19 Day Combination Camping

Waterfalls, dunes and the delta

Tour overview

The 19 day combination safari marries together three of most popular safaris, the 3 day Sossusvlei Link, the 7 day Northern Adventure and the 9 day Delta and Falls and offers an extremely comprehensive safari tour of Namibia, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

You travel first to the world’s highest sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert, back to Windhoek for one night and then on to meet, close-up-and personal the Big Cats at Okonjima, the amazing wildlife in Etosha National Park and then on to gain first hand experience of the Stone Age culture of the Himba Tribes. Namibia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in Damaraland is next and then on to Namibia’s premier seaside town, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast before returning to Windhoek for one further night.

From here you will spend two nights beside a pristine lagoon in the Delta and then travel back into Namibia to traverse, over two nights the little visited Caprivi Region. Back into Botswana to Kasane for a boat cruise into the Chobe National Park and then on to Zimbabwe  and “The Smoke That Thunders”, the awesome Victoria Falls.

It is also possible to remain with your guide for the 1 day return to Windhoek at the end of the trip, making the itinerary 20 days in total.

The 19 day Combination is run as a camping tour, but for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated option. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability. Upgrade to accommodation only valid until 31 March 2017.  From 01 April 2017 please refer to our accommodated tours.   Guests can also book a return to Windhoek, making it a 20 day tour.

Please note that this safari will be going to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Please read about the visa requirements here.

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on selected Tuesdays from Windhoek.
ReturnWith the guided return to Windhoek the trip returns on a Sunday, late afternoon/early evening. For those who aren’t returning, it ends on the Saturday in Victoria Falls town.
PassengersA minimum of 1 & a maximum 14, per tour
Upgrade An upgrade is available on request.
Style Camping safari with limited participation.
Vehicle1-4 guests: Toyota Quantum / Land Cruiser with a purpose built trailer.5-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle)
PlacesCaprivi, Chobe, Damaraland, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Etosha National Park, Okavango Panhandle, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein
CombinationsNo combinations are possible, however the trip can be run as a privately guided or self-drive tour.

Daily Tour Overview

DayDestinationsAccommodationMeals
1Sesriem areaSesriem CampsiteL, D
2Sesriem areaSesriem CampsiteB, L, D
3WindhoekTamboti Guesthouse or SimilarB, L
4OkonjimaOkonjima CampsiteB, L, D
5Etosha National ParkNamutoni CampsiteB, L, D
6Etosha National ParkOkaukeujo CampsiteB, L, D
7Hoada GrootbergHoada CampsiteB, L, D
8TwyfelfonteinMadisa CampsiteB, L, D
9SwakopmundProst Hotel – RoomB, L
10Return to WindhoekTamboti Guesthouse or similarB, L
11Windhoek - GhanziDqae Qare San Lodge - CampsiteB, L, D
12Okavango PanhandleGuma Lagoon CampsiteB, L, D
13Okavango PanhandleGuma Lagoon CampsiteB, L, D
14Linyanti ConcessionsCamp Kwando - CampsiteB, L, D
15Chobe River FrontChobe Safari Lodge - CampsiteB, L, D
16Chobe River FrontChobe Safari Lodge - CampsiteB, L, D
17Victoria Falls, ZimbabweVictoria Falls Rest Camp - CampsiteB, L
18Victoria Falls, ZimbabweVictoria Falls Restcamp - CampsiteB
19Optional Return: KavangoN'Kwazi River LodgeB, L, D
20Kavango - WindhoekReturn to WindhoekB, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1

Windhoek – Sesriem area (350 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert.  We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, we reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Day 2

Sesriem area – Sossusvlei – Sesriem area (camping) (BLD)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes. 

Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!   We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45. As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Day 3

Sesriem area – Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization. In the Solitaire area we will stop at the ‘N/a’an ku sê Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre’, a 500 hectare Conservation Centre which hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking within the purpose built enclosures and receive information on the carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.

We are due back in Windhoek at 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Day 4

Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected between 08:30 & 09:00.

We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.   Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activity.

Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.   This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.

Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour we will return to our camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

Day 5

Okonjima/Africat – Namutoni / East Etosha region (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.

Continuing on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 

 

Day 6

East Etosha region – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day’s game driving.  We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.  Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.  The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.  

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch.  There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp. Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute, founded in 1974; the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.

The waterhole has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa” and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.

 

Day 7

Okaukuejo – Grootberg area (310km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.

Within this area you have the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village – the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower!

We overnight – camping under the stars.

Day 8

Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein (190 km) (BLD) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Day 9

Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (420 km) (BL) (accommodation)

From here we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery.  We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. 

From here we turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the SkeletonCoast.  Meeting the ocean at HentiesBay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at CapeCross.  At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.  The next destination is Swakopmund, following the SkeletonCoast into Namibia’s premier seaside town.  We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.

Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required. 

Dinner is for the client’s own account.

Day 10

Swakopmund – Windhoek (BL) (350 km)

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hour.  We will depart around lunch-time, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.  It has many superb shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client’s own risk and expense).

 

Day 11

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana (500 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected between 07:30 & 08:00. 

We drive to our wilderness bush camp, which is based on a local farm in the Kalahari, near Buitepos Border, via the eastern village of Witvlei. On arrival we set up camp, enjoy a relaxing afternoon, wait for the sun to set and enjoy a fire cooked dinner and the tranquillity of an evening in a remote wilderness environment. Optional activity:  Bushman dancing.

 

Day 12

Ghanzi – Guma/Okavango Delta (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way.

A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta.  Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper.  We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.

Day 13

Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping)

We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. 

Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport.  These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport.  Mokoro’s carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver.  The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels.  It really is the only way to travel in this area.

Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.

 

Day 14

Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia (345 km)

Back on the road today, destination Namibia.  Passport formalities completed you go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River.  Game drive your way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope the majestic sable antelope.    Continue your drive along the Caprivi Strip, Namibia.  This strip of land is a long narrow stretch of territory running along Botswana’s northern border.  It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along our route.

Overnight along the banks of the Kwando River.

 

Day 15

Kwando – Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana (230 km) (420 km) (BLD) (camping)

Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village. Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used. You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the hand-made bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer.   

We transit to Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo. A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana.  The road takes you directly into the world famous Chobe National Park.  Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane for overnight on the banks for the Chobe River.

 

Day 16

ChobeNational Park, Kasane, Botswana (BLD) (camping)

An early hot drink before we head off on a leisurely game drive , exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road.  Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.    Time to relax over lunch at our camp before joining a river boat cruise , back into the park.  From the boat we will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us.

Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding ChobeRiver and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink.  The ChobeRiver provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautiful species of our feathered friends.

 

Day 17

Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (80 km) (BL) (camping)

Our journey today takes us to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities we make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.    Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Our campsite is situated right in the middle of Victoria Falls town making it a perfect place to be based with all amenities within walking distance. The Rest Camp is only 2km’s from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls.

This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungi jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few.

Dinner will be in a local restaurant at your own expense.

NB: All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at the clients own risk and expense.

Day 18

Victoria Falls (B)

This is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. For some of you, this will be your final night and what a fantastic place to enjoy your last evening with your group.

Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.

 

Day 19

Victoria Falls – Rundu, Namibia (700 km) (BLD) (camping)

We say farewell to all the travellers flying out today.  For those people returning to Windhoek, Namibia it is an early start and a long drive.  We are in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights along the way.  We will traverse the Caprivi Strip and will spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia.   We camp in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the OkavangoRiver, looking into Angola on the far river bank.

Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price of your transfer.

 

Day 20

Rundu – Windhoek (800 km) (BL)

Another early start and another long drive.  We head south through KavangoProvince, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching our final destination, Windhoek.  There will be stops at some of the local woodcarving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja before arriving in the city.

You will be dropped off at your accommodation in the late afternoon / early evening.

Tour dates

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Price

Price per person starting from $34910

No Single Room Supplement

2 Day Return to Windhoek

$1,800.00 per person

Prices valid 01 April 2016  – 31 March 2017

01 April 2017  – 31 March 2018

$36900.00 per person

$2000.00 per person for 2 day Return from Vic Falls to Windhoek

 

 

Upgrades

Price for accommodated upgrade:

01 July 2016 - 31 March 2017

$61,260.00 per person sharing Single room supplement: $10,125.00 Please Note:  Upgrade to Accommodation only valid until 31 March 2017.  From 01 April  2017 you can choose one of our many accommodated tours.