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Private Self-Drive Trip

Highlights of Namibia and Botswana

21 Days from NAD 113,000 per person

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Highlights of Namibia and Botswana – 21 Day Self-Drive Tour

Experience the highlights of Namibia and Botswana on this 21-day self-drive tour. Walk up one of the famous dunes of Sossusvlei, visit Swakopmund and look for game in the Etosha and Chobe National Park, explore the Okavango Delta and see the massive Victoria Falls.

Accommodation type

Guesthouses & lodges

Accommodation style

Tour price

From 113,000 NAD

Starting price per person

Travellers

Private trip

Travellers

Departure date

Any day of your choice

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-15 Namibia | Day 16-19 Botswana | Day 20-21 Zimbabwe

Walks, art exhibition, beautiful red sand dunes

Kalahari
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Walks, art exhibition, beautiful red sand dunes

Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Optional activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, scenic flight, day trip to the seal colony at Cape Cross

Swakopmund
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Optional activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, scenic flight, day trip to the seal colony at Cape Cross

Game drives, Etosha Pan

Etosha National Park
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Game drives, Etosha Pan

Optional activities: Kavango River boat cruise, game drive in the Bwabwata National Park, visit to a local village

Kavango Region
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Optional activities: Kavango River boat cruise, game drive in the Bwabwata National Park, visit to a local village

Game drives, river cruises, many elephants

Chobe National Park

Game drives, river cruises, many elephants

Light aircraft flights to and from the delta, boat cruises, mokoro excursions, nature walks

Okavango Delta

Light aircraft flights to and from the delta, boat cruises, mokoro excursions, nature walks

Visit to the waterfalls, optional activities such as boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, scenic flight

Victoria Falls

Visit to the waterfalls, optional activities such as boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, scenic flight

Who Should Go

This trip is for those who want to experience both stunning landscapes as well as exciting safari adventures. For those visiting Southern Africa for the first time, look forward to seeing some of the best-known highlights. While this is a self-drive trip for independent travellers, you can join safari activities with an experienced guide in Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta – an invaluable advantage for first-timers and returnees alike. Driving distances on this trip are long so you should enjoy sitting behind the wheel and be a confident driver. On stops along the way, active travellers and nature lovers have plenty of opportunities to get out of the car and enjoy the surroundings.

Confident Drivers

Confident Drivers

Safari enthusiasts

Safari Enthusiasts

Nature lovers

Nature Lovers

Active travellers

Active Travellers

“We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful organisation of this unique experience. We had three wonderful weeks, filled with breath-taking impressions and unforgettable moments.”
Andrea & Joachim Wick

Accommodation

13 accommodations over 21 days/20 nights
The Elegant Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 1
Windhoek
The Elegant Guesthouse
1 night bed&breakfast
Day 1
Room interior at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Day 2
Kalahari
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
1 night half-board
Day 2
View at Elegant Desert Camp
Day 3-4
Namib Desert
The Elegant Desert Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 3-4
Interior of a room at the Cornerstone Guest House in Swakopmund
Day 5-6
Swakopmund
Cornerstone Guest House
2 nights bed&breakfast
Day 5-6
Night sky at Malansrus Tented Camp
Day 7
Damaraland
Malansrus Tented Camp
1 night half-board
Day 7
Arial view of the Vingerklip Lodge amidst a green landscape
Day 8
Ugab Valley
Vingerklip Lodge
1 night half-board
Day 8
Riverdance Lodge Zambezi Region
Day 12-13
Zambezi Region
River Dance Lodge
2 nights half-board
Day 12-13
The swimming pool of the Chobe Bakwena Lodge at sunset
Day 16-17
Kasane (Botswana)
Chobe Bakwena Lodge
2 nights full-board
Day 16-17
Bedroom of the Setari Camp in the Okavango Delta
Day 18-19
Okavango Delta
Setari Camp
2 nights full-board
Day 18-19
Outside dining area of the Ilala Lodge at Victoria Falls
Day 20
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Ilala Lodge
1 night bed&breakfast
Day 20

Tour Itinerary

Self-Drive Lodge Tour

Experience the highlights of Namibia and Botswana on this 21-day self-drive tour. The tour starts in Windhoek and ends in Victoria Falls. Walk on the massive sand dunes of Sossusvlei, feel the ocean breeze in Swakopmund and see fascinating game in the world famous Etosha National Park. Drive through the picturesque Caprivi Strip to cross the border into Botswana. Cruise on the Chobe River and watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo on the riverbank. Enjoy breath-taking views of the inland delta while on a two-day fly-in safari to the Okavango Delta and marvel at the impressive Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Highlights of Namibia and Botswana tour map

Start Windhoek

Ends Victoria Falls

Genocide Memorial in Windhoek, Namibia

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour

Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour

Arrive safely at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on the outskirts of Windhoek, before collecting your rental car. Then, all set and ready to go, you drive to your accommodation in Namibia’s capital. You might want to dedicate some time today to stocking up on supplies for your travels ahead. Afterwards, do a little sightseeing and visit some of Windhoek’s most famous landmarks. Alternatively, you could also use the rest of the afternoon to relax at your guest house. In the evening, we suggest you try the eclectic Joe’s Beerhouse for dinner, a Windhoek landmark in its own right (at own expense). Your accommodation is The Elegant Guesthouse.

Red dunes Kalahari on 21-day tour of Namibia from Windhoek

Day 2 | Windhoek – Kalahari

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

Windhoek – Kalahari

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

From the capital Windhoek, your Namibia-Botswana road trip takes you south towards Mariental. The dreamlike Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is your destination. It lies like an oasis in the middle of the glowing red sand dunes that are so typical of the Kalahari. Arrive, breath deep and take in the marvellous natural surroundings. In the afternoon, we recommend a guided nature tour (optional). You explore the reserve in an open safari vehicle and may come across giraffes, zebras and various antelopes. As the sun sets on the horizon, you slowly make your way back. You will spend the night in a savannah chalet at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch.

Breakfast Dinner
Namib Desert landscape

Day 3 | Kalahari – Namib Desert

Distance approx. 160-200 km; driving time depends on choice of route

Kalahari – Namib Desert

Distance approx. 160-200 km; driving time depends on choice of route

It’s worth getting up early today because the sunrise in the Kalahari is simply marvellous! At the top of one of the dunes, you can witness how the rising sun makes the vast landscape glow in the most beautiful colours. After a substantial breakfast, you will finally drive on into the Namib Desert. Your home for the next two nights is The Elegant Desert Camp, surrounded by the picturesque Tsaris Mountains close to the Namib Naukluft National Park. You have arrived in the desert! Explore the camp’s grounds on foot or book a guided nature drive and marvel at the fascinating play of light at sunset. You overnight at The Elegant Desert Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
Traveller jumping down the Big Daddy Dune at Sossusvlei

Day 4 | Sossusvlei

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Sossusvlei

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

The gate to Namib-Naukluft National Park opens at sunrise and you can drive into park the to see the Sossusvlei; a large, white clay pan in the middle of some of the highest dunes in the world. Park your vehicle and test your endurance by walking up one of these gigantic dunes. If ‘Big Daddy’ is overwhelmingly high, then perhaps Dune 45 will be the right one for you. Brace yourself for unforgettable views when you reach the top of the dune. Overlooking the seemingly endless dune landscape is breathtaking. Other options for the day include visiting the Sesriem Canyon, which you can hike along in the dry season. After an exciting day of exploring, you drive back to your camp. If you prefer to have a knowledgeable guide by your side, you can also book a guided day trip to explore Sossusvlei (optional). You spend another night at The Elegant Desert Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
The beach and Atlantic Ocean at Swakopmund in Namibia

Day 5 - 6 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 5: approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 5: approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Today you will set off on a long drive on gravel roads towards the coastal town called Swakopmund. Swakopmund’s German colonial origins are noticeable in the architecture, cuisine and even the language – see the old courthouse and station building and enjoy an Apfelstrudel and tea. The town also offers many activities, most based on the adventure into the Namib Desert – desert tours to see the ‘Little Five’, quad biking, dune boarding and skydiving as well as scenic flights and boat trips to see dolphins, seals and seabirds. You will spend two nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse, situated within walking distance of the city centre and the beach. They can also book tours and day trips for you. Taste Namibian cuisine or try the fresh seafood.

Breakfast
Twyfelfontein UNESCO rock engravings

Day 7 | Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein

Distance approx. 310 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein

Distance approx. 310 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

After a relaxed breakfast, you will leave the coast and travel inland past the oval shaped Brandberg Mountain (‘fire mountain’), which is the highest mountain range in Namibia. Your home for the night is the Malansrus Tented Camp, picturesquely situated on a tributary of the Aba Huab. Upon your arrival treat yourself to a short breather before visiting Namibia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein in the afternoon (optional). The numerous rock engravings, estimated to be 2000 years old and older, are particularly impressive and will leave you in awe. Back at camp, you can end the day in a cosy atmosphere and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings.

Breakfast Dinner
View of the horizon at the Ugab Valley Region in Namibia

Day 8 | Damaraland – Ugab Valley

Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Damaraland – Ugab Valley

Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Today is set aside for exploring some of the other attractions in the area. You can visit the Organ Pipes, the Burnt Mountain, and the Damara Living Museum, where you can gain an insight into traditional Damara culture and its ancient traditions. Alternatively, you can book a guided half-day excursion into the hinterland of Twyfelfontein to search for the desert-adapted elephants.
In the afternoon, continue to the Vingerklip Lodge in the Ugab Valley. Explore the fascinating landscape on signposted hiking trails and visit the nearby Fingerklip, a remarkable rock formation that resembles a finger.

Breakfast Dinner
Two zebras seen on a game drive in the Etosha National Park

Day 9 - 10 | Ugab Valley – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance on day 9: approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 hours (excl. game drives)

Ugab Valley – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance on day 9: approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 hours (excl. game drives)

After a leisurely breakfast, you will make your way to the famous Etosha National Park. You will enter Etosha at the Anderson Gate. The national park was proclaimed a game reserve in 1907, to conserve the wildlife and to protect the animals within the area and encompasses the 5,000 km² Etosha salt pan. In the summer months (December to February) it is best to see the 340 bird species of the park, but the dry winter months are ideal to see animals when they flock to the water points. Animals that live in Etosha include giraffe, oryx, huge herds of elephants, lion, rhino, leopard, cheetah and the usual suspects – zebra, impala and wildebeest. After an extensive afternoon game drive, you leave the park and drive to Etosha Safari Lodge, just a few minutes from the park entrance. Here you enjoy your dinner and spend two nights in one of the chalets.

Breakfast Dinner
A herd of elephants crossing the road, seen on a self drive tour of Namibia

Day 11 | Etosha National Park

Distance and driving time; depends on the route chosen on game drive

Etosha National Park

Distance and driving time; depends on the route chosen on game drive

The Etosha National Park can deliver a glorious sunrise, so anyone who gets up early will be in for a real treat. Early morning is also one of the best times to go on safari, when the animals make use of the cool temperatures. The whole day is dedicated to safari and with some luck, you might even spot a cheetah or a leopard on today’s game drive. Take some time to also visit the Etosha Pan, the name-giver of the park. The Etosha salt pan covers an area of roughly 5,000 km² and creates a surreal landscape with a haunting atmosphere. Stop for lunch in Halali or Namutoni but make sure you are at the Von Lindequist Gate by sunset. Mushara Lodge, your lodge for tonight, is just 8 km from this gate.

Breakfast Dinner
Sunset behind a tree in the Kavango Region of Namibia

Day 12 - 13 | Etosha Area – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance on day 12: approx. 590 km; driving time approx. 7 hours

Etosha Area – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance on day 12: approx. 590 km; driving time approx. 7 hours

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading to your next destination. Today’s journey takes you via Tsumeb and Rundu into the Zambezi Region – formerly known as the Caprivi Strip. For decades this area was unsafe due to a war, so it has retained a wild, remote feel accentuated by the lush vegetation and sub-tropical climate. This area has over 400 bird species, four of the ‘Big Five’ (no rhino), baobabs, forests, swamps and savannah. Riverdance Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kavango River, the green vegetation almost an oasis after the arid regions you have travelled through. The following day you can go on an optional boat trip or explore the Mahango Area of Bwabwata National Park on a game drive (only possible with a 4×4 vehicle or on a guided tour), in the flood plains of the Okavango River basin. You can also visit a local village to learn more about the local culture and way of life. Enjoy an ice-cold drink while sitting on the large deck and watch the sunset over the river. You will spend two nights in a bungalow with a veranda overlooking the river at Riverdance Lodge.

Breakfast Dinner
Sunset across the Kavango River on Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls tour

Day 14 - 15 | Kavango Region – Zambezi Region

Distance on day 14: approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

Kavango Region – Zambezi Region

Distance on day 14: approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

You embark on a beautiful drive that takes you further east into the Zambezi Region. You will pass local fishing villages, and, with a bit of luck, you may even see big game crossing your path. You reach your accommodation just north of Mudumu National Park. Situated on the banks of the Kwando River, you can enjoy the tranquillity and perhaps hear the majestic call of an African fish eagle. If you have good 4×4 driving skills, you can explore the Bwabwata or Mudumu National Park on your own the next day. Alternatively, you can also book a guided game drive or a boat trip at the camp (optional). You will spend two nights at Camp Kwando.

Breakfast Dinner
A hippo walking into the water of the Chobe River in Botswana

Day 16 - 17 | Zambezi Region – Kasane – Chobe National Park

Distance on day 16: approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

Zambezi Region – Kasane – Chobe National Park

Distance on day 16: approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

After a relaxed breakfast, continue your drive to the border of Botswana. You drive to Kasane, where you drop off your rental car and are taken to your accommodation. The Chobe Bakwena Lodge is situated close to Kasane, just outside the Chobe National Park. Your package includes two scheduled game activities daily. With more than 40,000 elephants, the Chobe National Park is probably the park with the highest density of elephants in Africa. During the Chobe River cruises and game drives in Chobe National Park you will most likely see buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, elephants and many more. You spend two nights at Chobe Bakwena Lodge.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Local beverages and two scheduled activities daily
A mokoro canoe excursion in the Okavango Delta

Day 18 - 19 | Kasane – Okavango Delta

Kasane – Okavango Delta

Depending on your departure time, you will take part in a morning safari activity before being transferred to Kasane Airport. There you will board a small aircraft that will take you to the heart of the Okavango Delta. During your flight, you can enjoy views across the biggest inland delta in Africa, home to spectacular wildlife; from different species of antelopes and elephants to lions and African wild dogs, just to name a few. The Okavango Delta is also a paradise for bird lovers. You will spend your time in the delta exploring your surrounds in mokoros (dugout canoes), on boat cruises or on guided bush walks. You will spend two nights at the unique Setari Camp. All activities in the Okavango Delta are included in your package.

On all light aircraft flights in Botswana, the luggage, including camera equipment and hand luggage, is restricted to 20 kg per person. Only soft bags will be accepted – no hard suitcases or bags with wheels can be transported, as they physically cannot fit into the aircraft. Maximum dimensions for luggage: 25 cm wide x 30 cm high and 62 cm long. In case you need more luggage on your trip, please contact us in order to give you a quote for excess luggage.

Passengers weighing over 100 kg should please advise us at the time of booking, as we may need to cost in an additional seat on internal flights for your safety and comfort.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner local beverages and two scheduled activities daily
The spray of the Victoria Falls creating a rainbow

Day 20 | Okavango Delta – Kasane – Victoria Falls

Transfer Kasane – Victoria Falls; driving time approx. 2 hours

Okavango Delta – Kasane – Victoria Falls

Transfer Kasane – Victoria Falls; driving time approx. 2 hours

With many new impressions you return to Kasane from the Okavango Delta by a small aircraft. During the return flight, you can once again enjoy a breathtaking view over the inland delta and get an idea of its gigantic dimensions.
At Kasane Airport you will meet your transfer driver who will take you across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Here, you will spend one night at the Ilala Lodge, close to the Falls. In the afternoon, visit the world-known Victoria Falls, also known as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’. Take a walk along the waterfalls and, depending on the season, watch masses of water thunder downstream.

If you would like to do activities, such as sunset boat cruises lasting several hours, white water rafting or bungee jumping, you’ll need to stay one extra night at the Victoria Falls.

Breakfast
An aeroplane of the Air Namibia

Day 21 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast you will be taken to Victoria Falls airport in time for your flight back home, where you will arrive with a lot of good memories and new impressions.

Breakfast

Included

  • 20 nights’ stay in lodges, tented camps, guest farms and guesthouses
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • flight Kasane – Okavango Delta – Kasane
  • transfers according to the itinerary
  • scheduled activities, national park fees, all soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks at Chobe Bakwena Lodge and Setari Camp

Excluded

  • additional flights (international and domestic)
  • rental car (please contact us for a quote)
  • fuel, possible tolls, repatriation, and cross-border fees
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks not specified above
  • national park fees not specified above
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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