If you wish to experience an authentic African adventure, this 20-day safari in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe will be perfect for you. On this safari, you will be guided to enjoy the wetland of Okavango Delta in Botswana, experience exciting activities in Zimbabwe, and venture out Namibia. Escape the city life and get closer to wildlife!
During the safari, you will be staying at several accommodations provided by Kalahari Breeze Safaris. In Maun and Victoria Falls, you will stay in en-suite accommodations. While on day 3-7 of the safari, you will stay in mobile semi-luxurious bedded tented camps directly in the national parks.
For the remaining days in Etosha National Park (on day 14-16) and Sossusvlei (on day 17-19), you will stay in tented camps. In addition, during your safari in Namibia, the accommodation can be upgraded to bedded double rooms with 900 EUR.
Once you arrive in Maun, a typical African village in Botswana known as the oasis in the Kalahari Desert and the touristic center for safaris in southern Africa, you will be warmly welcomed and met by Kalahari Breeze Safaris’ team. You will spend the rest of the day to explore the town and take in all the impressions.
Your safari will be started in the heart of Okavango Delta, the world`s largest inland delta which is declared as one of 1000 World Heritage Sites. By speedboat and mokoro, you will enjoy and feel the peace of Okavango Delta while watching hippos and elephants swimming.
You will start to experience the wilderness and observe the animals as closely as possible. This mobile semi-luxurious safari will take you through all national parks in the north of Botswana. In open 4×4-safari-vehicles, you will explore nature and wildlife in Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, and Khwai with your personal guide. You will also camp directly in the parks and cross the wilderness.
Though you will find yourself within a striking distance to wild animals, you do not need to worry at all since the highly qualified and trained guides will always stay on guard to ensure your safety. Later on, you will stop in Kasane, a border town next to Chobe National Park, to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Chobe River, the natural border between Botswana and Namibia.
You will enjoy the beauty of Chobe and spend the time to explore the area on your own. In the evening, a relaxing boat cruise along Chobe River, the natural border between Botswana and Namibia, will be organized for you.
The tour will continue to Zimbabwe where you can visit Victoria Falls, the waterfall which covers the longest distance in the world. It is declared as one of the seven World Wonders of Nature.
You will start your day with a "boiling pot hike“. This hiking over rocks and by raft from Banoka Gorge underneath the Victoria Falls Bridge to the base of the falls is a breathtaking experience. You will be able to take a swim and get a new perspective of the dropping falls. However, if you do not have a general level of fitness, you can join a tour of the impressive historic bridge, instead of the “boiling pot hike”.
If the water level does not allow the “boiling pot hike” to be conducted, you are offered to have a canopy tour through the Gorge. In the afternoon, you can choose to have an elephant-back safari or a walk with the lions, where you are integrated with the pack and join the lions on their walk through their territory in the wild. If the animals accept your company, you can touch them and take plenty pictures. A variety of additional activities such as bungee jumping and canoe trails are available around Victoria Falls.
There will be two activities that you can do on this day. You can choose to visit Livingstone Island and Devils Pool or enjoy a full-day trip to Livingstone. If you choose to visit Livingstone Island, you will be able to enjoy a boat cruise to the island and swim in a natural pool called Devils Pool. If you are courageous enough, you can take a bath on the edge of 103-meter Victoria Falls.
If you choose to have a full-day trip around Livingstone, a group of local youth center will take you town and give you an insight you will never forget. You will also visit the traditional Mukini Village, the royal village of the Leya-tribe and enjoy a tour of the markets and through the townships of Livingstone. After having lunch in a good restaurant, you will be offered a workshop where you can make Zambian crafts.
On this day, you will travel to Windhoek in Namibia. Since the flight price is not included in the package, you will need to arrange your own flight. However, Kalahari Breeze Safaris will be happy to help you find the best offer for you. Kalahari Breeze Safaris will even adapt the itinerary so that you can take the cheapest flight available for that day or take a public transport to save your budget.
You will be able to explore Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, on your own and on a city tour. The guided sightseeing tour will show you the most beautiful corners of the city.
In the morning, your guide will pick you up to travel north to Etosha National Park. After entering the Etosha National Park, you will enjoy the game drive to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where you will set up camp. After dinner, you will have some chances to see Etosha’s big games at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of your camp.
The waterhole has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lions, and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool dry season.
In the early morning, you will leave for Halali Camp, which is situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, you will visit several waterholes and be afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. Etosha Pan is a shallow depression that is dry for the greater part of the year but fed by moisture from perennial springs on the fringes.
The game viewing will be excellent throughout the year and you will have the chance to spot few new species that are not normally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park. You will stop at Halali Camp to have a rest and lunch. You will also have time to visit the waterhole and make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing to the eastern side of the park.
You will have a long scenic transit to Windhoek. You will pass through towns and rural areas, and stop in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls operate on a local co-operative basis and offer a vast array of authentic Namibian souvenirs
In the morning, you will continue the journey. From Windhoek, you will travel over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on your way southwest to the desert. You will also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, head down from Namibia’s central plateau through the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, reach open plains, and cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before arriving the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.
You will arrive at the camp in the late afternoon and watch the colors glow and change on distant mountains to the east.
You will start your journey in the pre-dawn to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, you will head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 kilometers through the dunes.
You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and visit dune 45. As the day wears on, you will return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon, you will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
After having breakfast, you will begin your journey back to Windhoek by following a different route. You will ascend the massive Gamsberg Pass in Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on your way back to civilization. You will be arriving in Windhoek in the late afternoon or early evening.
Departure from Windhoek, Namibia.
This safari will cover Maun, Okavango Delta, and national parks in north Botswana (Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, and Khwai) in Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, and Windhoek in Namibia.
A journey to the Okavango Delta is like no other. You'll move from wetland to dry land, traverse the meandering palm and papyrus-fringed waterways, pass palm-fringed islands and thick woodland that resplendent with lush vegetation and rich in wildlife, and reveal the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.
The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. The Okavango is a declared 1000th World Heritage Site. Major tourist attractions in the delta and the dryland areas are game viewing, birding, and boating, often in the traditional mokoro.
The diversity and numbers of animals and birds can be staggering. You'll find an immense variety of birds (land and water), resident, and migratory, some of which are rare and endangered.
Well-known for its large numbers of herbivores especially elephants, Chobe National Park is the most popular park in Southern Africa (besides Kruger National Park in South Africa). The destinations for safaris in Chobe are Savuti National Park and Chobe Riverfront. While Chobe Riverfront is the most touristic area of Botswana National Parks with high numbers of day trips from Kasane (Botswana), Livingstone (Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Savuti is more isolated.
It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands, the Batawana people of Ngamiland took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta and as such holds tremendous scientific, environmental, and conservation importance.
In 2008, it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba. Land and delta meet in Moremi Game Reserve create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands, riparian, riverine, and mopane forests. Both black and white rhinos have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.
Majestic beauty and power, a cloud of steam and fog, a sense of danger when you stand on the edge, and a grandeur dazzling rainbow are all the picture you can see at Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with the length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world and got declared as one of the world`s seven natural wonders and a UNESCO world heritage side.
Interestingly, during the dry season, the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year, Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that strikes anyone with its power. During floods, the water flow capacity reaches half a million liters of water per minute.
As one of the oldest and largest deserts, the Namib desert stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean, covering large swathes of Namibia and parts of Angola and South Africa. This arid hotspot surprisingly supports a diverse number of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
The desert basically consists of a relatively smooth platform of truncated bedrock of various types and ages. The platform rises gradually from the coast to about 900 meters at the foot of the great escarpment. The southern portion merges with the Kalahari on the plateau atop the escarpment. Scattered isolated mountains rise steeply and abruptly above the platform. In its northern half, several streams have carved deep steep-walled gorges into it.
In much of the southern half of the desert, the platform is surmounted by a vast expanse of sand; yellow-gray near the coast and brick red inland which is derived from the Orange River and from other rivers that flow westward from the escarpment but never reach the sea.
The cool coastal desert extends for 1.900 kilometers along the Atlantic Coast from Namibe (formerly Moçâmedes) in Angola southward across Namibia to the Olifants River in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The extreme southern coastal area consists of wind-scoured bedrock and a few rapidly moving crescent-shaped batchants (dunes convex to the wind). The northern third, the Kaokoveld region, consists of gravel plains and rocky platforms occurring between scattered rugged mountains, interspersed with a few large dune fields.
On this safari, the backup team of Kalahari Breeze Safaris will be available 24/7 to serve fresh tasty meals and non-alcoholic drinks. Restaurants are also available in the nearby areas. In addition, drinks during your safari in Namibia are excluded but before entering the national park, your guide will take you to a nearby supermarket where you can purchase all kinds of beverages.
During your stay in Victoria Falls, you can experience bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, canoe trails, and other additional activities that are available around the area at an extra cost.
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