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21 Days Budget Safari in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, & South Africa

  • Livingstone - Kasane - Gweta - Maun - Okavango Delta - Ghanzi - Windhoek - Etosha National Park - Swakopmund - Namib Desert - Cape Town

21 Days Budget Safari in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, & South Africa

  • Livingstone - Kasane - Gweta - Maun - Okavango Delta - Ghanzi - Windhoek - Etosha National Park - Swakopmund - Namib Desert - Cape Town

Dunes, Deltas, and Falls Safari in Africa

If you want to soak up the colors, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition into southwestern Africa. Experience game drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and canoe game-rich deltas. G Adventures' overland adventure vehicles (OAV)s are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights, while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife - drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park game drives
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to / from included activities
  • Unique transportation vehicles (Lando and Mokoro)
  • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 13 dinners
  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • 20 activity days
  • English
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Camping in Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, you'll stay at designated campsites in national parks and outside towns. Campsite facilities in southern Africa are generally good, but can be basic in certain places. There are generally small restaurants and / or bars, washing facilities, and occasionally telephones available.

The camps have flush toilets, and showers at some camps are outdoors, having simple reed enclosures for privacy. Additionally, warm water is available at most sites, but it is not guaranteed to always be warm when you take your shower; the warm water may be used up others who also use the camp. G Adventures usually set-up camp within close proximity to the toilet facilities, though occasionally to reach them you may to walk a short distance.

All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. G Adventures supplies dome tents and assembly / disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person safari canvas tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, though most travelers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point where seepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors.

Day 1: Livingstone (arrival day and welcome meeting)

You can arrive at any time on day 1. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your chief experience officer (CEO) will review the details of your tour.

  • Accommodation: Zambezi Waterfront Camping (or similar)

Day 2: Livingstone (free time)

  • You can opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.
  • Be sure to stop by the G Adventures help desk at your accommodation for advice, tips, or help booking any local activities.
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Waterfront Camping (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Livingstone / Kasane

Opt to take a wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River or a game drive in an open safari vehicle in Chobe National Park.

You will stay over just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River - it's your best opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles, and many elephants wallowing in the water.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Activites

  • Trip by Lando (overland adventure vehicle) from Livingstone to Kazungula (90 minutes to 120 minutes)
  • Border crossing (Zambia - Botswana): Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  • Ferry crossing: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Day 4: Kasane / Gweta

You will experience camping under ancient baobab trees. Today, you will head south from Chobe National Park and travel to Gweta.

When the rain comes, it brings life to the pans, awakening the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from the mud. The surrounding grasslands also teem with life and are home to many antelope, which attract a wide variety of predators.

  • Lando: Kasane - Gweta (350 kilometers - 7 hours)
  • Accommodation: Planet Baobab (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Gweta / Maun

You will take the Lando from Gweta to Maun for 5 hours. You can opt to catch a bird's-eye view of the delta on a scenic flight. Please note that if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today is likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

  • Accommodation: Sedia Riverside Camping (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Maun / Okavango Delta

Enjoy a game walk, a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion, and birding. After leaving some of our luggage in Maun, you’ll begin your exciting excursion into the delta as you drive about 1-2 hours (depending on which dock you go to) to the "dock".

Here, you’ll hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, which will take you deep into the delta. After a couple hours in a mokoro, you’ll arrive to your basic bush camp.

Please note that there will be no shower tonight, as the camp is very basic in the wild - you will be compensated by the incredible landscape and wildlife!

Once you are in Maun, you can pick up any supplies and prepare for your excursion into the Okavango Delta. G Adventures recommends you buy a 5 liter bottle of water to take with you into the Delta; this should be sufficient to use for drinking and cleaning purposes.

In Okavango Delta, you can enjoy wildlife walks and viewing, mokoro trips (occasionally unavailable due to seasonality), and birdwatching in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals, or simply unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.

  • Accommodation: Okavango Delta Camping (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Maun / Ghanzi

It will take 7 - 8 hours’ drive by Lando to arrive at Ghanzi. Visit the Kalahari Desert and meet the local San Bushmen. Enjoy an optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.

You’ll continue through the western part of Botswana, the heart of the Kalahari, to Ghanzi. Get a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert. Learn fascinating wilderness survival skills by local Bushmen on an optional Bushman walk.

On this day, you will ride a mokoro for 1 - 2 hours in Okavango Delta and safari vehicle from Delta to Maun.

  • Mokoro: Okavango Delta (1 - 2 hours)
  • Safari vehicle: Okavango Delta - Maun (1 hour)
  • Lando: Maun - Ghanzi (7 - 8 hours)
  • Accommodation: Ghanzi Trailblazers Camp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Ghanzi / Windhoek

You will take an 8-hour (580 kilometers) drive by Lando from Ghanzi to Windhoek. In Windhoek, you can opt to explore the city center of Windhoek after a long drive and a border crossing. You will also cross the border of Botswana and Namibia (Mamuno - Buitepos)

  • Accommodation: Urban Camp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Windhoek / Etosha National Park

  • Enjoy a game drive in the overland vehicle in Etosha National Park. Opt to take an open safari vehicle game drive in the evening.
  • Lando: Windhoek - Etosha National Park (280 kilometers - 6 hours)
  • Accommodation: Etosha National Park Okaukeujo Restcamp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Etosha National Park

  • Enjoy a full-day game drive at Etosha National Park.
  • Accommodation: Etosha NP Okaukeujo Restcamp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Etosha National Park / Damaraland

  • There will be a morning game drive by an overland vehicle. You will travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.
  • Lando: Etosha National Park - Damaraland (380 kilometers - 8 hours)
  • Accommodation: Aba-Huab Restcamp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Damaraland / Spitzkoppe

Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people, then travel south and enjoy the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky: it's great for star-gazing. Your basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

  • Lando: Damaraland - Spitzkoppe (300 kilometers - 8 hours)
  • Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Camp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund

Travel through the coastal region to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund. You will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

Lando: Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund (425 kilometers - 7 hours 30 miutes)

  • Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 14: Swakopmund (free time)

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.

Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge (or similar)

Day 15: Swakopmund / Namib Desert

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where you will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. You can opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

  • Lando: Swakopmund - Namib Desert (300 kilometers - 7 hours)
  • Accommodation: Namib Desert Camp Boesman (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16: Namib Desert

Explore Sossusvlei Dunes and climb up breathtaking Dune 45. Set off for a climb of the mighty Dune 45. Look out and view the surrounding desert displaying their amazing orange and yellow hues. Magic!

You will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you will really feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300 meters (984 feet) high. Here, you can opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

  • Lando: Namib Desert (95 kilometers)
  • Accommodation: Sossus on Foot (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 17: Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon

Enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon. Take a journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a stunning sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. We will only have access to the rim, but the views are spectacular.

  • Lando: Namib Desert - Fish River Canyon (560 kilometers - 9 to10 hours)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 18: Fish River Canyon / Orange River

  • Head to the border and cross into South Africa. Camp at the scenic Gariep River and opt to go canoeing.
  • Set up camp on the banks of Orange River for the night. After that, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.
  • Lando: Fish River Canyon - Orange River (180 kilometers - 5 hours)
  • Accommodation: Fiddlers Creek Rest Camp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 19: Orange River / Cederberg

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea and view dramatic Western Cape scenery. Then, head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where you’ll spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

  • Lando: Orange River - Cederberg (390 kilometers - 6 hours 30 minutes)
  • Accommodation: Highlanders (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 20: Cederberg / Cape Town

Arrive in vibrant Cape Town and enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain. You can enjoy a final night out with the group. For your final travel day, you can also enjoy journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Please note that you will arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, G Adventures recommends booking an extra night or two before your return flight home.

  • Lando: Cederberg - Cape Town (300 kilometers - 5 hours)
  • Accommodation: Once in Cape Town (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 21: Cape Town

This is your last day of the safari. You can depart at any time. Breakfast is served for you before you leave.

Itinerary information

All departures starting before January 7, 2017 will start in Livingstone (Zambia). However, departures from January 7, 2017 will start in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). For further information, please send G Adventures an inquiry.

Livingstone

Livingstone is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

Etosha National Park

Set off into the wilds of Etosha National Park in search of a wide variety of wildlife. More than 100 species of mammals call Etosha home, including lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, and hyenas. As for birds, the salt pan attracts pelicans, flamingos, and many other winged wonders. Bring your camera and go wild!

Namib Desert

Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets.

Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.

Your cook will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

  • Canoeing on Orange River (350 ZAR per person)
  • Chobe photo wildlife safari drive (130 USD per person)
  • Chobe River boat cruise (40 USD per person)
  • Chobe River drive
  • Etosha open vehicle wildlife safari drive
  • Horseback riding
  • Living desert tour (650 NAD per person)
  • Okavango Delta flight
  • Prehistoric rock engravings guided tour
  • Quad biking (600 NAD per person)
  • San / Bushmen walk (10 USD per person)
  • Sandboarding (400 - 500 NAD per person)
  • Skydiving (2500 NAD per person)
  • Sossusvlei Desert walk (10 USD per person)
  • Swakopmund guided cultural tour (400 NAD per person)
  • Victoria Falls helicopter ride (Zambia)
  • Victoria Falls visit (Zambia)
  • Zambezi bungee jump (Livingstone)
  • Zambezi sunset cruise
  • Zambezi whitewater rafting
  • 2 chief experience officers (CEO) as guides / cooks
  • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 13 dinners
  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • All transports between destinations and to / from included activities
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha National Park entrance with game drives
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Meyrick Harris from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Hi there G adventures, just want to let you know iv travelled with your company twice now,first time in 2014 with your Peru, lares trek with Lorenzo Lamas Lomas and my second trip was October last year with Nepal Everest base camp trek with Nima Lama and Tsering Lama, both times these guides have Gone above and beyond, to make these experiences the most memorable, I recommend these guides to anyone. Thanks for the great experiences and I'll be organising something with you soon, can't wait"

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  • Review by Katie Anstice from New South Wales, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I just finished the Quito to Lima tour, what a blast it was. We had the best group to share these experiences with and the CEO, Henry, was outstanding. A credit to your company."

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  • Review by Anna Jablonski
    9 out of 10

    "I have just came back from Morocco journey. It was fantastic! Our CEO Yassine was absolutely phenomenal. He was going above and beyond to satisfy our curiosity and entertain us during longer trips. We bombarded him with questions that were always politely and thoroughly answered, no matter how difficult or stupid they may be. Everybody from our group of 12 was immensely impressed. The hotels - some were better than others but having in mind where we went ( ex. Sahara) - all acceptable. All hotels were very clean and Moroccans were super friendly. Most definitely I will do more trips with G Advnetures. We had arrived one day earlier to have some more time. This was a great idea. Just one comment about the itinerary. Please let the travelers know where and when the first meeting / orientation will be held. Our hotel staff in Casablanca had no idea when we asked. Finally made a phone call to the local rep and all was quickly solved. Loved every minute of the trip. Thank you."

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  • Review by Lucy Shaw
    9 out of 10

    "I had my best time heading up from Sydney to Brisbane. Panning for gold and swimming in waterfalls! I highly recommend the trip and if you are lucky enough to get Ben as your CEO, you will have an even better time! It's awesomeness all round."

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