Important Information

Namibia is a destination unlike any other in Africa. With its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts and incredible game viewing opportunities, Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid explorers.

COST & VALIDITYFrom ZAR 18 200.00 (Namibian Part) & USD 700.00 (Botswana & Zimbabwe Part)
1st April 2021 – 31th March 2022
WHAT TO BRING Comfortable shoes
Warm jackets
Sunhat and sunglasses
Sun cream
Cameras
Personal belongings
Personal medication
IMPORTANT NOTE Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564
INCLUDED Accommodation and boards as per itinerary in Standard rooms
15 x Breakfast
10 x Dinner as per itinerary (1x Hotel Thule, 2x Hansa Hotel, 2x Explorer Village no dinner included)
Boat cruise Chobe Safari Lodge
Game drive Chobe Safari Lodge
Info Pack
2% Tourism Levy
15% VAT
NOT INCLUDED Flights
Travel insurance
Optional and recommended Excursions
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable) Botswana/Zimbabwe
Airport taxes
Souvenirs

Please note

Over two-thirds of Namibian roads are gravel. We recommend renting a 4×4. Because Windhoek – where most rental car companies are situated – is 45 km to the west of Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will need to arrange a transfer from the airport to Windhoek with your rental car company. Alternatively, please speak to us and we will arrange a rental car and transfer for you. Rates on request.

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Day 1

Windhoek

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport, where you will get a transfer to Windhoek (optional needs to be booked with your car rental vehicle or separately, on own account).

Check-in at your accommodation at the reception 14h00 (if they have space they will check you in earlier).

You can go on your own sight-seeing through the capital of Namibia. The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. We visit these old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, including the historic seat of government also known as the ‘Tintenpalast’, which means palace of ink in German. Right next to the Tintenpalast, the Christuskirche with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white – walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country.

Bed and Breakfast at the Hotel Thule or similar.

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Day 2

Windhoek to NamibRand Nature Reserve

Enjoy an early, sumptuous breakfast at the hotel before you take your journey today via Mariental and Maltahöhe to the Desert Hills Lodge.
A vast swathe of arid earth. A stretch of the Tsauchab river and the ever moving, land changing Hebron vault. This was the stage for the ancient San people to dance their adventures to each other within the safe glow of their evening fires, surrounded by their yellow grass huts. These resilient nomads etched out a living on the plains and mountains where Desert Hills Lodge rests today.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Desert Hills Lodge or similar.

Travel distance: 337.8 km

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Day 3

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Today we suggest an early departure to Sossusvlei, the last 5 km of which are driven in 4×4 vehicles. At the Vlei you will have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world. Afterwards, you can drive to the Sesriem Canyon at the entrance of the Sossusvlei area, where we spend a while exploring. In the early afternoon we return to Desert Hills Lodge.

Sossusvlei

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety of desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of the Canyon.

Enjoy a pleasant siesta, or spend the afternoon at the swimming pool and relax after an extraordinary day.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Desert Hills Lodge or similar.

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Day 4

NamibRand Nature Reserve to Swakopmund

After breakfast, you drive through the amazing Namib Desert and the Namib Naukluft Park to the Namibian Coast. Your journey takes us via Solitaire and Walvis Bay.

The small desert village of Solitaire serves as an oasis in the Namib Desert and although here is not much to do or see in Solitaire, it remains nevertheless an important stop on the way to the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei. Solitaire provides the only petrol station, general store and post office between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay. Solitaire also has a small bar and is renowned for its famous apple pie- said to be the best in Namibia.

Proceed via the Kuiseb Pass en-route to the coast. You arrive in Swakopmund during the early afternoon where after we will enjoy a city tour, or get to know this quaint and lovely town on foot at our leisure. Check-in at the famous Hansa Hotel.

Bed and Breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Travel distance: 399.5 km

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Day 5

Swakopmund

Early breakfast and time for leisure or you can take part in the different activities offered at the coast at own cost (boat tour, bites and brews, quad biking, living desert tour, skydiving, etc. Optional).
Levo Dolphin & Seal Tour
This dolphin and seal cruise departs at 08:30 am from the Walvis Bay Tanker Jetty and lasts for approximately four hours. The trip begins with a tour of the Walvis Bay Harbour and past the fish factories, and then on to Bird Island past the Russian Trawlers to Pelican Point where guests can view the Cape Fur Seal Colony. A variety of birds such as pelicans, flamingos, cormorants, and more can be seen en-route. Guests can snack on fresh oysters and champagne while watching the dolphins play in the tranquil waters. The boat returns to Walvis Bay Tanker Jetty at around 12:30. No afternoon trips are offered due to possible wind.

Bites & Brews Tour
This afternoon excursion explores products grown and produced in Swakopmund. At nearby farms we delve into the secrets of ancient Jojoba oil, which has recently been making waves in the cosmetic industry. Besides the Jojoba oil, guests may also try other Namibian oil. On a close by farm we visit a classic Olive farm, learn about the olives and get to taste both the olive oil and the table olives. A few minutes’ drive back to Swakopmund and we explore a coffee roaster and have to opportunity not only to learn about coffee, but to taste a few different brews. Our last stop is a local gin distillery and a craft beer brewery for some serious tasting. Not only do guests get to taste various gins and beers, but we get treated to some very local snacks prepared by well-known local chef. We allow the chef a little creative freedom but we will enjoy some truly local snacks.
• Included: Olive oil tasting
• Jojoba oil testing
• Coffee tasting
• Gin tasting
• Craft beer tasting
• Snacks
• Hotel pick-up (we do not pick up from Airbnb’s. Please arrange for alternative meeting place)
• Coffee and/or Tea
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Excluded: Gratuities
• On-tour purchases will be available for certain products.
Bed and Breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

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Day 6

Swakopmund to Etosha South

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you continue with your journey towards the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park were you will arrive in the early afternoon. You have time at leisure and can enjoy a dive into the cool waters of the pools or indulge in quality food and wine.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Toshari Lodge or similar.

Travel distance: 474.5 km

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Day 7

Etosha South to Etosha East

Early departure for your first game drive from your tour vehicle into the Etosha National Park which you will enter at the Anderson Gate.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie „great white place of dry water“ as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. Mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. Bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

In the late afternoon you will exit the park at the western border at the Von Lindequist Gate to drive to the nearby Mokuti Lodge were you can enjoy the rest of the time at leisure.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Mokuti Lodge or similar.

Travel distance: 191.2 km

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Day 8

Etosha East

Today you can enjoy a full-day game safari in your own vehicle into the Etosha National Park. You will be able to explor different waterholes and areas of the park to those you visited yesterday, leave the Park one again in the late afternoon to return to our lodge situated outside the park.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Etosha Mokuti Lodge or similar.

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Day 9

Etosha East to Mahango Game Reserve

Its an early start this morning as you depart from Etosha to drive via Tsumeb and Rundu to the lodge near Divundu.

Bordering Angola, on the banks of the Okavango River in northern Namibia, the town of Rundu serves as the capital of the eastern Kavango region. Rundu is renowned for its local woodcarvers market as well as the numerous woodcarvers’ huts dotting the side of the road. The town provides a great stopover to refuel for visitors heading to Katima Mulilo as well as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding areas. Visitors to Rundu can enjoy the beautiful surrounds including the magnificent Popa Falls and Mahangu Game Reserve. Other popular activities include great game viewing, excellent bird watching as well as kayaking on the spectacular Kavango River.

Check-in at the Lodge and time at leisure.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Shametu River Lodge or similar.

Travel distance: 618.2 km

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Day 10

Mahango Game Reserve

Breakfast and then you can take your own game drive into the Mahango National Park in the morning.

The afternoon can be spend at leisure.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Shametu River Lodge or similar.

Shametu River Lodge

Shametu River Lodge enjoys luxurious solitude on the edge of the Okavango river with a magnificient view of the unique Popa Falls. The lodge is halfway between the major gems of Southern Africa, the Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls, making it an ideal stopover to unwind during your journey. However it should not only be seen as a stopover, Shametu River Lodge is in a close proximity of a few of Namibia’s untamed National Parks the Buffalo core area inside the Bwabwata National Park and Mahangu National park. We will be offering affordable Chalets and Tented chalets with breathtaking views of the unspoilt Okavango river and the thundering Popa Falls. A true African experience! There are 4 luxury chalets, 4 luxury tented chalets and 7 standard chalets. All units have electricity, hot water showers and Wifi. Shametu River Lodge is already known for their “five star” camping experience with green grass and shaded trees. There are eight campsite each with there own ablution blocks offering hot water, kitchenette, wifi and electrictity facilities.

Mahango Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, the small Mahango Game Park provides a convenient stopover between Rundu and Katima Mulilo. It forms part of the beautiful Bwabwata National Park. The park’s landscape is characterised by woodlands, vast floodplains of the Okavango River basin known as omurambas and the Kavango River. It is home to a reported 99 species of including a large number of elephants, lion, leopard and a variety of antelopes including the red lechwe, sable and roan. This park is an excellent destination for avid bird watchers boasting over 400 species and provides the perfect spot for visitors to catch a glimpse of crocodile and hippo in the Kavango River. Other popular activities include: night game drives, wildlife safaris, and watching the African sunset over the floodplains.

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Day 11

Mahango Game Reserve to Kongola Region

After a hearty breakfast departure to the Kongola Region to the Camp Kwando. Optional you can book an afternoon game drive or boat cruise.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Camp Kwando or similar.

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Day 12

Kwando Region to Chobe River Front

After breakfast you depart via Kongola, Ngoma Bridge and Kasane to the Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Well over 400 of Namibia’s bird species occur in this part of the country and the region is steadily gaining a reputation as a retreat for bird – watchers, nature lovers and specialist travellers. It is also a growing interest to scientists studying the wetlands system and its flora and fauna. Sunset river cruises, photo safaris, swamp safaris, boating, a trip in a mokoro or dug out canoe and game viewing either in 4×4 vehicles or by boat are available for holidaymakers in this region.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast at the Chobe Safari Lodge or similar.

Travel distance: 437.9 km

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Day 13

Chobe River Front

Early breakfast and afterwards you will join the morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise into the Chobe Nationalpark.
Chobe National Park in the North-East of Botswana covers an area of 11,600 km2 and is the largest nature and game reserve in Botswana. The national park is one of the richest wildlife areas worldwide. There is an abundance of game in particular great herds of buffalo and elephant with up to 500 animals. Various antelopes as waterbuck, puku or sable as well as leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras, hypos, crocodile, many others and an incredible variety of birds can be viewed in this park. A very attractive part lies along the Chobe River with Sundowner river cruises offering an unforgettable experience.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast at Chobe Safari Lodge (Standard rooms) or similar.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park in the North-East of Botswana covers an area of 11,600 km2 and is the largest nature and game reserve in Botswana. The national park is one of the richest wildlife areas worldwide. There is an abundance of game in particular great herds of buffalo and elephant with up to 500 animals. Various antelopes as waterbuck, puku or sable as well as leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras, hypos, crocodile, many others and an incredible variety of birds can be viewed in this park. A very attractive part lies along the Chobe River with Sundowner river cruises offering an unforgettable experience.

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Day 14

Chobe River Front to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After a leisurely breakfast departure via Kazangula to the mighty Victoria Falls located in Zimbabwe.

You can do a short city tour and check-into your Lodge.

Bed and Breakfast at the Explorers Village or similar.

Travel distance: 86.7 km

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Day 15

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After an leisurely breakfast you can visit the Vic Falls (entrance fee at own cost).

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the largest sheet of falling water. In full flood some 500 million litres of water cascade downwards at a speed of 100 meters per minute, causing a thunderous roar and towering columns of spray, hence the local name “mosi – u – tunya” meaning the smoke that thunders.

In the afternoon you can take part in the optional activities offered (at own cost).

Bed and Breakfast at the Explorers Village or similar.

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Day 15

Departure

Breakfast and departure to the Vic Falls Airport were you will leave your vehicle (as per rental vehicle agreement) for your flight back home.

Have a safe trip home and come again soon!

Hotel Thule

Hotel Thule is an upmarket, 25 room hotel, located 5 minutes from the city centre of Windhoek. It offers conference facilities and a boardroom, a lapa perfect for functions and special events, and a restaurant serving fine Namibian cuisine. Hotel Thule is renowned for its sundowners, being perched on a hilltop, thus offering stunning views over the city of Windhoek.

Desert Hills Lodge

Nestled in the Naukluft mountains with an unspoiled and uninterrupted panoramic view of the Namib Desert, a mere 28 Km from Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei. Desert Hills Lodge will consists of 18 twin/double en-suite luxury thatched and air-conditioned chalets. Each chalet has its own mini bar and coffee/tea station. All the chalets are built in such a way as to ensure total privacy and tranquillity for each and every of our guests. Desert Hills Lodge will have a restaurant, fully licenced bar, wine cellar, library and a deck pool with an outside barbeque area and a fire pit.

Hansa Hotel

Centrally situated, the hotel serves as the perfect getaway to all tourists amenities which Swakopmund and surrounding areas have to offer, from sand-boarding some of the highest dunes in the world to big game viewing in one of our country’s world-known game parks. Surrounded by local tour operators, aviation and safari offices and five minutes from the beach, the Hansa Hotel is perfect for the discerning traveler looking for an adrenaline filled holiday or merely a bit of relaxation.

Toshari Lodge

Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park. A warm welcome awaits you complimented by a refreshing cold drink on arrival. Absorb the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush as you amble through a blend of manicured lawns and rustic bush gardens to your private room. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pools and enjoy wholesome Namibian cuisine, complimented with herbs and vegetables from the garden and fresh home baked bread, in the tranquility of the striking African Lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Campsites are also available; each pitch having a private shower room with hot and cold water, 220v power point, herb garden and braai place. Situated just off the C38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo, Toshari Lodge is ideally positioned for day visits into Etosha National Park; on your own or on the expertly guided tours.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park and is located on its own private 4 000 hectare nature reserve, which shares a common border with this impressive wildlife reserve. Known for its excellent and diverse wildlife encounters, it has become a popular venue for meetings, incentives, weddings and honeymoons. This intimate lodge has 90 rooms and 16 luxury rooms. Recently refurbished, they are all air conditioned and come equipped with satellite TV, a mini-fridge, safes, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge also offers the Tambuti Dining Room and Marula Bar, the Pool Bar and Terrace, two tennis courts, a spa, a gym and the only open air African Boma in the area.

Shametu River Lodge

Shametu River Lodge enjoys luxurious solitude on the edge of the Okavango river with a magnificient view of the unique Popa Falls. The lodge is halfway between the major gems of Southern Africa, the Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls, making it an ideal stopover to unwind during your journey. However it should not only be seen as a stopover, Shametu River Lodge is in a close proximity of a few of Namibia’s untamed National Parks the Buffalo core area inside the Bwabwata National Park and Mahangu National park. We will be offering affordable Chalets and Tented chalets with breathtaking views of the unspoilt Okavango river and the thundering Popa Falls. A true African experience! There are 4 luxury chalets, 4 luxury tented chalets and 7 standard chalets. All units have electricity, hot water showers and Wifi. Shametu River Lodge is already known for their “five star” camping experience with green grass and shaded trees. There are eight campsite each with there own ablution blocks offering hot water, kitchenette, wifi and electrictity facilities.

Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge has been recently renovated; matching a magical lodge experience to the spectacular game viewing.

Shearwater Explorers Village

Located merely 400m from the Victoria Falls, 100m from the epicenter of the Victoria Falls town with its craft and craft & curio markets, bohemian cafes and overlooking a natural African bush panorama the Shearwater Explorers Village is the perfect “Base Camp”.

Comprising of 5 bespoke Overland camping sites modern ablution facilities and 16 private chalets, the Village represents affordable accommodation at its finest – clean, cool, relaxing, elegant, excellent traditional food, ice cold drinks and exceptionally friendly hosts ready to welcome you and guide you through your Victoria Falls experience.

Payment Terms

  • 20% pre-payment at time of booking.
  • Balance to be settled 60 days prior to travel.
  • Payment shall be made in ZAR (South African Rand) which is 1:1 to the NAD (Namibian Dollar)
  • The customer is liable for any bank charges.
  • Should the booking be cancelled due to Covid-19 Regulations or Infection, the full amount will be refunded less a Handling Fee of 8%

Banking Details

Account holder: Africa Focus Tours Namibia (Pty) ltd
Bank: Nedbank Namibia
Account number: 1100 0070 752
Branch code: 461 696
Swift code: NEDSNANX

Cancellation Policy

  • Special cancellation terms may apply for certain products and services.

Terms & Conditions

General Terms

  • Minimum Age of 8 (eight) years old for children
  • Families with children younger than 8 years of age are welcome to request the tour as a Private Safari Option
  • Final Bookings and Rooming Lists to be supplied 35 days prior to the commencement date of the tour
  • The accommodation establishments offered in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking and all alternatives will be of an equivalent or better standard and will be within the same region.
  • This is merely a quotation – no bookings have been made
  • Price quoted per person sharing and including accommodation and meals for Guide and Driver.

Health

Please see your doctor for advice regarding vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.

Travelling with Children

  • Parents travelling with children must provide an unabridged birth certificate which includes details of the child’s father as well as the mother for all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from the children’s parents proving permission for the children to travel.The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.
  • Please note that the child must be the appropriate age (according to accommodation stipulated) at the time of travel.
  • Unless otherwise specified, children under 12 years of age qualify as a child rate and over 12 years of age as an adult rate.
  • Rates and policies for children under 12 years of age on request.