Get ready to immerse yourself in the exhilarating spirit of adventure as we launch our journey in Swakopmund, Namibia’s epicenter of thrill-seeking. This coastal haven is a playground for those daring enough to embrace quad biking, sand boarding, or skydiving. If, however, the charm of exploration tickles your fancy, take leisurely strolls through the architectural marvels and quaint boutiques, or embark on a breathtaking aerial tour of the town. We recommend you to land here a day or two ahead of the tour’s commencement to fully savour these experiences, as our voyage sails off from Swakopmund on day one.
From Swakopmund, we follow the coast to our morning destination, the captivating Cape Cross Seal Colony, a marvel where the scorching desert grains and the frosty Atlantic surf intersect. As we forge ahead on our excursion, we will drop by the time-honored Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest. Subsequently, we will plunge into a wildlife spotting venture in the famed Etosha National Park.
Our adventure then leads us to the iconic Etosha National Park, where we’re embraced by the sheer magic of the wilderness. The park’s campsites nestle on the brink of waterholes, creating tranquil evenings spent in the comforting glow of the setting sun, with the symphony of thirsty animals making their way to the waterhole. We’ll navigate through Etosha’s terrain on a full-day exploration in our Nomad truck, grazing the edges of the Etosha Pan, in search of the bountiful wildlife that the park safeguards.
From Etosha, we overnight on the Kavango River before we steer towards the Botswana border, dedicating our upcoming days to discovering the aquatic labyrinth of the Okavango Delta, trailing through the Khwai Conservation Area, undertaking a full-day game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve, and unwinding with a soothing boat cruise on the Chobe River at sunset.
After 12 days filled with diverse landscapes and thrilling encounters, our odyssey culminates at the majestic Victoria Falls, leaving us with a tapestry of indelible memories and the taste of Africa’s enchanting wilderness etched in our hearts.
Day 1 – Swakopmund to Khorixas
Our exploration of the desert begins with a trip up north, where the hot desert sands meet the cold waves of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll stop at seaside holiday town of Wlotskabaken for a photo opportunity before heading to the Lichen Fields for a viewing and talk by your guide on the Lichen Colonies. We then visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross, known as the largest in the world with over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals hugging the shore. Cape Cross marks the spot where the first European explorer set foot on the coast of Namibia in 1486, and was erected in honour of the then king of Portugal by explorer Diego Cao. (Please note that the Cape Cross Colony may be inaccessible at times which means that we will not be able to visit the seals.) The road then continues away from the coast and takes us towards the Khorixas area.
Day 2 – Khorixas to Etosha National Park
This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region with a local guide. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San. These inhabitants used the site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process, 2500 rock paintings were created. This site displays one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. Also on route, we visit the Petrified Forest, a national monument, comprising of prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands, creating this relic. We leave Twyfelfontein for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa’s finest game parks. At 18 000 sq km, it is one of the biggest Parks in Southern Africa. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park. We will spend the afternoon exploring the park in the Nomad Truck.
Day 3 – Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occur in the park.
Day 4 – Etosha National Park
We will head out of camp this morning to explore the surrounding plains in search of the many species that call Etosha home. After enjoying our lunch back at camp, we will once again board our truck and enjoy an afternoon game drive as we head towards our next overnight camp.
Day 5 – Etosha to Divundu
We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our overnight stop in Divundu.
Day 6 – Divundu to Maun
Prior to departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River. We then cross the border into Botswana and head towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. We overnight in Maun before heading for our next adventure – The Okavango Delta.
Day 7 – Khwai Conservation Area
You will be separated from your Nomad truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart Maun. Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights. Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari type vehicles. Our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta.
Day 8 – Moremi Game Reserve
Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains. Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4×4 vehicles. Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible. This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari.
Day 9 – Khwai to Nata
Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. You will pack up camp and depart at first light on the open 4×4 safari vehicles before meeting the Nomad truck in Maun. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination in Nata. This afternoon, after our arrival in Nata, we enjoy a guided drive to the Nata pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands (birds dependant on seasonal migratory patterns).
Day 10 – Nata to Kasane – Chobe National Park
We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.
Day 11 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.
Day 12 – Victoria Falls
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suites your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.
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