Take the family on a tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Take your tribe to explore the wilds of Southern Africa. Travel through Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure. From Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls to Namibia's German-inspired Windhoek, travel through Namibia and Botswana searching out new cultures, vast deserts and Africa's Big Five.


Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Windhoek, Namibia
Countries
Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
Style
Basix
Theme
Family, Overland, Wildlife
Code
UDFA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 8, Max 22

Why we love this trip

  • Travelling on an excellent, custom-built overland bus, you'll be perched up nice and high for superior views of Africa's awe-inspiring animals

  • There's nothing quite like the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls, the most legendary cascades on the continent. Seeing them from the Zimbabwe side, you'll have the broadest view

  • Learn the culture, crafts, tracking skills and ancient survival techniques of the San tribe on a fun bushwalk

  • The all-hands-on-deck approach of this trip gives it a real sense of team spirit – perfect for a family holiday

  • A mokoro (traditional canoe) ride through the Okavango Delta is an experience you'll never forget, no matter what your age. Punting along the waterways of this incredible ecosystem, you'll be greeted by elephants and grunting hippos

  • Clamber up the highest sand dunes in the world and see a dazzling sunset of blazing colours in Sossusvlei

Is this trip right for you?

  • Flexibility and patience are essential on any overland trip. Note that all travel times listed are approximate only, and can be influenced by traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, border formalities and other factors.

  • This is a parcipatory trip, so everyone is expected to help out with camp setup, cooking and tidying. It's a great chance to socialise and bond with like-minded adventurers.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Victoria Falls, one of Africa's most spectacular natural wonders. It's also one of Zimbabwe's friendliest places. If you're joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport. There will be a group meeting at 10 am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception informing you of its location. When you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck (to the right-hand-side of the reception) where you'll be able to meet one of the crew.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. This staggering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 metres and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. If you have time, it's also possible to take a jet-boat down through the gorges and rapids under the falls, or go white water rafting, canoeing, horse-riding, abseiling or gorge-swinging. You can also cross over to Livingstone and visit the Livingstone Museum, which contains a few of explorer David Livingstone's possessions.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Journey across the border into Botswana (at Kazungula) and head to Kasane (approximately 3 hours). This is the gateway town to the beautiful Chobe National Park. This afternoon you will visit the park on a boat trip down the beautiful Chobe River, seeing how many animals you can spot along the way. Keep an eye out for swimming elephants, a huge variety of bird life, and hippos and crocs sunning themselves by the water's edge. The boat trip is a fantastic opportunity to photograph the wildlife, and you'll be able to get quite close to some of the animals without disturbing them. You can also take an optional open-top 4x4 adventure through the park. In Kasane you will stay in a well-equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today's journey is a long one (432 km), crossing the border at Ngoma and heading into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia. In the late afternoon you will reach your campsite at Bagani, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Panhandle, on Namibia's Caprivi Strip. The camp is set on an island under amazing trees and has river frontage. This area, nestled between Mahango National Park and Bwabwata National Park, is a paradise of flooded plains that are teeming with wildlife. Tonight you will stay at a well equipped Bagani camp site. Spend the evening preparing for your visit to the Okavango Delta, which is across the border in Botswana.

Notes: If you wish to upgrade from a tent tonight, you can try a tree house or a bush hut (this will need to be booked in well in advance). It is unlikely you will be able to upgrade once you have joined the trip, but your leader can always check late availability for you.
Accommodation
  • Ngepi Campsite (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will drive south back into Botswana, crossing the border at Muhembo, heading to the village of Sepupa (approximately 4 hours). Leave your vehicle and boat behind, and meet your 'mokoro' team who will take you out into the beautiful Okavango Delta. Board the mokoros (small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds, startled by the mokoros, rise out of the long grasses. Floating along, you may hear the charming grunt of a hippo as it shatters the peaceful ambience. You'll camp out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (a permanent campsite with facilities). All meals are provided by your friendly local hosts.
Accommodation
  • Dragoman Camp Okavango (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore the island on foot, then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks. Enjoy some lunch, then take the mokoro back to camp. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoe yourself! Stay overnight at your island camp. The Okavango Delta is home to one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems – a world of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many big cats. Despite the abundance of wildlife, spotting game here is not always easy – here the main attraction is the lush environment itself.
Accommodation
  • Dragoman Camp Okavango (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will return to your truck and drive back across the Namibian border to your campsite in Bagani (approximately 4 hours). You will be crossing the border at Muhembo. Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along a river. There are also plenty of nice spots in which you can simply relax and soak up the ambience. Here you will stay in a campsite that's well equpped and comfortable.
Accommodation
  • Ngepi Campsite (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Drive to the town of Rundu (approximately 3 hours). The drive along the Caprivi Strip has some marvellous spots and Rundu is one of them. It's the capital of the Kavango region of Namibia, which borders Angola, and a centre of activity for Namibia's growing Angolan community. With your afternoon free, perhaps grab a bite to eat at Paw Paw's or see what the wood carvings at the market look like. Tonight you will stay in a well-equipped campsite on the banks of the beautiful Okavango. There is the option of a walk around the nearby villages for an interesting snapshot of local life. In the evening, perhaps indulge in a sunset river cruise.
Accommodation
  • n'Kwazi Lodge - PP (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Continue your journey into the heart of Namibia, to the area north of the town of Grootfontein (approximately 7 hours). This region is home to many of the San people, and you will visit a village community project here. Embark on a riveting 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and age-old traditions that make the San culture special. There's the option of visiting the largest known meteorite on earth, known as Hoba, while you're here. Afterwards, retire to your well-equipped campsite to relax.
Accommodation
  • Roy's Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head west to the stunning Etosha National Park. The park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. A two-day stay in the park gives you plenty of quality animal-viewing time in the truck. Game viewing in Etosha is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. You will be staying at two different campsites within the park while you're here.
Accommodation
  • Etosha Camping - PP (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy further game-viewing in the park. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, which means significant numbers of elephants, antelope and other herbivores reside here. Etosha National Park is also home to some 340 species of birds – keep an eye to the sky where you might be lucky enough to spot a soaring eagle. Tonight you will stay at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night.

Accommodation
  • Etosha Camping - PP (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depart Etosha via one last short game drive, and head to the stunning mountainous desert landscape of Brandberg (approximately 5 hours). The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area you might catch a glimpse of this elusive creature. Brandberg is also where some incredible ancient San cave paintings are found. The most famous of these is the Brandberg White Lady. You will have the chance to make the short trek to these paintings either this evening or tomorrow morning. Tonight you'll camp in the grounds of a lodge.
Accommodation
  • White Lady Lodge Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Venture into the sparsely-populated centre of Namibia and to the awe-inspiring mountain of Spitzkoppe (approximately 3 hours). Camp out in the wild and take the chance to explore the primaeval landscape of the mountain – some of the best scenery in the country. The mountain itself is 700 million years old and 1,987 metres high. You'll do some hiking along some excellent trails. Be sure to look out for the sunset from your bush camp this evening – the landscape is known to take on dazzling oranges and reds. Those game enough for a 5.30 am start can do the same at sunset. The facilities are very basic at tonight's remote camp, with no showers or electricity.
Accommodation
  • Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Continue to the German-colonial town of Swakopmund (approximately 5 hours). It's located at the southern end of the famous and barren 'Skeleton Coast'. En route you'll take an interesting detour. Be dazzled by the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while you're travelling up the Atlantic Coast. Arrive in Swakopmund and take in its impressive location – it's surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Your accommodation is a comfortable, A-shaped self-catering chalet.
Accommodation
  • Swakopmund Rest Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a day of free time. The town itself has a strong German heritage and a delightful atmosphere that makes it nice to walk around. Swimming and strolling at the beach is of course a relaxing way to wile away the hours. Those looking to take up some outdoor activities have many options, from sandboarding to mountain biking and even skydiving. Perhaps head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund. Or take a boat out near the Forbidden Coast for some fishing. If you're curious about local tribal cultures, a good choice is to head out and meet the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people. There's also the option of an incredible scenic flight. 
Accommodation
  • Swakopmund Rest Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Drive into the southern Namib desert to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire (approximately 4 hours). Enjoy a guided walk through the desert with a local guide. You will learn all about the ecology of these incredible landscapes as you walk along. As well as wildlife like zebra and oryx, this desert boasts diverse flora. Probably the most famous of these is the wonder plant known as welwitschia mirabilis (endemic to the Namib). Many of these horizontal trees are over 1,000 years old. Your campsite in Solitaire is well-equipped with facilities.
Accommodation
  • Boesman's Farm (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Drive the short distance to the small village of Sesriem (approximately 2 hours). This is the gateway to the highest sand dunes in the world and the ancient lakebeds of Sossusvlei. From Sesriem you will head out to the incredibly photogenic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans. You'll climb the famous sand dune known as 'Dune 45' and bear witness to a sunset of awesome blazing hues. Depending on the heat of the day, you might do this excursion the following morning instead, but it's no less spectacular at sunrise. There is also the option of a balloon ride over the dunes (this optional extra would take the place of the included desert excursion). Tonight you'll stay in a basic but well-equipped campsite.
Accommodation
  • Sesriem Camping or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If you didn't take your excursion to Sossusvlei yesterday, it will happen this morning. Otherwise, you'll be able to sleep in a little longer. Then it's off to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (approximately 6 hours). This is an old German colonial town, now a cosmopolitan centre. The Germanic architecture of this city contributes to its charming feel. Here you will stay in a nice hotel with good facilities.
Accommodation
  • Roof of Africa Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

Transport

Boat, Mokoro, Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Cabin (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (10 nights), Hotel (1 night)

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 7 years old.
A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at time of travel.

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