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Beginning at the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, this two-week African Camping Safari takes you to top game parks in Southern Africa, before ending in Swakopmund, Namibia.
Go bush camping in Botswana's Chobe National Park, home to Africa's Big Five, other wildlife and rich bird life. Then journey into the maze of waterways, secluded islands and lagoons of the untamed Okavango Delta, camping in the remote wilderness.
Travel into Namibia where we overnight in Windhoek, before visiting the Etosha National Park. Etosha's waterholes attract a host of African animals including big cats, elephants, rhinos and buffalos. After game viewing in Etosha this Botswana to Namibia Overland Camping Safari trip takes you via Brandberg and Spitzkoppe to coastal town of Swakopmund. Explore the town and have some fun, enjoying a number of optional activities including skydiving, quad biking and sandboarding.
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.
The first day of this Botswana to Namibia Overland Camping Safari is spent getting into holiday mode and making the most of all the adventure activities available at Victoria Falls.
Our safari campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of Victoria Falls town, within walking distance of the local restaurants, shops and booking agents for adventure activities. A 20-minute walk takes you to the entry point for viewing the spectacular Vic Falls, falling between Zimbabwe and Zambia. After our adventure activities briefing, we visit Vic Falls waterfall in the Victoria Falls National Park, which has plenty of viewing points. Then you are free to explore on your own.
Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Waterfall, the town of Victoria Falls is located along the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by the explorer David Livingstone and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water at 1700 m wide and about 100 m high. An awesome and memorable sight on any African Safari!
Optional activities include day trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither for the faint-hearted! All year round various flights provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. You can take a flight over Vic Falls in fixed-wing planes, microlights or helicopters. White water rafting on the Zambezi River is some of the best in the world. In addition to the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are more placid sections for admiring the towering cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
After breakfast we depart from Victoria Falls crossing into Botswana and making our way to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. Explore the town before lunch, then we prepare for our Chobe National Park Overnight Trip.
In the afternoon we set off into the wilderness of Botswana for a night of camping out in Chobe National Park, regarded as one of Africa's top safari destinations.
Arriving in Chobe Park we explore the park on a game drive as we head to our bush camp, looking out for the Big Five and other rare and interesting animals. Lion, buffalo, zebra, crocodile and hyena are commonly sighted along with the ubiquitous elephant, hippo and impala. We may also see leopard, cheetah, fox, serval, African wild dog and various antelope species, including puku, red lechwe, sable, roan and bushbuck.
We spend the night camping inside Chobe National Park surrounded by untamed nature.
After our memorable night in the bush, we embark on a early morning game viewing drive in Chobe Park, before packing up the safari camp and driving back north to Kasane. Then you have free time at camp to put your feet up, take a swim in the pool, watch the birds and listen out for hippos in the river.
Listen out for the resident hippos enjoying the waters of Chobe River, the major water source in Chobe National Park. The Chobe River forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia.
Today we head in a south-westerly direction to Maun. The town of Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta - one of the last truly wild places on earth. This huge estuarine system is unique to Southern Africa being the largest inland delta in the world. The Okavango Delta boasts remote islands, and is famous for its incredibly rich variety of bird species and animals.
This evening we prepare for our overnight trip into the world-famous Okavango Delta of Botswana. Your safari guide will tell you a bit about the camping trip into the delta and advise you on what to pack (bring a smaller daypack).
On day five we set off on our overnight Okavango Delta Camping Trip. This excursion entails a drive from Maun up north for a couple of hours, to reach a mokoro polers' station, where we switch to water-based travel. The mekoros are traditional-style canoes that local guides pole through the reeds and winding waterways, much like gondoliers. The guides stand in the dug-out canoes and steer us through the channels, taking us to the tented camp in the heart of the delta.
This afternoon we venture into the bush on a mokoro ride or a nature walk to get up close to the wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. Walking in the delta is a great way to discover the details of this intricate ecosystem, learning more about the flora and fauna. We look out for signs of animal activity and may even come across some of the delta animals that are not accustomed to seeing people.
Then sit back and soak up the scenery, simply enjoying your time in the Okavango Delta - a unique and remarkable wilderness experience. We spend the night in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms (long drop toilets and bucket showers).
This morning you have one last chance to take a game walk in the unspoilt Delta bush before we head back to Maun. We make our way out of the pristine delta by mokoro, switching to safari vehicles back at the poling station.
Reaching Maun in the early afternoon we have time for a fantastic optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. From the sky you can see just how enormous and wild the delta system is and marvel at its beauty, whilst spotting wildlife from above.
Day seven, travel into the remote Kalahari Desert region of western Botswana.
At our next overnight stop, in the town of Ghanzi, you have the chance to meet the local San Bushmen on a cultural excursion. Gain insight into the traditions and survival techniques of the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, spending time with the unique hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari.
On day eight we continue west into Namibia, passing through arid and empty landscapes scattered with small towns. In the afternoon we arrive in the city of Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore this pleasant African city, enjoying its colonial German architecture, historical charm and vibrant contemporary culture. Tonight you can eat out and sample the nightlife of Windhoek if you choose.
Today we drive north to Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game park.
This over 22 000 km² national park is set around the barren Etosha Pan, a flat expanse once covered by a huge inland lake. The game park is named after the salt pan with its shimmering mirages, hence the name Etosha, which means 'Great White Place'.
Teeming with a large variety of wild animals, insects and birds, Etosha offers superb game viewing in its dramatic landscapes. After lunch we take an afternoon game drive in the northern part of the national park, going in search of lions, elephants, antelopes, giraffes, zebras and many others.
Back at camp you can visit the floodlit watering hole for some night-time game viewing in Etosha.
Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the African bush visiting waterholes that attract a variety of animals and birds. The sparsely vegetated environment lends itself to game spotting at the water sources where animals congregate. Look out for desert antelopes, such as the striking-looking oryx and springbok on the plains, as well as the large prides of lions.
The extensive network of gravel roads enables visitors to access most areas of Etosha Park. Crossing some 150 km of the Etosha, we see different types of vegetation as we drive, as well as the changing animal and bird life that these varying habitats support.
Later we leave Etosha National Park via the Anderson gate and make our way to our safari campsite only 10kms away from Etosha. Arriving at camp you can take a refreshing swim in the pool before dinner. Spend the evening unwinding at the camp and having a drink in the novel bar.
We stay on a private game farm at a family-owned and run establishment with camping facilities in a natural setting.
The farm is home to various antelopes, including wildebeest, damara dik-dik, gemsbok, eland, impala, springbok, steenbok and duiker, as well as zebra, ostriches and a variety of other birds. You can take an optional game drive here at extra cost.
Next up on our Botswana to Namibia Overland Camping Safari is Brandberg, the tallest mountain in Namibia, where we camp under star-filled African skies.
If we arrive early enough you can explore the wilderness area around Brandberg on foot.
Onwards to Spitzkoppe, the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’. We head to the dramatic Spitzkoppe, a giant granite outcrop in an otherwise flat part of Namibia. The highest geological formation is about 1728 m high and is recognized as one of the most distinctive natural landmarks in Namibia. Spitzkoppe is a sacred site of the ancient San people, housing important rock paintings. We stop briefly to explore Spitzkoppe on foot, visiting the San Rock Art in the area and taking in the impressive terrain and striking views.
Then it's on to Swakopmund, on the coast of Namibia, where we spend two nights taking it easy and having some fun. Arriving at coastal Swakopmund you will be briefed on the adventure activities on offer here. Our Swakopmund accommodation is in dormitories, but you have the option of upgrading to private rooms through your safari guide (depending on availability).
Today, after breakfast, this memorable Botswana to Namibia Overland Camping Safari comes to a close in Swakopmund.
Optional activities in Swakopmund include the following: sky diving, horse riding, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic flights over the desert, cruises with the dolphins, fishing trips, golf, and others. On arrival in Swakopmund an activity briefing will be held.
This Botswana and Namibia Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels south through Botswana and Namibia, ending in Swakopmund, Namibia. The Budget Camping Safari departs from Victoria Falls on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Victoria Falls, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.
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