This small-group tour takes you from the colonial Namibian city of Windhoek through the arid landscapes of Botswana's Kalahari desert, where you'll experience memorable interactions with the local Bushmen, and onwards to the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and a veritable treasure trove of wildlife, best explored by mokoros. Other trip highlights include the magnificent Chobe National Park, and Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt pans in the world, before ending in Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls, creating a truly unforgettable adventure!

Itinerary

Day One - Windhoek, Namibia

Starting your adventure in the Namibian city of Windhoek, today there's plenty of free time to explore before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Afterwards, you may wish to get to know everyone a little better over an optional welcome dinner. Once a German colonial town, Windhoek is today a modern city, but its German influences can still be seen, with the old colonial buildings lending the town both a historic atmosphere and a European feel; some of the best examples of German architecture can be admired in the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium, and the Genossenschaftshaus.

If you'd like to see a bit more of Namibia before continuing into Botswana, it's worthwhile looking into pre-tour accommodation, and perhaps combining this trip with a Namibia Dunes Shortbreak, which begins and ends in Windhoek and includes the famous dunes of Soussusvlei, exploring by 4x4 and on foot - just ask our travel specialists to arrange this for you!

Day Two - Ghanzi and Kalahari, Botswana

Leaving Namibia behind, it's time to head across the border into neighbouring Botswana, a country which may be 85% covered in semi-arid landscapes, but boasts lush, water-filled and wildlife-rich pockets which make for some of the most exciting safari opportunities in Africa. Today, your destination is the 'Capital of the Kalahari', Ghanzi, where you'll stay overnight at a community project - the Dqae Qare San Lodge - which is run and owned by the local San Bushmen people. Although the accommodation is more basic than the rest of your journey, its concept and experience will make up for it, plus there's an impressive concentration of bird life here to search for. Dinner tonight will be prepared by the local women and served in the communal lounge and dining area, and later you'll be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the local Bushmen, sitting around the camp fire as the Bushmen use stories and traditional dancing to share their extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari and culture.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days Three and Four - Okavango Delta, Botswana

After the arid landscapes of the Kalahari, your next destination is one of Botswana's most popular safari spots, the UNESO-listed Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and Delta's lagoons, palm islands, and waterways are home to an abundance of lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, and over 450 species of birds, with wildlife populations thriving year-round, although boat and canoe safaris are best from June to August with the higher water levels. Game viewing is particularly good in September and October, as animals congregate around the river's banks to quench their thirst during the hot and dry climate.

Heading to Okavango Delta on day three, you'll board speedboats that'll take you to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta, offering the most peaceful way to experience the delta. In the evening, head to the deck for dinner and a sundowner, listening to the sound of the hippos along the water's edge. After breakfast on day four, you'll travel by speedboat and 4x4 to a nearby poling station, from where you'll experience the waterways with a local guide in traditional dugout canoes, or mokoros. Your guide will then take you ashore one of the Delta's many islands to enjoy a nature walk, followed by a picnic lunch. After lucnh, you'll return to the houseboat for a leisurely afternoon where you're free to relax, read a book, or do some fishing, enjoying another sundowner this evening.

Included meals: Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners

Day Five - Maun, Botswana

Leaving your houseboat behind after breakfast today, you'll hop aboard the speedboat again that'll take you back your truck and the onwards journey to Maun. Alternatively, you'll have the opportunity to take in incredible bird's-eye views over the Delta with a flight over this watery world. But otherwise, enjoy an afternoon sitting by the pool at your hotel where you'll be staying tonight.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Six - Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Heading north-east after breakfast, your destination today is the Makgadikgadi Pans, a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna, and all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi. In the afternoon, you'll head out in open 4x4s to explore the Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world, sitting out in the wild to enjoy sundowners and snacks whilst observing the amazing scenery. Trackers will help you seek out the company of the local meerkat colony, and you'll also watch as elephants meander their way down to the watering hole.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days Seven and Eight - Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today you'll travel towards Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park, following the road known as 'Elephant Highway'. With no fences, elephants are free to move between Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Botswana, so keep your eyes peeled for these magnificent creatures along the roadside. But you'll have plenty more opportunities to spot elephants as the Chobe National Park - Botswana's first - is renowned for its high concentration of elephants.You'll spend the next two nights in a lodge near the Chobe River, waking early on day eight to take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, spotting elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes, prides of lions, wild dogs, hyenas, and many other animals. In the afternoon, a breathaking cruise on the Chobe River will offer excellent bird spotting, so keep an eye out for saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, and bee-eaters, as well as hippos, crocodiles, and yet more elephants (we told you there'd be lots here!).

Included meals: Two breakfasts, one lunch (on day seven), two dinners

Days Nine and Ten - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Leaving Botswana behind, you'll cross the border today into Zimbabwe, enjoying lunch on the banks of the Zambezi before continuing on to your final destination, Victoria Falls, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay. The Falls are one of the world's most iconic natural wonders and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water. As well as admiring their power and beauty, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities on offer at a local activity centre. Tonight, you'll be treated to an unique dinner at a Boma restaurant, savouring delicious Zimbabwean barbecue.

On day ten, your adventure will sadly come to an end after breakfast this morning. If you would like to stay a little longer, we can arrange that, or your onwards travel, to suit you.

Included meals: Two breakfasts, one dinner (on day nine)

Please note that international flights are not included in this holiday, but can be arranged by our travel specialists, who can help tailor this holiday to suit you, including a pre- or post-tour extension to relax or explore further

Various departure dates are available

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    Chobe National Park

  • Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park

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    Okavango Delta