This two week adventure leaves from Swakopmund in Namibia, taking you along the Skeleton Coast via Cape Cross Seal Colony and into Damaraland to meet the local Himba tribes, see ancient san rock art and view the even older petrified forests.
Next, we go game viewing at the watering holes and on the plains of Etosha National Park, renowned for its phenomenal wildlife sightings!
Enjoy the serenity of the Kavango River before exploring the pristine Okavango Delta in local Mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and on a bush walk, for a truly wild experience. Traverse the Western Caprivi and embark on a game drive in the diverse Mahangu National Park. Return to Botswana to visit the country's most famous game park, Chobe National Park.
The Exclusive Budget Tour ends in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls town, where you see one of the seven wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls!
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.
You will be met in Swakopmund at your first overnight hotel in the afternoon.
Explore this quaint seaside village sightseeing and enjoying its colonial German-influenced architecture and atmosphere. In the evening we eat out at a local restaurant and have fun discovering the town by night.
Choose from the wide variety of adventure activities in Swakopmund, including sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving and even fishing. You can even brave the icy Atlantic sea in the adventure capital of Namibia.
We follow the barren Atlantic coastline on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Africa's largest seal colony after lunch.
Leaving the chilly Atlantic coastline behind we head inland across the desert plains for Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. Either this afternoon or the next morning we walk to the famous ‘White Lady' rock painting. The walk offers spectacular views over the open plains of Damaraland.
This morning our budget safari takes us from Brandberg to our next stops on the Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari - Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest.
Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site named in 2007, is home to ancient bushman rock paintings; which we visit. We also stop at the Petrified Forest, home to trees estimated to be 250 million years old.
Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This is a personal cultural experience offering a window into the lives of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
After our cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head to the Big Five territory of Etosha National Park.
Our destination for day five is Etosha National Park, one of Africa's finest game parks. Arriving at our camp we settle in, take a dip in the pool or head to the watering hole to watch wildlife and birds coming to drink as the sun sets and late into the night.
Declared a National Park in 1907, Etosha is Namibia's premier game viewing destination. The national park is dominated by the flat expanse of Etosha Pan and hosts about 114 mammal species, 340 species of birds, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even one species of fish.
The next two days are set aside for rewarding game viewing drives in Etosha Park, going in search of the abundance of game found here.
In the mornings we have the opportunity to take game drives at sunrise, when many animals are at their most active and the air is still cool.
On game drives in Etosha Park we may encounter four of the Big Five of Africa, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous antelope species.
In the evenings we return to the camps inside Etosha, where you can take a refreshing swim in the pool. Both camps (Namutoni and Okaukuejo) feature floodlit watering holes for watching animals and birds as the warm days fade into starry nights.
Leaving Etosha Park on day eight we head via the Caprivi Strip towards Rundu town and onto our riverside lodge, set on the banks of the Kavango River overlooking Angola.
In the afternoon you can participate in optional activities such as a sunset boat cruise, tour of Mbanza Living Museum and a visit to a local school in a village where the Kavango people live.
Alternatively, you can just put your feet up, sip on a sundowner and relax on the banks of the river watching the magnificent African sunset.
Heading out of Namibia we drive to Etsha 13, on the western border of the pristine Okavango Delta region in Botswana.
We spend the next day exploring the intricate network of delta waterways, winding our way through thick reeds and bushes in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). Canoeing by mokoro is a unique way to spot some of the diverse wildlife species inhabiting the watery delta.
The Okavango Delta is a well-preserved gem of Africa, a vast oasis system of crystal clear lakes, lagoons and palm-fringed islands.
Discover the variety of untamed birds and wildlife in the Okavango Delta and stop at a secluded island for a 1½ hour guided walk, keeping an eye out for elephants, waterbuck or other animals.
Today we travel out of Botswana, driving up the western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia.
Our drive takes us through the wild area of the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. Along the way we venture into the untamed Mahangu National Park on a game drive.
Mahangu National Park covers some 25 400 hectares of diverse habitats, from flood plains and wetlands to riverside forests and grasslands dotted with baobab trees. This off-the-beaten track game reserve is home to elephant, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, warthog and a rich variety of predators such as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. All kinds of antelopes are also found in Mahangu, including roan, sable, impala, reedbuck, tsessebe, sitatunga, red lechwe, kudu and wildebeest. This wild game park is a birding paradise, with over 420 bird species to be seen.
On the morning of day 12 we travel along the Caprivi Strip and cross back into Botswana, making our way to Kasane.
Kasane is the safari travel hub for game viewing in Chobe National Park, Botswana's top national park. Arriving at our lodge camp on the Chobe River the afternoon is free for some rest and relaxation, or optional activities in the area.
Day 13 starts early as we venture into Chobe Park on a morning game drive in search of the high concentration of wildlife inhabiting this scenic wilderness area.
Later in the afternoon we take a sunset boat ride on the Chobe River, enjoying close-up game and bird viewing as we cruise along. We spend the night beside the Chobe River in Chobe National Park, listening to the wild calls of nocturnal creatures in the distance.
Departing from Chobe National Park we drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon we explore the thundering Victoria Falls on a guided tour to the mighty waterfall. Vic Falls is an unforgettable sight - with mists rising up off the largest sheet of falling water in the world!
The rest of day 14 on this Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari is free for you to relax, explore Vic Falls and try some adventure activities.
The Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari ends after breakfast this morning.
An airport transfer can be arranged for catching your onward flight from Victoria Falls. We hope to welcome you on one of our memorable African safari adventures again soon!
Please note that this Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Budget Safari can be upgraded to a Fully Accommodated Safari - Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Lodge Safari. Please see full pricing for details or contact African Budget Safaris.
Camping & Accommodated safari: We camp at designated campsites inside a National Park, or on riverbanks, or in other places of interest. All campsites feature shared ablution facilities with showers, flush toilets and running hot and cold water (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary). We try to avoid crowded campsites, preferring secluded spots, often supported by local community initiatives.
We camp two people per tent in spacious 3-person dome tents with 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. On the accommodated nights we stay in mid-range lodge accommodation (as below).
Fully accommodated safari: we stay in mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. The lodge accommodation is either in National Parks, on riverbanks, or in other places of interest.
The safari accommodation will be in a combination of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of these establishments feature a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, and some have shared ablutions. Some of the lodges and camps feature a swimming pool and/or bar area.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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