21 days – Namibia Botswana Southern Circle

(4 Reviews)
Price
From$4,022.47
Booking Form
Enquiry Form
First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address*
Phone number*
Your Enquiry*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Available: 8 seats
* Please select all required fields to proceed to the next step.

Proceed Booking

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

46


Any Questions?

Do not hesitage to give us a call. We are an expert team and we are happy to help you.

+31 85 4018272
+27 83 646 9774

info@africantravels.com


Why Book With Us?

  • African Experts
  • 24/7 support from our backup team
  • Future Proof Traveling
  • Personal selected tours

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

This small accommodated group tour starts and finishes in Livingstone. An accommodated adventure visiting the highlights of Namibia and Botswana. 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!

Download Tour Dossier

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.

Accommodation

A comfortable participation accommodated safari staying in permanent tents, chalets and guest houses. 18 nights on safari at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 12 dinners included. Of which 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by Sunway crew and meals will be enjoyed around the campfire at the truck.
Transport:for the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. There are some long distances to cover and a few early morning starts. For the transfer to the Okavango, we use open-sided 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 prepartion but we do ask the clients to 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.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €500. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

This tour departs at 14h00 from the Waterfront 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 & 11 Dinners
  • Entrance Fees
  • 18 nights in chalets, permanent tents & guesthouses, 2 nights tented camp
  • Use of all equipment
  • 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 [chalet Bx1--]

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, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, helicopter flights or an 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 lodge
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: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Twin share Adventure Village chalet with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (Or Maramba Lodge, twin share chalet with en-suite facilities). Internet café.

Day 3 – 4 CAPRIVI [chalet BLD]

Crossing out of Zambia into the Caprivi strip, we spend two days travelling west through this game rich area. We’ll explore the Kwando River by boat and a game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve.

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

Includes: Entrance fees & game drives.
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 is a long travel day takes us to a special overnight stop.
Day 4: ±200km, 3h00 actual driving time, en route we stop for a village walk and expect a travel day of ±04h00.
Overnight: Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Ngepi Camp – twin share tree houses with en-suite facilities. Swimming cage in the river, bar & restaurant. WiFi free in the main building.

Day 5 RUNDU [chalet BL-]

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 a common sight. We stop for the night at our riverside lodge 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 will be an own expense meal provided by the lodge

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±210km, 3h00 actual driving time, with a couple of stops it’s a travel day of less than ±4h00.
Overnight: Inkwazi Lodge – twin permanent chalets with en-suite facilities, Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. WiFi not available.

Day 6, 7 – 8 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK [lodge BLD]

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, antelope and lions. Our lodge lies on the boundary of the park and we spend our mornings and afternoons on game drives.

Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP.
Distance/time: ±620km, 8h00 actual driving time, day 6 is a long transit travel day of ±9h30. The following full day is set aside for game drives in Etosha NP.
Overnight: Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha). WiFi not available.

Day 9 BRANDBERG [lodge BLD]

Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the Brandberg Mountain. Our lodge is situated in the dry Ugab River which is home to the rare desert elephants. We visit the petrified forest and take a walk with a local guide to view the famous White Lady rock painting in the area.

Day 9: Breakfast provide 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 the petrified forest and San Rock Art.
Distance/time: ±430km, 6h00 actual driving time, and with a couple of stops on the way it’s a long and varied day of ±10h00 to our nest overnight stop.
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available.

Day 10 – 11 SWAKOPMUND [hotel pension 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 where we have a day free to explore the town or try sea kayaking or dune boarding (own expense). German colonial influences are strong in the town of Swakopmund as is reflected in the restaurant menus and the architecture.

Day 10: Breakfast provide 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 will be provided by the hotel
Day 11: Lunch will be 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: Hotel Pension a la Mer – twin share standard rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in the main building.

Day 12 – 13 NAMIB DESERT [permanent tent 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 from the comfort of our lodge outside the
National park watch a dramatic sunset over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
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 it’s 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 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: Namib Desert, Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available.

Day 14 WINDHOEK [guest house BL-]

Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia, its charm lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people and an interesting mix of modern and German colonial era influenced architecture. 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 [chalet 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 and get an insight into how these incredible people survive in this desert environment. Our overnight lodge is owned and operated by the community.

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: Dqae Qare San Lodge. WiFi not available.

Day 16, 17, 18 OKAVANGO DELTA [tented camp x2 BLD] [tented lodge BL-]

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 on mekoro (dugouts) – an experience not to be missed. We have 2 nights in our tented camp on a remote island and enjoy game 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
Day 17, 18: Breakfast provided by the guest house x 1, by the tour leaders with the help of the group x 1
Day 17, 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17, 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 on a good tarmac road to Maun. After a morning walk, the drive and supply shopping in Maun, 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.
Overnight: 1 x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping – 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel. WiFi not available.

Day 19 MAKGADIKGADI PANS [permanent tent BL-]

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. 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

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: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone). WiFi not available.

Day 20 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [chalet BL-]

We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we settle into 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

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. Total travel for the day of ±4h30.
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.

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

This morning we transfer across the Zambezi River on the Kazangula ferry to Livingstone where the tour ends at +/-12:00 noon.

Day 21: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 21: NA
Day 21: NA

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

We do a free drop off at Livingstone airport on day 21 at 12:00 so you can book your flight out for the last day of the tour.

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo
stops!
Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability.
Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: The Namib Desert, at 55 million years old, is one of the oldest deserts in the world and covers an area of over 80,
00km². It is home to several unusual species including Stenocara gracilipes beetle which survives by obtaining water from morning fog settling on its raised body.

Sustainable Tourism: The sausage tree is the traditional tree cut down to make mokoro (dugouts) used in the Okavango Delta, but sadly these trees are disappearing from the region. Sunway has set up a project to encourage the local community
polers to buy fibreglass replica mekoros. Sponsorship for each mokoro is needed. If you would like to contribute, please talk to your guide.

Map

Photos
FAQ

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

On request we can book you a single room 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 ZAR or USD 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.

4 Reviews
Sort By:RatingDate

Thomas, UK

Couple Traveller

We would like to thank you very much for an amazing trip that we recently did with your company.

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Very difficult to choose. We were very lucky in seeing all of the “Big 5” – including lions with their recent kills very close to the track in Etosha National Park, and elephants bathing in the river within metres of out boat in Chobe National Park. But it was also really interesting visiting a local village in Namibia and learning about their history, current way of life and aspirations for the future.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for some early starts and long days, but also for some incredible experiences. Ask lots of questions – our tour leaders, as well as numerous local guides, were very knowledgeable and keen to share that knowledge with us. This is a wonderful trip if you’re happy to muck in, share the chores with your fellow travellers and the tour leaders, and be open to new experiences.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Absolutely. Many of the lodges were owned by, or largely staffed by, local people. Leftover food was shared with local people, and our tour leaders gave large containers of water to people in Namibia, were rainfall was lower than normal for January. Sunway Safaris, who ran the tour, are actively involved in environmental projects, and encourage those on their tours to participate. Visiting game parks and areas such as the Okavango Delta that are focused on conservation contributes to conservation efforts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Exceeded all our expectations. The itinerary was excellent, our tour leaders Ishmael and Norman were wonderful – professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and with great senses of humour, and the accommodation was varied and generally great. Sleeping in a bamboo tree-house with a deck overlooking the river and listening to the hippos as you fall asleep takes some beating.

Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
5 *****

April 22, 2019

Julie, New Zealand

Solo Traveller

Just back from our Namibia/Botswana Delta trip! It was amaaaaaaaaaaaazing. Best trip I’ve ever done, and I’ve spent 30 years travelling….Thanks so much for all your help and advice. Thanks again, It was the best 50th birthday present ever!

April 22, 2019

Sandara, Italy

Solo Traveller

Hello, I’m Sandra and write from Italy. I enjoyed the tour in Zambia and Namibia in December/January 2014/15. I spent 15 beautiful days with guides Albert and Joanell and the other tourists. I would like to thank the guide Albert Muchena and your staff: during the flight connection Johannesburg-Livingstone my luggage was lost. You made the best to find it, to send it with a flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek. I received the bag 5 days later in Etosha National Park and it was a marvellous surprise!!!! Many thanks for your competence, help and courtesy!!!. Best regards

September 15, 2016

Barbara

Solo Traveller

I enjoyed my 3 weeks. I think this tour had a wonderful variety of animal viewing, hikes, river cruising and cultural activities. Our guides provided us with so much knowledge. I had an unforgettable safari.

September 15, 2016