From the spectacular Fish River Canyon in the South to Etosha National Park in the North, this overland tour gives you an opportunity to enjoy the wonders of Namibia. A sunrise over the sand dunes of the Namib Desert is a photographers dream. Walk with a local Bushman and learn about desert life. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and make your way to the desert adventure capital - Swakopmund. The tour continues to the Spitzkoppe with its many bushmen paintings. Be captivated by the nomadic culture of the Himba Tribe on a visit to a traditional village. Etosha is fantastic for wildlife viewing - known for its huge salt pans, wide open plains, floodlit waterholes and concentration of wildlife. An overland tour taking in the best of Namibia.
Upon midday arrival in the town of Maun, Botswana, we are met by a WT representative and then whisked by private charter flight to our mobile camp in Moremi Game Reserve, the protected portion of the Okavango Delta ecosystem. Normally, a drive from Maun to Moremi is an all-day game drive, but flying to our private camp allows us the most time to be in the heart of the bush, experiencing all the wonders of Botswana right when we arrive! We'll spend the next several days enjoying morning and afternoon game drives throughout the park's diverse landscapes.Tonight, we gather for a Welcome Dinner and orientation...BLD each day
Located in the northeast corner of the Delta, Moremi is an ornithologist’s paradise, with almost every species of centralsouthern African bird, including bee-eaters, darters, colorful kingfishers, and a variety of waterfowl. We may also spot wildlife like tsessebe and Burchell’s zebra, along with ostrich and predators such as lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena. The mopane tree is one of the most widespread in southern Africa, its butterfly-shaped leaves and seeds offering a crucial source of protein for wildlife. Elephants are particularly partial to mopane leaves. This is the first national park in southern Africa to have been created and administered by an African tribe living on their own land, the BaTawana. Our campsite is at Xakanaxa, on the tip of a mopane “tongue” jutting into the delta: a beautiful setting of secret pools, tall forest, and open grassland. This mix of ecological niches ensures a good variety of birds and game, and we explore by 4WD vehicle and boat. Our campsite is ours alone (though we are sometimes joined by hippos that come out at night to feed on the grass near our tents!), and the enchanting sound of bell frogs serenades us to sleep. Overnights are in our private mobile camp, offering an authentic experience of the African bush that no safari lodge or permanent tented camp can offer...BLD each day
The 800-mile-long Okavango is “the river that never finds the sea,” disappearing into a remarkable maze of lagoons, channels,and islands to create the Okavango Delta. The rain waters that fill this fantastic marsh take six months to reach the Delta from their source in the Angola highlands. We explore by
mokoro (a dugout canoe navigated by a skilled poler), floating peacefully through a labyrinth of creeks, islands, green walls of papyrus, and flooded meadows, where there are no manmade sights or sounds. Gliding along these waterways, we search for an amazing variety of wildlife: crocodiles, hippos, white necked otters, red lechwe swamp antelope, sitatunga, topi, and hundreds of different birds. After an early morning breakfast on Day 5, we head out by motorboat to journey up the Maunachira River, enjoying lunch en route. After an afternoon walk, we arrive at our camp on the edge of the river. The boundary between land and water is constantly changing here in this floodplain, and the islands of the Okavango are cyclically exposed or covered at different times of the year. We spend Day 5 on extensive morning and afternoon game walks with an overnight in a special lightweight camp that is a bit more basic but gives us fantastic access to this remote landscape and its wildlife. On Day 6, we arrive at Xugana Lodge (or Camp Okavango), where we spend two nights. These deluxe lodges feature comfortable en suite chalets and a beautiful bar and dining area overlooking the Xugana lagoon. Both are the perfect base for exploring the Okavango on foot and by motorboat and mokoro. The emphasis here is on birdlife and exploring this quintessential delta setting. During our mokoro and walking excursions, we should see bushbuck, a plethora of birds, lechwe (a semi-aquatic antelope) and perhaps even buffalo, elephant, and the shy sitatunga, another antelope adapted to this watery realm...BLD each day
From Xugana, we leave the water side of the delta behind, and fly by charter aircraft to Moremi for two more days of wildlife exploration along the lovely Khwai River floodplain. Our exclusive mobile camp is set along the Khwai River where the northern tributary of the Okavango River disappears into the sand. By June, when all the rain-filled pans dry up, wildlife is attracted to this area in ever-greater numbers. Overnights at our exclusive mobile camp...BLD each day
On Day 10, we leave the Okavango ecosystem and make the long drive to the southern section of Chobe National Park, where we explore the Savuti River area, a landscape of mopane woodland that’s filled with game. The Savuti Channel itself dried up in 1980, but its marsh is now a vast grassland “Trip of a lifetime, with many memories. Our guides added a wonderful perspective of growing up in Africa, tribe life, customs, history.” Nancy K., Granite Bay, CA 800-368-2794 | 510-558-2488 | email@example.com 7 attracting migrating herds of herbivores. This is one of the best places to find lion, leopard, and other predators and their prey—large herds of giraffe, kudu, vervet monkey, and baboon. Our mobile camp—for our group alone—is set along the banks of the dry Savuti Channel, but near a permanent waterhole that features excellent game viewing...BLD each day
We move on to the Serondella area, in the northeast portion of Chobe National Park, famous for its elephant population numbering in the tens of thousands. The elephants here are active and vocal, shaking their heads in mock charges and sparring with each other. We take game drives among the large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest. Serondella is also home to the Chobe bushbuck and puku, two of the more rare species of antelope found in Botswana. While here we take an afternoon river cruise on the Chobe River to view animals as they come down to drink before sunset. The light at this time of day is incredible! Camping overnights...BLD each day
Transfer to the airport in Kasane and depart on homewardbound flights, or extend your stay at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. We heartily recommend you book an overnight or more at this World Heritage Site so you can enjoy the many optional activities offered, from a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi or the sightseeing “flight of the angels” over the falls. WT is happy to make reservations for your extra nights (an “on your own” expense)...BLD each day
Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum. Don’t forget most airlines impose a 20kg luggage limit. A large soft holdall or backpack and a smaller daypack is ideal. On tour you will need a mixture of lightweight clothing for the day and warm wear (eg fleece, long trousers, hat) for early mornings and evenings or on game drives when it can be cool (especially in southern hemisphere winter months Jun-Aug). We highly suggest that women bring a sports bra for this tour as we travel off road on 4 x 4 tracks. Pack a light rain jacket, mosquito spray, sleeping bag, towel and a pillow (if you want one). A money belt/pouch that can be worn comfortably beneath your clothing is recommended for the tour. Please avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your pre/post tour hotel safe to store your cash, passport and air tickets.
The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Please note some areas visited are malarial. We recommend you speak to your doctor or travel clinic about appropriate anti-malarial tablets.
Nights 1-4 WT’s Mobile Safari Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
Nights 5 Our Bush Camp, Okavango Delta
Nights 6-7 Boutique Lodge, Okavango Delta
Nights 8-9 Mobile Safari Camp, Khwai River Floodplain
Nights 10-11 Our Mobile Safari Camp moves to Savuti, Chobe National Park
Nights 12-13 Our Mobile Safari Camp moves to Serondella, Chobe National Park