18-day Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour

Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour
Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour

Showcasing diverse landscapes and incredible game viewing, this 18-day self-drive tour combines the best of Namibia with the best of Botswana as well as a visit to Victoria Falls.

Price:
From US$4824 pp (Our pricing)
Duration:
18 days
Highlights:
Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
Includes:
17 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 18 days car hire (4x4 Double Cabin); vehicle drop off/delivery fees; vehicle insurance; vehicle cross border permit; safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Brief

It hardly seems possible to include such a variety of sights and activities in just 18 days. This self-drive tour includes the best of Namibia, the best of Botswana and Victoria Falls in a comfortable, affordable and flexible package.

Between the ancient desert, the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha, the bounteous wetlands of the Caprivi, Chobe and the Okavango Delta and of course the wonder of Victoria Falls, it will be hard to pick a favourite.

The tour starts and ends in Windhoek but you can start and end it in Chobe National Park or Victoria Falls. Talk to our expert travel consultants to get the best options and prices for this wonderful itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 and 2: Sossusvlei

    Depending on your flight's arrival time, you will either stay one night in Windhoek or proceed on the six-hour drive to the Sossusvlei .

    On the way: The road has some grand scenic passes and the Namib Desert stretches to infinity at the base of an enormous escarpment; stop for lunch on the Spreetshoogte Pass... you may want your camera for this.

    When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes..

    Accommodation:
    Standard: The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
    Luxury: Kulala Desert Lodge

  • Day 3 and 4: Swakopmund

    A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

    On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

    When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and the relative luxury of a hot shower and a coffee shop.
    Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Sandfields Guesthouse
    Luxury: Zum Kaiser Hotel

  • Day 5: Damaraland

    Enormous granite outcrops and dolerite dykes have been carved over aeons. Grassy plains, tree-studded riverbeds and endless open skies add to the grandeur and make Damaraland one of the most scenic regions of Namibia. The drive to Damaraland takes up to five hours because there is much to see and do along the way.

    On the way: Drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross - the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. The stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose; lunch at Cape Cross Lodge or picnic at some suitably serene and other-worldly spot; stop at the lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot; visit the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes.

    When you're there: Game drives on private reserves in search of the famed desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe; among other hardy plains herds look out for Hartmann's mountain zebra; spend more time exploring the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, Vingerklip and the Organ Pipes; hike up the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest point at 2,573m..

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Damara Mopane Lodge
    Luxury: Mowani Mountain Camp

  • Day 6: Etosha National Park

    You will be about half way between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park , the drive is a scenic few hours through more of Damaraland's singular beauty. The southern gate to the park is much closer to southern Damaraland and will take about three hours; the eastern gate will take an extra two hour's travelling.

    On the way: If you're going east, the world's largest meteorite, Hoba, is on a longish ring road via Grootfontein; the southern route is almost too short to stop, barring a comfort stop at Outjo and a picture of the Ugab Terrace.

    When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

    Accommodation:
    Standard:  Etosha Village
    Luxury: Ongava Lodge

  • Day 7 and 8: Etosha National Park

    You will be about half way between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park , the drive is a scenic few hours through more of Damaraland's singular beauty. The southern gate to the park is much closer to southern Damaraland and will take about three hours; the eastern gate will take an extra two hour's travelling.

    On the way: If you're going east, the world's largest meteorite, Hoba, is on a longish ring road via Grootfontein; the southern route is almost too short to stop, barring a comfort stop at Outjo and a picture of the Ugab Terrace.

    When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Mushara Bush Camp
    Luxury: Mushara Outpost

  • Day 9 and 10: Kavango River, Rundu, West Caprivi

    A long drive to the Caprivi requires an early start. The roads are all paved and there are some interesting stops along the way and an excellent lunch stop.

    On the way: Visit the Otjikoto and Guinas lakes; Hoba Meteorite is the largest in the world; Roy's Camp for a comfort stop.

    When you're there: Arrive in time for a sunset cruise on the river; try your hand it tiger fishing or just relax by the river with cool drink and watch the sun go down while the hippos try to outdo the evening birdsong with their comical snorting and grunting banter.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Ndhovu Safari Lodge
    Luxury: Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

  • Day 11, 12 and 13: Chobe National Park

    Drive through Katima to Ngoma Bridge where you enter Botswana and the Chobe National Park .

    On the way: The sub-tropical woodlands give way to lush riverine floodplains; clear customs and immigration at Ngoma and drive through the game park to your safari lodge.

    When you're there: Chobe is another of Africa's great parks, famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, and its prides of lion. Activities include water safaris on the Chobe River, game drives, sunset cruises, walking safaris, birdwatching and game drives. Our recommended schedule for this leg is:

    • Day 11: Afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River - excellent game viewing, birdwatching and scenery
    • Day 12: Early morning and late afternoon game drives in Chobe National Park - can be guided (optional extra) or self-drive
    • Day 13: Full day excursion to Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Chobe Safari Lodge
    Luxury: Chobe Game Lodge

  • Day 14 Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    Drive south to the unusual Planet Baobab in the Makgadikgadi pans.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Planet Baobab
    Luxury: Leroo La Tau

  • Day 15 and 16: Okavango Delta

    Drive to Maun then take a short flight into the Okavango Delta.

    When you're there: With a two-night stay you have the option to do a full day mokoro safari through the channels of the delta or a guided game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Moremi Crossing
    Luxury: Camp Moremi

  • Day 17: Kalahari (Ghanzi)

    Continue west through the villages of the Kalahari Plains to Edo's Camp - a very special private reserve in the Kalahari, about 200km west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, offering rhino tracking safaris, Bushman experiences, game drives and scenic sunset drives.

    Accommodation: Edos Camp

  • Day 18: Departure

    Quite a long drive but along relatively empty tarred roads takes you back to Windhoek or directly to the Windhoek International Airport. Drop off your hired car and connect with your flight home or onward plans after what has surely been the African self-drive safari holiday of a lifetime.

  • Self Drive Distance Chart and Travelling Times

Recent Reviews of This Tour

“Excellent hosts looked after us”

Hi Edward,
I just want to thank you for the bookings you organised on our behalf. To be honest I was quite staggered at how salubrious they were.

The two stand outs, for different reasons, were The Garden Lodge in Kasane and Klein-Aus Vista . Sandfields Guesthouse was also very good. Excellent hosts who looked after us.

Lastly, the vehicle provided by Stephan Lewis also surpassed our expectations. Brilliant. Big tick there.

Anyway, thanks once again. I would come back at the drop of a hat and hope to do so.

Cheers, Guy Miklenda

Guy Miklenda, Australia Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour

“Nick and Michelle (Moon Mountain Lodge) made us very welcome”

Great trip with excellent accommodation. Nick and Michelle (Moon Mountain Lodge) made us very welcome. Namibia is a fantastic country to visit with very friendly people and we would like to return. Great game viewing in Namibia and Botswana.

Steve and Chrissy Moon, UK Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour

“Our favorites were Mowani and Sossus Dune Lodge”

Is has been a while since we return from our tour in Africa but I want to thank you for all the work and specially for the amazing lodges that you booked for us (our favorites were Mowani and Sossus Dune Lodge and also the Victoria Falls Hotel but the other lodges were also very nice) and with the exception of the problem with the transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Garden Lodge (this was the only lodge that we didn´t like, although their boat tour and game drive were incredible and the guide John was very competent), everything was perfect.

This e-mail is also to thank you for booking Tim Theron as our guide because he is just an amazing person and professional and definitelly provided us the most unforgettable experience in Namibia and he has also an incredible knowledge regarding the game drive.

We are still dreaming with this tour and hoping that one day we could return.

Teresa and Tiago Pedrosa, Portugal Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour

“We loved Namibia and Botswana. Loved every minute of it.”

We had a fantastic holiday! We loved every lodge we visited and everything was taken care of perfectly.

We met Estelle the first day and she handed us the printed book with all the info. It was perfect, we would never had something like that if we booked with a Dutch company. Estelle was very friendly and helpful.

We loved our 2 weeks in Namibia and Botswana. Loved every minute of it. Thanks to the great accommodations we could stay in and the lovely people we met. And of course the amazing wildlife... Thank you so much for organizing our trip!

Denise, The Netherlands Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Self-drive Tour
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