Namibia & Botswana Tour
Namibia and Botswana is for us the ultimate tour. Under the motto “if you visit these countries, do it well!” A wide variety of accommodation, simple to luxury safari tents, luxurious lodges in the most beautiful places, houseboat Safari or even a night on the Makgadikgadi salt pans under the stars … always new impressions and surprises! We have chosen a more peaceful journey, which means we stay over at least 2 days unless the stopover is intended or to interrupt a long journey
VERY IMPORTANT!! HouseBoat Excursion on this tour is Excluded! The price is for 2 Nights only.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
This trip is made for a group of 8-10 persons, which will choose a UNIQUE, beautiful, peaceful journey, with many highlights of Namibia and Botswana are reviewed. Under the motto “if you visit these countries, do it well!” A wide variety of nightspots, simple or luxury safari tents to luxurious lodges in the many beautiful places, a safari by houseboat or even a night on the Makgadikgadi salt pans under the stars … always new impressions and surprises! We choose to build a peaceful journey, which means we stay over at least 2 days unless the stopover is intended to interrupt a long journey. On this trip are almost all in accommodation and suite (with private bathroom and toilet), breakfast, dinner and almost all (almost) all excursions.
Points of attention
- Guaranteed departure for 6 people in 3 cars (max. 10 people in 5 cars)
- Minimum age 12 years (in connection with safari activities)
- Book your trip at least 12 months in advance and receive € 50 pp early booking discount.
- Single: on request
- We reserve the right at all times to change accommodations, programs and routes if this is necessary.
- Transfer to guesthouse day 1, transfer to depot day 2
- car rental with complete camping equipment (sleeping bag, pillow, towel, cookware, table, chairs, fridge, …)
- incl. cross border, cleaning, contract, 24/7 back up, deductible ZAR 20,000 (€ 1,400)
- guidance of experienced 4 × 4 guide during the trip
- use walkie talkies
- accommodation according to schedule (camping)
- park entrance fees in accordance with travel schedule
- travel folder with many useful tips for preparation
- administration and reservation costs
- contribution to Afrikaya Trust
- Own risk for car, tires, floor and windscreen also insured: € 23 per day
- Own risk for car, tires, floor and windscreen also insured to a maximum of € 7,000: € 7.50 per day
- meals not specified, drinks
- tolls in ZA, around ZAR 300 per car (€ 21)
- petrol/diesel (approximately € 1.20 per litre), approximately € 450-600 per car, depending on the type of car and the amount of 4 × 4 driving
- Botswana road tax / 3rd party and entry fee: BWP 130 per car (€ 10)
- personal expenses
- travel and cancellation insurance (offer on request) – travel insurance is mandatory!
- Prices also depend on the season and surcharges
- If the flight is already fixed, this is stated in the travel code
schedule based on HEEN direct KLM day flight, for flights with stopover you depart one day earlier on day 0 (in the evening)
BACK direct KLM night flight, for flights with stopover you also depart on the same day
- Ask yourself about your flight price or without obligation via email@example.com
An indication of other expenses :
- Lunches (€ 5-8), dinners that are not listed (€ 10-15) and drinks (a good bottle of wine costs € 10-15 in a restaurant, soft drinks € 1.50)
- permits, conservation fees and gate fees parks (entrance parks) that are not mentioned in the travel schedule (eg Madikwe 200 pppd and
- flights from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt or Brussels
- seat selection on flights
- Comfort Class KLM or business class
- Okavango day trip (boat or mokoro)
- houseboat safari Chobe River, 2 nights € 1,075 pp (shared room/transfers, meals, drinks and boat cruises/game drive included)
- boat cruise Chobe River
- Victoria Falls day transfer
- optional excursions can be settled on site with the guide
Arrival at Windhoek
Flight in the evening-day, you arrive on the morning of day 2.
Arrival in Windhoek. The tour is ready by bus and we drive to Windhoek centre, where we check in in the cosy B & B. In the afternoon we will see Windhoek. The centre 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 4×4 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 Khoikhoi (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, oryx, 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 4×4 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 ).
In the afternoon we check in on a luxurious houseboat. We are going to cruise over Chobe River for 2 days, wherein 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 4×4 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 litres 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 4×4 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 cosy firewood dinner on the saltpans in a kind of mattress-under-bedding under the (falling) starry sky! Basic, but an experience to never forget …
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 helicopters 45 minutes US $ 655, aeroplane flights starting at € 120 pp)
- And/or a 4×4 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 kilometres 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 a 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.
Wynand brings you to the airport in the early afternoon, with a direct night flight you are.
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.
- 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 € 1550, –
- 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 4×4 en 1x per bus) Etosha National Park,
- Game drive 4×4 Bwabwata NP
- Houseboat safari Chobe NP, including meals, beverages and activities
- Day excursion Victoria Falls ( excluding visa Zimbabwe and entrance, together with US $ 60 pp)
- game drive 4×4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the number of participants.
- Day safari to Moremi National Park: € 119, price depending on the number of participants.
- HelicopterFlight over de Okavango Delta: 45 minutes circa € 230 pp
- Flight by small plane across the Delta, price depends on expensive flight and society
- Flight from Dusseldorf or Brussels: on request
- Seat choice on flights
- Comfort Class KLM of business class
- Extension: in consultation and on request
- Travel insurance: on request
- Cancellation insurance: on request
This tour was specially created for the more adventurous and more challenging tourist, but also to be on the safe side for a tourist not to peak their limits. Most people booking this tour is older 55, so we have to keep it realistic, but you should know what you can and can not do? But, we do give good advice on the tour!