Desert Rivers and Wildlife in Comfort

Number of days

16

Start Location

Botswana

Group Size

4-16

Operated by

World Expeditions

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An exciting accommodated overland traverse through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive in Victoria Falls

The tour starts at 15:00hrs on Day 1 with a group meeting in the foyer of the Sprayview Hotel. The afternoon is free to view Victoria Falls - without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. The following morning is spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls and to visit the Falls (own expense). Overnight on the banks of the Zambezi river at Sprayview Hotel (or similar accommodation).

Chobe River (approx 90 kms/3 hrs drive)

Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. The following day we relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Optional morning game drive (own expense). Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar).

Kwando River (approx 250 kms/4 hrs drive)

Travelling through the Chobe National Park we enter Namibia and continue to the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. Overnight Namushasha River Lodge (or similar).

Okavango Delta (approx 350 kms/5 hrs drive; plus 2-3 hour boat trip)

Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana we travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere island in the Delta. The following day we do game walks on the island and a mokoro canoe trip. Lunch is included on Day 6 only.

Okavango River (approx 320 kms/5 hrs drive; plus 2-3 hour boat trip)

Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. We continue through the Caprivi Strip where we spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. Sunset from the deck is sensational. An optional afternoon boat cruise on the river is available (own account). Overnight Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar). *Please note that World Expeditions does not operate the optional mokoro trip on the Okavango River in Namibia and strongly advises against participation on this because of safety concerns, namely the proximity on the river to dangerous wildlife, particularly the hippopotamus. If you choose to undertake this optional activity with other local contractors, you do so against our advice and entirely at your own risk. NOTE - This differs from the Okavango Delta in Botswana where the mokoro experience is necessary to visit the heart of the Okavango Delta, and the local mokoro guides are extremely experienced and have the utmost respect and intimate knowledge regarding wildlife inhabiting the Delta.

Etosha National Park (approx 430 kms/6 hrs drive)

Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant make this area their home. We enjoy an afternoon game drive inside the park. Overnight Mokuti Lodge (or similar).

Etosha National Park (150 kms)

Today we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives through Etosha National Park, moving west to our next overnight stop. In the evening, there is opportunity to relax by the floodlight waterhole at the Restcamp. For the hardy game viewer, it is possible to sit up all night and watch animals come to drink undisturbed. Overnight Okakeujo Restcamp (or similar) inside Etosha National Park.

Damaraland (approx 220 kms/3 hrs drive)

Our last game drive takes us out of the Park traveling to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas of Namibia, dominated by prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool. Overnight Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar).

Swakopmund (approx 380 kms/7 hrs drive)

We drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or participating in one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). Overnight: The Delight (or similar).

Sossusvlei and Sesriem (approx 520 kms/7 hrs drive)

Our journey takes us south through ever changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei (63kms one-way; 1 hr) stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon, a natural canyon about 1km long and 30 metres deep in places. Overnight Desert Quiver Camp (or similar).

Windhoek (approx 370 kms/6 hrs drive)

Departing after breakfast we are transferred to Windhoek. Overnight Safari Court (or similar).

In Windhoek, trip concludes

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Additional Information

Travelling in a comfortable, custom-built safari vehicle and staying in well-appointed accommodation with plenty of local charm, this journey offers an abundance of stunning scenery, unique wildlife and cultural encounters. The vastness of both Namibia and Botswana become apparent with wide open spaces far outnumbering people. A shorter version of our African Wilderness in Comfort trip, this overland journey commences from Windhoek, Namibia's capital city. Walk some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei; and enjoy cosmopolitan Swakopmund with its relaxed cafe culture and wide, tree-lined streets. Search for wildlife in the contrasting environments of Etosha National Park and the Okavango River before being enchanted by a Chobe River sunset and still more wildlife. The trip concludes in Zimbabwe with the unforgettable sight of tons of water hurtling over Victoria Falls into the chasm of the Zambezi Gorge.

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