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Southern Circle

Southern Circle Namibia & Botswana Safari

Cost per person based on 2 people sharing from £3,495.00

A 23 day small group accommodated Botswana safari holiday also visiting the highlights of Namibia. Visit the mighty Victoria Falls before entering Namibia. Enjoy wildlife of Etosha, the scenery of Damaraland and the dunes of the Namib Desert. We take a bush walk with the San Bushman and head deep into the Okavango Delta, finishing off with a boat cruise in Chobe National Park. An all encompassing journey in Southern Africa which starts and ends in Livingstone, Zambia

Highlights • Victoria Falls – a natural wonder • Caprivi – game drives • Etosha National Park – game viewing • Damaraland – rock paintings • Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking • Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes • Kalahari – bush walk with San bushman • Okavango Delta – Mokoro excursion & bush walks • Chobe National Park – sunset boat cruise on Chobe River

Day 1  DEPART from London Heathrow on the evening overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2 LIVINGSTONE On arrival you will be met and transferred to your guest house. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing or exploring Livingstone.

Day 3 – 4 LIVINGSTONE Tour departure meeting at 14:00pm. Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and we take 2 days to explore this area. Adventure activities abound, elephant back safaris, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or an 111m bungi jump (own expense). [permanent tents B]

Day 5 – 6 CAPRIVI Crossing from Zambia into the Caprivi strip, a narrow section of Namibian land that extends between Angola, Zambia and Botswana we spend two days on game drives and travelling west through this game rich area. [chalets BLD]

Day 7 RUNDU After a morning enjoying the abundant birdlife that surrounds the camp, our road takes us along the Kavango River. Villages of grass huts and local wooden crafts and carvings are a common sight. We stop for the night at our riverside lodge in Rundu in time for the spectacular sunset. [chalet BLD]

Day 8 -9 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK We head deeper into Namibia to the Etosha National Park. The National Park surrounds the Etosha Pan and is locally named “the great white place of dry water”. Waterholes surround the pan and attract game. Etosha is known for great sightings of elephant, Zebra and lions. Our lodge lies on the boundary of the park and we spend our mornings and afternoons on game drives. [lodge BLD]

Day 10 TWYFELFONTEIN The world heritage site of Twyfelfontein is our next stop. Approximately 2000 rock engravings adorn the hills of this area. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides. [permanent tents BLD]

 

Day 11 BRANDBERG Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscape as we move south towards the Brandberg Mountain. The dry Ugab River is home to the rare desert elephants. We visit the petrified forest and the rock paintings in this area. [lodge BLD]

Day 12 – 13 SWAKOPMUND We cross flat open plains, past the Spitzkoppe granite domes to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund. The day is free to explore the town or try quad biking / dune boarding (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense). [chalet Bx2 Lx1]

Day 14 – 15 NAMIB DESERT The Lunar landscape surrounds the town of Swakopmund as we leave and head into the Namib Desert with it’s towering red sand dunes. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets / sunrises over the world’s highest sand dunes. [permanent tents BLD]

Day 16 WINDHOEK Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia andits charm lies in it’s harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. It’s an interesting mix of modern and German colonial era influenced architecture. We explore the city and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense). [guesthouse BL]

Day 17 KALAHARI Crossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills. [San Bushman Huts BLD]

Day 18, 19, 20 OKAVANGO DELTA An annual flood of fresh water spreads into the Kalahari Desert creating the reed lined channels of the Okavango Delta. Our first night is spent in Maun in preparation before journeying deep into the Delta in Mokoro (dugouts) – an experience not to be missed. We have 2 nights in our tented camp and enjoy game walks, swimming and the birdlife in this amazing wilderness area. [permanent tents x1, tented bush camp x2 Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]

Day 21 MAKGADIKGADI PANS Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok. [permanent tents BL]

Day 22 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we settle into our lodge. Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on a facinating wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP. [chalets BL]

Day 23 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE This morning we transfer to Livingstone where our tour ends and you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for the lunch time flight back to Johannesburg. On arrival you will remain in transit for the connecting onward flight to London Heathrow. Arrive back early the following morning.

Includes: Return flight economy class from London Heathrow, accommodation as stated, meals as stated (B=breakfast, L=lunch D=dinner) airport transfers services of an English speaking driver/guide throughout, all excursions as stated, entrance fees and park fees for included excursions, use of equipment.

Excludes: Optional excursions offered at additional cost, Visas if needed, items of a personal nature eg laundry, telephone calls, driver gratuity, personal travel insurance, use of all equipment (including sleeping bags) for Okavango Delta excursion

Find out more about our small group guided tours, speak to one of our knowledgeable staff who can check availability, answer any questions you may have, and finalise your booking.

Call us on 01444 225640 or email us at info@visionsofafrica.co.uk