Sleeping in the salt pans for one night
Namibia & Botswana - Desert-Delta (NB1805)
With this trip you choose a UNIQUE, more luxurious, quiet journey, where many highlights of Namibia and Botswana pass the revue. Under the motto: "If you visit these countries, do it well!"
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Vacation Style Adult Group
Activity Level Nature-Culture
Group Size Medium Grougs
With this trip you choose a UNIQUE, more luxurious, quiet journey, where many highlights of Namibia and Botswana pass the revue. Under the motto: "If you visit these countries, do it well!".
A wide variety of accommodations, from community lodge to comfortable safari tent (with boxspring) to luxury lodges in most of the most beautiful places, a safari per houseboat, a visit to the famous Okavango Delta and even a night at the Makgadikgadi salt pans under the starry sky.
Every time new impressions and surprises!
We choose a quiet travel structure, which means we stay 2 days in one place. This trip includes almost everything: accommodation and suite (with private bathroom and toilet), breakfast, almost all dinners and (almost) all excursions and entrance fees.
(Almost) All accommodations are personally selected by us and are regularly checked for service, quality and hygiene. Afrikaya tours strives to offer your holiday as cheap as possible without compromising the quality of the trip. We select mostly good and small scale (3) - 4 - 5 * lodges, guest houses and hotels, with comfortable en suite rooms, where the bar at the bar is still affordable. In remote areas you will not find luxury hotels and usually stay in a good guesthouse or simple lodge, more often self catering. Sometimes we choose to be aware of a (simple) hotel, because of its unique location or the atmospheric environment or just for a more expensive option, if this is really worth it.
Car Hire - Is Your Driving Safe?
Yes, you can drive well in these countries. You are driving on the left and can better avoid the cities. For a car journey, we provide many tips for a safe journey in the very comprehensive travel guide. We are available 24/7 and have many contacts in southern Africa. However, if you choose a car drive, you should also occasionally show your own initiative. Scared yourself drive off, take a look at our group tours or consider a trip with private guide / driver. Both have the advantage that there is always someone to manage or fall back on and who knows the way everywhere and knows the local uses. For detailed information on car hire, 4x4 car rental or camper hire, see car rental.
South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho have a very good value for money! Nambia and Mozambique are a bit more expensive, in Botswana, the prices of accommodations (generally) are high, especially in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls and Chobe River. However, we can make a nice trip for most budgets. You do not need to bring a foreign currency if you go to South Africa, there are ATMs everywhere. For other countries, it is sometimes useful to bring Euro or USD. We will inform you in the travel magazine. In Namibia you pay with the Namibian dollar (N $). ZAR is also accepted everywhere. ATMs are available in all major locations. Even though you can keep some money in stock because they are not always filled. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, Also in supermarkets and sometimes at petrol stations. In Botswana you pay with the Pula. Standard / Stanbic cash machines can also be used to pin up larger amounts (often only Mastercard or Visa), the vending machines of other banks are often not suitable for foreign passes. So make sure you check out an ATM on time. Visa and Mastercard are accepted widely. In principle, it is not necessary to include Traveler Checks or USD to exchange if you are looking for an ATM on time. Firstly, this is safer and secondly, many banking operations in southern Africa are carried out at the counter, making it especially busy at banks on Friday, when people are paid out. You can sometimes stand in line for more than an hour. It is very common for a service and service gratuity is given. In the Netherlands, the operating fee is often included in the price, but in southern Africa people are often completely dependent on tips and tips. It's always a small amount and our advice is: be yellow. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls. It's always a small amount and our advice is: be yellow. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls. It's always a small amount and our advice is: be yellow. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls.
Please inform your GP or GGD at least 8 weeks before leaving for personal medical advice. Vaccinations DTP and Hepatitis-A (contagious jaundice) are recommended but are not mandatory. If you arrive in a yellow fever country like Zambia within 7 days, a yellow fever vaccination for South Africa - Botswana - Namibia is required. Malaria occurs in the summer months (October-May) in the north of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. In Mozambique and the Zambezi region / Caprivi (Victoria Falls) this is the case throughout the year. Malaria is usually prescribed for Malarone, the side effects of which are limited. The lodges in Malaria area are equipped with mosquito nets and / or air conditioning. Bringing a mosquito net yourself is not convenient. We can also assemble malaria-free travel! You can further inform yourself by: * Rural Center Guidance Advisory * Tropen Care * GGD Take the leaflets with your doctor and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem.
Traveling with Children
Unabridged Birth Certificate (South Africa & Botswana) As from 1 October 2014, new regulations are in place: Parents traveling with their own children must be able to show an original birth certificate of the traveling child (s) in addition to their passports and tickets; If only one of the parents passes with the child, he / she must be in addition to the valid birth certificate OR have a written and signed statement from the other parent who gives the child permission to travel with the other parent, OR official proof that the single parent has full custody and official control over the child (eg court judgment in custody case); OR if the other parent has passed away, a copy of the other parent's official death certificate must be taken instead of this declaration; Children who do not travel with their parents but with family members, acquaintances or other guardians must have an official written and signed statement in addition to the valid birth certificate in which both parents or Legal guardians assert that the child has permission to travel with these persons, as well as copies of the passports of the parents or the legal guardian of the traveling child. A birth certificate is available from the municipality (5 working days to 3 weeks). For more information: South African Consulate in The Hague, weekdays between 14.00 and 16.00 phone number +27 (0) 72 140 8109.
Family trip plans
Some accommodations and excursions unfortunately do not allow children, sometimes under 6 years old, sometimes under 12 or 15 years old. There is also something to say to keep a journey with children malaria free . Contact us for: A group trip , we have special family trips! A tailored car trip , we have a lot of experience in planning the best holidays for families with children in South Africa and surrounding countries! A private trip , if you all want to enjoy a well-deserved holiday!
Climate - best travel time
Southern Africa is an ideal holiday destination all year long. It is not easy to say what the best travel time is, unless you go to Hermanus for the flower season or the whales. See also the country information South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. The seasons are inverted to those of us (summer is winter, autumn is spring). Each season has its own specialties. For example, the West Coast in the spring of Africa is wonderfully beautiful with flower carpets, winter for wildlife is the best season and you want to see whales, may be from June to November, but the best months are September and October. When planning your trip (and booking), it is also advisable to take into account the holiday periods in South Africa. Especially Gauteng and Johannesburg: Easter, December to mid January, July to mid-August are busy. For example, if you want to visit the Kruger Park during those periods, book a minimum of six months in advance, no unnecessary luxury! Book your trip 6 months in advance or earlier! We work with smaller accommodations, which are unfortunately also fuller. Game Lodges have already been booked up a year in advance, so you are looking for a specific trip, book it on time! Internet - Telephone - Electricity Lodges sometimes have wireless internet. Internet cafes are located in all larger places. However, do not expect a fast connection, you may already be happy if it works (without alarms). Of course, it is convenient to be accessible and to make calls. That gives a safe feeling, but can be very expensive. You can save by taking your own device and purchasing a SIM card on the spot with calling credit, so you can call cheap in the holiday country. In South Africa, registration is now required before the SIM can be activated. In case of a car, you can register a card at the airport. In Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, the coverage of mobile telephony is not ideal. If you always want to call or be eligible, rent a satellite phone. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. They are sold in any supermarket, on the local market, sometimes the tour guide has a few copies to buy. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. They are sold in any supermarket, on the local market, sometimes the tour guide has a few copies to buy. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits.
The official language of Namibia is English, but Afrikaans, German and some Bantu languages are also widely spoken. In the north of the country, many Portuguese are also spoken because of the many Angolan refugees staying there. In Botswana , English and Twana are official languages. In addition, there are 30 other languages like Kalanga, Kgalagadi, Herero, Mbukushu, Yeyi, Birwa and Nambya.
In South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique, it is during the summertime in Europe, the same time (GMT +2). In winter, it is in South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique 1 hour later (GMT +1). In Namibia it is 1 o'clock earlier (GMT -1).
Unfortunately, many "Stoepstories" (bullshit stories) are told about South African countries, it is often not safer than nightly in Amsterdam. An exception is the major cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and, to a lesser extent, Cape Town and Windhoek. We advise you to avoid city centers and always be at the lodge for sunset. Of course, the common sense applies: leave no valuables behind in the hotel room, beware of ATMs, do not show full stock, take a taxi in the evening. Poverty is high in some areas, so do not tempt people.
Traveling well insured is an absolute necessity. Hospital and hospital costs may be very high in certain countries, not to mention repatriation costs. Closing a travel insurance is mandatory . In addition, we advise you to cancel a cancellation insurance in the event that you can not leave for sickness or family circumstances or to cancel the trip. Afrikaaya Tours can provide you with a short-term travel and / or cancellation insurance, which must be noted at the time of booking. Flight Duration From Amsterdam (direct): - Windhoek (with stopover) 11 hours
- Guaranteed departure at 6 persons (max 10)
- Book your trip at least 6 months in advance and receive € 50, - pp early booking.
- Single: room allowance € 1150, -
- We reserve the right at any time to change accommodations, programs and routes, if necessary.
- Sorry, no children on this trip.
- All nights in 4 * (sometimes 5 *) accommodation and suite (always private bathroom)
- Based on accommodation including breakfast, 2x brunch and 22x dinner, including delicious traditional dishes
- Transport Mercedes Sprinter (+ trailer) with air conditioning / fridge
- English / Dutch / African Travel Guides
- City visit windhoek
- Excursions and entrances Sossusvlei / Deadvlei,
- desert expedition Swakopmund,
- Twyfelfontein rock art
- Game drive (1x 4x4 en 1x per bus) Etosha National Park,
- Game drive 4x4 Bwabwata NP
- Houseboat safari Chobe NP, including meals, beverages and activities
- Day excursion Victoria Falls ( excluding visa Zimbabwe and entrance, together US $ 60 pp)
- game drive 4x4 Chobe NP, excl. entree
- Sleep on the Makgadikgadi salt pans
- Entrance fees National Parks (unless stated)
- Reservation and ticket costs
- Contribution Afrikaya Trust
- Prices depend partly on season and surcharges
- If the flight is already fixed, this is indicated by the travel code
schedule based on direct KLM day flight, on flights with no stop and get you a day earlier (in the evening)
BACK direct KLM night flight
- Inform yourself of your flight price or free of charge via email@example.com
Lunches: There is little choice on the way, if desired we take care of picnics, we have a fridge in the bus; Experience teaches that with an extensive breakfast and dinner the hunger in the afternoon is usually not that big.
- Flight in Okavango Delta or Linyanti / Savuti: on request (prices incl. Flights vary for 2 nights from € 1000-2000 and more pp., Depending on the camp chosen) - SVP a year in advance !
- Day trip per mokoro to the Okavango Delta: about € 80 pp incl lunch
- Day trip to Chief's Island, with bushwalk; Approximately € 125 pp, price depends on number of participants.
- Day safari to Moremi National Park: € 119, price depending on number of participants.
- helicoptervlucht over de Okavango Delta: 45 minuten circa € 230 pp
- Flight by small plane across the Delta, price depends on expensive flight and society
Flight in the evening of Amsterdam (or other airport in consultation), you arrive in the morning of day 2
Arrive in Windhoek
Arrival in Windhoek. The tour is ready by bus and we drive to Windhoek center, where we check in in the cozy B & B. In the afternoon we will see Windhoek. The center is a mix of German colonial buildings and modern paintings painted in fresh pastel tones. Striking is the Evangelical Lutheran Christ Church in Art Nouveau style. In addition, the Alte Feste and the station are also worth a visit.
Along the Atlantic coast lies an indescribably beautiful piece of nature: Sossusvlei, the most famous spot in the Namib Naukluft Park. Clamped between two deserts, the Namib in the west and the Kalahari in the east, the dry southern region offers breathtaking landscapes. Sossusvlei is definitely a highlight of your visit to Namibia, you have to get up early to get the most beautiful photos! In the area live the Hartmann zebra, kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, diver, capricorn, leopard, baboon, jackal, fox, wild cat, caracal and the earthwolf. We climb Dune 45 , walk to Deadvlei and through Sesriem Canyon .
The coastal town of Swakopmund is Namibia's second largest city. It is an old European-oriented city, which dates back to German colonial times. There are still many German influences in the city, many people speak German and street names are sometimes German. The city itself has wide boulevards with palm trees and parks for the inhabitants. Swakopmund has many restaurants and bars, supermarkets and nice shops. A 4x4 desert excursion is included, teaching you more about the Namib Naukluft desert region (fauna and flora) under the guidance of an expert guide. There is a possibility to make a scenic flight over the Namib or Skeleton Coast ( option ). Just outside Swakopmund, a number of dunes are reserved for recreational purposes. Here you can go sand-boarding or quad biking ( options ). In addition, boat excursions can be booked on the ocean to spot dolphins and robbery ( options ).
Today we drive through the rugged interior, hopefully a glimpse of desert elephants . We drive along the Brandberg, with a short visit to Himba's and Herrero's and a visit to the Twyfelfontein rocks . Twijfelfontein houses one of the world's most interesting collections of rock drawings and engravings. About 2500 engravings and some drawings have been carved and painted by the nomadic San and Khokhoi (forest men) since 6000 years (Stone Age). Since 1952 it is a national monument and since 2007 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Etosha National Park, also known as 'Great White Place', is Africa's largest natural park and was founded in 1907. The park is located in northern Namibia and is almost as big as the Netherlands. A large part consists of a huge salt surface. You can not only see large herds of elephants and (white and black) rhinos, but also jungles, giraffes, oryxs, gems, zebras, impala's, ostriches, hyenas, lions, leopards, cheetahs and many types of birds. On the day of arrival an additional afternoon game drive can be made ( option ). Day 9 and 10 are also reserved for game drives , day 9 with an open 4x4 jeep, day 10 by bus. The first 2 nights we spend on the south side (just outside the park) and the last night on the east side (in a private game reserve)
We stop in Rundu to keep the distance a bit limited today and have a rest, walk, laze, ... The lodge is near Kavango River, the other side is Angola! Perhaps we still hunt in the river hippos. You may also have a sundowner boat cruise over the river in the late afternoon ( option ).
Today we drive through Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park) into the narrow Caprivi Strip, where Angola and Botswana Namibia "enclose". Stay in rooms with views over Kwando River. We may see elephants stumble from the terrace, but at least many special birds! Includes a game drive in open jeep to Bwabwata Game Reserve. There is also a boat cruise for an evening river cruise ( option ).
Houseboat Safari Chobe River
In the afternoon we check in on a luxurious houseboat. We are going to cruise over Chobe River for 2 days, where in the dry season the elephants are drinking massively by the river! Really a once-in-a-lifetime experience ! From the decks you can watch big herds of elephants and buffalo, antelopes, crocodiles and hippos. Game cruises are done several times a day with smaller boats that can come close to the big game. At sunset, the boat is on, you can enjoy the African sunset with a drink and snacks , and a delicious 3 course dinner will be served soon. After a good night's rest, perhaps accompanied by lion's greasy, we are early for light breakfast and a game cruise. Around 11 o'clock, an extensive brunch is served, After which the captain with the big boat invades the park (while you may see the landscapes of your cabin in a little siesta from your cabin during a little siesta ...). In the afternoon, the little boats can be taken to visit an authentic village with one of the staff members, another river cruise or go fishing for the infamous Tiger Fish. Activities, meals and beverages are included.
In the morning, the Houseboat returns to the starting point and we have to go through the stamp mill, after which we check out at the jetty. We can go shopping in the village or take a walk, but keep calm today. If desired and possible, we will arrange another game drive in Chobe NP (option). You can play a round of golf at the 18 hole course, clubs, balls and caddy in Kasane. Beware of crocodiles in the water, do not hesitate to ensure that there is no warthog on the intended green, and when it comes to twilight, the elephants like to graze here ... you have been warned. We go on a 4x4 game drive to Chobe NP to discover the park from land. We take a day trip to the Victoria Falls , on the Zimbabwe side. Visa and entrance Vic Falls must be settled by yourself (US $ 60 pp). The falls will contain a lot of water in May and little in September. They are the widest waterfalls of Africa, they form a 1708m wide waterline and 100m high and have a maximum drop height of 128m. At least 500 million liters of water per minute can fall over the rocky wall (in the wet season). In the dry season, however, you can better see the beauty of the falls.
We drive to Gweta, hopefully we'll see migrating zebras and elephants on the way. We sleep and eat the first night in a simple lodge. The next morning, an additional excursion to beautiful baobab trees (via a cattle post) can be booked, if available ( option ). We leave for 4x4 after the afternoon to the salt pans . On the way we may see meerkats (sticky tails), zebras, jackals, antelopes, etc. but on saltpans themselves is nothing at all! We enjoy the breathtaking sunset and spend the night after a cozy firewood dinner on the saltpans in a kind of mattress-under-bedding under the (falling) starry sky! Basic, but an experience to never forget ...
Maun & Okavango Delta
After the simple breakfast, we drive back to the lodge, where we get the stuff and after some extra breakfast, we go to Maun, a short distance away. We can see this tourist town, there is some tourist pressure. This is mainly due to the small airport, which is among the busiest in the world! Reason: From here, most flights leave for Okavango Delta.
Day 22 and 23 there is the opportunity to:
- Make a flight to the Delta, count on prices from € 1000 pp for 2 nights (and book a year ahead!)
- A moped tour in southern Okavango (8.00-17.00)
- A boat trip of Okavango Chief's Island (7.00-18.00, min. 3 persons, incl breakfast, lunch, park fees)
- And / or a helicopter flight (3 helicopter 45 minutes US $ 655, airplane flights starting at € 120 pp)
- And / or a 4x4 game drive to Moremi NP (minimum 3 people, including breakfast, lunch, park fees)
- To follow a workshop of mandrels
- A sunset boat cruise on Thamalakane river
We leave for Ghanzi where we spend the night in a rustic (read: simple) lodge, a community project run by the local San population. The San Bushmen is the native population of southern Africa. The nomadic hunters and collectors nowadays are heavy. The Kalahari is one of the few places San can still live in a somewhat authentic way. We have the time to experience how close these people are still in nature, with music, dance, crafts, track searches, hunting examples, etc ... a great back to basic experience.
N / A'an ku says means in the language of the san: the place that protects god A beautiful name for a paradise of nature, 42 kilometers outside Windhoek, where the N / A'an ku Foundation has since 2007 established a six-room lodge and eight holiday homes on a 10,000-acre plot of land. A sand road leads you to the entrance where you drive between the zebras, giraffes, warthogs and gemsboks to the lodge. Here, the wild nature of Namibia and a very modern lodge meet each other. A swimming pool is the boundary between the round main building and the six separate rooms each with a private terrace that overlooks the reserve. A wonderful place to close your trip.
Flight & Home
Wynand brings you to the airport in the early afternoon, with a direct night flight you are.
We visit some villages and schools
You stay at special and small 4 * accommodations in beautiful locations, almost always with swimming pool and air conditioning.
You always have a private bathroom and toilet .
Accommodations are carefully selected for location, atmosphere, service and hygiene. A wider room, good bed and full breakfast are things we pay attention to, so you can enjoy more from any place.
Because we guide our travels ourselves, we also soon become aware of something less.
Because we are Fair Trade Certified , we pay a fair price to our suppliers and are therefore always very welcoming with our groups.
In addition, you will find some examples of accommodations on this trip.
Should you book a trip through Afrikaya Leisure Travel, you will travel with the most comprehensive travel magazine in the travel industry well before departure (5 to 6 weeks). All information you need for preparation is listed here. If you have any questions after reading the folder, please contact us!
Please check the overview for more information!
- A valid (international) passport (ID is not enough), including babies and children must have their own passport
- proof of return ticket or ticket to a next destination
For Namibia you have no Visa required (maximum 90 days stay). However, your passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Namibia.
For Botswana you do not need a visa (maximum 90 days stay). However, the passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Botswana. In addition, from June 1, 2017 in Botswana for foreign tourists, the USD30 pp Tourism Development Levy will apply, Pay at the border post in cash or by credit card. But this has been delayed until further notice.
We will inform you when booking about the latest information. Participants who do not own Dutch nationality should inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries.
Most airlines carry 20 kg (sometimes 23 or even 30 kg) luggage for check-in, plus 7 kg of hand luggage. See your E-ticket or look at the website of the society. We advise not to take too much, with a lot of accommodation there is a laundry service which is definitely not too expensive. Good quality clothes, you can also buy cheap on site. Clothing that you want to leave behind is often more than welcome. A suitcase with hard shell is less practical and less often fits well in a luggage than a travel bag on wheels. Spinners (4 small wheels) are not handy in Africa, the trails are often too uneven. Prevent locks or leave your suitcase in plastic seals at the airport. Informal holiday clothes are permitted everywhere.