Group tour Namibia / Botswana / VicFalls

Group tour Namibia / Botswana / VicFalls

Day 1 Departure from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

Day 2 Arrival in Windhoek, Namibia
Your guide will be welcoming you at the airport. The overland truck will bring you to the guesthouse. In the afternoon you have time to explore Windhoek or otherwise relax at the pool. In the evening we will have dinner together.

Cori Pension, Windhoek B&B

Day 3 Windhoek – Marienthal 300 km
Today we travel southwards. If we arrive in time, you will be able to walk in Gondwana Kalahari Park. This is a 100 km² park, 30 km from Marienthal.

Kalahari Anib Lodge, Dinner, B&B

Day 4 Marienthal – Ais-Ais 510 km
Today is a long day in the truck. Namibia is a country of wide open spaces where you need to travel many km to see all the beautiful sites. But you will be rewarded, that’s for sure! Ais-Ais is well known because of the thermal baths en the beautiful hikes in the Fish River Canyon. Plenty to do. Tonight we might have a ‘braai’ (= BBQ).

Ais-Ais Bungalow, only bed

Day 5 Ais-Ais – Seeheim 100 km
In the morning there’s still some time to walk or take a thermal bath. After lunch we will be heading for Seeheim.
Namibia had not many villages and town. You’ll see, every spot on your map might only be a petrol station or hotel.

Seeheim Hotel, Dinner, B&B

Day 6 Seeheim – Sesriem 650 km
Today we spend a long day in the truck again. We’ll make a nice stop in Helmeringhausen. A village with 7 inhabitants, 1 hotel and 1 petrol station.

Weltevrede Guest Farm, Dinner,  B&B

Day 7 Sesriem 60 km
Today we will visit the red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, 1 of the highlights of a trip to Namibia. We have to be there early to see the sunrise because that is the most beautiful. For photographers an absolute paradise. We make an excursion into Sossusvlei where you will learn about this very special place on earth.

Weltevrede Guest Farm, Dinner, B&B

Day 8 Swakopmund 375 km
On the road from Sesriem to Swakopmund we will pass Solitaire. The apple pie of Solitaire is world famous so we just have to taste this. Read the book from Ton van der Lee – Solitaire, to prepare for this journey. It will give you a good idea of the people and the landscapes. Just before Swakopmund there’s Walvis Bay. We stop here to see the beautiful flamingo’s.
Swakop and Windhoek are the only ‘cities’ in Namibia. Swakop only has 30.000 inhabitants and has, just like Windhoek, a very German feel. We stay 2 nights and you’ll have the opportunity to do several excursions like a township tour, dolphin safari or maybe you even would like to sky dive? You can also go quadbiking in the dunes.

Dunedin Star Guesthouse, B&B

Day 9 Swakopmund
A whole day in Swakopmund. Enjoy some delicious German Kaffee & Kuche and maybe you would like to phone home or use the internet. Swakop is safe and you’re right on the Atlantic Ocean.

Dunedin Star Guesthouse, B&B

Day 10 Camp Xaragu 400 km
We drive along the coast to Cape Cross. Here you will find a huge amount of seals. We don’t stay too long because they smell terribly! We continue our journey to the Brandberg plateau. In pre-history the Bushmen painted about 45.000 different paintings. The most famous one is The White Lady.

Camp Xaragu, Dinner, B&B

Day 11 Camp Xaragu
It’s possible to find the desert elephant close to Camp Xaragu. This is a small kind of elephant, totally adapted to the desert. Of course we have to try to find these beautiful animals. Other sites: rock paintings near Twyfelfontein, the organ pipes and the petrified forest.

Camp Xaragu, Dinner, B&B

Day 12 Kamanjab 300 km
Namibia is home to many different tribes: the Nama’s, the Ovambo’s, the Herero’s in the north and in Kaokoland live the Himba’s. They try to hold on to their traditional way of living. This becomes more and more difficult with a growing tourism industry. In the morning of day 13 we will visit a traditional Himba village.

Day 13 Etosha – Okaukeujo 340 km
Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of this journey. We drive with our own truck through the park and stay overnight in Okaukeujo Camp in bungalows. The park has it’s 100th birth day in 2007 and has been upgraded in many ways. In the evening the water hole is the place to be to see all the wild animals.

Okaukeujo Rest Camp, Etosha, bed only

Day 14 Etosha – Namutoni, Tsumeb
A full day of game driving in Etosha. We have lunch in Halali Rest Camp. We leave the camp at the end of the day and stay overnight in Tsumeb.

Minen Hotel, B&B

Day 15 Tsumeb – Divundu 600 km
Today again a long distance to cover and we cross the border to Botswana. Another stamp in the passport. Botswana is famous for the Okavango Delta, the only inland delta in the world. A very special piece of nature where you will experience the real bush.

Rainbow River Lodge, Dinner, B&B

Day 16 Divundu – Maun 450 km
The night before we fly into the delta, we stay overnight in Maun. In Maun you’ll still be able to phone and exchange money. In the afternoon we will be briefed about our 2 night stay in Gunn’s Camp and around what time we’ll fly the next day.

Island Safari Lodge, Dinner, B&B

Day 17 Maun – Okavango Delta
We leave all unnecessary luggage in Maun with the truck and the driver. We fly into the Delta with small Chesna planes. This is already spectacular and sometimes you see elephants or buffalos from the plane. The flight is about 20 minutes and takes us to Ntswi Island which borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The remains of the day, you can spot the animals from the sundeck.

Tents, mats and sleeping bags will be provided, communal showers and toilets, inclusive of full board and activities on day 18.

Day 18 Okavango Delta
In the early morning and late afternoon we go in Mokoro boats with local guides into the Delta. Of course we try to see as many animals as possible but nature’s overwhelming in this part of the world in any case.

Tents, mats and sleeping bags will be provided, communal showers and toilets, inclusive of full board and activities on day 18.

Day 19 Delta – Nata 305 km
Unfortunately today we have to leave this magical place again but not without another spectacular flight. Upon arrival in Maun, the truck will be waiting for us and off we go to Nata. The next highlight of trip will be Chobe National Park.

Nata Lodge, Dinner, B&B

Day 20 Chobe National Park 300 km
After another 300 km driving, we can enjoy the park in the afternoon. We’ll make a boat safari and enjoy the sunset as we spot the wild animals.

Tora Lodge, Dinner, B&B

Day 21 Victoria Falls 90 km
The real safari addicts can still go for an early morning safari. The next stop will be our final destination, the Victoria Waterfalls. In the afternoon it’s possible to make a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy a cold Zambezi beer while spotting the animals.

Sprayview, B&B

Day 22 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is well equipped for tourists. Of course you must go and see the VicFalls today. It’s possible to make a bungee jump, go river rafting. Lots of activities here. As a farewell dinner we suggest to all go to the Boma.

Sprayview, B&B

Day 23 Departure
Too bad but it’s time to say goodbye. It’s very difficult to say goodbye to Africa so pls. do come back.

Inclusive of:
– all transport in an overland truck
– 21 x accommodation
– 18 x breakfast
– 11 x dinner
– 2 x lunch
– Walking excursion in Sossusvlei
– 1 x sunset cruise in Chobe National Park
– Flights from and to the Okavango delta
– Excursions in the delta, Mokoro boats
– Entrance fees: Ais-Ais, Etosha, Okavango Delta, petrified forest, Brandberg, White Lady, organ pipes and Twyfelfontein

Excluding:
– International flights
– Other meals
– Excursions in Swakop and VicFalls
– Tips
– Personal expenses

€ 4.000 per person sharing, max. 8 guests.

An overland truck is a re-built truck with a cabin for passengers. There are lots of windows, no air-conditioning, normal seats. These seats can’t be moved back or forward. There’s quite a lot of room for your legs. You enter the truck using stairs. The truck has fold away chairs, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, no fridge though. Namibia can’t be compared with South Africa. There are not a lot of villages or towns, only 2 million people live in Namibia. Most roads are dirt roads and very dusty. Please don’t bring any suitcases but use backpacks or soft bags. Bring along a smaller bag to be able to take to the delta.

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