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This two-week adventure starts from Swakopmund in Namibia, taking you along the Skeleton Coast via Cape Cross Seal colony and into Damaraland to meet the local Himba tribes, see ancient San rock art, and view the even older petrified forests. Also, go game viewing at the watering holes and on the plains of Etosha National Park, renowned for its phenomenal wildlife sightings. Enjoy the serenity of the Kavango River before exploring the pristine Okavango Delta in local Mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and on a bush walk for a truly wild experience. Traverse the Western Caprivi and embark on a game drive in the diverse Mahangu National Park. Return to Botswana to visit the country's most famous game park, Chobe National Park. This exclusive tour ends in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls town, where you can see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls.
All meals will be prepared by our tour-guide and we will provide all camping equipment including tents, pillows, sleeping bags and all utensils. So all you need is your luggage and we good to go!!

 Day 1:Namib Desert Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven.
This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert
wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a
white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.  
 
 Overnight: Namib Desert Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia  
These campsites are located under acacia
trees on the bank of a dry riverbed and offer beautiful views of the
'fossilized' dunes of the primeval Namib. They are equipped with electricity,
water, grill area and windbreak and share several communal bathroom facilities.
Just a few minutes' drive from the road to Sesriem, this camping site is
ideally suited for nature lovers who want to experience Sossusvlei and at the
same time love the silent starlit nights of the Namib Desert.


 Activities
Sossusvlei Excursion (Deadvlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Sesriem,Sossusvlei)
 
Day 2-3:       Mile-4 Caravan Park, Swakopmund         

Swakopmund
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues,
colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is
often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to
keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it very popular
Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting ctivities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours. 
 
Overnight: Mile-4 Caravan Park                
Mile 4 Caravan Park is situated in the northern outskirts of the popular holiday town of Swakopmund. For the dedicated
campers, the park offers a choice between a spacious campsite with neat ablution blocks or a more comfortable cluster campsite. For more of a luxury
stay, there are a variety of self catering accommodations offered. For large groups such as sport teams, school groups, church groups or company team
building groups, there are backpacker rooms in the dorms. Close by is an obstacle course to challenge the physical abilities of the groups. The park’s spacious bar with a built-in braai offers the ideal venue for private functions such as office parties, year end functions and birthday parties. The bar deck also has a built-in braai and offers a breathtaking sunset view. The conference hall with a fully equipped kitchen offers a solution for larger events such as wedding receptions, large birthday parties or conferences.
 
Activities Included
Camel Riding
Quad biking

 Optional Excluded
Ground Rush Adventures Skydive Swakopmund

 

Day 4:  Torra Bay, Skeleton Coast 

Skeleton Coast

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the 'Land God Made in Anger'
and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing
array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of
the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur
seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from
around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.
 
 Overnight: Torra Bay         
Torra Bay, on Namibia’s wild Atlantic coast, is known for its excellent shore-based fishing. The campsite at this remote spot is only open from 1 December to 31 January, but keen anglers should do their best to take advantage of this two-month season. The region also offers fantastic bird watching and some great hiking trails. 


Activities
Hiking trail

Optional
Dune drive at Mowani mountain campsite


Day 5: Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Damaraland        

Damaraland

This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful,
Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred
Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of
the rare desert-adapted elephant, and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies from one of the many safari camps dotting Damaraland.
Other popular activities include: guided drives, nature walks and visiting the local communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the Damaraland's
world-famous ancient rock art.
 
 
Overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Damara Mopane Lodge is located 20 km east of Khorixas on the C 39 (Damaraland).  Built in a labyrinth design, this innovative lodge has 55 chalets, each with
its own vegetable garden. Savour the charm from your stoep where sunflowers peep over walls, refresh in the pool, visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings 100km away and watch the sun sink into mopane woodland.
 
 Activities Included
Twyfelfontain rock painting site see
 
Optional
Bird watching on the camp

 

Day 6-7:   Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha South 

Etosha South

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the
southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury
lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular
activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
 
Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite              
Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist
camp in Etosha and it also functions as the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at
the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.
 
The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and
interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.

Activities
Afternoon Game Drive
Full Day Game Drive
 

Day 8: Divava Okavango Resort & Spa, Mahango Game Reserve

Mahango Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, the small Mahango Game Park provides a convenient stopover between Rundu and Katima Mulilo. It forms
part of the beautiful Bwabwata National Park. The park's landscape is characterised by woodlands, vast floodplains of the Okavango River basin known
as omurambas and the Kavango River. It is home to a reported 99 species of including a large number of elephants, lion, leopard and a variety of antelopes
including the red lechwe, sable and roan. This park is an excellent destination for avid bird watchers boasting over 400 species and provides the perfect spot
for visitors to catch a glimpse of crocodile and hippo in the Kavango River. Other popular activities include: night game drives, wildlife safaris, and watching the African sunset over the floodplains.  
 
Overnight: Divava Okavango Resort & Spa
     
Build on the river banks of the Okavango river and right next to Popa Falls, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa is within 20 minutes drive to the Mahango National and Buffalo Game Parks, the perfect  doorway to unparalleled adventure and a destination beyond wildlife safaris.
 
Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Kavango where time stands still, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa really is one of its kind in the region.
Experience magical moments in the National Game Parks and the rumbling river that feeds your imagination, leaving you with tales to tell for many days and
years to come. After your exhilarating journey, visit the Divava Okavango Spa, a place that evokes the perfect harmony between natural beauty and pure
relaxation. All 20 rooms are luxurious with thatched roofs in the wide spread and tranquil gardens. Enjoy the delicacies of the restaurants at Divava
Okavango Resort. The Resort offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching and other activities for the you.

Activities Included
Boat cruses
Bird Watching
 

Day 9: Moremi Island Camp, Moremi Game Reserve 

Moremi Game Reserve
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse
ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe
antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise. 
 
Overnight: Moremi Island Camp            
 Moremi Island Camp is located in one of the most scenic and game rich area’s of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is also home to the famous Godikwa Heronries
offering the wildlife enthusiast a real feast for the eye. The immediate area surrounding Moremi Island Camp is characterised by large lagoons, water
channels and countless islands ranging from a merge spec to very large- home to a variety of wildlife big and small. It is without a doubt one of the very best places to experience the true beauty of the Okavango Delta.
 
 The camp is what we call an Explorer camp- a rustic camp only accommodating 12 guests, a real sense of old world charm and adventure prevails in these camps.
The camp consists of a central mess tent, outside fire-pit and the 6 tents. We have specifically forgone any form of décor and thus allowing the full spectacle of nature to provide all the décor you would want for! Our impact on the environment is specifically low, as we do appreciate and understand our
impact on this fragile eco-system. The accommodation tents are bow tents (2.4 meters X 2.4 meters) with basic en-suite facilities (bucket shower, basin and wc)- it is the exact same tents as used by most mobile operators in Botswana.
 
 Activities centre on the wonder waterways of this region. We offer mokoro
trips, boating and walks on the larger islands all with qualified guides. While
the mokoro trips offer a almost silent way to explore the smaller channels and
floodplains which boats can not reach- this will also be your best change to
view the elusive Sitatunga.

Activities Included
Mokoro Trails
 Bush Walk

Day 10-11: Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist
town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria
Falls. about two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides
both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in
helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town
itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly
Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. 
 
Overnight: Victoria Falls Rest Camp      

Victoria Falls Self Catering and Camping Accommodation at the Vic Falls Restcamp is the best budget accommodation
available in the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Rest Camp is situated right in the middle of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe making it a perfect place to be
based with all amenities within walking distance. The Restcamp is only 2 km from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls. The security around the camp is a top priority with high stainless steel fences and electric fences making it first-class. The rest camp boasts numerous well
maintained grass areas and an abundance of different varieties of trees making the surroundings in the camp very enjoyable. 
It makes this restcamp very popular for families as children have a safe and secure scenic environment to play in.

 Activities Included
Game Drive
Victoria falls day visit

Optional
Bungee Jumbing
Canoeing
Water rafting
Boat cruieses
 

Day 12-13:  Dijara Campsite, Moremi Game Reserve 

Overnight: Dijara Campsite         
A perfect alternative to the Khwai Community/southern Moremi Campsites.  Between Moremi & Kasane on the Chobe route through the park. 
 P200 per person per night. Pristine ablution blocks. 16 campsites (all along the river, all shaded and far apart to ensure privacy) Owner managed/run. (owner on site!) 
 
Dijara (bushman for "many years") camp site is located on the main road between Khwai village and Mababe village. Coming from the Mababe side : you cross over the metal bridge just outside of the village and turn left towards Khwai and Moremi North Gate. The road to the camp site is 1km to the left, go 2km down this small track and the camp is on your left, it is visible from the track.

Activities Included
Game drive
Boat Cruise

 
Day 14:        Ghanzi Trail Blazers, Ghanzi 

Ghanzi
Situated 300 kilometres southwest of Maun and just north of the Trans-Kalahari highway, which runs from Lobatse in
Botswana to Walvis Bay in Namibia, the small town of Ghanzi is sometimes referred to as the 'Capital of the Kalahari'. It serves as the administrative
centre of the Ghanzi district which covers a vast area of cattle ranches and farmland in the west of Botswana.The Ghanzi area has a number of lodges which
focus on cultural tourism as well as wildlife viewing - here you can experience the fascinating world of the San Bushmen as they explain to you how they forage, hunt and find water in this harsh environment.   

 Overnight: Ghanzi Trail Blazers  
Ghanzi Trail Blazers caters for visitors who wish to have a genuine glimpse of a fast disappearing unique and ancient
culture. It offers a number of activities to interact with the San Bushman, and to discover how they survived in the Kalahari. Ghanzi Trail Blazers is located approximately 5.6 km away from the main road, far enough away to capture the real African bushveldt.  
 
 Activities
Bush men walk
San trip cultural tour
 

Day 15: Harnas Wildlife Foundation, Kalahari North 

Kalahari North
Situated east of the capital city of Windhoek, the area of the Kalahari North can be found in the northeastern reaches of Namibia. The expansive Kalahari Desert spans over seven countries, some of which include: South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. The Okavango River
Delta forms part of the northern region of the desert creating an array of waterways and wetlands which support an abundant variety of wildlife. The
northern central region is home to ancient dry riverbeds called 'omuramba'. Kalahari North is blanketed in endemic acacia- camelthorn trees, ephemeral
rivers, a fossil watercourse and boasts a reasonably regular rainfall, making it the ideal habitat to support fauna and flora. Visitors can enjoy a
comfortable stay at one of many lodges and guest farms dotting the area and explore the pristine landscape.

Overnight: Harnas Wildlife Foundation   
Harnas Wildlife Foundation was originally established for the protection of animals, and has since grown to include welfare projects and nature conservation projects. Visitors to Harnas can enjoy comfortable accommodation with a range of hospitality, while a range of
programs attracts volunteers from across the globe. Harnas Wildlife Foundation is an experienced and active player in the conservation of Namibian wildlife, the protection of natural resources and provides social, relational and physical education to those who seek the benefit thereof. 
 
Activities
Cheetah Feeding PM
Game drive
 


Day 16: Clients departure after activity (End of Itinerary )
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