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The Namibia & Botswana Overland Camping Adventure begins in Namibia's seaside town of Swakopmund, heading inland to the captivating landscapes of Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain. Then our two week African Camping Safari explores Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game park, with roaming elephant herds and waterholes attracting a host of African animals.
Next we travel to Windhoek and cross into Botswana where we camp in the wilderness of the untamed Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. Discover the tranquil channels, islands and lagoons that make up these remarkable waterways, home to fascinating fauna and flora. Then journey to the scenic Chobe National Park, home to numerous animals including Africa's Big Five, as well as an array of birds.
Our Budget African Safari ends in the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa, the mighty 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.
The Namibia to Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Adventure Tour starts on the west coast of Namibia in Swakopmund.
From Swakopmund we head north to Spitzkoppe, the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’. Travelling further north and inland we head to the dramatic landscapes of Spitzkoppe, a giant granite outcrop in an otherwise flat part of Namibia, scattered with rocky boulders.
The highest geological formation is about 1728 m high and is recognised as one of the most distinct natural landmarks in Namibia. Spitzkoppe is well known as a sacred site of the ancient San people, housing important rock paintings. We stop to explore Spitzkoppe on foot, visiting the San Rock Art in the area and taking in the impressive terrain and striking views.
From Spitzkoppe we continue to Brandberg, the tallest mountain in Namibia, where we camp under star-filled African skies.
Travelling further north and inland through rural Namibia we make our way towards Etosha and our overnight camp near the national park.
We stay at a private game farm with camping facilities in a natural setting. The farm is home to various antelopes, including wildebeest, damara dik-dik, gemsbok, eland, impala, springbok, steenbuck and duiker, as well as zebra, ostriches and a variety of other birds.
On day three we drive to Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game park.
Etosha Park covers around 22 000 km² of northern Namibia, located around the Etosha Pan teeming with wildlife, insects and birds. The extensive network of gravel roads in Etosha enables visitors to access some of the most remote areas of this top game park.
In the cooler hours of the day, after lunch, we embark on a game drive in the southern area of Etosha Park. Keeping an eye out for the roaming oryx and springbok antelopes, endemic to desert national parks! The arid landscape of Etosha, which is dominated by a vast salt pan of the same name, is ideal for spotting wildlife at the watering holes scattered throughout the park.
Tonight we camp just outside the Etosha Park, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or enjoy a sundowner on the camp's deck before dinner, followed by a laid-back evening at the lively bar.
Crossing some 150 km of the Etosha Game Park, we pass through different types of vegetation as we drive, as well as the changing animal and bird life that these varying habitats support. Zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu and various other antelope species can be spotted on the plains, along with numerous elephants, jackals, hyenas, lions and rhinos.
Enjoy a full day of game viewing in Etosha Park, admiring the African bush scenes and the rich variety of nature's creatures.
Our overnight camp, Namutoni, is set inside the northern part of the game park. After dinner you can head down to one of the nearby floodlit waterholes of Etosha for more game viewing. Here you can observe the wild animals as they come to quench their thirst in the evenings.
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 Overland Camping Tour 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.
We travel north to the Botswana town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River.
The Chobe River is home to hippos, crocodiles, other wildlife and a multitude of birds. The river forms a natural border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and serves as the primary water source in the world-famous Chobe National Park.
Our day ends with another marvellous African sunset over the bush. We relax at camp, listening out for the sounds of nature - from fish eagle to hippo.
Enjoy a lie-in this morning or explore Kasane town, located on the banks of the Chobe River. Then we make our way into this top Botswana game reserve for our overnight experience in the African wilderness of Chobe National Park. Chobe Park is one of the premier game parks in Botswana, renowned for its large herds of migratory elephants.
In the afternoon we explore Chobe on a game drive en route to our safari camp inside the game park. On the game viewing drive rare Sable and Roan Antelope are often sighted, keep an eye out for their distinct backward slanting horns, or watch the flittering Lilac Breasted Rollers!
We spend the evening musing over our wildlife encounters in Chobe Park and listening to the night sounds of nearby wildlife.
Getting up early after our night in the Botswana bush, we set off on a morning game drive in search of Chobe's wildlife. After our rewarding game drive we pack up camp and travel back to the town of Kasane and on to Vic Falls.
Back at the Kasane camp after our morning game drive, we transfer to our safari truck and take the short drive to the Zimbabwe border. Border formalities behind us, we cover the last bit of ground to nearby Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Waterfall, the town of Victoria Falls is located along the Zambezi River, surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. 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. 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!
A short adventure activities briefing is followed by a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and an afternoon of leisure to unwind at the campsite’s swimming pool, or explore the highlights of Vic Falls town!
After breakfast in Victoria Falls town, we exchange addresses and part ways, having experienced the African Safari Trip of a lifetime!
We recommend that you book a few extra days in Victoria Falls, after your Namibia & Botswana Overland Camping Adventure Tour to take advantage of the fantastic optional Adventure Activities at Victoria Falls.
Optional excursions include 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, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi River is world class. 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.
This African Budget Safari departs from Swakopmund in Namibia on Sunday mornings, travelling north through Namibia and Botswana, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Should you wish to explore Swakopmund, 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 trip.
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