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19-day Namibia & Botswana Camping Roundabout Safari (Self-drive)

Covering the very best highlights of Namibia and Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls, this camping tour is budget friendly but still includes all the must see areas for landscapes, culture, scenery and wildlife in 19 days.

Price from USD 3,121 pps
Duration 19 days
Tour Type Self-drive
Highlights Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
Includes

Accommodation; Meals for lodging nights only (SQ); Camping Equipped Vehicle hire; Meet and Greet; Seat on shared charter flights as indicated; Airport and airstrip transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees; Staff gratuities

In just short of three weeks, it seems almost impossible to be able to include so many incredible destinations over 3 countries. Then as a camping and lodging combo it'll fit within your budget and give you an adventure beyond what you can imagine.

This self-drive tour includes the main highlights of Namibia and across into Botswana with a day trip to visit the maginificent Victoria Falls. Starting and ending in Windhoek to avoid drop off fees and to include the very best destinations, leaving almost nothing out in between.

As a tailor-made itinerary, any changes can be made to best suit what you have in mind. Upgrade more nights to lodging or make changes to end the tour elsewhere. It's really up to you and your Travel Consultant will be able to give you the best advice to make sure you get the best experience.

Itinerary Details

On arrival you will meet with the car hire company representative and you'll be transferred into Windhoek to complete the vehicle rental procedures and handover. The you'll meet with our representative to give you your travel documents and to make sure you are ready to depart. Spend the afternoon buying the supplies you'll need for your first few nights camping and explore town. For dinner you can grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants close by.

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After breakfast and any last minute shopping for supplies you'll depart south on mostly gravel roads to the sea of sand - Sossusvlei.

On the way: From Rehoboth you can make your way via either the Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass, both showcasing the incredible beauty of Namibia. The continue via Solitaire to Sesriem, the entrance gate to Sossusvlei.

When you're there: Plan to be up before sunrise and head into the park as the sun starts coming up. Enjoy the endless towering dunes and be sure to stop for pictures as you go along. Don't delay as you'll want to be in Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei before the sun peaks. Thereafter climb the dunes, explore Dune 45, Elim Dune and Sesriem Canyon.

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It's best to leave early after breakfast to make your way to the coast. It's a longer days drive on gravel roads and with plenty to see and do on the way it can easily make for a full days activity. Enjoy the ever changing landscapes.

On the way: Depart and backtrack to Solitaire and then make your way via the beautiful Gaub Pass and Kuiseb Canyon. Stop along the way for a picture as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn. There are lots of viewpoints and outlooks where you can enjoy a picnic. You could also detour to view the moonlandscape and the Welwitschias.

When you're there: Tour Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. There are loads of activities on offer and we recommend you explore the dunes and best yet where they meet the sea. The Sandwich Harbour tour is a favourite and you can also combine this with sea kayaking, a dolphin boat cruise, quad biking, sand boarding or a Living Desert Tour to explore the smaller creatures so well adapted to the harsh desert environment.

Whatever you decide, this is an activity hub, so you can fill your day with things to do or simply stroll through town and enjoy a spot of shopping.

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Today you venture into the heart of Damaraland, an area of enormous granite boulders, open plains and dry riverbeds. In stark contrast to the coast where you've just been. Home to the desert adapted elephants.

On the way: Departing the coast you can either head inland via Uis or head along the coast to Torra Bay and then inland. Both offer incredible scenery and will take about the same amount of driving time on the road. Once in the Twyfelfontein area, explore the highlights and be on the look out for the elephants.

When you're there: Visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. For a look into the culture of the Damara people, visit the Damara Living Museum and enjoy a nature drive to search for desert adapted wildlife.

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After breakfast you make your way east via Khorixas and further on to Outjo before you head northwards to the Andersson Gate and into the park to your campsite for the night. Leaving early will get you to Etosha by lunch and you can enjoy the afternoon in the park.

On the way: Visit the Petrified Forest en-route and Outjo has an amazing bakery in town if you might want to grab something to eat. You can also make a detour to view Vingerklip and Ugab Terrace or skip this and head straight to Etosha to have more time for game drives.

When you're there: This is Namibia's most prolific wildlife area, so here you'll be in the park most of the time and that's the point. Be on the lookout for all the many species of animals that Etosha is home to. Have your camera at the ready.

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Travel east through the Etosha National Park to Namutoni. Stop at numerous waterholes along the way and enjoy the incredible game viewing with a backdrop of the great Etosha pan.

When you're there: A full day is set aside on this side of the park with a focus on game viewing, wildlife, and more game viewing.

It's best to head into the park at sunrise when the gates open. Mornings and late afternoons are the most 'active' as its cooler. In the heat of the day animals usually rest in shade and being less active, you may not see as many. Chill at a waterhole just to watch them come and go. Make sure you're out of the park at sunset when the gates close.

Spend either a full day in the park or head back to camp at lunch time for something to eat and some down time before returning into the park again for the afternoon. The wildlife usually predicts your schedule in Etosha.

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An early start to make your way from Etosha to the Caprivi. A longer drive but an easy one on all paved roads. Stop along the way, perhaps in Rundu for a bite to eat.

On the way: Visit the Hoba Meteorite, the largest in the world; stop in Rundu for lunch or at a picnic spot along the way.

When you're there: Enjoy the river and the incredible birdlife. This is a birder's paradise. Spend the day exploring Popa Falls or on game drives in the Mahango or Buffalo Game Parks; river cruises and water safaris; bush walks; and fishing.

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Drive east along the Caprivi strip via Katima to the Ngoma Bridge where you enter Botswana and continue on to enjoy the Chobe National Park .

On the way: Clear customs and immigration at Ngoma and drive through the park to your next destination in Chobe. It's really a game drive so be on the lookout for wildlife and elephants.

When you're there: One of Africa's great parks, well known for the large herds of elephant you will be able to see from up close. Here you'll spend your time on game drives in the park and on boat cruises on the Chobe River. An amazing place for sunrises, sunsets and game viewing.

We recommend joining activities with a guide and especially for game drives, as the best times of the day are early morning and late afternoon and only guided activities may enter the park at these times. All self-drive vehicles are restricted to enter the park later and they'll have to be out of the park earlier.

With three days here, it's a must to do a game drive, a boat cruise and a full day excursion to Victoria Falls.

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After breakfast, you will depart from Chobe and head south via Pandamatenga to Nata and on to Planet Baobab where you will spend a night under the African stars and open night skies of the Makgadikgadi.

On the way: Today is all about the drive to get to your next destination. Changing landscapes from a lush green area of rivers and dense bush to open expanses of dry, arid desert as far as they eye can see. This is home of the Baines Baobabs.

When you're there: As this is merely an overnight stop there isn't much time for activities, but spend this time relaxing and if time allows you could enjoy a village tour in the area. A quirky camp with loads of character, something different on this route.

If you have extra time and you can extend your stay make this a 2 night stop to enjoy more of the activities in this area, a sleep out on the pans in the dry season, a meerkat visit or a bush walk to the Baobabs.

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Drive west to Maun, leave the vehicle at Maun Airport and then you fly by light aircraft into the Okavango Delta. An incredible network of waterways as far as the eye can see.

When you're there: 2 nights will give you 1 full day to enjoy on the included activities in the Okavango Delta and to explore the open floodplains of Chief's Island. Enjoy mokoro activities; game walks and boat cruises.

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This morning after breakfast or a last activity (if time allows) you will fly back to Maun Airport where you will pick up your vehicle again and continue on your self-drive journey.

On the way: Once you have landed at the airport and collected your vehicle again you will make your way towards Ghanzi and to your campsite for the night. The purpose of today is to get to your next destination.

When you're there: Set up camp and simply relax. If you'd like to join an activity perhaps you can do a game drive; San walk; vulture experience or enjoy a spa treatment.

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It's a long drive today as you make your way back into Namibia and on to Windhoek, where you drop the vehicle and your holiday comes to an end. Plan an early start or look to add a night in Windhoek before departure.

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Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2020) Amount
2 Camping Low Season USD 3,881 pps
2 Camping High Season USD 4,347 pps
4 Camping Low Season USD 3,121 pps
4 Camping High Season USD 3,464 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • These prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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