Botswana & Zimbabwe
19 Day Tour - Guided
This amazing safari takes you to 3 southern African countries from the dry desert dunes in the south of Namibia to the lush landscapes in the Caprivi and the famous Chobe Park in Botswana and ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The main highlights are Windhoek / Sossusvlei / Swakopmund / Africat / Etosha National Park / Caprivi / Botswana / Zimbabwe.
*Subject to availability and based on double / twin share in 1 room
You will be collected from the airport (or hotel).
Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.
You will be met at the airport and taken to your lodge, which is a 30-minute drive. River Crossing Lodge is 3km away from the heart of Windhoek and is located on a pristine 6500 hectare game reserve. Besides accommodation the lodge offers a host of activities including game drives, horse riding, guided or self guided walks and mountain biking (at own cost).
You can spend the rest of the day exploring Namibia's capital city.
After breakfast you will drive down to your lodge near Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is one of Namibia's most spectacular highlights and lies in the heart of the Namib Desert. It consists of a huge clay-pan enclosed by mighty sand dunes. Some reach a height of 300 metres and are of the highest in the world. Occasionally, after a heavy rainfall, the vlei fills with water. As the clay layers are fairly impervious to water, a turquoise lake remains for quite some time.
Another popular site in the area is Sesriem Canyon, a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down 30 to 40 metres, are pools that become replenished after good rains.
Early morning (before sunrise) you will drive to the fantastic Dune 45, which you will have the opportunity to climb. Prepare for beautiful sunrise dune shots. You will then drive on to Dead Vlei. This pan used to be a lake that dried out hundreds of years ago and is probably one of the most magical places in the world.
After this we will drive to Swakopmund which will take roughly 3 to 4 hours. Dinner will be on your own account.
Swakopmund is a former colonial town famous for its German architecture and culture. Its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and shops makes it Namibia's most popular holiday destination.
In the morning you will embark on the Living Desert Tour. This half day tour will teach you about the ecology of the dunes. You will search for and learn about the many desert adapted creatures that live here. These include the Namib Sand diving Lizard, Web-footed Gecko, Namaqua Chameleon, Peringuey's Adder(Sidewinder), Namib Sand Snake, Namib thick-tailed Scorpion, the fog basking Tenebrionid Beetle and several other insects only found along the dune belt. A brief description of the minerals found in the dunes is also explained as well as the formation of the dunes and the importance of the coastal fog to all the living organisms and vegetation found along the dunes.
You will have the rest of the day to explore Swakopmund and the surrounding area. You can search for Cape Fur seals and dolphins off Pelican Point on a boat cruise or guided kayaking trip, join a bird watching excursion or you may wish to visit the Swakopmund Lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum and Sandwich Harbour. These activites can be added into your tailor made tour for an extra cost.
Just outside Swakopmund several sand dunes have been set aside for adventure activities, including sand boarding, quad biking, camel riding and off-road driving.
You will enjoy a relaxed breakfast at The Stiltz and have the opportunity to enjoy the morning visiting the craft markets and exploring this historical little town.
The journey to Okonjima is 3 to 4 hours. Okonjima, a Herero name meaning “Place of the baboons”, lies nestled among the Omboroko Mountains. It is home to the AfriCat Foundation.
Together, AfriCat and Okonjima have dedicated their efforts to rescuing carnivores, taken care of those too injured to be set free, rehabilitated and released more than 1000 large carnivores back into the wild. Today, AfriCat's emphasis lies with ensuring the long term survival of Namibia's large carnivore species. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena.
During your time here you will have an opportunity to observe and learn about Africat's conservation work. Depending on your interests you can also go mountain biking or hike up the mountains to watch the sunrise, join a bird-watching excursion to spot some of the 250+ species of birdlife in the area, enjoy a nocturnal game drive, or you can experience a day in the life of a San Bushman on a bushman trail.
Your accommodation is perched on a hill with beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld.
Etosha is one of the largest and best game viewing parks in Africa. It offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly around the waterholes. You can expect to see elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, zebra, springbok and gemsbok and it's also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered cheetah, black rhino and rare antelope species such as black-faced impala, Damara dik dik and roan antelope.
Etosha birdlife is absolutely wonderful. Look out for the Ground Hornbill, Lilac Breasted Rollers and the eagles and vultures which cruise high above the plains.
After breakfast you will spend a full day exploring the park en route to the stunning Mushara Lodge, where you will spend 2 days. The lodge is located just 8km from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park.
After breakfast at Mushara Lodge, you will officially leave Etosha National Park and continue your journey through Namibia heading in an eastern direction towards the lush green Caprivi Strip. You will have a stopover at the very homey Roy's Camp, before entering the strip.
Roy's Camp is all about good, old fashioned hospitality and a great atmosphere. All en-suite bungalows are of unique rustic design with a view of the indigenous gardens. Exciting activities available include a 4x4 road trip to the Ju/'Hoansi Living Museum, peaceful walking trails, spectacular close-up game viewing at the hide and waterhole, relaxing at the swimming pool or having a laid-back sunset around the campfire with an ice cold gin and dry-lemon.
After breakfast at Roy's Camp, you will continue your journey to River Dance Lodge. The Lodge offers luxurious, spacious, private water front units, nestled under beautiful age old trees. You will have lunch here and enjoy an evening Boat cruise for sundowners.
Breakfast at River Dance Lodge. Enjoy short drive to your next lodge Nambwa camp situated in the Bwabwata park. You will arrive in time for lunch at Nambwa Lagoon Camp. We have organised a sunset boat cruise to welcome you.
Nambwa Lagoon Camp is situated on the lagoon side of Nambwa Island, within the heart of KAZA. The camp offers five Meru style tents nestled along the backwaters of the Kwando River with a view across the vast floodplains beyond.
The area is renowned for its large herds of elephant, which are regular visitors to the camp. The elephants are seemingly unperturbed by guests who are privileged to get up close to Africa's largest mammal.
Available activities include a bush walk or a game drive with our experienced guides. A visit to a traditional village allows you the opportunity to understand the local life and culture of our people. Enjoy a sundowner at the famous Horseshoe Lagoon where you can view breathtaking sunsets together with hippos and large herds of elephants.
We will enjoy a short drive to Nkasa Lupala Lodge in the Mamili Park, home to lion and buffalo . Lunch will be served at Nkasa Lodge. You can enjoy a private afternoon game drive if you choose.
The Lodge is situated on the Lupala island. It is unfenced to allow large mammals and other animals to roam freely in the vicinity of the lodge. This enhances the sense of remote wilderness and adventure. You will also experience the unique Okavango Delta-like environment combining wetlands, woodlands and open plains.
After breakfast at Nkasa Lodge, you will travel to Kasane (in Botswana) and be ferried to Serondela Lodge.
Available activities here include game boat cruises up the Chobe river; bird watching (420 species recorded) by boat or on foot; Sundowner cruises. Fishing and land game drives in the Chobe Park are also on offer.
You will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe.
The Lodge boasts the award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the famous Buffalo Bar and a two-tiered swimming pool, all of which offer magnificent sunset-facing views of over African bushveld and wildlife-rich waterhole.
The highlight of this location is the famous and spectacular Victoria Falls. Experience the thundering beauty of one of Africa's greatest marvels.
You will be transferred (about an hour's drive) to the Victoria Falls International Airport in time for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories!