15-day Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari
Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

Taking in the astonishing contrasts from west to east, this 15-day safari combines the best of Namibia with a safari in Chobe, Botswana and a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

From US$3026 pp (Our pricing)
15 days
Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chobe National Park, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
14 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 15 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

It hardly seems possible to include such a variety of sights and activities in just 15 days. Between the ancient desert, the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha, the bounteous wetlands of the Caprivi and Chobe, and the wonder of Victoria Falls, it will be hard to pick a favourite.

This tour visits Namibia's famed attractions including the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi wetlands. Top this fascinating voyage of discovery with a safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park and a visit to Victoria Falls and you really have the makings of an amazing holiday.

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.

    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.

    Standard: Sandfields Guesthouse
    Luxury: Zum Kaiser Hotel

  • Day 5 and 6: 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.

    Standard: Damara Mopane Lodge
    Luxury: Mowani Mountain Camp

  • Day 7: Etosha National Park (South)

    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 and will take about three hours

    On the way: The 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.

    Standard: Etosha Village
    Luxury: Ongava Lodge

  • Day 8 to 9: Etosha National Park (East)

    Travel eastwards through the Etosha National Park to your next lodge. Stop at waterholes along the way or head directly to your lodge to join a guided game drive.

    Standard: Mushara Bush Camp
    Luxury: Mushara Outpost

  • Day 10 and 11: Popa Falls, 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; lunch at N'Kwazi Lodge on the Kavango River near Rundu.

    When you're there: The Caprivi is a mini-Okavango Delta in Namibia without the hefty price tags and far more accessible. Enjoy game viewing in the excellent Mahango Game Park; river cruises and water safaris; bush walks; and excellent birding and fishing.

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

  • Day 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.

    Standard: Chobe Safari Lodge
    Luxury: Chobe Game Lodge

  • Day 14: Victoria Falls

    The drive to Victoria Falls is about an hour. The customs and immigration formalities as you leave Botswana and enter Zimbabwe via Zambia may take a little longer.

    On the way: The Kazangula Road often yields some excellent wildlife and bird sightings; clear customs and immigration at Kazangula and Victoria Falls.

    When you're there: Where to begin! Visit the falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides; water adventure; game viewing; sundowner river cruises; scenic flights; craft markets; elephant-back safaris; adrenal fixes with bungee jumping, gorge swinging and skydiving; lunch on Livingstone Island on the edge of the falls; canoeing safari above the falls.

    Standard: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
    Luxury: Ilala Lodge

  • Day 15: Victoria Falls or Livingstone International Airport

    The flights to Jo'burg usually leave late afternoon so you have time to squeeze in any last-minute must-do activities or purchases.

  • Self Drive Distance Chart and Travelling Times

Recent Reviews of This Tour

“Amenities and levels of comfort exceeded our expectations, considering the reasonable pricing”

We were extremely pleased with the level of accommodation provided on our holiday to Namibia. We experienced a variety of accommodations whose amenities and levels of comfort exceeded our expectations, considering the reasonable pricing for each.

Our guide, Vincent Brehany, provided outstanding service throughout our trip through Namibia. From the moment that he picked us up at the Windhoek airport and drove us to the Auas Game Lodge, Vincent's extensive knowledge of his country became evident. We learned so much about the flora and fauna, geological aspects of the landscape, historical perspective and a hint of culinary delights to follow by the time we arrived at our lodge.

Our vehicle was the Land Cruiser with the pop-up roof which we highly recommend for tour parties travelling through Etosha and other wildlife spotting areas. The four-wheel drive capabilities allowed us to travel beyond the 2WD Car Park into Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, "must-see" venues in the park. In addition, we took many secondary "D" roads, stopping for lunch in places like Ganab, and for pictures along the way in Damaraland.

In all, Namibia Tours and Safaris has provided a great range of accommodation options for the traveller who wants a mid-range level of comfort at affordable pricing.

Read more about their Namibia and Vic Falls adventure

Rae and Plunkett, UK Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

“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

“Our guide made our trip”

Wilmari Pronk was a good planner – thank you

A spectacular country – the geography and wildlife are wonderful. But our guide made our trip. Vincent is knowledgeable, thoughtful, a good driver – guiding at its best. Thank you, thank you!

Dorothy and Richard Plunkett, Canada Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

“We needed more time in Onguma”

Namibia sells itself. We needed more time in Onguma Tented Camp and should have taken a night prior to the tour in Windhoek. Would recommend this to tourists from North America. Generally excellent planning with Wilmari. Accommodations exceeded expectations. Vincent, our guide, 'made' the trip for us with his knowledge and care for our needs.

We found this tour on the internet and compared your suggested itineraries to those of 5 other Namibian tour companies. Your website was the best!

Kathleen and Norman Rae, Canada Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

“We'd love to come back and have already started telling our friends”

Dear Wilmari,

We just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday! Everything was perfectly arranged and there were no hitches or problems at all!

What a beautiful and fascinating country! We'd love to come back and have already started telling our friends what a brilliant country it is to visit.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Kind regards, Ruth and Mark

Ruth and Mark Smith, UK Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

“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

“We were lucky enough to see a group of elephants along the river bank with a newborn calf amongst them”

Hello Edward - Gord and I have returned home safe and sound and we are still in disbelief at how wonderful our holiday was. It far exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much for planning this adventure for us and for getting it so right. We had a bit of a worry at the start - there was no one at the airport to pick us up when we arrived in Windhoek. Luckily there was a fellow from the Desert Hire Company picking up 2 young men and they offered to give us a lift to the Palmquelle. Also, our luggage was not put on the plane in Cape Town and when we got our bags the next day we discovered someone had gone through them and stolen a camera, GPS and a few other items. The rest of the trip, however, was perfect!

The Desert Hire company was great to deal with and we loved our "Hilux Hotel". The self-drive was absolutely the best way to see Namibia and sleeping in a tent allowed us to feel so close to everything - the birds early in the morning, the sounds of hippos in the river below us, and even a baboon rampage in Waterberg Park.

I will get our "Report Sheet" to you this week, but just wanted to let you know how wonderful our holiday was. I also cannot Thank You enough for organizing an itinerary that got us to the places where we were able to see and do all the things we had hoped to. I had especially wanted to see Hippos and our stay at Ndhovu Safari Lodge was amazing. We were able to watch the hippos all day long, as well as hear them at night up on the floodplain behind our campsite. We went down the river on a small boat to see the hippos (and crocodiles) from the water and were lucky enough to see a group of elephants along the river bank with a newborn calf amongst them. That is something I will never forget! The birds in this area were also unforgettable.

We were also quite impressed with what you class as "budget travel". The campsites and lodges were far superior to what we were expecting. Everything was clean and comfortable and absolutely no problems with your voucher system. This was by far the best trip my husband and I have ever taken and I can't imagine it ever being surpassed. We really appreciate how well you understood what we wanted to get out of our visit to Namibia and how well you made that happen for us!!

Gordon and Julie Bose, Canada Namibia Wildlife Safari

“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
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