Dunes and Waterways
This tour takes you from Windhoek to Windhoek in 15 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
Current PriceZAR 33100 Currency Converter + Local Payment Single Supplement (if needed)
TypeSmall Group Tours, Camping Tours,
Explore the best of both Namibia and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This adventure combines the highlights of the glorious dune fields of the Namib Desert, game viewing in Etosha National Park and the peaceful, green waterways of the Okavango Delta.
This tour departs on Thursdays.
A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Windhoek to Ghanzi
From Windhoek we take the scenic route to Botswana. Crossing the Buitepos border we head to Ghanzi where we meet up with a local Bushman community.
Day 2, Ghanzi to Okavango Delta
We have a early start today and after making a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect last minute supplies, we travel to the glorious Okavango Delta.
Day 3 to 5, Okavango Delta
Early morning and late afternoon game walks give you time in the middle of the day to relax, chill out and enjoy your surroundings. Why don't you have a go at poling your own mokoro? It is not as easy as it looks! This is game walking and bush camping at its best!
Day 6, Okavango Delta
Once established into our wilderness routine, we usually take a long, early morning bush walk to see the terrain and hopefully spot some Big Game, returning to camp in the mid morning for a cooked brunch. There is time to relax in the shade during the heat of the day and from most camps our polers will be able to take us to a safe swimming place to cool off. In the afternoons there is often a shorter walk or a Mokoro cruise in the cool evening air. Sunset from the river is not to be missed.
Day 7, Okavango Delta
The way of life of the OkavangoRiver people has remained largely un-changed for hundreds of years. It is a totally no-stress environment in a pure wilderness setting. We are heading back to our first camp today, gliding across the crystal waters, home to an amazing variety of bird life. There is the chance to add crocodiles and even a hippopotamus to our list of creatures seen before making our final Okavango camp amongst the lush riverine bush.
We will transfer back to camp in the motorboats and aim to be back on the lagoon, with full facilities by the early afternoon. We enjoy a final night beside the unparallel Okavango waters.
Day 8, Okavango Delta to Rundu
Back on the road today, destination Namibia. Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the OkavangoRiver. We now head west, through part of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip to our camp for tonight.
Dinner tonight will be for the clients own expense in the restaurant at the lodge.
Day 9, Rundu to Etosha National Park
A short drive brings us to the northern Namibian town of Rundu where there is time to explore the local market before continuing down through the Kavango Region. There are a few breaks along the way at various kraals to see the local crafts and woodcarvings.
Continuing on to our east, we reach Etosha National Park, and the Namutoni region camp. We again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.
Day 10, Etosha National Park
We go straight out on an early morning game drive. We visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha’s big game out for an early morning drink. The game drives around the Namutoni area are some of the best in the park.
As on day seven, we take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with game and waiting for the animals to come to us.
Day 11, Etosha National Park to Etosha National Park via (Cape Cross Seal Colony)
A full day’s game driving. We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. We game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.
Situated on the doorstep of our accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are often seen.
Day 12, Etosha National Park to Twyfelfontein
Leaving Etosha we are en route for the desert and the most scenic area of our safari. We make a stop at a small town called Outjo where we can get coffee and sticky cakes at the local bakery. We then drive west to Khorixas, the capital of the Damaraland region. A short break here and then, leaving the sealed roads far behind us, we drive into the desert.
We stop for lunch at the Petrified Forest geological site, where a local guide will take us around and explain about the prehistoric trees, before continuing on to Twyfelfontein. Damaraland scenery is some of the best in Namibia, open grasslands studded with massive granite koppies create the feeling of being surrounded by mountains. We are well into desert elephant and black rhino country and other game such as springbok, ostrich and gemsbok are often seen.
Day 13, Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund
More beautiful Damaraland scenery this morning. We pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg (2573 m) and make our first stop of the morning in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. From here we turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at HentiesBay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at CapeCross. Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 CapeFur seals in attendance.
We also make the most of being back in a main centre by leaving the tents loaded and checking into holiday chalets.
Day 14, Swakopmund to Swakopmund via (Sossusvlei)
Today is a free day. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group, or on their own. Only breakfast is provided to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times. It also gives you the chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants.
Day 15, Swakopmund to Sesriem
We first make a stop at Walvis Bay. South of the town there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos.
The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains. Then the landscape suddenly changes and we are into the mountain desert. We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us.
We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.
Day 16, Swakopmund to Sesriem
A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.
The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the SesriemCanyon.
Day 17, Sesriem to Windhoek
After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. In the Solitaire area we will stop at the ‘N/a’an ku se Namib Conservation Centre’, a 500 hectare Conservation Centre which hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking within the purpose built enclosures and receive information on the carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.
We are due back into the city in the late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return. Alternatively we can arrange for you to be taken to the InternationalAirport if you are catching an evening flight.
Meals included in your tour cost
14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Highlights included in your tour cost
This tour goes through: Windhoek, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund & 4 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 2 crew (including cook)
Vehicle: Overland Truck
Other: Sleeping mat included
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— Anne B (27) from Ireland
The trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!
— Michael & Silke from Germany
I loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)
— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
I did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.
— Juca from Uruguay