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Set your own pace on this 17-night self-drive holiday from Windhoek’s Namibia capital to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This Southern Africa itinerary allows guests to enjoy the astonishing contrasts from South to East as it combines the best of Namibia with a safari in Chobe – Botswana and a visit to the spectacular Mosi-oa-Tunya – Victoria Falls.

This iconic safari starts with a visit to Namibia’s iconic destinations: Sossusvlei, home to some of the highest dunes in the world, then to Swakopmund a picturesque colonial town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Then proceed to Damaraland at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to explore more than 2000 ancient rock carvings created over a thousand years ago by the hunter-gathers. It is wildlife time at Etosha National Park, home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros. Leaving wildlife behind, head further north to the Caprivi Strip known as the mini-Okavango Delta because of the high amount of rainfall that it receives which results in the lush and verdant vegetation, a testimony of the country’s tangible beauty. Then cross the border to Botswana for an unforgettable 4 x 4 game drive in the Chobe National park and a boat cruise on the Chobe riverfront to view a huge herd of elephants as well as the rest of the Big five. Round off this trip with another border crossing this time to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to visit the famous Victoria Falls National Park and enjoy a plethora of activities including a guided tour of Victoria Falls.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night – Olive Grove Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Desert Homestead (Namib-Naukluft National Park) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Swakopmund Hotel / (Swakopmund)| Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Camp Kiwe (Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Etosha Village (Etosha National Park South) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Mushara Bush Camp (Etosha National Park East) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Shametu River Lodge (Caprivi West) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Camp Kwando (Caprivi East) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Chobe Safari Lodge (Chobe National Park) | Botswana
  • 2 Nights – Batonka Guest Lodge | Victoria Falls
Price Includes
  • Meet and Greet at Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • Accommodation and meals as specified as per itinerary
  • 4 x 4 Vehicle hire Windhoek to Katima Mulilo
  • Premium Cover insured vehicle rental
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
Price Excludes
  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Meals and activities not mentioned as included.
  • Drinks
  • Fuel costs for duration of the rental period
  • Vehicle Hire deposit
  • One way drop-off fees for pick up Windhoek and drop-off Katima Mulilo
  • Entry visas
  • Porterage and staff Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your vehicle collection. During a detailed briefing, our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. From the airport, you make your way to Olive Grove Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb, within walking distance from the best city’s eateries and the perfect place to stay for pre or post-safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spent exploring the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Accommodation: Olive Grove Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 - 3Sossusvlei

Enjoy a scenic drive from Windhoek heading South to the dunes of Sossusvlei, the drive is around 6 hours. This route will offer plenty of photographic opportunities, therefore get your camera ready for pictures of a lifetime. Enjoy lunch en route. Arrival is in the middle of the afternoon at Desert Homestead Outpost. It is ideally suited for exploring the Namib Sand Sea – a World Heritage Site with some of the highest dunes in the world. Desert Homestead is located in the Namib Tsaris Conservancy, a private nature reserve of over 150,000 hectares, adjacent to NamibRand Nature Reserve. This seclusion helps the Homestead Outpost showcase the wonders of the desert, without any other vehicles or people interrupting your photos.

This cosy lodge is made up of a long row of 20 large, thatched stone chalets connected by sandy pathways. Simply, yet stylishly decorated in natural tones, the ensuite chalets each have a private veranda overlooking the beautiful, wide-open plains. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding desert through the large glass windows of the lodge’s main lounge and its spacious adjacent veranda. Deliciously fresh, farm-style food is served by candlelight in the romantic indoor dining room or outside, on the wide veranda, under a blanket of countless stars. Horse-riding adventures in the desert, sundowner drives, guided walks and excursions, ballooning, scenic flights, and quad biking are just some of the activities available at the lodge. Or guests can choose to simply sit by the sparkling pool and soak in the tranquillity of the vast, ancient desert.

Accommodation: Desert Homestead Outpost
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 4 - 5Swakopmund

Leaving behind the deserts and dunes it is time for a change of scenery as Namibia is a land of contrasts. Today you will move from desert to sea; to a picturesque colonial town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean: Swakopmund. On the way, cross the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast. When you get there settle into your accommodation at Swakopmund Sands situated on Swakopmund’s Platinum mile within walking distance of the city centre, tourist attractions, restaurants and the beach’s magnificent sea views, stylish comfort, top-class amenities and warm Namibian hospitality.

There are loads to do in Swakopmund and the nearby town Walvis Bay therefore for the following 2 days we suggest the following activities:
1. Explore the small town on foot and make sure that you visit the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from.

2. Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure
Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and this will be at a fraction of the cost as other places.

3. Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier
One of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund is to check out the Swakopmund Jetty!

4. Spend the Day with the Dolphins and Whale Watching
The Southwestern African coast is known for some of the most plentiful whale and dolphin sightings in the world, making this one of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund Namibia.
From encounters with pelicans and feeding seals to a chance to see leaping dolphins and fluttering whale tails — this is an opportunity you cannot pass up.

5. Ride a Camel at the Swakopmund Camel Farm
Quite an experience – be assisted by a friendly and helpful guide

6. Explore the small town on foot. We also recommend visiting the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from.

Dinner is at a restaurant of your choice in Swakopmund

Accommodation: Swakopmund Sands
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 7Damaraland

Leaving Swakopmund behind this morning you are heading North to Damaraland, a drive of approximately 6 hours depending on the number of stops en route. On your way there you will pass mountains, open plains and dry riverbeds frequented by desert-adapted elephants. If you’re taking the coastal route, you could make a stop at the Cape Cross seal colony and visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay. The alternative inland route is quicker and gives you views of the impressive Brandberg Mountain. On arrival, settle into your accommodation at Camp Kiwe an eco-friendly camp huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. On arrival settle in your room, relax in the wilderness scenery and enjoy the camp amenities
Your stay is a 2-night package which includes All meals and 2 activities and returns road transfer to & from Twyfelfontein.

The first activity is a guided 4 x 4 nature drive in search of desert-adapted wildlife; living in a hostile environment they have smaller bodies with Longer legs, and bigger feet, allowing them to survive in these harsh conditions. Spend hours tracking desert-adapted animals such as elephants and black rhinos.
The other activity is a guided visit to Twyfelfontein which is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Besides the 2 activities mentioned above guests are encouraged to go on self-Guided Nature Walks: just follow the short walking trails around the camp and you will find information displaying the names of different plants and trees. You can also ascend the 100 steps to the sundowner viewpoint, where you can watch the sunset over golden grasslands while sipping a cold drink. Not far from the front of the camp runs a dry riverbed, which is frequently traversed by desert-adapted elephants.

Accommodation: Camp Kiwe
Meal Plan: Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, lunch)

Day 8Etosha National Park (South)

This morning after breakfast you will drive East towards Khorixas on your way to the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park. The drive takes around 5 hours depending on how many stops you make en route. On your way stop at the Petrified Forest. Lots of fossils and large tree trunks have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. From Khorixas head east to the small town of Outjo where you may decide to stop for refreshments. Then proceed to your accommodation at Etosha Village situated only 2km from Andersson gate, the southern entrance of Etosha National Park. Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.

If time allows and you are ready to go, enjoy an afternoon game drive inside the park. Your first stop is Okaukuejo for entrance formalities and there is a shop to stock up on drinks and snacks. The park itself is well laid out so it will be pretty easy to navigate.
Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Birds include flamingos, pelicans, eagles, goshawks, kori bustards, ostrich and lilac-breasted rollers. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation in the park is varied but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.
Return to the lodge just before sunset and later seat for a delicious dinner followed by overnight.

Accommodation: Etosha Village
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 9 - 10Etosha National Park (East)

After a leisurely breakfast, this morning drive to Etosha East for more wildlife explorations and enjoy 2 full days on safari inside the national park.
Your accommodation for the following 3 days is at Mushara Bush Camp located just 5 minutes’ drive from the Von Lindequist Gate of the world-famous Etosha National Park. The Bush Camp boasts 16 tented suites and offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience, which is well-suited as an exceptional, affordable base for independent travellers. With the national Park just s stone thrown away, your wildlife adventures can be many and varied. Explore the park in your vehicle, perhaps watching animals at the many waterholes where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffes, zebra and oryx.

Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well. Alternatively, join a guide for a 4WD game drive, and benefit from their experience and knowledge.
As the evening approaches drive back to your camp for a mouth-watering dinner together with excellent service from experienced staff that has master hospitality.

Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 11 - 12Caprivi West

Today requires an early start because it is a long drive to the Caprivi Strip in Northern Namibia and stops are required to absorb the drive. Head towards Grootfontein, the roads are all paved. On your way visit amongst others:
– The Otjikoto and Guinas lakes;
– Hoba which is the largest Meteorite in the world; the main mass of the Meteor is estimated at more than 60 tonnes. It is the largest known intact meteorite as a single piece. It is also the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known on Earth’s surface;

We suggest a convenient stop at Roy’s Camp is situated 55 km north of Grootfontein and later enjoy lunch en route on the Kavango River near Rundu.

Continue your journey to your accommodation at Shametu River Lodge where you will experience the tranquillity of the Kavango River. The lodge is located just 7 km from Divundu and offers many activities (on your own account):
– Daily game drives into the Mahango National Park home to 105 mammal species and more than 400 species of birds as well as different kinds of reptiles. You will also find all your regular favourites such as sable and roan antelope, Chombe bushbucks, and reedbuck along with elephant, lion, leopard, crocodile, wildebeest and buffalo.

– Sundowner Boat cruise to experience the tranquillity of the Kavango River and all the secrets it holds. Glide gently downstream and watch the hippo frolic in the water while you try to spot the shy crocodile lurking in the reeds. Bird lovers will be entertained by the Fish Eagle and various other bird species current in the season.

The Kavango River is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running south-east ward for 1,600 km. It begins in Angola, where it is known by the Portuguese name Rio Cubango. Further south it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve or known as the Okavango Delta. Before it enters Botswana, the river drops four meters, across the full 1.2 km-width of the river, in a series of rapids known as Popa Falls, visible when the river is low, as during the dry season
– Village walks: enjoy a 30min walk to one of the local villages to get an insight into the way of living and the culture of the local tribe: the Habukushu.
– Mokoros trip on the Okavango River (seasonal as they depend on the level of water)

Included: Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation: Shametu River Lodge
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 13Caprivi East

Caprivi Strip in northern Namibia provides significant habitat for the critically endangered Wild African Dog, Lycaon pictus. It is a corridor for African elephants moving from Botswana and Namibia into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
After a hearty breakfast at the lodge drive east along the Caprivi strip, entering East Caprivi at the Kwando River Bridge. On your way there you may visit the Bwabwata National Park for more game viewing and later arrive at your accommodation at Camp Kwando, a popular stopover nestled on the banks of the Kwando River.
The rest of the day is at leisure to Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experiencing the thrill of the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle

Accommodation: Camp Kwando,
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 14 - 15Chobe National Park

This morning after a scrumptious breakfast, head north to Katima Mulilo where you will drop your rented vehicle and be transferred to Ngoma Bridge where you will enter Botswana and the Chobe National Park.
Chobe National Park, located in the north of Botswana, is an iconic safari destination. It is one of the most accessible and most visited safari areas in Botswana. Chobe is famous for its high numbers of elephants and Cape buffalo which can be viewed in their droves along the Chobe River. Morning excursions are dedicated game drives in Chobe National Park until lunchtime while the afternoon is for a boat cruise along the Chobe river.
Your accommodation is at Chobe Safari Lodge situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River which shares a border with Chobe National Park. It is a stone’s throw away from Victoria Falls and Caprivi.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast including two activities per day

Day 16 - 17Victoria Falls

Your final stop on this Southern Africa Self-drive takes you to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. After your last morning activity followed by breakfast, you will be transferred to Batonka Guest Lodge set in lush gardens, a tranquil haven away from the bustle of town but within walking distance of the main attractions. After checking in at your guest lodge, settle into your accommodation and relax.
Victoria Falls called “ Mosi-oa-Tunya which” by the African people means “smoke that thunders”- is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the major waterfall on the Zambezi River in Africa. It is famous for being the largest waterfall in the world. It offers a plethora of activities from a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River to helicopter flights over the falls as well as adrenaline activities such as bungee Jumping, rafting, helicopter flight, devil pool and more.

We have not included any activity in your stay in Victoria Falls, giving you the freedom to decide how much or little you want to take part in.

The reception at Batonka Guest Lodge is available to assist with any activity booking.

Included: Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

Day 18Goodbye

Because all good things always come to an end, today is the end of this incredible Southern Africa journey. Depending on your flight departure time, you may be able to squeeze in one more activity before being transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight back home.

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