This 15-day small group Exclusive Budget Safari stars at Victoria Falls in Zambia and ends in Windhoek, Namibia, combining safari camping and guest house accommodation.
Highlights on this Zambia & Namibia Safari include:
This Victoria Falls & Namibia Exclusive Budget Safari begins in Livingstone at the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site.
On day one and two you have time to visit the natural wonder of Victoria Falls and do a number of optional activities. Witnessing the spectacular Vic Falls waterfall is an unforgettable experience and a top highlight on many a safari.
Adventure activities range from adrenalin-pumping bungee jumps, white water rafting, abseils, zip lines rides and gorge swings, to and micro-lighting and helicopter flips over the falls. Less extreme activities include train rides, cultural tours, Livingstone Island trips, game drives and more.
Leaving Livingstone and Vic Falls behind, we travel to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.
The unusually lush part of Namibia, known as the Caprivi Strip extends all the way from Namibia to Zimbabwe forming a wildlife corridor. The scenic region hosts less-visited game parks incorporating fertile riverine systems. We take a boat cruise on the Kavango River, looking for wildlife and birds along the river and in the bush.
Our campsite features a restaurant, pool and bar, and offers good ablutions that have hot showers.
Enjoy the natural setting at our camp this morning before departing from the Caprivi Strip.
Following the Kavango River we drive through rural Namibia, dotted with traditional hamlets where wooden ornaments and curios are made by hand.
Tonight we camp next to the river in Rundu watching another beautiful African sunset. The camp features good ablution facilities with hot showers, a restaurant, bar and pool.
Travelling south today we make our way to Namibia's premier game viewing destination - Etosha Park.
Over the next two days we explore the dramatic terrain of Etosha, where Etosha Pan is the main natural feature. The salt pan is mostly dry, but after the rains it is covered with shallow pools and short grasses. The pan stretches out before us in a huge expanse of still, empty land where animals can be spotted amid the mirages.
Our game drives take us to watering holes where animals and birds gather, offering excellent sightings. Animals often seen, include elephant herds, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, various antelope species, including black-faced impalas. Etosha National Park is renowned for its frequent black rhino sightings and good sightings of cheetahs, lions and other predators, like jackals.
Our choice of camps in Etosha Park, is based on where the most animals are to be found at the time, maximizing our game viewing. The campsites have floodlit waterholes for nighttime game viewing, another highlight of visiting Etosha.
On day eight we travel southwest to Brandberg Mountain, in the former Damaraland area, now part of the Kunene Region. Here we walk in the hills where ancient San rock art is found, visiting the famous site known as the “White Lady” of Brandberg. This remote part of Namibia is known for its desert-adapted elephants, so keep an eye out.
Our overnight camp is at a lodge along the Ugab River, in the Ugab Wilderness Area, a joint business-community initiative. The community-based lodge is run in conjunction with the local people ensuring that they benefit from tourism.
Leaving Namibia's tallest mountain behind we drive across arid plains scattered with rocky outcrops and isolated hills. Our drive takes us to the well-known landmark of Spitzkoppe, a massive granite hill rising up out of the otherwise flat plains. Stopping at Spitzkoppe, we explore this quiet and rugged area on foot, looking out over the surreal landscape.
Tonight we camp at the base of this impressive granite massif under starry skies.
Next we head to the Atlantic Ocean, travelling south along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. We stop at Cape Cross to see the huge seal colony found there before continuing south.
Our next destination is Swakopmund, Namibia's most popular seaside holiday destination. Swakopmund offers an array of sightseeing and adventure activities, in a German infused atmosphere. The coastal location adds water sports and activities to the list of things to do in Swakopmund, including dolphin cruises and kayaking trips. Land-based activities include sand boarding and quad biking in the dunes and horse riding. Scenic flights are another popular activity as is sky diving.
Spend some time drinking coffee at the side-walk cafes, walking around the town to see the colonial German architecture and visiting museums and art galleries. At night you can dine out and sample the local nightlife. We spend two nights staying in en suite, twin-share rooms at a guest house with a restaurant.
Setting off south we journey from coastal town into barren desert. Our next destination is the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world.
Despite the harsh conditions of the Namib Desert various rare and strange flora and fauna survive here. During our time in the Namib we walk through the red-orange dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This is where towering ochre dunes encircle flat, white salt pans littered with dead trees - a striking and eerie sight. We also walk in the narrow Sesriem Canyon to see the layers of sedimentary rock eroded over the ages.
The majestic scenes of the vast desert will stay with you forever, especially the dramatic sunrise and sunset images.
On day 14 we drive northeast to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. This relatively small city also has a German feel, due to the colonial past, current German population and German visitors today.
The city is easy to explore on foot, offering interesting historical sights and cultural highlights, along with lively markets and good food. Tonight the group usually eats out at one of Windhoek's great restaurants, celebrating the final night of our trip together.
We spend our last night at a campsite in the city, staying in twin-share permanent tents shared ablution facilities, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Our 15-day Victoria Falls to Windhoek Safari ends this morning after breakfast. Transfers to the International Airport in Windhoek are available on request.
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