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Namibia & Botswana

Wide horizons, breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife

The dunes rise hundreds of metres into the sky. This is a landscape associated with the Sahara but this is Namibia, in the south of Africa. The mangled blackened trees of the Dead Vlei give further indication this is a land of strange parched beauty not found anywhere else; a land of beautiful extremes.

 

We begin our Namibian adventure in Sossusvlei, an awe-inspiring landscape of other worldly sand dunes. We visit one of the most unique and photographed landscapes, the Dead Vlei, and then walk in the impressive Sesriem Canyon. The next stop is at Rostock Ritz, to enjoy walks in the panoramic rocky dunes to see game such as zebra and antelope as well as birds along the way. We travel away from the desert to the cool breeze of the Skeleton coast to the quaint German inspired town of Swakopmund and visit Walvis Bay with its thriving colonies of sea lions, great flocks of flamingos and perhaps large pods of dolphins.

 

Next we travel north to Okonjima, to get up close to some of Namibia’s large carnivores, particularly leopards and cheetahs at the AfriCat (conservation) Foundation. Our accommodation here is fantastic and allows us to have a real African bush experience and with a view from our bedrooms to the plains beyond.

 

Botswana offers some of the most thrilling wildlife encounters in the world. From Rundu on the border of northern Namibia and the banks of Kwando River, we travel through the Bwabwata National Park to Chobe National Park for a boat trip and a game drive in search of the Africa’s “Big Five” and more. We then continue on to Victoria Falls for a guided tour of the great falls.

 

Namibia is a vast country and although we are only concentrating on its north, the distances between the centres, and particularly as we move into Botswana, can be long. Many of the roads are without tarmac and can be dusty and bumpy, so bring along your sense of adventure – and a cushion!

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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    29 Aug 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    29 Aug 2017 - 17 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    We depart London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Windhoek (Namibia) via Johannesburg with British Airways.

    Day 2 - Windhoek
    After our arrival at Windhoek International Airport, we travel to our hotel in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. We check-in and have the afternoon to relax before dinner.

    Day 3 - Sossusvlei
    This morning we travel to Sossusvlei, an oasis of otherworldly sand dunes some of which are the highest dunes on earth. Sossusvlei’s monumentally high dunes are a sought after subject for photographers. With their warm tints ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, they contrast vividly with the large white clay pans. This evening we will take a Sundowner drive in the Petrified Dunes.

    Day 4 - Sossusvlei
    Before visiting Sossusvlei itself, we take a walk (1 mile) to the magnificent Dead Vlei, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay. Skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees, thought to be up to 900 years old and reflect against the world’s highest sand dune, better known as “Big Daddy”. Sossusvlei’s ochre sand dunes offer one of the most mind-blowing sights you will ever experience. We then visit the Sesriem Canyon, carved out over the last 18 million years. Our walk today is 3 miles (5km) on soft sand, interspersed with harder clay ground, and leads through the riverbed of the dry Tsauchab River. The walk to Dead Vlei is about 1 mile (1.6 km). Just prior to reaching Dead Vlei, we will climb a 40-foot dune.

    Day 5 - Rostock Ritz
    We drive 110 miles to Rostock Ritz. Our lodge is situated in the most spectacular setting amongst rocky mountainous desert and open plains, grazed upon by zebra and various types of antelope. You are also likely to see meerkats which are rehabilitated here in the lodge then reintroduced back into the wild. This afternoon we are at leisure to enjoy the facilities and surroundings in the lodge. On a clear night, it is the perfect place to spend your evening stargazing.

    Day 6 - Rostock Ritz
    There are some excellent hiking trails to explore, directly from the lodge. Today we will enjoy some of the walks on offer.

    Day 7 - Swakopmund
    This morning our journey proceeds via the desolate, rolling hills and desert plains to the Atlantic Ocean to Swakopmund. We stop in Walvis Bay to visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture. From here we will be travelling to Swakopmund, an idyllic town wedged between the sweltering Namib Desert and cold Atlantic Ocean and forms another highlight on our journey. Graced with many beautiful and historical buildings as well as street cafes and curio shops, Swakopmund is best experienced on foot. You can embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries or strolling on the clean and endless beach.

    Day 8 - Swakopmund
    Today you are free to explore Swakopmund, or take part in a fantastic range of optional excursions such as a Seal & Dolphin Cruise, visit a Township, or the Living Desert tour.

    Day 9 - Erongo
    We drive to our lodge located on the bottom of the Hohenstein, (the highest peak of the Erongo Mountain range). On arrival our local guide will take us on a half-hour ride by Land Rover to Boulder Forest. From here, we will walk through the canyon that leads up to the giant rocks and abundant vegetation. If you prefer you can stay back at the lodge and relax or discover the birdlife that can be found at the lodge in great numbers and a great biodiversity. Just a few hundred meters away, a site a waterhole that offers great bird watching opportunity underneath beautiful trees.

    Day 10 - Okonjima
    Okonjima is a wonderful place and a great location from which to get up and close with Africa’s carnivores at the AfriCat Foundation. Although hunting is instinctive in carnivores, many of the cheetahs at AfriCat lack this experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes them unsuitable for release. The nature reserve park, provides captive cheetahs and other carnivores with the opportunity to learn and hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining and thereby giving them a chance to return to the wild. The captive cheetahs are fitted with radio-collars prior to their release into the reserve, so that their welfare and progress can be closely monitored. Rehabilitation gives a captive carnivore a second chance to survive in the wild and to take the time it needs, to become a completely independent hunter - in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland! We will take part in some thrilling activities offered by the AfriCat Foundation, such as Leopard Viewing, where with a guide we track the Leopards from our game-viewing vehicle.

    Day 12 - Rundu
    Today we travel to Rundu which is in the Kavango Region and on the border with Angola, is dominated by the Kavango River, and its broad flood plains make the area considerably greener than the rest of Namibia. The purpose for our stop here is to break up our onward journey into the Caprivi Strip. On arrival we can relax at our lodge before dinner.

    Day 13 - Caprivi
    We travel through the Bwabwata National Park, Namibia’s newest national park, teaming with varied wildlife and stunning wetland scenery. We continue on to our lodge on the banks of the Kwando River in the Eastern Caprivi.

    Day 14 - Caprivi
    Today we visit the local Mafwe village Living Museum, you can see further details at www.icfn.info/mafwe. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to take an optional boat cruise on the Kwando River.

    Day 15 - Chobe National Park
    We make our way to 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 which prey on them. On arrival at our lodge we have the afternoon at leisure.

    Day 16 - Chobe National Park
    We take an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Elephant sightings are almost a certainty as the park contains an estimated 50,000, said to be the highest population in Africa. The park is also home to many other animals including the waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators’ lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. The river surrounding the park is also one of its distinguishing features and we will take a river cruise during the afternoon, where we are likely to encounter hippo, crocodile and an astonishing variety of birdlife.

    Day 17 - Victoria Falls
    Our final destination is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, one of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ the falls is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and we will take a guided visit to see it in all its glory.

    Day 18 - Victoria Falls
    Today we enjoy a Wildlife Conservation and Awareness Safari. And the remainder of our day is at leisure to enjoy the many thrilling activities that Victoria Falls has to offer.

    Day 19 - Departure
    We travel to Victoria Falls Airport for our return flight back to the UK, via Johannesburg.

    Day 20 - In flight
    Arrival at London Heathrow Airport.


  • Accommodation

    Excellent three and four-star equivalent accommodation throughout.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • All local transport for included walking and sightseeing excursions.
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader and a local guide.
    • All park entrance fees.
    Supplement for single room: £395
     

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • The experience of being in a vast empty country untouched by the modern world.
    • Sossusvlei sand dunes brought to life by every sunrise.
    • Chobe National Park offers some of the best safari experiences in the world.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Windhoek/Victoria Falls-Heathrow via Johannesburg both ways (c12hrs 45min + stop), British Airways/Comair.   
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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