15 Day - Sossusvlei to Victoria Falls

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Duration
15 Days
Countries
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Categories
4x4 Tours, Birding, Desert, Ethnical/Cultural, Geology, Photography, Unesco World Heritage, Wildlife

It's great tour for people that love breathtaking landscape & wildlife of Africa. 

This tour can be booked as family adventure or you can simply join one of our last minute tours.

Paradise for landscape & wildlife photography.

This tour can be adapted & tailor made with mix accommodation at mid-range & or luxury standards. 

Guests that wish to make part or the whole tour as fly-in experience are welcome, please contact us for quote.

Small group tour with minimum of 2 participants & maximum of 12, it can depart any day of the week.

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Prices

Low Season
1 November to 30 June
High Season
1 July to 31 October
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Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, D
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Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water during the tour
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Luxury Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water during the tour
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* 50% discount for children 12 years old and younger.

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

In the morning, we will pick you up from any hotel in Windhoek & on the way to Sossusvlei, one of the most amazing and fascinating places on Earth, situated in the very heart of the sandy dunes. The Namib is considered to be the oldest desert in the World and recently the ‚ Sand Sea’ was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Traveling through the surreal, diverse and changing regions, from bare desert-land, through African bush, grassy savanna to sandy dunes. Experiencing thrill of being surrounded by the world of mountains, rocks and sand. Sheer feast for passionate photographers – capturing nature with the eye of camera! Good chance of spotting ostriches, antelopes, baboons and zebras. Break for lunch at the small oasis Solitaire. Opportunity to taste famous Solitaire apple pie, served at the desert bakery. Arrival at the lodge late afternoon, rest and relaxation after the trip.


Meals: as selected.

Distance: around 350 km (gravel road).

Accommodation: 2 nights in Namib Desert at Solitaire Lodge or similar.

Early morning before sunrise, drive towards Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - a place of the highest dunes in the World, set in the midst of the World’s oldest desert. Unique chance for spectacular landscape photography! Climbing scenic Dune 45, while enjoying incredible desert vistas and ever changing scenery of the Namib. Off-road trail takes us to Dead Vlei where ancient, dried up acacias stand amidst the orange dunes creating surreal landscape. Optional hiking the ‚Big Daddy’ dune and afterwards visit to Sossusvlei with optional hiking the ‚Big Mama’ dune. After lunch, hike through spectacular rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon.


Optional Activities:

  • Balloon flight over the dunes
  • Helicopter flight over the dunes


Meals: as selected.

Distance: around 150 km on tar, gravel and sand roads.

Adventure starts at sunrise, as we travel through the Namib-Naukluft Park, admiring dried up Kuiseb riverbed and Kuised Canyon. On route, celebrating crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn with the glass of champagne! In the evening, arrival at the coastal town-oasis Swakopmund.

Magnificent landscape of the Namib reaches as far as eye can see. Wildlife, grazing antelopes: kudu, oryx and springbuck, mountain zebras, giraffes and World’s biggest ‚birds that don’t fly’ ostriches.


After arrival at the coast short visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon to meet Lesser & Greater Flamingoes. 


Later on you are invited to the ‚lunar landscape’ and for a discovery of the botanic attraction, Welwitchia Mirabilis, known as the ‚living fossil’; considered to be one of the oldest and most original plants on Earth, remembering the times of Christ!



Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Swakopmund at Stay At Swakop Guesthouse or similar.

Distance: 350 km on gravel road.


After breakfast, we are travelling through the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park – venturing north-west to small town-oasis Swakopmund, set on the Atlantic coast. En route, crossing Kuiseb Riverbed, travelling through vast regions of Savannah and desert.  Good chance of sighting ostriches, springboks, mountain zebras and oryx grazing in their natural habitat. While crossing iconic Tropic of Capricorn, time for break, stretching legs and short photo-moment. On arrival at the coast, short visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon to observe flocks of Greater & Lesser Flamingos,

Arrival in Swakopmund after lunch, rest of the day free for relax, rest or walk around this old German Colonial town.


Optional activities:

  • Scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund over the Namib Desert & Skeleton Coast.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 night in Swakopmund at Stay @ Swakop or similar.

Duration: around 5 hours.

Today is time of rest & exploring Swakopmund and the coast on your own.


Optional activities may include:

  • Visit to the ‚lunar landscape’ and Welwitchia Mirabilis trails - botanic attraction, known as the ‚living fossil’; considered to be one of the oldest and most original plants on Earth.
  • Quadbike ride into the dunes and rolling hills of the Namib.
  • City tour of Swakopmund and visit to the Crystal Gallery.
  • Visit to National Marine Aquarium.
  • Snake Park.
  • Street-craft-market.
  • Bicicle tour of the Mondesa township.
  • Skydiving
  • Fishing offshore.
  • Early morning dolphin cruise can be combined with Sandwich Excursion making it full day activity. 


Meals: as selected.

Distance: 120 km, tar road.

Travelling along the Atlantic coast, on the salt road to Twyfelfontein in scenic Damaraland. En-route visit to Cape Cross and seal colony, then admiring mountainous Brandberg Massif, one of the most magnificent and majestic places in Namibia while passing by Damara villages in the communal areas; chance to spot ostriches, jackals, hyenas and springboks. Ethnic experience with the Damara tribe and their disappearing culture at the ‚Living Museum’. You are treated to traditional dances, village presentation and can try fire-making with just two sticks. We are surrounded by fascinating nature, wildlife, rock formations and magnificent, scenic landscape of Damaraland. 


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Twyfelfontein lodge or similar.

Distance: 360 km (gravel road, including 110 km salt road).

Duration: around 8 hrs including lunch break.

Discovering beauty of Twyfelfontein rock engravings, UNESCO World Heritage site – one of the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Africa. You can admire most interesting petroglyphs, out of over 2000 works, created centuries ago in the rusty-orange rocks by San people, Bushmen inhabitants of these regions. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa and eloquently illustrates the links between the ritual and economic practices of hunter-gatherers. 

After visit, venturing further north-west, into magnificent Kaokoland, region inhabited by semi-nomadic Himba people. Himba are one of the few, remaining tribes in the World, continuing to live as they did centuries ago and nearly completely separated from the civilization. After arrival in Opuwo if time permitting visit to Himba Village for unforgettable cultural experience 

Meeting Himba people and unforgettable visit to the village, learning about ancient, nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic culture and customs as well as chance for ethnic photography. Himba people are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kaokoland area of Namibia. The Himba have clung to their ancient traditions. Beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles and traditional jewellery. Both Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and animal fat to protect themselves from the sun that gives their appearance a rich red colour. Himba jewellery is made from iron or shell, and due to their intricate designs have become very popular amongst tourists.



Meals: as selected.

Distance: around 300 km on gravel road.

Duration: 6 hrs with visiting and stop-overs.

Accommodation: 1 night at Opuwo Country Lodge, featuring exceptional sunsets and scenic landscape viewed from the large deck of the lodge, you can relax at the water-edge pool overlooking the mountains.

After breakfast, on the way to Etosha National Park – wildlife sanctuary and treasure of Namibia, considered to be one of the most loved and most visited game parks of Africa! Entrance through Galton’s Gate on the western border of Etosha. Driving through the park to Okaukuejo camp: admiring variety of magnificent animals: antelopes, giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants (largest in Africa), rhino, leopards, cheetah and hyenas roaming through the bush. In the evening, relaxing dinner served in the thrilling atmosphere of the wild. At the camp's waterhole, thirsty animals gather for the drink of water, while you are invited to watch the ever-changing ‘theater of nature’ till late!


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Okaukuejo Resort or similar.

Distance: around 380 km on tar and gravel roads.

Duration: 5 hrs.

Wildlife adventure while visiting waterholes, natural springs and view points of the park. Nighttime game viewing at the waterhole. 

(Optional activity, can be booked the same day at camp’s reception: park organizes night time game drives in an open vehicle, only with park rangers.)


Meals: as selected.

Distance: 100 km, gravel roads.

Duration: full day game drive

Accommodation: 1 night at Namutoni Resort or similar.

Today traveling north-east to Divundu in the Caprivi Region. En-route visit at the largest one-piece-solid, iron meteorite on Earth – the Hoba Meteorite. Its weight is estimated at 60 tons. 

On the way to Divundu, you will be passing by villages in the rural areas. In the late afternoon arrival at the lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River.


Optional activities:

  • Sunset Cruise on the Okavango River



Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in the Caprivi region at Nunda Lodge or similar.    

Distance: around 560 km, tar road.

In the morning 3 hour game drive in Mahango Game Reserve famous for it's healthy population of Bufulows & Elephants. Wonderful opportunity for birding on the Okavango River with around 500 different birds species found in this area.


After game drive moving along the Caprivi Strip inside Bwabwata NP, with ocassional wildlife sighting, this is very smooth drive.



Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Namushasha or similar.

Distance: around 230 km, tar roads.

In the morning travelling towards Botswana border, after crossing the border, we are checked in to the lodge in Kasane.

In the afternoon 2 hour game boat cruise into Chobe National Park for wildlife experience on the river. Opportunity for wildlife photography. 


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at River View Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 200 km.

In the morning 3 hour game drive in Chobe National Park.

Short brake for lunch in Kasane and after lunch crossing the border to Zimbabwe Zimbabwe. Arrival at the small town of Victoria Falls situated near world-famous Victoria Falls, after arrival visit to the falls, one of the ‚Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya ‚smoke that thunders’. Victoria Falls was discovered for the first time by the Europeans, by Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who wrote in his journal: ‚No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’


Quick Facts about Victoria Falls: 

Since 1989 the falls are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 1708 meters (5604 ft) wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 meters (260 ft) at its western end to 108 meters (354 ft) in the center. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 meters (360 ft) wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 night in Victoria Falls at Pamusha Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 100 km on tar road.

Today is free day for your individual exploration of the town and many optional activities, you can find full list of this activities here:  Wild Horizons


Meals: as selected.

Distance: around 20 km on tar road.

After breakfast, our guide will take you for your flight to Victoria Falls international airport.


Meals: breakfast,

Distance: around 20 km on tar road.

Included

Transport, fuel, 14 nights accommodation and reservations, meals as selected, national park entrance fees, game drives in National Parks in the provided tour vehicle, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, airport transfers within the tour dates.

Not Included

Scheduled, international flights ‚to/from’ Namibia and Zimbabwe, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers (airport transfers beyond tour dates, which we may arrange at euro 20 pp), individual travel and medical insurance, lunches & water if not selected, drinks and alcoholic beverages, optional activities, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe (if required).

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