21 days – Namibia Botswana Desert & Delta Camping

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21 days
Camping Group Tour
Livingstone - Livingstone
Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small group camping tour starts and finishes in Livingstone (Zambia). An all encompassing journey starting with Victoria Falls, and enjoying the highlights of Namibia and Botswana. This is an adventure through some of the most spectacular areas in Southern Africa including Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world, Caprivi, Popa Falls NP, Etosha National Park, Brandburg, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei dunes and Kalahari!

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Highlights

Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world; Caprivi – game drives & boat cruise; Etosha NP – game viewing from camp & on game drives; Brandberg – 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 NP – sunset boat cruise on Chobe River.

Accommodation

Overnight: 16 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites, in or bordering national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & shops. In Windhoek we stay in pre-erected dome tents beds with shared ablutions. 2 nights “camping wild” without fences in the Okavango. On these nights the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire) and a pit latrine (with seat!). 2 nights in Swakopmund in a lodge with en suite twin bedrooms. Meals: 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 12 dinners will be provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire or in a boma. For certain meals the group will sample the local fare at restaurants (own expense). Transport: we use safari trucks with 12 seats for this tour. Potholes, corrugated gravel roads and livestock on the roads can make travel slow. There are some long drives, so sit back and enjoy the scenery! For the transfers into the Okavango Delta we use open 4WD vehicles with local guides. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask for your help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Hotel Pickup

This tour starts on day 1 of the tour at 14:00 hrs from the Waterfront Lodge in Livingstone. Most flights into LVI and VFA arrive in the morning. We recommend that you fly into Livingstone airport (LVI) in Zambia on the day the tour starts (or Victoria Falls airport VFA in Zimbabwe – but this will require an additional visa). If you would like to book additional nights accommodation pre-tour, please indicate required airport transfers and lodge reservations when you submit your enquiry

Departure & Return Location

Livingstone – Livingstone

Departure Time

14h00 on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • 20 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches & 12 Dinners
  • Entrance Fees
  • 3 nights in guesthouse; 17 nights camping
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 LIVINGSTONE [camping Bx1--]

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00. We have 2 days to explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 2: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls.
Distance/time: N/A
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar

Day 3 – 4 CAPRIVI [camping BLD]

Heading out of Livingstone we cross at Sesheke into the Caprivi, a narrow strip of Namibian land that extends between Angola, Zambia and Botswana. An abundance of large rivers attracts a variety of animals and birds and we have 2 days to explore this remote and beautiful region, including a boat cruise on the Kwando River.

Day 3, 4: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3, 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3, 4: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees & game drives, boat cruise on Kwando River.
Distance/time: Day 3: ±300km, 7h00 actual driving time, but with a seasonally potholed road, a slow border crossing and lunch stop we expect a total travel day of ±9h30. This long travel day takes us to a special overnight stop.
Day 4: ±200km, 3h00 actual driving time, en-route we stop for village walk and expect a travel day of ±4h00.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar & swimming pool.

Day 5 RUNDU [camping BLD]

After a morning enjoying the abundant birdlife that surrounds the camp, the road takes us directly west 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 camp in Rundu and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Day 5: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±210km, 3h00 actual driving time, with a couple of stops it’s a travel day of less than ±04h00.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar & swimming pool.

Day 6 – 7 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]

Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich north west corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo with their flood-lit waterholes.

Day 6, 7: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, morning & afternoon game drives.
Distance/time: ±620km, 08h00 actual driving time, day 6 is a long transit travel day of ±09h30. The following full day is set aside for game drives in Etosha NP.
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park game viewing vehicle.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar, swimming pool & shop.

Day 8 UGAB WILDERNESS [camping BLD]

Our next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River bed, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art including the “White Lady”.

Day 8: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Guided walk to view San rock art.
Distance/time: 600kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, bar, swimming pool & telephone.

Day 9 SPITZKOP [camping BLD]

Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the huge granite domes that rise out of the desert at Spitzkoppe. We set up camp at the foot of these massive domes, and take a walk to explore the area. The silence and wide open spaces add to the mystery and we enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance to Spitskoppe.
Distance/time: ±430km, 6h00 actual driving time, and with a couple of stops on the way it’s a long and varied travel day of ±10h00.
Overnight: Campsite – basic ablution facilities.

Day 10 – 11 SWAKOPMUND [guest house Bx2 Lx1 -]

We cross flat open plains to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund. Day 11 is free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense).

Day 10: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 11: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 11: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony.
Distance/time: ±250km, 3h30 actual driving time, after a morning walk we have travel day of 6h30 including a visit to Cape Cross.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more.
Overnight: Dunedin Star guest house – twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in the main building.

Day 12 – 13 NAMIB DESERT [camping BLD]

The Lunar landscapes surround the town of Swakopmund and we visit these as we leave and head into the Namib Desert with its towering red sand dunes. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Day 12: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park.
Distance/time: ±350km, 5h00 actual driving time, the desert scenery is varied but the road is rough gravel, so with a few stops its a long travel day of ±7h30.
Optional Activities: On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km). For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$85 each way) and is optional.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, shop.

Day 14 WINDHOEK [guest house BL-]

The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We arrive late in the day and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±345km, 5h00 actual driving time, starting the day on rough gravel roads we climb the escarpment for a travel day of ±6h00.
Overnight: Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.

Day 15 KALAHARI [camping BLD]

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.

Day 15: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 15: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman and translator.
Distance/time: ±550km, 7h30 actual driving time. An early start on all tarmac roads, but with a border crossing and lunch stop we expect a total transit day of ±8h30 into the Kalahari.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming in old quarry.

Day 16, 17, 18 OKAVANGO DELTA [camping Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]

We camp in Maun for a night in preparation before journeying deep into the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugouts) – an experience not to be missed. We camp wild on remote islands for 2 nights and enjoy bush walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Day 16: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 17: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 18: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 18: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides.
Distance/time: Day 16: ±300km, 04h30 actual driving time. After a morning walk, the good tarmac road to Maun, and supply shopping, it’s a travel day of ±5h30.
Day 17: ±50km, 2h00 actual driving time to mekoro station. Mokoro ride to camp is dependent on campsite location so overall travel time for the day ±6h30.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).
Overnight: Maun: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
2 nights Okavango Delta: Wild camping – basic camping facilities, with bucket showers.
You will need to bring your own towel.

Day 19 MAKGADIKGADI PANS [camping BL-]

Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. Depending on the season, the pans can either be a shimmering haze of dust or a vast shallow lake.

Day 19: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 19: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 19: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans.
Distance/time: ±320km, 4h00 actual driving time. Starting with a mekoro ride, a 4×4 transfer and then repacking into the safari vehicle it’s a big travel day of ±8h00.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

Day 20CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [chalet BL-]

We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane and our lodge. Chobe NP is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on an exciting wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP.

Day 20: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 20: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 20: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River.
Distance/time: ±300km, 4h00 actual driving time. We leave early and aim for a midday arrival after total travel for the day of ±4h30.
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.

Day 21 ZAMBIA - VICTORIA FALLS - TOUR ENDS [- B--]

This morning we transfer to Livingstone where tour ends at +/- 12:00 noon at Livingstone Airport (LVI).

Day 21: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 21: Lunch is not included
Day 21: Dinner is not included

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±70km, 1h00 actual driving time. It’s not a long way, but the border can be busy and slow so we anticipate a total travel day of ±3h00.
Overnight: N/A

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo
stops!

Special Interest: Namibia has a rich ancient rock art heritage. Our local guide in the Brandberg Tsiseb conservancy lands, will lead
us on a walk to view the White Lady rock painting. It is usually assumed that the painting shows a ritual dance, and that the “White Lady” is actually a medicine man.

Sustainable Tourism: In the Ugab wilderness region we camp at the White Lady Lodge campsite. A partnership was Signed in 2003 and the community benefit through employment and a percentage of the income of the lodge. There are also other
spin-offs such as the sale of fire wood to the lodge.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and ZAR and your credit card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars.

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

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Anonymous

Couple Traveller

This is a fantastic trip due to the variety of experiences that are included. Some very long days, but all very worthwhile. The “optional” activities such as Zambezi river canoeing, quad biking on the Namib sand dunes and Okavango delta flight were also very worthwhile. The rich diversity of wildlife was amazing: we observed more than 100 species of bird, 30 species of mammal and many reptiles and amphibians- only Leopard was too elusive for all the ‘big five’, but 4/5 isn’t bad! Highly recommended trip. Really good leaders: knowledgeable, patient, hard-working and enthusiastic for the wildlife/environment of these fantastic countries..

November 30, 2019

Anne

Solo Traveller

Only positive things: well organised and thought through, great amount of information and discussions I learned so much about nature and culture. I felt safe the whole time, you choose companies of high quality to work with (village visit, boat cruise, polers in the delta). Amazing People!!!! – Anne Leinweber – Germany

May 3, 2016

Inge

Solo Traveller

it was a beautiful trip with awesome places I’ll never forget thank you for all.

March 17, 2016

Annika

Couple Traveller

Hi,we’ve returned from our Desert and Delta safari and I want to thank Sunway for this most wonderful experience. Everything was perfect – the itinerary was great, I saw so many things – a lot of them weren’t even expected. The nature, the different camps (each one even more beautiful than the last…), the possibilities we had … What I liked most was the variety of experiences we had throughout the 3 weeks. The different landscapes, the animals, the nature / wilderness, the encounters with people, activities, …. (but to talk about all the amazing and exciting things we saw and experienced would definitely go beyond the scope!) I wasn’t too keen on cities but even they offered rewarding experiences. E.g. At first I didn’t like Swakopmund very much – it was too much German colony (not only the style but also the people) but we made the township tour and had contact to the people living there which was great – so the impression didn’t stay single-sided. We learned a lot about the different cultures, about the history, the nature, how to live in different environments – we saw much more than I could have wished for, we experienced wonderful people and we met not only a detailed and elaborated itinerary – we also met Africa along the way. That leads me to our guides – I really feel the need to praise them! Jeff and Edwin were wonderful – the best guides we could have wished for. They explained everything to us – they answered all our questions (and sometimes even looked up more details), they were always friendly, funny, helpful, caring, patient. We met other groups and other guides and noticed that their way to deal with difficulties often was much less friendly and effective. Our guides ignored other groups when they started trouble like who is allowed to use a certain spot in the camp and anyway had the best result for our group. They cooked the best meals – in the middle of nowhere – like in the most beautiful places in nature – we had delicious meals you could not have better in any restaurant. (so I did not only learn a lot about nature and Africa but also improved my cooking skills…) Jeff and Edwin were the perfect team. For us they were not only most qualified guides, they were friends that showed us a new world. It was not only a holiday – it was (as Jeff always said) an adventure – it was a dream come true, an unforgettable experience. I’m sure we will come back! – Annika & Jürgen Rieber – Germany

March 17, 2016

Lauren

Couple Traveller

We both had a great trip. We got to see a range of wildlife and it was amazing how close we got to some of the animals (but not dangerously close). We also got to see a variety of landscapes ranging from the dry desert to a bit more greenery in Botswana. A few highlights: 1) the watering holes right next to the campgrounds in Etosha National Park – one evening one was particularly active with animals and again, you’re so close to the animals. 2) the nauklauft National Park climbing the dunes for sunrise and seeing Dead vlei 3) the local people we got to spend some time with from the polers in the Okavango Delta and doing a local bushman walk. Sunway Safaris was great. It seems we got lucky with selecting one of the better companies, even our guides said that if they were to look for another guiding job they would be well respected in the industry given that they had worked at Sunway. When I was researching tours, having a company that could cater for Brendan’s dietary requirements (vegetarian and with strictly no cross contamination with cooking utensils etc) some companies came back to me saying that it would just be too hard to cater for him. Even when you told me that this company could cater for this, we were both still really nervous that dishes may get contaminated with meat (so he took lots of museli bars in case) and that they food for him would just be plain and boring. We were both really impressed with how our guides, particularly Farai the main cook, made sure he had great vegetarian food to eat. – Lauren Smith, New Zealand

November 30, -0001