Namibia & Botswana Uncovered tour

Namibia & Botswana Uncovered tour

Tour Experience

Two week adventure tour of Namibia and Botswana

Available

All year round departing on Wednesdays

Location

Namibia and Botswana

This two week Namibia & Botswana tour offers the perfect introduction to these interesting and culturally unique countries. It’s the ideal mix of culture, wildlife, active adventure and fun nightlife.

Starting in Swakopmund the adventure capital on Namibia, we recommend you arrive early so that you can enjoy many fun options such as skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking. From here we head inland to visit the Himba people, semi-nomadic bushmen, easily recognisable by the distinctive red colour of their skin and hair. We continue on to the Etosha National Park, which boast an amazing abundance of wildlife making it one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves. We spend plenty of time wildlife viewing before moving onto Namibia’s capital city Windhoek. After a short tour of the city we wave goodbye to Namibia and cross the border into Botswana.

Our first stop is at Ghanzi for a cultural evening of tribal song and dance from the San community. We then spend the next three days exploring the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km. We have plenty of time to explore this unique inland delta with nature walks and boat cruises. We finish our tour with a visit to Bostwana’s second largest wildlife reserve, the Chobe National Park, before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and our final destination the one and only Victoria Falls, crossroads of Africa.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 11 nights accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • All transport in a 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Activity Package, Okavango Delta upgrade and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Day 1, Swakopmund to Brandberg

The tour starts by leaving Swakopmund this morning so you will need to add at least one night here beforehand. To allow for delayed inbound flights and to get some time to explore Swakopmund we would recommend adding two nights.
We depart from the Stay@Swakop guesthouse at 07:00am sharp – please ensure you arrive here at least 30 minutes before this. You may book extra nights at as well as arrival airport transfers through us if you wish.
The tour starts as we head inland towards Khorixas, seeing the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres over the desert and plains beneath them. We’ll take a walk with a local guide to see some examples of rock art which demonstrate how significant this area and these formations were to the San people who lived here in the past. Finally we continue to our overnight stop for the evening.
Included highlight: Guided walk in Spitzkoppe
Note – our Overland tours are offered with an optional ‘Activity Package’ which includes a set of activities and visits that we recommend but that are not included in the main tour price. The itinerary below is written with the Activity Package items included. Please check our website or contact us for more information and prices.
Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe) (250km)
| OVERNIGHT: Brandberg Rest Camp or similar
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Single Room Supplement (NAOVNB), Extra day in Swakopmund – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Swakopmund, Activity Package 2019
Day 2, Brandberg White Lady rock painting
This morning we will take a hike of around 1 hour to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. The terrain is rough and follows the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River, with the Brandberg (Burning Mountains) which are regarded as the highest in Namibia, surrounding us.
Following our hike, we continue our journey to the Kamanjab area.
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike
Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab (220km)
| OVERNIGHT: Toko Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3, Etosha National Park
We start early this morning and head to Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s most famous destinations for game viewing with the sparse grasslands allowing great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. We then have the afternoon to explore the edges of Etosha Pan on a game drive on our expedition vehicle as we head to our accommodation for the night. The raised height of the vehicle helps with visibility and seeing some of the abundant wildlife in the park. We’ll aim to stop at several waterholes during the way, where concentrations of game can often be seen.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park (200km)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT: Halali or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4, Etosha National Park
We have a full day on safari in Etosha today, exploring different parts of the park on the truck and searching for animals and birds we may not have seen yesterday.
Included highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT: Okaukuejo or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5, Windhoek
We leave Etosha this morning and drive towards Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city and also the cultural, social and economic centre of the country. On arrival in Windhoek we’ll take a short walk through the city centre to see some of its best known landmarks. We’ll then return to our accommodation for the night which is normally situated half way between the city centre and the airport.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek (420km)
Included highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide
| OVERNIGHT: Heja Game Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast
Day 6, Botswana, Ghanzi
After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and travel east, crossing the Botswana border into the Kalahari Desert. While very different to the Namib Desert in Namibia, the Kalahari is still dramatic and covers nearly a million square kilometres. The San people have been associated with the harsh desert landscape here for centuries and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community that also provides an insight into the songs and story telling that form part of their culture.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi (500km)
Included highlight: San Tribal dance in the evening
| OVERNIGHT: Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7, To the Okavango Delta
We’ll take a walk with local San guides this morning to learn how they use nature and their environment to survive in this harsh desert. We’ll then drive to the outback town of Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Here you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta (subject to arrival time and weather conditions). This evening we’ll talk to our guide in peparation for our full day excursions into the Delta tomorrow.
An upgrade package is available which will fly into the Delta upon our arrival in Maun and then rejoin the group in the morning of Day 9. Luggage restrictions apply of 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed. The airline requires the individual weight of all guests and their luggage prior to check-in to meet safety regulations for flight into and out of the Okavango Delta. Please take no offense to this as it is done for guests safety only.
Please contact us for more details of this Delta excursion
Route: Ghanzi to Maun (300km)
Included highlight: San guided walk
Optional activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Upgrade package: Okavango Delta Upgrade
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Okavango Delta Upgrade
Day 8, Okavango Delta Excursion
The Okavango has a strange and unique ecosystem with the annual rains in regions upriver on the Okavango River flowing down and into the delta where they fan out and create pools, streams and waterholes that vary hugely through the seasons. As a result, programs here are flexible to take account of the changing water levels.
One of the most rewarding and enjoyable ways to explore the waterways and lagoons is by mokoro. We’ll leave Maun early and transfer by safari vehicle to the poling station (approx. 1 hour). Our polers will then steer us through serene reed-lined channels that open out into beautiful lagoons. A nature walk may be taken with your poler on one of the many islands, before we return by mokoro through the channels to the poling station. Mokoro trips like this are not primarily game viewing activities but a variety of animals and birds may be spotted on the way, including elephants, zebra, kudu and impala.
Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Upgrade package: Okavango Delta Upgrade
Day 9, Nata
We leave Maun this morning after re-joining any people in the group who chose the Delta upgrade package. Today’s long drive carries us past the northern section of the Makgadigadi Pans en-route to Nata. Along the way we’ll look out for examples of the iconic Baobab tree and look out over the pans as they extend to the Suth. If we’re lucky, while we bisect the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Park we may encounter some of the wildlife that make this huge protected area home.
If you add the Activity Package then a guided afternoon game drive is arranged to the Nata Sanctuary which is famous as the breeding ground for thousands of water birds, especially pelicans and flamingos.
Route: Maun to Nata (300km)
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
| OVERNIGHT: Nata Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019
Day 10, Chobe National Park
It’s another early start today for the drive north to the banks of the Chobe River. If you choose the Activity Package then we’ll then spend the afternoon exploring the park on a game safari in 4×4 vehicles which allow us to get up close to some of the many elephants that the park is famous for. The elephants like to spend time in the river in the afternoons and we’ll hope to see them enjoying themselves, splashing and washing. The day ends with a boat cruise looking out for hippos, buffalo and more elephants before dinner is served around the campfire.
Route: Nata to Kasane (300km)
Activity Package: Chobe National Park boat cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive
| OVERNIGHT: Thebe River Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019
Day 11, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
We leave Chobe and its elephants today and cross the border into Zimbabwe for the short drive to Victoria Falls. Plenty of time is allowed for visiting the spectacular falls and watching the mighty Zambezi River crash down into the Batoka Gorge, creating clouds of steam and spray that rise up into the air. However, the town of Victoria Falls is a hub for a wide range of adventurous activities and there is time available this afternoon to take advantage of some of these if you wish (eg. White water rafting, bungee jumps, river cruises or helicopter flights above the falls). If you’d like to take things a bit easier, the town has craft markets and plenty of shops and cafes to browse and relax in.
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls (100km)
Optional activities: Visit to the falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
| OVERNIGHT: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Optional activities available on tour
Day 12, Victoria Falls
Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, many people will spend the day doing some safaris, white water rafting, taking a helicopter ride over the falls or relaxing after viewing the waterfall. Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.
Note: It is possible to book a 2 day Journey to Johannesburg, either Camping or Accommodated straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Please contact us for more information. Our Big 5 Encounters tour from Johannesburg then also fits well after this trip, providing some great safaris in Kruger National Park.
Optional Activity: Visit to the falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Victoria Falls – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

DURATION

12 Days

Price

A$2893

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