Okavango Delta walk

Namibia to Okavango Accommodated Overland Safari

Tour Length12 days
Priced from pps $1857 R25950 £1433 1635 A$2608 C$2481 NZ$2752 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Swakopmund, Namibia
  • Ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This Accommodated Overland Safari departs from Swakopmund, driving inland to Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain to see San rock art at these iconic geographical wonders. Then, we go game viewing in Etosha National Park, one of Africa's top safari destinations. Spot abundant wildlife on game drives and at the floodlit watering holes of the overnight rest camps. From Etosha, travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital.

Leaving Namibia, we journey through rural Botswana to watch tribal dancing and walk with the San in the Kalahari Desert. Our next base is Maun from where we explore the Okavango Delta on a mokoro day trip and nature walk. From watery delta, we drive to Nata Sanctuary on the fringes of the arid Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Next, travel to Chobe National Park, where we take a 4x4 game drive and a boat cruise to view wildlife and birds. Lastly, cross into Zimbabwe to witness the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall and enjoy optional adventure activities.

A well-rounded and diverse exploration of Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe at an excellent price!

Responsible Travel Note

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.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe & Brandberg – Namibia

This Namibia to Okavango Delta & Vic Falls Overland Tour departs from the charming coastal town of Swakopmund on the first morning. Leaving the crisp Atlantic Ocean coastline we drive to inland to Brandberg Mountain via Spitzkoppe.

Along the way, we stop to explore Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia rising up to 700 metres above the surrounding plains. We join a local guide for a walk in the impressive Spitkoppe massif to view San rock art and find out more about the traditional San. After our guided walk, we proceed to Brandberg Mountain and our overnight lodge near Namibia's tallest mountain.

  • Included Activity: Visit Spitzkoppe with a local guide
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Brandberg White Lady – Namibia

On the morning of day two, we head out on a short hike to the famous White Lady rock painting of Brandberg. Our walk takes us through rugged terrain, along the typically dry Tsisab River gorge. After walking for about an hour we reach the well-known rock painting created by the San around 2000 years ago. This is one of over 45000 rock paintings scattered across the Brandberg area.

After our short hike, we leave Brandberg which translates as 'burning mountain', so-named for the way its granite face sometimes glows brightly at sunset. Driving north we make our way to Kamanjab in the remote and sparsely-populated Kunene Region, formerly called Damaraland.

  • Included Activity: Brandberg White Lady hike
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 & 4: Etosha National Park – Namibia

Time for unforgettable game viewing - on day three we get up early and make our way into Etosha National Park. 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.

Driving through the wild and rugged bush, we stop at various watering holes in search of the animals that come to drink at these sites while exploring as much of Etosha as possible. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.

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.

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. In addition to watching for wildlife at the watering holes, you can embark on an exciting optional night game drive on either day.

  • Included Activities: Etosha game drives in the safari truck
  • Optional Activities: Night Game Drives in Etosha Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2)

Day 5: Windhoek – Namibia

Start day five with a final game drive on our way out of Etosha Park. Exiting the famous national park we travel south to Windhoek, situated roughly in the geographic centre of Namibia.

Upon arrival, we take a short walking tour of Windhoek city to see some historical sights and highlights of the vibrant capital city, before checking into our lodge just outside the city. Tonight we stay at a lodge on a small game farm outside of Windhoek. Facilities at the game lodge include a swimming pool, a restaurant, internet, laundry services and a bar. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

  • Included Activities: Short walking tour of Windhoek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Ghanzi - Botswana

Departing from Windhoek we make our way out of Namibia and into western Botswana. From the border we drive into the Kalahari Desert, passing through the remote countryside of Botswana, dotted with rural 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 (Bushman) people are indigenous to Southern Africa having inhabited 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. Those of you who have opted to take the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip will be travelling into the Okavango Delta tomorrow, preparing for the two-night trip tonight.

  • Included Activities: San dancing in the evening
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Please note: We recommend bringing a smaller overnight bag along for the Fly-in Delta Trip due to luggage restrictions on the small plane transfers.

Day 7: Ghanzi to Maun - Botswana

This morning we embark on a nature walk with the Kalahari San of the Ghanzi area. The guided walk with the local San is a rare and unusual cultural encounter, revealing the fascinating survival techniques and ancient stories of Southern Africa's oldest tribe.

This afternoon we drive north-east to Maun, the gateway to the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and irrigating some 15,000 km² of land, forming the largest inland delta in the world.

Arriving in Maun, clients taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip are dropped at the airport for their flight into the Okavango Delta. The upgrade entails flying to a remote tented camp and staying in permanent, en-suite tents for the next two nights (inquire for more details). The transfer flight is conducted in small planes offering expansive aerial views of this unique natural wonder.

Those not taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip have the option of enjoying a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta this afternoon (time and weather permitting) at extra cost. Clients opting out of the upgrade spend the next two nights in Maun, embarking on a mokoro day trip in the Okavango Delta the next day.

  • Included Activity: Bushman (San) guided walk
  • Optional Upgrade: Okavango Delta Fly-in Trip
  • Optional Activity: Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Okavango Delta & Maun - Botswana

On day eight, we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta in dug-out canoes (mekoros). We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and board the traditional-style mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the tranquil Okavango Delta environment.

Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. The mokoro excursion is not a big game viewing activity, it is all about experiencing the beauty of the wild delta. However, we may come across some wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala.

After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the lodge in Maun.

  • Included Activity: Okavango Delta Mokoro Day Trip
  • Optional Upgrade: Accommodated Fly-in Okavango Delta Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Maun to Nata - Botswana

This morning those who opted for the Fly-in Delta Excursion Upgrade wake up at the remote delta camp again and enjoy breakfast before flying back to Maun. Then we all board our safari truck, leaving Maun for Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. On our way east 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.

This afternoon the Activity Package includes a game drive in Nata Sanctuary 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. Nata is a breeding ground for waterbirds including pelicans and flamingoes so we may see flocks of these in season.

  • Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary) visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Chobe National Park - Botswana

Today we continue north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the national park.

In the afternoon we set off on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.

After game viewing on land, we embark on a sunset boat cruise for water-based game viewing. 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 in Chobe Park.

Our accommodation is in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.

  • Activity Package: Chobe Game Drive & Sunset River Cruise in Chobe Park
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Our final border crossing takes us into Zimbabwe this morning. Entering Zimbabwe we drive to Victoria Falls town, close to the largest waterfall in the world, also named Victoria Falls.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls is one of the most unforgettable natural spectacles in Africa - an absolute must-see! Today you have free time to visit Vic Falls and experience the 'Smoke that Thunders' as translated from the local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya. In addition to visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can jump straight into one of the thrilling adventure activities (optional extra) this afternoon or take it easy.

Our overnight accommodation is at a riverside lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi River on the outskirts of the Zambezi National Park. We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at the lodge in Victoria Falls, enjoying the facilities, including a swimming pool, internet, bar, laundry services and a restaurant.

  • Optional Activities: Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fees, Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Your Namibia to Delta & Victoria Falls 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 whitewater 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 bungee jumping.

  • Optional Activity: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Meals: Breakfast

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Botswana Activities

  • Upgraded Two-night Delta Trip
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers (clients discretion)

Zimbabwe Activities

  • Visit Victoria Falls waterfall
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls 
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting
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