21 Day Namibia and Botswana Adventure from US$4,116.-

A variety filled journey covering the must see highlights of both Namibia and Botswana at a value for money price. Accommodation is comfortable, often in stunning locations. Zambia’s yellow fever status has been amended and as such travel to and from Livingstone does not require a certificate. In addition the uni-visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia makes travel between both sides of the Falls easy. The same itinerary is offered  as a camping option, please inquire.

safari_grade_accommodated_adventure_homepage ADVENTURES: 2-3 Star accommodation, Limited participation with helping out with chores,  Guides prepare the meals.

2020 Price:

21 Day Tour Livingstone to Livingstone US$4,116.- pp sharing, Single Supp US$598.-

Single supplement: (If you are travelling on your own, we will “room” you with another same gender client. You do not pay extra when booking as a single person. If however you request a single room, then you’ll pay the single supplement.)

Guaranteed departures

Style: Accommodated  Adventure: 2-3 Star accommodation, Limited participation with helping out with chores,  Guides prepare the meals

Small group safari maximum:          12 travellers

Travel through:                         Namibia & Botswana

Safari length:                           21 days                       

 21 Day Full Circular Route DEPARTS: LIVINGSTONE on Sunday at 14:00pm

ENDS: LIVINGSTONE on Saturday at +/-12:00noon

 Highlights

* Victoria Falls – A natural wonder of the world & adventure activities

* Caprivi – Game drives & boat cruise
* Etosha NP – game viewing

* Damaraland– rock paintings

* Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking

* Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes

* Kalahari – bush walk with San Bushman

* Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks

* Chobe NP – sunset boat cruise on Chobe River

Overnight 18 nights on safari at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.

Meals 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 11 dinners included. Of which 9 breakfasts are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the crew and meals will be enjoyed around the campfire at the truck.

Transport for the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. There are some long distances to cover and a few early morning starts. For the transfer to the Okavango, we use open-sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Limited participation An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up.

Day 1 – 2             LIVINGSTONE [Chalet Bx1–]

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Tour departure meeting at 14:00pm. Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and we take 2 days to explore this area.   Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or an 111m bungi jump (own expense).

Day 1: Breakfast is not included

Day 1: Lunch is an own expense meal

Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 2: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 2: Lunch is an own expense meal

Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:             Entrance to see the Victoria Falls

Overnight:                  Victoria Falls Waterfront – Twin share Adventure village chalet  with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (Or Maramba  Lodge, twin share chalet with en-suite facilities)

                            Internet café

Distance/time:   N/A

Optional Activities:      White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

Day 3 – 4            CAPRIVI [chalet BLD]

Crossing out of Zambia into the Caprivi strip, we spend two days travelling west through this game rich area. We’ll explore the Kwando River by boat and a game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve

Day 3: Breakfast provide by the lodge

Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leader with help of the group

Day 4: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 4: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance fees & game drives

Overnight:                  Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.

WiFi not available

Ngepi Camp – twin share tree houses with en-suite facilities. Swimming cage in the river, bar & restaurant.

                                    WiFi free in main building

Distance/time:   Day 3: 300km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 4: 200km, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Day 5                           RUNDU [chalet BL-]

After a morning enjoying the abundant birdlife that surrounds the camp, our road takes us along the Kavango River. Villages of grass huts and local wooden crafts and carvings a common sight. We stop for the night at our riverside lodge in Rundu and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Day 5: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 5: Dinner will be an own expense meal provided by the ldoge

Includes:             N/A

Overnight:                  Inkwazi Lodge twin permanent chalets with en-suite facilities, Swimming pool, bar & restaurant.

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   210kms, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 6, 7 – 8                  ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK [lodge BLD]

We head deeper into Namibia to the Etosha National Park. The National Park surrounds the Etosha Pan, and is locally named “the great white place of dry water”. Waterholes surround the pan and attract game. Etosha is known for great sightings of elephant, antelope and lions. Our lodge lies on the boundary of the park and we spend our mornings and afternoons on game drives.

Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 6: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 7, 8: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 7, 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP

Overnight:                    Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha)

WiFi not available

Distance/time:          720kms, ± 9 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP

Day 9                            BRANDBERG [lodge BLD]

Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the Brandberg Mountain. Our lodge is situated in the dry Ugab River which is home to the rare desert elephants. We visit the petrified forest, and take a walk with a local guide to view the famous White Lady rock painting in the area.

Day 9: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 9: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance to petrified forest and San Rock Art

Overnight:                  Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool.

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   430km, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Day 10 – 11                  SWAKOPMUND [hotel pension Bx2 Lx1 -]

We cross flat open plains to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund where we have a day free to explore the town or try sea kayaking or dune boarding (own expense). German colonial influences are strong in the town of Swakopmund as reflected in the restaurant menus and the architecture.

Day 10: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 10: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 11: Breakfast will be provided by the guest house

Day 11: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:             Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony

Overnight:                  Hotel Pension a a Mer – twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant.

WiFi in main building

Distance/time:   250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Optional Activities:      Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more

Day 12 – 13                  NAMIB DESERT [permanent tent BLD]

The lunar landscapes surround the town of Swakopmund and we visit these as we leave and head into the Namib Desert with its towering red sand dunes. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch a dramatic sunset over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel

Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 13: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park

Overnight:                  Namib Desert, Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar.

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing

Optional Activities:      On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km).  For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in.  The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$85 each way) and is optional.

Day 14                WINDHOEK [guest house BL-]

Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia, its charm lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people and an interesting mix of modern and German colonial era influenced architecture.  We explore the city and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 14: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:             N/A

Overnight:                  Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

WiFi available

Distance/time:   345km, ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Victoria Falls to Windhoek tour ends at +/-08:00am on morning of day 15,

Day 15                          KALAHARI [chalet BLD]

Crossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills and get an insight into how these incredible people survive in this desert environment

Day 15: Breakfast provide by the guest house

Day 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 15: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Nature walk with local San bushman and translator

Overnight:          Dqae Qare San Lodge

WiFi  not available

Distance/time:   550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 16, 17, 18    OKAVANGO DELTA [tented camp x2 BLD] [tented lodge BL-]

An annual flood of fresh water spreads into the Kalahari Desert creating the reed lined channels of the Okavango Delta.  Our first night is spent in Maun in preparation before journeying deep into the delta on mekoro (dugouts) – an experience not to be missed. We have 2 nights in our tented camp on a remote island and enjoy game walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Day 16: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 16: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 16: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 17, 18: Breakfast provide by the guest house x 1, by the tour leaders with the help of the group x 1

Day 17, 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 17, 18: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides

Overnight:                  1 x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.

                                    WiFi not available

2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping – 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel.

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hour each way

Optional Activities:    Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

Day 19                MAKGADIKGADI PANS [permanent tent BL-]

Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of  water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Day 19: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 19: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 19: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:             Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans

Overnight:                  Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone)

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Day 20                CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [chalet BL-]

We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we settle into our lodge. Chobe NP is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on an exciting wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP.

Day 20: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 20: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 20: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:             Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River

Overnight:                  Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.

                                   WiFi available

Distance/time:   300kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing &lunch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Day 21                          ZAMBIA – VICTORIA FALLS [- B–]

This morning we transfer across the Zambezi River on the Kazangula ferry to Livingstone where tour ends at +/- 12:00 noon.

Day 21: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 21: NA

Day 21: NA

Includes:             N/A

Overnight:          N/A

Distance/time:   N/A

We do a free drop off at Livingstone airport on day 21 at 12:00 so you can book your flight out for the last day of tour

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!

Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: The Namib Desert, at 55 million years old, is one of the oldest deserts in the world and covers an area of over 80, 00km². It is home to several unusual species including Stenocara gracilipes beetle which survives by obtaining water from morning fog settling on its raised body.

Sustainable Tourism: The sausage tree is the traditional tree cut down to make mokoro (dugouts) used in the Okavango Delta, but sadly these trees are disappearing from the region. We have set up a project to encourage the local community polers to buy fiberglass replica mekoros. Sponsorship for each mokoro is needed. If you would like to contribute, please talk to your guide.

 In a nutshell
  • A true exploration of Namibia, Botswana – see it all!
  • All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
  • Victoria Falls, Caprivi, Etosha, Damaraland, Namib Desert, Kalahari, Okavango Delta & Chobe.Why travel with us on Value Tours:We understand that there are several options available to you when choosing your African safari. We also know that you want to make the most informed decision about your safari, what you get, what’s included and what you see and experience. So these are just a few of the qualities and facts:
    • Small groups – by travelling with a maximum of 8 or 12 people (depending tour), you are able to witness Africa and have first-hand contact with this amazing continent and its people without being a negative influence. This has been a key factor in our continued success. Our trips appeal to a wide demographic of traveller. Our clients range in age from 25 to 65+ with the average being 45. The range of travellers gives a variety of perspectives which adds to the experience of each safari.
    • 2 tour guides – group leaders are the key to any safari. On our safari you will travel with 2 qualified and registered field guides (Field Guides Association of SA). Two guides as crew, not a guide and a driver, means interesting trips with maximum knowledge and information. Our guides have a passion for Africa, her people and her wildlife, and they love nothing more than sharing their knowledge with you.
    • Guaranteed departures – departure dates on each itinerary shown as bold are guaranteed departure dates. All other departures operate with a minimum of 4 clients.
    • All inclusive price – when we travel ourselves, we always feel that if we’re in a country we should find and see the best it has to offer. So when planning the routes we ensure that each trip provides the best inclusions and experiences. For example, if you go to Botswana – you have to visit the national parks in an open 4WD – it is the essence of the Botswana wilderness. If you tour Zambia, then you must visit South Luangwa NP and do a game walk with a local scout. When booking our Safari there are no hidden costs. All of the entrance fees are included, and a wide range of activities, and most meals. We have included many highlights in our tours, so that you will see and experience the highlights without having to pay extra when you get there. So when you decide on which safari company to book with, look carefully at what you’re actually getting. You may only visit a place once, make sure you get the most out of it.
    • Safety – our fleet of vehicles are custom built to ensure comfortable and safe touring. Each is constructed, by an authorized passenger vehicle builder, to the latest safety requirements, with a safety shell, and every seat has a lap belt. This gives you peace of mind when travelling with our Safaris on the often demanding African roads.
    • Responsible travel – Our commitment to sustainable & responsible tourism is reflected in our low impact travel style where all we take is photographs and all we leave is our footprints. Being an African company we have the grassroots contacts to make a real difference in the lives of the people whose lands we visit.

    On each itinerary in the brochure you’ll find a symbol which highlights just one of the sustainable travel initiatives that we support

    • Solo Travellers – going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveller to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement
    • Experience – Local operator has more than 22 years’ experience planning tours throughout Southern Africa. As such, our itineraries and routes have been perfected over many years ensuring that your tour will run smoothly. We visit the highlights of Southern Africa, but ensure that you do not follow the well-trodden tourist track. All of us have extensive travel experience in Africa, and throughout the world. Being adventure travellers ourselves, we know how to plan trips that give you a broad experience of the countries that you will visit.
    • Local Operator in Africa – probably the most important part of our value safaris is that our operator is an African company with offices in South Africa and Botswana. They live in Africa, and travel in Africa and it is their passion for this amazing continent that makes them best travel option.

    SOS trees project – Okavango Botswana

    • For hundreds of years, the local communities in and around Botswana’s Okavango Delta have used the wood of the sausage tree to craft their traditional mokoro (dugout canoes). The knowledge and skill have been passed down from generation to generation and, up until recently, has been a sustainable practice. With increasing numbers of people visiting the Delta each year, more mokoro are needed and as a direct result, more and more sausage trees are being felled and the sausage tree is sadly disappearing from the region. A traditional wooden mokoro will have to be replaced every five years, thereby placing increased pressure on the dwindling sausage tree supply.

    We have established a project to encourage polers in the local communities to buy replica fiberglass mokoro’s, which have a lifespan of approximately ten years, are more stable and are produced without any negative affect to the environment. As such, sponsorship for each fiberglass mokoro is needed, and a portion of the tour cost will be donated to the project, but we also will offer our clients the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Please feel free to contact the our office for more information on the SOS trees project or if you would like to make any contributions towards this project. It is something that is close to all of our hearts and we hope that it will be successful.

    Local Payment

    • A local payment is required on some safaris and this will be collected by your tour leader on departure. The local payment forms part of your overall tour cost, and must be taken into consideration when booking your safari. It will be used by your tour leaders to pay for some of the operational costs incurred on safari.

    We prepay by bank transfer, as many of the tour costs as possible. However, in many cases, a cash payment is the only option: certain of the destinations that we visit, only accept cash. For example entry fees to most national parks, some of the campsites and also local food markets (and even some shops) are only payable in cash. In addition, each vehicle has a garage card but these are only accepted in South Africa and parts of Namibia, therefore in all other countries, fuel must be paid for in cash. Due to the remoteness of some departure points, having a local payment system enables us to manage tour funds effectively. The efficiency of this system helps keep the overall tour prices down.

    For these reasons, it is necessary for us to charge a local payment. It also ensures that a portion of the tour costs goes directly into the country you are visiting, thereby benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the areas we visit. This is all part of our ongoing effort to operate sustainable safaris that make a real difference.

E&OE

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