VRBN 17 Day Namibia Tour & Botswana 2020

With Victor Romagnoli

17 Day Namibia Tour 2020
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Spectacular Cape Town; Desert landscapes, dramatic dunes; Superb wildlife viewing; Stupendous wilderness lodges

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Thu 28 Oct 2021Sat 13 Nov 2021 $10910 USD

$1000 per person deposit required. An additional pre-payment of $1500 per person is due once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.' Due to strict booking policies of the exclusive accommodation used on this tour, and contrary to our usual terms governing deposits, once the tour is guaranteed all monies paid become non-refundable/non-transferable.

Optional Single Supplement: $2578 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $2578 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


This Namibia & Botswana 2020 Tour was designed by, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader Victor Romagnoli who, in 2020, celebrates 30 years of of leadership with Adventures Abroad. He invites you to join him on this exciting journey!

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


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town
Welcome to South Africa!

Cape Town is southern Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Indeed, few urban centres anywhere can match its setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slides into the Atlantic Ocean. By far the most striking -- and famous -- of its sights is Table Mountain, frequently shrouded by clouds, and rearing up from the middle of the city.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Cape Town: Robben Island & City Touring
This morning we travel by boat to Robben Island* for a guided tour of this historic site, formerly an infamous prison and today a museum. Our entire excursion will last about 3.5 hours and include a visit to the maximum security section where Apartheid era freedom fighters, including Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated. Robben Island provides a poignant reminder of how far South Africa has come since the dark days of apartheid and is a must-see for anyone heading to the Cape.

After our tour and a break for lunch, our city sightseeing continues; we see the seat of the Parliament, which holds a six-month session here each year, as well as the Malay Quarter with its narrow streets and minarets, and the Castle of Good Hope (exterior), South Africa's oldest building.

We also pay a visit to the South African Museum and the National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch, with over 4,000 species of indigenous plants (2,600 are endemic to the Cape Peninsula). The garden's history dates back to the 1660s, when the first Dutch settlers arrived in the Cape. Governor Jan van Riebeeck planted a barrier of Wild Almonds to protect settlers' cattle from the original inhabitants of the area -- and part of this hedge is still in the garden! You'll have the opportunity to experience the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. The Walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.

* Weather dependent; other sightseeing will substitute if needed.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 The Cape Winelands & Table Mountain
This morning we travel the short distance to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest colonial settlement. After a little spin around the town, we'll park in the centre of town and allow some time for some independent, on-foot exploration. You will notice some of the finest examples of traditional Cape Dutch architecture along the town's famous oak-lined streets.

We continue to one of the area's many wineries for a cellar tour and tasting. The Cape vineyards were originated at Constantia by Jan van Riebeeck in 1685 and were advanced in 1688 by Hugenot refugees who brought their vine seedlings and skills with them from France. The Cape's different soils and climatic variations allow a wide variety of wines to be pressed. Along our route today we will see several wine estates with their delightful Cape Dutch houses, thatched roofs and decorative gables.

Today we include lunch at one of the area's wine estates. After lunch we'll continue our scenic drive through the area before heading back to Cape Town for dinner on your own.

At some point during our time in Cape Town (weather dependent and may move elsewhere in our program), we will take a gondola trip to the top of Table Mountain, a sandstone plateau rising up above the city. The top is approximately 3km wide and at its highest point, Maclear's Beacon, rises to 1085m/3,580 ft. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of animals and approximately 1,470 species of plants -- more than the entire British Isles!

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Cape Town & The Cape Peninsula
Today we have the quintessential full-day tour of the Cape Town area: The Cape Peninsula.

Our tour takes us south along the Atlantic Seaboard where we have spectacular views of some of Cape Town's most affluent neighbourhoods and spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. We have a brief photo stop just before Camp's Bay, a pretty surfside suburban community featuring the classic view of the town with the 'Twelve Apostles' peaks as a backdrop.

We continue south along a seaside-hugging route, through the town of Hout Bay and the famous Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg.

Our next stop is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. The reserve is a wildflower, bird, and animal paradise on 77 sq km (30 sq miles) of the Cape Peninsula. The reserve is also home to eland, springbok, bontebok, baboon, and zebra. Within the reserve are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point on the African continent.

After a break for lunch and free time at Cape Point, we head north again, stopping briefly at the Cape of Good Hope, before continuing back up the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, passing through Simonstown, founded by the Dutch in 1741 as a naval depot and named for Simon van der Stel, governor of Cape Colony from 1679 to 1697. Today Simonstown is famous for its distinctly English architecture and atmosphere, and the southernmost train station on the continent. Depending on the season, we may stop at Boulders Beach to view a colony of South African penguins.

We complete our loop around the peninsula, past the well-watered eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Constantia, Bishop's Court and the campuses of the University of Cape Town.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Cape Town, South Africa - Windhoek, Namibia
Today we fly from Cape Town to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Depending on the flight schedule, we hope to have a tour of Windhoek upon arrival.

The capital is located in Namibia's central highlands, at an altitude of over 1600 metres. The city's name translates as "Windy Corner." This is a small, rather elegant city with a distinctly European feel to it. The city is full of trees and gardens and some splendid buildings dating from the turn of the 19th century. The multicultural nature of Namibia is most evident on the streets where you can see influences of the Wambo, Herero and Damara people, among others.

Overnight in Windhoek.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Windhoek - Namib-Naukluft National Park
Today we travel by road to the Namib-Naukluft National Park via the scenic Khomas Hochland Highlands and the Great Escarpment.

The Namib Desert is a place of 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. This park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world, at almost 50000 sq km (31,000 sq miles). It encompasses several very different landscapes the wettest of which is the estuarine lagoon at Sandwich Harbour. 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 300 m (1,000 ft), are the highest in the world, towering over their nearest rivals in Arabia, and just begging to be climbed barefoot. The northern part of the park has stony plains leading to lunar landscapes, and the Naukluft Mountain massif has monumental purple-hued mountains, rock pools and wildlife.

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 kudus, springboks, gemsboks and black eagles set against some of the most expansive and dramatically rugged scenery in the world. Picnic lunch en route.

Overnight Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Sossussvlei & Sesriem Canyon
Very early this morning we drive into the park to a 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 supreme desert covering most of the Namib-Naukluft 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.

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.

We'll bring a picnic breakfast with us and return to our lodge for a late-ish lunch.

Overnight in the vicinity of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Namib-Naukluft - Swakopmund
Today we travel west by road to the German colonial resort town of Swakopmund. Our route takes us via the spectacular rocky Kuiseb Canyon -- with possible sightings of baboon, rock hyrax, or, if really lucky, leopard.

This is Namibia's second biggest town and traditional "summer capital", and one of the most surreal places in this surreal country. We approach the town through the endless expanses of the 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. We'll have a picnic lunch en route; upon arrival we'll have an informal walking tour of the town.

Overnight in Swakopmund.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Swakopmund: At Leisure
Today is free to enjoy Swakopmund and/or optional activities.

We recommend a full-day flying excursion (weather permitting), up the northern coast of Namibia. Our choice is the "Epupa Himba Excursion," on which you witness the rugged beauty of the Skeleton Coast and meet the proud, nomadic tribe of the Ovahimba. The Namibia section of your post-booking information booklet will provide a price range (approx US$1500 per person) and further instructions re this option, which needs to be booked in advance and requires a minimum of 7 participants.

Overnight in Swakopmond.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Swakopmund, Namibia - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today we drive the short distance to the airport at Walvis Bay from where we fly to Victoria Falls (via Windhoek).

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

Overnight in Victoria Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Victoria Falls Touring
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 end as the views are fantastic, including the best look at the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes and part of his grand and unfulfilled Cape to Cairo railway scheme. 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, travel to the Zambian side of the falls, or sightseeing by micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Your Tour Leader can help plan your afternoon.

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.

Overnight in Victoria Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning cross into Botswana and travel to Chobe National Park via the town of Kasane.

The original inhabitants of what is now the park were the San people, 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.

Upon arrival, after lunch, we'll have our first game drive in the park.

Overnight at lodge in the vicinity of Chobe National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Chobe National Park & River Cruise
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 at lodge in the vicinity of Chobe National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Chobe - Okavango Delta
Today we travel by road to Kasane where we connect with our flight into the Okavango Delta.

Named after Chief Moremi, Sanctuary Chief's Camp is located in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The luxurious camp is ideal for an exciting African safari due to the vast numbers of animals that congregate all year round. Chief's Island is one of the many islands created by the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta and is well-known for the finest game viewing in Southern Africa. With the finest cuisine and wines, the camp is also consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana. Sanctuary Chief's Camp has twelve luxury bush pavilions, all with their own private decks as well as both indoor and outdoor showers.

By game viewing on foot and by mokoro, you do not have the noise of the vehicle and therefore will experience the bush in its true form. You will be at one with nature without the intrusion of man. There will be just the sounds of the bush and your footfalls on the earth. The silence will help your ears to pick-up the previously unheard sounds of the bush usually hidden by the mechanical hum of the car. You are on their ground on their terms! Motorboat excursions to the Xo Lagoon is offered when the lagoon is in flood, and game viewing in 4x4 vehicles is also available.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 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.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 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 ofwater 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.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Flight to Maun - Departure from Maun
Today we fly back to Maun and connect with our homeward flights.

Safe Journey!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


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.


Commodore Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

The Commodore Hotel lies where Table Mountain and the sea meet. Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with views of
... Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, is the luxury accommodation of The Commodore Hotel. The Commodore Hotel is Legacy’s flagship hotel in Cape Town, epitomizing stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting that have ensured our guests, whether businessmen or tourists, return year after year.
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Avani Windhoek Hotel

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

This high-end hotel is a 5-minute walk from Zoo Park, a 10-minute walk from the Parliament Gardens and a 12-minute
... from the National Art Gallery of Namibia. The modern rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes, along with tea and coffeemakers.
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Dead Valley Lodge

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

Dead Valley Lodge is situated next to the main entrance gate inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park, between the Sesriem campsite
... Elim Dune on the way to the world famous Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei. This oasis offers a panoramic view of the Namib Desert with towering red sand dunes, rugged mountain ranges, and arid desert savannahs. Each of the 20 free-standing luxury tented chalets is climate controlled and equipped with double bed units, electric plugs, private patios, a kitchenette, and free-standing bathrooms stocked with toiletries. The lodge is currently under construction, as is their website.
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A'Zambezi River Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Victoria Falls
Country: Zimbabwe

Set 2 km from Victoria Falls, this upscale resort with views of the Zambezi River is 17 km from the
... of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Featuring plush, modern decor, the cozy rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars, as well as in-room safes, tea and coffee making facilities and furnished balconies.

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Chobe Game Lodge

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

The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's premier venue for
... looking for a perfect base from which to explore the National Park and the Chobe River.
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Camp Xakanaxa

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Okavango Delta
Country: Botswana

The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in
... heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.
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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast daily, most dinners, most lunches in Namibia/Botswana (see tour itinerary). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, local guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates and early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra nights through us.

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuity, some meals (see trip itinerary), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc); international air taxes (if applicable) and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for 'Land Only' customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance.

Seasonality and Weather

SOUTH AFRICA: In the Cape, weather conditions can be highly- changeable with wind and rain possible at any time, but Oct/Nov is early summer and it is usually very pleasant, though perhaps getting a bit hot if the weather is fine. Humidity is generally low.

NAMIBIA: Most rain falls in summer (Nov-Apr); that said, Namibia is an arid place that tends to be dry at any time of year. Temperatures are quite high at this time. Winter (May-Oct) nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant. Our Oct/Nov timing falls in the the transitional period from cooler, winter weather to warmer temperatures associated with summer. Short-lived showers can occur, though this pattern usually manifests later in Nov/Dec.

BOTSWANA: Our visit coincides with the end of the dry/cooler season and the transition to wetter and warmer times. At this time, many animals bear their young. The grass in many areas is beaten flat and not yet high, hence game viewing is easier and animals are well concentrated around major water sources.

Transport and Travel Conditions

SOUTH AFRICA (Cape Town): Ground transport will be provided by air-conditioned motor coach, 24-40 seater depending on group size (see 'Group Size'). Internal flight to Namibia via scheduled carrier.

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.

BOTSWANA: We access remote lodges with chartered light aircraft. Our game drives in Chobe will be via open-top 4x4 vehicles.

Our tour difficulty rating 'level 2' refers to the overall ambitious nature of the program, full days of travel and activity, some possible early starts, remote locations, and the likelihood of heat at some locations.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

SOUTH AFRICA/NAMIBIA: Well-located, air-conditioned, 4-5 star hotels/lodges with en suite toilet and bath throughout (maybe shower only). Porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. There is no camping on this tour.

BOTSWANA: Lodges in Okavango, Chobe and Vic Falls (Zimbabwe) are very comfortable -- even luxurious -- and with all modern conveniences.

A mandatory single supplement will apply if you choose our share program and we fail to pair you. Due to the high cost of single hotel accommodation at destination, this up-charge is 100% of the published single supplement.

Please click on the 'Map & Hotels' tab elsewhere on this page for more information.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader (Victor Romagnoli) throughout, drivers, local guides at various locations. In Botswana you will be also be accompanied by local guides.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

VRBN TRIP DETAILS

DURATION17 days

TOUR STARTCape Town

TOUR ENDMaun

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