Namibia, Botswana & Zambia Adventure
Overland adventure in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zambia!
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Group Size: Maximum 16
Trip code: DTR
Duration: 19 or 25 days
Journey through the deserts of Africa over 18 or 25 days on this overland safari adventure. Discover towering sand dunes, vast baobab trees and shimmering deltas, as you explore South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. You’ll enjoy unforgettable animal encounters in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, soak up misty views of Victoria Falls, and immerse yourself in local culture with the San people in Botswana. Spend your nights camping in the bush under a canopy of African stars. Life doesn’t get any better than this!
- Marvel at the thundering power of Zambia’s mighty Victoria Falls
- See ‘the Big 5’ in their natural habitat in Kruger - South Africa’s premier game reserve
- Watch the sun come up over the Namib Desert from the peak of Dune 45
- See hippo and crocodiles on an overnight ‘mokoro’ excursion into the Okavango Delta, Botswana
- Take a guided bushwalk in Omaheke with the San people and join their ancient dance rituals around the campfire after dark
This is an adventure tour involving camping and lots of participation, including setting up camp, as well as shopping, cooking and other camp duties. It’s a lot of fun, but best suited to travellers looking to get stuck into the action. The transport is a really unique feature of this trip too, with most of our journeys undertaken in our 24-seat custom-built safari vehicle. Most of our game park visits are carried out using smaller 4x4 vehicles provided by local services so you can get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Day 1: Cape Town to Western Cape (South Africa). Your overland safari begins in cool Cape Town. Take a tour of a local township before travelling along the Western Cape to our awesome camp by the Olifants River. Enjoy some optional wine tasting before your first night under African skies.
Day 2: Western Cape to Gariep (Orange) River (Namibia). Cross the Namibian border at Vioolsdrift and set up camp on the gorgeous Gariep (Orange) River. Take a dip in the campsite pool, or the river, before an optional canoe safari. Then settle down for a night under the stars of the Richtersveld.
Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon. Our next stop is the second largest canyon in the world, the breathtaking Fish River Canyon. Soak up the views over one of Africa’s most awesome natural sights - don’t miss a selfie opportunity at ‘Hells Corner’!
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem. Head north to the Sesriem region, jump-off point for the Namib Naukluft National Park, home of the world’s oldest desert and the Naukluft Mountain Range, Set up camp near to a watering hole where Gemsbok come to drink.
Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus on Foot. Watch the sun rise over the desert from the top of the famous Dune 45, then head into the park for a nature walk to the ‘Deadvlei’ clay pan. This afternoon, stop off at Sesriem Canyon before making camp in the desert near Solitaire.
Days 6–7: Sossus on Foot to Swakopmund. Make tracks today for the amazing Atlantic coast for a two night stay in Swakopmund. Enjoy the fresh sea air and optional adventure activities, or just relax and enjoy the restaurants, galleries and shops in this lovely ocean-side town.
Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe. Head towards the stunning Damaraland region. Our destination today is Spitzkoppe, where we’ll admire the ancient bushman paintings. Then watch the sun set from an epic viewpoint, before heading to our community-owned campsite.
Days 9-10: Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park. Make tracks for Etosha National Park where we’ll enjoy a short game drive on day 9, and a full day’s game drive on day 10. Spend both nights camping by a floodlit waterhole, where we’ll see elephant, giraffe, zebra, lions and hyenas by night.
Day 11: Etosha to Windhoek. Travel south today to Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. Discover the city’s colonial architecture, great food, and buzzing nightlife with your travel buddies!
Day 12: Windhoek to Omaheke Region near Gobabis. Travel east today to Gobabis. We’ll set up camp before meeting the San people, who’ll take us on a guided bushwalk and teach us about their traditional way of life. As night falls, join their ancient dance rituals around the campfire.
Day 13: Omaheke Region to Maun (Botswana). Travel to the border with Botswana and on to Maun, a hard-living ‘Wild West’ settlement with a resident population of red lechwe. Time permitting, take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta region.
Day 14: Okavango Delta. If you've booked the Adventure Pass, head into the Okavango Delta for your mokoro (dugout canoe) adventure through the giant lily pads and grasses of the Delta. Take a walking tour searching for hippo, crocodiles and birds before setting up your island camp.
Day 15: Maun. Return to Maun by midday with a mokoro ride back to the polers’ station, followed by a drive back to the town. Enjoy a free afternoon by the pool, or explore the town centre.
Day 16: Maun to Elephant Sands, Nata. Travel to Nata, stopping to look at Africa’s most iconic tree – the baobab. Arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon and watch wild elephants up close before an evening under the stars with your buddies.
Day 17: Elephant Sands, Nata to Kasane. We’re headed to Kasane today - gateway to Chobe National Park. If you’ve booked the Adventure Pass you’ll enjoy a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River. You’re likely to see hippos, buffalo, and elephants as well as the magnificent birds themselves.
Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone (Zambia). If you’ve booked the optional Adventure Pass, enjoy a game drive in Chobe National Park before taking the ferry across the river to Zambia. We’ll pay a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls before setting up camp on the banks of the Zambezi.
Day 19: Livingstone or tour end (19-day tour). Travellers on the longer, 25-day route will spend another day enjoying all the action and adventures on offer in and around Livingstone and Victoria Falls. For travellers on the shorter route, the tour will end today after breakfast.
Day 20: Livingstone to Bulawayo (Zimbabwe). Cross the border to Zimbabwe through Victoria Falls town, bound for your chilled out campsite just outside Bulawayo. Set up a camp and explore at your own pace, or just kick back and relax after your long journey.
Day 21: Matobo National Park. Adventure Pass holders will travel to Matobo National Park today. Boasting the largest concentration of White and Black Rhino in Africa, it’s a world class wildlife destination. Take a short game drive and a wilderness walk to all the best places for animal sightings.
Day 22: Bulawayo to Tshipise (South Africa). Travel south from Bulawayo and cross the border into South Africa, before setting up camp close to the Honnet Nature Reserve in Tshipise. Take a dip in the local hot springs, and check out the baobab before a night with your mates.
Day 23–24: Tshipise to Kruger National Park. Your destination today is South Africa’s premier game reserve, Kruger. Spend two nights under the stars with an evening of singing and dancing from local Shangaan tribesmen on your first night and a full day’s game drive on day 24.
Day 25: Kruger to Pretoria. Make your way from Kruger to the lively city of Pretoria and say your goodbyes to the gang. Your tour will end in the late afternoon/early evening. See you again soon!
Optional Adventure Pass
Supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions.
The Adventure Pass includes:
- Okavango Delta excursion
- Fish Eagle cruise in Chobe National Park
- Game drive in Chobe National Park
- Matobo National Park excursion (25-day tour only)
The cost of the adventure pass is $390 USD for the 19 day option or $490 USD for the 25 day option. This is payable in cash to your guide upon starting the tour. Please note, the price of the adventure pass is subject to change.
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Most expensive: £1,500 December, 2023
You will need to arrange your flights into Cape Town International (CPT). The pre-departure meeting is held at 6pm on the evening prior to departure. You will need to book one night’s accommodation in Cape Town (at your own cost), as the tour departs at 8am on day 1. We can help you arrange this accommodation. Airport transfers are not included.
The shorter route option ends in Livingstone on day 19 and the longer tour route ends in Pretoria on day 25. Johannesburg airport is a short 30-40 minute taxi ride from Pretoria so we recommend you depart from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. In case of delays, we always recommend customers spend an extra night (at own cost) in the end accommodation and fly out the following day after your tour ends. If time allows, we also suggest planning a few days after your tour ends to make the most of this part of Africa. We can help you to book extra accommodation if you wish.
This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1, and your welcome meeting is held at 18.00 the previous evening, so you will need to arrive in Cape Town the day before the tour departs.
You will be camping in 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and a small pillow should you wish for one. You will mostly be staying on campsites with washing and shower facilities, toilets, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta on day 15 you will sleep in twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities. You will be staying in some amazing locations, alongside rivers, by mountains and in stunning National Parks.
If you would prefer to stay in hotels, rather than camp, there is the option to upgrade on this tour for extra cost. Please contact us for more details
Pre and post trip accommodation
It is recommended that you arrive at least a day before departure and book an additional night’s accommodation at your own cost. We also recommend that you plan an extra night after your tour is over. Your travel advisor can help you book this.
Most meals are included on this tour. Travellers on the shorter tour route will have 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners included. Travellers on the longer tour route will have 24 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 19 dinners included.
On days 6-7 in Swakopmund and days 18-19 in Livingstone, included meals are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times.
This trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!
All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited. For UK citizens, visas are not required for entry to South Africa, Namibia or Botswana, but are required for entry to Zambia. Visas should be arranged with the relevant embassy before you travel. If you show up at a border and should you not have the required visa you will be denied entry to the country and be sent back to the closest embassy/high commission to get the visa. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
Tourists visiting Botswana will be required to pay a tourism levy when crossing the border. This levy will be approximately USD30, payable by cash in US dollars. This is subject to change. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.