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Bushmen, Wildlife and Deserts - 15 Days

Bushmen, Wildlife and Deserts

Namibia, Botswana · Group Tour · 15 Days
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Embark on an inspiring journey to Botswana and Namibia. Be seduced by the vast game-viewing opportunities, awe-inspiring landscapes in deserts and surreal geological realms, and riverine adventures. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Ghanzi
Day 2 - Ghanzi → Okavango Delta
Day 3 - Okavango Delta
Day 4 - Okavango Delta
Day 5 - Okavango Delta
Day 6 - Okavango Delta → Rundu
Day 7 - Rundu → Etosha National Park
Day 8 - Etosha National Park
Day 9 - East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha
Day 10 - Etosha → Twyfelfontein
Day 11 - Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund
Day 12 - Swakopmund
Day 13 - Swakopmund → Namib Desert
Day 14 - Sossusvlei
Day 15 - Namib Desert → 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
  • 12 nights accommodation at camp, 2 nights accommodation at 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
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag (Approx. 350 NAD)
  • Tips to your guide and assistant
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

day
1
Windhoek → Ghanzi

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 → Ghanzi550 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Ghanzi

day
2
Ghanzi → Okavango Delta

An early start as we go out with the Bushman on a morning walk.

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.

Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the delta proper. 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
3
Okavango Delta

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

Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport for the next two days. These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta.

We make our camps on the river banks and islands, under huge indigenous trees, sharing the environment with the local people and the local fauna of Africa. The Okavango is a wildlife paradise and we will look for game from Mokoro’s and guided bush walks.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta

day
4
Okavango Delta

Take a long early morning bush walk to see the terrain and hopefully spot some big game, returning to camp in the mid morning for a cooked brunch.

There is time to relax in the shade during the heat of the day and from most camps our polers will be able to take us to a safe swimming place to cool off.

In the afternoon, there is often a shorter walk or a Mokoro cruise in the cool evening air. Sunset from the river is not to be missed.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta

day
5
Okavango Delta

After breakfast we are heading back to our first camp today, gliding across the crystal waters, home to an amazing variety of bird life.

There is a chance to add crocodiles and even a hippopotamus to our list of creatures seen before making our final Okavango camp amongst the lush riverine bush.

We will transfer back to camp in the motorboats and aim to be back on the lagoon, with full facilities by the early afternoon. We will enjoy a final night beside the unparalleled Okavango waters.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta

day
6
Okavango Delta → Rundu

After breakfast, we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River.

We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as the roan and the majestic sable antelope. We now head west, through part of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip to our camp for tonight.

We are again beside the Okavango, but this time on the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okavango Delta → Rundu350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Rundu

day
7
Rundu → Etosha National Park

After breakfast, a short drive brings us to the northern Namibian town of Rundu where there is time to explore the local market before continuing down through the Kavango Region.

There are a few breaks along the way at various kraals to see the local crafts and woodcarvings. Continuing east, we reach Etosha National Park, and the Namutoni region camp. We again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Rundu → Etosha National Park450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park

day
8
Etosha National Park

We go straight out on an early morning game drive.

We visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha's big game out for an early morning drink. The game drives around the Namutoni area are some of the best in the park.

Back to Namutoni in the late morning and after lunch there is time once again to relax during the heat of the day. The pool area here is very good, shaded by palm trees and a stone's throw away from the waterhole.

We take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with game and waiting for the animals to come to us.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park

day
9
East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha

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. Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen near our campsite..

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park

day
10
Etosha → Twyfelfontein

After breakfast, leaving Etosha we are en route for the desert and the most scenic area of our safari.

We make a stop at a small town of Outjo where we can get coffee and sticky cakes at the local bakery. We then drive west to Khorixas, the capital of the Damaraland region. A short break here and then, leaving the sealed roads far behind us, we drive into the desert.

We stop for lunch at the Petrified Forest geological site, where a local guide will take us around and explain about the prehistoric trees, before continuing on to Twyfelfontein. Damaraland scenery is some of the best in Namibia, open grasslands studded with massive granite koppies create the feeling of being surrounded by mountains and some wildlife creatures.

In late afternoon, an excursion to Twyfelfontein. Here, a local guide will introduce us to the ancient Bushman rock engravings. We also make a visit to another geological site in the area called the Organ Pipes.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Etosha → Twyfelfontein400 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Twyfelfontein

day
11
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund

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 → Swakopmund400 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
12
Swakopmund

After breakfast, today you are free to explore Swakopmund on your own.

Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also 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, four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips, skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Overnight at the guest house.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
\

Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
13
Swakopmund → Namib Desert

After breakfast, we make a first stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund. We will visit the large marine lagoon to see the birds.

The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib Gravel Plains. We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. 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
Swakopmund → Namib Desert300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Namib Desert

day
14
Sossusvlei

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 → Sossusvlei61 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Namib Desert

day
15
Namib Desert → Windhoek

After breakfast, we begin our journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.

In the Solitaire area we will stop at the ‘N/a’an ku se Namib Conservation Centre’, a 500 hectare Conservation Centre which hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking within the purpose built enclosures and receive information on the carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.

We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful Remhoogte Pass on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Alternatively we can arrange for you to be taken to the International Airport if you are catching an evening flight.

Q
Namib Desert → Windhoek450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Ghanzi
Y

Camping

Okavango Delta
Y

Camping

Rundu
Y

Camping

Etosha National Park
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Twyfelfontein
Y

Camping

Swakopmund
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Swakopmund Guest House

Namib Desert
Y

Camping

Price for standard experience

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Photos

Mokoro Cruise, Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Etosha National Park
Namib Desert
Bushmen
Bushmen
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Mahango Game Reserve
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park
Prehistoric paintings, Twyfelfontein
Brandberg Mountains
Namibia Coastline
Walvis Bay
Sossusvlei
Sesriem Canyon, Namib Desert
Christ Church, Windhoek

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