You’re traversing the vast plains of Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, surrounded by stunning landscapes and immersed in the sights and sounds of nature. As the sun sets on the horizon, you find yourself in the heart of the African wilderness, captivated by the raw beauty of the wildlife that roams freely. If this sounds like a dream come true, then our 15-Day Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana Safari tour is exactly what you need. This traditional safari provides a breathtaking excursion through Namibia’s most stunning spots, as well as the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Although there are several lengthy travel days on this trip, all of the highlights feature 2-night stays. The lodges are stunning, cozy, and ideal for an exciting safari. On this 15-Day Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana Safari you will visit several tourist attractions like Namib Desert, Brandberg Mountain, Etosha National Park, Kavango River, Okavago Delta, Caprivi to mention but a few.
The Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world, stretches along the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Its vast expanse of towering sand dunes, known as “star dunes,” creates a surreal and photogenic landscape. As you explore this unique region, you’ll be awestruck by the shifting colors of the dunes, ranging from vivid reds to golden hues, particularly during sunrise and sunset.
Etosha National Park is home to a remarkable array of African wildlife. Embark on thrilling game drives and witness elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and a variety of antelope species in their natural habitats. The park’s famous waterholes are gathering spots for wildlife, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
Swakopmund is a charming seaside town that blends African and German influences. Take a stroll along its palm-lined streets, visit the vibrant markets, and indulge in delicious seafood. For thrill-seekers, a variety of adventure activities, such as quad biking, sandboarding, and skydiving, await in the surrounding dunes.
Explore the mesmerizing Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest inland deltas in the world. This unique ecosystem transforms the arid landscape into a lush paradise, attracting a rich diversity of wildlife. Glide through the waterways on a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) and witness elephants, hippos, and various bird species in their natural habitat. The tranquil beauty of the Delta will take your breath away.
Chobe National Park is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, as well as abundant herds of buffalo, zebras, and giraffes. Embark on thrilling game drives and boat cruises along the Chobe River, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot lions, leopards, and crocodiles. The park’s incredible biodiversity will astound you.
Upon arrival you will meet your safari guide for transfer to Namib Desert. Then, after traveling through the undulating hills south of Windhoek, we’ll descend the escarpment towards the arid plains and stop at Solitaire for the best apple tart in the entire world (own expense). We’ll go to our lodge this afternoon and take in the expansive desert landscape of the Namib Desert. We’ll go to the Namib Nauklauft National Park the following day to see the breathtaking Deadvlei and Sossusvlei vistas. The Tsauchab River’s sporadic flooding creates clay basins known as vleis. Old Camel Thorn trees (Acacia erioloba) are scattered throughout Sossusvlei, whereas Deadvlei’s trees are lifeless and stark against the surrounding tall orange sand dunes.
The somewhat cold sea breezes will be a pleasant respite from the sweltering desert days since Swakopmund is located on the Atlantic coast. The settlement is located near the mouth of the Swakop River, which only sometimes flows but serves as the northern boundary of the sand dunes’ persistent migration northward. Spectacular desert scenery can be seen while flying down the Skeleton Coast on optional scenic flights departing from Swakopmund (at your own expense).
We’ll travel inland to the Brandberg, a granite outcrop in the Tsiseb Conservancy. Standing at more than 2,600m, it dominates the nearby lowlands and can be seen for a very long way. More than 1000 rock shelters and some 45,000 rock paintings, including the well-known “White Lady,” may be found in the Tsisab Ravine at the base of the mountain. It is only a short 40-minute trek up the old watercourse.
Etosha’s salt pan is the remains of a vast lake that dried up thousands of years ago. It is known as the “Great White Place” and is 120 km wide. It serves as the park’s main draw. The wildlife in this normally parched region is supported by the natural springs and waterholes that are dotted around the margins. Amazing photographs can be taken of elephants covered in the white salt dust from the pan. We can catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals that visit the waterhole where our camp is situated, including the uncommon black rhino, lion, and possibly leopard. Sitting at the waterhole with anticipation, we’ll enjoy the evening.
We will enter the Caprivi Strip as we travel northeast. Our inn is located along the banks of the Kavango River, which originates in Angola, travels through the Caprivi and nourishes the Okavango Delta. There are fantastic prospects for bird watching.
We’ll visit the Mahango wildlife Reserve on a morning wildlife drive in our tour vehicle before crossing into Botswana at the Mohembo border and heading south to our lodge. We’ll use a mokoro and a motor boat to get from our rustic accommodation to the Okavango. Enjoy peaceful rivers with reeds, beautiful water, and a variety of birds. It’s time to take a break, unwind, and savor the Okavango Delta’s scenery.
We’ll go via the Caprivi Strip and back into Namibia. In 1890, a small area of territory was seized by the German colony in South West Africa, enabling access to the powerful Zambezi River as well as a commerce route to the African continent’s east coast and eventually German Tanganyika (now Tanzania). The richly game-filled area will be explored during a leisurely afternoon boat tour.
We’ll pass the Caprivi, enter Botswana at the Ngoma border, and then drive through the Chobe National Park to the little town of Kasane. The Chobe River draws a diverse range of animals. Our afternoon excursion is a magnificent experience on the Chobe River, where we will journey into the park by boat and get up close and personal with the elephants as they quench their thirst. We’ll depart the park when the golden sun begins to set.
The Zambezi River originates in Zambia, flows through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and then plunges 100 meters over the magnificent Victoria Falls. The thick jungle that envelops the falls is made possible by the spray that rises from the gorge. We’ll tour the national park with the help of our local guides, walking to the edge of the falls to take in the sheer force of the water that fashioned this sight.
On this day you will wake up very early in the morning and have a lovely breakfast and then you guide will transport you to your Hotel or at the airport.
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