting.

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How do I get back home after this tour?

  • Option 1: The day after the tour ends, the overland truck will start a 2 day long Transfer from Victoria Falls, through Botswana, back to Johannesburg. You can then book your international flight back home from Johannesburg.
  • Option 2: Book a flight from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This flight takes around 2 hours. From Johannesburg it should be easy to get an international flight back home.

Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

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