16-day Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari (Self-drive)
Taking in the astonishing contrasts from west to east, this 16-day safari combines the best of Namibia with a safari in Chobe, Botswana and a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls.
|Price||from USD 3,613 pps|
|Highlights||Victoria Falls (Zim), Chobe National Park, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund|
Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Vehicle hire; Vehicle drop off/delivery fee; Meet and Greet; Airport Transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees; Staff gratuities
It hardly seems possible to include such a variety of sights and activities in just 16 days. Between the ancient desert, the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha, the bounteous wetlands of the Caprivi and Chobe, and the wonder of Victoria Falls, it will be hard to pick a favourite.
This tour visits Namibia's famed attractions including the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi wetlands. Top this fascinating voyage of discovery with a safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park and a visit to Victoria Falls and you really have the makings of an amazing holiday.
Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )
You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures. You will then meet with our representative to hand over your travel documents. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure. For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants.Recommended Accommodation in Windhoek
Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )
After breakfast get some last minute supplies then start on your six-hour drive to the Sossusvlei .
On the way: The road has some grand scenic passes and the Namib Desert stretches to infinity at the base of an enormous escarpment; stop for lunch on the Spreetshoogte Pass... you may want your camera for this.
When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.Recommended Accommodation in Sossusvlei
Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund ( 2 nights )
A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.
On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.
When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and the relative luxury of a hot shower and a coffee shop.
Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.
Day 6: Damaraland ( 1 night )
Enormous granite outcrops and dolerite dykes have been carved over aeons. Grassy plains, tree-studded riverbeds and endless open skies add to the grandeur and make Damaraland one of the most scenic regions of Namibia. The drive to Damaraland takes up to five hours because there is much to see and do along the way.
On the way: Drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross - the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. The stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose; lunch at Cape Cross Lodge or picnic at some suitably serene and other-worldly spot; stop at the lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot; visit the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes.
When you're there: Game drives on private reserves in search of the famed desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe; among other hardy plains herds look out for Hartmann's mountain zebra; spend more time exploring the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, Vingerklip and the Organ Pipes; hike up the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest point at 2,573m.Recommended Accommodation in Damaraland
Day 7: Etosha National Park - South ( 1 night )
You will be about half way between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park , the drive is a scenic few hours through more of Damaraland's singular beauty and will take about three hours
On the way: The route is almost too short to stop, barring a comfort stop at Outjo and a picture of the Ugab Terrace.
When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.Recommended Accommodation in Etosha National Park
Day 8 & 9: Etosha National Park - East ( 2 nights )
Travel eastwards through the Etosha National Park to your next lodge. Stop at waterholes along the way or head directly to your lodge to join a guided game drive.Recommended Accommodation in Etosha National Park
Day 10 & 11: Caprivi - West ( 2 nights )
A long drive to the Caprivi requires an early start. The roads are all paved and there are some interesting stops along the way and an excellent lunch stop.
On the way: Visit the Otjikoto and Guinas lakes; Hoba Meteorite is the largest in the world; Roy's Camp for a comfort stop; lunch at N'Kwazi Lodge on the Kavango River near Rundu.
When you're there: The Caprivi is a mini-Okavango Delta in Namibia without the hefty price tags and far more accessible. Enjoy game viewing in the excellent Mahango Game Park; river cruises and water safaris; bush walks; and excellent birding and fishing.Recommended Accommodation in Caprivi
Day 12: Caprivi - East ( 1 night )
Depart after breakfast and head east along the Caprivi strip, entering East Caprivi at the Kwando River Bridge
On the way: Your drive today takes you through the Bwabwata National Park
When you're there: Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. Relax at the lodge or join on a boat cruise on the Kwando River (optional extra)Recommended Accommodation in Caprivi
Day 13 & 14: Chobe National Park ( 2 nights )
Head north to Katima Mulilo where you will drop your vehicle. You will be transferred from Katima to Ngoma Bridge where you enter Botswana and the Chobe National Park .
On the way: The sub-tropical woodlands give way to lush riverine floodplains; clear customs and immigration at Ngoma and drive through the game park to your safari lodge.
When you're there: Chobe is another of Africa's great parks, famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, and its prides of lion. Activities include water safaris on the Chobe River, game drives, sunset cruises, walking safaris, birdwatching and game drives.Recommended Accommodation in Chobe National Park
Day 15: Victoria Falls (Zim) ( 1 night )
The drive to Victoria Falls is about an hour. The customs and immigration formalities as you leave Botswana and enter Zimbabwe via Zambia may take a little longer. Your driver will assist you with the border crossing.
On the way: The Kazangula Road often yields some excellent wildlife and bird sightings; clear customs and immigration at Kazangula and Victoria Falls.
When you're there: Where to begin! Visit the falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides; water adventure; game viewing; sundowner river cruises; scenic flights; craft markets; elephant-back safaris; adrenal fixes with bungee jumping, gorge swinging and skydiving; lunch on Livingstone Island on the edge of the falls; canoeing safari above the falls.Recommended Accommodation in Victoria Falls (Zim)
Day 16: Victoria Falls (Zim) ( Departure / End of Tour )
The flights to Jo'burg usually leave late afternoon so you have time to squeeze in any last-minute must-do activities or purchases.
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