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With Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Apricot dunes at sunrise; Kaleidoscope of cultures; Rugged Skeleton Coast Etosha: Africa's undiscovered wildlife gem; The Okavango inland delta; Thundering Victoria Falls

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Tue 11 Apr 2017Sat 29 Apr 2017 $8170 USD
Tue 16 May 2017Sat 03 Jun 2017 $8670 USD
Wed 02 Aug 2017Sun 20 Aug 2017 $8670 USD
Tue 19 Sep 2017Sat 07 Oct 2017 $8670 USD
Sat 28 Oct 2017Wed 15 Nov 2017 $8670 USD
Tue 10 Apr 2018Sat 28 Apr 2018 $8170 USD
Tue 15 May 2018Sat 02 Jun 2018 $8670 USD
Wed 01 Aug 2018Sun 19 Aug 2018 $8670 USD
Tue 18 Sep 2018Sat 06 Oct 2018 $8670 USD
Sat 27 Oct 2018Wed 14 Nov 2018 $8670 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $1200 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $600, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


Venturing into the back of beyond and through the stark beauty of untouched, barren wilderness in two unforgettable African destinations, we spend a large portion of our 19-day tour marvelling at a natural environment yet thankfully untamed by Man. Technicolour landscapes of pastel-basted rock formations, waves of taupe grasses and orange-pink clouds mark our route as we journey to one of the largest conservation areas on the planet in Namibia, where we have the chance to see kudus, springboks and black eagles set against some of the most expansive and dramatically rugged scenery in the world. Alone for miles and dwarfed by apricot-coloured sand dunes, we experience one of the high points of our tour, which can bring with it a profound, almost spiritual, effect on the senses. Through German colonial towns with eclectic mixes of Bavarian and Bohemian architecture, we travel through unexpected and surreal sceneries, and make our way to the Skeleton Coast, where we can take to the skies for an aerial view of seas of golden dunes, shipwrecks and perhaps the famous Damara desert-dwelling elephants. We see geological oddities, examine some of Africa's finest prehistoric rock art, paintings and engravings that date from over 5,000 years ago, and gaze at teeming wildlife at perhaps the best-kept secret of African safari destinations.

As we cross into Botswana, the marshlands of the Okavango Delta serve as the ideal location to view hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat and thereafter it's on to what is arguably the most spectacularly beautiful game park in Southern Africa; Chobe National Park. The final days of our adventure deep in the heart of Africa are well-spent watching out for zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, antelope and, of course, elephants, cheetahs and lions, while we explore traditional and colonial villages, learn about the lives of indigenous peoples and take in the splendour of one of the natural world's most incredible sights in Zimbabwe; Victoria Falls.

Regions visited: Southern Africa
Countries visited: Namibia; Zimbabwe and Botswana


Testimonials


I was very impressed with Namibia - the changing landscape and its beautiful people. Botswana was amazing for its animals. All of the excursions were good - all worth seeing and experiencing. The local guides were fantastic. These guys went out of their way to ensure our experience was fantastic. The food was amazing. The hotels we had on this trip were excellent. Great trip.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Namibia
Arrival in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

As capital cities go, Windhoek is very relaxed with a whole mixture of Namibia's tribes strolling the streets. Many are in traditional dress and others are in stylish contemporary clothes often with magnificent plaited hairstyles. The city is full of trees and gardens, plus some splendid buildings dating from the turn of the century, all jumbled up with post-modernist office blocks in a swirl of ethnic mix.

Today you will meet our Namibia-based Tour Leader and enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

Overnight in Windhoek.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Windhoek - Namib-Naukluft National Park
Today we leave the interior plateau region and head southwest through the Gamsberg Pass to the Namib Desert, through magnificent colours, pastel-basted rock formations, and waves of taupe-coloured grasses. Even the clouds are tinged orange-pink as distant dunes reflect their colour skywards. In the Nama language, Namib means vast, and this is an understatement. At the opposite end of the moisture scale is the parched Namib Desert with endless orange dunes blown into razor sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind. The famous Sossusvlei sand dunes at 300m (1,000 ft), are the highest in the world, towering over their nearest rivals in Arabia, and just begging to be climbed barefoot.

Animals, insects, and plants have adapted to live in this generally inhospitable region and apart from infrequent rains, rely on the sea mist that rolls far inland. En route we have the chance to see kudu, springbok, gemsbok and black eagles set against some of the most expansive and dramatically rugged scenery in the world.

En route we have several stops for scenery viewing and photos. Upon arrival this afternoon you will have time to wander the land around our lodge and enjoy the multi-hued sands, strange twisted acacia trees, and almost guaranteed perfect sunset.

Overnight in the vicinity of the Namib-Naklauft National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Namib-Naukluft National Park
Very early this morning we drive into the park to a special place called Sossusvlei, a huge dried up pan (vlei) which sporadically holds water, at the base of some of the most spectacular dunes in the Namib. We watch the morning sun light up the apricot coloured sands, the long shadows accentuating the graceful, almost feminine curves of the dune crests. These immense rich ochre sand dunes are one of the most wondrous sights in the world.

Geologists say that this desert, covering most of the Namib-Naklauft Park, could be the oldest in the world. The older the dune, the brighter the colour from slow iron oxidisation and minute fragments of garnets. Dwarfed by the sheer size of the dunes, your footprints look like insect trails and each step forward forms a mini sand-slide. The solitude is immeasurable and your place in the great scheme of life takes on a curious insignificance. Visually powerful and deafeningly silent, this unforgettable experience is a high point of our visit to the Namib. Possible game sightings include oryx antelope, springbok, or ostrich.

At Sossusvlei we have plenty of time to walk into the heart of the dunes, scale a dune or two for panoramic views, and walk across the sand to a pan called Dead Vlei. This spooky place is named as such because of the blackened dead acacia trees that "sprout" from a blinding white pan against an orange dune backdrop. Stupendous.

On our way back to our accommodation we will make a stop at Sesriem Canyon, located near the entry gate to Sossussvlei. It was an important source of water for early inhabitants and even during dry times there is water in the upper reaches, where deep clefts in the rock reduce evaporation. Explorers, transport riders and early travellers used to lower a bucket down to collect the water and it normally took 6 lengths of thong tied together, hence the Afrikaans name 'Ses' meaning six, and 'Riem' meaning thong. The canyon was formed by the Tsauchab River rising in the Naukluft and Zaris Mountains to the east, and flowing through to Sossusvlei. Walking through the canyon takes you on a journey back 10-20 million years ago when sedimentary layers of gravel and sand were deposited and cemented together by lime. The ledges are now inhabited by pigeons, raucous pied crows and chattering starlings.

Overnight in the vicinity of Namib-Naklauft National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft Park - Swakopmund
We continue our journey north through Namib-Naukluft Park via Solitaire. As the name suggests, this is a lonely place in the middle of absolutely nowhere. The only reason it exists at all is to service visitors to the park. It used to have one solitary tree, one petrol pump, a take away kiosk and a captive puff adder. But big things have been happening here and there are now two or three petrol pumps, a fully blown cafeteria and small shop. The dead tree is still standing stark against the flat dry landscape, but the puff adder has gone.

We continue our journey through the spectacular rocky Kuiseb Canyon (photo stops en route) -- with possible sightings of baboon, rock hyrax, or, if lucky, leopard -- to the German colonial resort town of Swakopmund. This is Namibia's second biggest town and traditional "summer capital", and one of the most surreal places in this surreal country. You approach the town through the endless expanses of the Namib Desert, one of the world's largest wilderness areas. Then, through the mists (it is almost always misty in the morning and late afternoon) Bavarian spires and elaborate Germanic architecture rise through the fog banks. The boom of the surf on the notorious Skeleton Coast is an ever-present reminder of the icy Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Overnight in Swakopmund.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Swakopmund
Today is free to wander the streets of charming Swakopmund. The town is an eclectic mixture of Bohemian and Bavarian, home to an intriguing mix of artists, hippies, strait-laced descendants of German settlers, stately Herero women in Victorian dress, and hardened miners, game rangers, safari operators and fishermen. Swakopmund exudes romance and history, a rich cultural melting pot of old and new. Nighttime entertainment ranges from sophisticated spins on the casino's roulette wheels, through raucous parties at the many pubs and restaurants, to an assortment of drama, music and cultural events. It is indeed odd to be in a little corner of old Bavaria wedged between one of the world's harshest deserts and even harsher coastlines.

You might wish to take an optional scenic flight along the famed Skeleton Coast where you may get a glimpse of the Damara desert-dwelling elephants, the many shipwrecks that litter the coast, or perhaps the sea of dunes to the south. Your Tour Leader can help you with these and other options.

Overnight in Swakopmund.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Swakopmund - Damaraland
After a very early breakfast the road takes us north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. We pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, which peaks at 2573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Weu make our way into the heart of Damaraland where we will spend the next two nights at our specially erected Under Canvas Camp ("Huab Under Canvas").

Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table-top mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have created rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendor which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'.

If time allows this morning we will visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will then enjoy lunch before making our way along the Huab River, hopefully tracking the elusive desert adapted elephants (if in the area), to our private Under Canvas Camp. We will arrive in the late afternoon after what would have been a long yet rewarding day -– with time to enjoy fireside sundowners at your camp that will be your home for the next two nights.

Our Under Canvas camps use large rectangular Meru tents (4m x 3m and 2.5 m high) with built in groundsheets and mosquito screens on all doors and windows. Each spacious tent is equipped with standard height camp beds, solar lighting, and storage for clothing and other belongings that need to be accessible. Each also has a bathroom which has its own toilet, bucket shower and washbasin. A small table, mirror, towels and toiletries as well as solar lighting are also provided in the bathroom, and chairs on the patio allow guests to relax and enjoy the surrounding view.

Huab Under Canvas is located in a core desert adapted black rhino area in the //Huab Conservancy in Damaraland, approximately 90 km north west of Khorixas, and it is nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of the Huab River. Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the semi-mobile camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. Tents are raised on mobile platforms and have basic infrastructure that allows for important comforts such as en suite flush toilets, but the essence of the camp remains Under Canvas, mobile and experiential. 

Overnight at Huab Under Canvas Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Damaraland
Full day to explore the Damaraland area, enjoying the freedom to discover the fascinating landscapes with our guide. Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert adapted wildlife that may include elephants, giraffe, oryx, springbok and even some predators such as lion, though with any wildlife sightings in Namibia, its season depending and never guaranteed. The wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and sightings can therefore be at times challenging, but part of the adventure of exploring this wild untouched gem of Namibia.

The Huab Under Canvas Camp works together with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) - an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of the rare, endangered, desert adapted black rhino. Having barely survived the slaughter in many parts of Africa during the '80s and '90s, the black rhino population of Namibia increased substantially since the formation of SRT. We will spend an exciting and memorable morning out rhino tracking, before returning to camp for a freshly prepared brunch and with time to relax at camp during the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon we head out again for a scenic nature drive or walk to explore this vast and astounding ecosystem.

Overnight at Huab Under Canvas Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Damaraland - Etosha National Park
This morning after breakfast we will continue our safari to Etosha National Park. Lunch is had en route and if time allows this afternoon our guide will take us on a game drive into Etosha, exiting the park before the gates close at sunset. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp's floodlit waterhole.

Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or 'pans'. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of a huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.

The park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Tonight's accommodation depends on the date of departure chosen. For 2017, 11 April, 19 Sept, and 28 Oct will stay at Andersson's Camp:

Andersson's Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first 'discovered' the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851. Set against a backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders onto Etosha National Park. The Ongava Game Reserve is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops and scrub-covered plains which support a rich variety of game such as giraffe, lion, rhino and various antelope species. The camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night. This former farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt to modern-day standards. The old farmhouse now forms the main dining, bar and swimming pool area of Andersson's Camp, with guest tents radiating outwards into the secluded Mopane woodlands typical of the region. Tents are constructed using a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small verandah that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are raised.

For dates 16 May & 02 Aug, we will stay at:

Etosha Safari Lodge, situated on a hillock overlooking the African bush savannah, approximately 9km from the southern entrance to the Etosha National Park. Each en-suite chalet offers a warm and creative African ambience and has air-conditioning and mosquito netting. Apart from the restaurant and bar, there is a wooden deck ideal for enjoying sundowners high above the Mopani bush, and three inviting swimming pools.

Overnight at Etosha-West.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Etosha National Park
Today we spend the entire day game driving through the Etosha National Park to reach Mushara Bush Camp, is situated on the eastern boundary of Etosha. We will enter the Park at Andersson's Gate and drive through Okaukuejo and Halali on the southern side. Lunch will be had en-route and arrive at Namutoni in the late afternoon where you will leave the park at the Von Lindequist Gate and after your arrival at Mushara the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.

Mushara Bush Camp: Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well-suited as an exceptionally affordable base for independent travellers exploring the Etosha National Park. The main Bush Camp area is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guests can exchange stories of the day's wildlife sightings. The 16 custom made en-suite tents are built from a combination of canvas and local limestone. With their own private verandah and roof to floor windows, these rooms are spacious and airy. Each large bathroom has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush. The brushed cement floors and lime stone walls keep the rooms cool from the afternoon sun with the help from floor fans.

Overnight at Etosha-West.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Etosha National Park
Full day of exciting game viewing within Etosha National Park. One has the option of heading in to the park and game driving oour way towards Halali where you will stop for lunch before returning or do two shorter game drives exploring the areas around Namutoni returning to the camp for lunch during the heat of the day. Either way we will exit the park before sunset with enough time to freshen up for dinner back at Mushara Camp.

Overnight at Etosha-East.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Etosha - Caprivi Strip
Today we head east into Namibia's Caprivi Strip, a narrow piece of land that separates Botswana from Angola. We pass through the town of Rundu, a rapidly growing town and the administrative center and main economic hub of the Kavango region. The area produces mahangu (millet), cattle, goats and wood carvings. Due to it's close proximity to Angola, Rundu has a slight Portuguese influence.

We break up our journey with an overnight stop at a wilderness lodge located on the southern shores of the Okavango River (which is the border between Namibia and Angola). This is a beautiful and remote area known for the sparseness of human habitation and the richness of its wildlife, including countless bird species.

Overnight in the Caprivi Strip.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Caprivi Strip, Namibia - Chobe National Park, Botswana
Today our overland journey continues across the border to nearby Botswana and Chobe National Park near the town of Kasane.

The original inhabitants of what is now the park were the San people. They were hunter-gatherers who lived by moving from one area to another in search of water, wild fruits and wild animals. In 1967, the area was declared a national park, the first in Botswana.

A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population, which is probably the largest in the world. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus north-western Zimbabwe and is currently estimated at around 100,000 individuals. This elephant population has been built up steadily from a few thousand since the early 1900s, having escaped the massive poaching that decimated other populations elsewhere on the continent during the 1970s
and 1980s.

The Chobe elephants are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the south-east of the park, to which they disperse in the rains.

Overnight at Chobe.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers 10,566 sq km and has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. This park has an amazing variety of habitats, ranging from floodplains, baobab, and mopane trees and acacia woodlands, to verdant flood grasslands and thickets bordering the Chobe River.

Our safari starts with a cruise on the Chobe River (shade and refreshments available), which takes us close to the waterfowl and wildlife on the river. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippo and very large crocodiles can be viewed from the safety of your boat.

After lunch we board open (covered) safari vehicles and head off into the park to view some of the elephants, buffalo herds, sable, wildebeest, giraffe, and with luck, some resident lion and hyena.

Overnight in Chobe National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Chobe, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Our road journey continues to today as we transfer to the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls.

This area has been inhabited for hundreds of thousands of years. The first known name of the falls was "Shongwe," and the current name did not come into being until the Scottish missionary David Livingstone was brought to the falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. The falls and the nearby town are on the mighty Zambezi River, the fourth longest in Africa, and forming the border with neighbouring Zambia.

After settling into our hotel, we'll travel by road a short distance to the Zambezi River on which we will enjoy a scenic sunset cruise above the falls. The river here is wide and slow moving; be on the lookout for hippos, elephants, antelope, giraffe and myriad bird species for which the region is famous.

NOTE: We don't include dinner tonight as there are a number of choices in the area and past passengers have indicated a preference for some independence in the evening meal plan at Vic Falls.

Please also note that your Namibia / Chobe guide will bid you farewell at this point. Your time in Victoria Falls, transfer to Kasane Airport, and time in the Okavango will be guided / managed by our local partners and lodge staff.

Overnight at Victoria Falls.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 15 Victoria Falls Area
Today we have a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls and adjacent national park.

Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke That Thunders") is one of the most amazing sights in the world: twice as high as Niagara Falls and several times longer. It took thousands of years of erosion for Victoria Falls to appear as and where it does now. During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

Our tour is conducted on level paved paths, much of which is shaded by the dense rainforest that exists due to spray from the falls. To walk to the farthest extent, with viewpoints along the way, is about one kilometre, the last part of which is without shade. We encourage you to go right to the dn, as the views are fantastic, including the best look at the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes, part of his grand and unfulfilled Cape to Cairo railway scheme, even though he never visited the falls and died before construction of the bridge began.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy optional activities. You may relax by the pool, do some shopping in the village famous for local artisan crafts, or even go elephant back riding or sightseeing by micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Your guide can help plan your afternoon.

Overnight in VictorFalls.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Kasane, Botswana - Okavango
Today we double back to Kasane, Botswana from where we connect with our flight into the Okavango Delta.

Our comfortable lodge is centrally situated in the Okavango Delta, deep amongst grass covered islands. Most of our game viewing will be on foot and by mokoro (dug-out boat); without the noise of a vehicle you will experience the bush in it's true form and be at one with nature. The silence will allow you to pick up the previously unheard sounds of the bush usually hidden by the mechanical hum of a car. Motorboat excursions may also be available, as well as game viewing in 4x4 vehicles further afield, depending on water level.

** Please note that gratuities for camp staff and guid in the Okavango are NOT included in your tour price.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Okavango Delta
We have a full day exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Depending on water levels, we may do our sightseeing either by mokoro canoes or by 4WD vehicles, or a little of both.

The Okavango Delta is unique. It is the largest inland delta in the world; instead of flowing into the sea, the annual flood of fresh water flows inland, spreading over 15 000 sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. The Okavango Delta is a lush wonderland surrounded by the arid Kalahari Desert and home to many species of antelope, such as Lechwe and Tsessebe. Herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant that number in their thousands pass through annually on their migration routes.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Okavango Delta
We have another full day exploration of the wonders of the delta.

In the lush indigenous forests of the delta and its islands, and along the floodplains spawned by this great marriage of water and sand, more than 400 species of birds flourish. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals -- warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels.

Fishing, bird watching, game viewing, photography or simple relaxation; indulging in any of these in the Okavango are experiences without parallel.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19 Okavango Delta - Maun - Departure
Today we fly to Maun, the main town and airport serving the Okavango region and connect with onward flights.

PLEASE NOTE: If you booking your own flights from Maun, we suggest that you ensure that your departure time is is no earlier than 2:00 PM in order to account for our morning flight to Maun.

BON VOYAGE!

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Kingdom Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Victoria Falls
Country: Zimbabwe

The Kingdom Hotel in Zimbabwe is a luxury hotel on the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls. The establishment is
... ideal choice for the visitor who wants the comforts of a luxury hotel, an environment with natural beauty (such as the Victoria Falls), as well as hotel entertainment such as a casino, spa, numerous restaurants and children’s activities.

The architecture of the luxury Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe. Accommodation at the Kingdom Hotel is truly luxurious, with guests being accommodated in 294 rooms: 4 suites; 112 rooms with king-size beds; 102 queen-size beds; 34 with king-size and bunk beds; as well as 40 with twin beds and bunk beds. All rooms are en suite and equipped with airconditioning, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.

In addition to a variety of restaurants (Whitewaters, Thundercloud Spur, the Burger Place, the Sweet Hut and Panarottis pizzeria), bars (Rapids Pool Bar, Quartermains Bar, Wild Thing Action bar, the Pit), casino (with slot machines, Black Jack and American Roulette) and four swimming pools, the luxurious Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, also offers a business centre and Internet café, spa and beauty parlour, hair salon, a supervised children’s play area, curio shops and 24-hour room service. Bills from the restaurants and bars can be settled on one, final account.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is the capital of the adrenalin junkies. There are light aircraft flips across the Falls, white river rafting and kayaking on the Zambezi River, bungi jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge (for the brave ones), an elephant ride, or a swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’ (a small rock pool right on the ‘lip’ of the Victoria Falls). The latter must surely rate as one of the experiences you are guaranteed to remember for the rest of your life!

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Galton House

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Windhoek
Country: Namibia

Galton House is Windhoek's newest accommodation establishment. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but
... style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.

A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek's northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. There is a coffee/tea station available in the reception area and these can also be provided in the rooms on request.

The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas. There is also a delightful 'al fresco' dining area by the pool where freshly prepared and very tasty meals are served (including lunch and dinner). A number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets are within easy striking distance.

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Sossusvlei Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park
Country: Namibia

The rooms are bungalow-style. Adobe walls are shaded by canvas roofs, almost Berber-like in their covering of the slate floors
... The property features a swimming pool, bar, curio shop. Warm beverages and cold water are available at no cost to guests 24 hours a day.


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The Swakopmund Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Swakopmund
Country: Namibia

Built in and around the old Station Building the hotel combines architectural beauty with first-world comfort. The rooms are all
... in a Victorian-style reminiscent of a bygone era of grace and civility. Rooms have individual air conditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, direct dialling phones, electronic safes, electric razor plugs, fully stocked mini bars, hair dryers, eight channel TV.


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Anderson's Camp

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Etosha National Park
Country: Namibia

Andersson's Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first 'discovered' the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis
... in 1851. Set against the backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is surrounded by scrub-covered plains and white calcrete soils.

This former farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt to modern-day standards. The old farmhouse now forms the main area of Andersson's Camp with 20 tents (16 twin-bedded and 2 family units) radiating outwards into the secluded mopane woodlands typical of the region. Tents are a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small veranda that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are constructed. The en-suite bathrooms continue the unique design. The family units comprise two tents connected by a raised boardwalk.

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Etosha Safari Camp

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Etosha National Park
Country: Namibia

Down to earth, relaxed, innovative and charming are Etosha Safari Camp's alluring qualities - and of course, its proximity to
... National Park. This friendly safari camp has cosy accommodation set between the mopane trees, an inviting circular swimming pool, a lush green campsite and ample character.
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Mushara Bush Camp

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Etosha National Park
Country: Namibia

Mushara Lodge is the original establishment in the collection – the elegant lady.The comfort to be found whilst relaxing in
... will offer welcomed relief to the days game viewing activities.
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Okuti Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Okavango Delta
Country: Botswana

With its unique thatched safari tents, Okuti offers the perfect combination of luxury and comfort amidst the beautiful Okavango Delta
... Botswana. The camp caters to a maximum of 18 guests, which provides an intimate and exclusive safari experience. With exceptional service, fully equipped tents and facilities to meet your every need, you can relax and unwind in this spectacular African hot-spot as you enjoy activities along the likes of game drives, nature walks, mokoro excursions and so much more.


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Chobe Mariner Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Chobe National Park
Country: Botswana

This is one of two properties we use at Chobe.

Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where
... four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa.

The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi river, each offer their own attractions and with Victoria Falls but 70 kilometres away, Chobe Marina Lodge is a 'must visit' destination when in Southern Africa.

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Cresta Mowana Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Chobe National Park
Country: Botswana

This is one of two properties we use in Chobe (the other is Chobe Mariner Lodge).

On the banks
... the mighty Chobe River lies Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa - where nature meets luxury!

In these tranquil surroundings you will come to experience true African comfort: superb, spacious accommodation, delectable cuisine and personalized, one-on-one service.

Experience relaxation and recuperation with a range of treatments at the on-site spa, or with a leisurely canoe trail on the waters of the Chobe.

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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast daily and most dinners; most meals in Botswana. All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, local guides, restaurant staff, porters in Namibia and Chobe ONLY. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, 2 dinners, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, early / late arrivals / departures for Land Only customers. We do NOT include tipping for lodge staff and guides in Victoria Falls & Okavango. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping and not included meals.

Seasonality and Weather

NAMIBIA: Rains fall in summer (Nov-Apr); temperatures are high. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant. Our April departure occurs in the cooler time of year and showers, though short lived, may occur. Our departures in Oct / Nov will experience hotter temperatures, especially inland, and showers--sometimes heavy--will be a greater likelihood in Nov.

BOTSWANA: Hot, wet season (Nov-Mar), many animals bear their young; April / May brings milder weather and lush, green landscapes. Sept & Oct are popular times to visit; rainfall is minimal and temperatures are moderate. The grass in many areas is beaten flat, game viewing is easier, and animals are well concentrated around major water sources.

Transport and Travel Conditions

NAMIBIA: Varies depending on group size. Bus transport may be arranged, or the group may be accommodated in multiple Land Rover type vehicles. These are specially modified vehicles and are the best-suited for the conditions we will encounter. Note that air conditioning is VERY rare in vehicles in Namibia in general, though in a dry climate an open window should provide adequate relief. Namibia is a huge, sparsely populated country with great distances between facilities. We stop for breaks as often as possible, but you must be prepared for some long days and some early starts. For our full days of game viewing in Etosha we will be using open safari-style vehicles (ie Land Rover / Land cruiser) with space for 4-6.

BOTSWANA: We access remote lodges using chartered light aircraft.

Accommodation

NAMIBIA: Well-located, air-conditioned, 3&4-star hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (maybe shower only). Some hotels have hairdryers, irons, and outdoor swimming pools. Porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. There is no camping in Namibia.

BOTSWANA: Lodges in Okavango, Chobe and Vic Falls are very comfortable and with all modern conveniences.

Staff and Support

Local Tour Leader/s throughout Namibia.

Your Namibia leader will not accompany to Victoria Falls & Okavango where your experience will be managed by our trusted local representatives and lodge staff.

Group Size

6-9 (plus Tour Leader)