12 Day Namibia to Vic Falls Overland Tour

From R 18075

DURATION:

12 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

SWAKOPMUND

ENDING POINT:

LIVINGSTONE

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

AACNV12

This African overland trip is the perfect way to experience the top deserts and waterways of Southern Africa all in one trip. The vastly changing landscapes make for perfect photo opportunities. Starting in Swakopmund you will wind through the Namib desert and view game in Etosha National Park before heading over to Botswana for a drastic change in scenery. From the dry arid sand oceans of Namibia to the winding water ways of the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River, and finally ending at one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. So if you’re looking for an African overland adventure that includes a little bit of everything, then this is the tour for you.
*This tour is also available with an extension from Cape Town, or in reverse from Livingstone to Swakopmund.

12 Day Namibia to Vic Falls Overland Tour

Day 1 – Livingstone, Zambia

This tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls, at various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi OaTunya’ –the ‘Smoke thatThunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! We highly suggest booking a few days pre-tour accommodation in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful accommodation deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our accommodationis surrounded by the Mosi OaTunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species. N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to back with the group mealtimes. The Waterfront restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15-$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping , Full Day Abseil , Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing , Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from, Half Day Canoe, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Full Day White-water Rafting, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from, Half Day Fishing, Bridge Tour

Day 2 – Livingstone –Kasane, Botswana

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane -the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse – home

to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous

African fish eagle. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River –a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river

to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be

seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, and various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we may have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion and different antelope species. Moving on from Chobe we continue south and may still encounter elephant and buffalo alongside the road. We arrive at our accommodation in the afternoon.There are no fences and wildlife roams freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the accommodation -a very relaxing way to view wildlife!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Elephant Sands, Nata – Maun

We leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has spread along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta Scenic Flight per 5-seater plane –45 min flight time from, Maun Horse Riding (2 Hours)

Day 5 – Maun -Okavango Delta

Leaving the accommodation in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta in an open 4×4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented

camp.The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and

flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels, which spread out into a broad flat inland delta –

the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night – an unforgettable experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers’ station from where we will drive back to Maun. We aim to get back to Maun around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an

optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site.

Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Maun – Ghanzi

We leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert.

Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain – we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient

people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem -something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity Traditional Dancing

Day 8 – Ghanzi –Windhoek, Namibia

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Situated in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek (population approx 200,000) is small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous ‘Joe’s Beer House’

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Windhoek – Etosha National Park

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan.The pan is seasonally full of

water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. We spend two nights here, usually

near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the accommodation. Please note that some group members may be ending or starting their tour in Windhoek.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Etosha National Park

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom –

taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey. After a full day game driving we return to our accommodation, or onto the next one and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Etosha National Park – Spitzkoppe

We game drive out of Etosha National Park and turn south making our way to

the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. The giant boulder like rock

formations reach a peak at some 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever – changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise

and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint.

NB: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Spitzkoppe -Swakopmund

Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Your tour ends on arrival, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the town and partake in the many adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Sandboarding -Stand Up, Sandboarding-Lay down, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep Sea Fishing, Scenic Flights, Swakopmund Township Tour, Dolphin and Seal Cruise, Kayaking

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

• Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise
• Okavango Delta
• Chobe National Park game drive

Camping – R18075 excl Adventure Pass
Camping Adventure Pass – R5670
Camping Single Supplement – R790
Accommodated – R33645 excl Adventure Pass
Accommodated Single Supplement – R4970
Accommodated Adventure Pass – R5670

Includes:

Meals & Highlights as per itinerary, Accommodation, Guides and Transport

Excludes:

Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional), visas, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature. NB: Dinner in Windhoek on day 4 and Lunch and dinner in Livingstone on day 11 is not included in the tour price

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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12 Day Namibia to Vic Falls Overland Tour

R18,075.00

This African overland trip is the perfect way to experience the top deserts and waterways of Southern Africa all in one trip. The vastly changing landscapes make for perfect photo opportunities. Starting in Swakopmund you will wind through the Namib desert and view game in Etosha National Park before heading over to Botswana for a drastic change in scenery. From the dry arid sand oceans of Namibia to the winding water ways of the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River, and finally ending at one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. So if you’re looking for an African overland adventure that includes a little bit of everything, then this is the tour for you.
*This tour is also available with an extension from Cape Town, or in reverse from Livingstone to Swakopmund.

Description

Day 1 – Livingstone, Zambia

This tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls, at various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi OaTunya’ –the ‘Smoke thatThunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! We highly suggest booking a few days pre-tour accommodation in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful accommodation deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our accommodationis surrounded by the Mosi OaTunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species. N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to back with the group mealtimes. The Waterfront restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15-$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping , Full Day Abseil , Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing , Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from, Half Day Canoe, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Full Day White-water Rafting, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from, Half Day Fishing, Bridge Tour

Day 2 – Livingstone –Kasane, Botswana

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane -the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse – home

to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous

African fish eagle. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River –a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river

to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be

seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, and various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we may have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion and different antelope species. Moving on from Chobe we continue south and may still encounter elephant and buffalo alongside the road. We arrive at our accommodation in the afternoon.There are no fences and wildlife roams freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the accommodation -a very relaxing way to view wildlife!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Elephant Sands, Nata – Maun

We leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has spread along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta Scenic Flight per 5-seater plane –45 min flight time from, Maun Horse Riding (2 Hours)

Day 5 – Maun -Okavango Delta

Leaving the accommodation in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta in an open 4×4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented

camp.The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and

flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels, which spread out into a broad flat inland delta –

the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night – an unforgettable experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers’ station from where we will drive back to Maun. We aim to get back to Maun around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an

optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site.

Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Maun – Ghanzi

We leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert.

Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain – we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient

people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem -something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity Traditional Dancing

Day 8 – Ghanzi –Windhoek, Namibia

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Situated in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek (population approx 200,000) is small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous ‘Joe’s Beer House’

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Windhoek – Etosha National Park

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan.The pan is seasonally full of

water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. We spend two nights here, usually

near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the accommodation. Please note that some group members may be ending or starting their tour in Windhoek.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Etosha National Park

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom –

taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey. After a full day game driving we return to our accommodation, or onto the next one and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Etosha National Park – Spitzkoppe

We game drive out of Etosha National Park and turn south making our way to

the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. The giant boulder like rock

formations reach a peak at some 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever – changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise

and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint.

NB: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Spitzkoppe -Swakopmund

Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Your tour ends on arrival, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the town and partake in the many adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Sandboarding -Stand Up, Sandboarding-Lay down, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep Sea Fishing, Scenic Flights, Swakopmund Township Tour, Dolphin and Seal Cruise, Kayaking

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

• Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise
• Okavango Delta
• Chobe National Park game drive

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