Zambezi Elephant herd, southern Africa safaris
Binoculors SAFARIS

Nabozi

NAmibia, BOtswana, ZImbabwe. See the highlights of southern Africa in this 15 day safari, leaving from Windhoek in Namibia, visit the Sossusvlei dunes, Etosha National Park and Zambezi, focusing on the cultures of the Himba, Damara and San, and then pass into the Chobe National Park of Botswana, before ending at Zimbabwe's mighty Victoria Falls
TOUR DETAILS | ITINERARY

Tour Details

Major Attractions on this Trip:

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This southern Africa Safari takes you through some contrasting landscapes from the towering dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert to the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic. You will visit the cultures of the Himba, Damara and San tribes while going on to experience the stunning beauty of Damaraland and the wildlife haven of the Etosha National Park, before travelling through the fascinating Zambezi strip on your way to the awesome Chobe National Park in Botswana and ending at the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Himba, Damara, San tribes

Sossusvlei

Namib Desert

Swakopmund

Etosha National Park

Damaraland

Mahango National Park

Zambezi

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

DURATION:

15 Days | 14 Nights

Min: 2pax

Standard Tour

COST:

3162.61 Euro per person

TOUR INCLUDES:

Transport/fuel, accommodation (or tents/camping equipment), meals as per itinerary, national park entrance fee, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, transfer to and from the airport, pick-up in Windhoek and guests' transfer to the lodge/hotel after the tour.

TOUR EXCLUDES:

Scheduled flights (bus tickets) to and from Namibia, individually extended accommodation or additional transfers, sleeping bags on camping tours, compulsory insurance, water and drinks, alcoholic beverages, optional activities/attractions, snacks, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, personal shopping, visa to Namibia.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sossusvlei

We pick you up at your hotel /airport early in the morning and head down south to the small town of Rehoboth. Here you get a last opportunity to stock up on your goodies before we head west to the Namib Desert through the magnificent and spectacularly scenic Spreethoogte Pass. We make a quick stop for some exotic pictures overlooking the Namib landscape below. From there we stop for lunch in the desert restaurant at the small, iconic settlement of Solitaire and you are more than welcome to taste the famous apple pie at the desert bakery. After lunch we travel on to our lodge just in time to relax before an early dinner so as to get a good night's rest for the next day.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge /Desert Camp /Quiver Desert Camp

Climbing a dune Gemsbok Aardwolf

Day 2

Sossusvlei

Today we wake up early to explore one of the most visited parks in Africa. We will stop to allow for your first sunrise picture in the Namib Desert on our way to Sossusvlei (translated as ‘dried up pan, or a shallow depression’ that can hold water after a very good rain). We will be driving through a dune corridor created by the towering dunes of the Namib. You can choose to climb on some of the popular dunes including Dune 45 (80-90 metres high) or the second highest, Big Daddy Dune, standing at ±312 metres above the surrounding plains. After climbing the dunes a 1km walk to Deadvlei is must-do. Once in Deadvlei we witness a surreal landscape of old Camelthorn (Acacia trees) silhouetted impressively against the dunes in the now dried-up lake. Trees here are estimated to be around 800 years old. This is one of the most photographed places on earth. After a visit to Sossusvlei itself we drive back to Sesriem before the heat of the day become unbearable. We stop for lunch at Sesriem camp and relax. In the afternoon we explore the fascinating geology of the nearby Sesriem Canyon. After that we return to the lodge bringing this exhilarating and adventurous day to an end.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge /Desert Camp /Quiver Desert Camp

Day 3

Swakopmund

After a relaxing breakfast we travel along the edges of the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namib Desert. We stop for a geographical picture at the Tropic of Capricorn. From there we venture through the rugged terrain of the Namib, passing by two geologically impressive canyons, Gaub and Kuiseb, respectively. You will have the opportunity to test how far your eyes can see as we travel through the endless vastnesss of the Namib Desert approaching the coastal town of Walvis Bay. We stop for lunch at the picturesque waterfront while watching the pelicans and other coastal birds fly by. After lunch we pay a quick visit to the lagoon for some flamingo and other sea bird sightings before driving to our hotel in Swakopmund. After checking in, you can relax or stroll around the town. Dinner will be at one of the iconic restaurants in town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Distance: 325 km, gravel roads.

Day 4

Swakopmund

Today you can join your guide on a tour of the Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Exploration. This exciting tour will take you to a bygone era as you experience a surreal landscape resembling outer space and study an ancient living fossil plant. Alternatively choose from an abundance of optional activities at the coast. Your guide can assist in arranging them. Examples are: quad biking, scenic flights, boat cruises, skydiving etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Guide and tourist on Namib desert dunes Dolphin, Atlantic Himba Village

Day 5

Damaraland

Early after breakfast we head north into Damaraland, but first we journey along the treacherous Skeleton Coast to the seal colony at Cape Cross passing by various shipwrecks and skeletons. At Cape Cross you are welcomed by almost 100 000 lovely Cape Fur Seals. It is one of the largest seal colonies on the African west coast. Take a picture next to one of the crosses erected by the first Europeans to set foot on Namibian soil.
After this visit we start to travel inland towards the massive Brandberg Mountain which is the highest point in Namibia at 2575m above sea level. The Brandberg is well known for housing almost 45 individuals rock painting done by the San people, some believed to be over 2000 years old, notably the famous White Lady painting. You will start to get a feel for some real Namibian lifestyles as we pass by the small mining town of Uis and several Damara villages and mini gemstone stalls along the road side.

The San people not only painted on the rocks but also engraved on them. We head to the world famous Twyfelfontein site to see one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs ever made by man. These paintings were not created randomly, but rather express what the San community were going through at that time in the form of art. We can derive and interpret a lot of information from observing these mysterious images from a time gone by.
There are a host of other available activities in the area, including tracking the elusive desert Elephants, visiting the Burned Mountain and the Organ Pipes, a geological phenomenon.
We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge in Damaraland

Day 6

Kaokoland

Before leaving Damaraland, the Damara culture is at your disposal at their Open Air Living Museum, where you can learn all about their culture and traditions. A visit to the Petrified Forest is a unique experience and worth seeing.

From here we travel further north into Kaokoland, the Land of the Ovahimba people/tribe. We arrive in the remote town of Opuwo, which is the capital of the Great Kunene region, at around noon. The town is far from civilisation. Here you will be welcomed by the Himba people as they try to balance their traditional lifestyles with western encounters. The Himba people are one of the last few tribes in sub-Saharan Africa that still maintain and practice a traditional nomadic way of life.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge/similar

Day 7

Etosha National Park

Today after breakfast you will have the chance to see more authentic Himba villages and learn more about their unique lifestyle while at the same time admiring the beautiful vistas this part of the country has to offer. Here one has the opportunity to experience the exotic and unique life these people have maintained for so long in one of the driest and hottest regions on our continent. We called the region of Kaokoland arid, barren, unforgiving; yet the Himba called it Home. After visiting the Himba we head to the Etosha National Park.
Here you are welcomed by thousands of animals in their natural environment. The park covers 22000 square km and is home to some of Africa's big game, including rhino elephant, lion and giraffe. For the next 2 day we will be exploring this magnificent wildlife kingdom. The vast expanse of the park makes it great for game viewing.
We will spend the day driving around waterholes, searching for and waiting for the thirsty animals to come down for a drink. But when night falls, one is welcome to sit at a floodlit waterhole at the camp, where the theatre of nature unfolds right in front of your eyes as all kind of animals gather for a drink. If you are lucky you might spot the highly endangered Black rhino.
Etosha is a fantastic destination for wildlife photography. There will be more than enough time to capture some stunning pictures. We will be exploring the park from west to east for next two days. We will cover the less travelled western area of the park including areas around Sprokkieswoud, Ozonjutji Mbari waterhole, Andamax area and the beautiful Okondenka which offers a vast vista of the great Etosha Pan. We stop for lunch at one of the camps and explore the park during the afternoon covering areas such as Aus, Oliphantsbads and Gemsboks Waterhole.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Halali Resort/Okaukuejo Resort

Hyena Kudu, Etosha Elephant sprays itself with dust

Day 8

Etosha National Park

Today we continue tracking more of the Savanah big game as we pass by waterholes like the impressive Goas and dark water Nuamses. Today we will have a chance to take some stunning panoramic pictures as we head down to the Etosha lookout point where you have a 360° of the majestic Etosha Pan which is about 70km wide and 130 km long and covers an area of approximately 4 755 square km. We will get a chance to see more plain animals by mid-noon as they prefer to drink before it gets too hot. In the evening after dinner you can once again enjoy the sights and sounds of the floodlit camp waterhole as different animal come down to quench their thirst.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Halali Resort/Okaukuejo Resort

Day 9

Divindu

Today, we bid farewell to ETOSHA as we travel northeast to the wetlands of the Okavango region for a night in Divindu along the mighty Okavango River. En-route, we pay a visit to the largest one piece solid meteorite on earth, just before the agricultural town of Grootfontein. Lunch will be provided en-route and we will be passing by local Okavango villages on our way to Divundu. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Nunda River Lodge/Popa Falls Resort/Shametu River Lodge

Day 10

Divindu

Today we are going for morning and afternoon game drives in the beautiful Mahango National Park with chances of spotting the mighty buffalo, wildogs, hippos and many wetland antelopes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Nunda River Lodge/Popa Falls Resort/Shametu River Lodge

Optional Activitiy: Sunset Boat cruise on the Okavango River

Day 11

Katima Mulilo

Today we travel along the famous Zambezi strip in the Mbwabwata National Park on our way to Katima Mulilo. We spend a night not far from the border.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp Chobe/Caprivi Mutoya Lodge/Zambezi Mubala Camp

Optional Activitiy: Boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi/Chobe River

African Fish Eagle Giraffe, Zambezi Monkeys

Day 12

Katima Mulilo

In the early morning after crossing the border to Botswana, we go on a game drive in the Chobe National Park on our way to Kasane. We arriving in time for lunch and after checking in, the must do optional activity awaits you: a Boat cruise on the Chobe River. This trip will take you close to Africa's big three, namely Hippo, Elephant and Buffalo. There is many more other game on show.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Chobe Big 5 / River View Lodge/Thebe Safari Lodge

Optional Activitiy: Boat cruise on the Chobe River

Day 13

Victoria Falls

After breakfast we cross the border to Zimbabwe and arrive at the small town of Victoria Falls, close to the world famous waterfall by the same name. After lunch we visit the Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (smoke that thunders).
The first European to discover Victoria Falls was Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, who wrote in his journal that no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by the angels in their flight.

Quick Facts about Victoria Falls

Since 1989 the falls have been included in UNESCO's world heritage site list. The Falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 1708 meters [5604] wide, carved by its waters along the fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First GORGE, varies from 80 meters [260 ft] at its western end to 108 meters [354 ft] in the center. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 meter [360 ft] wide gap about two thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Fall's gorges.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Camp and Lodge/Shearwater Explorer Village/Victoria Falls Hotel

Distance: Approx. 115 km, tarred roads

Duration: Approx. 1.5 hrs

Day 14

Victoria Falls

Optional Activities:
Prices are subject to change.
Morning visit to the Victoria Falls. Price: Euro 35pp.
Helicopter flight over the Falls. Price: Euro 300pp.
Visit to the traditional village. Price: Euro 50pp.
White-water rafting on the Zambezi. Price: Euro 150pp.
Visit to the Falls from Zambian side. Price: Euro 50pp.
Bush walk with lions. Price: Euro 50pp.
Sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi river. Price: Euro 70pp.
Bungee jumping over Zambezi River. Price: Euro 110pp.

Your Guide will assist with any bookings.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Camp and Lodge/shearwater Explorer Village/Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 15

Airport

After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls International Airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Elephant, Botswana Yellow Billed Stork Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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