Best Of Both World - Namibia & Botswana Extreme Tour
Le Meilleur des deux mondes – Voyage extrême Namibie & Botswana
Length: 14 days / 13 nights + Botswana extension 6 days / 5 nights + return Windhoek 3 days / 2 nights
- route: Windhoek to Kasane + option extension to Maun + option back to Windhoek
- accommodation: 3 nights hotel/guesthouse, 10 nights camping. Maun extension: 1 night hotel, 4 nights camping. Back to Windhoek: 2 nights lodge/hotel
- prices: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about rates
- booking Code: NBE
- Sesriem and Sossusvlei dunes
- Swakopmund and Welwitchia Plains
- Cape cross
- Etosha National Park
- Popa Falls
- Chobe National Park
- Victoria Falls
- Chobe riverfront
- Kwai Conservation Area
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Back to Windhoek:
- Bushman dance and walk in Ghanzi area
- Windhoek & city visit
- starting point: Windhoek airport or chosen accommodation in town
- time: approximate 12.00
Day 1: Guesthouse, Windhoek
Your guide will meet you at the airport in Windhoek or pick you up from your chosen hotel in Windhoek and bring you to a guesthouse in town where there is time to fresh up. The afternoon is spent walking through the city centre visiting the Old Fort, Tintenpalast, Zoo Park, Post Street, etc.
During dinner you’ll receive a complete overview from the trip and you can ask all you want to know about the country and its people
Approximate distance: 45 km Power: yes
Day 2 : Camping, Sesriem
After breakfast we drive via Rehoboth, the Basters center, to the edge of the famous Sossusvlei dunes where we camp under a huge camelthorn. If arriving early we still can make a sundown walk up on the first dune, otherwise we’ll enjoy a sundowner around the campfire.
Approximate distance: 380 km Power: no
Day 3 : Camping, Sesriem
This morning we’ll get up very early to catch the first light on the dunes and drive to the 60 km away Sossusvlei where those who feel like it can climb the 400 m high dune, others will be guided at the bottom and learn more about the plants, birds and other animals surviving in this desert. On the way back we stop at Dune 45 and will be back in camp for lunch. The afternoon is spent visiting the nearby Sesriem Canyon and we make a sundown walk on a dune near the campsite.
Approximate distance: 160 km Power: no
Day 4 : Guesthouse, Swakopmund
We leave for Swakopmund, passing through the impressive Kuiseb Canyon and Gaub Pass. On the way we stop at Solitaire, a place that was lost in time but has now woken up to the numerous people wanting to catch this gap in time.
The various desert types keep on surprising during this trip and the cold sea fog originating from the Benguela stream is a nice surprise when driving in full desert.
There is time left for shopping and exploring Swakopmund before drinks and dinner.
Approximate distance: 320 km Power: yes
Day 5: Guesthouse, Swakopmund
Early rise and we drive to Walvisbay for a boattrip in the bay, finishing off with champagne brunch and oysters on board. We meet Cape fur seals, pelicans, cormorants, dolphins and with a bit of luck even whales.
In the afternoon we make the Welwitchia Plains drive and visit the Moon-landscape, lichens fields, etc, a mostly scenic but very nice drive.
Approximate distance: 160 km Power: yes
Day 6: Campsite, Twyfelfontein
This morning we follow the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross which more than 100,000 seals call home. On the way we look out for one of the many shipwrecks along the beach. Via the scenic road around the Brandberg we arrive at Twyfelfontein where we visit this open air museum of Bushman rock art.
We travel some 30 km back to our campsite along a side arm of the Ugab river where we have a good chance of seeing the resident desert elephants.
Evening at the campfire admiring the thousands of stars above us.
Approximate distance: 400 km Power: generator until 10 PM
Day 7 – 8 – 9 - 10: Campsite, Etosha
We leave Damaraland and travel North-east to enter Etosha at Anderson Gate. The next days we make morning and afternoon game-drives to discover the wildlife in Etosha.
Early afternoon we can find refreshment in the pool and in the evenings we can sit at the waterholes waiting for animals to come and drink: black rhino, elephants, lions do this boldly, giraffe and antelopes do this carefully.
Approximate distance: 320 km to Etosha, rest game-drives Power: yes
Day 11: Campsite, Rundu-Bagani
Today we make our last game drive in Etosha and leave the park through the Von Lindequist Gate first travelling South past Tsumeb and Grootfontein and then North towards Rundu at the Okavango river.
We drive parallel to the river for some 30 km to our home for the night.
We stay at a campsite close to the river so look out for a nice sundown. Who wants can join a bird-watching walk until sunset.
Approximate distance: 480 km Power: generator
Day 12: Campsite, Chobe National Park
The birdsongs will wake us early, breakfast and then up to the Popa Falls, some nice rapids on the Okavango river. From there we continue and transit the Caprivi Strip until we reach the border with Botswana some 65 km past Katima Mulilo.
Once in Botswana we are immediately in the Chobe National Park where we find the densest population of elephants in the world amongst plenty other animals.
We camp close to the river in a private campsite where we sleep surrounded by the wild, a great experience.
Approximate distance: 420 km Power: no
Day 13: Campsite, Chobe National Park
We get up early and make a long morning game-drive along the river to see what the park has to offer us that morning, we return to camp for a late lunch, have a shower and a nap and go on afternoon game-drive till dark. The sunsets in Chobe are unbelievable.
Back to camp for a last night in the wild.
Approximate distance: 80 km Power: no
Day 14: Kasane
We game-drive out of the park which we have to leave before 11 AM after which
- you are brought to the Kasane airport for flying out or for a transfer to Livingstone
- you are dropped at a hotel of your choice in Kasane
- those who continue the trip are driven to the border with Zimbabwe for transfer to Victoria Falls
Approximate distance: 50 km (150 km for those going to Vic Falls, Power: yes)
Extension to Maun
Day 15: hotel, Victoria Falls
We arrive at Victoria Falls at around 2 PM, check into the hotel and go for an afternoon visit of the falls, this “natural world wonder” will not fail to impress you. The total visit takes a 3 km walk through a small patch of rain forest with viewpoints every now and then allowing for excellent views of the falls.
In the evening we go to a restaurant where local specialties can be tasted, to be accompanied with local wines.
Approximate distance: 5 km Power: yes
Day 16: Campsite, Kazungula
The morning is free for shopping on the open markets or for one of the numerous optional activities offered: bungi jumping, helicopter flight over the falls, elephant rides, microlights, white water rafting, …. Who wants can also go for a second visit of the falls.
We leave Victoria Falls around 1 PM to be at 3.30 back in Botswana for a beautiful boattrip on the Chobe river: see the game coming to drink from the front and get close to hippos, crocs and waterfowl.
In our campsite we have an elevated bar with splendid views on a lit waterhole where many elephants, buffalos etc come to visit their bar.
Approximate distance: 110 km Power: yes
Day 17: Campsite, Savuti area
We leave the river today and travel South-west to the game-rich area of Savuti, we have a bush-lunch on the way and spend the day game-driving in the area. We stop for a easy climb to some Bushman paintings from where we have a fabulous view over km and km’s of unspoiled wilderness.
Approximate distance: 210 km Power: no
Day 18: Campsite, Khwai area
We get up early and make a last game-drive in the area after which we continue South until we meet the Khwai river, an overflow from the Okavango delta. We follow the river to our camp, expect lots of animals in this area and it is also known as being in the top-10 of bird-watching places in the world.
We camp under huge camelthorns, having a glass of wine around the campfire with a lion roaring in the distance makes the “Out of Africa- feeling” complete.
Approximate distance: 150 km Power: no
Day 19: Campsite, Khwai area
We make an early morning game-drive looking for what nature has reserved for us getting back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon we go again and follow more the river as this is when most animals come to drink. We stay out late and make an evening drive back to camp to surprise the nocturnal animals. After a late supper we have a last chat around the fire and bedtime is there again.
Approximate distance: 60 km Power: no
Day 20: Campsite, Moremi Game Reserve
Today we move into the Moremi Game Reserve entering through North Gate. The whole day we game-drive through the park to arrive in our camp by sunset where the team has built our camp again for us and is waiting with snacks and a tasty last bush-meal.
Approximate distance: 100 km Power: no
Day 21: Maun
Last time early up as we still want to surprise the animals when they are active. We game-drive slowly out of the park which we leave at South Gate before 11 AM. From there it’s a 90 km drive to Maun, the “gateway to the Okavango Delta” where we enter civilization again.
After lunch, we have again some options:
- those who leave us are brought to the airport for flying out
- or you can be dropped at a hotel of your choice
- or the people continuing the trip back to Windhoek are brought to a lodge for a lazy afternoon at the pool ( or siesta, which is more popular after the early morning get-ups ). The die-hards can still make a game-flight over the delta.
Approximate distance: 160 km Power: yes
Extension 2 back to Windhoek
Day 21: lodge, Ghanzi
After a nice English breakfast at a decent time, we leave Maun behind and drive some 300 km to our destination: a lodge close to Ghanzi where we have lunch. In the afternoon we make a bush walk with the Bushman to learn their skills in surviving, hunting and food gathering. We get the opportunity to taste their food, ask questions, all in all an eye-opener for people from developed countries.
In the evening we enjoy Bushman dances around the campfire.
Approximate distance: 300 km Power: yes
Day 22: guesthouse, Windhoek
Today we leave Botswana and drive back to Windhoek visiting Gobabis along the way. You’ll notice how we go from Kalahari bush up on an escarpment at the border and then the surrounding mountains around Windhoek are getting closer and closer.
We check in our guesthouse, have time for shower, packing, etc before going for our last dinner in a nice restaurant.
Approximate distance: 450 km Power: yes
Day 23: Windhoek
Sleep-in and nice breakfast after which we go downtown Windhoek to visit some new areas and a craft shop which gives local people the opportunity to expose their art and products, best place for last-minute souvenir shopping.
We have brunch in town, collect the luggage and drive the 45 km back to the airport where you depart. People who opt to stay in Namibia can be dropped at any destination of their choice in town.
Full list of items included:
- 13 dinners, 12 lunches, 13 breakfasts / Maun extension: 5 dinners, 6 lunches, 6 breakfast / Windhoek extension: 2 dinner, 3 lunches, 3 breakfast
- Accommodation: 1 x guesthouse, 2 x hotel, 10 x camping / Maun extension: 5 x camping / Windhoek extension: 2 x lodge/guesthouse
- Under bush ablutions: communal shower and toilet block in Namibian campsites
- All activities as per itinerary ( except optional flight over delta, optional activities in Victoria Falls, second visit to the falls
- Transport in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle
- Camping in dome tents as per itinerary (3 x 3 meter x 1.9 m high)
- Services of a professional guide and camp cook
- All meals as indicated in itinerary
- Drinking water. Soft drinks & fruit juice from our selection
- Local wine and beer from our selection at the camp dinners
- All camping equipment incl camp beds, bedding & towels
- Vat and Government taxes
- All Park and camping fees
Full list of items Excluded:
- All drinks while at lodge, hotel or guest house
- Spending money
- Any additional activities not listed in the itinerary
- Activities in/to Zambia - Zimbabwe
- Flights over the Delta and Falls
- Items of a personal nature
- Medical evacuation insurance