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Discover Namibia & Victoria Falls

This 12-day adventure combines an incredible adventure in Namibia with a two-day visit to the wonder of Victoria Falls. From the burnt red and orange parched landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park to the astounding wildlife sanctuary at Etosha and finally the the awe-inspiring thunder and rush of the falls on Zimbabwe's edge, this experience will bring out your inner explorer.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 166204
  • Starts: Windhoek, Namibia
  • Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Windhoek
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer

02

Day 2: Windhoek/Sesriem (1B, 1D)

Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena.


Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)

03

Day 3: Sesriem (1B, 1D)

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes; considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit
Sossusvlei Dunes Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle
4x4

04

Day 4: Sesriem/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. We also search out the smaller animal life who manage to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Included Activities:
Living Desert Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)

05

Day 5: Swakopmund (1B, 1D)

Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if you're feeling brave, skydiving.

Included Activities:
Mondesa Township Walk

06

Day 6: Swakopmund/Twyfelfontein (1B, 1D)

Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old.

Included Activities:
Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km)

07

Day 7: Twyfelfontein/Etosha National Park (1B)

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Combined with the vast amount of natural waterholes with this diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and heard animals the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds.

Additional Notes:
Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife.

Included Activities:
Visit Petrified Forest national monument
Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 350km)

08

Day 8: Etosha National Park (1B)

Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim or join our CEO for a drive. Our lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner, and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive.

Included Activities:
Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

09

Day 9: Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.

Included Activities:
Cheetah Conservation Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 415km)

10

Day 10: Windhoek/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

Included Activities:
Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Transport:
Plane (3.50 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Victoria Falls (1B)

Enjoy a morning tour of the beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

Additional Notes:
If you have an activity planned for this morning, we will reschedule your Falls tour for this afternoon, or tomorrow morning.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour

12

Day 12: Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Sossusvlei desert excursion
    • Desert excursion with a local
    • Township cultural walk and dinner
    • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
    • Visit the petrified forest
    • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives
    • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • Traditional dinner at a family home
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel/lodge (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle, plane, van, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Embark on an excursion into Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Go quad-biking or sandboarding in Swakopmund
  • Visit ancient petroglyphs
  • See fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls