Giant sand dunes in the Namib Desert
Dunes, Delta and Falls
If you've ever wished you could see some incredible wildlife up close, this trip is the perfect adventure. Your tour of Botswana and Namibia will take you to nature reserves and national parks, where you'll have the chance to see elephants, buffalo and much, much more.
Your journey begins in Namibia, where you'll visit Cape Cross to see its famous seal colony and enjoy a few days at Etosha National Park, where you'll get a great view of the animals from a vehicle driven by an expert guide. You’ll also visit Popa Falls, an amazing series of cascades formed by a quartzite ledge, before enjoying a game viewing cruise on a houseboat. Next you’ll travel to Botswana, where you’ll stay in a luxury tented resort in the Okavango Delta. This camp is home to rescued elephants, so you’ll have a unique opportunity to get close to these gentle giants. You'll enjoy a trip down the delta in a traditional boat called a mokoro, before travelling to Chobe National Park where you'll stay in a luxury riverside retreat. At the end of your trip, you'll visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, truly a sight that must be seen to be believed.
Get fantastic views of a seal colony at Cape Cross
See one of the world's Seven Wonders, Victoria Falls
Enjoy a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
Visit the wildlife sanctuary at Etosha National Park
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
This incredible adventure begins when you land at Windhoek International Hosea Kutako Airport in Namibia. After being transferred to your lodge, the Olive Grove, you'll have some free time to settle in and relax before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure - there's a pool at the hotel that's perfect if you want to cool down after a day of travelling. Or you could take some time to explore this lively capital city and take in some of its wine bars, bistros or craft markets.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, it's time to bid farewell to Windhoek and head for the coast. You'll recharge your batteries at the Delight Hotel (which is as nice as it sounds) in Swakopmund as you prepare for one of this trip's true highlights: the seals. You'll fill up on breakfast the next morning before hitting Cape Cross, where you'll find a captivating colony of seals frolicking in their natural habitat. Prepare to be amazed! Guides will be on hand to tell you all about the seals and why so many of these animals have made Cape Cross their home.
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Etosha National Park
By now you'll have the taste for wildlife, so it's the perfect time to travel to the world-renowned Etosha National Park. You'll head north bright and early, stopping off at the charming towns of Usakos and Omaruru en route to the Etosha Safari Lodge. The next day brings the chance to travel through the park with a tour vehicle, exploring its many waterholes. We can't promise exactly what you'll see, but lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes and countless other species roam the park, so keep your eyes peeled.
You'll finish at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge before getting up the next morning and doing it all again, with expert guides giving you the best possible chance of spotting the animals. You'll end the day at the lodge's bar and swimming pool, ready to unwind after a memorable day.
Activity & Adventure
Next up, it's time to head for the water. You'll travel to the village of Divundu, stopping for lunch on your way before settling in at the Popa Falls Resort. This is the perfect spot to explore the rapids of the same name, which race down from the Okavango River in thrilling fashion. Your guide will take you to the falls' main viewing point, giving you the chance to watch the water cascading past. A game viewing cruise on a houseboat, watching as the sun sets over the Okavango, is the perfect end to what promises to be a stunning day.
You'll rise early on Day 10 of your adventure ready for the journey to Botswana. Your destination is Maun, a large town around five hours' drive from Caprivi, and you're sure to see some stunning scenery en route. We'll also have a stop for lunch so that when you arrive in Maun, you're ready to board a chartered light aircraft for the 20-minute flight to the Okavango Delta. You'll be staying at Stanley's Camp, where you'll enjoy luxury tented accommodation next to the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is home to a number of rescued elephants so you'll get a unique chance to see these incredible creatures up close.
The following day, we’ve organised a scenic flight over the Okovango Delta. The best time to take this flight is in the early morning as the sun rises or in the late afternoon, when you can enjoy the best aerial views of the vast untouched wilderness below. From above, you might be able to spot hippos bathing in the waterways or elephants and buffalo sheltering in the shade of the trees. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure, and there are plenty of options available if you’re keen to see more of the wildlife. The resort offers game drives where you can see the animals from the safety and comfort of a vehicle driven by a knowledgeable guide. Or if you’d prefer to stretch your legs, you can take advantage of one of the walking safaris where you can learn all about the animals from a brand new perspective. And don't worry if all that activity has made you hungry, because we’ve arranged a feast for dinner which you’ll enjoy outdoors under the stars.
After a delicious breakfast the next day, we’ve organised a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow waterways of the delta. These traditional canoe-like vessels are a popular mode of transport in this area, and you’ll soon be able to see why. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the river, gliding through the water as you pass beautiful lilies and get close to the animals, perhaps an elephant munching happily on the reeds or a buffalo as it takes a drink. You can even see crocodiles sunbathing on the banks, or hippos as they lie in the water to keep cool. There are also an amazing number of species of frogs, birds and plants that you can see from your vantage point on the mokoro. Your lunch will be served on the water, and you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore at your own pace or enjoy one of the optional activities on offer at the camp.
Chobe National Park
The next day, you'll take your seat in a chartered light aircraft for the transfer to Kasane Airport, around 80 minutes away. On landing you'll take a transfer to Chobe Chilwero Lodge, a luxury riverside retreat on the edge of Chobe National Park. You'll arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, before enjoying an afternoon drive to see some of its wildlife, from hippos to elephants, antelope and other animals gathering on the banks of the Chobe River. If you're lucky you might also see some of the lions and leopards that live in this area. You'll finish the day with some classic sundowner drinks, the ideal way to end an amazing day of adventure.
After a good night's sleep at the lodge, you'll rise to enjoy a hearty breakfast before spending the morning at your own leisure, perhaps enjoying the pool and relaxing in your luxurious surroundings. Then it's time for an evening cruise on the river, where you can enjoy incredible views of the sunset, sipping on a cold drink as you watch wildlife at the water's edge and reminisce about the day's activities.
Activity & Adventure
On Day 15 of your trip, you'll travel by road and by boat to the city of Livingstone where you'll be staying at the Thorntree River Lodge, just across the border in Zambia's Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The transfer takes around two hours and once you arrive, you’ll be able to spend the rest of the afternoon as you please – perhaps visiting the local markets, where you can find anything from food to fabrics and lots more. Or you could decide to just relax and enjoy your surroundings at the lodge, where you’ll find a gym and spa overlooking the mighty Zambezi River.
The next day, it's time to visit the undisputed highlight of the local area - Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its traditional name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders, and you’ll soon see why. You’ll get a guided tour on the Zambian side of the Falls, considered to offer the most spectacular viewpoint during the season of peak flow, from January to June. Expert guides will be on hand to teach you all about how this spectacular natural phenomenon was created millions of years ago.
The next day, you'll fly back home from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Airport in Livingstone, ready to tell everyone back home all about your amazing African adventure.
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