Beginning in Namibia - explore Swakopmund then drive inland to Khorixas, via the dramatic Skeleton Coast and Spitzkoppe. Meet a Himba community, before game viewing in Etosha National Park - one of Africa's finest wildlife reserves. Visit Windhoek city before leaving Namibia and crossing into Botswana where we experience San culture in the Kalahari Desert. Then fly from Maun to a remote camp in the pristine Okavango Delta, exploring the untamed wilderness on a nature walk, mokoro rides and a boat cruise. Fly out of the scenic delta and drive to Nata on the fringes of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Continue to Chobe National Park for a 4x4 game drive and sunset boat cruise on Chobe River to spot wildlife and birds.
Cross into Zimbabwe to stand before the famous Victoria Falls waterfall and enjoy optional activities, including white water rafting on the Zambezi River.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
At the start of this budget southern African safari you meet up with your tour guides in Swakopmund. The first day of this affordable Namibia & Okavango Delta Safari is free for you to explore the coastal holiday town of Swakopmund, admiring the colonial German architecture and visiting museums, cafes and quaint shops.
Alternatively you can try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Swakopmund and stroll along the sea.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
The first stretch of our journey takes us along the rocky Skeleton Coast - a treacherous stretch of coastline littered with shipwrecks. Along the way we stop in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken, known for its lichen colonies.
Leaving the Atlantic Ocean coastline we then drive to Khorixas, the traditional capital of the former Damaraland region. Today the town is a conveniently located base for visiting the highlights of the southern Kunene Region.
Along the way to Khorixas, we visit Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia. We spend a bit of time exploring the rocky outcrops that rise impressively above the flat plains, with a local guide.
Today we drive further inland and north to Outjo, near Etosha Park. We visit an educational village, established to portray the Himba way of life, without impacting negatively on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments.
The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practises, but today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. The disappearing culture of the striking Himba is characterised by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewelry. The Himba that have not become westernised still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.
Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who get to learn about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of the tour we stop in at a Himba market where you can browse and get some curios.
Today's drive ends at a lodge in Outjo, where we sleep in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
After our cultural experience with the Himba people we make our way to Etosha National Park for some superb game viewing.
We stop at various watering holes in search of the wild animals coming to drink, exploring the bush around Etosha Pan. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.
The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language. Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park, inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.
You have the option of taking a thrilling night game drive on either night inside Etosha National Park to search for nocturnal animals.
We stay at the camps inside Etosha Park - Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camps. All three rest camps boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be viewed at night. We stay two per en-suite room at two of the three overnight camps, each featuring a bar, swimming pool and shop.
We start day six with a final game drive in Etosha Park, before travelling south to Windhoek.
On our way to Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, we stop at a craft market so you can browse and purchase some authentic African creations.
Windhoek is situated almost in the centre of Namibia and serves as the economic, cultural and political capital of the country. Upon arrival in Windhoek we take a short sightseeing walk in the vibrant city centre, before checking into our centrally located lodge.
Tonight you have the option of enjoying a night out at one of Windhoek's excellent restaurants or German-style pubs. Facilities at our overnight lodge include a big swimming pool, a restaurant, internet, laundry services and a bar. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Departing from Windhoek we make our way out of Namibia and into Botswana. From the border we drive through the rural countryside of Botswana, dotted with villages and roaming livestock.
Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (bushmen) people are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa who have lived in the area for over 30 000 years, surviving in harsh conditions as nomadic hunter-gatherers.
Tonight we sleep two per en-suite room at a camp with a pool and bar, just north of Ghanzi.
Start the day with a guided walk in the Kalahari Desert. Experience this unique semi-arid habitat with the local San, learning more about their traditions, survival techniques and indigenous knowledge about the plants and animals of the region. After walking with the Kalahari San we drive up to Maun - the closest town to the Okavango Delta. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
Arriving in Maun we head straight to the airport and board a flight into the Okavango Delta. We fly into the delta in small planes passing over the untamed labyrinth of delta channels and secluded islands. Our flight into the Okavango Delta takes us to a remote camp where we stay in permanent, en-suite tents for the next two nights. Flying over the delta gives us a chance to spot wildlife and gain perspective on the vast wilderness area. This evening we sit beside the campfire listening to the sounds of the bush surrounding us.
Travellers not taking the Okavango Delta trip stay in Maun for the two nights and have time to explore the safari town, take optional mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta.
Please note: You will need to bring a smaller daypack (overnight bag) for the delta excursion as there is limited space for luggage on the transfer flights.
In the delta, much of our exploring is done by mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes), which are poled through the waters by local guides. On day nine we rise early and glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands by mokoro. Then we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk. Returning from our nature walk and mokoro trip, we spend time relaxing at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting.
Later in the afternoon, we take a boat cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta. Sit back and soak up the scenery, admiring the diverse local flora and fauna from the water. Activities in the delta vary based on water levels and local conditions, but being in the delta is always a remarkable adventure.
Wake up in the wild delta on day 10 and enjoy breakfast at camp. Then we return to the airstrip and fly out of the delta, marvelling at the untamed habitat and scanning for wildlife from above. Back in Maun, you have free time to rest and relax at the hotel where we stay in en-suite rooms.
Leaving Maun this morning we travel east to Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. Along the road we see big old baobab trees and snippets of the massive salt pan system, passing through parts of Nxai Pans and Makgadigadi National Park where we may come across roaming wildlife.
If time allows then you can join an optional drive to the pans later this afternoon to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. This salt pan complex is one of the largest in the world and in winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds.
Today we drive north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the entrance to the Chobe National Park.
First, we embark on an afternoon game drive in Chobe Park, exploring one of Africa's finest wildlife havens in a 4x4 safari vehicle. Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, covering around 10 566 km² of grasslands, lakes, islands and floodplains in northern Botswana. The reserve is renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds, with other sightings including large predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and spotted hyenas.
After our game drive we take a Chobe River sunset cruise in Chobe National Park. From the water we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles and elephants. Our boat-based game viewing provides excellent photographic opportunities for capturing the birds and wildlife attracted to Chobe River.
Tonight we stay in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
This morning we cross into Zimbabwe where we visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls.
Heading into the Victoria Falls National Park we experience the might of the great Zambezi River as it plummets over Vic Falls. A popular optional activity for today, is the sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes dinner and drinks.
The Victoria Falls waterfall is one of the natural wonders of the world - the largest waterfall in the world at 1700m wide and over 100m high. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning The Smoke that Thunders, which you will be able to fully appreciate when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the gorge below.
After visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can jump straight into one of the thrilling adventure activities available here or take it easy. This evening you can eat out in Victoria Falls, having an optional meal together and choosing activities for the following day with the help of your safari guide.
Your Namibia & Okavango Delta Safari finishes after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying in Victoria Falls for a few extra days after your safari.
Most people spend an extra day or two at Victoria Falls in order to participate in a few of the exciting adventure activities. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best white water rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool.
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