Delta & Desert Discovery - 17 days
Discover the natural beauty of Namibia and some of Africa's best game viewing in Botswana. Meet the San Bushmen, game drive through Moremi National Park and climb the dunes of Sossusvlei. Relax on a lagoon in Walvis Bay and explore colonial Swakopmund - all in just over two weeks.
San Bushmen & Safari
Today we travel through the expansive sandveld landscape of eastern Namibia on the so called Trans-Kalahari highway towards Botswana. the Kalahari Desert derives its name from the Tswana word Kgala meaning "great thirst", however it hosts a great variety of fauna and flora and is surprisingly well-vegetated especially after the summer rains. After crossing the border into Botswana, we proceed to our lodge, owned and managed by the San Bushmen community. In the evening, the San will demonstrate a variety of their traditional dances around the camp fire.
On day 3 we will join the San on a guided bush walk interpreting trails and gathering seasonal food and medicinal plants. We will also benefit from the San's astonishing tracking abilities on an afternoon game drive exploring the Kalahari.
Overnight: Central Kalahari | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
After breakfast we head off to the Khwai river area. We make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River area. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of year you may see different species in different areas.
Overnight: Khwai River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we head into the famous Moremi Game reserve known as one of the most beauatiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Overnight: Khwai River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We leave the Khwai River area and travel to Maun, a busy safari town known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word "maung", which means "the place of short reeds". The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Overnight: Maun | Breakfast, Lunch
Leaving Botswana, we drive up the Western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and onto Mahangu, meaning 'food of the local people'. We will arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sundowners on a deck overlooking the Okavango River, listening to the sounds or Mother Nature.
On day 8 we enjoy a morning game drive in Mahangu National Park, which is part of the Greater Bwabwata National Park extending from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife. The afternoon may be spent at leisure or participating in optional activities offered from the lodge.
Overnight: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Driving through the lush and tropical floodplains of the Kavango region, we travel towards the town of Rundu. We visit Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people who make a living from fishing, tending cattle and cultivating crops. After this cultural interaction, we proceed to our camp in Northern Namibia's Bushmanland. Why not stretch your legs on one of the walking trails the camp has to offer, ideal for bird and game watching.
Overnight: Grootfontein | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we make our way to Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. Our lodge is located on a 4000 ha private wildlife reserve on the eastern side of the park. We will fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
This morning we bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and travel southwards to the Erongo region, known for its unique rock formations, cultural heritage and rock paintings. We spend some time familiarising ourselves with the local artistry at a woodcarving workshop and craft gallery. After tasting some of the home-grown produce of a local distillery and small wine cellar, we overnight in the town of Omaruru. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries.
Overnight: Omaruru | Breakfast
Today we visit an iconic group of curved granite mountains, known as Spitzkoppe and nicknamed ‘The Matterhorn of Africa’ due to its sharp silhouettes and steep inclines. The vivid colours of the rocks will not fail to impress a keen photographic eye as we walk amongst the boulders. A protected conservation area, it is managed by the local community, however only few remains of San or Bushman paintings remain unfortunately.
We continue further on a scenic drive to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities available this afternoon. Alternatively, just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast, Lunch
An early morning departure takes us to Walvis Bay for a relaxing cruise on the lagoon. Sailing with a luxury catamaran, we search for various marine animals and birds including dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, cormorants, oyster catchers, pelicans and flamingos. Moving further south, we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park and our accommodation for the next two nights, Agama River Camp. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the rarest plant and animal species.
On day 15 we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Overnight: Sesriem | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
We leave the Waterberg Plateau behind us and travel back to Windhoek through the beautiful countryside, making short stops en-route. Once we arrive, the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure, and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city.
Overnight: Windhoek | Breakfast, Lunch
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 12. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Terra Africa Guest House, Windhoek
Combining an art gallery and a guest house, Terra Africa boasts beautiful views of the southern valleys of the city. Guest rooms are designed in a simplistic yet traditional African way with calming tones and comfortable furnishings. Guests can take advantage of the "eternal rim-flow swimming pool" for a swim or relax with a drink pool side. There is also complimentary wi-fi for everyone staying here. The accommodation sits in the south of Namibia's capital, Windhoek.
Dqae Qare San Lodge, Central Kalahari
Owned and run by the San Bushmen, Dqae Qare San Lodge offers a unique accommodation option in the Kalahari. Guest rooms are all en suite and are beautifully decorated with traditional San artwork and murals. All rooms here share a patio overlooking a floodlit waterhole - great for game watching. The main lodge also includes a thatched Lapa area - serving as both a lounge and dining area. It also overlooks a waterhole.
Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun
Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River with magnificent views of the surrounding scenery, this lodge features African-inspired accommodation amidst the Botswana landscape. The spacious chalets have a unique 'skylight' wall to maximise the views. Its location on the river means that guests can watch water fowl and birds at their leisure from the public areas. The lodge's acclaimed restaurant is not too be missed with superb food and wine to match the superb surroundings.
Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Mer is a charming accommodation. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent ensuite facilities. This warm and friendly pension offers a number of excellent activities including dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights - so be sure to enquire about them. This accommodation is perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.
Sossusvei Agama River Camp, Sesriem
When the owners of Agama River Camp first entered the property the Agama lizard was the first animal to show their face, hence the name. This beautiful camp offers both rustic camping and air conditioned chalets. The chalets have excellent amenities including an open deck - perfect for sleeping under the stars if you wish. There is also a cosy bar, a restaurant and a refreshing swimming pool for escaping the Namibian heat! The camp lies between Solitaire and Sesriem just a 45 minute drive to the gates of Sossusvlei