15-day Namibia, Okavango, Chobe and Victoria Falls Guided Safari

Namibia, Okavango, Chobe and Victoria Falls Guided Safari
Namibia, Okavango, Chobe and Victoria Falls Guided Safari

An exclusive tour of the ancient Namib desert; a guided wildlife extravaganza in Damaraland, Etosha, Caprivi, Okavango and Chobe; and the wonder of Victoria Falls. It's going to be hard to pick a favourite in this private guided 15-day tour.

Hot tip: the price per person comes down significantly for families and small groups. See the Just Booked tours below for examples.

Price:
From US$7325 pp (Our pricing)
Duration:
15 days
Highlights:
Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
Includes:
14 nights accommodation; dinner and breakfast at most stops; professional guide and safari vehicle incl. fuel and taxes; park entry fees and activities; domestic flights and transfers in Botswana

Tour Brief

It hardly seems possible to include such a variety of sights and activities in just 15 days.

This guided 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 Okavango Delta and 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.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
    Luxury: Hoodia 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 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 about six 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 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..

    Accommodation:
    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.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Mushara Bush Camp
    Luxury: Mushara Outpost

  • Day 10: 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.

    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.

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

  • Day 11 and 12: Okavango Delta

    After early breakfast, enter Botswana at the Shakawe border post and drive south-east along the western edge of the Delta before turning north-east to Maun. From Maun, fly by light aircraft over the Okavango Delta to your lodge for the next two nights.

    When you're there: With 2 nights in the delta you can enjoy game walks, boat rides including the traditional dugout (mokoro), bird watching and game drives.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Moremi Crossing
    Luxury: Camp Moremi

  • Day 13: Chobe National Park

    After an early morning game drive you will take a short flight to Chobe. The lush riverine floodplains give way to sub-tropical woodlands as you fly to your next 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.

    Accommodation:
    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 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.

    Accommodation:
    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.

Just Booked!

Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

We don't have any reviews of this exact tour but here's what people have said about their holidays. If you want to read more reviews, visit our client comments section. If you would like to submit your own review please use the contact form on this page.

“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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