Namibia, Botswana & Vic Falls Spectacular


14 DAY/13 NIGHT GUIDED SAFARI

This is a once in a lifetime safari. On this safari we cover all the big attractions in Namibia, some of the best wildlife areas of Botswana and end off at the Victoria Falls which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

DAY 1: Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari, you will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. After lunch and settling in at the lodge we will depart for a late afternoon scenic nature drive or an excursion to Sesriem Canyon. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.

Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

DAY 2: Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

After an early breakfast and coffee we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After lunch we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the night at a Guesthouse and have dinner at one of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included and for your own account.

Day 3: Swakopmund

After a relaxing breakfast we will depart for a half day living desert adventure where we will learn more about the fascinating desert plant and animal life. We will search for side-winding snakes, scorpions, burrowing lizards, spiders and beetles. We will return to Swakopmund in time for lunch and then you have the afternoon at leisure. We can help organise Quad-biking and sand-boarding in the dunes, scenic flights, curio shopping or just explore the beautiful architecture of this fascinating town with its great coffee shops and restaurants.  We will stay in the same hotel.

Damaraland

DAY 4: Damaraland

Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck and the massive Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross Seal Reserve we will turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for lunch and then use the afternoon to explore this unique area that is considered by most to be the most scenic and dramatic landscape in Namibia
Damaraland is famous for its geological rock formations and we will visit the burnt mountain, organ pipes and Petrified Forest where we will also find the Namib’s living fossil plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis. We will visit Twyfelfontein where you find thousands of rock engravings and is Namibia’s only world heritage site. We will be on the lookout for the famous desert adapted elephants that manage to survive in this hostile environment. These majestic giants move up and down the dry riverbeds in search of food and water. It is a real humbling experience for those lucky enough to see them. 

Etosha National Park

DAY 5-7: Etosha National Park

After breakfast we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the next 3 nights. Etosha is one of Africa's biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia.

We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

The Okavango River

DAY 8: The Okavango River

After breakfast we will depart for the Caprivi, one of Namibia's hidden secrets. The Caprivi with its lush green woodland and big rivers are completely different to what we experienced in Etosha. After arriving and settling in at our lodge which is situated on the banks of the mighty Okavango River, we can either relax or do a late afternoon game drive in Mahango National Park or a sun-downer boat cruise. We will enjoy a good night's rest after the day's journey while listening to the sound of hippos.

Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks

DAY 9: Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks

After breakfast we will do a mixture of game drives in Mahango and Bwabwata National Parks and a boat cruise on the Okavango River if we didn't do one the previous afternoon. Both these parks are well known for their big buffalo herds and plenty of hippos. Other game that we might see includes elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, impala, kudu, lechwe, giraffe, warthog, sable, roan, zebra, reedbuck and bushbuck. Between game drives we will have lunch and relax at our lodge while enjoying the beautiful view of the Okavango River. Other additional activities that could be arranged include a mokoro trip or trying your hand at catching the legendary tiger fish.

The Okavango Panhandle and Maun

DAY 10: Bwabwata National Park

After breakfast we will continue our safari further east along the Caprivi Strip. After a short drive of about 200 km we will have lunch and settle into our lodge on the banks of the channels of the beautiful Kwando River. We will then explore the Kwando River with an afternoon boat cruise. We will try and find elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, impala, sable, tssesebe, roan, giraffe, hippo, zebra, wildebeest, lechwe, baboons and steenbok. 

The Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve

DAY 11: Chobe River Front

After breakfast you will be picked up for your transfer that will take you to your lodge where you will be spending the next 2 nights. You will cross over into Botswana at the Ngoma gate which is one of the most scenic border posts overlooking the Chobe River floodplain. The last 60 km of this road takes us right through Chobe National Park and after settling in at your lodge in Kasane you will enjoy a sun-downer drink while enjoying the great view over the Chobe River. Kasane is a small town bordering Chobe National Park and is the perfect base from which to explore this park. It is not uncommon to see wildlife in and around town

The Makgadikgadi Pans and Nata

Day 12: Chobe National Park

This whole day will be dedicated to explore Chobe National Park. We will do a game drive and a boat cruise with a stop for lunch in between. Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants in the world as well as one of the highest wildlife concentrations on earth. Besides all the elephants we will also try and find buffalo, sable, wild dog, puku (southernmost limit of its range), lechwe, lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, waterbuck, giraffe and huge zebra herds. Elephants crossing, playing or swimming in the Chobe River is a sight you will never forget. 

DAY 13: Victoria Falls

After breakfast, you will be transferred across the border into Zimbabwe which will be your third and last country that you will visit on this safari. It is a short drive of about 70 km and continue to keep an eye open for wildlife along the way. After arriving in Victoria Falls you will continue straight to your lodge which is situated close to the falls which is also known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – The Smoke that Thunders. It is one of the most beautiful and most majestic waterfalls in the world and it is not difficult to see why the Victoria Falls are one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. After lunch and settling into your lodge you will have the afternoon open for any activities which is not included in the price.

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