Trip reference number: ITN-NAM003
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
This semi-participatory camping safari is an excellent introduction to Botswana and Namibia, including the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta, Bushmanland, the Namib Desert and Etosha. You'll travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle - usually a Landcruiser or Toyota Dyno with a pop up roof for game viewing.
Group size limited to 12 and minimum age is 12 years. Sleep in 1.6 metre high dome tents with comfortable 5cm mattresses. The equipment used is top quality and in excellent condition.
Flights are from London Heathrow via Johannesburg.
Your first night is spent in Windhoek. The following morning you will be met by your guide and depart for Botswana, for five nights' camping, exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta on bush walks and by mokoro (dug-out canoes). You will also visit a San (Bushman) project at D'Kar.
Travel back into northern Namibia, camping overnight at Rundu en route to Etosha National Park where you camp for three nights, game viewing during the day. Travel on through beautiful Damaraland, camping overnight at Twyfelfontein where you view the rock formations and engravings. Continue south down the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund where you stay in accommodation.
Next day leave civilisation and travel inland to the spectacular Namib Desert, camping at Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei and some of the world's largest sand dunes.
Your final night is in Windhoek before departing next evening for the UK via Johannesburg.
Day 1 Take your overnight flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg in Economy class - enquire for regional airport departures.
Day 2 On arrival into Windhoek you will be met by a local representative and taken to your Guest House for the first night to recover from your flight and relax before the start of you adventure the next morning.
Day 3 Today you will be collected in the morning from your guest house for the start of your journey. Travel to the Botswana border for formalities before continuing on to the Kalahari. This is where you will find the unique San Culture and visit the San D'Kar Community project, listen to some San Stories around the camp fire. You will camp here the night.
Day 4 Early start with a walk with the Bushmen. We will then make our way through the Kalahari heading East, watch the changing landscapes as we start to see the Waters and lush vegetation of the Okavango Delta. Camp on the banks of the banks of the Delta.
Day 5 Wind through the Okavango Delta first by motor boat and then by Mokoro, a dug out canoe that is navigated by an experienced guide using a pole. Discover this serene wilderness where birding and landscapes are amazing. Spend the night camping in the Delta.
Day 6 Another day traversing the delta looking out for big game along the way. We head towards our first camp and overnight here.
Day 7 Departure today for Namibia. We will first head through the passport formalities before entering the Mahango Game Reserve. Keep an eye out for Roan and Sable here. Continue the route through the Caprivi strip where we will set up camp and overnight.
Day 8 Continue on to the Etosha National Park today. Arriving by about lunchtime before being taken on our first game drive through the park. Look out for some exciting game all the way. Spend the night camping at Namutoni which is on the Eastern side of the park.
Day 9 Spend the full day in the park today visiting the waterholes which are abundant with wildlife, you can expect to see antelope, Giraffe, Zebra to name but a few.
Day 10 Depart this morning towards Okaukuejo. You will see some slight changes in landscape, stop at more waterholes and watch the animals as they come to drink. The park is so vast that you can expect to be driving all day.
Day 11 Today we journey to Damaraland. This is the most scenic areas of Namibia. The mountains roll on through the horizon. Stop at the petrified forest for lunch before continuing on to Twyfelfontein to see the rock engravings and the Organ Pipes before setting up camp for the night.
Day 12 Today you will see the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, next we will head for the Skeleton Coast. Here there are still visible wrecks along the coast line. Overnight in Swakopmund, one of the best places to enjoy fresh seafood.
Day 13 Today is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Day 14 Today we journey to the famous Sossusvlei desert. Stop at Walvis Bay where there is an abundance of birdlife and flamingos. Watch how the landscape changes into the desert - this is where you can see how harsh the environment becomes and start to understand the adaptations that are made by resident wildlife.
Day 15 A predawn start is necessary to really see the colours of these dunes as it is indescribable, the colours change from dark red to bright orange before your eyes. You can also feel how the temperature rises in the desert. Attempt a climb on dune 45 before visiting Dead Vlei. You will also see Sesriem Canyon before setting up camp for the night.
Day 16 Today we jouney back to Windhoek stopping at Na'an Ku se conservation area to see the projects being worked on here after which we will end in Windhoek where we spend our final night before our long haul flight the next day.
Day 17 Today you will be collected and transferred to the airport for your flight home via Johannesburg.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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