Best of Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls
25 Day Self Drive Safari
Take in the best of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
24 Nights / 25 Days
This adventure safari starts in Windhoek and ends in Windhoek. It explores the Central Kalahari and the World Heritage Okavango Delta as well as the Chobe, Victoria Falls complex of Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The Namibian component passes through the iconic Etosha, passing and some of the most spectacular and rugged scenery that can only be found in Namibia, and home to the unique desert Elephants and Rhino. In Southern Namibia the Namib-Naukluft National Park encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 (19,216 sq mi), the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world with sand
dunes that are the tallest in the world.
Self Drive camping safari
High Season (01 July 2018 - 31 October 2019): €1780 per person
Low Season (01 November 2017 - 30 June 2020): €1595 per person
Days 1-2: Central KalahariA very unique part of this Safari is a two day visit to the Central Kalahari and interaction with the San people. The San were Stone Age hunter-gatherers and some of them still survive in small numbers in the Kalahari Desert. Their physical appearance is small in stature; they are brown in color and have unique “click” languages.
Days 3-4: Okavango Delta and Mokoro water safariYou will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this beautiful area and exploring reed channels and floodplains with a mokoro (traditional dugout canoes).
Day 5: SavutiThe Savuti and Linyanti region with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains and probably one of the biggest concentrations of Giraffe. Heading northwards to the Chobe River you’ll reach and overnight at a new camp facility with a hide overlooking its own large waterhole with abundant and varied wild animals.
Day 6: Chobe RiverOn to the Chobe River for an unforgettable, photographic safari upon photo-friendly boats. Viewing wild life from the perspective of the water brings you up really close and personal for legendry captured moments. Equipment supplied of required.
Day 7: Victoria FallsA chill out day… you’ll take a day transfer into Zimbabwe to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls and lunch on the veranda of the iconic “Vic Falls Hotel” overlooking the gorge and historic railway bridge. . Activities can be arranged and include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls.
Day 8-9: Nkasa Rupala National ParkYou cross the border into the Zambezi Region of Namibia, formerly known as the Caprivi and head towards the confluence of the Linyanti and Kwando Rivers. Dr David Livingstone, arguably the greatest explorer ever known, uttered these words “I have found the Garden of Eden” when describing this find. Today there is a museum with his name that tells the story of Livingstone’s family buried at this spot. The camp is superb and one of the best kept secrets to explore this migratory path of some of Africa’s giants the Elephant and huge herds of the African Buffalo – 300 and more.
Days 10-11: EtoshaA big drive into the Eastern side of the world famous Etosha exploring pans full with seasonal bird life and vast area of 22,270 km². Lion, elephant, black rhinos and giraffe gather at waterholes such as Halali, Okondeka and the floodlit Okaukuejo. Rough roads fringe the vast white-green salt flat of the Etosha Pan, a breeding ground for flamingos. Day 2 is spent on a leisurely game drive heading west to the Okaukuejo waterhole and camp site.
Day 12: KaokoveldContinuing west in Etosha one exits through the Galton Gate. From here you’ll enter into the Kaokoveld, this area is one of the wildest and least populated areas in Namibia, with a population density of one person every 2 km² (1/4 of the national average). The most represented ethnic group is the Himba people, who account for about 5,000 of the overall 16,000 inhabitants of Kaokoland. This night finds you near the Angolan border and a good night’s rest.
Day 13-14: Epupa FallsTwo days of relaxing at a riverside camp a few hundred metres from the Epupa Falls
Day 15: Purros CanyonA scenic drive through the Robbie Pass Gorge which is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets overnighting at a Community Camp perched on the banks of the Hoarusib River. Spend the following day exploring the Canyon where you’ll find a variety of desert adapted wild animals.
Day 16: Abu-HuabThe following day you’ll travel down into the Desolation Valley, the views in this area are breathe taking, entering into the Huab River proceeding along the river bed where there is a very good chance of meeting the famous desert Elephant. Night stop on the banks of the Aba-Huab River.
Day 17: Messum CraterPass through the Messum Crater about 132 and 135 million years old, Messum has a diameter of 18 km and also home to the Welwitschia plant that grow to a thousand years or more. It is indeed worth seeing! Drive the coastal road heading south and visit the Seal colony on the way. Camp under the stars at the Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) which is nearly 700 million years old.
Day 18: SwakopmundA beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
Day 19- 20: SesriemTravel south to the Namib-Naukluft National Park encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2, the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world where you will find the Sesriem Canyon located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round.
The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below, in order to fetch water
Excursion day to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attractions. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark dead camel thorn trees, estimated to be approximately 900 years, old contrasted against the white pan floor. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Day 21: SperrgebietHead south on the most scenic and spiritual road you”ll find anywhere in the world, en route towards the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park near Aus, where you experience the most bio-diverse desert on earth and your home for two days. Wild Horses of the Namib roam the sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib Desert in small groups. Over the decades they have conquered the desert as their habitat. They come to drink from the trough at Garub, some 20 km west of Aus. From a hide you can watch the horses and take pictures.
Day 22: LuderitzExcursion day, to the harbour town of Lüderitz which Portuguese seafarers visited more than 500 years ago. When diamonds were found in 1908, a little town with grand mansions rose from the Namib Desert. The deserted diamond settlement of Kolmanskop now offers endless opportunities to take extraordinary pictures.
Day 23: Fish River CanyonThe Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
Days 24: HardupWinding down your adventure you head north to the Hardup Dam for your last night on the banks of the biggest dam in Namibia situated in the Kalahari bush veld.
Day 25: WindhoekReturn to Windhoek and drop off vehicle.
- Fully kitted specialised Safari vehicle
- Lodges and Camp sites
- Activities and guide as per the itinerary
- All directions
- Maps and GPS routes
- Airport transfers on day of vehicle collection and drop off
- Park fees
- Optional excursions
- Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
- Emergency evacuation
- Any increase in Park Fees
- Vehicle upgrades