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Namibia to Vic Falls

Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Brandberg - Damaraland - Etosha National Park - Etosha National Park - Mahango Game Reserve - Zambezi Region - Chobe River Front - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

17 Days / 16 Nights

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Key

RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
B, B&L: Bed, breakfast and lunch
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Day 1: Londiningi Guest House, Windhoek

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Overnight: Londiningi Guest House

If you’re looking for something snobbish, continue straight on. Londiningi is the exact opposite. Whether it’s because of the place or the hosts, we find ourselves in the lap of comfort and a sincere welcome.

As for the setting, the 9 rooms spaced around the sumptuous garden and swimming pool, offer their irreproachable comfort, authentic charm and a permanent attention to detail -terra cotta floor tiles, furniture and fabrics chosen with taste, decoration simple and refined. We find the same generosity in the dining room – a personalized and lavish breakfast, or dinner derived from an eclectic mix of French and Namibian cuisine, served on tables daintily decorated. What’s more, many of the art objects that adorn this guest house, decidedly unlike others, are for sale – without any profit to the establishment – in order to help local artists and artisans.

On the human side, equally, Londiningi well deserves it’s name, which means “he who protects and shelters “ a Nguni word (of which Zulu is a dialect).

Nathalie (French) and Alexander (Namibian) will bend themselves 16 times over in order to satisfy their guests’ needs, many of whom quickly become friends, as the Golden Book stands to witness (guest comments) filled with many moving testimonies of gratitude.

Proof that Londiningi is not just a simple stopover, less still a dormitory or canteen. Whether we come here on our own, as a couple or a family, whether we visit here for a day or a long stay, whether we search for some quiet time, or intense moments of fun, Londiningi is a haven we cannot forget.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: Sesriem Campsite

At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down to 30 to 40 m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Located perfectly at the entry to Sossusvlei inside the park gate is Sesriem Camping, right beside the gate into the desert and just a short drive from Sesriem Canyon where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length.
It is perfect for campers who want to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert with the sun setting over the Elim dune then the stars emerging until they fill the sky above you and the clicking of the desert barking Geckos and distant howl of the Jackal. Sit by the fire and imagine what you will.
After a good nights rest its up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the sossusvlei wherer you can climb a sand dune and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes. Sesriem derives its name from the time when earlier pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs (riem) together to draw water from the pools. Accommodation at Sesriem is provided in 24 campsites. Facilities found there include a gas station, convenience store and a secure parking area.

Included

Self Catering

Day 3: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei

Included

Self Catering

Day 4: Fischreiher Guesthouse, Swakopmund

Swakopmund

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, 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, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Overnight: Fischreiher Guesthouse

Be captivated by the extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of the Namib Desert and the West Coast of Namibia. Fischreiher Guesthouse in Swakopmund offers seven neat, en-suite, exquisitely furnished double rooms; five twins and two double beds. Each one of the rooms is named after one of the big five of the well-known birds found at the Namibian coast. There are two family units. Desert and marine tours with qualified guides can be arranged from the doorstep, and the accommodation is within walking distance from the sea and ten minutes drive from the town centre.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Fischreiher Guesthouse, Swakopmund

Activities

quad
sandboard

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Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Brandberg White Lady Camping, Brandberg

Brandberg

The Brandberg (‘Fire Mountain’) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, with its zenith, the Königstein (‘King’s Stone’), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries, and the Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’.

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Camping

Included

Self Catering

Day 7: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Overnight: Palmwag Campsite

Palmwag Lodge and Camping site is situated in Palmwag near the Uniab River. The Lodge and its surroundings used to be farming land and were later developed into a hunting concession for big game. However, as popular interest in the area increased, the hunting camp was revamped into a lodge. The lodge consists of 12 thatched bungalows, 12 luxury tents and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy the walking trail or relax at the swimming pool under the palm trees. The activities offered at the lodge are guided game drives, day trips or camping safaris into the concession area of Palmwag Lodge offering guests the unique opportunity to discover and observe the diverse species of free-roaming game, amongst others, the famous desert elephant, the rare black rhino, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. The small camping site consists of 7 campsites with ablution facilities.

Included

Self Catering

Activities

Etosha

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 8: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

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

morning game drive palmwag

Included

Self Catering

Day 9: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park

Included

Self Catering

Activities

Etosha

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 10: Namutoni Campsite, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

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Overnight: Düsternbrook Guest Farm

Built into an old German Fort Namutoni Campsite has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort you will find ample facilities. From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is hardly a better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colours of the setting sun.

The Camp is situated in the eastern part of Etosha National Park and is accessible via the Von Lindequist Gate. Its close proximity to Fisher’s Pan makes Namutoni a hotspot for birders. Two restaurants, a craft shop, a pool and a viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole make the fort a great place to relax at lunchtime or after evening game drives. The African Fusion restaurant will introduce you to local flavours, while The Steakhouse offers popular western dishes. A superette, curio shop and petrol station allow you to stock up on everything that is necessary and nice.The camping area has generously spaced sites with plug point and communal ablution facilities on either side of the campsite.

Included

Self Catering

Day 11: Departure (Mon, 16 October)

Mahango Game Reserve

Mahango Game Park is a small park, a short drive south of Popa Falls, on the border with Botswana. As Popa Falls is a natural point to break the long journey between Rundu and Katima Mulilo, Mahango Game Park should be considered for inclusion in the itinerary. Driving the route through the park will take approximately half a day. In order to drive the full circular route, an offroad vehicle will be needed. There is a shorter route which can be drivenby a sedan in the dry season. The effort of visiting the park will be rewarding in terms ofwildlife and bird watching. The Mahango Game Park has a high number of elephants, as well as fair numbers of antelopes which are scarce or not seen in other parts of Namibia. These include the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and the red lechwe. The park is also home to anumber of sitatunga, however these antelopes are very scarce, and sightings will be excellent luck. The best time to see elephants and antelope will be during the dry season. Part of the park borders on the Kavango river, so the possibility of seeing crocodiles exists. In order to see hippos, the traveller should book a nocturnal game viewing trip, as hippos are nocturnal creatures. The best time for game viewing is in the dry months between March and October.The Mahango Game Park is an excellent destination for bird watching. It has three different habitats: the Kavango River, the flood plains, known as omurambas and woodlands, so a wide spread of species can be seen. The best time of year for bird watching is in the rainy months from November to February.

Overnight: Mahangu Safari Lodge

The comfortably-styled, thatched Mahangu Safari Lodge is a new lodge in the Caprivi Region of Namibia, next to the Mahango National Park. The Lodge offers beautiful campsites with power points next to the river. Campers are welcome to make use of the restaurant. Mahangu Safari Lodge offers a game drives, boat trips as well as fishing excursions.

Included

Self Catering

Day 12: Mahangu Safari Lodge, Mahango Game Reserve

Activities

Morning boat cruise with breakfast

Included

Self Catering

Day 13: Nambwa Community Campsite, Zambezi Region

Zambezi Region

The Zambezi Region (previously the Caprivi Strip) is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that sticks eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where 4 countries meet. The region lies in the middle of one of Africa’s largest and most well know game viewing areas. The abundance of water supplied by the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers sustains a large variety of animal and bird species. There are four Namibian reserves and no fences preventing the animals from moving between the countries.

Overnight: Nambwa Community Campsite

Nambwa Campsite is well-known and established in Namibia’s Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi strip). The site was set up in 2004 by the Mayuni Conservancy and is now under the management of African Monarch Lodges, as part of a commitment to the Mayuni Community to develop the area to include a luxury tented lodge and suites.
The campsites are fabulous and perfectly situated so campers can enjoy the river scenes and the wildlife migrating through the area. Campers now have the opportunity to use lodge services such as getting packed meals to go, to buy beverages, or to take part in any number of the activities that the establishment organizes.
Each campsite has a braai pit. All four campsites share the ablutions hut and kitchen. Water is provided at the site. Campers can buy their own wood for their campfires.

Included

Self Catering

Day 14: Nambwa Community Campsite, Zambezi Region

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Muchenje Campsite & Cottages

Muchenje Campsite & Cottages is a family owned and managed camp set in the Chobe Enclave, 7.2km from the Chobe National Park Ngoma gate (60km from Kasane, Botswana via tarred road and 80 km from Katima Mulilo Namibia). A peaceful, secure and beautifully treed property on the borders of the National park provides a serene setting for your stay, and a perfect base from which to explore the less crowded western end of the National Park. It is a perfect stop over for 4x4 enthusiasts wishing to visit Linyanti and Savuti or to spend a night on your way to the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. Your hosts are long term residents in the area and will be happy to offer you advice and friendly assistance during your stay.

Activities

boat cruise Muchenge rates

Included

Self Catering

Day 15: Muchenje Campsite & Cottages, Chobe River Front

Included

Self Catering

Day 16: 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.

Day Itinerary

Leave the vehicle in Kasane before 12.00

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.

Included

Self Catering

Day 17: Departure

Transport

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