Namibia and Botswana

Explore Namibia’s stunning desert landscapes and great sand dunes ~ and experience the remoteness of Namibia and Botswana, home to some of the largest elephants in Africa and the endangered black rhino, leopards, lion and giraffes…

"Now is someday!"


Our 15 day journey of Namibia and Botswana will begin with the stunning desert landscapes and great sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon where we will arrive at sunrise to advantage of the early morning light for the best photo opportunities and lasting memories.  We’ll experience the remoteness of Namibia, a very diverse country with an array of habitats and vegetation, one of the few countries where animals still roam freely mostly unrestricted by human influence.  Namibia is home to some of the largest elephants in Africa and the endangered black rhino, leopards, lion and giraffes rising high above the dry vegetation.

Entering Botswana  offers us the opportunity to interact with the well-known but rare culture of the Koi San and hear about their traditional life in the Kalahari bush.  We also will experience abundant game viewing and authentic, tented accommodation here in Botswana, the traditional way to spend time in one of Africa’s most superb wildlife regions. We will enjoy the luxurious seclusion of East African-style safari tents, set on raised decks, each featuring an en suite bathroom.

Our journey includes a visit to the capital city of Maun, optional scenic flight over the spectacular Okavango Delta, a boat trip on the Chobe River and concludes with an evening at Ehlathini Lodge – a jewel with a view hidden away in the African Bush. We then continue our southward journey towards Gauteng, the smallest but most populated province in South Africa to reach O.R Tambo International airport in time for our flight back home.

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Dates


October 30 – November 13, 2017

Pricing


$4495 including airfare.

Optional Johannesburg extension available – inquire for details!

Itinerary


15 Days

Abbreviations
DBB: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
BB: Bed & Breakfast
FB: Full Board
SC: Self Catering
C: Camping

Day 1 – (BB)

Arrive in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city

Day 2 and 3 – (DBB) – 650 km (in 2 days)

This morning we have an early start as we head out towards Solitaire. We stay at Solitaire Desert Farm for two nights and from here we will explore the great sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. Day 3 – We depart before daybreak to reach the Soussusvlei Park gates at sunrise to take advantage of the early morning light for great pictures and long-lasting memories.

http://www.solitairenamibia.com

Day 4 and 5 – (BB) – 160 km

After an “easy” drive from Solitaire we spend these two days at the well-known coastal town of Swakopmund. We arrive for lunch in town and have the afternoon at leisure. Day 5 is a free day for the different activities available in and around the area. The Dolphin watching boat trip is highly recommended.

http://www.swakopadventures.com/

Or

http://www.namibiadesertexplorers.com

http://www.brigadoonswakopmund.com

Day 6 and 7 – (DBB) -580 km (in 2 days)

Etosha National Park is today’s destination. After arriving at the lodge, we have the afternoon to relax at the pool or drive through the Park to view wildlife in our own vehicle. On day 7 we have the opportunity to spend the whole day exploring this magnificent game reserve and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature around us.

http://www.toshari.com

Day 8 – (BB) – 450 km/approx 4 hours

Heading south we make our way back to Windhoek – Namibia’s capital city. This compact and green city situated on the Khomas Highland Plateau is the social, economic and cultural centre of the country.

Day 9 – (DBB) – 500 km/approx 4-5 hours

After a short drive to the Botswana border we begin to cross the Kalahari and reach Ghanzi Trail blazers Lodge in several hours. Here we have the opportunity to interact with the well-known but rare culture of the Koi San. We stay in traditional huts and have the pleasure to see these astonishing people perform some of their traditional dances around the campfire. Enjoy an optional walk with these local people and hear about their traditional life in the Kalahari bush.

http://www.kwathabeng.co.za

Day 10 – (BB) – 320 km

From Ghanzi we head towards the tourist Capital of Botswana – Maun. Here we will use the rest of the day to relax before venturing out into Moremi Nature reserve the following day. If time permits we can arrange an optional scenic flight over the spectacular Okavango delta – recommended.

http://www.sedia-hotel.com

Day 11 and 12 – (FB) +/- 400 km

The next two days we will need our 4×4 to get around in one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. Here, in the heart of the Park we spend two nights camping and enjoying all the sounds and smells of the African night.

http://www.pendukasafaris.com

Day 13 and 14 – (BB)

Today we fly directly to the town of Kasane from Moremi. With all the camping behind us we enjoy the luxuries of a lodge for these two days. Included during our stay is a boat trip out onto the Chobe River and an optional day visit to the Victoria Waterfall can be arranged – recommended.

(Note: Visas may be required for Zambia or Zimbabwe depending on your nationality.)

http://www.theberiversafaris.com

Day 15 –(BB)

After breakfast we depart for the airport in Kasane for our flight back to Johannesburg.

Highlights

Namibian Deserts

Namibian Dunes & Soussusvlei

Etosha National Park

Kalahari and the San People

Okavango Delta

Chobe River and Chobe National Park

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Thank you, thank you Nancy. We have incredible memories from fabulous trips and adventures!

- Kris and Skip Murray

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