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This family-friendly Namibia to Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Tour begins in Namibia's seaside town of Swakopmund, travelling inland to the dramatic landscapes of Kunene, where we visit Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain.
Then we go game viewing in Etosha National Park, Namibia's leading wildlife destination, hosting a wide variety of wildlife. Next we overnight in Windhoek and cross into Botswana where we camp in the pristine Okavango Delta, one of the wildest places in Africa. Explore the reed-lined channels, remote islands and still lagoons, encountering fascinating fauna and flora.
Our journey then takes us to Chobe National Park, famous for its huge elephant herds. Here we camp in the wild, coming across an array of wildlife and birds. This adventure-filled Family Camping Safari culminates in a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
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.
This Namibia and Botswana Family Camping Tour starts in Swakopmund on the coast of Namibia.
Leaving Swakopmund we drive up along the coast and then inland to Spitzkoppe. This impressive granite massive is one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia. We cross the dramatic plains dotted with rocky hills and boulders, stopping at Spitzkoppe. We take a walk to view the ancient San rock art at this geological feature and take in the views over the surrounding plains.
Then we drive to Brandberg, the tallest mountain in Namibia. Tonight we camp at the base of the mountain under star-studded skies.
Continuing north through the rural Kunene region we head to our camp near Etosha National Park.
The camp is in natural surroundings on a family-owned and run game farm. There are a variety of birds and animals on the private game farm so keep an eye out. Resident wildlife includes zebra, wildebeest and an array of antelopes, from the small damara dik-dik to large eland and striking gemsbok.
Today we explore Etosha National Park on game drives. This is Namibia's leading wildlife destination hosting a rich diversity of wild animals and other creatures. Etosha is known for its big elephant population, desert-adapted gemsbok (oryx) and plentiful plains game, including springbok. Other sightings include lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and predators such as hyenas and jackals.
We go in search of wildlife in the southern region of the park, stopping at waterholes and taking in the remote bush scenery. After lunch and a rest during the heat of the day we continue game viewing in Etosha Park, which incorporates Etosha Pan in its 20 000 km² of wild terrain.
In the evening we return to the camp near Etosha, where we enjoy sundowners on the deck and take a dip in the pool.
Today we drive about 150 km northeast through Etosha National Park to Namutoni Camp.
We see different kinds of animals in the changing zones of vegetation on our drive, stopping at waterholes as we go. Namutoni is near the southern side of Etosha Pan which covers about 4 800km² of largely barren wilderness. The salt pan stretches out in a flat, dry expanse making a dramatic setting for wildlife sightings amid the mirages.
After dinner at camp you can visit the floodlit watering hole to watch the animals come out to drink at night.
Leaving the unique wildlife haven of Etosha Park after breakfast today we keep an eye out for game as we drive. Our next overnight stop is Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
A modern and vibrant city, you can explore Windhoek this afternoon, visiting historical highlights and other places of interest. Walk around and view the old colonial architecture that adds to the charm of this German influenced African city. Do some shopping and eat out tonight (own expense) getting a dose of urban life in Namibia.
Early this morning we continue east through a deserted region of Namibia and into equally remote western Botswana.
We head to Ghanzi, a town in the heart of the arid Kalahari Desert, where we stay for the night. Here you have the chance to meet the fascinating San people, also called the Kalahari Bushmen. Enjoy an optional cultural activity to spend time with this ancient ethnic group - the original inhabitants of Southern Africa. Find out about the survival techniques and traditional knowledge of the hunter-gatherers who have long survived in harsh semi-desert environments.
Today we travel deeper into Botswana, one of Africa's best safari destinations.
We drive to the town of Maun, located on the southern edge of the watery Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway for trips into the Okavango Delta and serves as our base for exploring the untamed wetland system.
Tonight we prepare for our overnight excursion into the wild Delta of Botswana. We suggest that you bring a smaller daybag on your trip to use on this short excursion. Your safari guide will brief you on what is needed, and what to expect on your trip into the Delta. The following morning we will set off from Maun on our journey into this incredible wilderness area.
On day eight of this Namibia & Botswana to Vic Falls Family Safari we set off on our mokoro trip into the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is famous for its rich variety of bird species and wild animals. The Delta runs down from the Angolan Highlands spreading out over the plains of Botswana where it empties into the Kalahari Desert.
This delta excursion entails a drive north from Maun for a couple of hours, to reach a mokoro polers' station. The dug-out mekoros are traditional canoes that locals pole through the reeds and winding waterways. Our guides ferry us to our tented camp in mekoros and in the afternoon we set off on a leisurely mokoro ride or game walk to get up close to the wilderness that is the Okavango Delta.
Last chance to take a bush walk in the Okavango Delta, before we head back to Maun. Walking through the bush we get to see the unique flora and fauna up close, learning about the wild habitat and examining signs of animal activity, possibly even spotting some animals.
We leave the Okavango by Mokoro and then transfer to a safari vehicle for the rest of the journey back to Maun.
Arriving in the early afternoon we have time for a fantastic optional scenic flight over the Delta at sunset - the ideal way to take in the sheer scale of this natural wonder.
Journey east through rural Botswana, seeing few signs of human habitation along the way. Our next stop is a private conservancy in the Nata area, on the northern outskirts of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans.
Arriving at the camp you have the option of taking a bush walk or game drive (details to be discussed with your guide). The conservancy is home to a variety of wildlife and birds - including elephants and antelopes. Wildlife and birds can also be spotted at the waterhole in front of the main lodge buildings, so sit back with a sundowner if you prefer, or take a refreshing swim after our long drive.
Leaving Nata we drive to Kasane in the far northeastern corner of Botswana. Camping along the Chobe River we are a short drive from the renowned Chobe National Park.
Watch the sunset over the bush, spotting birds and sometimes animals like hippos from camp.
This morning you can sleep in and explore the African town of Kasane, before our next game viewing adventure.
Next up on our family camping safari - Chobe National Park. Chobe Park is one of Africa's top game parks, best known for its big herds of elephants.
We take a game drive to our bush camp in the national park, where we will be spending the night in the wilds. We may see kudu, sable, roan and impala, among other antelopes as well as other animals and birds on our drive.
Tonight we fall asleep to the sounds of the nocturnal animals, immersed in untamed nature.
Wake up in the bush and embark on a morning game drive in search of wildlife action.
Then we return to Kasane and our safari truck for the short drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Vic Falls is one of the most epic sights in Africa, plummeting over 100m, across a width of almost 2kms! We visit the waterfall to admire the full force of this natural wonder up close. The Zambezi sends up a massive spray of water at Victoria Falls, so bring a raincoat to keep dry!
Our camp for the night is in the heart of Victoria Falls town, offering easy access to local restaurants, sights, shops and activity booking agents. Upon arrival your guide gives you an overview of the activity options, of which there are many.
This afternoon you are free to enjoy the pool at camp and rest, or jump right in and embark on adventure activities and explore the area.
Our Namibia to Botswana Family Camping Tour ends in Victoria Falls town after breakfast this morning.
We recommend spending a few extra days at Victoria Falls, after our safari adventure to enjoy optional activities and explore.
Optional adventure activities include Livingstone Island Trips, tram rides, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool at the top of Vic Falls. Adrenalin-seekers can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Batoka Gorge or do zip-line rides and gorge swings!
Scenic flights (helicopter, plane, ultra light and micro light) can take you over Vic Falls to see the largest sheet of falling water in the world, from the above. In season you can also go white water rafting on the Zambezi River, an unforgettable adventure.
This Budget Family Tour starts in Swakopmund, Namibia, travelling north through Namibia and into Botswana, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Namibia to Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari begins in Swakopmund on Sunday mornings, so if you want to explore Swakopmund, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be arranged through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary may vary from day to day depending local conditions and group preferences. All prices and Local Payments are subject to change and due to tourism laws we may switch trucks and crew during the trip.
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