Discover Namibia and Botswana’s fantastic wildlife and contrasting landscapes.
Namibia and Botswana are two of Africa’s top wildlife destinations and on this itinerary we safari in their most renowned and distinct wildernesses – Etosha National Park and the Okavango Delta. Etosha is famous for its arid landscape scattered with waterholes, where a variety of animals reluctantly congregate for a drink. By contrast, the Okanvago is a lush habitat of grassy plains and reed-lined channels that have been carved into the landscape by wandering elephants. But there is more to this region than wildlife. From the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, to the bushmen of the Kalahari and the adventure sport scene at Swakopmund; there is something for everyone to enjoy on this epic 15 day adventure.
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please allow approximately £10/US$15 per meal per person for meals not included. Some meals are in restaurants or the lodges whilst others will be prepared by the crew. Camp meals are freshly cooked over the camp fire. They are wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cuisine and please note it is not always easy to get fresh meat. However, the standard of food is generally good. Breakfast - cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, pasta, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - potjie (stew), braai (BBQ) or stir fries. Vegetarians are well catered for on this trip though sometimes options might be more limited.
The tour starts in Windhoek. Those on group flights will be picked up at the airport and we will drive into town for an hour or so. In town everyone will have a chance to change money and pick up any supplies they may need. We will then drive to our lodge. The afternoon can be spent exploring or relaxing. *Arebbusch Lodge or similar*
Leaving Windhoek behind, we drive east towards Botswana. Our destination today is Ghanzi, a small town located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Late in the afternoon we join San bushmen on a two hour walk into the bush and learn first-hand how to survive in this arid environment. In the process will learn more about San culture and the wildness that they live in. (driving 530kms/6.5hrs) *Thakadu Bush Camp or similar*
Today we travel into the Okavango Delta. Following lunch and a welcome briefing, we board mokoros and make our way to our camp in the delta (depending on water levels we may drive in a 4x4). You will need to pack light for the next three days as all luggage will go to camp using mokoros. Camp will be set up and ready for us on arrival and we will meet the local staff who will be our hosts for the next few days. The camp is made up of dome tents fitted with camp beds and en suite bathrooms as well as a mess tent. Camping allows us to experience Africa at its fullest, with the sounds of the delta all around us and some of the best views of the Milky Way that you are likely to see. (driving 300kms/3.5hrs) *Okavango Delta Wild Camp*
The Okavango Delta is one the largest inland deltas in the world and unusual because the water never reaches the sea. Instead the Okavango River empties onto open land, creating a unique and ever-changing wetland wilderness. Year-round the delta is home to a vast array of animals including elephants, lions and hippos though numbers reach their peak during the drier winter months. We get up early this morning for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day exploring the waterways and islands by mokoro and on foot. This evening we can enjoy sundowners and following dinner, relax around the camp fire looking back on a day well spent. *Okavango Delta Wild Camp*
After another early start, we enjoy one final explore of the surrounding delta before returning to our collection point by mokoro. Following lunch, we drive to the town of Maun where we have a free afternoon to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities that are available here such as scenic flights or helicopter rides. *Sitatunga Camp or similar*
Today we have a relaxed morning before heading to the northern part of the Okavango Delta. Leaving our vehicle behind again, we take a 4x4 transfer to our lodge which is located on the banks of the delta. The area is a bird watchers’ haven and there is also the option of a boat ride in the afternoon. (driving 480kms/5hrs) *Guma Lagoon Lodge or similar*
We continue our journey north and cross back into Namibia through the Mohembo border post. From here we travel in Mahango National Park which is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, which can commonly be seen from the side of the road. Our drive along the Caprivi Strip will then take us to the small town of Rundu, situated on the Okavango River close to the Angolan border. This town will be our home for the evening. (driving 400kms/5hrs) *Nkwazi Lodge or similar*
Our destination for today is Etosha National Park. We should arrive at Etosha in time for a late afternoon game drive before heading to our accommodation for the night. While we are here, we typically stay within the park on some or all of the nights (subject to availability) and some of these are located next to waterholes. These camps also offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival. (driving 450kms/5hrs) *Namutoni Lodge or similar*
In complete contrast to the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park is a relatively arid wilderness of mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is scattered with waterholes where the park’s great variety of animals congregate to drink, making them fairly easy to find. Zebra, giraffe, cheetah, elephant and lion are all present and the park is also home to a number of black rhino. Additionally, Etosha is a good place for birds, with plenty of water birds on the lakes and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. *Okaukuejo Lodge or similar*
Leaving Etosha behind, we stop by the small town of Outjo before continuing our journey towards Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, in Damaraland. The Damaraland area is famous for the desert elephants which roam in the Ugab River. Star gazing is normally spectacular from this remote area. (driving 380kms/5hrs) *Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar*
We begin our day with a short drive to Brandberg, where we will enjoy a walk through valley 45 for approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way we will view beautiful, granite rock formations and a variety of birdlife. The valley takes us to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting which, along with a number of other small paintings and engravings, are thought to have been left by Bushmen at least 2000 years ago. Afterwards we head towards the Atlantic Ocean to the coastal town of Swakopmund, a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. (driving 300kms/5.5hrs) *Hotel Europa Hof or similar*
Today is a free day to enjoy one of the many optional activities on offer in and around town. At sea you can go deep-sea fishing, in the desert you can go sand-boarding and quad-biking and in the sky you can fly over the skeleton coast. Or if none of these appeal you can spend the day enjoying the fantastic Viennese style cakes, walk along the beach or in the nearby dunes or just enjoy watching the world go-by in this town which seems strangely out of place in Africa. *Hotel Europa Hof or similar*
After breakfast we visit nearby Walvis Bay where we should hopefully see flamingos. Our journey then takes us through the Namib-Naukluft National Park – home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on Earth. The park contains some spectacular desert scenery and there will be photo opportunities along the way. (driving 340kms/5hrs) *Weltevrede Guest Farm or similar *
We have an early start this morning so we can see the tallest sand dunes in the world in the morning light. We also have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes for fantastic views of the surrounding area. Afterwards, we can either walk to Hiddenvlei or take a transfer (optional extra) to Deadvlei where ancient acacia trees in the desert form an eerie scene. If we’re lucky we may see gemsbok or ostrich among the sand dunes. In the afternoon we take a walk in Sesriem Canyon before returning to our accommodation and in the evening we enjoy our final dinner together. (driving 200kms/3hrs) *Weltevrede Guest Farm or similar *
We typically have an early start this morning as we have a long drive back to Windhoek where the tour ends. (driving 220kms/4hrs) *Please note:* Clients must not book flights leaving before 3PM.
* All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival and departure transfers (from Windhoek)
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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