19-day Namibia & Botswana Roundabout Safari (Self-drive)
Showcasing diverse landscapes and incredible game viewing, this 19-day self-drive tour combines the best of Namibia with the best of Botswana as well as a visit to Victoria Falls.
|Price||from USD 5,432 pps|
|Highlights||Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund|
Accommodation; Meals; Vehicle hire; Welcome service; 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 19 days. This self-drive tour includes the best of Namibia, the best of Botswana and Victoria Falls in a comfortable, affordable and flexible package.
Between the ancient desert, the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha, the bounteous wetlands of the Caprivi, Chobe and the Okavango Delta and of course the wonder of Victoria Falls, it will be hard to pick a favourite.
The tour starts and ends in Windhoek but you can start and end it in Chobe National Park or Victoria Falls. Talk to our expert travel consultants to get the best options and prices for this wonderful itinerary.
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.Standard Accommodation
After breakfast proceed on the 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..Standard Accommodation
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.
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.Standard Accommodation
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. The southern gate to the park is much closer to southern Damaraland and will take about three hours.
On the way: This 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.Standard Accommodation
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.
When you're there: Game viewing, game viewing and more excellent game viewing is the order of the day at Etosha.
Go on guided sunrise and sunset game drives; spend a whole day at any one of the 30-plus waterholes in Etosha watching an incredible variety of animals; birding is excellent and if you stay inside the park, you get the best experience of all at the floodlit waterholes when the wildlife action really comes to life. A feature of Etosha is the variety of species you can see at one time – thanks to the waterholes being the only the source of water for miles around.
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.
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.Standard Accommodation
Drive through 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. The park has the Chobe river as its lifeblood and features the largest herds of elephant found anywhere on earth. In addition lions, leopards, lesser predators and scores of plains species abound; birding is excellent with over 400 species and several rarities. Activities include water safaris on the Chobe River, game drives, sunset cruises, walking safaris, birdwatching and game drives.
Our recommended schedule for this leg is:
Day 12: Afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River - excellent game viewing, birdwatching and scenery
Day 13: Early morning and late afternoon game drives in Chobe National Park - can be guided (optional extra) or self-drive
Day 14: Full day excursion to Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
After breakfast, you will self drive to Planet Baobab, where you will stay for two nights.
Situated close to the village of Gweta, (also charmingly known as "The Place of the Bullfrogs"), on the Francistown-Maun road and sheltered by a grove of gigantic baobabs, Planet Baobab offers a welcoming base from which to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans system.
Planet Baobab combines style with comfort whilst remaining true to its traditional African inspiration. Accommodation styles vary, with Bushman grass huts, palatial Kalanga mud huts (with en-suite bathrooms) traditionally painted with amazing designs and a shady campsite where you can pitch your own tents.Standard Accommodation
Drive to Maun then fly by light aircraft over the Okavango Delta to your lodge for the next two nights.
When you're there: Water safaris, birdwatching, guided mokoro rides (traditional poled dugout canoes), walking safaris, game viewing: the quintessential delta experience. Wildlife is prolific and the scenery is wonderful. With a two-night stay you have the option to do a full day mokoro safari through the channels of the delta or a guided game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve.Standard Accommodation
You will take the short flight back to Maun airport where you will pick up your car before continuing west through the villages of the Kalahari Plains to Edo's Camp. Edo's Camp is a very special private reserve in the Kalahari, about 200km west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, offering rhino tracking safaris, Bushman experiences, game drives and scenic sunset drives.Standard Accommodation
Quite a long drive but along relatively empty tarred roads takes you back to Windhoek or directly to the Windhoek International Airport. Drop off your hired car and connect with your flight home or onward plans after what has surely been the African self-drive safari holiday of a lifetime.
|2||Standard||Low Season||USD 5,432 pps|
|2||Standard||High Season||USD 5,829 pps|
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