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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive windhoek

Welcome to Namibia!Welcome to Namibia!

On arrival in Windhoek, Namibia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the capital city of Namibia or get some much needed rest.

Meals
None
Lodging
Safari Court Hotel (or similar)

Days 2-3: sesriem / sossusvlei

See the world's highest sand dunesSee the world's highest sand dunes

Today’s journey will take you north, through the ever-changing scenery, to your lodging located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding your camp. Depart early the following morning for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Embark on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.
Approximately 7 hours driving (460km)

Meals
2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Lodging
Desert Camp (or similar)

Days 4-5: swakopmund

Savor local cuisine in SwakopmundSavor local cuisine in Swakopmund

Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding (seasonal). You’ll arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (booked locally). Activities available include sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning, or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.
Approximately 5 hours driving (300km)

Meals
2 Breakfasts
Lodging
The Delight (or similar)

Day 6: damaraland

Drive through rugged DamaralandDrive through rugged Damaraland

Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys.  If very lucky, you might see the desert-adapted elephant or rhino while here.  Our lodge is located at the top of a mountain, with spectacular views of the surrounding area.  Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool.   (450km)

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar)

Day 7: himba village visit / etosha national park

Elephants and lions are among the animals you will observe in Etosha National ParkElephants and lions are among the animals you will observe in Etosha National Park

In the morning visit with the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people. After your visit, you will proceed to Etosha National Park for your first game drive, relaxing by the floodlit waterhole in the evening. Approximately 6 hours driving (200 km)

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Okaeujo Restcamp (or similar)

Day 8: etosha national park

See giraffes at the water holeSee giraffes at the water hole

Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa, with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, and elephant making this area their home. Spend the day on a game drive through the park from its western to eastern sides. Floodlit waterholes at campsites attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing you with many amazing wildlife sightings.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Namutoni Restcamp (or similar)

Day 9: okavango river

Float on the Okavango RiverFloat on the Okavango River

Enter the Caprivi strip, where you’ll spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking Angola and the Okavango River. An optional afternoon boat excursion (own account) is a wonderful way to see the birds and wildlife in the area.  
 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar)

Day 10: kwando river

The area is full of birdlifeThe area is full of birdlife

Today we continue on to the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. This spot is well-known for its abundance of wildlife and birdlife.  There is the opportunity to join a late afternoon game drive (own expense).

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Namushasha River Lodge (or similar)

Days 11-12: chobe river

See an abundance of wildlifeSee an abundance of wildlife

Today we leave Namibia for Botswana for Chobe National Park, staying on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. We relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. You also have the option of a game drive (own account).

Meals
2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Lodging
Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)

Days 13-14: victoria falls

Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)

Travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls, where you will stay for the next several days along the banks of the mights Zambezi River.  Victoria Falls (Known at Mosi-oa-Tunya  - The Smoke That Thunders) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans the the Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Without a doubt, the falls are one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.  These next days are yours to spend at leisure browsing the local markets or experiencing some of the many optional activities on offer in this adrenaline capital of Africa:  white water rafting, bungee jumping, microlighting, airplane or helicopter flights over the falls, rhino and lion walks, and visiting the falls on foot along extensive trails (all activities booked locally). 

Your travel time to Victoria Falls is approximately 2-4 hours with ferry/border crossing (80km)

Meals
2 Breakfasts
Lodging
A'Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)

Day 15: depart

Say goodbye to southern AfricaSay goodbye to southern Africa

After breakfast, depart for the airport to catch your onward flight. So long, Africa!

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,995
Land Cost does not include Local Park Fees and some activities, payable on arrival (approximately $115). The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$795
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

This trip is offered in both directions, either Capetown to Livingstone, or vice versa.  Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice. 

This tour is recommended for healthy, active participants looking for an adventurous holiday. 

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable hotels, chalets and small lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Southern Africa is Calling

Journeys Africa Specialist Kirsten Williams dishes on her dreamy southern Africa adventure. This was Kirsten's first time visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Enjoy a relaxing float on the Okavango River
Enjoy a relaxing float on the Okavango River
Watch the wildlife - or are they watching you?
Watch the wildlife - or are they watching you?
Spend time in rugged Damaraland
Spend time in rugged Damaraland
Savor local cuisine throughout the region
Savor local cuisine throughout the region
Explore the largest sand dunes in the world
Explore the largest sand dunes in the world
See an amazing variety of colorful birdlife
See an amazing variety of colorful birdlife
Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)
Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)
Watch some wildlife "just chillin'" as you drive by
Watch some wildlife "just chillin'" as you drive by

Desert, Delta and the Falls

Lodge safari in Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

overview

Enjoy the sights of the Namib Desert, including Sesriem Canyon, and search for game in Etosha National Park. Visit the remarkable Himba people on a stop at a local village and enjoy the unique scenery and wildlife of the Okavango Delta. Conclude with visits to the Chobe River and the incredible Victoria Falls.  Although this is a non-camping-based safari, it still provides a very rustic experience with long drives. For the traveler who is prepared to embrace the unexpected and rough terrain, this is an excellent way to see the wonders of the continent. 

This trip can operate in either direction, Windhoek to Victoria Falls, or vice versa. Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice. We can also customize this trip to include camping or even high end luxury accommodations. 

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overview

Enjoy the sights of the Namib Desert, including Sesriem Canyon, and search for game in Etosha National Park. Visit the remarkable Himba people on a stop at a local village and enjoy the unique scenery and wildlife of the Okavango Delta. Conclude with visits to the Chobe River and the incredible Victoria Falls.  Although this is a non-camping-based safari, it still provides a very rustic experience with long drives. For the traveler who is prepared to embrace the unexpected and rough terrain, this is an excellent way to see the wonders of the continent. 

This trip can operate in either direction, Windhoek to Victoria Falls, or vice versa. Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice. We can also customize this trip to include camping or even high end luxury accommodations. 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive windhoek
    Welcome to Namibia!Welcome to Namibia!

    On arrival in Windhoek, Namibia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the capital city of Namibia or get some much needed rest.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Safari Court Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: sesriem / sossusvlei
    See the world's highest sand dunesSee the world's highest sand dunes

    Today’s journey will take you north, through the ever-changing scenery, to your lodging located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding your camp. Depart early the following morning for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Embark on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.
    Approximately 7 hours driving (460km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Desert Camp (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 4-5: swakopmund
    Savor local cuisine in SwakopmundSavor local cuisine in Swakopmund

    Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding (seasonal). You’ll arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (booked locally). Activities available include sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning, or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.
    Approximately 5 hours driving (300km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Lodging
    The Delight (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: damaraland
    Drive through rugged DamaralandDrive through rugged Damaraland

    Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys.  If very lucky, you might see the desert-adapted elephant or rhino while here.  Our lodge is located at the top of a mountain, with spectacular views of the surrounding area.  Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool.   (450km)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: himba village visit / etosha national park
    Elephants and lions are among the animals you will observe in Etosha National ParkElephants and lions are among the animals you will observe in Etosha National Park

    In the morning visit with the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people. After your visit, you will proceed to Etosha National Park for your first game drive, relaxing by the floodlit waterhole in the evening. Approximately 6 hours driving (200 km)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Okaeujo Restcamp (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: etosha national park
    See giraffes at the water holeSee giraffes at the water hole

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa, with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, and elephant making this area their home. Spend the day on a game drive through the park from its western to eastern sides. Floodlit waterholes at campsites attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing you with many amazing wildlife sightings.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Namutoni Restcamp (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: okavango river
    Float on the Okavango RiverFloat on the Okavango River

    Enter the Caprivi strip, where you’ll spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking Angola and the Okavango River. An optional afternoon boat excursion (own account) is a wonderful way to see the birds and wildlife in the area.  
     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: kwando river
    The area is full of birdlifeThe area is full of birdlife

    Today we continue on to the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. This spot is well-known for its abundance of wildlife and birdlife.  There is the opportunity to join a late afternoon game drive (own expense).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Namushasha River Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 11-12: chobe river
    See an abundance of wildlifeSee an abundance of wildlife

    Today we leave Namibia for Botswana for Chobe National Park, staying on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. We relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. You also have the option of a game drive (own account).

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 13-14: victoria falls
    Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)

    Travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls, where you will stay for the next several days along the banks of the mights Zambezi River.  Victoria Falls (Known at Mosi-oa-Tunya  - The Smoke That Thunders) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans the the Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Without a doubt, the falls are one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.  These next days are yours to spend at leisure browsing the local markets or experiencing some of the many optional activities on offer in this adrenaline capital of Africa:  white water rafting, bungee jumping, microlighting, airplane or helicopter flights over the falls, rhino and lion walks, and visiting the falls on foot along extensive trails (all activities booked locally). 

    Your travel time to Victoria Falls is approximately 2-4 hours with ferry/border crossing (80km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Lodging
    A'Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 15: depart
    Say goodbye to southern AfricaSay goodbye to southern Africa

    After breakfast, depart for the airport to catch your onward flight. So long, Africa!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,995
Land Cost does not include Local Park Fees and some activities, payable on arrival (approximately $115). The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$795
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

This trip is offered in both directions, either Capetown to Livingstone, or vice versa.  Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice. 

This tour is recommended for healthy, active participants looking for an adventurous holiday. 

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable hotels, chalets and small lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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