Venture to a land of stunning contrasts. Where soaring charter flights lead to down-to-earth hikes, from flame-colored dunes to mist-shrouded Victoria Falls. Where mighty elephants roam and springbok leap. Where luxurious retreats nestle amid raw nature. And impossibly blue skies turn into a blanket of stars. Where? Namibia and Zimbabwe.
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.
This 15 Day Deserts, Rivers & African Wildlife Safari starts in the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek.
Spend the first afternoon exploring this charming city on foot and visiting some of its numerous sights and attractions. Windhoek features a unique mix of African and German influences, with its distinct colonial feel and many old German style buildings. Sit at a street side cafe, browse the local markets and do some shopping, easing yourself into African time.
On the second day of this Accommodated Budget Safari we begin our journey, setting off from Windhoek at 10:00am in the morning.Our next overnight accommodation is located on the outskirts of the vast Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world.
Day three is spent exploring the dramatic scenery of this massive desert region, visited by photographers from across the planet. We rise early in the morning to make our way to the Sossusvlei Dunes area of the Namib. Along the way we stop in the dune fields to admire some of the world’s highest sand dunes, as the sunlight changes the shades of the sand under shifting shadows.
Then we embark on a 5km walk to the famous Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, taking in the stark contrasts and deep silence of this ancient desert terrain. Later in the afternoon we enter Sesriem Canyon to explore this geological gem on foot.
Today we travel north to the coastline of Namibia visiting Walvis Bay, where we pause to have lunch and watch the numerous waterbirds and flamingos at the lagoon.After viewing the flamingo flocks we continue our drive north to coastal Swakopmund. The afternoon and following day are free for you to explore Namibia's top holiday resort town. Enjoy the colonial German influenced architecture and atmosphere of quaint Swakopmund, or experience some of the numerous optional adventure activities (own expense) available here.Activities in Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, include sand boarding, skydiving, kayaking, quad biking, dolphin boat cruises, hot air balloon rides and scenic flights over the expansive Namib Desert.
Saying goodbye to the west coast of Africa we head inland to the remote Damaraland area in the Kunene Region of Namibia.This striking semi-desert region consists of a combination of open plains and rugged mountains. The dramatic landscapes range from gravel-covered plains to arid valleys and sandy riverbeds scattered with vegetation.In the afternoon you are free to explore the Damaraland area or unwind at the lodge pool. Our next overnight safari lodge is located on a mountain top overlooking the surrounding area.
Today our Deserts, Rivers & African Wildlife Safari takes us to Etosha National Park, Namibia's top game park and one of Africa's finest wilderness areas.Arriving at the 'Great White Place' as Etosha is known, we embark on an exciting game drive in search of wildlife. In the evening we relax at our camp's floodlit waterhole, looking out for the variety of wildlife drawn to the water.
Etosha Park is dominated by the large flat expanse of the Etosha Salt Pan - a wide open space where spotting wildlife in the dancing mirages of the African heat is easy.Etosha is considered one of Africa's most important wildlife reserves, providing sanctuary for thousands of wild animals, including wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard and elephant.We spend day eight of our budget lodge safari game viewing in Etosha Park, exploring the western and eastern sections of the reserve.
On day nine we travel northeast into the narrow part of Namibia lying between Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola. We drive along the uncharacteristically fertile Caprivi Strip of Namibia, spending the night in a lush setting overlooking the Okavango River.This afternoon on our budget African safari you can embark on a sunset boat cruise along the Okavango River (own account), or relax at the lodge in the rural Caprivi area.
Today we travel further east, making our way along the Caprivi Strip to our next riverside lodge.Our overnight lodge is set beside the Kwando River in a game-rich part of Namibia. In the late afternoon you can join an optional game drive (own expense), going in search of a variety of animals and birds in the bush.
We cross into neighbouring Botswana today, travelling through Chobe National Park to our lodge. Our next overnight stay is on the banks of the Chobe River, the only permanent water source in Chobe Park during winter.Chobe Park is renowned as one of the best places in Africa to see elephants and is also famous for its lovely scenery. The game park hosts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. In Botswana's Chobe game park you can expect spectacular sunsets and outstanding game viewing.We take a relaxing sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River, keeping our eyes open for the abundance of wild animals and birds found in the Chobe wilderness area. On day 12 you can take an optional game drive (own account) in Chobe Park.
Crossing into Zimbabwe on day 13, we head to our final safari stop, Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls is located on the Zimbabwean side of the famous Victoria Falls - one of the most unforgettable natural wonders in Africa. Visit the largest sheet of falling water in the world to see why the impressive Victoria Falls waterfall is called the 'Smoke that Thunders" (own cost).Spend the last few days on safari, exploring Victoria Falls and browsing the local markets, as well as experiencing some of the exhilarating adventure activities on offer here (optional extras). Optional activities available at Victoria Falls, the adrenalin capital of Africa, include white water rafting on the Zambezi, bungi jumping, micro lighting, airplane or helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, bush walks, trips to local villages and the highlight of visiting Vic Falls (own expense).
Today our memorable Accommodated Budget Safari from Windhoek to Victoria Falls ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
This Forty Plus Tour also runs in the reverse order from Victoria Falls to Windhoek (same itinerary in the opposite direction) at the same price but travelling on different dates. See - Deserts, Rivers & African Wildlife Safari due South. This Itineraries do change, please speak with us for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period
Pre-tour and post-tour accommodation and return airport transfers can be pre-booked for Windhoek and Victoria Falls.