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Highlights of Namibia & Botswana - 20 Days

Highlights of Namibia & Botswana

Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe · Group Tour · 20 Days
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Embark on an adventure to the top destinations in Namibia and Botswana. Game drive across the wildlife-rich reserves of Etosha, Chobe and the Okavango Delta, take in the stunning landscapes of Victoria Falls and the Sossusveli Desert, and learn about the ancient traditions of the Himba and the Bushmen. 

Highlights

  • Stand in awe at the might of Victoria Falls, one of Africa's natural wonders
  • Walk the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, two of the most photographed deserts in the world
  • Spot black rhino and large herds of zebras and elephants in Etosha National Park
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park to see a wide range of predators and the largest elephant population in Africa
  • Jump inside a mokoro boat and sail the Okavango Delta in search of hippos and fascinating bird species
  • Visit an authentic village in the Kalahari Desert and learn about the Bushmen tribe way of life
  • Make a responsible visit to the mud homes and remote villages of the Himba tribe
  • Unwind at the Skeleton Coast in the charming seaside town of Swakopmund

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Namib Desert
Day 2 - Sossusvlei
Day 3 - Namib Desert → Windhoek
Day 4 - Windhoek → Okonjima
Day 5 - Okonjima → Etosha National Park
Day 6 - Etosha National Park
Day 7 - Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg
Day 8 - Grootberg → Twyfelfontein
Day 9 - Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund
Day 10 - Swakopmund → Windhoek
Day 11 - Windhoek → Ghanzi
Day 12 - Ghanzi → Okavango Delta
Day 13 - Okavango Delta
Day 14 - Okavango Delta → Caprivi
Day 15 - Caprivi → Chobe National Park
Day 16 - Chobe National Park
Day 17 - Chobe National Park → Victoria Falls
Day 18 - Victoria Falls
Day 19 - Victoria Falls → Rundu
Day 20 - Rundu → Windhoek

What is included

  • Ground transportation by minibus (2-5 pax) or specialised vehicle (6-14 pax)
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek
  • 16 nights accommodation at camp, 3 nights accommodation in guest house
  • All meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tap drinking water, tea and coffee in camp
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, camp assistant, all camping equipments
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores. Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Sleeping bag (Approx. 400 NAD)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

day
1
Windhoek → Namib Desert

Tuesday. You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30.

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert. We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, we reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune Desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Sesriem350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
2
Sossusvlei

Wednesday. A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visit Dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Sesriem → Sossusvlei65 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
3
Namib Desert → Windhoek

Thursday. After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.

In the Solitaire area we will stop at the ‘N/a’an ku se Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre, a 500 hectare Conservation Centre which hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking. We are due back in Windhoek at 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Overnight at the guest house.

Q
Sesriem → Windhoek450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
\

Windhoek Guest House

Windhoek

day
4
Windhoek → Okonjima

Friday. You will be picked up between 08:00 to 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

We travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandjima, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.

Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour to view some cheetahs that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour, we will return to camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars. Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Okonjima300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okonjima

day
5
Okonjima → Etosha National Park

Saturday. Starting early and continue to north, we pass through some small towns making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.

Continuing on to East Etosha's Namutoni camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, affording us leisure time before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okonjima → East Etosha300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park

day
6
Etosha National Park

Sunday. Today have a full day game driving.

We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa. Situated on the doorstep of our campsite, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park

day
7
Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg

Monday. After breakfast, leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.

Within this area we visit a Himba Village, the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. These tribes people have migrated here. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the Holy Fire religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okaukuejo → Grootberg310 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Grootberg

day
8
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein

Tuesday. After breakfast, today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.

We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location, we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein190 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Twyfelfontein

day
9
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund

Wednesday. After breakfast, we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).

We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.

The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group or on their own. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Overnight at the guest house.

Q
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund420 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
\

Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
10
Swakopmund → Windhoek

Thursday. After breakfast, spend a free morning in Swakopmund.

There is a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. We will depart for Windhoek around lunch-time.

Overnight at the guest house.

Q
Swakopmund → Windhoek350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
\

Windhoek Guest House

Windhoek

day
11
Windhoek → Ghanzi

Friday. You will be collected between 07:30 & 08:00.

We leave Windhoek travelling to the border with Botswana, after completing border formalities we continue on to the town of Ghanzi. The property we stay at is a unique Kalahari experience as it is owned and run by the San (Bushmen) people.

As a guest of the San you are making a crucial ethical statement whilst enjoying the benefits of their cultural activities. This evening we listen to their story telling around the fire.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Ghanzi500 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Ghanzi

day
12
Ghanzi → Okavango Delta

Saturday. After breakfast, leaving the Ghanzi area we continue east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way.

A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African Lagoon.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Ghanzi → Okavango Delta450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta

day
13
Okavango Delta

Sunday. After breakfast, this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then travel by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta.

Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport. Mokoro’s carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta

day
14
Okavango Delta → Caprivi

Monday. After breakfast, back on the road today for Namibia.

After completing passport formalities you go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. Game drive your way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as the roan antelope or the majestic sable antelope.

Continue your drive along the Caprivi Strip, Namibia. This strip of land is a long narrow stretch of territory running along Botswana’s northern border. It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along our route. Overnight along the banks of the Kwando River.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okavango Delta → Caprivi160 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Caprivi

day
15
Caprivi → Chobe National Park

Tuesday. After breakfast, explore Lizauli Traditional Village.

We transit to Namibia’s eastern most town, Katima Mulilo. A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana. The road takes you directly into the world famous Chobe National Park.

Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane, for overnight on the banks for the Chobe River.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Caprivi → Chobe National Park420 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Chobe National Park

day
16
Chobe National Park

Wednesday. After breakfast, we head off on a leisurely game drive, exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road.

Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant, antelope and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.

Time to relax over lunch at our camp before joining a river boat cruise, back into the park. From the boat we will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us.

You will find crocodiles and hippos in the forbidding Chobe River and species such as elephant, cape buffalo and even the big cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Chobe National Park

day
17
Chobe National Park → Victoria Falls

Thursday. After breakfast, our journey today takes us to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe).

Upon completion of border formalities we make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. In modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungee jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Chobe → Victoria Falls80 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Victoria Falls

day
18
Victoria Falls

Friday. After breakfast, today you are free to explore the area or to take part in optional activities.

It is a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. For some of you, this will be your final night and what a fantastic place to enjoy your last evening with your group.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Victoria Falls

day
19
Victoria Falls → Rundu

Saturday. After breakfast, its time to say farewell to all the travelers who are flying out today.

For those people returning to Windhoek, Namibia it is an early start and a long drive. We are in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights along the way.

We will traverse the Caprivi Strip and will spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia. We camp in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River, looking into Angola on the far river bank.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Victoria Falls → Rundu700 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Rundu

day
20
Rundu → Windhoek

Sunday. Another early start and another long drive.

We head south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching our final destination, Windhoek. There will be stops at some of the local woodcarving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja before arriving in the city.

You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Q
Rundu → Windhoek800 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Sesriem
Y

Camping

Windhoek
\

Windhoek Guest House

Okonjima
Y

Camping

Etosha National Park
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Grootberg
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Twyfelfontein
Y

Camping

Swakopmund
\

Swakopmund Guest House

Ghanzi
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta
Y

Camping

Caprivi
Y

Camping

Chobe National Park
Y

Camping

Victoria Falls
Y

Camping

Rundu
Y

Camping

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Photos

Mokoro raft, Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls
Etosha National Park
Sossusvlei
Africat Foundation, Okonjima
Etosha National Park
Himba woman
Skeleton Coast
Brandberg Mountain
Swakopmund
Bushmen
Ghanzi
Okavango Delta
Mahango Game Reserve
Chobe National Park

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