Guests smiling as they arrive on a mokoro excursion at a sundowner spot in the river.

Namibia, Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls

Days:  

16

Price From: 

ZAR 31,955 + US$ 2,600 pps

Tour Type:  

Self-drive

Accommodation:  

Luxury / Standard

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A family of giraffe walking across a gravel road in Kaokoland before a hill.

This 16-day self-drive safari 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. It's the self-drive adventure of a lifetime. Don't think about it. Just go! You'll be glad you did. Really glad.

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 of Namibia, Bostwana and Victoria Falls.

Highlights

  • Explore the Namib Desert. It’s old. The world’s oldest – at 55 million years
  • Enjoy activities in Swakopmund (and Walvis Bay) on the Skeleton Coast
  • Revel in the vast nothingness and wide open spaces of Damaraland’s landscapes
  • Lions, cheetah, leopard. Zebras, giraffe and plains game galore in Etosha National Park
  • Visit Popa Falls and game drive in Mahango or Buffalo Game Parks
  • Fly over the winding channels of the Okavango Delta. It’s time for a wild bush experience. Bring on the wildlife
  • Elephants, elephants and more elephants on the Chobe River
  • View one of the Seven World Wonders: Victoria Falls        

Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )

Welcome to Namibia! You will be met on arrival by an NTS representative who will transfer you to the car rental offices in Windhoek to complete the vehicle handover. Then your meet and greet representative will hand over your travel package and goodies. They really are GOODies. You'll see.

When you're there: If you're done with the handovers you'll check in at your accommodation. Settle in. Get some rest and then spend the remainder of the day as you like. At leisure or head into town or to the shops for supplies. Hungry? Supposing your last real meal was on the airplane getting here, it's time for dinner. There are many restaurants in the capital explore one of Namibia's famed local joints.

Luxury Accommodation
The Olive Exclusive

Standard Accommodation
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )

After breakfast and a 4 to 5 hour drive (could be longer depending on the route you take) you will be congratulating yourself on a tour well-chosen when you arrive in Sossusvlei. Welcome to the world's oldest desert.

On the way: Frequent photo stops as you traverse scenic passes and plains from the Khomas region heading south.

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. Go on your own or with a lodge guide. You decide.

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 sea of sand, the dunes and the pans and filling your camera's memory with picture-postcard shots.

Luxury Accommodation
Desert Homestead Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund ( 2 nights )

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 ancient welwitschia plant. Go see them. It's a detour well worth it.

Our tip: If you decide to take the route via moon landscape to see the welwitschias, get your permit at the Namibia Wildlife Resorts office in Sossusvlei. This is the same place you'll pay your entry fee inside the Sesriem gates.

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.

Luxury Accommodation
Strand Hotel

Standard Accommodation
Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Day 6: Damaraland ( 1 night )

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 Seal breeding colony. Drive via the Skeleton Coast (a longer drive) or head inland vis Uis to the area of Twyfelfontein in the heart of Damaraland.

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.

Luxury Accommodation
Mowani Mountain Camp

Standard Accommodation
Camp Kipwe

Day 7: Etosha National Park - South ( 1 night )

From Damaraland, it's a relatively short drive to the southern 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. Visit the Petrified Forest enroute and stop for a shot of the Ugab Terrace or the famous Vingerklip. Outjo has a well-known bakery if you wish to stop for a bite to eat.

When you're there: Game viewing, game viewing and more excellent game viewing is the order of the day at Etosha. Self-drive or join a guided game drive with the lodge. Either way the game viewing is spectacular.

Luxury Accommodation
Ongava Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Etosha Village

Day 8 & 9: Etosha National Park - East ( 2 nights )

From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you head slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way.

While you're there: Go on guided sunrise and sunset game drives; spend a whole day at any one (and definitely more) 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.

Luxury Accommodation
Mushara Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Mushara Bush Camp

Day 10: Caprivi ( 1 night )

After your fix 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 white pan 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. The drive is a long one, so depart early and as you enter the Caprivi be on the lookout for livestock that wander at free will.

When you're there: 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.

Luxury Accommodation
Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Standard Accommodation
Shametu River Lodge

Day 11: Maun ( 1 night )

You will leave early today to enjoy a game drive in the Mahango Game Park before you make your way via the Mohembo border post into Botswana. Your drive today takes you via Gumare on to Sehithwa before heading to Maun. You will leave your vehicle here to continue the rest of your safari by road transfer and light aircraft.

While you're there: Relax at your lodge, enjoy a swim and a sundowner - tomorrow you head into the Okavango Delta.

Luxury Accommodation
Royal Tree Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Audi Camp

Day 12 & 13: Okavango Delta ( 2 nights )

Your lodge will transfer you to Maun Airport from were you will fly to your Okavango Delta lodge for the next two nights. Flying over the meandering wetlands is spectacular. Spotting wildlife from the air is another reminder that this is the ultimate wildlife destination. You're in for a treat. It's all wild.

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

Note: Some lodges only offer water based activities and others offer both land and water based activities.

*Your stay is booked on a fully inclusive basis and includes all scheduled camp activities with lodge guides

Luxury Accommodation
Camp Okavango

Standard Accommodation
Moremi Crossing

Day 14: Chobe National Park ( 1 night )

After a leisurely breakfast you will take a charter flight to Kasane Airport which is close to Chobe National Park - home of great herds of elephant and plenty of lion and plains game.

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.

Enjoy game drives in the Chobe National Park and boat cruises on the Chobe river.

Luxury Accommodation
Chobe Game Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 15: Victoria Falls (Zim) ( 1 night )

A last activity in the Chobe National Park this morning and then you will transfer by road to your lodge in Victoria Falls on 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.

Luxury Accommodation
Victoria Falls Hotel

Standard Accommodation
Batonka Guest Lodge

Day 16: Victoria Falls (Zim) ( Departure / End of Tour )

After breakfast squeeze in a morning activity if time allows before your transfer to the airport. This may well be the end of your safari, but what an adventure you've had.

Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (details on request)
  • Vehicle hire
  • Vehicle drop off/ one-way delivery fee
  • Airport and airstrip transfers
  • Shared road transfers as necessary
  • Seat on shared charter flights as indicated
  • Meet and Greet
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Comprehensive travel diary with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visas and visa applications
  • Optional extra activities
  • Fuel
  • Park entry fees
  • Staff gratuities
No. of Guests 2 4  
Luxury
Low Season  ZAR 57,720 ZAR 47,010 (Nam section)
  US$ 3,855 US$ 3,855 (Bots/Zim section) 
High Season ZAR 64,940 ZAR 53,515 (Nam section) 
  US$ 5,475  US$ 5,475  (Bots/Zim section)  
Standard
Low Season  ZAR 42,665 ZAR 31,955 (Nam section)
  US$ 2,600 US$ 2,600 (Bots/Zim section) 
High Season ZAR 46,000 ZAR 34,580 (Nam section) 
  US$ 3,100  US$ 3,100  (Bots/Zim section)  
  • The total price for this tour is indicated in ZAR (South African Rands) for the Namibian section and in USD (US Dollars) for the Bots/ Zim/ Zam section.
  • This is based on the selling currency in each country included.
  • The total for this tour is the sum of both sections combined.
  • ZAR (South African Rand) has a fixed exchange rate to the Namibian Dollar at 1:1
  • To convert currencies use this Exchange Converter
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • Varying room types may affect the cost of your quote.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
  • Contact us for a personalised quote now.

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