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

  • 13 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: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 10 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • 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, Swakopmund

After meeting your guides, you will have the rest of the day to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
The tour starts at the Stay@Swakop Guesthouse, however the first day will be spent in Swakopmund so you can arrive later if you would like, please confirm time of arrival with the reservations team so that the guides are aware of when you will be arriving.
Optional activities: Dinner out, quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, scenic flights etc
| OVERNIGHT:
Stay@Swakop Guesthouse or similar
| EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement (NAOVNB), Extra day in Swakopmund – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Swakopmund, Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 2, Swakopmund to Khorixas

Today we head inland towards Khorixas, seeing the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 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
| OVERNIGHT:
Igowati, Khorixas Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Kamanjab, Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community today where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a zone or an tribe where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you like to purchase anything or not.
Route: Spitzkoppe to Outjo ±340KM
Activity Package: Himba Project Visit
| OVERNIGHT:
Etotongwe or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 4, 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 have a full day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan on a game drive on our expedition vehicle. The raised height of the vehicle helps with visibility and seeing some of the abundant wildlife in the park. We’ll stop at several waterholes during the way, where concentrations of game can often be seen. An optional night drive is available this evening.
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park ±170km
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT:
Okakuejo or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Etosha National Park

We have another full day in Etosha today, exploring different parts of the park on the truck and searching for animals and birds we may not have seen yesterday. We leave the park late in the afternoon and head to our next accommodation.
Included highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT:
Etotongwe lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Windhoek

After a short morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek we’ll take a short walk through the city centre to see some of its best known landmarks.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±450km
Included highlight: Craft market stop, short walk through Windhoek with your guide
Optional activity: Dinner out
| OVERNIGHT:
Heja Game Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 7, Botswana, Ghanzi

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross 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 ±520km
Included highlight: San Tribal dance in the evening/p>
| OVERNIGHT:
Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Maun - Okavango Delta

An optional walk with San guides is available this morning to learn how they use nature and their environment to survive in this harsh desert. In the afternoon we drive to the outback town of Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Upon arrival your guide will drop you at Maun airport where we board small planes to head into the Delta for our 2 night excursion. After flying over the winding channels of the Delta, a drive to camp sees us arrive at our home for the next two nights. Upon arrival we settle in and prepare for tomorrow’s activities on the waterways of the Delta. Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will remain behind at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion for the next two nights.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±350 km
Luggage Restriction: 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.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta excursion
Optional Activity: Bushman Walk (May take place on the previous day)
| OVERNIGHT:
Mopiri camp or similar (permanent tents)
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 9, Okavango Delta

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, our program here is flexible to take account of the changing water levels. We normally start with a mokoro ride in the morning and a boat cruise in the afternoon with lunch taken back at the camp.
Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed on flight The airline requires the individual weight of all guests and their luggage prior to check-in as they have recently implemented new safety regulations for the flight into and out of the Okavango Delta. Please take no offense to this as it is done for guests safety only
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion
| OVERNIGHT:
Mopiri camp or similar (permanent tents)
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 10, Okavango Delta to Maun

A short drive to the airport and a flight back to Maun takes us out of the Delta this morning. We’ll reunite with the truck in Maun and spend the rest of the day there.
Optional activity: Tips for polers
| OVERNIGHT:
Sedia Riverfront hotel or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Nata

Today’s drive carries us across the northern section of the Makgadigadi Pans. Along the way we’ll pass some great 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.
Route: Maun to Nata ±230km
| OVERNIGHT:
Nata Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Chobe National Park

An early start today takes us north to our camp for the night on the banks of the Chobe River. 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 ±315km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park boat cruiseGame Drive
| OVERNIGHT:
Thebe River Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 13, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls

We leave Chobe this morning and cross the border into Zimbabwe for the short drive to Victoria Falls. Plenty of time is dedicated to 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 Vic Falls ±100km
Activity Package: Entry to Victoria Falls National Park
Optional activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
| OVERNIGHT:
A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour, Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 14, Victoria Falls

Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most 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 our 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 activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra day in Victoria Falls – post-tour, Options available while on tour, Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

DURATION

14 Days

Price

A$2893

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