Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls 20 day Itinerary.

Experience the very best of Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls in 20 days. Desert tours, river cruises, game viewing and helicopter flights over Victoria Falls- Come explore Southern Africa with us…

Kalahari Namibia – 1 night (Kalahari Farmhouse Gondwana Namibia Collection)

Contrary to popular belief, the Kalahari is not a desert, its annual rainfall being greater than that of a desert. It is the scarcity of surface water that makes it look like a desert, yet the Kalahari is a relatively wooded region, a thorny savannah composed mainly of acacia trees. The vegetation is easier to anchor in the fossil valleys parallel to the dunes whose soil is more clayey. The wildlife of Kalahari is rich, many antelopes, including Oryx, ostriches but also small species such as meerkats living in highly organised communities.

Day 1: Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will give you your travel documents and assist you in renting your vehicle. From the airport you will drive to your Kalahari Farmhouse (+/- 03h30). Guests can enjoy the afternoon safari on arrival at the Lodge (not included). Dinner in your accommodation.

Namib – 2 nights (Desert Homestead Lodge)

Sossusvlei is what is called in southern Africa a “pan”, a sort of dry lagoon inside the desert. Sossusvlei and its surroundings are one of the only accessible areas of the majestic sea of ​​sand stretching 300 km long and 150 km wide in the heart of the Namib Desert. Sossusvlei is reached by a valley lined with dunes following the bed of a dry river named Tsauchab. Arriving at Sossusvlei, visitors leave the vehicles to walk around at will and climb one of the dunes bordering the “pan”. From there, the impressive perspective of the desert is revealed in an endless succession of soft and plump sand waves, alternating the yellow, orange and ocher colors throughout the day. The landscape is fascinating, calls mystery, silence and serenity. Nobody remains insensitive to the magic of the place.

 

Day 2: Breakfast in your accommodation. You will leave for your next accommodation: Desert Homestead Lodge (+/- 04h00). On arrival if you wish, you can participate in the various activities of the lodge (not included): Tour in the Cheetah Sanctuary, 4×4 desert tour in the desert and drink at sunset, Hiking around the lodge, Dinner in your lodge.

Day 3: Breakfast in your lodge. Today we advise you to visit Sossusvlei: Big Daddy, The largest and most impressive sand dune of Sossuvlei 325meters, Dune 45: The famous sand dune of 5 million years old, Sesriem canyon, Dinner in your lodge.

Swakopmund – 2 nights (Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Center)

Before becoming Namibia’s most popular seaside town for vacationers looking for freshness during the hot summer months of Namibia, Swakopmund was for a long time the most important port of the German South West African colony. During the First World War, Namibian territory came under the control of South Africa, which was already operating the neighbouring port of Walvis Bay. Swakopmund then became a seaside town. Today, Swakopmund offers the quaint charm of the old colonial town planted with palm trees and green gardens, contrasting with the only desert sand colors. The Atlantic and the Benguela current, coming directly from Antarctica, bathes the coast with cold water full of oysters, lobsters and fine fish.

 

 

Day 4: Breakfast in your lodge. This morning you will drive to your next accommodation Swakopmund Hotel & entertainment Center (+/- 03h15). Afternoon rest, you can enjoy the pool of your hotel and enjoy seafood at the edge of the ocean. Free Dinner.

Day 5: Breakfast in your hotel . 12:00 pm: Today you will leave for  Sandwich Harbor Tour. You will begin with a break in the lagoon to admire the flamingos, then you will go by 4×4 in the dunes to observe the local flora and fauna. Free Dinner.

Spitzkoppe – 1 night (Spitzkoppen Lodge)

The Spitzkoppe, between Usakos and Swakopmund, is also known as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. At an altitude of 1,800 meters, the Spitzkoppe is arguably the highest mountain in Namibia, but it is its incredible cut lines that have earned it its reputation as the most famous mountain in the country. Emerging from a vast desert plain, one can see this mountainous island from far away. The difference in height between the summit and the base is 700 meters.

Next door is the “Little Spitzkoppe” which rises 1584 meters above sea level, and the mountains of Pontok. Contrary to appearances, it is not easy to reach the summit of the Spitzkoppe, which was conquered for the first time in 1946. Only trained and well-equipped mountaineers should embark on this ascent. In summer, it is impossible to climb because of the high temperature of the rock which, without a doubt, would burn your hands.

This granite massif, part of the Erongo Mountains, was born during the collapse of a granite volcano 100 million years ago. Then the erosion did its work to update the volcanic rock, the granite. It is possible to make beautiful walks between the strange rock formations, in an astonishing landscape. Botanical enthusiasts can discover a particular flora like yellow Butter Trees and Poison Trees (Euphorbia Virosa) which secrete an extremely dangerous white liquid that the Bushmen use as a poison for the tip of their arrows. We can discover a little everywhere paintings bohemian, and in particular in “The paradise of Bushmen”.

 

Day 6: Breakfast in your hotel. You will leave for your accommodation at Spitzkoppen lodge (+/- 01h30). We advise you to participate in the following activities of your accommodation (not included): Archaeological guided tour in Bushmann’s Paradise, Horseback riding with option under the stars, Tour photographic, Bike tour in the spitzkoppe, Sliding Spitzkoppe, Dinner in your accommodation.

Damaraland – 1 night (Ugab Terrace Lodge)

The Damaraland is a very arid region where the savannahs in the plains and the mountain passes alternate themselves offering superb landscapes, worthy of the most beautiful scenery of westerns. The territory of Damaraland; extending from the skeleton coast to the central plateau of Namibia, owes its name to the Damara people who constitute the bulk of the population of the region. The Damaraland is very sparsely populated and its tourist attraction is mainly related to its beautiful landscapes and rock paintings that are found around the mountainous Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Spitzkoppe. Many wild animals including elephants, rhinos, oryx and mountain zebras have acclimated to the hostile climate of the region.

Day 7: Breakfast in your accommodation. Today you will leave for your next accommodation Ugab Terrace Lodge  (+/- 03h30). On the road we advise you to stop to do the following activities (not included): A walk in the nature of Damaraland, Tour 4×4, Tyrolian: One of the longest in the world, Dinner in your accommodation.

Etosha West – 2 nights (Etosha Mountain Lodge)

Located in the western part of Etosha National Park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-renowned wildlife preserve. Formerly a restricted area, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the isolated sections of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can explore this distant landscape of northern Namibia characterized by lush rolling terrain and reddish-brown soil. The area has many water points attracting elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and a variety of males. Do not miss the chance to spot Hartmann’s rare mountain zebra and the black-faced impala.

Day 8: Breakfast in your accommodation. Today you will leave for your next accommodation Etosha Mountain Lodge (+/- 02h00). 12:00 pm: Lunch, 15h30: Tea / coffee with snack, 16h00: Departure for the afternoon safari, 18:00: Return of safari, 19:00: Dinner

Day 9: Far from your safari day: 06:00 am: Alarm clock, 06h30: Tea / coffee with lger snack, 07:00 am: Morning safari, 09h00: Return of safari, 12:00 pm: Lunch, 15h30: Tea / coffee with snack, 16:00: Afternoon safai departure, 18:00: Return of safari, 19:00: Dinner

Etosha National Park – 1 night (Halali Resort)

Etosha, which means “immense white expanse”, is one of the largest and most famous reserves of all Africa. During part of the year, a vast expanse of surface water, once a lake the size of the Netherlands, sparkles with a brilliant white light due to the crystallization of salt on its surface. On the fringes of this picture are vast meadows and wooded areas with an incredible variety of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. The vast white expanse is inhospitable, 120 kilometers long and 72 wide; we sometimes see an isolated wildebeest or flocks of Oryx cross it or simply hold on as hypnotises by this place. However, during the rainy season, it’s a whole different show: the accumulated water transforms this drained area into a vast basin rich in seaweed, a paradise attracting thousands of birds. The pinkish mist that seems to move slowly over the water is in fact a cloud of flamingos, for whom this place is a very favorable terrain. Etosha has a dozen natural and artificial bodies of water. During dry periods, take a position at one of the many water points to observe wildlife. And attend the parade of a real Noah’s Ark come to quench their thirst. take a position at one of the many water points to observe wildlife. And attend the parade of a real Noah’s Ark come to quench their thirst. take a position at one of the many water points to observe wildlife. And attend the parade of a real Noah’s Ark come to quench their thirst.

Day 10: 06:00 am: Alarm clock, 06h30: Tea / coffee with lger snack, 07:00 am: Morning safari, 09h00: Return of safari. Then you will leave for your next accommodation through Etosha: Halali Resort (+/- 02h00). You can book another safari with your accommodation (not included): Safaris morning & evening, Dinner in your accommodation.

Rundu – 2 nights (Hakusembe River Lodge Gondwana Namibia Collection)

Bordering Angola, on the banks of the Okavango River in northern Namibia, the town of Rundu serves as the capital of the eastern Kavango region. Rundu is renowned for its local woodcarvers market and the numerous woodcarvers’ huts dotting the side of the road. The town provides a great stopover to visitors to Katima Mulilo as well as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding areas. Visitors to Rundu can enjoy the beautiful surrounds including the magnificent Popa Falls and Mahangu Game Reserve. Kavango river, great game viewing, excellent bird watching.

Day 11: Breakfast in your accommodation. Today you will leave for your next accommodation Hakusembe River Lodge (+/- 04h30). Upon your arrival, we advise you to participate in the cruise that your lodge organizes on Cabungo, river that separates Angola and Namibia (not included). Dinner in your lodge.

Day 12: Breakfast at the lodge. Today you could go to visit the Khaudum National Park (+/- 1h30). Dinner at the lodge.

Kwando River – 3 nights (Camp Kwando)

Meandering through the spectacular Caprivi Strip in northwest Namibia, the Kwando River rises from the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola. The area surrounding the Kwando River is known for its protected game reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It offers excellent game viewing with the perennial waters of the river attracting plentiful wildlife including wide herds of elephant, hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe, turtles, zebra, impala, spotted-necked otters and over 400 species of bird. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing stay at one of the many lodges set on the banks of the river and soak up the spectacular views of Africa. Popular activities include: game viewing, bird watching, fishing, and camping.

Day 13: Breakfast in your lodge. Today you will leave for your next accommodation Camp Kwando (+/- 04h30). On the way, you will enter the Caprivi Strip including  Bwabwata National ParkDinner in your accommodation.

Day 14: Breakfast in your lodge. You can organize your day with the activities of your lodge (not included): Safari 4×4 in the Bwabwata National Park,Cruise on Kwando River, Fishing on the river, Visit of the local village, Dinner at the lodge.

Day 15: Breakfast in your lodge. You can organize your day with the activities of your lodge (not included): Safari 4×4 in the Bwabwata National Park,Cruise on Kwando River, Fishing on the river, Visit of the local village, Dinner at the lodge.

Chobe National Park – 2 nights (Elephant Valley Lodge)

The Chobe National Park alone presents all types of landscapes in Botswana: flood plains, sandy depressions, grasslands and Kalahari desert. The park stretches over 1.1 million hectares and is named after the Chobe River, known by other names upstream and forming an irregular border between Botswana and the Caprivi Strip region in Namibia. Flowing from west to east, the river has its source in Angola where it bears the name of Cuando. It then becomes Linyanti, Itenge and finally the Chobe, in turn tributary of the Zambezi. Bordered with papyrus, the waters of Linyanti abound with bream and tiger fish; they therefore suggest beautiful days of fishing. The Chobe region offers a wide variety of habitats to herds of elephants, buffaloes and zebras. Rich in game, the park is an excellent pantry for predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. This is of course the shoreline of the Chobe which is the most densely populated by wildlife, and this especially by the elephants that make the world reputation of the park. An estimated 73,000 Chobe herds, with herds up to 500 head.

 

Day 16: Breakfast in your lodge. Departure to Botswana: Today you will leave your car at Kasane airport (+/- 03h00). At the airport, your transfer to your next accommodation Elephant Valley Lodge (+/- 30min) will be waiting for you. You will be able to participate in the activities of the afternoon: Safari of the afternoon in 4×4, Dinner in your accommodation.

Day 17: Running of your safari day:06:00 am: Alarm clock, 06h30: Light snack, tea / coffee, 07h00: Departure for the morning safari, you have the choice between the boat or the 4×4, 09h00: Return of safari, 12:00 pm: Lunch, 15:30: Snack, tea / coffee, 16h00: Afternoon safari departure, you have the choice between safari by boat or 4×4, 18:00: Return of safari, 19:00: Dinner

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – 2 nights (Victoria Falls Hotel)

Nestled on the southern shores of the Zambezi and at the western end of the falls, this popular tourist town is ideal for strolling and for travelers exploring the seventh wonder of the world: Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be seen on the Zimbabwean side and, although the falls are undoubtedly the main attraction, the region offers many activities to guarantee you an exceptional stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over helicopter falls, Victoria Falls Bridge bungee jumping, seasonal rafting, and day trips to Chobe National Park.

Day 18: Breakfast in your accommodation. 06:00 am: Alarm clock, 06h30: Light snack, tea / coffee, 07h00: Departure for the morning safari, you have the choice between the boat or the 4×4, 09h00: Return of safari. Departure to Zimbabwe: Your accommodation will transfer you to your hotel Victoria Falls Hotel (+/- 01h10). Lunch and dinner in the restaurant of your choice.

Day 19: Breakfast in your hotel. You will go for a cruise on the Zambezi River to enjoy the sunset! Lunch and dinner in the restaurant of your choice.

Day 20: Breakfast in your hotel. Your hotel will transfer to the airport of Victoria falls or you will take your flight to Europe. End of our services.

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