SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI : Take in the natural wonders, rich culture and incredible wildlife of Botswana and Namibia on this 14 day accommodated, overland adventure. Start at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and end in Windhoek. Explore the Okavango by boat and on foot, game drive in Chobe and Etosha National Park, cruise the Chobe River and walk the world's highest sand dunes in the Namib Desert.
Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel. At 3pm there is a pre departure meeting in the hotel foyer. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore. Be sure to allow enough time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls which are without doubt one of the most spectacular sights in Africa!
Victoria Falls is a charming town and there's a whole host of exciting activities available to book locally, from scenic helicopter flights over the falls and bungee jumping, to white water rafting and sunset cruises. Pre tour accommodation is available on request if you would like to spend longer here.
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls - Chobe River (Botswana). The morning of day 2 is free for you to browse the local markets or enjoy some of the optional activities on offer at Victoria Falls. In the afternoon we cross the border into Botswana 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 enjoy a morning game drive in Chobe National Park and a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and other animals coming to the river's edge to drink.
Overnight: Chobe River (2) | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Chobe River - Okavango Delta. On day 4 we drive through Chobe National Park before entering Namibia and travelling to the eastern side of the Caprivi, a narrow stretch of Namibian territory between Botswana and Angola. Crossing back into Botswana we then continue on to our lodge, located on the banks of the Okavango River..
The following day we travel by boat into the Okavango Delta with its picturesque maze of waterways and sprawling grassy plains. We explore this incredible inland delta on a mokoro (traditional canoe) excursion and guided game walks on the smaller islands (water levels permitting).
Overnight: Okavango Delta(2) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
The Okavango River
Okavango Delta - Okavango River (Namibia). Departing the Delta we cross back into Namibia and continue through the Caprivi Strip, stopping to spend the night at a lodge set amongst lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River and Angola. This afternoon there's an optional boat cruise on the river (book and pay locally) or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Overnight: Okavango River | Breakfast, Dinner
Okavango River - Etosha National Park. On day 7 we travel on to Etosha, Namibia's flagship national park where we enjoy our first game drive in the park, in our overland vehicle. Dominated by a giant salt pan, it is easy to the spot wildlife that gathers around the few watering holes to drink. Some of the species you may spot in the park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, zebra and giraffe. Our lodge is located just outside the park entrance and this evening you can sit on your private patio and listen to the sounds of the bush. The following day we enjoy a full day game drive in open 4x4 vehicles from our lodge.
Overnight: Etosha National Park (2) | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Etosha National Park - Damaraland. We travel on to Damaraland today, 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. The lodge is also home to one of the world's longest ziplines, which is a spectacular way to take in the surrounding Damaraland scenery!
Overnight: Damaraland | Breakfast, Dinner
Swakopmund - Sesriem. Our journey on day 11 takes us further south through ever-changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Our lodge here is just a few kilometres from the mighty dunes of Sossusvlei. The following morning we head into the desert to appreciate the beauty of the dunes, which are the highest in the world. Enjoy a leisurely 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and a hike through the staggering Sesriem Canyon. Springbok, oryx and ostrich are some of the hardy species you may be able to spot living out in the desert.
Overnight: Sesriem (2) | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Our African adventure comes to an end after breakfast today.
Please Note: In 2023 a departure transfer to Windhoek airport will be included. In 2022 it can be booked upon request for a supplement. We can also book post tour accommodation upon request.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. This safari has a maximum group size of 16. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.
Local payment - ZAR/NAD 2500, to be paid in cash
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
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.
Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls
Located just 1.4km from Victoria Falls, you're able to see the spray from the hotel when the falls are in full flood. Rooms are comfortable, boasting queen-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, a safe and climate control. Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel, including outside on the sun terrace. There's a buffet breakfast at the onsite restaurant, and you can also enjoy meals outside by the pool, and enjoy a drink at either of the two bars.
Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.
Swamp Stop Okavango River Camp, Okavango Delta
Located on the banks of the Okavango River, the Swamp Stop River Camp features 12 simply furnished, en-suite rooms, complete with air conditioning, a fridge and a verandah. The property has a fully licensed bar and two small swimming pools for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing. There's also raised bird viewing deck where guests can glimpse abundant birdlife and may even spot the odd elephant or crocodile. Free Wi-F is available in communal areas.
Hakusembe River Lodge, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)
Comprising several individual bungalows, the Hakusembe River Lodge is a delightful property that sits on the banks of the river which marks the border between Namibia and Angola. Each of the rooms fuses contemporary design with traditional African decor, providing a stylish and comfortable living space for guests. The lodge has an outdoor pool, nestled within its lush gardens, a gift shop and a restaurant. When not busy on safari, guests can indulge in a stroll through the surrounding jungle or a spot of fishing.
Etosha Village, Etosha National Park
Located on the outskirts of Etosha National Park, Etosha Village makes the perfect base for exploring Namibia's wild side. 55 individual chalets each feature air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and an outdoor patio and seating area where guests can listen to the sounds of the bush in the evening. There are 3 separate restaurants, a bar with large-screen TV, outdoor fireplace, onsite shop, and 2 swimming pools (one for children). The entire site is surrounded by lush mopane forest and guided walks and game drives into the nearby reserve can be arranged.
Ugab Terrace Lodge, Damaraland
Perched on a hill-top overlooking the stunning scenery of Damaraland, Ugab Terrace Lodge boasts 16 private chalets, sleeping two people each. All chalets feature twin beds, a shower, a toilet, and a balcony for making the most of the view. Ceilings are made from traditional wood for an authentic look, and ceiling fans keep the occupant cool during the day. There's also a splash pool, communal lounge, and onsite restaurant. The lodge is also home to the 15th longest zipline in the world, for those who want to get the adrenaline pumping during their stay!
The Delight, Swakopmund
Less than a 10-minute walk from the beach, The Delight is a bright and modern property in the heart of Swakopmund. Rooms are modern, spacious, air-conditioned, and include flat-screen TVs, coffee machines, and ensuite bathrooms. Some rooms also include balconies. There's an onsite restaurant serving a delicious daily breakfast, bar and Wi-Fi is available for a nominal fee.
Desert Quiver Camp, Sesriem
Located just 5km from the gate of Sossusvlei, the uniquely designed chalets of Desert Quiver Camp are an excellent place to base yourself. Each chalet has a beautiful sloping roof, designed to blend in with the local area. And inside, the comfortable air-conditioned chalets house twin beds, ensuite bathrooms, a safe, and storage. Each self-catered unit also has its own patio with BBQ facilities and a kitchenette. The two communal bomas are a great place to enjoy a meal with the group, and there's also a well-stocked bar with a TV and a swimming pool. Fresh ingredients for cooking can be ordered daily, or if you book in advance then the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge will cook for you!
Protea Hotel by Marriott Windhoek Furstenhof, Windhoek
Just a 5-minute walk from the city centre and many of Windhoek's main attractions, Protea Hotel by Marriott Windhoek Furstenhof is a fresh and modern hotel. Offering an outdoor pool and an onsite restaurant and bar, the hotel boasts traditional Namibian hospitality. Rooms are well-appointed and classically decorated, with colourful furniture and plenty of space. They are air-conditioned, with ensuite bathrooms, satellite TV and minibar. Some rooms also include access to a balcony.