Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure
Take your tribe to explore the wilds of Southern Africa. Travel through Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure. From Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls to Namibia's German-inspired Windhoek, travel through Namibia and Botswana searching out new cultures, vast deserts and Africa's Big Five.
- Travelling on an excellent, custom-built overland bus, you'll be perched up nice and high for superior views of Africa's awe-inspiring animals
- There's nothing quite like the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls, the most legendary cascades on the continent. Seeing them from the Zimbabwe side, you'll have the broadest view
- Learn the culture, crafts, tracking skills and ancient survival techniques of the San tribe on a fun bushwalk.
- The all-hands-on-deck approach of this trip gives it a real sense of team spirit – perfect for a family holiday
- A mokoro (traditional canoe) ride through the Okavango Delta is an experience you'll never forget, no matter what your age. Punting along the waterways of this incredible ecosystem, you'll be greeted by elephants and grunting hippos
- Clamber up the highest sand dunes in the world and see a dazzling sunset of blazing colours in Sossusvlei
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||22||Duration||19 days|
|Themes||Family, Overland, Wildlife|
|Category||Bronze||Keep it simple, keeping inclusions to a minimum. These trips represent exceptional value and having a lot of free time to do what you wish.|
Visit Africa and travel from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Windhoek in Namibia via Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Etosha National Park.
Day 1 - Windhoek
If you arrive early, the rest of the day will be free to independently explore the city's German colonial buildings or simply relax before our adventure starts!
Day 2 - Sesriem
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Day 3 - Namib Desert
After returning to Sesriem we have a short drive into the southern Namib deserts to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire, where we will have a fascinating tour to learn all about the ecology of the desert and the history of the area from our local guide there.
In Solitaire we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Day 4 - Swakopmund
The city's German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert. Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and beaches, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination.
Day 5 - Swakopmund Free day
Day 6 - Spitzkoppe
We will wild camp in the midst of this remote region, have a chance to explore the primeval landscape of the mountain, and witness the mountan take on remarkable oranges and reds during the breathtaking sunset (and sunrise, for those who can manage to get up at 5:30am!).
In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very basic facilities (there is a seated 'long-drop' toilet block, but no showers or electricity).
Day 7 - Brandberg
The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area we will have the opportunity to search for this elusive creature. Brandberg is also home to some incredible ancient San cave paintings, the most famous being the Brandberg White Lady - we will have the chance to take a short trek to the paintings this evening or the following morning.
In Brandberg we will camp in the grounds of a lodge.
Day 8 - Etosha National Park
Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!
We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.
Day 9 - Etosha National Park
In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.
Day 10 - Grootfontein
In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Day 11 - Rundu
We will have a free afternoon today, where we have the option to take a walk around the nearby villages and see a slice of local life, or perhaps to take a river cruise for sunset.
In Rundu we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Day 12 - Shakawe
Tonight we will prepare for our visit to the Okavango Delta.
In Shakawe we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Day 13 - Okavango Delta
Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango Delta. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways by a local guide.
We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.
Day 14 - Okavango Delta
Day 15 - Bagani
The camp is set on an island under some amazing trees with river frontage - the area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps teeming with wildlife. If you wish to upgrade from a tent into one of the tree houses or bush huts instead, you must inform your sales agent as soon as possible as this will need to be booked well in advance - upgrades are unlikely to be available once the trip has started, however you leader can always check late availability for you.
In Bagani we stay at a well equipped camp site.
Day 16 - Chobe National Park
Day 17 - Chobe National park
In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.
Day 18 - Victoria Falls
This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite with opportunity to upgrade to various types of rooms.