Elephants in Etosha National Park | Namibia | Africa
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Namibia to Falls (Accommodated) - 12 days map

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI:Admire iconic Spitzkoppe, spot incredible wildlife in Etosha and Chobe National Park and explore the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta on this 12 day accommodated overland safari. Travelling from Swakopmund on Namibia's Skeleton Coast to Livingstone in Zambia, where we end our adventure with a visit the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Spitzkoppe - Spend a night camping in the shadow of Namibia's iconic mountain and admire ancient bushman paintings
Gobabis - Meet the San/Bushman for a guided bush walk and cultural experience
Chobe National Park - Cruise the Chobe River in search of hippos, elephants and crocodiles, then game drive in search of lions and leopards
Etosha National Park - Search for the wildlife which gathers around the limited watering holes in this barren salt pan
Okavango Delta - Paddle traditional mokoro canoes through this biodiverse wetland and enjoy an optional scenic flight
Livingstone - End your journey on the Zambian side of cascading Victoria Falls, with an included visit to this natural wonder

Included

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 9 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Spitzkoppe excursion to see Bushmen paintings
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Chobe River boat cruise and Chobe National Park game drive in a purpose-built safari vehicle with a resident guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
9 nights simple accommodation, 1 night camping in 2-person dome tents and 1 night permanent tented camp in the Okavango Delta (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Etosha National Park game drives
Okavango Delta excursion including mokoro and walking safari
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls visit

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: $390pp, paid in USD
Airport transfers - can be booked on request
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

Itinerary

Day 1

Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe

Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe. Leaving coastal Swakopmund early this morning we drive into the Damaraland region to Spitzkoppe. At this mountain peak, you can see incredibly well-preserved bushmen paintings and spectacular rock formations reaching 1800 meters above sea level. As the sun moves across the sky, the rocks change color, a sight that is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. We'll be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain where you can enjoy an incredible sunset.

b> Please note: Please arrive in Swakopmund at least one night before your tour. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure and the tour departs at 8am on day 1. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book pre tour accommodation in Swakopmund and a transfer from Walvis Bay Airport (WVB) upon request.
Overnight: Spitzkoppe  |  Lunch, Dinner

Days 2-3

Etosha National Park

Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park. From Spitzkoppe we head north to Etosha National Park. This 20,000 square kilometer reserve is dominated by a salt pan, which floods seasonally but is also home to a select few watering holes all year round. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals tend to gather around these scarce water sources.

We spend two nights in the park, and our itinerary is flexible depending on the conditions and the location of wildlife. We'll generally enjoy a short game drive on day 2 before spending our first night at a camp with a floodlit watering hole. Here you may be lucky enough to spot elephants, giraffe, hyenas and even lions.

Day 3 is spent on a full day's game drive across the park, stopping whenever we see anything of interest. We will either return to our first camp, or perhaps a different one, depending on your tour leader's decision.
Overnight: Etosha National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Windhoek

Etosha National Park - Windhoek. Today we arrive in Namibia's charming capital. Windhoek is a tiny capital by global standards, with a population of just 470,000 people. It has lots of German architecture, a reminder of Namibia's early colonial past. Our camp is located on the edge of the city, and it is easy to head in to grab a bite to eat and have a wander around if you wish. We recommend a drink at Joe's Beerhouse, perhaps the most famous restaurant in Namibia. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Windhoek.
Overnight: Windhoek  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

San Bushmen experience

Windhoek - Gobabis. Say goodbye to Windhoek as we travel east to the city of Gobabis, near the Botswanan border. Today we meet some of the local San Bushmen. The San culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in Southern Africa and we'll enjoy a bush walk and learn more about the way of life which has endured for centuries. The San people work with nature and manage their resources responsibly, something we could all learn from.
Overnight: Gobabis region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Maun & optional Okavango Delta flight

Gobabis - Maun (Botswana). Today sees us travelling to Maun in Botswana, our base for exploring the famed Okavango Delta. If time allows, there is the opportunity for you to take a scenic flight over the delta - if we haven't got time today then this opportunity will be offered on day 15 instead.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

The Okavango Delta

Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun. On day 7 we enjoy our overnight excursion in specialized safari vehicles into the Okavango Delta. The delta is a natural wetland spread out over more than 1.6 million hectares, home to an incredible diversity of life. Reaching the mokoro polers station, we transfer to these traditional canoes and paddle along the waterways of the delta to our camp, which is located in the delta itself.

The following day we enjoy another mokoro ride back out of the delta before returning to Maun, where there is time for the optional scenic flight if we didn't have time for this on day 6. Horse riding is also offered, or you can simply relax by the pool at our camp.
Overnight: Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 9

Nata Region

Maun - Nata region. Today's drive takes us through a wildlife corridor between the desolate Nxai and Magkadigkadi pans. We'll stop en route to admire some of the region's towering baobab trees and arrive at our unfenced camp in the afternoon. If you're lucky, you could see all sorts of wildlife, including elephants and antelope, come right up to camp.
Overnight: Nata Region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Chobe River cruise

Nata Region - Kasane. We make the journey to Kasane in Botswana's north. Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park and we'll enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River today. Chobe is home to huge herds of elephants, which we may be able to see down at the water's edge. Other species to look out for include hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and the rare African fish eagle.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Chobe game drive & Victoria Falls

Kasane - Chobe National Park - Livingstone (Zambia). This morning we transfer to specialized safari vehicles for a game drive in Chobe National Park, which is home to all of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo), although rhinos are very rare here.

It's then time to say goodbye to Botswana as we board a ferry in our overland truck to cross the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers into Zambia. Our destination is the town of Livingstone, Zambia's base for exploring Victoria Falls.

Known as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is the world's largest falling sheet of water. There's an included visit to the waterfall today, and we set up camp at a campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Overnight: Livingstone  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Livingstone

Our tour ends after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent / room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a room / tent with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Local payment - $390pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Post Tour Accommodation Livingstone - Victoria Falls Waterfront, en suite room (Jun - Dec)
USD $145
USD $225
Post Tour Accommodation Livingstone - Victoria Falls Waterfront, en suite room (Jan - May)
USD $125
USD $185

Hotels

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.

Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp (campsite), Spitzkoppe

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Staying in the shadow of the dramatic Spitzkoppe rock formations is a memorable experience, and at the Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp you can enjoy this experience knowing that the proceeds from your stay go straight to supporting the local community. Although there is no electricity or Wi-Fi at this remote camp, guests can enjoy hot showers and there are shared bathroom facilities. There is a small onsite bar and restaurant, and braai BBQ facilities are also provided.

Okaukuejo Camp (chalets), Etosha National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Featuring a large number of ensuite chalets, the highlight of Okaukuejo Camp is probably the floodlit watering hole, where it is possible to see all manner of animals close up, including elephants, black rhino and antelope. There's also an onsite swimming pool, shop, bar and restaurant serving daily buffet breakfast and other meals. Ensuite rooms feature a fridge as well as tea and coffee-making facilities.

Namutoni Rest Camp, Etosha National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Refurbished in 2007, Namutoni Rest Camp offers a luxury camp within Etosha National Park. Rooms are tastefully decorated all with private terraces to the front and rear. Namutoni is home to the famous German fort which overlooks the King Nehale waterhole. There are also a number of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On an evening why not head up the wooden walkway to the water hole and watch the animals come down to drink. This resort can be found on the eastern side of world famous Etosha National Park.

Urban Camp (permanent tents), Windhoek

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp combines city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi and a sparkling pool all contribute to an oasis of calm. Permanent tents come with a private patio and BBQ area with garden views. Nearby is a small shopping centre for amenities, and for sightseers looking to explore the history and architecture of Windhoek, the city centre is less than 2km away.

Zelda's Guest Farm (chalets), Gobabis

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Situated 25km from the border with Botswana, Zelda's Guest Farm houses 16 simply furnished ensuite chalets. Facilities available to guests include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Resident Nharo San families can also introduce guests to their traditional culture. There's a small watering hole onsite and additional game drives and bushman walks can be booked at reception.

Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp (chalets), Maun

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A series of chalets located in shaded gardens away from the hustle and bustle of Maun. Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp offers travellers an a la carte restaurant, shared lounge, bar and sun terrace. There is free Wi-Fi in communal areas. Chalets come with ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans and some have air-conditioning. There is also a communal swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Elephant Camp (permanent tents), Okavango Delta

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Located on the boundary of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Elephant Bush Camp is a rustic base for exploring the wildlife-rich Delta. There is an onsite dining area and pool, but the real charm here is the location, with elephants and other wildlife known to get very close to camp. 12 permanent tents form the accommodation, with ensuite bush bathroom including bucket showers. Optional activities including game walks and mokoro canoe trips can be booked onsite.

Elephant Sands (chalets), Nata Region

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Set on an unfenced 16,000-hectare private conservancy, this bush lodge brings you face to face with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. View elephants as they come to drink from the natural waterhole just meters away. The guestrooms are arranged in spacious chalets and equipped with ensuite bathrooms. A restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a bar offering a range of local and international wines, beers and exotic cocktails. You can also enjoy the small outdoor pool, where you can cool off and enjoy the peace and serenity of the African bush.

Thebe River Lodge (chalets), Kasane

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Overlooking the Chobe River, this lodge complements the surrounding bush with its rustic design. Its guestrooms are nestled around a courtyard and offer free WiFi, air conditioning and an ensuite. Guests will also enjoy the swimming pool and hearty meals at the Thebe Restaurant. With both covered and al fresco dining areas, this restaurant boasts a wood-fire pizza oven and one of the best breakfasts in town. The bar’s buzzing atmosphere draws both visitors and locals, serving cold beverages alongside a satellite TV for you to catch up on the latest international news and sports.

The Victoria Falls Waterfront (chalets), Livingstone

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Just a few kilometres from one of Africa's finest natural wonders and found within Mosi oa Tunya National Park, The Victoria Falls Waterfront is an excellent base for discovering the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Basic chalets are located beside the Luangwa River, in the gardens of the Victoria Falls Waterfront. Boasting air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and ensuite facilities with private verandah. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and activity centre offering different experiences at the falls.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Swakopmund
Ends
Livingstone
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
$390pp, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 10, Dinner: 9
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Gemsbok standing at a water hole at Etosha National Park
Mokoro boat gliding along the Okavango River
Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park
Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park
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