The deserts and rolling sand dunes of Namibia, the unique ecosystem of Okavango Delta in Botswana, tumbling Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe: this Southern Africa group tour will take through all these memorable destinations, all the way enjoying incredible safaris!

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The deserts and rolling sand dunes of Namibia, the unique ecosystem of Okavango Delta in Botswana, tumbling Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe: this Southern Africa group tour will take through all these memorable destinations, all the way enjoying incredible safaris!

You will have 17 magnificent days available, starting off in Windhoek, Namibia, one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities. Then you'll set off to explore the Namib desert with its splendid red dunes and enjoy a safari in Etosha and Chobe National Park. Last but not least, admire the Okavango Delta by air or by Mokoro (canoe), and finally end your trip at one of the 7 wonders of the world the mighty Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).
 

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Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Windhoek
  • End Windhoek
  • Countries
    • Namibia
    • Botswana
    • Zimbabwe
  • City
    • Windhoek
    • Sesriem
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
    • Etosha National Park
    • Rundu
    • Okavango Delta
    • Kasane
    • Victoria Falls
    • Nata
    • Maun
    • Ghanzi
  • Theme Safari and Natural Parks
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Windhoek
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Explore Windhoek during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Windhoek is a tiny capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

    Visited places:
    • Windhoek
  • 2
    Windhoek to Sesriem
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Your journey will start after a wholesome breakfast, heading southwest towards the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic drive, beautiful in a unique and rugged way. Sesriem is a small settlement found in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in the sedimentary rock.

    Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Windhoek
    • Sesriem
  • 3
    Sesriem
    Day 3 Transfer by bus

    An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert. The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide. These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel time: 5 hrs.

    Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Transfer to Sossusvlei
     

    Visited places:
    • Sesriem
  • 4
    Sesriem to Swakopmund
    Day 4 Transfer by bus

    Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures like quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (budget approximately $5-12 USD per meal).
     
    Meals: Breakfast
    Travel Time:7 hrs.

    Visited places:
    • Sesriem
    • Swakopmund
  • 5
    Swakopmund
    Day 5

    Swakopmund’s variety of attractions and activities cater for all tastes and styles. You can take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean, or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts with the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilograms. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing then you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. 

    Meals: Breakfast.

    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
  • 6
    Swakopmund to Brandberg (Uis Area)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    The journey north continues, with Brandberg the next destination.  You can visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg Mountain which is the highest point in Namibia standing at 2,573m above sea level. Although the walk is not strenuous, it takes about 2 hours in a very hot environment so be sure to be armed with a hat, sunglasses, comfortable closed shoes and plenty water and sunscreen. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the riverbed on the way to the famous “lady”, with multi-coloured rocks that takes on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
  • 7
    Brandberg to Etosha National Park
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. We visit a Himba settlement prior to arriving in Etosha. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes close to the campsites and this offers you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you. These fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. Floodlights gives you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.

    Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Brandberg
    • Etosha National Park
  • 8
    Etosha National Park
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your Safari Vehicle. You can also book an optional night game drive. Gather memories of unique sights that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon. Overnight in the newest camp inside Etosha National Park and maybe you are just lucky enough to fall asleep with the haunting call of hyena or a lion roaring in the distance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
  • 9
    Etosha National Park to Rundu
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    We head north east toward the Caprivi. The surrounding areas of Rundu are one of Namibia most picturesque landscapes with spectacular sunsets over the Okavango River which acts as the border between Angola and Namibia. You can choose a wide variety of optional activities such as fishing, birding and boat cruises.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
    • Rundu
  • 10
    Rundu to Caprivi/Okavango River
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Today we travel to the Kavango-Zambezi Region, north eastern Namibia. We will overnight on the banks of the Okavango River. Explore the northern parts of the Okavango River (which feeds the Okavango Delta) on an included sunset boat cruise. Remember your camera as you have the opportunity to spot some game at the surrounding Mahango and Buffalo Parks which hosts 4 of The Big Five (African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Lion). Optional activities such a tiger and bream fishing, canoeing or kayaking and guided village tours are also on the menu.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Rundu
    • Okavango Delta
  • 11
    Caprivi/Okavango River to Chobe River (Kasane)
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, we will continue east via the Caprivi and cross the border into Botswana with our final destination for the day being to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. You have the rest of the day at leisure as tomorrow you will have a day filled with game viewing opportunities.

    Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Okavango Delta
    • Kasane
  • 12
    Chobe River (Kasane)
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Explore Chobe National Park on an early morning game drive on an open 4x4 game viewer vehicle. After your included morning game drive, you will head back to Kasane. In the afternoon, you can go on another wildlife experience, but this time, on a relaxing sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Kasane
  • 13
    Chobe River (Kasane) to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
    Day 13 Transfer by car

    You can’t ask for a better way to start your day in search of wild animals on your included game drive in the Chobe National Park. Afterwards, cross into Zambia and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world's biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it's considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Breakfast included. 

    Visited places:
    • Kasane
    • Victoria Falls
  • 14
    Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
    Day 14 Transfer by car

    Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road and foot traffic. For an adrenalinefilled activity closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery and an open bar.

    On the last day we will say goodbye after a healthy breakfast!

    Visited places:
    • Victoria Falls
  • 15
    Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Elephant Sands
    Day 15 Transfer by car

    Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its wildlife watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.

    Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Victoria Falls
    • Nata
  • 16
    Elephant Sands to Maun
    Day 16 Transfer by car

    Head south-west on the famous elephant highway, known for its big elephant population in the surrounding area. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a peek of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Observe a diverse array of wildlife and marvel at the vast Delta basin. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Nata
    • Maun
  • 17
    Maun (Okavango Delta)
    Day 17 Transfer by car

    To ensure the best Delta experience for our clients we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique eco system. Due to the changing water levels in the Delta and dry seasons we will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro(boat) or on a 4x4 open vehicle game drive.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

     

    Visited places:
    • Maun
  • 18
    Maun to Ghanzi
    Day 18 Transfer by car

    Continue the journey to Ghanzi, for your last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.

    Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Maun
    • Ghanzi
  • 19
    Ghanzi to Windhoek
    Day 19 Transfer by car

    Leave Ghanzi early for a long drive through the western parts of Botswana and across the border into Namibia, a country famous for sand, sea, and sun. Enjoy dinner at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants (at your own expense). If you have not yet tried game meat then this is a fantastic opportunity to treat your taste buds with something new like kudu, ostrich, impala or even crocodile.

    Breakfast included. 

    Visited places:
    • Ghanzi
    • Windhoek
  • 20
    Windhoek
    Day 20 Transfer by car

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Book a n additional night or two in Windhoek to make the most of your stay. 

    Visited places:
    • Windhoek
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 13 Dinners
    • Accommodation: Bungalows/Lodges (14 nts), Tented Rooms (1 nts), Hotel (4 nts)
    • Entrance fees: Etosha NP, White Lady Painting, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Okavango Delta, Chobe NP,
    • Activities: Game Drives in Etosha National Park, Watering Hole at camp, Himba Settlement Experience, Afternoon Ultimate Adventure Tour to White Lady Bushmen Painting, Sesriem Canyon Visit, Visit Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, San (Bushmen) Walk, Okavango Delta – Half-day Makoro Trail including Nature Walk, Chobe River Boat Cruise, Chobe Game Drive
    • Airport transfer: Your arrival airport transfer is included.
    • Transport:  Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.
    Price does not include
    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional activities
    • Flights
    • All that is not mentioned under "the price includes" section.