15 day Delta Dunes schedule camping safari

Introduction

Interact with the San People in Botswana, visit the western side of the Okavango Delta, travel through the Kavango region and through the world famous Etosha National Park – a game viewing delight.  Experience the communal conservancy areas of Damaraland before arriving at the Skeleton Coast and town of Swakopmund which nestles between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean.   Two nights spent at a campsite within the Namib Naukluft Park, gateway to places with names such as Dune 45, Big Daddy, Sossusvlei – the Namib Desert with its towering sand dunes! 

  • Important note:

    Guests needing visas for Namibia & Botswana, need to be multiple entry visas.

Departure dates

Nov
Dec
Jan 21
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Can this tour be combined with others:  No :  This is a standalone product. 

  • 2021-2022 Departure Dates

    2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
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2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

May    Jun    Jul    Aug    Sept    Oct

05        02      07      11        15         06

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    15 Days / 14 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek on selected Thursday mornings.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Thursday evening.

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 2 guest Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Ghanzi - Guma Lagoon - Rundu - Onguma Game Reserve - Etosha South - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Sesriem

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

15 day Delta Dunes schedule camping safari

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Ghanzi Trailblazers
Ghanzi
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
1 Night
Guma Lagoon Campsite
Guma Lagoon
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Guma Lagoon Campsite
Guma Lagoon
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
2 Night
Guma Lagoon Campsite
Guma Lagoon
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Nights
n'Kwazi Campsite
Rundu
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Onguma Tamboti Campsite
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Onguma Tamboti Campsite
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Taleni Etosha Village
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Madisa Camp
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Overland Site
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Twin room
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Twin room
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night

Price

Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • All transport whilst on tour 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day Itinerary: Day 1 – Windhoek – Buitepos – Ghanzi - Thursday

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  • Route:

    Windhoek to Ghanzi Trailblazers

  • Distance:

    560 km

  • Collection time:

    07h30 – 08h00 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek

  • Journey:

    Leaving Windhoek our journey takes us due east to the heart of Namibia’s cattle country, our last stop before arriving at Buitepos as we cross the border into Botswana.  A late afternoon arrival at our campsite, the guests of Ghanzi Trailblazers have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a San/Bushman culture that is fast disappearing. 

  • Activities:

    Traditional dancing

Info:

Set in the heart of eastern Namibia’s ‘Cattle Country’, the town of Gobabis is the district capital of the Omaheke region. This town features a rich heritage and cultural diversity. It is the centre of a thriving cattle farming area and has earned the nickname the ‘Little Texas’ of Namibia. Visitors can also view the beautiful traditional dress of the local Herero and Damara women while strolling through town.

Situated 300 kilometres southwest of Maun and just north of the Trans-Kalahari highway, the small town of Ghanzi is sometimes referred to as the ‘Capital of the Kalahari’. The Ghanzi area has a number of lodges which focus on cultural tourism as well as wildlife viewing – here you can experience the fascinating world of the San Bushmen as they explain to you how they forage, hunt and find water in this harsh environment. 

 

Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi

Day Itinerary: Day 2 – Ghanzi – Guma Lagoon - Friday

sunset on water
the san people
  • Route:

    Ghanzi Trailblazers Lodge to Guma Lagoon

  • Distance:

    380 km

  • Journey:

    An early morning as we join the San people on a bush walk, they are renowned for their extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari for both plants and animal tracking. Our journey today takes us north, our camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

  • Activities:

    morning walk with the Bushman

Info:

Guma Lagoon is found in northern Botswana. This wonderful retreat on the banks of the Okavango River is a dream destination for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, providing a range of sights and activities. Not only can visitors enjoy premium bird watching (200 native species) and freshwater fishing opportunities (both spin and fly-fishing), but Guma Lagoon is also a fantastic base for self-guided game drives and traditional dug-out canoe (mokoro) trails, which allow you to navigate the palm islands and waterlily beds of the scenic Okavango   

Guma Lagoon Campsite is located on the shores of the lagoon and is a short distance from the Guma Airport. Guests have access to seven campsites of varying sizes. Smaller size campsites are suitable for individual families while larger sites are suitable for large groups with multiple tents. All campers have access to a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a private bathroom.

Guma Lagoon Campsite, Guma Lagoon

Day Itinerary: Day 3 & Day 4– Okavango Delta - Saturday & Sunday

canoeing tourists
aerial canoe view
  • Route:

    Guma – two nights camping in the Delta area

  • Journey:

    From Guma Lagoon Camp, a 15-minute boat transfer that passes through a narrow meandering channel will get you to the start of your mokoro experience. From here you will get onto a fiberglass or wooden mokoro which can seat two people. The Head Mokoro Poler will then give the group a detailed speech on safety and what to expect on your trip. You will be poled through the tranquil channels that link the extensive flood plain system to the main river. Water lily beds, palm islands and papyrus stands abound making for the most scenic of experiences.On one of the larger islands we set up camp, we’ll spend two nights here. Daytime activities will include walks in the area. There is always a chance of seeing large herds of red lechwe bounding through the water and passing elephants feeding amongst the lush wetland vegetation. After lunch we wend our way back to the Mokoro station and end with short motorboat ride back to camp.

Day Itinerary: Day 5 – Okavango Delta - Monday

the three musketeers
elephant in water
  • Journey:

    During the course of today we return to our campsite at Guma Lagoon.

Info:

Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman’s paradise and bird watchers’ haven. We have seven campsites under shady trees with private ablutions.

Guma Lagoon Campsite, Guma Lagoon

Day Itinerary: Day 6 – Okavango Delta Botswana – Rundu Namibia - Tuesday

lappa by the lake
the african fish eagle
  • Route:

    Guma to Rundu

  • Distance:

    350 km

  • Journey:

    Today we travel north to Shakawe and cross the border back into Namibia and through the Kavango region, passing the town of Rundu to the campsite situated on the banks of the Kavango River.

Info:

The Kavango region lies in north-eastern Namibia and includes the western part of the Caprivi Strip to the northeast. The region is largely separated from Angola by the magnificent Kavango River, which dominates the area and is essential to the local Kavango people’s survival. This magnificent river and the surrounding thickly wooded savannah provides a striking contrast with the other more arid areas of Namibia. Bordering the Kavango River is the Mahango Game Reserve. Visitors can look forward to exploring this impressive reserve, featuring riverine forests, broad floodplains, and majestic baobab trees. This pristine natural environment forms an ideal habited for an astonishing array of wildlife including large herds of elephant, a number of rare game species, and over four hundred species of bird. 

N’Kwazi Campsite is located in the east of Rundu. The site features a beautiful view of the river and guests who stay at the campsite have access to all the facilities available at the lodge. Guests may dine at the in-house restaurant or relax at the large outdoor swimming pool. Guests may also make use of the free Wi-Fi which is available in the bar and lounge area. Various activities are available and include game drives and guided walks. 

n'Kwazi Campsite, Rundu

Day Itinerary: Day 7 – Rundu – Etosha East - Wednesday

lioness on the prowl
happy waiter
  • Route:

    Rundu to Onguma Game Reserve   

  • Distance:

    420 km

  • Journey:

    We continue northwards via the town of Otjiwarongo, the next stop being the mining town of Tsumeb. We aim to arrive at the private reserve mid-afternoon, set up camp and head off for some game viewing.

  • Activities:

    time permitting – late afternoon game drive

Info:

Onguma’s Luxury Tamboti Campsite will impress and delight all campers.  Each campsite has its own private ablution facility with spacious shower room, toilet and washing-up areas. It has ample plus to ensure cooler boxes, Cameras and other Devices get charged.

It offers a large Reception Area, small supply store, Swimming pool and a Restaurant overlooking a waterhole.

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 8 – Etosha East – Thursday

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hungry antelopes
  • Route:

    Game Drive in the Eastern Part of the Park.

  • Journey:

    We’ll be at the Von Lindequist gate for sunrise as we enter Etosha National Park, this day will be run as per the groups requirements, we can either do a morning game drive and return to Onguma for lunch and early afternoon at leisure before heading back into the Park for an afternoon drive OR we can take a packed lunch and spend the day in the Etosha Park, taking a break at Namutoni Resort during the heat of day returning to our campsite just before sunset.

  • Activities:

    morning and afternoon game drives into Etosha National Park (in our touring vehicle).

Info:

Etosha was proclaimed a game reserve in March 1907 By Dr Friedrich von Lindequist. It was designated as wildlife refuge Area in 1958, and was elevated to the status of a national park in 1967 by an act of parliament of the Republic of South Africa. It spans an area of 22,270 km2 (8,600 sq mi) is named from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 km2 (1,840 sq mi) covers 23% of the total area of the National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 9 – Etosha East – Etosha Pan – Etosha South - Friday

white stoned trail
branchy sunset
  • Route:

    Through Etosha Onguma to Okaukuejo region (Taleni Etosha)

  • Journey:

    Up before dawn, we need to be at the Von Lindequist Gate for sunrise which is when the entrance gates open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon. We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game. The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping.

  • Activities:

    full day game drive through Etosha National Park

Info:

Etosha Village is situated only 2km before the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo.

The 2 spacious Group Camp Sites are ideal for larger groups and can accommodate a maximum of 25 – 30 tents. These sites are equipped with Power Outlets, Running Water, Lights, Barbeque area and separate Ladies and Gents Bathroom facilities each featuring toilets, wash basins and showers.

 

A fully stocked utility and curio shop, Bar with big-screen television, WI-FI and a swimming pool is to the availability of campers. 

Etosha Village Campsite, Etosha South

Day Itinerary: Day 10 – Twyfelfontein - Saturday

rocky waters
the ovahimba people
  • Route:

    Etosha Village campsite to Madisa campsite

  • Distance:

    335 km

  • Journey:

    Todays travels take us to a Himba Village situated on a local cattle farm, a guided tour around an authentic Himba village will not only give you an in-depth insight into the life and ways of this traditional tribe but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. Damaraland is an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. We’ll view the rock engravings and rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before setting up camp for the night. After a day on the road refresh oneself in the splash pool!

  • Activities:

    Omapha Himba Village & Twyfelfontein

Info:

Twyfelfontein is famous because of its many rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs) of the San (Bushmen) of which 2500 were counted. Specifications about the age of the engravings fluctuate and a period of 1000 – 10000 years is stated. It is presumed that quartz tools were used as many quartz chips were found here to create these artworks. The motives of the rock engravings are on the one hand hunting scenes, in which the hunters are pictured with bow and arrow. On the other hand many animal engravings (antelopes, zebras, giraffes, lions, etc.) are depicted. UNESCO declared Twyfelfontein as World Heritage Site in 2007.

Madisa Campsite is situated in the beautiful Damaraland. It offers self-catering safari tents and private shaded campsites with running water, wash-up facilities, private ablutions and braai area. The camp lies within the habitat of the desert-dwelling elephants and is only 50 km away from the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.

Madisa Campsite, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary: Day 11 – Twyfelfontein – Uis – Cape Cross – Swakopmund - Sunday

seals arguing
jeti on water
  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    Destination = Swakopmund. Today we continue our travels through southern Damaraland, passing the Brandberg Mountain to arrive at the old mining town of Uis before heading off across the gravel plains to reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Here we travel north to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”. Arrival in the coastal town of Swakopmund will be mid-afternoon.

  • Activities:

    Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Info:

Located in the former Damaraland, it is known for the local mineral wealth. The settlement was established in 1958 as workers’ settlement to exploit local tin deposits. Uis is located at the foot of the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. 

Today Cape Cross is a protected area owned by the government of Namibia under the name Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world.

Offering free WiFi throughout the property, Prost Hotel Swakopmund offers accommodation in the absolute heart of Swakopmund. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, tea-and-coffee making facilities and private bathroom. Some rooms are air-conditioned, while others have a portable fan. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer.

Walvis Bay Airport is 46 km away

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 12 – Swakopmund – Monday

architecture in swakop
dunes view

Info:

All guests have the day at leisure to explore this coastal town or participate in one of the many activities available in the Swakopmund vicinity and in Walvis Bay.  These optional activities may include kayaking, a marine cruise and Sandwich Harbour tour from Walvis Bay.  Alternatively explore the desert surrounding Swakopmund on the Living Desert Tour, do a township tour or for those seeking some adventure quad biking and dune boarding is also offered.  

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 13 – Swakopmund – Kuiseb Canyon – Namib Naukluft Park - Tuesday

thatched roof bathrooms
sandy dune
  • Route:

    Swakopmund to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Journey:

    we leave Swakopmund to the harbour town of Walvis Bay before heading south travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert, endless horizons. The surrounds of the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyon provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra. After crossing the Tropic of Capricorn head on to the settlement of Solitaire. Our aim is to arrive at our campsite mid to late afternoon. Set up camp and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

  • Activities:

    Elim Dune

Info:

The Kuiseb serves commercial farmers in its upper reaches, the Namib-Naukluft Park and the Topnaar community in the middle reaches, and the town of Walvis Bay along the coast. The Kuiseb can be called a typical Desert river catchment with agriculture in the upper reaches and in some cases, a human population near its mouth. The river valley forms a canyon, from where it leaves the escarpment and gradually increases as the riverbed widens

Seldom it only flows for 2 or 3 weeks a year and only ever gets as far as Gobabeb, and soaks into the sand before reaching the sea. Commonly the river ends in the dunes near Walvis Bay but in a good rainy season it may still force its way through the dunes to the sea.

Just five kilometres from the camp at Sesriem, Elim Dune is best viewed at sunset, when the colours deepen, intensifying the contrast between the red dunes and the purple-blue Naukluft Mountains on the opposite horizon. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb to its zenith takes under an hour. 

Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, washup kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity.  Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant and swimming pool at Sesriem. 

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary: Day 14 – Sossusvlei – Sesriem - Wednesday

mountain view
field of dead trees in desert
  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

  • Activities:

    Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon

Info:

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon

Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary: Day 15 – Sossusvlei - Solitaire – Windhoek - Thursday

oryx crossing
namibian parliament
  • Route:

    Sesriem to Windhoek

  • Distance:

    335 km

  • Arrival in Windhoek:

    Between 16h00 – 18h00

  • Journey:

    Our route today takes us back towards Solitaire where we stop in at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre - The NCCC offers a truly unique cheetah tracking safari where you can accompany a wildlife biologist into a 500ha 'soft-release' enclosure in search of their ambassador cats.  Leaving Solitaire we travel to the town of Rehoboth, an area of natural hot water springs, before arriving back into the city of Windhoek, this will be late afternoon, please do not book any outbound flights for this afternoon..

  • Activities:

    Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre

Info:

Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currently features the only gasoline station, bakery, cafe, and the only general dealer. The first man-made structure on the Solitaire farm was a 2-room cottage constructed by Mr. Van Coller who also later constructed the main farm house, a stone kraal adjacent to the farmhouse and a dam wall across the river bed. Solitaire can mean a single set diamond and Solitaire can also mean solitude or loneliness.