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Okavango Delta & Deserts

(From April 2021)

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The one that is the ultimate safari adventure through the luxe lodges and breathtaking landscapes of Botswana and Namibia

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  • Duration

    11 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, safari vehicle and safari truck

  • Group Size

    Maximum 26 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Kasane, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Maun, Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha

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About this trip

This safari extravaganza takes you into the heart of Botswana and Namibia, cruising in open top jeeps from meerkat colonies to petrified valleys and waterways teeming with wildlife. With a huge amount of included game drives where you can spot roaming elephants, buffalo and lions - on this trip you'll also quad bike over dunes and experience a show performed by an indigenous tribes. The accommodation is either luxe glamping in safari parks or comfy lodges where you can kick back and take a dip in the pool when you're feeling the heat.

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The Victoria Falls Explorer

Add the Victoria Falls Explorer onto the start of this trip to make this the perfect 2 week and 2 country adventure. Start the trip off with all the adventurous activities around one of the 7 wonders of the world - Victoria Falls, followed by wildlife spotting on this epic safari in Botswana.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Kasane

  2. 1 1 night

    Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

  3. 2 2 nights

    Okavango Delta

  4. 1 1 night

    Maun

  5. 1 1 night

    Windhoek

  6. 1 1 night

    Sossusvlei

  7. 2 2 nights

    Swakopmund

  8. 2 2 nights

    Etosha

  9. Windhoek

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DAY 1 - Kasane to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Kasane

Dumela Botswana! We start our adventure in the town of Kasane and head south to Gweta Lodge on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt pans.

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Opt to cruise the salt pans in open safari vehicles in search of a meerkat colony while getting some funky perspective photos in one of the largest salt flats in the world. Tonights treat is sundower drinks under an icon of Botswana before retiring to the lodge for dinner and drinks at the bar.

Stay

Gweta Lodge

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sundowners stop

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get some perspective photos at Botswana's Salt Pans before visiting a wild Meerkat colony

DAY 2 - Makgadikgadi Pans to Okavango Delta

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

We will say goodbye to the pans (for now) and head on to the wildlife haven that is the Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

Our minds already blown by this unique natural landscape, it's off to the Okavango Delta, where we'll take an awe-inspiring game drive before settling into our exclusive Contiki Safari Camp. We'll be greeted with luxe two person dome tents - pre-erected of course - with stretchers, mattresses and linen. Dinner? How about a campfire meal as we swap tales under a starswept sky? 

Stay

Contiki Safari Camp

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Afternoon Game Drive to our Special Stay Contiki Safari Camp (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

DAY 3 - Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

Get your David Attenborough voice on, we are in the heart of Africa's iconic wildlife filming paradise. This sprawling wetland is home to some of Africa's most incredible species and we will start searching for them after a quick bite to eat and we're off on an early morning game drive in the Okavango Delta in hopes of spotting elephants, hippos and if we're lucky, some predators. We'll head back to camp for a tasty lunch and siesta. Chill in the camp or opt for a Mokoro boat trip along the gorgeous waterways of the delta. In the afternoon we're back on another jaw-dropping game drive before our traditional campfire dinner. The day isn't over, though - not even close.This evening we have a once in a lifetime opportunity - a night drive in the bush with spotlights seeking out elusive nocturnal animals you can't find during the day.

Stay

Contiki Safari Camp

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

  • Afternoon Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

  • Night Drive in the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a tradtional Mokoro Boat Trip safari down the glades of the Okavango Delta

DAY 4 - Okavango Delta to Maun

Okavango Delta

After breakfast it's time for another morning game drive - eyes peeled for elephants - before we head to Maun and our lodge for the night.

Maun

This afternoon opt to soar over the delta on a helicopter for peerless views of the wildlife below, as you hover just meters above the waterways.This evening you can choose to experience a dinner and show, with young people from the local community performing on the theme of conservation.

Stay

Island Safari Lodge

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Delta Helicopter Flights

  • See a heartwarming 'Magic Beans' local community theatre show with dinner, Maun

DAY 5 - Maun to Windhoek

Maun

Today we are traversing two countries as we leave Botswana and head into Namibia. We will cross the border and get into Windhoek this evening. After which we head straight into town for our first Namibian dinner together at the legendary Joe's Beerhouse, sampling some of Namibia's cuisine.

Windhoek

Stay

Klein Windhoek Guesthouse

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Dinner at the cattle-ranch inspired Joe’s Beerhouse

DAY 6 - Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Windhoek

After a hearty breakfast and sleep-in we on the road together, seeing this beautiful country and hearing about its stories until we check into our lodge tonight. We have an included buffet dinner after the long drive day.

Sossusvlei

Stay

Hammerstein Lodge

DAY 7 - Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Sossusvlei

We're up early today as we want to explore the desert before it gets too hot! Today we get to discover Sossusvlei by taking the iconic shots of Deadvlei and wander around Big Daddy sand dune.

Swakopmund

We then hit the road again and make our way down to the German coastal town of Swakopmund.

Stay

Prost Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore 'Big Daddy' and see the petrified trees in Death Valley

DAY 8 - Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is our adventurers paradise as we explore both the ocean and surrounding desert. We start on a marine boat cruise looking out for seals, dolphins, pelicans and more as we slurp on fresh oysters and champagne. This afternoon we hit the dunes to try out some dune Quad biking and sand boarding in the world's oldest desert - Namib Desert. We will end off the day with a dinner in town reminiscing the days activities.

Stay

Prost Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Marine wildlife cruise with oysters and champagne

  • Quad-bike over the dunes of the Namib Desert

  • Sandboard down the dunes of the Namib desert

DAY 9 - Swakopmund to Etosha

Swakopmund

We leave the coast behind us and head inland to visit an indigenous bushmen village. Here, the bushmen will welcome us into their lives, show us how they've lived in these harsh desert conditions and involve us in their daily activities. From here we head up to Etosha for our included dinner and eagerly await the next days' game drives.

Etosha

Stay

Mondjila Safari Camp (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Bushman Living Museum (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

DAY 10 - Etosha

Etosha

We're up early for our first Namibian game drive in Etosha! The Etosha Pan is so large it can be seen from space, but it's the natural waterholes lining the edge that attract the wildlife (and therefore us) to them. From the big cats to desert-adapted antelope, the wildlife viewing experience here is like no where else on Earth. During the heat of day, relax at the pool or sit at the waterhole watching wildlife come and go before opting to go on another afternoon Etosha Game drive. Tonight we treat ourselves to another buffet dinner on our last night together. 

Stay

Mondjila Safari Camp (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a morning game drive through the epic salt pan of Etosha National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Spot wildlife in an afternoon game drive through Etosha

DAY 11 - Etosha to Windhoek

Etosha

After breakfast, we drive back down to Windhoek to catch the afternoon flights back home, saying goodbye to new friends but cherishing our lifelong memories.

Windhoek

Where You'll Stay

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  • 10 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    5 nights in African Lodge, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 3 nights in Hotel

    It's all about mother nature in this part of the world and we've got you covered with luxe lodges nestled in the heart of adventure, as well as pre-erected safari tents with mattresses and proper linen. Some lodges have swimming pools to take a refreshing dip, some have buffets to indulge in, and all of them are framed by some of the most spectacular scenery you've ever seen.

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