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Namibia to Victoria Falls Explorer

This adventure offers an abundance of scenic, wildlife and cultural attractions. In the Namib Desert, we walk the highest sand dunes of the world! Stand in awe of this surreal landscape among these high photogenic red dunes. From here we make our way to view the flamingos in Walvis Bay before exploring the German seaside town of Swakopmund. Game drives in Etosha National Park allow for a fruitful search of a plethora of wildlife. Next we venture into the Caprivi Strip and the wondrous Okavango Delta, and also enjoy a sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. The journey concludes with the unforgettable sight of Victoria Falls. Experience this exciting route on a comfortable, fully serviced camping safari!

Inclusions

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
All camping gear (including sleeping bag & pillow) spacious 2 person safari tents, Camp bed and comfortable safari folding chair
English speaking local guide
Group camping equipment, reference library and first aid box
Nature walks and game drives as per itinerary
Private transport in custom built safari vehicle
Boat cruise on Chobe River
National park and site entrance fees per itinerary
Hightlights
Travel through the Okavango Delta by traditional canoe (mokoro)
Behold views of the incomparable Victoria Falls
Camp among lush vegetation along the scenic Okavango River
Undertake a walk in the impressive dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
Spot a plethora of wildlife on game drives in Etosha National Park
Sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $2,860
Start Location
Windhoek, Namibia
End Location
Namibia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
10 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,860
19 Dec 201802 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $2,860
18 Jan 201901 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Feb 201916 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Mar 201929 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Mar 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,400
17 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,400
01 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,400
01 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
15 Jul 201929 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
27 Jul 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
03 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
17 Aug 201931 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
06 Sep 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
13 Sep 201927 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
21 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
28 Sep 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
25 Oct 201908 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
09 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,400
20 Dec 201903 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,400
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival this afternoon in Windhk, you have free time to explore the capital city of Namibia. Overnight Hotel Safari (or similar accommodation).
Days 2-3
We will be met at 10:00hrs in the reception area of the hotel for our transfer to Sesriem. Our journey takes us south through ever changing scenery to our campsite located on the edge of the Namib Desert, considered by many geologists to be one of the world's oldest deserts. We hike up Elim dune to witness the amazing sunset over the dunes. The following morning is an early departure driving 63 kms (1 hr one-way) through the dune belt while the sun rises around us. The incredible changing colours allow amazing photo opportunities. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin, and roughly means "dead end marsh". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is a drainage basin without outflows for the ephemeral Tsauchab River. The pan holds rainwater to form a lake and due to the high clay content of the ground, water is retained for long periods of time. Deadvlei is another clay pan, about 2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees. The pan is thus punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. This creates a particularly fascinating and surrealistic landscape, that appears in uncountable pictures and that has been used as a setting for films and videos. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon, which is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometre long and up to 30 metres deep. A portion of the canyon permanently contains water, which many animals use.
Day 4
Today we travel through the Kuiseb canyon, site of the famous book by Henno Martin, The Sheltering Desert before we stop off at Walvis Bay to view the flamingos (seasonal). The Walvis Bay wetlands - the lagoon, mudflats, shoreline and salt works - constitute the single most important coastal wetland in southern Africa for migratory birds. The wetland therefore serves mainly as a dry-season and drought refuge for migrating species like the Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Plover, Grebe and African Black Oystercatcher. We arrive in Swakopmund, a quaint beach town with a strong German influence and with a sizable part of its population still German-speaking today. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, Swakopmund is German for "Mouth of the Swakop" as it is at the mouth of the Swakop River. We spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or enjoying one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). Overnight in a local guesthouse.
Day 5
Leaving Swakopmund after lunch we set up camp among the boulders of the Spitzkoppe Mountains. The afternoon is free to explore the stunning surrounding area on foot. Northeast of Swakopmund is the stark grandeur of The Spitzkoppe (sharp head), one of Namibia's most recognizable landmarks. The summit of this imposing granite rock formation (1,728m) was first scaled only in 1946, and its shape has inspired its nickname, The Matterhorn of Africa. The spectacular setting of our remote bushcamp is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Days 6-7
We enter Etosha via the Western corridor and travel through the park to Okakeujo Restcamp. The Park was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park's original 100,000 km made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected. This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. Floodlit waterholes at Okakeujo & Namutoni Restcamps attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing us with many amazing wildlife sightings. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives (approx 150 kms drive/12 hrs including lunch). Overnight Okakeujo & Namutoni Restcamps inside Etosha.
Day 8
After a morning game drive we exit Etosha and travel to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River. Our camp is set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Kavango River. *Please note that World Expeditions ds not operate the optional mokoro trip on the Kavango River in Namibia and strongly advises against participation on this because of safety concerns, namely the proximity on the river to dangerous wildlife, particularly the hippopotamus. If you choose to undertake this optional activity with other local contractors, you do so against our advice and entirely at your own risk. NOTE - This differs from the Okavango Delta in Botswana where the mokoro experience is necessary to visit the heart of the Okavango Delta, and the local mokoro guides are extremely experienced and have the utmost respect and intimate knowledge regarding wildlife inhabiting the Delta.
Days 9-10
Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana we travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere island in the delta. The following day we do game walks on the island and the smaller islands in the area. The activities included are mokoro trips, scenic boat tours and game walks on the island.
Day 11
Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. Driving through the Caprivi we set up camp on the banks of the Kwando River.
Days 12-13
Continuing through the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel through the Chobe National Park setting up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. The following day we relax on a game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. A morning game drive in Chobe National Park is optional (at your own expense).
Day 14
We travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls, without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (otherwise known as Victoria Falls) is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Park covers 66 km2 from the Songwe Gorge below the falls in a northwest arc along about 20 km of the Zambian riverbank. Two countries - Zambia and Zimbabwe, share the magnificent falls. Nothing can compare to viewing the awesome power of 'The Smoke that thunders" for the first time. There will be plenty of opportunity to view the Falls 'up close and personal' by traversing the many walkways in and around the rain forest that surrounds the many view points (entrance fee own account). In the wet season, be sure to wear a raincoat as the spray can give you a thorough drenching! Victoria Falls is also the "adventure capital" of Southern Africa and there are many optional activities on offer to whet your appetite. These range from game drives in the nearby national park, scenic micro light or helicopter flights, or for the more adventurous white water rafting or bungi jumping. Victoria Falls also has many markets where you can browse for African curios. All lunches, dinners and optional activities will be at your own expense. Overnight Sprayview Lodge (or similar).
Day 15
Our tour ends today after breakfast.