21 Night Namibia & Botswana Lodge-based Self-drive (Wdh-Vfa)

3 weeks exploring the contrasting landscapes of Namibia & Botswana

Start in Windhoek and take in the dramatic Sossusvlei Dunes and the rugged beauty of Damaraland. Encounter the wildlife of Etosha National Park before continuing on to the lush banks of the Okavango, Kwando and Rivers. End the trip with a night in Victoria Falls.

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Day 1

Arrive into Windhoek Hosea Kutako airport and transfer to spend the first night at Olive Grove Guesthouse – a small friendly guest house near the centre of Windhoek.

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Day 2 – 3

Drive to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Naukluft Park. Your next two nights are spent at Kulala Desert Lodge. Situated on over 46 000 acres of private property and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, the lodge offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei.

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Day 4

Travel north to the edge of the Naukluft Mountains. Your next night is spent at Namibs Valley Lodge offering stunning views of the Namib Naukluft scenery. Accommodation is in a luxury bungalow.

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Day 5

Continue north to the Erongo region, spending the next night at Hohenstein Lodge – situated south-west of the Erongo Mountains at the foot of the massif.

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Day 6

After breakfast, you drive to Etemba Wilderness Camp. The route takes you past the Erongo Mountain along a scenic route. Etemba is situated on a historical gathering place of the bushmen, and after a short rest with coffee and cake, you will be take on a walk to the famous bushmen paintings.

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Day 7 – 8

Continue your journey to the Damaraland region, spending the next two nights at Doro Nawas Camp. Doro Nawas Camp is located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, with spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south. Damaraland is an unspoiled, rocky area and one of the areas in Namibia where you can find the desert adapted elephants.

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Day 9 – 10

The next two nights are spent at Safarihoek Lodge in the Etosha Heights Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. The 60 000 hectare concession is home to a wide variety of animals including Hartmann’s Zebra which does not occur in the eastern side of Etosha.

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Day 11

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia.  Etosha covers an area of more than 22 000 sq kms – its centre being a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. Spend one night at Okaukuejo making your way west to east through the park.

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Day 12 – 13

Make your way through Etosha spending the following two nights at Onguma Bush Camp in a private wildlife concession to the east of Etosha. Accommodation is on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis with guided activities payable separately.

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Day 14 – 15

Drive north to the western Caprivi, spending the next two nights at River Dance Lodge 20km west of Divundu. Accommodation is in a water front chalet overlooking the river.

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Day 16 – 17

The next destination is Nambwa Lagoon Camp in Namibia’s Zambezi Region, situated on a riverine floodplain island along the banks of the Kwando River, on a private concession inside the Mashi Conservancy within the Bwabwata National Park.

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Day 18

Continue east along the Caprivi to spend the next night at Chobe River Camp, by the Chobe river just across from the Chobe National Park on the Namibian side.

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Day 19 – 20

Cross into Botswana to spend the next two nights at Kubu Lodge. One one afternoon you will do a sunset river cruise along the Chobe River. This is a highlight of many a visitor’s trip to Botswana, and amazing sights such as elephant crossing the river to feed on the grassy islands are never forgotten. Also included is a game drive into Chobe National Park.

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Day 21

Transfer across the border to Victoria Falls, spending the final night at Batonka Guest Lodge, situated in a quiet residential area 1km from the town centre. The Zimbabwean side has approximately 2/3 of the fall’s frontage and the falls are easily viewed on foot.

Included

  • 18 days unequipped 4×4 vehicle hire incl one way fees (vehicle with R20,000 insurance excess)
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa
  • All accommodation and meals where stated
  • Airport transfers
  • Absolute Erongo Package
  • Guided Activities at Safarihoek Lodge
  • Chobe River Cruise & Game drive
  • Victoria Falls transfer
  • Trip handbook, directions & maps

Excluded

International flights; Personal insurance; Visa / border fees; National park / Reserve vehicle fees