Take your tribe to explore the wilds of Southern Africa. Travel through Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure.

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.

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Start
Windhoek, Namibia
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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?

  • Travelling in Eastern and Southern Africa or Middle East can be demanding - long, rough travel days, dusty conditions and basic campsites all provide a challenge. It can be very hot in places, but also can be surprisingly cold at night so please make sure you are prepared! There will be many early starts in Africa, especially on mornings where we head out on wildlife spotting trips.

  • This trip is participation camping so all travellers will assist with the camp chores (cooking, washing up, general camp set up) as well as putting up and taking down your own tent. There are some long driving days and some early morning starts.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Namibian capital of Windhoek! There will be a group meeting at 6:00pm at our joining hotel in Windhoek. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting.

If you arrive early, the rest of the day will be free to independently explore the city's German colonial buildings or simply relax before our adventure starts!

Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today our journey begins with a drive to the small village of Sesriem, the gateway to the awe-inspiring sand dunes and ancient lakebeds of Sossusvlei. We will have some free time to independently explore the area on arrival.In Sesriem we will stay in a basic but well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will have an early start to take a trip out in the truck to the incredibly photogenic and other-worldly landscapes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - we will start with a climb up the famous huge sand dune known as 'Dune 45' for a breathtaking sunrise, before taking local 4x4s deeper into the deserts and exploring a little on foot.

After returning to Sesriem we have a short drive into the southern Namib deserts to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire, where we will have a fascinating tour to learn all about the ecology of the desert and the history of the area from our local guide there.

In Solitaire we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we continue our journey north to the German colonial town of Swakopmund, located at the southern end of the famous and barren 'Skeleton Coast'.

The city's German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert. Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and beaches, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination.




Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free to explore the delights of Swakopmund and take part in many of the optional activities available here at an extra cost.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
We will start the day with a short journey up the coast to the phenomenal Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross, where we'll witness the incredible sight (and smell) of thousands of seals in their natural habitat! We will then travel inland to the sparsely-populated centre of Namibia and the incredible and photogenic mountain of Spitzkoppe.

We will wild camp in the midst of this remote region, have a chance to explore the primeval landscape of the mountain, and witness the mountan take on remarkable oranges and reds during the breathtaking sunset (and sunrise, for those who can manage to get up at 5:30am!).

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very basic facilities (there is a seated 'long-drop' toilet block, but no showers or electricity).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will journey further north and head to the stunning mountainous desert landscape of Brandberg.

The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area we will have the opportunity to search for this elusive creature. Brandberg is also home to some incredible ancient San cave paintings, the most famous being the Brandberg White Lady - we will have the chance to take a short trek to the paintings this evening or the following morning.

In Brandberg we will camp in the grounds of a lodge.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we head north to the stunning Etosha National Park.
Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!
We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We will enjoy an early morning and a late afternoon game drive today.
In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will turn east and head to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening
In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.



Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will take a morning drive to the town of Rundu, where we stay in a beautiful campsite on the banks of the Okavango River.
We will have a free afternoon today, where we have the option to take a walk around the nearby villages and see a slice of local life, or perhaps to take a river cruise for sunset.
In Rundu we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will drive through the narrow Zambezi region of Namibia (also known as the Caprivi Strip), and cross the border into northern Botswana, arriving at our campsite near the small village of Shakawe.
Tonight we will prepare for our visit to the Okavango Delta.
In Shakawe we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we have a short drive south to the village of Sepupa, where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.

Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango Delta. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways by a local guide.

We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will explore the island on foot, and then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks, lunch, and then mokoro back to camp. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoes ourselves! We will stay overnight at our island camp.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will return to our truck and drive back across the Namibian border to reach our 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 some amazing trees with river frontage - the area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps teeming with wildlife. If you wish to upgrade from a tent into one of the tree houses or bush huts instead, you must inform your sales agent as soon as possible as this will need to be booked well in advance - upgrades are unlikely to be available once the trip has started, however you leader can always check late availability for you.

In Bagani we stay at a well equipped camp site.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will drive across a different border into Botswana and reach the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will have an early start to head out on an included jeep safari in Chobe National Park, where we hope to spot plenty of the resident wildlife! In the afternoon we will visit the park again by taking an included boat trip down the Chobe river - the boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.

In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we have a short drive across the Zimbabwean border to the Victoria Falls, Africa's largest waterfalls and one of the world's most spectacular sights!
This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite with opportunity to upgrade to various types of rooms.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Victoria Falls.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 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.

Please note that if you’re travelling to Botswana with a person under the age of 18 then you need to provide a certified copy of the child’s full unabridged birth certificate in order to enter the country (the one listing the child’s details and both parents’ details. - the short birth certificate which only lists the child’s details won’t be accepted).
Additionally, if the child is travelling with only one parent, with neither biological parent, or is unaccompanied, then they must provide an affidavit of consent of the parent(s) that are not travelling, to prove that the trip is made with both parents' consent. Please contact your nearest Botswanan Embassy if you have further questions regarding this.

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Our Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure , June 2017

Barbara Threatt