15 Day Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe Self-Drive Safarifrom
15 Days to experience some of the best game viewing this area has to offer. Visit the Okavango delta , The Chobe National Park, The Caprivi Strip as well as the Famous Etosha National Park.
Self Drive. This tour can be done as a camping safari or a fully accommodated tour.
Vehicle 4×4 Double Cab
Daily Tour Overview – Camping
|2||Ghanzi, Botswana||Dqae Qare San Campsite||SC|
|6||Botswana, Kasane, Chobe area||Chobe Safari Lodge Campsite||SC|
|7||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe||A’Zambezi River Lodge||B|
|8||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe||A’Zambezi River Lodge||B|
|9||DIvundu, Namibia||Popa Falls||SC|
Nkwazi Lodge And Camping
|11||Etosha National Park||Namutoni Restcamp Campsite||SC|
|12||Etosha National Park||Okaukeujo Restcamp Campsite||SC|
|13||Okonjima- Africat Foundation||Okonjima Campsite||SC|
|15||Drop of vehicle in Windhoek||Urban Camp||B|
2020 High Season
01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020
N$30,000 per person
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Self Drive
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Small Group
Day 1 Windhoek
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport, where you will be transferred to Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek. Over in Urban Camp.
Welcome to WindhoekIf Namibia is Africa for beginners, then Windhoek is very much its capital in more than name only. It’s the sort of place that divides travelers, with those who love it for the respite it offers from the rigours of life on the African road facing off against those who find it a little too ’Western’ for their African tastes. And they’re both right: Windhoek is a modern, well-groomed city where office workers lounge around Zoo Park at lunchtime, tourists funnel through Post St Mall admiring African curios and taxis whizz around honking at potential customers. Neobaroque cathedral spires, as well as a few seemingly misplaced German castles, punctuate the skyline, and complement the steel-and-glass high-rises.
Such apparent incongruities aside, Windhoek makes a great place to begin or break a journey through Namibia or rest at journey’s end. The accommodation choices, food variety, cultural sights, shopping and African urban buzz give it an edge not found anywhere else in Namibia.
Day 2 Windhoek – Ghanzi Dqae Qare San Campsite , Botswana
After breakfast, your rental vehicle will be delivered at your guesthouse.
A long drive today, making use of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The road takes us first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centers of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana.
Kuru Traditional Dance Festival
Thirty-five kilometres north of Ghanzi is the small village of D’Kar, home to various extended family groups of Bushman people.
Every year, D’Kar also hosts the Kuru Traditional Dance and Music Festival during August. The festival is organised by the Kuru D’Kar Trust, part of the Kuru Family of Organisations (KFO, seven in all) which state their goal as the promotion of San culture.
This trust also sponsors and promotes the paintings of very gifted San artists, many of whom have exhibited and sold overseas. Nature, and humans’ relationship to it, is an over-riding theme in these wildly colourful and imaginative oil paintings. An elderly woman named Dada, recently deceased, was the group’s most internationally acclaimed painter.
Another Kuru Family organisation, Gantsi craft, aims to create income generation opportunities for rural dwellers in the district by promoting and marketing (locally and internationally) their arts and crafts. It houses a shop in the centre of Ghanzi and offers quality, authentic San arts and crafts, including ostrich eggshell jewellery and belts, hunting sets, fire sticks, leather items, carvings, and traditional musical instruments.
Day 3 Maun
A 3 to 4 hour drive to Maun in the heart of the delta where you will be staying at Audi camp. Upon arrival we suggest you book scenic flight over the Okavango delta.
Day 4 Maun
This morning hop into a mokoro (a dugout canoe) and head out on a safari of the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the tip of the delta and witness a combination of aquatic game, amazing bird species, breathtaking landscapes, and tranquil sunsets.
About this activityFree cancellation up to 24 hours before activity startsPrinted or mobile voucher acceptedDuration: 1 day Starting time 7:00 AMInstant confirmationEnglish speaking guidePickup included Pickup is from hotels and lodges in Maun.Day 5 Gweta, Planet BaobabA leisure start as we head to gweta where you will sleep a night next to hundreds of baobab tress.
Planet Baobab is a Kalahari Surf Club, a temporary or ’fly’ camp, located on the edge of the Ntwetwe Pan, overlooking the vast nothingness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. From the Planet Baobab Surf Club, guests can cruise across the vast baking soda void on 4×4 quad bikes and sleep out under the 5 billion star-spangled ceiling of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan.
Planet Baobab is built next to a natural spring that retains water throughout the year. Located a mere 4 km (2.4 miles) from a village, the bird life is surprisingly good and during the dry season the pan is frequented by Elephant, Kudu and other small denizens of the desert. However, the experience offered here is not really about game and is definitely not a Big Five experience. It is all about the pans, their fascinating geological origins, adventure and cultural tradition.
Day 6 Botswana, Kasane, Chobe area
Early start as you have a 3 h 35 min drive to kasane, we advise you join the sunset boat cruise in chobe river.
Celebrate the end of the day as the Sun sinks into the Chobe River on a Chobe River Sunset Cruise. Cruise upstream into the Chobe National Park. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees massive herds of elephant streaming to the river banks for their last drink. This is a special time of day in Africa and there is no better place to spend it than on the Chobe River. Relax as you sip on a Gin and Tonic and reminisce about the days activities.
Sunset is the best time of day to view the abundant wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. As the temperature cools, large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe and impala can be seen making their way down to the river. Hippos and crocodiles are also common sightings on the Chobe River Sunset Cruise. Elephants frequently cross the river to the islands where lush green grass is available year-round.
Duration: 3 hours (approx)
Price from $USD 56.00
Day 7 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Visit the Victoria falls today with a local guide.
Victoria Falls known as the “Smoke that thunders” in the local Tonga language, is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world and 70% of the exquisite views are seen from the Zimbabwe rain forest. The rain forest which has constant rain 24/7 from the never ending spray of the Falls, has unique ecosystem. It is a botanists dream and bird lovers’ paradise. There are species here that don’t occur anywhere else, and our recommendation is to look just a little beyond the pathway and the numerous viewpoints. One of the beauties is that the area has not become over commercialized. In fact, once you are standing by the Falls your view will not be much different to that of David Livingstone’s who first saw the Falls in 1855.Walking within the Falls is a couple of kilometres and it does get very hot.
Day 8 Victoria Falls
Activity day !
Victoria Falls is the biggest sheet of falling water in the world: twice as high and 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls. It’s 1.7 km wide (just longer than a mile) and over 100 metres high. There are no words to describe what it feels like to see it for the first time. Breath-taking and awe-inspiring, maybe, but even they don’t do it justice.
2. Have Dinner at the Boma Restaurant
Food is cooked on-the-spot for you: choose what you are brave enough to try – warthog, kudu, impala; or the more conventional beef, pork and chicken. The enigmatic MC will carry you through the night’s entertainment, which includes traditional dancing, singing and drumming. After dessert, every guest is given an African drum (njembe) and taught some African rhythms. Gimmicky and cheesy? Maybe. A great night of entertainment for young and old? Absolutely.
3. Gorge Swing
All jump enthusiasts should do the gorge swing. It’s higher than the bungee jump and offers a better chance to see the beauty of the gorge when you’ve reached the bottom (mainly because you’re not upside down).
4. Bungee Jump
The bungee jump is 111 metres high, starting at the centre of the iconic Victoria Falls bridge, ending near the rapids of the Zambezi river below, in one of the most scenic places in the world.
5. Sunset Cruise
Are you not a fan of adrenaline activities? Or so wired up by your bungee jump that you need some time to chill? A river cruise allows you to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty of the Zambezi River with a refreshing beverage in your hand.
6. Water rafting
The white-water rafting here is considered one of the best runs in the world, with grade 5 rapids broken up by sections of smooth river where you can soak up the beauty that goes unseen by other visitors to the falls.
7. Helicopter Ride
This was one of the highlights of my visits to Victoria Falls. Although I don’t like heights, I absolutely loved the helicopter ride because it showed me the sheer size of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls and the gorges.
8. Animal encounter
Victoria Falls is home to some wildlife rescue centres and other programmes. These allow visitors to get closer to the animals than they usually would be able to in the wild. See the link above for information on encounters with vultures, elephants, lions and crocodiles.
9. Victoria Falls Bridge
The Victoria Falls Bridge is an impressive feat of engineering, built as part of the “Cape to Cairo” railway dream. See it as its founders intended: from a steam train.
10. Mini Safari
You can see the Big Five in Victoria Falls’s National Parks, including getting up close to elephant, crocodiles and more. The game drives in these scenic reserves are much more exclusive than in many other African countries.
Day 9 Divundu Popa Falls
Say goodbye to Zimbabwe and drive to Namibia via Bwabwata national park.
Popa Falls Resort is a gateway to the north-eastern corner of Namibia and home to perennial rivers, magnificent indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains and reed-lined channels. The resort is located on the Kavango River, and the falls are accessible by foot from here. The falls, in fact, are not falls as one may expect from its name. Instead, they are a series of cascades created naturally over time by the running river, which splits the rock and forms a vast network of river channels.
Day 10 Rundu
During your stay at Namibia’s n’Kwazi lodge, you may want to further your expeditions.
Birds such as the Fish Eagle (n’Kwazi) and Swomp Bobos may be seen, but, with an optional Lunch pack, wildlife conservation parks are just a few hours away.
Kavangos booming capital
With its 81,500 inhabitants Rundu is the second largest town after the capital of Windhoek. Rundu is situated in the north east of Namibia directly at the Okavango River and the Angolan border. The town is the main centre of the Kavango Region.
Day 11 Etosha Namutoni Camp
Landscape and Vegetation
Namibia is a very diverse country with an array of habitats and vegetation. It is also one of the few countries where animals still roam freely mostly unrestricted by human influence. The country has a great mix of desert, semi- desert and savannahs. As you travel further north in Namibia towards Etosha National Park, you will find a place that offers visitors a complete contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731km² and large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees. This diverse vegetation accounts for the abundance of wildlife that thrives in the park.
The various accommodation options in Etosha National Park are well equipped with restaurants, shops, curios, swimming pools and petrol stations. The three main camps (Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni) offer various types of accommodation from camping to chalets overlooking floodlit waterholes. Situated deeper in the park are the more exclusive camps (Dolomite and Onkoshi) that provide a safari experience for discerning travelers.
About the Park
Before you decide to visit Etosha National Park, it is always a good idea to learn more about its many intricacies and what to expect. Below we have information on the park that will guide and inform you, leaving you well informed before your trip to this beautiful place
Built into an old German Fort Namutoni Camp has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort you will find ample facilities and a variety of accommodation. From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is hardly a better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colours of the setting sun.
The Camp is situated in the eastern part of Etosha National Park and is accessible via the Von Lindequist Gate. Its close proximity to Fisher’s Pan makes Namutoni a hotspot for birders. Two restaurants, a craft shop, a pool and a viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole make the fort a great place to relax at lunchtime or after evening game drives. The African Fusion restaurant will introduce you to local flavours, while The Steakhouse offers popular western dishes. A superette, curio shop and petrol station allow you to stock up on everything that is necessary and nice.
Namutoni was originally established as a control post during the mad cow disease (BSE) epidemic of 1897 in Namibia. The fort was built be the German Schutztruppe from 1902-03 and rebuilt in 1906 after the Ovambo destroyed the original building. The fort served as a police post and later as a South African army base. Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument in 1950 and was opened to tourism in 1957.
Day 12 Okaukeujo Restcamp Campsite
Early morning as you game drive through the park with your vehicle,make a stop at Halali for lunch and proceed to Etosha pan before heading to your camp.
The Etosha Pan is a vast, bare, open expanse of shimmering green and white that covers around 4,800km², almost a quarter of the beautiful Etosha National Park. At 130 km’s long and up to 50km’s wide in places, it is comfortably the largest salt pan in Africa and is the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space. The pan was originally a lake but over time the earth’s climate forced the rivers that once fed the lake to change course and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. If one were to try find where the lake once lay today, only the dry baked alkaline clay marks would give you a clue.
Day 13 Okonjima- Africat Foundation
Okonjima Nature Reserve, in the heart of Namibia, is in a Malaria-free area midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This 20 000ha nature reserve, which is surrounded by the sandstone Omboroko Mountains, is equally famed for its wildlife sightings as well as its picturesque landscapes that marvel guests – from first-time visitors to our regulars. It is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, which is renowned for its conservation work with predators across Namibia.
Okonjima offers a number of accommodation options to suit any budget or traveller, making it the perfect African safari destination in Namibia. If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, the exclusive Okonjima Villa is located within the 20 000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve, while the affordable, family-friendly Plains Camp, the safari favourite Luxury Bush Camp, the Private Bush Suite, and the Omboroko Campsite, as well as the PAWS Environmental Education Centre are found within a 2 000ha non-rehabilitated area.
Day 14 Waterberg Plateau
Waterberg Plateau Park is a national park in central Namibia encompassing the Waterberg Plateau, 68 km east of the town of Otjiwarongo. The Waterberg Plateau is a particularly prominent feature, elevated high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia.
The plateau and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The Waterberg Plateau Park is ecologically diverse, rich and has over 200 different species of bird and some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain.
Day 15 Windhoek
End of the adventure!