Desert & Delta Express (Northbound)

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Desert & Delta Express (Northbound)

from £835
Duration: 12 days
Countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
This safari journeys through diverse landscapes – from the eerie and barren Atlantic coast and open desert to prolific game parks and the Victoria Falls (Zambia).

Desert & Delta Express (Northbound)

Day 1 - Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe

From the hustle and bustle in Swakopmund to the calming landscapes and ever changing red shaded rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Explore the area and its ancient bushman paintings this afternoon before spending your first night out under the starry African night.

Day 2 - Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Waking with the majestic views over the rock formations we enjoy breakfast before hitting the road north. We travel through a few of Namibia's smaller farming towns before getting to Etosha National Park.

On entering the park we begin our game drive seeking out the resident wildlife as we make our way to the fenced camp within for the night. Tonight you can watch for game at the floodlit waterhole and see if you can spot the animals as they come to drink.

Day 3 - Etosha National Park

Today we enjoy a full day game drive within Etosha seeking out a variety of the park’s inhabitants. Etosha is dominated by a vast salt pan at its centre with an array of dirt tracks surrounding the pan for us to explore.

Spend a relaxing evening at one of the waterholes awaiting the nocturnal visitors tonight.

Day 4 - Etosha to Windhoek

We head out of the wilderness and back to civilization today as we make our way to Namibia's Capital city - Windhoek.

This evening we have the opportunity to explore the nightlife in town - marvel at the variety of local delicacies at Joe's Beerhouse complete with German style bar or head to the city to explore!

Day 5 - Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana

Heading East, we make our way to Botswana today and on to the northern Kalahari town of Ghanzi.

Amidst a seemingly unfruitful environment we meet the San/Bushman. They will give you some insight into how they have managed to use natural resources to survive the harsh climate and keep their culture alive.

Day 6 - Ghanzi to Maun

Once a little rural town, Maun has become a thriving community and the starting destination for all wishing to visit the Okavango Delta.

We stock up in town for supplies today preparing for our excursion into the Okavango Delta tomorrow.

Day 7 - Okavango Delta

We pack our gear into the 4x4 transfer and head for the wilds, winding our way through the outer settlements around Maun.

As we drive the settlements dwindle and we are in the wilderness. Arriving to the poling station we meet our mokoro guides and get settled in the dug-out canoes for our next adventure gliding across the waters. Our camp is based on an island where we settle in and await the cooler hours of the day to head out and explore the surrounds.

The Okavango Delta is a large, fairly flat basin into which the Kavango River flows and spreads into a multitude of channels creating a wetland in an otherwise dry and desert-like landscape.

Day 8 - Okavango Delta to Maun

Waking early, we head out with the morning light on another wilderness walk to see the tracks left around camp overnight, and enjoy the open scenes one last time.

Travelling back to our truck at camp, we have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy a swim, a game of volleyball or head out for an optional scenic flight over the Delta.

Day 9 - Maun to Nata

Travelling further through Botswana, we have the opportunity to see the odd-looking Baobab Tree today with its upside-down appearance.

Tonight we spend the evening at Elephant Sands with its waterhole and visiting wildlife.

Day 10 - Nata to Kasane

The Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephant as well as lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. The Chobe River is a huge watering spot for these amazing animals and this afternoon we head out on the Fish Eagle Boat Cruise to see these.

Day 11 - Kasane to Livingstone

We're up early again this morning and head out by road into the Chobe National Park with a resident guide. Our guide takes us along the dirt tracks to explore and see if we can seek out the predators and other fascinating wildlife here.

After our morning of adventure, we get on board our truck one last time and cross the border to Zambia via the quirky Kazangula ferry. Our camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi with lovely views out onto the water.

Day 12 - Livingstone

Explore the world renowned Victoria Falls, visit the David Livingstone Museum or spend the day visiting with the locals and learn more about their history and culture. For the more adventurous this is the time to partake in a myriad of optional adrenaline activities.

Your adventure ends after breakfast but the day is yours to enjoy!

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from £835

Adventure Pass - Optional



Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass

11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Camping in 2-person dome tents


Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature

More About This Tour

Starting: Swakopmund, Namibia
Finishing: Livingstone, Zambia
Tour duration: 12 days
Group size: Maximum 24, Average 16
Age range:  18 - 39
Tour code: 17NDDE12


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