Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls - 16 days Private Guided

Introduction

Travel to the oldest desert in the world – the Namib,  explore the coastal area before heading inland to Damaraland with its wealth of rock engravings and diverse scenery.  The world famous Etosha National Park where you’ll go on extensive game drives then head north to Rundu which borders Angola.  Along the Caprivi Strip to Kasane (Chobe National Park), ending in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). 

Departure dates

  • Please Note:

    This tour can depart any day of the week.

Price

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    16 Days / 15 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek any day of the week

  • Ends in:

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests (or more based on two larger vehicles)

  • Destinations:

    Windhoek – Namib Desert - Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein – Etosha Park – Rundu – Popa Falls - Chobe / Kasane - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

  • Vehicles used:

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

Map

14 day pg

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Duration
The Utopia Boutique Hotel
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1 Night
Desert Homestead Lodge
Sossusvlei
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
2 Nights
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1 Night
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1 Night
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1 Night
Okaukuejo Resort
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1 Night
Namutoni Resort
Etosha East
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1 Night
Hakusembe River Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Rundu
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1 Night
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
Divundu
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
2 Nights
Namushasha River Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Kwando River
Bed and Breakfast
1 Night
Chobe Safari Lodge
Kasane
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
1 Night
Shearwater Explorers Village
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Bed & Breakfast
2 Nights
  • Services of a Namibian English speaking guide 
  • Applicable vehicle for group size 
  • Fuel 
  •  All national Park and sightseeing entrance fees  
  • Water on board vehicle 
  • Accommodation as listed 
  •  Meals: breakfast from day 2 till breakfast on last day – with exclusion of Windhoek & Swakopmund 
  • International & regional flights into Namibia 
  •  Insurance – compulsory for travel 
  •  Items of a personal nature 
  • Meals:  excludes dinner in Windhoek, lunch & dinners in Swakopmund;  lunch and dinners in Victoria Falls.
  • Any drinks at meals and alcoholic beverages. 
  •  Guide gratuity. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek airport – Windhoek

  • Distance:

    50 km

  • Journey:

    On arrival at Hosea Kutako International airport you will be met and transferred into the City of Windhoek.

  • Accommodation:

    Utopia Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Namib Desert

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek - Namib

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • Journey:

    we leave Windhoek travelling via the gravel roads and the Khomas Hochland mountain range, this area is one of farming communities till we reach the end of the escarpment (crossing the Tropic of Capricorn) where we descend via the Remhoogte Pass to the settlement of Solitaire.  The terrain varies dramatically as we travel to our lodge where arrival is due mid to late afternoon.

  • Accommodation:

    Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 3: Sossusvlei

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Desert Homestead – Sossusvlei – Desert Homestead

  • Distance:

    170 km

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move early today 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 lodge for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years. 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.

  • Accommodation:

    Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 4: Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Desert Homestead – Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Journey:

    We leave the Sesiem area to the settlement of Solitaire, not far north of this we cross the Tropic of Capricorn.  The surrounds of the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra before travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert with its endless horizons, our destination the Atlantic Ocean and coastal town of Swakopmund. Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination.

  • Accommodation:

    Beach Hotel

Day 5: Swakopmund

ponds by the ocean
playful dolphins

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund

  • Journey:

    The Desert Tracks Full Day Marine Cruise & 4×4 Sandwich Harbour Dune Drive Combo will offer visitors breath-taking views of friendly seals coming on-board, dolphins and pelicans. Visitors will also visit Sandwich Harbour with lots of exciting dune-belt driving and a home-cooked lunch served in the dunes en-route. The tour also includes a light lunch and drinks. Afterwards, visitors will depart from the Walvis Bay Waterfront via the Salt Pans towards Sandwich Harbour

  • Accommodation:

    Beach Hotel

Day 6: Twyfelfontein

elephant engraving
rocky pool

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein

  • Distance:

    340 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving the coast we start out journey inland through the National Park, exiting at the Springbokwasser gate, we drive into Damaraland and wend our way down to Twyfelfontein area. A spring in the area attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Within this area we will take time at the Damara Living Museum where we can observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.

  • Accommodation:

    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Day 7: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park

drinking water elephants
thatched roof room

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein – Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park

  • Distance:

    342 km

  • Journey:

    This morning we head to Khorixas, a small rustic town and on to Outjo, a town which is always ‘buzzing’ as it is a gateway to Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast and Damaraland. The Outjo Backerei Bakery is famous in the region for fresh tasty German pastries and coffee. On arrival we will conduct our first game drive in our touring vehicle.

  • Accommodation:

    Okaukuejo Resort

Day 8: Namutoni, Etosha National Park

lion walking
mini fridge in room

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Etosha – game drive

  • Journey:

    Today we are flexible. The day can unfold by heading out at dawn into the Okaukuejo area for a game drive, returning for breakfast before packing the vehicle and heading off towards Namutoni.  Alternatively up early, pack vehicle, quick breakfast and head off.  Our guide will advise on the best option for the day once there as weather and game viewing opportunities vary day to day. Lunch will be taken at the most central of the Resorts, Halali, travelling to Namutoni for overnight.

  • Accommodation:

    Namutoni Resort

Day 9: Rundu

cow hide rugged room
chilling on the river bed

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namutoni Resort - Rundu

  • Distance:

    430 km

  • Journey:

    An early start today as we have a long day ahead of us as we travel via the towns of Tsumeb and Grootfontein and the communal lands of the Kavango region before arriving at our lodge for overnight.

  • Accommodation:

    Hakusembe River Lodge

Day 10: Popa Falls area

white sheeted room
elephant family

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Rundu – Ndhovu Safari Lodge

  • Distance:

    220 km

  • Journey:

    A leisurely start to the day as we have a short journey today to the banks of the Okavango River near Popa Falls.

  • Accommodation:

    Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Day 11: Popa Falls area

splashing elephant
the three musketeers

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Ndhovu Safari Lodge

  • Journey:

    Day in the area, game drive into Mahangu National Park, visit to a village in the area ending with a sundowner river cruise.

  • Accommodation:

    Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Day 12: Namushasha Lodge

cloudy sky
pond view

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Ndhovu – Namushasha

  • Distance:

    250 km

  • Journey:

    Leisurely departure as we travel through the Caprivi Strip, an area that forms part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.

  • Accommodation:

    Namushasha Lodge

Day 13: Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana

cruising warthog
swimming elephants

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namushasha - Kasane

  • Distance:

    255 km

  • Journey:

    From Katima Mulilo we travel south and exit Namibia into Botswana, arrival at the lodge in time for an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River.

  • Accommodation:

    Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

stalking leopard
green pond view

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Kasane – Victoria Falls

  • Distance:

    85 km

  • Journey:

    Morning game drive into Chobe National Park before we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make out way to Victoria Falls town.

  • Accommodation:

    Shearwater Adventure Village

Day 15: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

aerial waterfall view
waterfall view

Day Itinerary

  • Journey:

    This morning we will visit the Victoria Falls, afternoon at leisure

  • Accommodation:

    Shearwater Adventure Village

Day 16: Final leg of your itinerary

cultural goodies
steamy waterfall

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Transfer to Victoria Falls airport

  • Distance:

    20 km

  • Journey:

    Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for outbound flight.