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Desert Rivers and Wildlife in Comfort 2019

Travelling in a comfortable, custom-built safari vehicle and staying in well-appointed accommodation with plenty of local charm, this journey offers an abundance of stunning scenery, unique wildlife and cultural encounters. The vastness of both Namibia and Botswana become apparent with wide open spaces far outnumbering people. A shorter version of our African Wilderness in Comfort trip, this overland journey commences from Windhk, Namibia's capital city. Walk some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei; and enjoy cosmopolitan Swakopmund with its relaxed cafe culture and wide, tree-lined streets. Search for wildlife in the contrasting environments of Etosha National Park and the Okavango River before being enchanted by a Chobe River sunset and still more wildlife. The trip concludes in Zimbabwe with the unforgettable sight of tons of water hurtling over Victoria Falls into the chasm of the Zambezi Gorge.

Inclusions

15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 11 dinners
13 nights in 3-4 star hotels and lodges on a twinshare basis
2 nights in 3-4 star permanent safari camp on a twinshare basis
English speaking local guide
Private transport in custom built expedition vehicle
Chobe River game cruise
Game drives and sightseeing as listed in itinerary
National park and conservation fees valued at US$55
Okavango Delta excursions from 2019
Hightlights
Be captivated by the magnificent Victoria Falls
Watch a magnificent sunrise from the top of the Sossusvlei sand dunes
Experience game drives in Etosha National Park
Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional canoe (mokoro)
Game viewing cruise on the Chobe River
Explore the Okavango and Kwando Rivers
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $4,890
Start Location
Windhoek, Botswana
End Location
Botswana
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Jan 201902 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,890
03 Feb 201918 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,890
08 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,890
31 Mar 201915 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $5,000
10 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $5,000
26 May 201910 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $5,000
12 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
19 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
28 Jul 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
15 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
06 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
13 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
22 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
29 Sep 201914 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
25 Oct 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
10 Nov 201925 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,000
20 Dec 201904 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $5,000
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival this afternoon in Windhk, you have free time to explore the capital city of Namibia. Overnight Safari Court (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 (380kms; 3.5 hrs). Our journey takes us south through ever changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert, considered by many geologists to be one of the world's oldest deserts. 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 lend itself to 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 rivier 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. Overnight Desert Quiver Camp (or similar).
Days 4-5
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 drive to Swakopmund (33 kms), 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 booking one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). Overnight: The Delight (or similar).
Day 6
We leave the coast behind and drive inland through the Damaraland region. Damaraland was a name given to the north-central part of Namibia and inhabited by the Damara people, an ethnic group who make up 8.5% of Namibia's population. Thought to be a remnant of southwestern Africa's hunter-gatherers, have no known cultural relationship with any of the other tribes anywhere else in Africa. The region is a vast and rugged terrain with mountain ranges intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Be on the lookout for the slightly smaller, desert-adapted elephants found predominantly in the Kaokaland and Damaraland regions. The Desert Elephant belongs to the savanna elephant and are a protected species. Consider yourself lucky if you see the elusive desert elephant or desert rhino, as these animals were subjected to poaching in the 1980's and numbers have diminished significantly. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. We spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool. Overnight Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar).
Day 7
Today we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive and relax by the floodlight waterhole in the evening. The park's main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes. Overnight: Okakeujo Restcamp inside Etosha National Park (or similar).
Day 8
Etosha National 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 make this area their home. The day is spent on game drive through the Park from the Western to the Eastern side of the Park. Overnight Mokuti Lodge (or similar).
Day 9
We enter the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi region) where we spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. Sunset from the deck is sensational. An optional afternoon boat cruise on the river is available (own expense). Overnight Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar). *Please note that World Expeditions ds not operate the optional mokoro trip on the Okavango 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 10-11
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 a mokoro can trip. Lunch is included on Day 11 only.
Day 12
Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. We continue through to the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. Overnight Namushasha River Lodge (or similar).
Days 13-14
Crossing into Botswana via Chobe National Park we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. The National Park has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Where the Chobe river flows into the Zambezi River the two rivers form the borders between Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the few places in the world that four countries border on each other. The following day we relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. An optional morning game drive is possible (own account). Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar).
Day 15
We travel across the Zimbabwe border to view Victoria Falls - one of the most revered and 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. Days are spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls, and to visit the actual Falls (own expense). Overnight on the banks of the Zambezi river at Sprayview Hotel (or similar).
Day 16
Our tour ends today after breakfast.