Namibia & Botswana Wildlife Safari 20 days / 19 Nights

(malaria area)

Accommodation options: Chalet or camping

This Safari covers: one Trans Frontier Park, 9 National Parks and 16 Nature Reserves

Shortened program:

  • DAY 1 Depart Upington – Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (Namibia)
  • DAY 2 Ai-Ais/Richtersveld / Fish River Canyon – Gondwana National Park
  • DAY 3 Gondwana Nature Park – Luderitz Bay
  • DAY 4 Luderitz Bay– Kolmanskop – Aus
  • DAY 5 Aus – Sesriem
  • DAY 6 Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Solitaire
  • DAY 7 Solitaire – Cape Cross
  • DAY 8 Cape Cross – Skeleton Coast National Park – Twyfelfontein
  • DAY 9 Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park
  • DAY 10 Etosha National Park
  • DAY 11 Etosha National Park
  • DAY 12 Etosha National Park – Rundu
  • DAY 13 Rundu – Popa Falls
  • DAY 14 Popa Falls – Namushasha Lodge
  • DAY 15 Namushasha – Kasane area / Botswana
  • DAY 16 Chobe National Park / Kasane
  • DAY 17 Chobe National Park / Vic Falls / Zimbabwe
  • DAY 18 Kasane – Nata Bird Sanctuary – Francistown
  • DAY 19 Francistown – Marakele National Park / South Africa
  • DAY 20 Marakele NP – Johannesburg


DAY 1 – Upington – Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

We drive to Nakop Border Post and enter Namibia. Drive through Karasburg through the vast plains of Southern Namibia to The Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park which includes some of the most spectacular scenery of the desert environments in southern Africa. Cut in half by the Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia, it comprises the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Game Park (Namibia) and the Richtersveld National Park (South Africa)

Distinctive features in the area include the Ai-Ais Hot springs and the second largest canyon in the world – Fish River Canyon. This desert zone is further characterised by a unique and impressive variety of succulent plant species, which makes this park an important biodiversity attraction. Ai-Ais, (burning water) refers to the sulphurous hot springs which are found here. One of these springs has its origin within the camp. Ai-Ais is situated at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. We enjoy in the warm pools and spa.

Overnight: Ai-Ais Resort chalet / Canon Lodge

Meals: B L D

DAY 2 – Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park – Gondwana Nature Park

Today we depart to The Fish River Canyon by driving through Gondwana Nature Park. The canyon measures 160 km in length, up to 28 km in width and reaches a depth of 550 m. Visit different viewpoints overlooking the canyon. Although the Park is not known as a game park, springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest, Hartman’s zebra, kudu, klipspringer and ostrich survive in this harsh land.

Overnight: Canon Road House

Meals: B L D

DAY 3 – Ai-Ais/Richtersveld – Luderitz

Drive to Luderitz. Optional visit to Namibia’s 2nd largest Dam (Naute Dam) This dam is home to several waterfowl species. Drive to Luderitz on the B4 through the Namib Desert. We do a short excursion to Diaz Point, where there is a replica of the cross erected in July 1488 by Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias on his return from the Cape of Good Hope, after navigating the first ship round the southernmost point of Africa. From the viewpoint one has a good view of Halifax Island, home to many Cape fur seals. Hundreds of flamingos can be seen in the area.

Overnight: Kratzplatz Guest House/similar / Shark Island camping

Meals: B L D

DAY 4 – Luderitz – Aus

Today we visit the Diamond Ghost Town of Kolmanskop on an optional guided tour. Drive back inland on the B4 to Aus. We stop at Garub (near Aus) to see the Wild horses of the Namib Desert. Drive on to Klein Aus Vista.

Overnight: Klein Aus vista

Meals: B L D

DAY 5 – Aus – Sesriem

Today we depart north to Sesriem via Tiras Mountain Conservancy and the Namibrand Nature Reserve. We have a beautiful view of the Namib Desert from the road.

Overnight: Sossus Desert Lodge / Sesriem camping

Meals: B L D

DAY 6 – Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Solitaire

We enter Namib Naukluft Park and continue to Sossusvlei. This important attraction to Namibia is only a small section of the greater Namib Naukluft Park, which covers an area of more than 49 000 square km. The main attraction is the enormous star dunes. Raising 380 m above the dry Tsauchab River and 220 m above the surrounding sea of sand, these dunes are amongst the highest in the world. Visit Sesriem Canyon in the course of the upper Tsauchab River. Drive on to Solitaire, where the name says it all. This friendly spot in the desert remains a favourite with travellers, and tourists from all over the world make a short stop here.

Overnight: Solitaire Country Lodge

Meals: B L D

DAY 7 – Solitaire – Cape Cross

We depart from Solitaire to Swakopmund. The road enters the Namib Naukluft Park again and goes through the barren Kuiseb River Valley, which is one of the most hostile areas in Namibia. From the Kuiseb Valley to Namibia’s main harbour, Walvis Bay, the road crosses the gravel plains of the Namib Desert and some gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and with some luck, Hartmanns mountain zebra can be seen in this vast desert landscape. We visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon where thousands of flamingos and water birds can be seen.

Continue via Namibia’s main holiday town, Swakopmund and along the Skeleton Coast through the National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area to the Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross, passing the Lichen Fields. Neither plant, nor animal, lichen consists of algae and fungi living together in symbioses. Visit the largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals in Namibia, numbering thousands. Jackals and brown hyenas are regular visitors. At the site of the seal colony is the replica of the cross, planted in 1485 by the first European to set foot in Namibia, the Portuguese explorer Diego Cao.

Overnight: Cape Cross Lodge

Meals: B L D

DAY 8 – Cape Cross – Twyfelfontein

Continue north. Enter the Skeleton Coast Park. Exit at Springbok Gate and proceed to Twyfelfontein, a world heritage site. The World Heritage Committee inscribed Twyfelfontein as one of five “cultural landscapes in the world”. Visit the San rock engravings (petroglyphs), where a short, guided hike is done.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Aba Huab camping)

Meals: B L D

DAY 9 – Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park

Continue to Outjo via Khorixas. Stop for a short, guided tour of the Petrified Forest on the way to Khorixas. Proceed to Etosha National Park. Enter the Park at Anderson gate in the south. Continue to Okaukuejo Rest Camp. The Park Cover an area of 22 300 square km. Etosha Pan is 120 km long and 70 km at its widest. Four of the big five species, elephant, black rhino, lion and leopard, are in the Park. Except for the rare and endemic black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik, giraffe, red hartebeest, gemsbok, eland, kudu, cheetah, hyena and large herds of wildebeest, springbok and zebra are common. After arrival, an afternoon game drive can be done, or you can just sit and watch the wildlife activities at the waterhole at the Rest Camp.

Overnight: Okaukeujo

Meals: B L D

DAY 10+11 – Etosha National Park

We do several game drives to explore this lovely Park.

Overnight: One of the camps depending on availability.

Meals: B L D

DAY 12 – Etosha – Rundu

We game drive to Van Lindequist gate near Namutoni. Damara Dik-Dik is seen regularly on this road. Drive to Rundu via Tsumeb and Grootfontein. En route we visit Lake Otjikoto. Rundu is situated on the Okavango River (the border with Angola)

Overnight: Rundu area

Meals: B L D

DAY 13 Rundu – Popa Falls

Continue on the B8 to Popa Falls. Visit the falls, which is not much more than a big rapid, and Mahango Game Park, known for its incredible bird life.

Overnight: Popa Falls

Meals: B L D

DAY 14 Popa Falls – Namushasha Lodge

Today we travel through Caprivi Game Park on the B8 to Kongola. Proceed to Namushasha Lodge on the banks of the Kwando River. Afternoon visit to Mudumu National Park and/or optional boat cruise on the Kwando River.

Overnight: Namushasha Lodge

Meals: B L D

DAY 15 – Namushasha – Chobe National Park – Kasane

Drive via Katima Mulilo to Ngoma Brige where we clear customs and enter Botswana. Proceed through Chobe National Park to Kasane. This is elephant world. Chobe National Park is very famous for its abundance of elephant. This Park has the highest concentration of elephant anywhere in Africa, an estimated 45 000 !! Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo and its rich bird life. Game drive to Sidudu gate.

Overnight: Kasane area

Meals: B L D

DAY 16 – Chobe National Park

We game drive until 12 in Chobe National Park, then return to Kasane. Afternoon boat trip on the Chobe River, taking us back into the Park

Overnight: Kasane area

Meals: B L D

DAY 17 – Victoria Falls

Today we do an optional guided day-tour to Vic Falls. The tour goes through the Zambezi National Park to Vic Falls and back in the afternoon. The Victoria Falls & Zambezi National Parks is a world Heritage Site and the falls is one of the ‘Seven wonders of the world’ and one of the largest and most spectacular water falls on earth. The falls are 1,7 km wide and nearly 550 million litres of water cascade 70 to 108 meters into the chasm below – every minute – during the Zambezi River’s peak flow. Victoria Falls is made of five different “falls”. Four of these are in Zimbabwe: The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls – and one, The Eastern Cataract, is in the bordering country of Zambia.

Zambezi National Park together with Victoria Falls National Park covers an area of 56,000 hectares. The northern border of the Park is formed by the great Zambezi River which also forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia for much of its length. A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including The Big Five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and white rhinoceros. In addition, herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala as well as many of the smaller species of game can be viewed.

Optional activities at your own cost are a day tour of Vic Falls, bungi jumping and a helicopter flight over the falls.

Overnight: Kasane area

Meals: B L D

DAY 18 – Kasane – Francistown

Depart to Nata via the Kasane -, Kazuma -, and Sibuyu Forest Reserves. We visit Nata Sanctuary. The Nata Sanctuary at Sowa Pan, which is part of the Makgadikgadi Pans, is a community project and one of Botswana’s most important birding destinations. Nata Sanctuary is home to 164 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. After good rains, hundreds of thousands of globally threatened Lesser Flamingos, along with Greater Flamingos, Chestnut-banded Plovers, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, and a host of other waterbirds converge on the nutrient-rich waters of the pans. As the pan dries out, the Sanctuary hosts the largest congregation of Lesser Flamingos in Southern Africa.
We continue to Francistown.

Overnight: Francistown.

Meals: B L D

DAY 19 – Francistown – Marekele National Park

We drive to the South African border post at Groblers Bridge, passing through Francistown, where we clear customs. Proceed to Marekele National Park. The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five meter high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here.

All the large game species from elephant and rhino to lion, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, antelope species such as reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland and tsessebe as well as an amazing variety of birds including what’s probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures – more than 800 breeding pairs- in the world, have settled here.

Overnight: Marekele

Meals: B L D

DAY 20 – Marekele – Johannesburg

After a last game drive we depart to Johannesburg. Drop off at hotel / airport. End of the tour

Included: driver/guide, vehicle, fuel, meals, accommodation, cross-border fees, conservation fees.

Excluded: optional activities, accommodation before / after your tour.

  • Conservation fee of R300 per person per day payable Kgalagadi cash or credit card
  • Bottled water / soft – and alcoholic drinks / snaks in between meals (shops available at every camp)

Accommodation may be different due to availability and weather conditions.

ALTERATIONS TOURS: Accommodation may vary due to weather conditions and availability.

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