Lodging to Victoria Falls
This epic tour takes you through three countries in Southern Africa to see very different environments. Starting in Namibia, you will travel first to the south to visit the Namib desert and the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. You will then travel north along the western side of Namibia via famous landmarks such as the quaint town of Swakopmund then to the beautiful Spitzkoppe mountain. Further north you spend a few nights in the heart of Damaraland at the remote Palmwag concession before heading to Etosha National Park which you will cross all the way over, from the western gate to the eastern one. Afterwards, the landscapes, vegetation and even the village life around you will change drastically as you enter into the lush and green Caprivi strip. Travel along this northern region with regular safaris to see hippos and crocodiles in the many rivers, until you get to the far eastern edge and you cross the border into Botswana. Here you will get to discover the famous Chobe National Park and its considerable population of elephants before finishing your tour at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Accommodation: Comfy lodges with good service in beautiful areas surrounded by nature.
Reminder: All Namvic itineraries are tailor made to your budget and preferences. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us to modify this itinerary so that it suits you best. This is just an example of what we can do for you.
Our handover agent will be the first friendly Namibian face you see at the airport as they greet you at arrivals. We provide a free transfer from the airport to our office where you will pick up your 4×4 and sign the paperwork. We will explain how to use the 4×4 mode and keep the car in the best condition possible on the dusty Namibian roads.
Lodge: Your first night will be in a lovely area of Windhoek at Villa Moringa Guesthouse. Basis: BB
Today will be your first day on the Namibian roads and you will soon see why we warn you about the dust! The adventure begins! As the road takes you further south west you will get your first sights of the Namib desert. Being conveniently close to the park you could already go in late afternoon to see the last rays of sunlight over the dunes
Lodge: Perfectly situated just outside of the park gates, tonight you sleep at Desert Camp. Basis: DBB
This morning you will wake up extra early to head into Sossusvlei before the sun even rises. Climb to the top of Dune 45 to see the first rays light up the highest dunes in the world. Then head over to the famous trees at deadvlei, maybe climb Big Daddy then finish the morning at Sesriem Canyon. After a spot of Lunch at Sossusvlei Lodge head over to Solitaire to see the old cars and grab a coffee and piece of apple pie.
Lodge: Watch the sunset behind the mountains from your room at Rostock Ritz. Basis: DBB
Continue north today via the Kuiseb Canyon and Gaub pass with a quick stop at the Tropic of Capricorn. Arrive on the cool misty coast and get a few photos of the Walvis Bay flamingos before going to the quirky town of Swakopmund where you will spend the night. We recommend having a plate of fresh fish for dinner by the ocean.
Lodge: Swakopmund Guesthouse will be your home for the next two nights. Basis: BB
Today you have a large choice of things to do. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay both offer a wide range of activities from boat rides to see dolphins and otters, to quad biking in the dunes or even skydiving. One of our favourite activities is a full day at Sandwich Harbour with a guide to see where the dunes meet the ocean.
Lodge: Swakopmund Guesthouse. Basis: BB
This morning make the most of the town and buy a few souvenirs if you wish, You will not see any other real towns for quite a few days. A short drive, mainly on tar road, will take you to the epic Spitzkoppe. Stop on the way to have a look at the wide range of crystals, gems and semi-precious stones at the crystal market just as you turn off the main road. With a souvenir in your pocket, follow the dirt road with the mountain looming in front of you. Once you have arrived, soak in the views from the lodge or walk around and admire the bush paintings amongst spectacular landscapes.
Lodge: Sleep amongst rocks that will take you back in time at Spitzkoppen Lodge. Basis: DBB
Make the most of a last walk around Spitzkoppe this morning if you wish, maybe head on over to the arch or see if there is any water in the rock pools. The lodge also offers a guided tour of all the best paintings. Then head directly north into Damaraland and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein. This area has an incredible collection of rock engravings dating back thousands of years. Hundreds are on display and many more still lay hidden in between the rocks. A friendly local guide will show you around and interpret their meanings.
Lodge: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is your stop over for tonight. Basis: DBB
Drive north a bit further and you will enter into the heart of Damaraland, the Palmwag concession. Due to natural water sources in the area you are likely to see giraffe, mountain zebra, springbok and oryx here. This is a wild and rugged area and one of our favourite regions of Namibia. Let us know if you are feeling adventurous and want to transform these next couple of nights into luxury wild camping in the concession with a Namvic guide.
Lodge: On the edge of the Palmwag concession, and along the dry river bed favoured by elephants, Palmwag Lodge. Basis: DBB
No destination in view today! A second night at Palmwag allows you to go into the day visitor area of the concession slowly to search for desert adapted elephants, giraffe, zebra, springbok, and if you are very luck even a black rhinoceros. Either take a picnic with you and spend the full day in the concession or head back to the lodge to relax around the pool
Lodge: Palmwag Lodge. Basis: DBB
This morning get back on the roads to start heading west. Be prepared for more incredible landscapes as you drive over the Grootberg pass. Take it slow as this road can be tricky but the views from the top are worth it. Stop at Kamanjab for lunch and to stock up on some fresh items if needed, then follow the tar road north to the Hobatere reserve. Enjoy a sundowner at the restaurant overlooking the waterhole.
Lodge: Hobatere Lodge will provide you with a bit of luxury just west of Etosha National Park. Basis: DBB
A full day of safari awaits you in the infamous Etosha National Park. Wake up early and leave as soon as the sun rises to get the best chance of seeing lions on the move. Head east to Okaukuejo but not before stopping at all the waterholes along the way. As it is your first day in the park your camera’s memory card is sure to fill up quickly. Each waterhole is different, and you never know what you might see. Use the map we provided you with at the beginning of your tour to make sure you don’t miss any.
Lodge: Okaukuejo Camp in the center of Etosha National Park. Basis: DBB
Last night you probably didn’t sleep much as you made the most of the floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo. But do your best to head out early as the animals do not wait! The roads around Okaukuejo have lots of great waterholes and this region is very popular with wildlife. You will probably spend a lot of time at Nebrowni waterhole as there is very often lions and elephants there. Enjoy a slow pace, wandering through the open plains, so that you can see even the smallest of creatures the park is home to.
Lodge: Okaukuejo Camp. Basis: DBB
Continue east to Von Lindequest gate via Halali today. In the eastern side of the park you have great chances of seeing black rhino and cheetahs. We recommend heading to Chudop waterhole, a favourite for elephants. Grab some lunch at Halali along the way and make sure to drive right onto the pan at the look out point. It is not to be missed as you feel like you are on another planet.
Lodge: Mushara Bush Camp will probably be one of the most luxurious lodges you visit. Basis: DBB
Today you get back onto the main roads to start the drive north east into the Caprivi Strip. The road is long today but in excellent condition. It is also interesting as you will see an incredible change in scenery as you cross north over the veterinary line (this stops diseases from spreading). South of the line, as you will have seen up until know, there are many farms with high fences around. North of the line the fences disappear, and the cattle, donkeys and chickens roam free. The way of life is more traditional but also harsher in this region with most living in traditional huts. We encourage you to stop at the craft stands by the side of the road and support the local community.
Lodge: Hakusembe River Lodge just opposite Angola will be a beautiful change in scenery for the night. Basis: DBB
Not far to drive today! Head to the large town of Rundu and make sure you fill up on fuel as it is often scarce through the Caprivi. You will see that Rundu is a very busy town as there is not much else around. People travel from far to get their essentials here. Continue along the main tar road until you turn off at the almost non existent town of Divundu and follow the river to Mahangu Safari Lodge. You will probably have time to enter the Mahango National Park this evening. The wildlife in this region is very different to that of Etosha thanks to the presence of lots of water and humidity.
Lodge: Mahangu Safari Lodge is always a pleasure to stay at due to its warm hospitality. Basis: DBB
This morning a special treat awaits you, a boat cruise on the Cubango river. This is the perfect way to see hippos and crocodiles up close. You will not have seen these animals elsewhere in Namibia due to the dry climate in all the other regions. Then spend the afternoon in the Mahango National Park and see if you can spot the rare roan antelope. Buffalo, lechwe and lots of mischievous vervet monkeys can also be found here.
Lodge: Mahangu Safari Lodge. Basis: DBB
The adventure through the Caprivi continues. You can either use the nice tar road to get to the lodge quickly today and make the most of the lodge’s beautiful open restaurant along the river and large rooms; or take the slower path through the Bwabwata national park. We do advise caution here as the roads are sandy and you shouldn’t get too close to the elephants. If you are not sure just ask for a guided safari from the lodge, or even better, another boat cruise!
Lodge: Namushasha River Lodge is a beautifully large and open lodge right along the river. Basis: DBB
This will be your last day in Namibia. Head to Katima Mulilo, the most eastern large town on Namibia and a crossroads for those travelling from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Fill up on fuel, you will probably need it by now, then travel to the border post to leave Namibia and enter Botswana. You will still have all afternoon to slowly make your way to Kasane via the beautiful Chobe National Park.
Lodge: Make the most of a fantastic view across the Chobe river at River View Lodge in Kasane, Botswana. Basis: DBB
If you got to spend a few hours in Chobe yesterday, we know you will want to go back today! The park has one of the largest elephant populations in Africa and lions and leopards are regularly seen here. Stick to the road along the riverfront to see an incredible array of birds, from pelicans to waders to fish eagles… The river also attracts all the wildlife from the park so this is the best place to be. You will quite likely see herds of hundreds of buffalo, that are often followed by a pride of hungry lions.
Lodge: River View Lodge. Basis: DBB
Wake up early this morning as you have an exciting day ahead. A Namvic staff member will come and collect your car here so you do not have to pay the exorbitant fees to take it into Zimbabwe. Then a private shuttle will come and collect you to take you across the border into Zimbabwe and into the town of Victoria Falls. The town offers many great places for lunch but we recommend the stunning Victoria Falls Hotel. Then discover the natural world wonder that is Victoria Falls. Take your time to see it from every angle and depending on the time of the year cover up well as you will likely get wet!
Lodge: Your last accommodation is the beautiful Batonka Guest Lodge in the quiet suburbs with rooms looking onto pretty gardens, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Basis: BB
Today is your last day in Zimbabwe and you will have a transfer from your hotel to the airport. If you have time, book one of the many activities available around the falls. We recommend the Flight of Angels to see the Falls from above in a helicopter.
BB: Bed & Breakfast
DBB: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast