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9 nights serviced camping, 2 nights permanent tented camp with shared ablutions in the Okavango Delta,1 night hotel accommodation in Windhoek, 1 night guesthouse accommodation in Swakopmund & 1 nights hotel accommodation in Victoria Falls.
All meals when camping. Breakfast only in Swakopmund, Windhoek & Victoria Falls.
Camp Bed, mattress, Sleeping Bag & pillow included
Pre / Post Accommodation & Transfers:
May be pre-booked for Windhoek & Victoria Falls
This safari is recommended for healthy, active participants looking for an adventurous holiday.
ITINERARY TOUR CODE: WGTN
DAY 1: WINDHOEK
On arrival the afternoon in Windhoek is free to explore the capital city of Namibia. Overnight Hotel Safari
(or similar accommodation).
(Accommodated - dinner own account)
DAY 2/ 3: SESRIEM/ SOSSUSVLEI
Clients are met at 10h00 in the reception area of the hotel for their transfer to Sesriem. Our journey takes us south through ever changing scenery to our campsite located on the edge of the Namib Desert, considered by many geologists to be one of the world's oldest deserts. We hike up Elim dune to witness the amazing sunset over the dunes. The following morning is an early departure driving 55km through the dune belt while the sun rises around us. The incredible changing colours allow amazing photo opportunities. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin, and roughly means "dead end marsh". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is a drainage basin without outflows for the ephemeral Tsauchab River. The pan holds rainwater to form a lake and due to the high clay content of the ground, water is retained for long periods of time. Deadvlei is another clay pan, about 2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees. The pan is thus punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. This creates a particularly fascinating and surrealistic landscape, that appears in uncountable pictures and that has been used as a setting for films and videos. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon, which is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometer long and up to 30 meters deep. A portion of the canyon permanently contains water, which many animals use.
(Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 4: SWAKOPMUND
Today we travel through the Kuiseb canyon, site of the famous book by Henno Martin, The Sheltering Desert before we stop off at Walvis Bay to view the flamingos (seasonal). The Walvis Bay wetlands - the lagoon, mudflats, shoreline and salt works - constitute the single most important coastal wetland in southern Africa for migratory birds. The wetland therefore serves mainly as a dry-season and drought refuge for migrating species like the Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Plover, Grebe and African Black Oystercatcher. We arrive in Swakopmund, a quaint beach town with a strong German influence and with a sizable part of its population still German-speaking today. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, Swakopmund is German for "Mouth of the Swakop" as it is at the mouth of the Swakop River. We spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (own expense). Activities available include hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert. Overnight Dunedin Star Guesthouse
(or similar). (Accommodated - B, L - dinner own account)
DAY 5: SPITZKOPPE
Leaving Swakopmund after lunch we set up camp among the boulders of the Spitzkoppe Mountains. The afternoon is free to explore the stunning surrounding area on foot. Northeast of Swakopmund is the stark grandeur of The Spitzkoppe (sharp head), one of Namibia's most recognizable landmarks. The summit of this imposing granite rock formation (1,728m) was first scaled only in 1946, and its shape has inspired its nickname, The Matterhorn of Africa. The spectacular setting of our remote bushcamp is sure to leave a lasting impression.
(Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 6/ 7: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We enter Etosha and travel through the park to Okakeujo Restcamp. This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. Floodlit waterholes at Okakeujo & Namutoni Restcamps attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing us with many amazing wildlife sightings. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight Okakeujo & Namutoni Restcamps inside Etosha. (Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 8: KAVANGO RIVER/ RUNDU
After a morning game drive we exit Etosha and travel to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River. Our camp is set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Kavango River. (Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 9/ 10: OKAVANGO DELTA
Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana we travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere island in the delta. The following day we do mokoro and game walks on the island and the smaller islands in the area. The activities included are Mokoro trips, scenic boat tours and game walks on the island. (Accommodated in permanent tented camp with shared ablutions- B, L, D)
DAY 11: KWANDO RIVER
Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. Driving through the Caprivi we set up camp on the banks of the Kwando River. (Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 12/ 13: CHOBE RIVER
Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Chobe National park was officially declared a national park in 1967. The park is probably best known for its huge herds of Elephants which number in excess of 50 000. The park is dominated by the Chobe River, which runs through the park and where animals are regularly spotted coming to drink. Habitat's found in the Chobe National Park range from flood plains, Mopani trees, baobab trees, acacia woodlands, to verdant flood grasslands and thickets bordering the Chobe River. The following afternoon we enjoy a sunset Game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. An optional morning Game Drive is possible (own account). (Serviced Camping - B, L, D)
DAY 14: VICTORIA FALLS
After breakfast we travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls, without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. The afternoon and following morning is spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls, rhino walks, elephant back safaris, and to visit the Falls (own expense). Overnight Sprayview Hotel
(Accommodated - B. Lunches and dinners own account)
DAY 15: VICTORIA FALLS
Tour ends after breakfast. (B)
This itinerary will depend on local conditions.