Complete Itinerary Namibia - North Eastern to Zambia - South
Livingstone & The Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are one of the most popular attractions in any Africa itinerary and the great Victorian explorer David Livingstone’s assertion that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” still rings true to this day.
Livingstone lends itself really well to visitors looking for adventure, some history and culture and that all important relaxation time as either the start or end point of your African adventure (or even in the middle if your itinerary dictates). Guided tours of The Falls are a highlight of any visit, but there is plenty more to keep you occupied and most visitors will choose a 2 or 3 night stay to ensure they see and do plenty.
On your arrival at Windhoek International Airport. We depart towards the Namib Naukluft Park, travelling over the Khomas Hochland and down the steep gradients of the Gamsberg Pass, sometimes called as “Namibia’s Garden Route”. We should begin to see the first of our game species like springbok, ostrich and Oryx on the way to our campsite on the outskirts of the Namib Desert.
WINDHOEK - NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK
(50 - 237 km)
Pre-dawn departure, we traveling 70km towards Sossusvlei gates. A climb up the sand dunes will give a superb view up and down of the Tsaucab River Canyon which forms the valley between the famous sand dunes. Guides prepare breakfast at the bottom of the dune. After breakfast we take a 2 hour walk through to the beautiful Hiddenvlei in the Sossusvlei Area. We return to Sesriem, enjoy lunch and a cool down in the swimming pool. Afternoon we explore the Sesriem canyon on foot, returning back to our campsite.
NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK - SOSSUSVLEI
Some scientists regard the Namib Desert as the oldest in the world. We will travel via the Kuiseb Canyon, home to two Germans and their dog for two years during World War 2. We include a visit to the Walvis Bay lagoon, famous for its large numbers of flamingos. It’s a 5 hour scenic drive to the coast, arriving in Swakopmund for the next 2 nights.
SOSSUSVLEI – SWAKOPMUND
Day 3 - 5
We head towards Etosha National Park for 2 days of game viewing. Our first overnight stop in Etosha will be either at Okaukuejo or Halali, both with a floodlit waterhole allows for 24-hour game viewing. Elephant and black rhinoceros are seen daily during the dry winter months & numerous other game species are also found here, including lion and leopard.
SWAKOPMUND - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After pack-up at the camp and have a short game drive towards the exit gate of the Park. Our next campsite in the bush nearby the village of Tsintsabis, which is a community based and sustainable tourism project with a strong focus on the culture of the Bushman (San) people, the first inhabitants of Southern Africa. The afternoon we will conduct a bushwalk to get a deeper understanding of the relationship that the Bushman people used to have (and still have sometimes) with nature. You will learn about edible, poisonous and medicinal plants, see how they used to hunt animals, set up traps and made fire. The bushwalk is ideal for learning about the traditional way of life of the Bushmen.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - TSINTSABIS
Day 5 - 6
Lubango is the largest city in southern Angola. Here we will spend 2 days of sightseeing. With great attractions like the Statue of Christ, similar to the ones in Rio and Lisbon, and the spectacular view from the Tunda Valla cliffs where "traitors" where thrown off during the dark times of the Angolan civil war. There is the old town of Humpatha, a formal Afrikaner settlement of the old Dorsland Trekkers. We will shop in the African Markets, an unique experience in this African city with its Portuguese flair. We camp on the Serra de Leba.
TSINTSABIS - OKAVANGO PANHANDLE
Day 7 - 8
After breakfast we continue through the Caprivi Strip, stopping in the town of Katima Mulilo. We will cross the border over to Botswana heading to the town of Kasane which is the “gate way” to the famous Chobe National Park. Our camp is on the river bed of the Chobe River.
OKAVANGO PANHANDLE - KASANE
Day 9 - 11
After a relaxing start and breakfast we will pack up and have short drive towards the ferry which will take you over to Zambia where a private transfer will drop you off at your accommodation in the capitol adventure town of Zambia, Livingstone. Afternoon visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls.
KASANE - LIVINGSTONE
Relaxing day or an Optional activity day. Activities to choose from – White water rafting, helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls, elephant back safari, walking with lions or bungee jumping is a few activities to choose from. Extra night in Livingstone can be booked or evening fly out.