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

  • Departure Windhoek
  • End Victoria Falls
  • Countries
    • Namibia
    • Botswana
    • Zimbabwe
  • City
    • Windhoek
    • Etosha National Park
    • Kamanjab
    • Brandberg
    • Swakopmund
    • Sesriem
    • Ghanzi
    • Maun
    • Chobe
    • Victoria Falls
  • Theme Safari and Natural Parks
  • Travel style Group departure
  • 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.

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  • 2
    Windhoek to Etosha National Park
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park for an afternoon game drive to search for 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.

    Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

  • 3
    Etosha National Park
    Day 3 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

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  • 4
    Etosha National Park to Kamanjab
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    We overnight about 20 km outside Kamanjab on a family farm. This extraordinary place offers guided tours around an authentic Himba village. Experience in depth the life and ways of living of the last traditional tribe in Namibia. Learn about their beliefs in their ancestors and herbal medicine, their hairstyles and jewellery imitating the status of each tribe member as well as their close relationship with nature, their cattle, and children.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation:  Bungalow/Lodge.

  • 5
    Kamanjab to Brandberg (UIS Area)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    We travel south to Brandberg which is home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. We visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg on a guided self-drive tour with our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV).  The walk to the painting is not strenuous and 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 multicoloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. Around the lodge area, there is a good chance to see the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.

    Our UTV's enable clients to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Brandberg area as well as experience the thrill of driving one of these customised fitted Polaris all-terrain-vehicles. Tours are led by professional local guides and backup includes satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking.  A few other self-drives are also offered, which you can book as optional activities.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Accommodation: Bungalows/Lodge.
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  • 6
    Brandberg to Swakopmund
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences and options for some extreme adventures like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of great 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.
    • Accommodation: Comfort Hotel.

     

     

     

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  • 7
    Swakopmund
    Day 7

    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.

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  • 8
    Swakopmund to Sesriem
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Today is an early departure and a long drive south to the Namib Desert.  En-route we visit the flamingo colony of Walvis Bay the Tropic of Capricorn and stop at Solitaire to taste their world renown Melktert. We visit the Sesriem Canyon to admire the lofty red sand dunes in the distance that form a gateway into the Namib Desert, which means “vast place.”

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation:  Bungalow/Lodge.

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  • 9
    Sesriem
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    We stay outside Sesriem but make use of the opportunity to experience the ever so beautiful desert sunrise over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei/Deadvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

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  • 10
    Sesriem to Windhoek
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    We return to Windhoek. Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek. You'll have the option to celebrate your last night and your new friendships at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. You can also book an extra day or two to properly explore this quaint little capital town.

    Meals:Breakfast, Lunch. Accommodation: Comfort Hotel.

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  • 11
    Windhoek to Ghanzi
    Day 11

    Depart Windhoek early for a long drive through the eastern part of Namibia, crossing the border into Botswana and travelling into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and who 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.

    • Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Activities included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Dance PM
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
       
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  • 12
    Ghanzi to Maun
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Enjoy an optional morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation before departing Ghanzi. Arrive in Maun, Botswana's fifth largest town, after lunchtime. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will get a fair idea of the magnitude of this massive mix of land and water with its intricate system of channels and islands. You might also see families of elephant, giraffe, and herds of buffalo or even hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you'll have the chance to kick back and relax at your accommodation.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Walk AM, Delta Flight PM
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
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  • 13
    Maun
    Day 13 Transfer by car

    Today you will experience a new way of travelling – to go into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro, the same way as the local people do. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4x4 vehicle depending on the water levels of the Delta.

    A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘’poler” standing at the back, manoeuvring the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice.

    Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to
    Maun, again in your mokoro enjoying a last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: Okavango Delta Half-Day Trip including Mokoro trail & Nature Walks
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta

    Mokoro Day Trip (Optional Fly-in)
    You have the option to go on a 1-day fly-in safari into the Okavango Delta. This is accessible by light aircraft only, a 20-minute flight from Maun. On arrival, you will be met by your personal guide and welcomed to the island, situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Your day of adventure begins here, you will stop along the way for a picnic lunch and light walks, after which you will be transferred back to the camp/airstrip for your departure back to Maun.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: Flight from Maun to Delta, Mokoro Trails, Nature Walks
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta
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  • 14
    Maun to Elephant Sands
    Day 14 Transfer by car

    Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole. Here 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.

    Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation: Tented Rooms.

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  • 15
    Elephant Sands to Chobe River (Kasane)
    Day 15 Transfer by car

    Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River for an included afternoon sunset boat cruise.
    Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable are commonly seen along the river edge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

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  • 16
    Chobe River (Kasane) to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
    Day 16 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 for example. Otherwise, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. Many opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery, and an open bar.

    Meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

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  • 17
    Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)
    Day 17 Transfer by car

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.

    Meals:Breakfast.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Meals: 16 Breakfasts, 11 Dinners
    • Accommodation: Bungalows/Lodges (11 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
    • 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.