General

Full Itinerary

Tour Highlights: Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Himba Village, Etosha NP, Okavango Delta (Moremi), Netwetwe Pan, Mahangu NP, Chobe NP, Victoria Falls

Countries Visited: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa

 

Day 1:  Windhoek

Upon arrival at Windhoek airport your guide will meet you and take you to your lodge for the night.

Meals:  No meals included

Accommodation:  Windhoek Lodge – www.windhoeklodge.com (or similar)

 

Day 2:  Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Departing after breakfast we drive to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, the largest and most beautiful dunes in the world.  This afternoon we will visit the Sesriem Canyon, which has been shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years.  It is one of the few places in the area that contains water all year round.

Our camp for the night is situated just 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei.  Nestled under centuries-old thorn trees, Desert Camp has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains.  At night the area is frequently visited by jackals, gemsbok and hyenas.

Included Activities: Visit Sesriem Canyon

Driving: 310km; 4hrs 45

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Desert Camp – www.desertcamp.com or Quiver Tree lodge

 

Day 3:  Sossusvlei & Swakopmund

We have an early start this morning as we head into the dunes and climb Dune 45 to see the sunrise.  We will then continue further on into Sossusvlei.

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.  Characterized by the large red dunes that surround it (the dunes being some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400m), Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan, and the area provides some incredible photographic opportunities.  Whilst here we will also visit the Deadvlei, a bleached-white pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees.  The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old; the very dry climate has prevented their decomposition.

Leaving Sossusvlei this afternoon the road once again takes us through some of the most awesome scenery of this dry country.  We will drive through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, unmistakably the most barren section of the country, as we head towards Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday destination.

Included Activities: Dune 45; Sossusvlei; Deadvlei

Driving: 345km; 5 hours (from Sesriem to Swakopmund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Prost Hotel – www.prosthotel.com

 

Day 4:  Walvis Bay Dolphin Tour & Sandwich Harbour – Full day tour

Your local guides will pick you up from our hotel after breakfast and take you first to Walvis Bay to enjoy a dolphin tour.  Highlights of this trip include Pelican Point, Oyster farms, Walvis Bay Harbour and Pelican Point Lighthouse.  Common sightings from the boat are Bottlenose and Heavyside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, MolaMolas, penguins, and Leatherback Turtles.

This afternoon you will continue on to Sandwich Harbour, located 55km south of Walvis Bay.  The harbour is part of the Namib Sand Sea, one of the biggest sand fields in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Here, up to 100m high dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, creating a beautiful and colourful contrast.

You will return to Swakopmund in the late afternoon.

Included Activities:  Dolphin Tour & Sandwich Harbour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Prost Hotel – www.prosthotel.com

 

Day 5:  Twyfelfontein, Spitzkoppe &  Organ Pipes

Heading back into the desert today, we head to Twyfelfontein, the site of ancient rock engravings.  The site has been inhabited for 6000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and then by Khoikhoi herders.  Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals.  In the process of these rituals at least 2500 items of rock carvings were created, as well as numerous rock paintings.  Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site back in 2007.

We will also visit Spitzkoppe and the beautiful Organ Pipes.

Spitzkoppeis a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located in the Namib Desert. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784m above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains, and many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

The Organ Pipes is a fascinating geological formation located near Twyfelfontein.  Striking, rich rusty colours are portrayed in long columns similar to those of a church organ, some rising up to 5m high.  Believed to be the result of the Gondwanaland breakup, fractures and cracks were formed as the dolomite columns cooled through the process of columnar jointing approximately 120 million years ago.

Included Activities: Spitzkoppe; Twyfelfontein guided tour; Organ Pipes

Driving: 400km; 5hrs 30

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge

 

Day 6:  Grootberg

This morning our first stop is the Petrified Forest, proclaimed a national monument on 1st March 1950, after being discovered by two farmers in the 1940s.  The forest is an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old.  Scientists have found that these trunks didn’t actually grow in today’s Namibia, rather being washed down a river in ancient times when one of the many Ice Ages ended on the Gondwana super continent.

Continuing on from here we will stop at a Himba Village for a guided tour, where you will have the chance to learn about life in the village.  The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists from the Damaraland and Kaokoland regions of northern Namibia.

We will then make our way to Grootberg Lodge for the night.

Included Activities:  Petrified Forest; Himba Village tour

Driving:  130km; 2 hours

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Grootberg Lodge

 

Day 7:  Etosha National Park

Today we head to Etosha National Park.  Game viewing here is excellent; zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.

Included Activities:  Game drives

Driving:  265km; 4hrs 30

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:  Etosha NP -Halali Camp Etosha   – www.nwr.com.na / www.nwrnamibia.com

 

Day 8:  Etosha National Park

Today we can enjoy game drives in the park, as we travel through the park to our second camp.  We will take a short break on the pan itself, the flood plains of this amazing park.  The pan contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but this is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Included Activities: Game drives through the park

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Etosha NP – Namutoni rest camp – www.nwr.com.na / www.nwrnamibia.com

 

Day 9:Grootfontein

After a final game drive this morning we will leave the park and drive to Grootfontein.

Driving: 170km; 2hrs 30

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:Fiume Lodge – www.fiume-lodge.com

 

Day 10:  Divundu

We continue on to Divundu today, along the Kavango River, at the northern-most part of the Okavango Delta.

Driving: 200km; 2hrs 30

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Mahangu Lodge – www.mahangu.com.na

 

Day 11:  Divundu

This morning you will enjoy a morning river cruise, and this afternoon you will head out on a game drive into the Mahangu National Park with a local guide.

Included Activities:  Morning boat trip on the Kavango River; afternoon game drive into the Mahangu National Park

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Mahangu Lodge

 

Day 12:  Moremi

Leaving early this morning we head south, crossing into Botswana, and make our way to Maun.  From here we fly, in a light aircraft, to Moremi.  Once at Moremi we will be transferred to PomPom Camp for the next 2 nights. Whilst at PomPom Camp, all meals and scheduled activities are included.

Driving: 425km; 5hrs 30 (to Maun)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Oddballs

 

Day 13:  Moremi

Today you can enjoy game drives, mokoro boat trips on the river, and fishing, all with local guides.

Included Activities: Game drives, mokoro boat trips, fishing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Oddballs

 

Day 14:  Planet Baobab & Ntwetwe Pan

This morning we fly back to Maun and meet up with our vehicle once again.  From Maun, we drive east to Planet Baobab, from where we head out to the Netwetwe Pan for a night spent sleeping under the stars, a truly memorable experience.

Included Activities: Overnight on the Pan

Driving: 200km; 2hrs 45 (Maun to Planet Baobab)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bush camp on Ntwetwe Pan – www.planetbaobabbotswana.com

 

Day 15:  Kasane

This morning we visit the meerkats before returning to Planet Baobab.  From here we continue on to Kasane,where we will be staying on the shores of the Chobe River at Thebe River Lodge, at the gateway to the Chobe National Park.  Here you can relax at the swimming pool overlooking the river, where you stand a good chance of seeing animals like elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as a large variety of bird species.

Included Activities:  Visit to the meerkats

Driving:610km; 8 hours (Planet Baobab to Kasane)

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Chobe Big Five Lodge

 

Day 16:  Chobe National Park

After an early morning cup of coffee or tea and biscuits you will go on a morning game drive into Chobe National Park for around three hours, returning to camp for breakfast.  This afternoon we will go on a river cruise into Chobe National Park, well known for being one of the best river cruises in Africa.

Included Activities:  Game drive and river cruise into Chobe NP

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Thebe River Lodge

 

Day 17:  Victoria Falls

A short drive this morning takes us across the border into Zimbabwe, and on to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls.  On arrival, your guide will assist you with the booking of your optional activities, before taking you to one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the magnificent Victoria Falls.  Late afternoon we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the 4th largest river in Africa (the Zambezi River), which has national parks on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the river.  All soft drinks, wine, beer and finger snacks are included in the cruise.

Included Activities: Victoria Falls NP entry

Driving: 90km; 2 hours (including the border crossing)

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: CrestaSprayview Hotel – www.crestasprayview.com

 

Day 18: Victoria Falls

Today is a free day for you to spend as you please.  You can explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African arts and craft markets, or relax by the pool in the heat of the day.  And of course there are plenty of optional activities available for you to enjoy!  There are several restaurants serving excellent food in the town for your lunches and evening meals – your guide will be able to recommend a few of his favourites.  And of course there is the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, serving high tea each afternoon on the Stanley Terrace!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: CrestaSprayview Hotel

Day 19:  Fly to Johannesburg

Your driver will take you to Victoria Falls airport in plenty of time for your flight to Johannesburg.  Please note that the flight price is not included in the tour price.

Meals:  Breakfast

  1. *Please note that should clients wish to have their own room, a single supplement will be charged.*

What’s included in the tour price:

  • Transport (14 or 16 seater)
  • Return flights from Maun to Moremi
  • Services of a driver / guide
  • Meals & accommodation as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

 

What’s not included in the tour price:

  • Flights (except for the flight from Maun to Moremi, as above)
  • Visas if required
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory on all Bluechilli tours)
  • Drinks, snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities

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