Exploring Southern Africa – Windhoek to Victoria Falls

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Apr 10 - 28, 2021

Game viewing by our Safari truck – the Beast, by jeep, boat, mokoro and on foot.

Explore the wildlife and natural wonders of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

We will explore Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on this 19day safari. Experience breath-taking sand dunes in Sossusvlei, encounter the animated creatures at Cape Cross Seal Colony, practice your wildlife spotting in Etosha National Park,  Chobe National Park and the outstanding Okavango Delta. We will be game viewing by our Safari truck, by jeep, boat, mokoro and on foot. Viewing animals at night by a floodlit waterhole in Etosha is a wonderful experience (very hard to go to bed!). We split the tour up with hotel and camping. This way we get the full safari experience and keep the cost down – 8 nights in hotels and 10 nights camping. We will end our journey at the Magnificent Victoria Falls.

We travel in our safari truck, The Beast, designed to comfortably carry up to 22 passengers together with their luggage and camping equipment, in comfort. There’s plenty of room on board to spread out, plus fridges and coolers to keep drinks and snacks cool. The Beast has soft, comfortable seating and is designed for excellent game viewing and sight-seeing. It is a safe, reliable, well maintained vehicle and handles the road conditions perfectly.

Nearly all meals are included on the safari. When camping, meals are prepared by our own Camp Chef who cooks delicious, wholesome and healthy camp fire breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Beast. Fresh food supplies are available all along our route. Our camping nights –  the Beast provides – camp chairs, two person tents you can stand up in, 7cm foam mattress and camp cots. A dedicated supportive crew attend to all camp duties – set up and take down of tents. Your only involvement is to enjoy your holiday. If you wish to help Chef slice the veggies, go shopping, or, assist our Driver to ‘maintain’ The Beast, you are welcome to get involved, only if it is fun for you to do so. We set up camp chairs around the fire for dinner, drinks and conversation each night.

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Itinerary Highlights:

  • Visit Sossusvlei sand dunes – we camp in the park to get early entrance
  • Cape Cross Seal Colony
  • Brandenberg White Lady rock painting 
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings – stay at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge 
  • Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo Rest Camp, famous for its floodlit waterhole & Namatouni Camp
  • Guma Lagoon Camp – Okavango Panhandle Mokoro exploring
  • Chobe National Park – safari by jeep and by boat! 
  • Victoria Falls – also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (“the smoke that thunders”)
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Apr 10 - 28, 2021

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Min Group size: 10 / Max Group size: 16

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Accommodations: Hotels, Lodges, Permanent Tents and Tents

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$4,295USD per person based on twin share

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Day 1 Apr 10, 2021 –  Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek we will be welcomed at the airport by our Safari Crew and “The Beast” and transferred to our accommodation, The Safari Court Hotel, a secure and comfortable hotel – the ideal place to rest up before the start of the safari proper.

Suggest a dinner at Joes Beer house tonight – your own expense.

Overnight Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

Day 2 Apr 11, 2021 –  Sesriem    B, L, D  Approx. Distance: 310 km / 5 hours

After breakfast (provided by Hotel) we commence our drive south towards the world famous Namib Nauklauft National Park. Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is our first taste of “camping” at Namibia Wildlife Resort Campsite at Sesriem, located inside the gate at the entry to Sossusvlei. The camp sites at Sesriem are set on the deserts edge each with its own tree, each  site has  a Fire Place, water tap, animal proof rubbish bins and a low wall surrounding each site. Clean washrooms offer showers and toilets. There is a swimming pool at the centre of the camp, restaurant, bar and store.

The night skies in the desert are magnificent, as the sun sets over nearby Elim Dune the stars emerge until they fill the sky above you and the clicking sound of the desert barking Geckos surrounds you.

Dinner under the stars tonight prepared by your Camp Chef from The Beast Bistro.

Overnight Sesriem Camping  NWR – Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Namibia –  Tents 

Day 3  Apr 12, 2021 – Sossusvlei  B,L,D

Today we head off early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the Sossusvlei where you can climb one of the red sand dunes and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes These sand dunes, some of them over 300m high, have made this region world famous.

After climbing a dune we will drive to the 2 x 4 Car park where we will get a transfer on a 4 x 4 vehicle to the 4 x 4 car park from where it is a 20 min walk to Dead Vlei.

After our visit we will head back to camp.

Overnight will be back at our campsite at Sesriem, Namibia – Tents 

Day 4, 5 Apr 13 & 14, 2021 – Swakopmund  B, L, B  Approx. distance 350km 5 hrs

The road trip to Swakopmund is scenic and there are endless beautiful rocky desert canyon vistas. The natural lighting in this part of the world is intriguing with its old world charm and relaxed atmosphere is our base for 2 nights. The distinct German colonial character of the town has been well preserved, with the predominant language being German and shops selling traditional cakes and pastries.

Overnight accommodation for the two nights will be in Alte Brucke Lodge located within easy walking distance of ‘downtown’ Swakopmund allowing easy walking access to the city centre with fascinating German Colonial architecture. We have a full day to explore this popular seaside resort. Good shops and restaurants abound. There are optional tours available –  quad biking, sand boarding, living desert tour, skydiving, scenic flights and many more options.

Overnight Alte Brucke Hotel, Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 6 Apr 15, 2021 – Brandberg  B, L, D  Approx. Distance: 350 km / 5 hours

Departing Swakopmund we drive north along the coastline visiting Cape Cross Seal Colony before heading inland to Brandberg Mountain. The expansive lichen fields along the coast as well as the salt pans where salt is mined are an interesting sight en route to Cape Cross, home to the largest breeding colony of Cape Fur seals on the planet, with at times up to 210,000 seals present during November and December. Visitors can view the seals from a 200m walkway.

We then head inland to Brandberg about 90 km from the Atlantic Ocean – the mountain has a mean height of 2500 metres and impressively surmounts its surrounding by some 2000 meters. The name of the 30 km long and 23 km wide Brandberg derives from the glowing colours that the setting sun paints onto the mountain range as if the mountain was on fire.

The Brandberg is famous for its numerous rock paintings, apparently 50.000 of them can be found all over the mountain. Some of these 2000 to 4000 year old paintings are difficult to access.

We can visit the best known rock painting, the White Lady, this is about a five kilometres walk and a local guide will accompany us.

Overnight White Lady Lodge, Camping, Brandberg, Namibia – Tents

Day 7 Apr 16, 2021 – Twyfelfontein B, L, D Approx. Distance: 120km / 2 hours

We leave early to visit Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings, before the heat of the day. We will have a guided tour of Twyfelfontein, which boasts a multitude of rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoikhoi inhabitants of 6000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. To preserve this unique region, Twyfelfontein was declared Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

We have rooms booked at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for tonight’s accommodation. Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. There are magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains.

Overnight Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein Namibia

Day 8,9 Apr 17 & 18, 2021 – Etosha National Park  B,L,D,B,L,D  Approx. Distance:340kms 4hrs

Today we make our way to the world famous Etosha National Park – The Park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.

Our base for 2 nights is the campsite at Okaukuejo Rest Camp, famous for its floodlit waterhole it is also the administrative centre of Etosha.  The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major draw card of Okaukuejo Rest Camp.

We will do morning and afternoon game drives in The Beast, although some people may opt to sit by the waterhole and take the chance of animals coming to them.

Overnight Okaukuejo Camping, Etosha National Park, Namibia – Tents

Day 10 Apr 19, 2021 – Etosha National Park   B, L, D   Approx: Distance 150km

After breakfast we head towards the eastern boundary of the Park and Namatouni Camp, developed around a fort originally built by the Germans in 1902 – 1903 and renovated several times. We will game drive through the park on our way. A floodlit waterhole next to the fort provides game viewing opportunities at night

Overnight Namatouni Camping, Etosha National Park, Namibia – Tents

Day 11 Apr 20, 2021 – Rundu  B,L,D Approx. distance 370km

Leaving Etosha National Park we travel towards the Zambezi Region formally known as the Caprivi Strip of Northern Namibia, stopping for supplies along the way.  The Lodge we are staying at is on the banks of the Okavango River. Stunning sunsets and relaxing atmosphere make this an ideal overnight stop.

Overnight Kaisosi Lodge, Rundu, Namibia

Day 12 Apr 21, 2021 – Okavango Pan Handel B, L, D Approx. distance is 352 Kms

Today we leave Rundu and drive toward the Okavango Pan Handel. We cross into Botswana today via the Namibia Botswana border post at Mohembo. Guma Lagoon is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This will be our base for 2 nights while we do a day trip in Mokoros

Overnight Guma Lagoon camping, Okavango, Botswana – Tents

Day 13 Apr 22, 2021 – Okavango Delta B, L, D

Today we will venture into the Okavango Delta by Mokoro, you will be poled through the tranquil channels that link the extensive flood plain system to the main river. Water lily beds, palm islands and papyrus stands abound making for the most scenic of experiences. On one of the larger islands you will have time to have your lunch and enjoy a guided walk. There is always a chance of seeing large herds of red lechwe bounding through the water and passing elephants feeding amongst the lush wetland vegetation.

Overnight Guma Lagoon camping, Okavango, Botswana – Tents

Day 14, Apr 23, 2021 – Kongola   B, L, D Approx. distance: 342 kms

We leave Guma Lagoon and enter back into Namibia making our way via the narrowest part of the Caprivi Strip to Kongola. Our destination is Camp Kwando. Kwando Camp is just outside the famous Mudumu National Park in the Zambezi Region (previously called the Caprivi Strip). This luxury camp offers spectacular sunsets. We overnight in the Island tents and do an early morning game dive, Camp Kwando’s specially equipped cars will allow comfortable drives in the neighbouring parks, under the protection of its canvas roof. Game drives leave in the morning to Mudumu Game Park, and include a relaxing break where drinks shall be served.

The island accommodates eight thatched tents, each one with two beds. Each bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Built on poles with a terrace overlooking the river, these bungalows will allow you to do some fishing from the deck. The thatched roofs guarantee a good thermal regulation i.e. not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and washbasin with hot and cold water. These open sky bathrooms allow you to enjoy nature. Electricity is provided at key times by a generator. Lighting in the bathrooms is by paraffin lights.

Overnight Camp Kwando, Island Tents or similar, Kongola, Namibia – Permanent Tents 

Day 15 Apr 24, 2021 – Kasane  B, L, D  Approx. distance: 250 kms

We cross back into Botswana today and make our way to Kasane this town is the gateway for the famous Chobe National Park. Tonight we camp at Thebe River Safaris campsite on the banks of the Chobe River just outside the Chobe National Park.

Overnight Thebe River Safaris camping, Kasane, Botswana – Tents 

Day 16 Apr 25, 2021 – Chobe National Park  B, L, D

Today we take an early morning game drive into the Chobe National Park, famous for its large concentrations of Elephant and Buffalo which congregate along the Chobe River, this is a diverse reserve with dry savanna and periodic swamp, in addition to the vast flood plains fronting the river and the extensive tracts of teak woodland in the north east of the park.

Covering 11,700km², Chobe National Park was recognized as early as the 1930’s and by 1939, the area had been protected as the Chobe Game Reserve but was not elevated to National Park status until 1968. After Lunch we will enjoy a game cruise into the National Park via the Chobe River. This game cruise will be one of the Highlights of your trip.

Overnight at Thebe River Safaris Camping, Kasane, Botswana – Tents 

Day 17 Apr 26, 2021 – Victoria Falls Zimbabwe B Approx. distance: 80 kms

We travel a short distance to the Botswana/Zimbabwe border post to cross into Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (“the smoke that thunders”) is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River’s 2700 km journey from its source to the sea. Here the river plunges headlong into a 100m vertical chasm spanning the full one-and-a-half kilometer width of the river. Creating the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and also one of the  seven natural wonders of the world.

Our accommodation is at the comfortable Bayete Guest Lodge in the suburbs Of Victoria Falls. This afternoon our guide will take us on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders.

Optional sunset river cruise this evening. A wonderful way to end the day!

Overnight Bayete Guest House, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 18 Apr 27, 2021 – Victoria Falls B, D

Free day for all the activities available in Victoria Falls such as Zambezi River Cruise, Helicopter flight over the Falls, High Tea at the very colonial Victoria falls Hotel, Guided walks or game drives in the Zambezi National Park, Big five safari to see the endangered Rhino on a private game ranch.

This evening we will have a farewell dinner at Jungle Junction at the Victoria Falls hotel.

Overnight Bayete Guest House, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 19 Apr 28, 2021 – transfer to the airport B Approx. distance: 21 kms

Final chance to do any last minute curio shopping before being transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.

Tour cost $4,295USD per person twin share

8 nights hotel, 10 nights camping. Single supplement $350USD   Group size minimum 10, maximum 16

$600USD Non refundable deposit due at time of booking.  Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers- day 1 and Day 18
  • 8 nights in Hotel/Lodges
  • 10 nights camping – includes camp chairs, two person tents you can stand up in, 7cm foam mattress, camp cots.  A dedicated supportive crew to attend to all camp duties – set up and tear down is done by the camp crew.
  • All excursions and parks entry costs as per the itinerary
  • 18 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners included!
  • Water supplied on the vehicle for the entire tour
  • The Beast – 22 seater safari truck – including fuel and all road fees
  • Your Crew – Driver – Henry, Guide – Ntando & camp chef & camp assistant
  • Anna MacKay – Tour Leader

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Zimbabwe Entry visa
  • Tips (Driver, guide, camp crew)
  • Insurance – medical or cancellation – both recommended
  • Meals not mentioned
  • any additional entrance fees or optional tours

Cancellation conditions:

  • 90 days or more deposit is non refundable
  • 89 – 60 days prior to departure 50% is non-refundable
  • 59 days or less prior to departure 100% non-refundable

“(...) I am planning on coming back again with Cheryl to share with her the sights and sounds of Africa. As usual I arrived home appreciating what we have back home and have a better understanding of what we take for granted are luxuries in other countries.”

Kevin
Southern Africa Tour Oct 2017