21-day Best of Namibia Botswana and Victoria Falls

Best of Namibia Botswana and Victoria Falls
Best of Namibia Botswana and Victoria Falls

Take the best of southern Africa and spread it evenly over the course of 21 days and you have a 'best-of-the-best' African safari.

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21 days
Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Kalahari, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
20 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 21 days car hire (4x4 Double Cabin); vehicle drop off/delivery fee; vehicle insurance; safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Brief

The Best of Namibia , Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari is a 21-day guided safari or self-drive tour that offers you the best of southern Africa's famous attractions.

We have designed this to be a flexible, budget- and time-aware highlights tour with diverse game viewing safaris, amazing sights and a range of options to tailor this safari to your exact needs.

Accommodation options include any combination of camping and mid- to upmarket safari lodges – the choice is yours. Contact a Travel Expert now for a custom quote to discover these amazing places.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sossusvlei

    Get down to brass tacks with a short drive from Windhoek International Airport to the Namib-Naukluft Park, a few hours' drive south of the Namibian capital.

    On the way: Wind your way out of the Khomas Mountains, approach the Kalahari basin and then make a right into the Tsaris Mountains and the magnificent views over the Namib-Naukluft Park.

    When you're there: The Namib-Naukluft has a long range of mountains that make a picturesque backdrop for all of your activities including guided walks, birding, game viewing, self-guided mountain trails and relaxing at night under an incredible canopy of stars.

    Accommodation: Sossusvlei Accommodation

  • Day 2 and 3: Sossusvlei

    A short day's drive through the mountains and down to the Namib Desert will have you congratulating yourself on a tour well-chosen when you arrive in Sossusvlei .

    On the way: Stop to hike the Wasserberg Trail in the Naukluft Mountains. The trail feeatures fresh water springs, dramatic mountains and the occasional kudu; picnic lunch; frequent photo stops as you traverse scenic passes and plains through the world's oldest desert.

    When you're there: First stop: swimming pool and a cool drink. Thereafter you'll have a variety of activities including hiking trails; game viewing; afternoon nature drives; visits to fossilised dunes; and of course Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.
    The first morning in Sossusvlei will be an early one to get the best light at the Sossusvlei dunes about an hour's drive into the protected area; spend the morning exploring the sand sea, the dunes and the pans and filling your camera's memory with picture-postcard shots.

    Accommodation: Sossusvlei Accommodation

  • Day 4 and 5: Swakopmund

    After two days in the desert you head to Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast for some cool respite from the interior's heat.

    On the way: Stop in Solitaire, an aptly named cross-roads settlement with a service station, hotel and a small shop famous for its apple strüdel and home-made bread. The landscape flattens out to the gravel plains and the moonscapes support the crazy welwitscha plant.

    When you're there: Swakopmund is a German-influenced resort town on the cool Atlantic coast; Walvis Bay is a South African-influenced harbour town with a natural lagoon. Spend two days here exploring the dunes, the lagoon and the historical and cultural attractions.
    Activities and things to do in the area are many and varied. Choose from nature excursions into the desert and on the Walvis Bay lagoon to adventure activities including hovering above the dunes with a paraglider or zooming about the back dunes on a quad bike. Swakopmund has many restaurants and an interesting array of art shops, jewellery stores, museums and galleries.

    Accommodation: Swakopmund Accommodation

  • Day 6: Damaraland

    Drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross and then turn inland to the camera-friendly Damaraland region of Namibia with massive granite inselbergs and dolerite dykes carved into fantasy shapes by the wind.

    On the way: Stop at Cape Cross for a look at the Cape Fur Seals breeding colony.

    When you're there: Damaraland is well-known and well-loved for its scenic landscapes, its desert-adapted plants and animals, and its sheer and vast emptiness. Activities vary from lodge to lodge, most will offer excellent guided game drives, fantastic nature walks and scenic sundowner drives; others offer specialist activities including rhino tracking and visits to ancient rock art sites.

    Accommodation: Damaraland Accommodation

  • Day 7, 8 and 9: Etosha National Park

    From Damaraland, it's a relatively short drive to the eastern side of Etosha National Park , one of Africa's great wildlife and nature reserves.

    On the way: The scenic mountains of Damaraland unfold into the great plains of the Etendeka Plateau.

    When you're there: Game viewing, game viewing and more excellent game viewing is the order of the day at Etosha.
    Go on guided sunrise and sunset game drives; spend a whole day at any one of the 30-plus waterholes in Etosha watching an incredible variety of animals; birding is excellent and if you stay inside the park, you get the best experience of all at the floodlit waterholes when the wildlife action really comes to life. A feature of Etosha is the variety of species you can see at one time – thanks to the waterholes being the only the source of water for miles around.
    Many safari lodges on the edge of Etosha have vast private reserves complete with all the same species of plains game in Etosha and without any crowds. A combination of private exclusive safari and a day inside Etosha is often the best balance.

    Accommodation: Etosha Accommodation

  • Day 10, 11, 12 and 13: Caprivi

    After your fill of elephants, lions, hyenas, large antelope and many other interersting animals, its time to head off... for yet more spectacular safari action this time in the Caprivi wetlands and a complete contrast to the parched plains and shimmering pans of Etosha.

    On the way: Hobas Meteorite is the largest in the world and a convenient picnic stop on the way to the northern-most region of Namibia.

    When you're there: Your time in the Caprivi is spent slowly exploring from west to east with accommodation and activities at three different safari lodges.
    You will start on the Kavango River, which becomes the Okavango Delta a few days later; then move to the Kwando River, which becomes the Chobe/Linyanti water system. There is plenty to do in the Caprivi including game drives, water safaris, birding and, in places, walking safaris. You will have crossed into the sub-tropics and the Caprivi is classic Africa with broad-leafed woodland plains, wide rivers and proud wildlife stalking the open spaces.

    Accommodation: Caprivi Accommodation

  • Day 14 and 15: Chobe National Park

    Continuing east, you will cross into Botswana and clear customs and immigration at Ngoma border post, destination Chobe National Park , home of great herds of elephant and plenty of lion and plains game.

    On the way: The drive is through a game park so keep your eyes peeled for elephants.

    When you're there: Chobe Game Reserve is one of the most famous game reserves in Africa and rightly so. The park has the Chobe river as its lifeblood and features the largest herds of elephant found anywhere on earth. In addition lions, leopards, lesser predators and scores of plains species abound; birding is excellent with over 400 species and several rarities.

    Accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge

  • Day 16: Victoria Falls

    Using Chobe Game Lodge as a base, you will spend the day at Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side where the views are spectacular.

    When you're there: Explore Victoria Falls from the rain forest opposite, cross over to the Zambian, time-permitting, and hover over the falls from the teetering bridge. The Victoria Falls area has many activities, restaurants, curios and African art. A day will be almost too short to spend at the seventh wonder of the natural world.

    Accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge

  • Day 17 and 18: Chobe National Park

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Kasane Airport were you will take a charter flight to Savute Safari Lodge. The lodge is situated on the banks of the dry Savute channel which is part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their troubled relationship.

    When you're there: These two days will be spent on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles and a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. You will most likely see nearly all the major species in the area, such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland, as well as predators including lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and possibly wild dog

    An evening and a peaceful African night to recover from the excesses of enjoying some of the finest game viewing in Africa before embarking on more of the same in the Okavango Delta.

    Accommodation: Savute Safari Lodge

  • Day 19 and 20: Okavango Delta

    Your lodge will transfer you to the airstrip from were you will fly to Camp Moremi for the next two nights. Your lodge is situated in the Xaxanaka Region of Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which covers an area of about 4,871, as the eastern segment of the Okavango Delta . Moremi combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons and has a vast variety of plant, bird and animal life, creating one of the most magnificent and welcoming wildlife sanctuaries in all of Africa.

    When you're there: Water safaris, birdwatching, guided mokoro rides (traditional poled dugout canoes), walking safaris, game viewing: the quintessential delta experience. Wildlife is prolific and the scenery is wonderful.

    Accommodation: Camp Moremi

  • Day 21: Maun

    After breakfast, fly back to Maun from where your safari will come to an end. Your charter flight will be arranged so that you arrive well in time for your departure flight

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Recent Reviews of This Tour

“Everything on the tour was absolutely perfect”

Dear Carmen,
As promised, I am getting back to you in regards to the Namibia Tour my husband and daughter booked with your company. I have recently viewed the photos and videos my husband took of the safari adventure and I can say honestly that their experience was one of true amazement and awe. My husband said he had never seen anything so uniquely unparalleled to anything he had ever seen before, and he has traveled all over the world. He told me the tour could not have been better and both he and my daughter will hold the fondest memories of the places they saw and the people they met. Everything on the tour was absolutely perfect and the viewing of all the wildlife was spectacular. They really felt like they were given an opportunity to see the sights up-close and unhurried.

My husband felt perfectly at home helping prepare meals, and pitching in with the guides. He was happy wandering off to see "behind the scenes" in the villages and campsites. He brought back with him so many wonderful stories and a fondness for Africa that he won't soon forget.

Schy, UK Northern Namibia Camping Adventure

“The pace of our tour was comfortable and pleasant”

Hello Carmen! It was a superb tour and I thank you for all of your efforts in ensuring my reservations, airport transfers, etc. were fully confirmed. You've been an excellent tour consultant and I would highly recommend your company to friends and colleagues.

I was thoroughly impressed by the superior level of service provided by every person I encountered. Michael, my guide to Sossusvlei was very well trained, knowledgable, and made sure the pace of our tour was comfortable and pleasant. He was exceptional and should be commended.

Joy Yamamura, USA Sossusvlei Excursion

“I am very happy that we stayed within the budget”

Thank you for such a great holiday, we really enjoyed our tour around Namibia and Botswana. I especially appreciated your patience to respond to each enquiry of mine (and there were lots of these :)), as well as working with me on the the exact type of lodging and itinerary that I was looking for. I am very happy that we stayed within the budget I initially requested, that was a big plus for me. Finally, I was surprised with how seamless everything went; your know-how, instructions and detailed itinerary were a huge help to make this essentially a worry-free experience. Again, big thanks! I do plan on recommending your services to other friends who visit South Africa, and if I am ever in the area (and I will be), I will turn to Namibia Tours and Safaris again.

Elena Ivanova, Bulgaria Best of Namibia Botswana and Victoria Falls

“It was a seamless holiday without any hitches”

Hi Edward

I have just returned home from our holiday (Tito is still spending a couple of days in Dubai) and I just wanted to say a very big thank you for arranging a grand and memorable holiday that we all had. It was a seamless holiday without any hitches. We would like to make a special mention of the Motswiri camp* that really spoilt us and was a great place with exceptional service. The experience that we had on the walking tour was quite memorable and will be with us for a long long time.

Once again, many thanks for arranging this magnificent holiday. If you require a comment/recommendation for your website, I will be more than happy to provide.

* Our clients tailored this itinerary to stay at Motswiri Camp in the Selinda Reserve and added an extra night in Victoria Falls at the Victoria Falls Hotel .

Jim Mathew, Australia Botswana Green Desert Safari

“The lodges we stayed in where fantastic”

Hi Wilmari

I would just like to thank you very much for the amazing trip to Namibia which you organized. Everybody in our group had a fantastic time and Vincent our guide and driver was outstanding. Nothing was too much for him, always smiling and an amazing knowledge of everything.

We where very lucky to see a lot of animals, and also the lodges we stayed in where fantastic. A fantastic week, thanks for everything and I do hope very much to be back in your beautiful country.

Kind regards and have a good Week

Greta Fassler, South Africa Namibia Wildlife Safari

“It was nice to fly with Scenic Air”

Dear Carmen,

As promised some official feed back on our wonderful trip! Namibia is extremely beautiful and people very friendly - almost as friendly as in Ghana:-)

My wife and I learned a lot and will have Namibia on our mind and in our hearts forever.

3 best lodges: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge , Ongava Tented Camp , Ongava Lodge . It was nice to fly with Scenic Air - the pilots (Duncan and Katie) were professional, helpful and very kind. Staff at Ongava Lodge and Camp were very kind and professional; Camp Kipwe fun and friendly; Wolwedans staff kind and polite but seemed like new staff were being 'broken in' during this low season.

Kind regards, Michael

Michael Lunde, Ghana Namibia Wildlife and Desert Explorer Fly-in Safari

“We were surprised by the lack of tourists in many areas”

Scenery was more stunning that expected - and we had high expectations to start. Felt very welcome everywhere as tourists. Excellent service in all lodges except Twyfelfontein (mediocre). We were surprised by the lack of tourists in many areas we stayed (Cape Cross, Halali, Etosha Aoba). We really enjoyed the Sandwich Harbour / Walvis Bay tour from PhotoVenture (Herman), and I got my sandboarding trip in the following morning too. SO exhausting... We had Cape Cross lodge all to ourselves, which was nice, but weird, although the beach and lodge is beautiful. Skeleton Coast drive was gorgeous, although the road was quite bumpy around Torra Bay (I think we averaged 30km/h for a good 2 hours), but the trip inland was worth the sacrifice! (Turns out we were the only car in the park all day according to the rangers).

We cannot thank Danie and the NTS team enough for the excellent service and personal touches. You made everything very easy and recommendations were spot on.

Chris Gloyn, Canada Classic Namibia Safari

“It was a fantastic trip”

It was a fantastic trip and our guide, Charles Rhyn, was excellent – very knowledgeable on all subjects and “unstinting” in his care of us, sorting out minor problems etc.

L Spink, UK Classic Namibia Safari

“The dunes were astonishing – certainly not to be missed.”

It was interesting to see so many different areas and drive through the dramatic mountains in Damaraland. It is a hard life for some of the farmers. It was also good to see the animals in the lovely setting of the game area at Palmwag Lodge and be there without any other vehicles. Etosha was amazing – all we could have hoped for, especially the waterhole at Okaukuejo . The food there was variable and at one lunch time very little choice. Jackals scavenged round the bins by the swimming pool area while we were eating and the debris was not cleared. Lovely rooms and pool.

Loved the restaurant at Twyfelfontein and the entertaining guide for the engravings. Such an interesting drive down the river bed to find the desert elephants with new born baby.

The dunes were astonishing – certainly not to be missed.

The vehicle was comfortable but no a/c. The windows were unsatisfactory as there was no way to adjust the air flow – open or shut. It would have been good to have sliding windows to have clear view while seated for cameras. Good view when roof was open but it rattled very badly when driving along.

Charly was amazing! A great bird expert, enthusiastic, energetic, kind, thoughtful, responsible driver and really good company. He was upset that we did not find a leopard! He was especially kind to me as the oldest member. After I had my bag looted at Johannesburg he helped me put in a claim. He obtained the form, photocopied documents and faxed them all off in the timescale demanded. Through hearing his personal story we learned a great deal about life in Namibia.

Rosemary Stewart, UK Classic Namibia Safari

“We had an amazing time and enjoyed the landscapes, the animals and the excellent lodge selections very much!”

Dear Alison,

I am writing to provide you with our feedback from and with a big THANK you for organizing our self drive safari trip in Namibia so excellently.

We had an amazing time and enjoyed the landscapes, the animals and the excellent lodge selections very much! Documentation and organization were outstanding and we can only recommend ATS/ NTS to any other traveller. Most of the lodges were really nice placed in special locations, food very tasty and staff more than welcoming and friendly!

We were also very happy with the car (a 4x4 is a must), .... had some bad luck with a total of 5 flat tires. But at the time we had 3 flat tires within 4 hours, all 4 tires have been exchanged during our stay in Etendeka Mountain Camp without any doing from our side but 2 phonecalls and some sms's. Very good client service indeed!

The only thing we would probably suggest to skip is Opuwo (if you are not heading further up to the falls). It is a lot of driving in the two days and we were not that excited about the town. We were also not able to visit the Himbas due to our tire problems and no vehicle available from the lodge.

But overall a big compliment and a thank you!

Kind regards, Edith

Edith Wolfram, Switzerland Classic Namibia Safari
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