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16 Days Wildlife Namibia,Botswana & Victoria Falls

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Day 1: Namib Desert Campsite, Sossusvlei or similar

 

Sossusvlei

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

Overnight: Namib Desert Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia View iBrochure

These campsites are located under acacia trees on the bank of a dry riverbed and offer beautiful views of the 'fossilized' dunes of the primeval Namib. They are equipped with electricity, water, grill area and windbreak and share several communal bathroom facilities. Just a few minutes' drive from the road to Sesriem, this camping site is ideally suited for nature lovers who want to experience Sossusvlei and at the same time love the silent starlit nights of the Namib Desert.

 

Activities

Dune drive to Elim Dune

Sosusvlei Excursion: Deadvlei, Big Daddy, Dune 45 , Sesriem,

 

 

 

 

Day 2-3: Mile-4 Caravan Park, Swakopmund or similar

 

Swakopmund

Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Overnight: Mile-4 Caravan Park

Mile 4 Caravan Park is situated in the northern outskirts of the popular holiday town of Swakopmund. For the dedicated campers, the park offers a choice between a spacious campsite with neat ablution blocks or a more comfortable cluster campsite. For more of a luxury stay, there are a variety of self catering accommodations offered. For large groups such as sport teams, school groups, church groups or company team building groups, there are backpacker rooms in the dorms. Close by is an obstacle course to challenge the physical abilities of the groups. The park’s spacious bar with a built-in braai offers the ideal venue for private functions such as office parties, year end functions and birthday parties. The bar deck also has a built-in braai and offers a breathtaking sunset view. The conference hall with a fully equipped kitchen offers a solution for larger events such as wedding receptions, large birthday parties or conferences.

 

Activities

Camel Riding

Quad biking

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Torra Bay, Skeleton Coast or similar

 

Skeleton Coast

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the 'Land God Made in Anger' and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.

Overnight: Torra Bay

Torra Bay, on Namibia’s wild Atlantic coast, is known for its excellent shore-based fishing. The campsite at this remote spot is only open from 1 December to 31 January, but keen anglers should do their best to take advantage of this two-month season. The region also offers fantastic bird watching and some great hiking trails.

 

Activities

Hiking trail

Angling Fishing

 

 

 

Day 5: Damara Mopane Lodge, Damaraland or similar

 

Damaraland

This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant, and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies from one of the many safari camps dotting Damaraland. Other popular activities include: guided drives, nature walks and visiting the local communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the Damaraland's world-famous ancient rock art.

Overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia View iBrochure

Damara Mopane Lodge is located 20 km east of Khorixas on the C 39 (Damaraland).
Built in a labyrinth design, this innovative lodge has 55 chalets, each with its own vegetable garden. Savour the charm from your stoep where sunflowers peep over walls, refresh in the pool, visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings 100km away and watch the sun sink into mopane woodland.

 

Activities

Twyfelfontain rock Painting

Damara Tribe Musuem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6-7: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha South or similar

 

Etosha South

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.

Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite

Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it also functions as the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.

The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.

 

Activities

After Game drive

Full Day Game Drive

 

Day 8: Divava Okavango Resort & Spa, Mahango Game Reserve or similar

 

Mahango Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, the small Mahango Game Park provides a convenient stopover between Rundu and Katima Mulilo. It forms part of the beautiful Bwabwata National Park. The park's landscape is characterised by woodlands, vast floodplains of the Okavango River basin known as omurambas and the Kavango River. It is home to a reported 99 species of including a large number of elephants, lion, leopard and a variety of antelopes including the red lechwe, sable and roan. This park is an excellent destination for avid bird watchers boasting over 400 species and provides the perfect spot for visitors to catch a glimpse of crocodile and hippo in the Kavango River. Other popular activities include: night game drives, wildlife safaris, and watching the African sunset over the floodplains.

Overnight: Divava Okavango Resort & Spa View iBrochure

Build on the river banks of the Okavango river and right next to Popa Falls, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa is within 20 minutes drive to the Mahango National and Buffalo Game Parks, the perfect doorway to unparalleled adventure and a destination beyond wildlife safaris.

Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Kavango where time stands still, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa really is one of its kind in the region. Experience magical moments in the National Game Parks and the rumbling river that feeds your imagination, leaving you with tales to tell for many days and years to come. After your exhilarating journey, visit the Divava Okavango Spa, a place that evokes the perfect harmony between natural beauty and pure relaxation. All 20 rooms are luxurious with thatched roofs in the wide spread and tranquil gardens. Enjoy the delicacies of the restaurants at Divava Okavango Resort. The Resort offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching and other activities for the young and curious explorers.

 

Activities

Boat Cruise

Bird Watching

Day 9: Moremi Island Camp, Moremi Game Reserve or similar

 

Moremi Game Reserve

Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Overnight: Moremi Island Camp

Moremi Island Camp is proudly owned and operated by Botswana citizens – please support citizen tourism ventures in Botswana, it is the surest way to guarantee the existence and preservation of wilderness areas. To get a full appreciation of this specular region guests should spend 3 nights at Moremi Island Camp.

Moremi Island Camp is located in one of the most scenic and game rich area’s of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is also home to the famous Godikwa Heronries offering the wildlife enthusiast a real feast for the eye. The immediate area surrounding Moremi Island Camp is characterised by large lagoons, water channels and countless islands ranging from a merge spec to very large- home to a variety of wildlife big and small. It is without a doubt one of the very best places to experience the true beauty of the Okavango Delta.

The camp is what we call an Explorer camp- a rustic camp only accommodating 12 guests, a real sense of old world charm and adventure prevails in these camps. The camp consists of a central mess tent, outside fire-pit and the 6 tents. We have specifically forgone any form of décor and thus allowing the full spectacle of nature to provide all the décor you would want for! Our impact on the environment is specifically low, as we do appreciate and understand our impact on this fragile eco-system. The accommodation tents are bow tents (2.4 meters X 2.4 meters) with basic en-suite facilities (bucket shower, basin and wc)- it is the exact same tents as used by most mobile operators in Botswana.

Activities centre on the wonder waterways of this region. We offer mokoro trips, boating and walks on the larger islands all with qualified guides. While the mokoro trips offer a almost silent way to explore the smaller channels and floodplains which boats can not reach- this will also be your best change to view the elusive Sitatunga.

 

Activities

Mokoror trail

Game Drive in Moremi

 

 

 

Day 10-11: Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or similar

 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Rest Camp

Victoria Falls Self Catering and Camping Accommodation at the Vic Falls Restcamp is the best budget accommodation available in the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Rest Camp is situated right in the middle of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe making it a perfect place to be based with all amenities within walking distance. The Restcamp is only 2 km from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls.
The security around the camp is a top priority with high stainless steel fences and electric fences making it first-class. The rest camp boasts numerous well maintained grass areas and an abundance of different varieties of trees making the surroundings in the camp very enjoyable. It makes this restcamp very popular for families as children have a safe and secure scenic environment to play in.