Exploring Southern Africa - Windhoek to Victoria Falls
Day 1 Apr 18, 2020 - Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek we will be welcomed at the airport by our Safari Crew and “The Beast” and transferred to our accommodation, The Safari Court Hotel, a secure and comfortable hotel – the ideal place to rest up before the start of the safari proper.
Suggest a dinner at Joes Beer house tonight – your own expense.
Overnight Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
Day 2 Apr 19, 2020 - Sesriem B, L, D Approx. Distance: 310 km / 5 hours
After breakfast (provided by Hotel) we commence our drive south towards the world famous Namib Nauklauft National Park. Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is our first taste of “camping” at Namibia Wildlife Resort Campsite at Sesriem, located inside the gate at the entry to Sossusvlei. The camp sites at Sesriem are set on the deserts edge each with its own tree, each site has a Fire Place, water tap, animal proof rubbish bins and a low wall surrounding each site. Clean washrooms offer showers and toilets. There is a swimming pool at the centre of the camp, restaurant, bar and store.
The night skies in the desert are magnificent, as the sun sets over nearby Elim Dune the stars emerge until they fill the sky above you and the clicking sound of the desert barking Geckos surrounds you.
Dinner under the stars tonight prepared by your Camp Chef from The Beast Bistro.
Overnight Sesriem Camping NWR - Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Namibia - Tents
Day 3 Apr 20, 2020 – Sossusvlei B,L,D
Today we head off early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the Sossusvlei where you can climb one of the red sand dunes and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes These sand dunes, some of them over 300m high, have made this region world famous.
After climbing a dune we will drive to the 2 x 4 Car park where we will get a transfer on a 4 x 4 vehicle to the 4 x 4 car park from where it is a 20 min walk to Dead Vlei.
After our visit we will head back to camp.
Overnight will be back at our campsite at Sesriem, Namibia - Tents
Day 4, 5 Apr 21 & 22, 2020 - Swakopmund B, L, B Approx. distance 350km 5 hrs
The road trip to Swakopmund is scenic and there are endless beautiful rocky desert canyon vistas. The natural lighting in this part of the world is intriguing with its old world charm and relaxed atmosphere is our base for 2 nights. The distinct German colonial character of the town has been well preserved, with the predominant language being German and shops selling traditional cakes and pastries.
Overnight accommodation for the two nights will be in Alte Brucke Lodge located within easy walking distance of 'downtown' Swakopmund allowing easy walking access to the city centre with fascinating German Colonial architecture. We have a full day to explore this popular seaside resort. Good shops and restaurants abound. There are optional tours available - quad biking, sand boarding, living desert tour, skydiving, scenic flights and many more options.
Overnight Alte Brucke Hotel, Swakopmund, Namibia
Day 6 Apr 23, 2020 - Brandberg B, L, D Approx. Distance: 350 km / 5 hours
Departing Swakopmund we drive north along the coastline visiting Cape Cross Seal Colony before heading inland to Brandberg Mountain. The expansive lichen fields along the coast as well as the salt pans where salt is mined are an interesting sight en route to Cape Cross, home to the largest breeding colony of Cape Fur seals on the planet, with at times up to 210,000 seals present during November and December. Visitors can view the seals from a 200m walkway.
We then head inland to Brandberg about 90 km from the Atlantic Ocean – the mountain has a mean height of 2500 metres and impressively surmounts its surrounding by some 2000 meters. The name of the 30 km long and 23 km wide Brandberg derives from the glowing colours that the setting sun paints onto the mountain range as if the mountain was on fire.
The Brandberg is famous for its numerous rock paintings, apparently 50.000 of them can be found all over the mountain. Some of these 2000 to 4000 year old paintings are difficult to access.
We can visit the best known rock painting, the White Lady, this is about a five kilometres walk and a local guide will accompany us.
Overnight White Lady Lodge, Camping, Brandberg, Namibia - Tents
Day 7 Apr 24, 2020 - Twyfelfontein B, L, D Approx. Distance: 120km / 2 hours
We leave early to visit Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings, before the heat of the day. We will have a guided tour of Twyfelfontein, which boasts a multitude of rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoikhoi inhabitants of 6000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. To preserve this unique region, Twyfelfontein was declared Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
We have rooms booked at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for tonight’s accommodation. Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. There are magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains.
Overnight Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein Namibia
Day 8,9 Apr 25 & 26, 2020 - Etosha National Park B,L,D,B,L,D Approx. Distance:340kms 4hrs
Today we make our way to the world famous Etosha National Park - The Park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.
Our base for 2 nights is the campsite at Okaukuejo Rest Camp, famous for its floodlit waterhole it is also the administrative centre of Etosha. The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major draw card of Okaukuejo Rest Camp.
We will do morning and afternoon game drives in The Beast, although some people may opt to sit by the waterhole and take the chance of animals coming to them.
Overnight Okaukuejo Camping, Etosha National Park, Namibia - Tents
Day 10 Apr 27, 2020 - Etosha National Park B, L, D Approx: Distance 150km
After breakfast we head towards the eastern boundary of the Park and Namatouni Camp, developed around a fort originally built by the Germans in 1902 - 1903 and renovated several times. We will game drive through the park on our way. A floodlit waterhole next to the fort provides game viewing opportunities at night
Overnight Namatouni Camping, Etosha National Park, Namibia - Tents
Day 11 Apr 28, 2020 - Rundu B,L,D Approx. distance 370km
Leaving Etosha National Park we travel towards the Zambezi Region formally known as the Caprivi Strip of Northern Namibia, stopping for supplies along the way. The Lodge we are staying at is on the banks of the Okavango River. Stunning sunsets and relaxing atmosphere make this an ideal overnight stop.
Overnight Kaisosi Lodge, Rundu, Namibia
Day 12 Apr 29, 2020 - Okavango Pan Handel B, L, D Approx. distance is 352 Kms
Today we leave Rundu and drive toward the Okavango Pan Handel. We cross into Botswana today via the Namibia Botswana border post at Mohembo. Guma Lagoon is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This will be our base for 2 nights while we do a day trip in Mokoros
Overnight Guma Lagoon camping, Okavango, Botswana - Tents
Day 13 Apr 30, 2020 - Okavango Delta B, L, D
Today we will venture into the Okavango Delta by Mokoro, you will be poled through the tranquil channels that link the extensive flood plain system to the main river. Water lily beds, palm islands and papyrus stands abound making for the most scenic of experiences. On one of the larger islands you will have time to have your lunch and enjoy a guided walk. There is always a chance of seeing large herds of red lechwe bounding through the water and passing elephants feeding amongst the lush wetland vegetation.
Overnight Guma Lagoon camping, Okavango, Botswana - Tents
Day 14, May 1, 2020 - Kongola B, L, D Approx. distance: 342 kms
We leave Guma Lagoon and enter back into Namibia making our way via the narrowest part of the Caprivi Strip to Kongola. Our destination is Camp Kwando. Kwando Camp is just outside the famous Mudumu National Park in the Zambezi Region (previously called the Caprivi Strip). This luxury camp offers spectacular sunsets. We overnight in the Island tents and do an early morning game dive, Camp Kwando’s specially equipped cars will allow comfortable drives in the neighbouring parks, under the protection of its canvas roof. Game drives leave in the morning to Mudumu Game Park, and include a relaxing break where drinks shall be served.
The island accommodates eight thatched tents, each one with two beds. Each bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Built on poles with a terrace overlooking the river, these bungalows will allow you to do some fishing from the deck. The thatched roofs guarantee a good thermal regulation i.e. not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and washbasin with hot and cold water. These open sky bathrooms allow you to enjoy nature. Electricity is provided at key times by a generator. Lighting in the bathrooms is by paraffin lights.
Overnight Camp Kwando, Island Tents, Kongola, Namibia - Permanent Tents
Day 15 May 2, 2020 - Kasane B, L, D Approx. distance: 250 kms
We cross back into Botswana today and make our way to Kasane this town is the gateway for the famous Chobe National Park. Tonight we camp at Thebe River Safaris campsite on the banks of the Chobe River just outside the Chobe National Park.
Overnight Thebe River Safaris camping, Kasane, Botswana - Tents
Day 16 May 3, 2020 - Chobe National Park B, L, D
Today we take an early morning game drive into the Chobe National Park, famous for its large concentrations of Elephant and Buffalo which congregate along the Chobe River, this is a diverse reserve with dry savanna and periodic swamp, in addition to the vast flood plains fronting the river and the extensive tracts of teak woodland in the north east of the park.
Covering 11,700km², Chobe National Park was recognized as early as the 1930’s and by 1939, the area had been protected as the Chobe Game Reserve but was not elevated to National Park status until 1968. After Lunch we will enjoy a game cruise into the National Park via the Chobe River. This game cruise will be one of the Highlights of your trip.
Overnight at Thebe River Safaris Camping, Kasane, Botswana - Tents
Day 17 May 4, 2020 - Victoria Falls Zimbabwe B Approx. distance: 80 kms
We travel a short distance to the Botswana/Zimbabwe border post to cross into Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls also known as "Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the smoke that thunders") is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River's 2700 km journey from its source to the sea. Here the river plunges headlong into a 100m vertical chasm spanning the full one-and-a-half kilometer width of the river. Creating the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Our accommodation is at the comfortable Phezulu Lodge in the suburbs Of Victoria Falls. This afternoon our guide will take us on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders.
Optional sunset river cruise this evening. A wonderful way to end the day!
Overnight Phezulu Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 18 May 5, 2020 - Victoria Falls B, D
Free day for all the activities available in Victoria Falls such as Zambezi River Cruise, Helicopter flight over the Falls, High Tea at the very colonial Victoria falls Hotel, Guided walks or game drives in the Zambezi National Park, Big five safari to see the endangered Rhino on a private game ranch.
This evening we will have a farewell dinner at Jungle Junction at the Victoria Falls hotel.
Overnight Phezulu Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 19 May 6, 2020 - transfer to the airport B Approx. distance: 21 kms
Final chance to do any last minute curio shopping before being transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
Book by June 30, 2019 Tour cost $3,995USD per person based on twin share.
Regular Tour cost $4,295USD per person twin share
8 nights hotel, 10 nights camping. Single supplement $350USD Group size minimum 10, maximum 16
$600USD Non refundable deposit due at time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Airport transfers- day 1 and Day 18
8 nights in Hotel/Lodges
10 nights camping - includes camp chairs, two person tents you can stand up in, 7cm foam mattress, camp cots. A dedicated supportive crew to attend to all camp duties - set up and tear down is done by the camp crew.
All excursions and parks entry costs as per the itinerary
All meals as per the itinerary, water supplied on the vehicle for the entire tour
The Beast - 22 seater safari truck - including fuel and all road fees
Your Crew - Driver - Henry, Guide - Ntando & camp chef/camp assistant
Zimbabwe Entry visa
Tips (Driver, guide, camp crew)
Insurance - medical or cancellation - both recommended
Meals not mentioned
any additional entrance fees or optional tours
90 days or more deposit is non refundable
89 - 60 days prior to departure 50% is non-refundable
59 days or less prior to departure 100% non-refundable