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This small group African safari vacation covers three of the most intriguing destinations in Southern Africa. Traveling overland on a comfortably air-conditioned 4x4 from the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, you will cover some of the most sought-after attractions in the region. This adventurous African safari package includes the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Bushman and Himba cultural experiences, and big five game viewing at the parks of Namib Naukluft, Etosha, greater Moremi, Chobe, and Hwange. The 21-day tour culminates at majestic Victoria Falls. Join and see Africa’s best wildlife, scenery, and culture up-close with this epic safari journey!
The accommodation on this overland journey has been carefully selected to offer amenities like ensuite washrooms, swimming pools, and bars. During this safari, you will be staying at Guesthouse Terra Africa, Agama River Camp, Alte Brucke Resort, Toshari Lodge, Namutoni Camp, Kaisosi River Lodge, Nunda River Lodge, Thamalakane River Lodge, Bedouin Bush Camp, Nata lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Sable Sands, and Ilala Lodge.
Guest House Terra Africa is situated in Windhoek, the modern capital of Namibia, and is the first guesthouse in the country to operate as an art gallery, as well as serving as a gateway to the country of the golden dunes. The guesthouse boasts beautiful views of the southern valleys of the city, combined with the rich Namibian and African art collection, boutique wine selection, and warm hospitality. Guest House Terra Africa gives the assurance that you will treasure the memories of your stay with them forever. The accommodation has rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, and a bar.
Agama River Camp is a beautiful and welcoming camp situated 30 kilometers south of Solitaire, 50 kilometers north of Sesriem, and approximately 45 minutes away from the main gateway to Sossusvlei. The camp is the perfect overnight access point for a visit to the majestic Sossusvlei or the Namib Naukluft hiking trails. The name ‘Agama’ is derived from the colorful family of lizards that frequent the drier and open savannah regions of Africa. The campsite and chalets are on a small personalized scale and facilities include a swimming pool, sunset deck, restaurant, and a fully licensed available to all the residents. The camp also has rooms with en-suite bathroom and a bar.
Alte Brucke Resort offers a great location, situated 200 meters from the beach, in the older part of Swakopmund, 1.2 kilometers from the center of town, as well as within easy walking distance from many popular restaurants, pubs, local shops, and attractions. Their chalets are fully furnished and equipped with linen, towels, kitchen, living room, flat screen television, telephone, minibar, private braai (barbeque) area, veranda, en-suite bathroom, and secure parking.
Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and each room is equipped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, and a small outside sitting area from where you can enjoy the tranquil bush and a tea / coffee station for your convenience. The lodge has rooms with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, bar, and restaurant.
Built into an old German Fort, Namutoni Camp has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort, you will find ample facilities and a variety of accommodation. From the walls of the fort, you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole, allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also an excellent spot for sundowners. Two restaurants, a craft shop, a pool, and a viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole make the fort a great place to relax at lunchtime or after evening game drives. Namutoni Camp has rooms with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, bar, and restaurant.
Kaisosi River Lodge is situated seven kilometers East of Rundu, in the North East of Namibia, on the banks of the perennial Okavango River, and on the route to Popa Falls and the Caprivi. The accommodation consists of luxury thatched chalets, which are available as single, double, or family units, and all have an en-suite bathroom. Mosquito nets are also provided. Kaisosi has a luxurious swimming pool, restaurant, and bar area, just what you need to recharge your batteries after a long tiring journey.
Nunda River Lodge, situated in the Kavango East region of Namibia, is an experience seldom encountered in the Southern African continent with its homely relaxed atmosphere enhanced with a true African wildlife experience. Nunda River Lodge is in close proximity of two game parks. Nunda River Lodge is built on the banks of the Okavango River downstream from Popa Falls. The lodge consists of a restaurant, bar, lounge, wine cellar, and reception area all under a thatched roof, and a deck over the river where one can enjoy the sunset over the river. The sparkling pool is also available for those hot days. The lodge also has rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a swimming pool.
Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19 kilometers from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. En-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. Chalets and the swimming pool take advantage of the 180-degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever-changing array of waterfowl and birds and the occasional hippo. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring. Their widely acclaimed restaurant serves a la carte and buffet style meals from an ever-changing menu. Dusk is spectacular, with the sun setting the river ablaze as is slowly dips behind the trees.
The Bedouin Bush Camp is located in the heart of Botswana overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession, a two-hour drive from Maun, your gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River area is known as one of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich areas in Africa. Listen to the amazing sounds of the bush at night or watch one of the many elephants strolling around the camp at daylight.
This tented camp is nestled deep in the bush and the river is frequently visited by animals such as elephant, impala, kudu, warthogs, lion, and many more. By far, the biggest highlight of this camp is that once you step into a vehicle, the game drive already begins. There is no need to drive further than the concession since all the beautiful animals that the Khwai concession offers are at your doorstep. Nata safari tents have en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar, and restaurant.
Situated on the banks of the magnificent Chobe River and adjoining Chobe Park, Chobe Safari Lodge offers guests serene and relaxing accommodation in an area rich in indigenous flora and fauna. Recently renovated, the lodge offers guest stunning accommodation to match the spectacular game viewing. As the Lodge is located at the meeting of four African countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia), it offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls, or the Caprivi.
Sable Sands Lodge, situated on the magical Dete Vlei just outside Hwange National Park main camp, is the perfect safari getaway within close range of Victoria Falls at only 180 kilometers away on the main road to Bulawayo. The vlei (pronounced as “flay”) is a dried up river with multiple waterholes of which a seven-kilometer stretch forms part of the Sable Sands concession. Private game viewing is permitted in this region with game roaming freely between the concession and the Hwange National Park.
From within the shady tree line, the thatched structure of the main lodge overlooks the beautiful vlei and waterhole, where the patient observer is rewarded by sightings of large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, and various antelope species. The area is also frequented by lions, cheetah, occasionally leopard, hyena, wild dog, and other predators. A wealth of birdlife will keep birdwatchers occupied with over 400 species recorded here. With warm hospitality, comfortable surroundings, and fantastic game viewing, Sable Sands is a delight.
llala Lodge is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls, with the national park bordering the front lawns of this elegant boutique style property. Spacious rooms lead out to either a balcony or the manicured gardens, offering a view of the spray from the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls).
The Palm restaurant gives you the chance to dine under the African stars while enjoying sumptuous cuisine. The crystal clear swimming pool offers a cool respite from the midday sun while delicious cocktails await you at the pool bar. Ilala Lodge truly provides distinguished accommodation whilst evoking an ambiance of a bygone era.
Once you arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), Bestway Tours & Safaris will warmly welcome you and then you will be transferred to the guest house. This evening an orientation meeting is scheduled at 18:00 hrs. You will meet the guide and the other participants there.
After having breakfast at the guest house, your African safari vacation begins as you move south towards the Namib Naukluft National Park where you will spend the next two nights there. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The rest of the day is free.
An early morning rise to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 meters, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. Packed breakfasts will be pre-arranged. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). You will also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. Dinner will be at the lodging in Sossusvlei.
Spend the day viewing beautiful scenery while going through the Namib Naukluft National Park on your way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra.
You may also spot the Welwitschia mirabilis, an odd-looking shrub, which is only found in the Namib Desert that can live up to 1,500 years. En route, you will stop at Walvis Bay, where you will have an opportunity to see a variety of birds including flamingos in the lagoon. Lunch will be prepared by the local guide.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. You will have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, a little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
You can enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the resort. You will have the day free to explore Swakopmund or to enjoy a variety of optional activities, including a living desert tour, kayaking, and whale cruise. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to pre-book.
Leaving the coastline behind, you will continue your journey towards Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north, Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at the lodge neighbouring park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. You can spend the afternoon by relaxing at the pool or taking a leisurely stroll through the natural bush and gardens. Then, you can also enjoy dinner at the lodge. Optional game drives are also available.
After having breakfast, you will enter the Etosha National Park via the Andersson gate. This entrance was named after Karl Johan Andersson, one of the first European explorers to come across the Etosha pan, which means “Great White Place” in the Ndonga dialect of the Ovambo tribe. You will fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant, and rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer.
After dinner at our camp, your nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes or viewpoints encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a national park in 1907 and is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, and one species of fish.
Following morning meal at Namutoni Camp, you will have a full day of game viewing, trying to spot all the Big Five, as well as the hundreds of other species of animals the park has to offer. You will enjoy your lunch prepared by Bestway Tours & Safari’s guide and dinner back at our camp.
Departing from Etosha, we drive further north in to the town of Rundu. Here we visit the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people who make a living from fishing, tending cattle and cultivating crops. After this cultural interaction, we make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge on the banks of the Okavango River. We arrive in the late afternoon to relax by the pool with a sundowner, savour dinner at the lodge, and listen to the sounds of Mother Nature.
This morning we travel eastwards to our camp in the western Caprivi region. Before departure, however, there will be time for optional activities such as an early morning boat cruise at the lodge. We then continue to our lodge, situated on the banks of the Okavango River. In the late afternoon, enjoy a stunning sunset cruise to Popa Falls.
In the morning, you will drive to Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, which is situated next to the Okavango River. You can enjoy a morning game drive in the greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu, and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife. In the afternoon, You will return to the lodge to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Following breakfast, leave the Caprivi and travel south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta* and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. En route enjoy a packed lunch. The afternoon is ours to spend at leisure, either relaxing at the pool or even experiencing a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Pre-booking with Bestway is advised to avoid disappointment.
You will join the local Botswana guides and are taken on a short drive to the Mokoro station. From there, you will float in traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta, discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, you will make your way to the camp, which is situated in close proximity to the famous Khwai River. Once settled into the camp, you will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive, a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
Today, we embark on morning and afternoon game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle, we will explore the Moremi Game Reserve, spotting the variety of animals that frequent the region. The area is renown for its large concentrations of mammals. Its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
After breakfast, leave the bush territory behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans. Once a large river fed the lake, the pans are now saline and empty. Following a lunch prepared by a guide, you will visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary in the afternoon. There, you can enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans.
Note: a visit to the pans is subject to road conditions and water levels, as well as time constraints.
You will head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, covers 10,566 square kilometers. It has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found anywhere in the world. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or relax by the pool.
You will have another incredible game viewing day at the Chobe National Park. The drive offers the potential to spot big game up close and encounter large predators. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a cruise safari on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the animals as they come down to drink. You will also experience the unforgettable and spectacular African sunset. Then, you will return for dinner at the Chobe Safari Lodge.
After having breakfast, you will make your way across the border to Zimbabwe. You will drive to Hwange National Park where you spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra, as well as a very large concentration of giraffes. It also hosts many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.
Following breakfast at the lodge, you set out for a full day of exciting game experiences with the chance to see big game, predators, and birds. You can enjoy a packed lunch to fuel your wildlife viewing and return to the lodge for a delicious dinner.
An exciting day as we travel to Victoria Falls*, an essential African experience. If you are taking the 2020 tour, our guide will take us on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders”. If you are taking the tour in 2019, you will have the morning free to explore the area. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of our time in Victoria Falls is at leisure. Feel free to take part in one of the many optional activities, including a helicopter tour of Victoria Falls, a dinner cruise, or a horseback safari.
Your Great Trans-African Safari, one of the most memorable African safari packages, comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your flight. It will be an ideal opportunity to take a breather with a few days stay in one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safari for more information.
This safari tour will cover the area of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe. UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered include Namib Sand Sea in Namib Naukluft National Park, Okavango Delta, and Victoria Falls.
Botswana is a land-locked nation centered in Sub-Saharan Africa with an impressive biodiversity comprised of both desert (the Kgalagadi / Kalahari of central and western districts) and wetlands (the Okavango Delta and Chobe). Botswana is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides a good sense of the adventure of safari. Its expansive game parks and preserves, while offering wildlife as diverse and abundant as that found anywhere else, are still largely undeveloped and untamed.
Beautiful Africa rewards visitors with the exciting thrill of discovery. From the wonderful Victoria Falls to the Ngorongoro crater, this extraordinary continent is a magnificent destination for those prepared to step off the more beaten holiday tracks.
During this safari, you will get 51 meals consisting of 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 15 dinners. Many meals are cooked by the guide / drivers and others are done at restaurants and hotels.
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