Discover Namibia and Botswana with Vic Falls

Tour Details

Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Vic Falls
Minimum Participants: 2 Pax
Maximum Participants: 20 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Comfort version
Inclusive: Vehicle
Fuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability'
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Exclusive All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Discover the best of 3 worlds - Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe! Visit the Animal Kingdom in Etosha National Park, the Caprivi Park and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Here you will experience encounters with the wild like never before and the majestic Victoria Falls will take your breath away.

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Windhoek

Arrival at the International Airport, where you will be greeted by your english speaking driverguide. Transfer to Windhoek and check-in.

The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white - walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek's population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking - suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: "the place where we do not want to stay". All along "Independence Avenue", the former "Kaiserstrasse" (German for "emperor's street"), and one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post - independence Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Hilton Hotel or similar

 


 

02 Day / Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Breakfast and depart into the southern part of our country via Rehoboth to Bitterwasser Lodge.

The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn't allow enough water absorption into the soil. Due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterised as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the sparce grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.

Today we will enjoy the nature drive on the amazing red dunes of kalahari desert and end the day with a sundowner.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Bitterwasser Lodge or similar

 


 

03 Day / Kalahari - Fish river canyon

After an early breakfast, depart via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to your next destination.

Enroute you have the opportunity to visit the local Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop.

About 14km north-west of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus is the Quiver Tree Forest, a dense stand of quiver trees, some of which reach a height of 7m. The quiver tree's name is derived from the Bushman practice of hollowing out the pithy insides of the branches and using the tough, outer casings of bark as quivers in which to keep their arrows.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Canon Village or similar

 


 

04 Day / Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz

After breakfast you will depart to the Fish River Canyon and spend the day exploring this stunning landscapes.

The fish river canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon which took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, rock dassie's, ground squirrel's and klipspringer are commonly sighted in the canyon.

Dune beetle We will continue via Aus and Duwisib Castle via Helmeringhausen en Maltahöhe to our lodge situated near Sesriem.

An intriguing feature of the southern Namib are the legendary desert horses which can be seen when travelling between Lüderitz and Aus. There are a number of theories regarding their origin, one of these and the most likely theory, is that they are descendants of horses left behind when the German "Schutztruppe" abandoned Aus during the South West African Campaign in 1915. Here you will also find the remains of houses built during their imprisonment during World War I. About 1500 German Soldiers from the "Schutztruppe" were kept here as prisoners.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or you can relax at the swimming pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Betesda Lodge or similar

 


 

05 Day / Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon

After an early breakfast you will drive into the Namib Naukluft Park to visit one of the highest dunes in the world. The last 5 km will be driven with a 4x4 Shuttle.

This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lenghts of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

Our journey will then proceed to direction of Solitaire to reach our next destination.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Solitaire Lodge or similar

 


 

06 Day / Solitaire - Swakopmund

Today you will drive through the Desert via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

One of the oldest deserts in the world, maybe the very oldest, the Namib was already arid at least 80 million years ago. In the south it extends into South Africa, across the Orange River, while in the north it crosses the Kunene into Angola. The greater part of the Namib lies inside Namibia, where it occupies some 1500km of Atlantic coastline. In width it generally varies between 80 and 140 km, but in places reaches inland for as much as 200 km.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory's main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: "Die Alte Kaserne", "Hohenzollern Haus"and the Railway Station Building

Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar

 


 

07 Day / Swakopmund

You have the whole of today at own leisure to explore this coastal town on your own.

Alternatively you can take part in many optional acitivities on offer. Activities like: boat cruises, Catamaran cruises, dolphine cruise, quadbiking, sky-diving, Living Desert Tour, Township tours, Scenic flights etc. Etc. More information upon arrival in Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar

 


 

08 Day / Swakopmund - Damaraland

After a hearty breakfast departure direction to Damaraland via Henties Bay and Uis.

En route we will visit the magnificient Brandberg mountain before proceeding to Twyfelfontein.

The imposing Brandberg massif is a challenge to rock climbers, especially its peak "Königstein", which at 2573m is the highest peak in Namibia. While its name is Afrikaans for "burnt mountain" the Brandberg is most famous for the rock painting known as the "White Lady", which is painted on an overhang in Maack's Shelter - named after the surveyor who discovered it in 1917. Maack's Shelter lies in the Tsisab gorge, a wild and beautiful ravine amongst a vast jumble of rocks, remnants of many ancient landslides.

We will continue with our journey where we will en route stop at Twyfelfontein, organ pipes and burnt mountain.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain:
South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

Late afternoon arrive at your lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar

 


 

09 Day / Damaraland - Etosha

Departure via Khorixas, Kamanjab and Outjo to direction of Etosha Nationalpark.

En route we will visit petrified forest and continue our journey to Kamanjab where we will have an opportunity to visit himba village.

Here some antediluvian flood deposited giant treetrunks, some up to 30m long. The age of these fossil trunks is estimated to be 200 million years. They subsequently turned to stone, millions of years ago. Today the Namib's living fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabilis, grows among these prostrate fossilised trunks.

The Himba are semi-nomadic people and are one of the most photographed ethnic groups of Namibia due to their unique appearance, The Himba women have a particularly distinctive appearance and can take several hours for beauty care every morning rubbing their body with a cream consisting of butterfat and ochre powder which gives the body a reddish tinge. There are about 20, 000 to 50,000 Himba people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region. They speak the same language as the Herero and predominantly breed cattle and goats. Clothes, hairstyle and jewellery are all of particular significance to the Himba.

Arrival at Toshari Lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge or similar

 


 

10 Day / Etosha National Park

elephant on road After a hearty breakfast at the lodge we will depart to famous Etosha National Park and drive through the park with game viewing.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie "great white place of dry water" as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Late afternoon we will exit the part at von Lindequist gate and drive to Tsumeb and check-in at Makalani Hotel.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Makalani Hotel

 


 

11 Day / Tsumeb - Rundu

Leisurely breakfast and then we will start our visit at Tsumeb Museum and proceed to Grootfontein where we will stop at Hoba Meteorite en route to Rundu.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

After our sightseeing at Hoba Meteorite we will continue to Rundu to our superb lodge.

The largest known meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, lies in a shallow depression on the farm Hoba-West about 20km west of Grootfontein. The 50t mass of nickel and iron, which is between 100 million and 300 million years old, crashed on earth some 30 000 to 80 000 years ago. Discovered by Jacobus Hermanus Brits in the 1920s, it was periodically subjected to vandalism.

The afternoon is dedicated for a sundowner boatcruise at Okavango river.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hakusembe River Lodge

 


 

12 Day / Rundu - Kongola

Departure via Bagani and Divundu to our lodge near Kongola.

En route will have a chance to visit Popa Falls with its breathtaking views.

The name Popa Falls conjures up images of a raging waterfall, so little wonder that first-time visitors are disappointed when the "falls" turn out to be nothing more than a series of rapids. A quartzite ledge that obstructs the flow of the river across its 1,2 km width creates the rapids. Here, the river splits into numerous channels, separated by small islands, to form a series of cascades with a total drop of about 4 m.

We will continue via Caprivi Strip to our lodge.

At the far north eastern extremity of Namibia is the Caprivi Region, gateway to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The area is highly populated, with scattered settlements of subsistence farmers cultivating mahangu and other crops, tending their cattle, or living off freshwater fish, which they catch from mokoro or dugout canoes. The major centre in Caprivi is Katima Mulilo. The curious shape of Caprivi - a finger-like projection, which takes Namibia's borders into the centre of Southern Africa - was the result of negotiations between Germany and other colonial governments at the end of the nineteenth century. It was agreed at the Berlin Conference that the narrow strip of land extending for 450 km from east to west would be added to German South West Africa, as Namibia was called then. This allowed the German colony to gain access to the Zambezi River and the name of the chief negotiator at this conference; Count von Caprivi was given to the region.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Namushasha Lodge

 


 

13 Day / Bwafata National Park

Today is dedicated for the game drive and boatcruise in Bwafata Nationalpark.

Bwabwata National park - formerly the Caprivi Game Park - includes 5 main zones, the West Caprivi Triangle around Kongola, the Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls, the Buffalo Core Area near Divundu and the West Caprivi Game Reserve. Known as the "people park'" as it supports both large wildlife and human populations. The Bwabwata National park is a sanctuary to 35 large and numerous small game species and as many as 339 bird species. Bwabwata aims to rehabilitate wildlife populations that were virtually destroyed by poaching. The landscape is generally flat with patchy vegetation-covered dunes. Dominating trees of the area include wild seringa, copalwood, Zambezi teak, wild teak, wild raisin species, and bushwillow.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Namushasha Lodge

 


 

14 Day / Bwafata - Kasane

Our journey will takes us today via Katima Mulilo and Ngoma Bridge to Kasane.

Katima Mulilo, the administrative capital of the Caprivi Region, is situated on the Banks of the Zambezi River. The towns name is of Lozi origin and means, "to quench the fire". Despite becoming the capital of the Caprivi Region after independence, the atmosphere still resembles more a frontier town with its crowded streets, which are filled with people and cars. At the open-air market, goods range from live chicken and dried fish to colorful material from Zambia and fresh scones.

Kasane is a haven of tourism attractions. It is situated in Botswana, where the four countries Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. Kasane is the gateway into Chobe National Park and a popular access point for tourists heading to the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. A perfect destination for fishing safaris as it has a wide variety of fish species that can be found in the waterways off Kasane including tiger fish and bream. Visitors to the area are encouraged to participate in a sundowner river cruise or a trip to the rapids of the Chobe River.

We will have our first boatcruise on the Chobe River that will take your breath away.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Chobe Safari Lodge

 


 

15 Day / Chobe National Park

After we enjoyed our delicious breakfast we dedicate this morning for a game drive in open vehicle into Chobe National park.

Well over 400 of Namibia's bird species occur in this part of the country and the region is steadily gaining a reputation as a retreat for bird - watchers, nature lovers and specialist travellers. It is also a growing interest to scientists studying the wetlands system and its flora and fauna. Sunset river cruises, photo safaris, swamp safaris, boating, a trip in a mokoro or dug out canoe and game viewing either in 4x4 vehicles or by boat are available for holidaymakers in this region.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Chobe Safari Lodge

 


 

16 Day / Chobe - Vic Falls

Today's journey will take us leisurely via Kazangula and Seseke to Vic Falls.

We will visit this stunning Victoria Falls that will give you really a breathtaking moment.

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the largest sheet of falling water. In full flood some 500 million litres of water cascade downwards at a speed of 100 meters per minute, causing a thunderous roar and towering columns of spray, hence the local name "mosi - u - tunya" meaning the smoke that thunders.Vic Falls is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It has the wildest one day white water rafting trips on the planet and until recently the highest commercial bungee jump on earth.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, The Kingdoms Hotel

 


 

17 Day / Departure

Until your airport transfer the remainder of the day can be spend at own leisure.

 




Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Hilton Hotel B Sightseeing tour in Windhoek
Day 2 Bitterwasser Lodge D,B Sundowner drive
Day 3 Canon Village D,B Quivertree forest and giants playground
Day 4 Betesda Lodge D,B Fish River Canyon and Duwisib Castle
Day 5 Solitaire Lodge D,B Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon
Day 6 Hansa Hotel B Welwitschia Mirabilis and Moon landscape
Day 7 Hansa Hotel B Optional activities on offer
Day 8 Twyfelfontein Lodge D,B Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Organ pipes and burnt mountain
Day 9 Toshari Lodge D,B Petried forest and himba village
Day 10 Makalani Hotel D,B Full day game drive in Etosha Nationalpark
Day 11 Hakusembe River Lodge D,B Tsumeb Museum, Hoba Meteorite and boatcruise
Day 12 Namushasha Lodge D,B Popa Falls
Day 13 Namushasha Lodge D,B Game Drive in Bwafata National Park
Day 14 Chobe River Lodge D,B Boatcruise at Chobe River
Day 15 Chobe River Lodge D,B Game Drive into Chobe Nationalpark
Day 16 Vic Falls Hotel D,B Visit to Vic Falls
Day 17 Departure B Transfer to airport and flight back home
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