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Journey from Victoria Falls to Windhoek via Chobe Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, along with a host of Namibia's top highlights, including Etosha Park, Damaraland and the ancient Namib Desert.
This fully-serviced camping safari offers an affordable trip for the adventurous traveller, over the age of forty, looking for a camping experience that is a step up in comfort.
On the first day of our Vic Falls to Botswana & Namibia Safari Adventure we meet-up at the hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The pre-safari briefing takes place at 15h00 and the rest of the day is open for you to explore and do activities.
A visit to the Victoria Falls waterfall is not to be missed! This incredible natural wonder plummets just over 100 metres into the first of the Batoka gorges and spans about 1700 metres in width, making it the biggest waterfall in the world.
The morning of day two is free for activities (own expense) at Victoria Falls, which is one of Africa's major adventure hubs. Adrenalin seekers can bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, go abseiling into the deep gorge or experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River. There are also scenic flights over Vic Falls, offering a broader perspective of the waterfall and gorges, from a helicopter, small plane or microlight. Or you can visit the sights and local markets of Victoria Falls town and choose from cultural or wildlife viewing activities.
On the afternoon of day two we leave Vic Falls behind, crossing into Botswana. We head to the Chobe River in northeastern Botswana where we camp for two nights.
On day three we enjoy our first game viewing adventures. In the morning you have the option of taking a game drive (extra cost) in Chobe National Park, considered one of Africa's finest wildlife havens. In the late afternoon, we embark on a game viewing boat cruise on Chobe River, catching a glorious sunset and spotting a rich variety of animals and birds from the water. Chobe is famous for its high concentration of elephants amongst an abundance of other African animals and birds, so keep your eyes peeled.
Today we make our way into the third Southern African country visited on our safari - Namibia. We drive across into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia, an unusually lush part of this largely arid country.
Along the way to our camp along the Kwando River, we pause at traditional villages, where you can buy the famous woven items produced by the locals. This afternoon you have the option of embarking on a game drive in Bwabwata National Park (extra cost) or relaxing at camp.
Day five sees us travelling south back into Botswana, driving to the fringes of the world-renowned Okavango Delta. Reaching the water's edge we switch to a motorboat for the two-to-three hour trip to Pepere Island, only accessible by boat.
The whole of day six is spent exploring the pristine Okavango Delta, by mokoro and motorboat, as well as on foot. Our nature walks take us into the untamed bush on Pepere and the remote surrounding islands. Walking is ideal for inspecting the details of the bush, experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of the delta up close.
The Okavango Delta is synonymous with mekoros - the traditional dug-out canoes used to navigate the winding channels of this massive wetland system. Local guides stand in the mekoros, poling you through the waters at a leisurely pace, enabling you to admire the wild habitat and its fascinating inhabitants.
We take a boat ride back to the outer edges of the delta, where we transfer to our safari vehicle and travel north into Namibia, again. Back in the Caprivi, we proceed west to the town of Rundu, setting up camp beside the lush Kavango River tonight.
Next, we head to the game viewing highlight of Namibia - Etosha National Park. We stay at restcamps inside Etosha for the next two nights, camping at Okakeujo and Namutoni. Both camps feature floodlit waterholes allowing the game viewing adventures to continue into the night.
Day eight and nine are set aside for exploring Etosha Park on early morning and late afternoon game drives. This is one of Southern Africa's best game reserves, known for its abundant wildlife and rugged landscapes. Sightings include large predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, as well as elephants, giraffes, zebras and an array of antelope species including the striking oryx and springbok.
Leaving the game-rich wilderness of Etosha Park, we set off into the remote Damaraland area of the sparsely populated Kunene Region.
Crossing the open plains of this semi-desert region we pass arid valleys, shrublands and vegetated riverbeds en route to Spitzkoppe. This is the most recognisable mountain in Namibia - a cluster of exposed rock peaks rising up from the gravel plains. In the afternoon you have time to walk around the Spitzkoppe Massif area, absorbing the strange scenery with its warm palette of colours.
Tonight we camp between the granite boulders in a secluded setting.
This morning, after breakfast, we drive down to the Atlantic Ocean coastline and our next stop - Swakopmund.
The afternoon is open for sightseeing and activities of your choice - ranging from visiting the museums, galleries and aquarium, to going skydiving, sand boarding or quad biking. Scenic flights are an excellent way to view the town, sandwiched between icy Atlantic and the dry Namib Desert.
This evening you can have dinner and drinks out in Swakopmund, a charming town with a blend of African and German cultural, historical and culinary influences.
On day 12 we exchange the ocean breeze of Swakopmund for the shifting sands of the Namib Desert. One of the oldest and largest deserts on earth - the Namib is the source of Namibia's most iconic and striking imagery.
We camp on the outskirts of the vast desert, surrounded by wide-open landscapes steeped in silence and stillness. Arriving at camp we venture into the arid area on foot, catching what promises to be a spectacular sunset.
Early the next morning we drive further into the Namib Desert, heading for the famous Sossusvlei Dunes area. Driving through the desert as day breaks we get to see the shifting shadows and changing colours of the sand dunes. We cover the last 5km's to the renowned salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot, taking in the stark scenery which includes some of the tallest dunes in the world.
Later on day 13, we embark on a short hike in the nearby Sesriem Canyon, a narrow gorge of sedimentary rock layers, carved over centuries of erosion.
Say farewell to the endless sea of ochre dunes and open expanses of the ancient Namib, as we continue to Windhoek, Namibia's capital city.
The final morning of our Vic Falls to Botswana & Namibia Safari Adventure is free for sightseeing in Windhoek, before transferring to the airport.
This tour also runs in the reverse order from Windhoek to Victoria Falls (following the same itinerary but in the opposite direction), for the same price, but on different dates.
Pre-tour accommodation in Victoria Falls and post-tour accommodation in Windhoek, as well as return airport transfers, can be pre-booked through African Budget Safaris. For more details contact us.
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