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Sunset Namibia and Botswana self-drive tour
Private Self-Drive Trip

Highlights Windhoek to Victoria Falls

16 Days from NAD 38,700 per person

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Highlights Windhoek to Victoria Falls – 16 Day Self-Drive Tour

On this Namibia and Botswana self-drive tour you will experience many exciting highlights in a short span of time. From dry desert landscape to lush and green riverbanks, from stunning landscapes to thrilling safari adventures. Starting in Namibia’s capital Windhoek, this tour takes you to Botswana and all the way to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Accommodation type

Guest houses & lodges

Accommodation style

Tour price

From 38,700 NAD

Starting price per person

Travellers

Private trip

Travellers

Departure date

Any day of your choice

Departure dates

Highlights

Days 1-12 Namibia | Days 13-14 Botswana | Days 15-16 Zimbabwe

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 such as boat cruise on the Kavango River, game drive in the Bwabwata National Park, visit to a local village

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

Game drives, river cruises

Chobe National Park

Game drives, river cruises

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 tour is great for independent travellers who don’t have a lot of time but still want to experience many of the most popular highlights of Southern Africa. Safari lovers will appreciate the ample time allocated for game drives in Etosha, Nkasa Lupala and Chobe National Parks. Despite the many highlights, you won’t be in a rush and have enough time to stop along the way and enjoy the view. The contrasting landscapes from the dry Namib Desert to the lush Zambezi Region and the riverbanks of Chobe are a highlight for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Safari enthusiasts

Safari Enthusiasts

Nature lovers

Nature Lovers

Explorers

Explorers

Independent travellers

Independent Travellers

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Accommodation

10 accommodations over 16 days/15 nights
The Elegant Desert Eco Camp at sunset in Namibia
Day 2-3
Namib Desert (Namibia)
The Elegant Desert Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 2-3
Interior of a room at the Cornerstone Guest House in Swakopmund
Day 4-5
Swakopmund (Namibia)
Cornerstone Guest House
2 nights bed & breakfast
Day 4-5
Arial view of the Vingerklip Lodge amidst a green landscape
Day 6
Ugab Valley (Namibia)
Vingerklip Lodge
1 night half-board
Day 6
Outside area of the Mushara Bush Camp at night
Day 8-9
Etosha Area (Namibia)
Mushara Bush Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 8-9
A view of the tent surroundings at the Nkasa Lupala Lodge
Day 11-12
Nkasa Lupala National Park (Namibia)
Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 11-12
The interior of a tent at the Tlouwana Camp in Botswana
Day 13-14
Lesoma Valley (Botswana)
Tlouwana Bush Camp
2 nights full-board
Day 13-14

Tour Itinerary

Self-Drive Lodge Tour

Every day is a highlight on this Namibia and Botswana self-drive tour: let your gaze wander across the sea of sand dunes at Sossusvlei, smell the fresh ocean air in Swakopmund, see rhinos at a waterhole in Etosha and experience the lush and green side of Namibia in the Zambezi Region. World-famous Chobe National Park in Botswana awaits you with large herds of elephants and serene boat cruises on the Chobe River. Even the end of your trip will be a highlight as you visit the impressive Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Along the way, you will stay at personal and hand-selected guesthouses, lodges, and camps, enjoying the hospitality of Southern Africa.

Start Windhoek

Ends Victoria Falls

Arial view of the Christchurch 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

After arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will receive your rental vehicle and your journey begins. Make sure you visit some of Windhoek’s most famous landmarks such as the Christ Church (Christuskirche), the parliament (Tintenpalast) or take a stroll down Independence Avenue. Today you can also buy some supplies and snacks for the upcoming days. Then in the evening, Joe’s Beerhouse lends itself as a great dinner option (own expense). Overnight at The Elegant Guest House.

The swimmig pool at the Elegant Desert Eco Camp with views of the Namib

Day 2 | Windhoek – Namib Desert, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Windhoek – Namib Desert, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

After breakfast you step into your vehicle and head south towards the Namib-Naukluft via Rehoboth and Klein Aub. For the next two nights your accommodation will be the Elegant Desert Camp. After arrival you can take it easy and enjoy your fantastic desert surroundings. Or perhaps, you would rather put on some comfy shoes and go exploring. A sunset scenic drive can also be booked for later in the afternoon to marvel at the beautiful Namib Desert sunset (optional). Conclude the evening with a delicious meal and spend the night at The Elegant Desert Eco Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
A traveller walking through the Deadvlei in Namibia

Day 3 | Sossusvlei, Namibia

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

Sossusvlei, Namibia

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

Start your day earlier than usual, because today you have a lot to look forward to. At sunrise, the Namib-National Park opens its gates, and you will want to be there just before they do. Once in the park, take a moment to admire the sun, as it rises over the oldest desert in the world. Afterwards, you still have enough time to explore. Park your vehicle at a designated parking spot and climb aboard a 4×4 transfer vehicle (optional) which will then take you deeper into the desert. Alternatively, you can walk along beautiful dunes to the white clay pan of the Deadvlei. Take some time to gaze at the pan’s age-old dead trees, surrounded by massive orange dunes. The Sesriem Canyon should then be your next stop. The canyon can occasionally hold water, but it is usually dry and can be explored on foot. After a full day of activities, you return to your accommodation. A guided day trip with a guide from your lodge is also possible if you would rather prefer that (at own expense) for today. Overnight again at The Elegant Desert Eco Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
The Swakopmund Jetty, leading into the Atlantic Ocean

Day 4 - 5 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 4: approx. 360 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 4: approx. 360 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Back on the open road, you head towards the Atlantic coast today. Your goal is Swakopmund. Along the way, make a stop at Walvis Bay and gaze over the lagune where you may find flamingos and pelicans in the shallow waters. Your next two nights will be spent in Swakopmund. The town is known for its German influence. The cuisine and architecture are examples of this and even the German language can often still be heard. There are many thrilling (optional) activities on offer in Swakopmund including: a desert safari to see the Little Five, boat tours, scenic flights, sand boarding, quad biking or even horse or camel riding in the dunes. In the evening, enjoy a dinner at one of the many restaurants in town (at own expense). You will spend the night at the Cornerstone Guest House.

Breakfast
Panaroma view of the Ugab Valley near the Vingerklip Lodge

Day 6 | Swakopmund – Ugab Valley, Namibia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Swakopmund – Ugab Valley, Namibia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Continue your journey along the Atlantic coast past Henties Bay and make a stop at the massive seal colony at Cape Cross. Thereafter you travel inland and time permitting, visit the Brandberg Mountain. Not only is this Namibia’s highest mountain (2,580 m) but it is also home to the famous rock painting “The White Lady”. The painting can be viewed on a guided hike but be sure to calculate at least 3 hours for this detour. You then venture deeper into the Damaraland until you reach the Ugab Valley. Stunning views of the terraced plateaus and a beautiful valley await you when you reach your accommodation, the Vingerklip Lodge. From here you can take a walk to the actual Vingerklip, a rock formation which bears resemblance to a finger.

Breakfast Dinner
An oryx at a waterhole, reflected in the water at the Etosha National Park

Day 7 | Ugab Valley – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 2 hours (excl. in park driving time)

Ugab Valley – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 2 hours (excl. in park driving time)

Enjoy your morning and then head on towards the Etosha National Park. You enter through the Anderson Gate into one of the most famed national game parks in Africa. Known in the local language as “The Great White Place”, the Etosha is home to not only a large diversity of wildlife but also provides you with magnificent landscapes. A typical Etosha safari involves you visiting the different waterholes on your game drive. Especially during the dry season, these waterholes provide a life blood to the animals of the Etosha and many congregate here to drink. Your accommodation for the night is the Okaukuejo Camp, which has a spectacular floodlit waterhole of its own. Should you be interested, you can also book a guided night game drive with the lodge (optional).

The large camps in the Etosha National Park are owned by the Namibian government. The running of the camps and their general maintenance falls under the responsibility of state employees, who we sometimes wish were a little more enthusiastic about their work. The accommodation options range from basic chalets to more standard self-catering units. Outside of the park’s boundary, you will find more luxurious lodges from which you can make day trips into the park. If this is something which you prefer, please inform us and we will gladly amend the itinerary accordingly.

Breakfast
A close-up of two zebras in Namibia

Day 8 | Etosha National Park, Namibia

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

Etosha National Park, Namibia

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

The wild animals of the Etosha make the most of the cool morning hours, so best follow their advice and head out early for your game drive. On today’s game drive you may encounter elephants, rhinos, lions, hyenas as well as herds of zebra, springbok, impala, oryx and wildebeest. With your eyes constantly scanning for wildlife, you might also come across some of the park’s less frequently seen inhabitants such a leopard or a cheetah. A worthwhile stop is also the Etosha Pan itself. Eerily quiet and stretching baren all the way to the horizon, it creates a haunting and yet, also peaceful atmosphere. As evening sets in, you exit via the Von Lindequist Gate and soon arrive at your accommodation just outside the gate, the Mushara Bush Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
The sun setting over the horizon of the Zambezi Region

Day 9 - 10 | Etosha Area – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance on day 9: approx. 590 km; driving time approx. 7-8 hours

Etosha Area – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance on day 9: approx. 590 km; driving time approx. 7-8 hours

Ready yourself for a change in scenery today. Fortified by an early breakfast, you drive in a north-easterly direction. Along the way you will pass through the towns of Tsumeb and Grootfontein, ideal places to restock some of your supplies for the coming days. You will notice the landscape become increasingly greener as you travel further north. Once you have reached Rundu, the economic centre of the Kavango Region, you do not have far to go until you reach your accommodation for the next two nights. The Mbola Island Lodge will provide you with ideal place to relax after the day’s long drive. So, go enjoy a cold beverage at the Island Bar and watch as the sun sets over the Okavango River. You have a bunch of activities to choose from the following day: a boat cruise on the Okavango, a safari in the Mahango Game Park (only in a 4×4 or as a guided tour) or visit a local village and learn about the lives and customs of the local people (all optional). You will spend both nights in a self-catering bungalow at the Mobola Island Lodge. The lodge serves breakfast only, but you have a small kitchen and an outside braai (BBQ) to cook your own dinner.

Breakfast
A boat cruise at the Nkasa Lupala National Park in Namibia

Day 11 - 12 | Kavango Region – Nkasa Lupala National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

Kavango Region – Nkasa Lupala National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

The road taking you into the Zambezi Region today is a beautiful one. You will notice local fishing villages on the side of the road and it is also not uncommon to stumble upon big game near the road. Continue past the Mudumu National Park, until you reach the Nkasa Lupala National Park, formerly known as the Mamili National Park. The final stretch to your accommodation can only be undertaken in a 4×4 vehicle but the lodge does offer the option of a transfer for the last bit. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in a unique eco lodge, surrounded by a region full of impressive wildlife. Go on a boat cruise and you might encounter hippos, crocodiles, as well as a range of exotic birds (optional) or a guided game drive in the Nkasa Lupala National Park to marvel at the fantastic wildlife the region has to offer (optional). Your accommodation for the following two nights is the Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Breakfast Dinner
An elephant walking through the tall grass in the Chobe Region

Day 13 - 14 | Nkasa Lupala Park, Namibia – Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Distance approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Nkasa Lupala Park, Namibia – Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Distance approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Enjoy your breakfast with a beautiful view before you pack your bags and continue your journey. After crossing the border into Botswana, you make your way to Kasane. Once arrived at the town, you hand over your rental vehicle and a transfer will take you to the Tlouwana Bush Camp. You will be staying here for the following two nights, as the next couple of days are dedicated to safari and amazing wildlife sightings. The Chobe National Park, also known as “The Land of Giants”, is most famous for its massive elephant population. Estimates are that more than 40,000 elephants reside in the Chobe, thereby making it the wildlife area with the highest density of elephants on our planet. But it won’t just be elephants you see. Your booking includes four safari activities. This means that you can explore the Chobe and its wildlife on early morning and/or afternoon guided game drives in an open 4×4 safari vehicle of the lodge. You may also decide to join a boat cruise along the Chobe River and witness as the animals come to drink and graze at the riverbank. In the afternoon, you return to the Tlouwana Bush Camp, on the outskirts of the park.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Local beverages and two scheduled activities daily
A double rainbow at the Victoria Falls

Day 15 | Kasane, Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Kasane, Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Have a relaxed breakfast before your transfer driver greets you a little later in the morning and takes you from your camp across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls on earth and you have the rest of the day to explore this amazing natural site. If you still require some souvenirs, then the Elephant Market in town will be a good place for you to go shopping. You overnight at the Pioneers Guest Lodge and you can have dinner at one of the restaurants in town (at own expense).

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 Victoria Falls.

Breakfast
A malachite kingfisher amongst the reeds and grasses

Day 16 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls Airport; driving time approx. 30 minutes

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls Airport; driving time approx. 30 minutes

Over breakfast, you can look back at the fantastic past few days you experienced. Thinking fondly of the wildlife and landscapes you observed and the people you met along the way. During the course of the morning, you will be brought to the airport from which you can continue your travels or start your return journey with many new wonderful memories of southern Africa to savour.

Breakfast

Included

  • 15 nights’ stay in lodges, rest camps and guest houses
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • all transfers according to the itinerary
  • scheduled activities, national park fees, soft drinks and local alcoholic beverages at the Tlouwana Bush Camp

Excluded

  • 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

Upcoming Departures

Season Double room per person Single room per person Triple room per person Children < 12 (in extra bed)
01.11.2022-
30.11.2022
38,700 NAD 48,100 NAD on request on request
01.12.2022-
31.12.2022
39,000 NAD 49,700 NAD on request on request
01.01.2023-
31.03.2023
39,400 NAD 50,300 NAD on request on request
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30.06.2023
40,400 NAD 52,400 NAD on request on request
01.07.2023-
31.10.2023
42,700 NAD 57,900 NAD on request on request
01.11.2023-
30.11.2023
42,700 NAD 55,700 NAD on request on request

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