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Itinerary: Namibia & Botswana Southern Circle

Namibia & Botswana Southern Circle

This tour is a true exploration of Namibia and Botswana - see it all! An all inclusive trip with cultural experiences, adventures and wildlife, highlighting Victoria Falls, Caprivi, Etosha, Damaraland, Namib Desert, Kalahari, Okavango Delta & Chobe National Park.

Namibia & Botswana Southern Circle
Namibia & Botswana Southern Circle

A variety filled journey covering the must see highlights of both Namibia and Botswana at a value for money price.

Accommodation is comfortable, often set in stunning locations. Zambia’s yellow fever status has been amended and as such travel to and from Livingstone does not require a certificate. In addition the uni-visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia makes travel between both sides of the Victoria Falls easy.

The same itinerary is offered camping option, please enquire for details.

Livingstone to Livingstone is the full circular route.

We also offer Livingstone to Windhoek offers northern Namibia with a Victoria Falls start - please enquire below.

We spend 18 nights on safari at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities. 2 nights are in a tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.

Meals: 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 12 dinners included. Of which 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by our crew and meals will be enjoyed around the campfire at the truck.

Transport: For the majority of this safari you will travel in custom-built trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. There are some long distances to cover and a few early morning starts. For the transfer to the Okavango, we use open-sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up.

Day 1, 2 : LIVINGSTONE - VICTORIA FALLS
Tour departure meeting at 14:00pm. Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and we take 2 days to explore this area. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or an 111m bungee jump (own expense).

Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Twin share chalet with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (Or Maramba Lodge, twin share chalet with en-suite facilities). Internet café. Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.

Day 3, 4 : CAPRIVI
Crossing out of Zambia into the Caprivi strip, we spend two days traveling west through this game rich area. We’ll explore the Kwando River by boat and a game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve.

Includes: Entrance fees & game drives
Overnight: Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available. Distance/time: Day 3: 300km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Overnight: Ngepi Camp – twin share tree houses with en-suite facilities. Swimming cage in the river, bar & restaurant. WiFi free in main building. Distance/time: Day 4: 200km, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Day 5 : RUNDU
After a morning enjoying the abundant bird-life that surrounds the camp, our road takes us along the Kavango River. Villages of grass huts and local wooden crafts and carvings a common sight. We stop for the night at our riverside lodge in Rundu and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Overnight: Inkwazi Lodge – twin permanent chalets with en-suite facilities, Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 210kms, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day 6, 7, 8 : ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We head deeper into Namibia to the Etosha National Park. The National Park surrounds the Etosha Pan, and is locally named “the great white place of dry water”. Waterholes surround the pan and attract game. Etosha is known for great sightings of elephant, antelope and lions. Our lodge lies on the boundary of the park and we spend our mornings and afternoons on game drives.

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP
Overnight: Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha). WiFi not available.
Distance/time: 420kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP.

Day 9 : BRANDBERG
Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the Brandberg Mountain. Our lodge is situated in the dry Ugab River which is home to the rare desert elephants. We visit the petrified forest, and take a walk with a local guide to view the famous White Lady rock painting in the area.

Includes: Entrance to petrified forest and San Rock Art
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 430km, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Day 10, 11 : SWAKOPMUND
We cross flat open plains to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund where we have a day free to explore the town or try sea kayaking or dune boarding (own expense). German colonial influences are strong in the town of Swakopmund as reflected in the restaurant menus and the architecture.

Includes: Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony
Overnight: Hotel d’Avignon - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant.
WiFi in main building. Distance/time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing. Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more.

Day 12, 13 : NAMIB DESERT
The lunar landscapes surround the town of Swakopmund and we visit these as we leave and head into the Namib Desert with its towering red sand dunes. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch a dramatic sunset over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Overnight: Namib Desert, Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing. Optional Activities: On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km). For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$50 each way) and optional.

Day 14 : WINDHOEK
Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia, its charm lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people and an interesting mix of modern and German colonial era influenced architecture. We explore the city and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Overnight: Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available. Distance/time: 345km, ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day 15 : KALAHARI
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills and get an insight into how these incredible people survive in this desert environment.

Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman and translator
Overnight: Dqae Qare San Lodge. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day 16, 17, 18 : OKAVANGO DELTA
An annual flood of fresh water spreads into the Kalahari Desert creating the reed lined channels of the Okavango Delta. Our first night is spent in Maun in preparation before journeying deep into the delta on mekoro (dugouts) - an experience not to be missed. We have 2 nights in our tented camp on a remote island and enjoy game walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight: 1 x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.

Overnight: 2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hour each way. Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).

Day 19 : MAKGADIKGADI PANS
Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans.
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone). WiFi not available.
Distance/time: 320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Day 20 : CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we settle into our lodge. Chobe NP is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on an exciting wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP.

Includes: Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available. Distance/time: 300kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day 21 : ZAMBIA - VICTORIA FALLS
This morning we transfer across the Zambezi River on the Kazangula ferry to Livingstone where tour ends at +/- 12:00 noon. We do a free drop off at Livingstone airport on day 21 at 12:00 so you can book your flight out for the last day of tour.

Notes:
There is a Local Payment of R2000 that is in addition to the tour price.
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!
That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes may be made without notice.

Special Interest: The Namib Desert, at 55 million years old, is one of the oldest deserts in the world and covers an area of over 80, 00km². It is home to several unusual species including Stenocara gracilipes beetle which survives by obtaining water from morning fog settling on its raised body.

Sustainable Tourism: The sausage tree is the traditional tree cut down to make mokoro (dugouts) used in the Okavango Delta, but sadly these trees are disappearing from the region. We have set up a project to encourage the local community polers to buy fiberglass replica mekoros. Sponsorship for each mokoro is needed. If you would like to contribute, please talk to your guide.

** A local payment is required on this safari and this will be collected by your tour leader on departure. The local payment forms part of your overall tour cost, and must be taken into consideration when booking your safari. It will be used by your tour leaders to pay for some of the operational costs incurred on safari.

We prepay by bank transfer, as many of the tour costs as possible. However, in many cases, a cash payment is the only option: certain of the destinations that we visit, only accept cash. For example entry fees to most national parks, some of the campsites and also local food markets (and even some shops) are only payable in cash. In addition, each vehicle has a garage card but these are only accepted in South Africa and parts of Namibia, therefore in all other countries, fuel must be paid for in cash. Due to the remoteness of some departure points, having a local payment system enables us to manage tour funds effectively. The efficiency of this system helps keep the overall tour prices down.

For these reasons, it is necessary for us to charge a local payment. It also ensures that a portion of the tour costs goes directly into the country you are visiting, thereby benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the areas we visit. This is all part of our ongoing effort to operate sustainable safaris that make a real difference.

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