Overview

The Desert & Delta tour kicks off with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders), where a range of optional activities awaits us. We explore Chobe National Park. The park has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. The next highlight of this tour is a two night expedition to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. We then travel to Ghanzi in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. Our game viewing experience continues in Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We visit a community of Himba people before arriving in Swakopmund, where you can try your hand at quadbiking, sandboarding and skydiving. If you’re in the mood to explore, you can take your time and admire the architecture and quaint shops or take a scenic flight over the coastal town.

 

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    Some of the activities listed above form part of an "Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Victoria Falls

    From R2,790
      Airport Transfer Available A’Zambezi Hotel

    A’Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. Azambezi is the … Read More

    Post Tour Accommodation - Swakopmund

    From R720
      Airport Transfer Available Haus Garnison

    Very centrally situated and in about 4 minutes you can walk into the city centre and 500 meters to the beach. Haus Garnison has 2 self-catering flats and 10 rooms and can accommodate 18 – 21 guests. All rooms are equipped with shower/bath, toilet, a mini kitchen, telephone, cooling fan … Read More

    Itinerary

    Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Day 01

    Victoria Falls

    This morning we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While 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. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

    Activity Package
    Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
    Day 02

    Victoria Falls – Kasane

    After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the River in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

    Route
    Victoria Falls to Kasane
    Activity Package
    Chobe National Park game drive
    Chobe National Park boat cruise
    Day 03

    Kasane – Caprivi

    Today we cross into Namibia as we journey across the Caprivi Strip, much of our day is spent travelling through Game Parks and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. Our base tonight is on the banks of the Okavango River, here we will prepare for the upcoming Delta excursions. Your guide will brief you on what you need to pack for the Delta excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

    Route
    Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge
    Day 04

    Okavango Delta

    Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

    Route
    Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 04

    Okavango Delta

    Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

    Route
    Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 05

    Okavango Delta

    A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

    Day 06

    Okavango Delta – Maun

    Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences.

    Route
    Okavango Delta to Maun
    Day 07

    Maun – Ghanzi

    This morning presents the opportunity for a Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta before we travel to Ghanzi in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. An optional walk with San guides this afternoon gives us the opportunity to learn about the strategies that allow the San to survive in this harsh environment. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

    Route
    Maun to Ghanzi
    Included Activities
    San Evening Dance Performance
    Optional Activities
    Guided Walk with San Trackers
    Day 08

    Ghanzi – Windhoek

    We start early this morning as we continue west and cross the border into Namibia, travelling onwards to the capital city of Windhoek. We will make a short stop in the city centre before continuing to our lodging for the night. This evening you have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the well-known Joe’s Beer House restaurant, famous for its many venison specialities and quirky atmosphere.

    Route
    Ghanzi to Windhoek
    Included Activities
    Visit to Windhoek City Centre
    Optional Activities
    Dinner Out at Joe’s Beer House
    Day 09

    Windhoek – Etosha

    Leaving the city of Windhoek this morning, we travel north for two exciting days of game viewing in the Etosha National Park. On our way today we will make a short stop at the craft markets in Okahandja before continuing to our rest camp in Etosha. While tomorrow will see us make an early start, those who would like to chance their luck can spend some time at the floodlit waterhole at the camp tonight.

    Route
    Windhoek to Etosha National Park
    Included Activities
    Craft market stop en-route
    Day 10

    Etosha National Park

    Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight (subject to availability).

    Included Activities
    Full-Day Game Viewing in Nomad truck
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability
    Day 11

    Etosha - Outjo

    As our camp tonight is only a short distance from the Etosha National Park, we will have another full day to continue our exploration of this vast park. Today also presents an opportunity to join an optional morning game drive offered by the park (subject to availability).

    Route
    Etosha to Outjo
    Optional Activities
    Etosha Morning Game Drive – subject to availability
    Included Activities
    Full-Day Game Viewing in Nomad truck
    Day 12

    Outjo to Khorixas

    This morning we travel north towards Kamanjab where we will visit a project that introduces us to the Himba people of northern Namibia.

    The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not

    After our visit to the Himba project we turn south and travel to the small town of Khorixas, we will finish our day with a visit to the Petrified Forest on the outskirts of the town. These fossilised forests remain as a natural monument to a time long ago when Namibia formed part of the Gondwana super-continent.

    Route
    Outjo to Khorixas
    Included Activities
    Visit the Petrified Forest
    Activity Package
    Himba Tribe visit
    Day 13

    Khorixas – Swakopmund

    This morning we travel onwards to Spitzkoppe, here a local guide will join us for a walk around the base of this famed landmark. We will have the opportunity to view some San rock paintings before we continue to the seaside town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is well known for its many adventure activities, coffee shops and rich German influence. This evening you will have the opportunity to book some of the many exciting activities on offer and we end the day with dinner out at a local restaurant.

    Route
    Khorixas to Swakopmund
    Included Activities
    Guided Walk at Spitzkoppe
    Optional Activities
    Dinner Out in Swakopmund
    Day 14

    Swakopmund

    Although your tour ends after breakfast, today is a free day to enjoy adventure, explore Swakopmund or simply enjoy a great bake at a local coffee shop. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a little city and there is something to keep everyone busy.

    Optional Activities
    Quad biking
    Sandboarding
    Skydiving
    Dolphin cruise

    Activity Package

    Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

    • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
    • Chobe National Park game drive
    • Chobe National Park boat cruise
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Himba Tribe visit

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