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Small group tour Namibia and Botswana
Small Group Lodge Safari

Marvels of Southern Africa

16 Days from NAD 82,500 per person

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Marvels of Southern Africa – 16 Day Small Group Lodge Safari

Experience the diversity of Southern Africa! Look forward to fascinating and varied landscapes, from the Namib Desert to the lush Caprivi Strip, from the picturesque Damaraland to the Victoria Falls. On safari in Etosha National Park, in the Zambezi Region, and in the famous Chobe National Park you will experience unique wildlife encounters.

Accommodation type

Lodges & tented camps

Accommodation style

Tour price

From 82,500 NAD

Starting price per person

Travellers

2-10

Travellers (window seat guaranteed)

Departure date

every third Thursday (April – December)

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-12 Namibia | Day 13-14 Botswana | Day 15-16 Zimbabwe

Not more than 10 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Small Group Safari
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Not more than 10 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Namib Sand Sea, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

Namib Desert
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Namib Sand Sea, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

Coastal town, many optional activities

Swakopmund
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Coastal town, many optional activities

Impressive landscapes, Twyfelfonein, Damara Living Museum

Damaraland
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Impressive landscapes, Twyfelfonein, Damara Living Museum

Game drives and great wildlife sightings, Etosha salt pan

Etosha National Park
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Game drives and great wildlife sightings, Etosha salt pan

Sunset cruise on the Okavango River

Kavango Region
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Sunset cruise on the Okavango River

Game drives in Nkasa Rupara National Park, guided walking safari

Zambezi Region
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Game drives in Nkasa Rupara National Park, guided walking safari

Game drives, river cruise, highest elephant density in the world

Chobe National Park

Game drives, river cruise, highest elephant density in the world

Visit the famous waterfalls

Victoria Falls

Visit the famous waterfalls

Who Should Go

This safari is for those who want to focus on wildlife sightings but not miss out on Namibia’s highlights like the Namib Desert and fascinating landscapes. Nature lovers will enjoy the varying landscapes from dry and arid to lush and green. If you’ve always wanted to visit Botswana, you will get a first impression of the famous safari destination and can return for more on your next trip. Benefit from excellent value for money on this small group tour of Namibia and Botswana.

Nature lovers

Nature Lovers

Many national parks in one region

Safari Enthusiasts

Solo travellers

Solo Travellers

Photographers

Photographers

"The great variety of landscapes, friendly people as well as amazing wildlife make every nature lover’s heart beat faster."
Gengenbacher Family | Germany

Accommodation

12 lodges over 16 days/15 nights
Elegant Desert Lodge Namibia
Day 2
Namib Desert (Namibia)
The Elegant Desert Lodge
1 night half-board
Day 2
Organic Square Guesthouse
Day 4-5
Swakopmund (Namibia)
Organic Square Guesthouse
2 nights bed&breakfast
Day 4-5
Guest tent at Malansrus Tented Camp
Day 6
Damaraland (Namibia)
Malansrus Tented Camp
1 night half-board
Day 6
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge Zambezi Region
Day 11-12
Zambezi Region (Namibia)
Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 11-12
Swimming Pool at Old House Guest Lodge
Day 13-14
Kasane (Botswana)
Old House Guest Lodge
2 nights full-board
Day 13-14
Pioneers Guest Lodge Zimbabwe
Day 15
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Pioneers Guest Lodge
1 night bed&breakfast
Day 15

Tour Itinerary

Small group lodge safari | minimum 2, maximum 10 travellers | guaranteed window-seat

On this small group tour in Namibia and Botswana, you experience the highlights of Southern Africa. From Windhoek, your journey leads you to the dunes of the Namib Desert. You visit the coastal town of Swakopmund, explore the the impressive rock formations and terraces of Damaraland and experience the exciting wildlife in Etosha National Park. Travel through the lush green Zambezi Region and its remote and wild national parks. Chobe National Park famously rich in wildlife awaits you in Botswana before you end your journey at the impressive Victoria Falls. Take a break from the rest of the world and join us on a journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa. Together with our professional local guide, you will see beyond picture-perfect sunsets.

Marvels of Southern Africa tour map

Start Windhoek

Ends Victoria Falls

Windhoek Freedom monument

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour

Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour

Arrival at Windhoek International Airport no later than midday. You will be picked up by a driver who welcomes you to Namibia and takes you to your guesthouse in Windhoek. You have time to relax and refresh before you meet your guide in the afternoon. On a city tour around Windhoek, your guide will introduce you to the capital of Namibia and show you sights such as the Christ Church, the parliament known as ink palace as well as Independence Avenue. At the extravagant Joe’s Beerhouse, you have dinner with your fellow travellers (own expense). You spend the night at Vondelhof Guesthouse.

Mountain range seen on small group tour in Namibia and Botswana

Day 2 | Windhoek – Namib Desert, Namibia

Distance approx. 340 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Windhoek – Namib Desert, Namibia

Distance approx. 340 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

After breakfast, your journey begins. You make your way south, leave the tarmac road behind and continue on dirt roads across beautiful landscapes to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the country: the Spreetshoogte Pass. From the viewing point you will have striking panoramic views across the Namib Desert spreading out before you. Expect to be amazed by the natural beauty! You then drive downhill towards the plains until you reach the Elegant Desert Lodge. Take your time settling in and have a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. In the evening, enjoy the magnificent views of the desert and the nearby mountains which glow purple in the evening light. When night falls, you can gaze at the stars as they begin to shine.

Breakfast Dinner
Deadvlei camelthorn trees Namibia

Day 3 | Namib Desert

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Namib Desert

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

In the early hours of the morning, you set off to the Namib Naukluft Park. Look forward to a morning in the dunes of the Namib! Walk to the top of the famous Dune 45 and enjoy the unforgettable view across the seemingly endless sea of dunes – the somewhat challenging and sandy walk up is certainly worth it. You visit the well-known Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, where the colour contrast of the white clay pan, rust-red dunes, and dark blue sky is spectacular. You also stop by the Sesriem Canyon. During dry season you can take a walk through sections of this canyon. You then continue north towards Namib’s Valley of a Thousand Hills. The rustic Namib’s Valley Lodge is situated on a hill overlooking this peaceful valley. Sit down, lean back, and take a break from the rest of the world.

Breakfast Dinner
Swakopmund coastline aerial view

Day 4 - 5 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 4: approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Namib Desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance on day 4: approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

You make your way towards the Atlantic Ocean. Together with your guide, you drive past the Bloedkoppie, along the Welwitschia Drive and to the viewpoints that will allow you to gaze over the Moon Landscape, south-east of Swakopmund. This alien but at the same time fascinating landscape with its bizarre, rugged rock formations fascinates nature lovers. You now reach the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. On a walk, learn about the town’s history and visit the old train station as well as the Woermannhaus. You can spend the following day at your leisure. Stroll around town and along the promenade or browse the shops. Or join one of the many activities offered: go on a boat cruise or desert safari tracking the Little Five (optional). At night, join your fellow travellers for dinner (own expense) at one of the many restaurants to choose from. Your home for these two nights is the Organic Square Guesthouse.

Breakfast
Damaraland sunset seen on small group tour in Namibia and Botswana

Day 6 | Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours

After an early breakfast, you’ll be on your way. Along the coast, you drive to the Zeila wreck, one of the many stranded shipwrecks, where you stop for a photo and viewing break. You leave the coast behind and continue inland, past the great Brandberg Mountain to the beautiful Damaraland. Your destination is Twyfelfontein. This UNESCO world heritage site is known for its historical and well-preserved rock engravings. You take a short walk to learn about these valuable cultural treasures. If time still permits, you then embark on an outstanding safari through the hinterland of Twyfelfontein. Look out for antelopes, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and desert elephants while marvelling at the breath-taking scenery. In the late afternoon, you arrive at Malansrus Tented Camp. Enjoy a delicious dinner and fall asleep to the sounds of Namibia’s great outdoors.

Breakfast Dinner
Giraffe Etosha National Park

Day 7 | Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

In the morning, you visit the nearby Damara Living Museum, where you can gain an insight into the traditions of the Damara, one of the oldest tribes in Namibia, and their age-old survival techniques. Thereafter, you stop at the Petrified Forest where you see and learn about the ancient tree trunks, mineralised over the course of millions of years. Then it’s time to head to the next highlight of your tour: Etosha National Park. The coming days are all about safari in one of the most popular national parks in Southern Africa. Together with your guide, you look for elephants, lions, rhinos, zebras, and different kinds of antelopes. Stop at waterholes to watch the animals quench their thirst, while your guide shares their in-depth knowledge about the fascinating world of wildlife with you. Eventually, you reach Okaukuejo Camp, where you will spend the night. At the flood-lit waterhole, you can look out for animals even during the dark of night. To seek the nocturnal animals in the park, we recommend a guided night game drive (optional).

Breakfast Dinner
Zebra in Etosha National Park Namibia

Day 8 | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park, Namibia

After sunrise and a hearty breakfast, you go on more game drives. No day on safari is ever the same so you can look forward to an exciting day in nature. Watch out for herds of impalas, wildebeest, oryx, and zebras that roam the plains and marvel at the vast Etosha Pan stretching for kilometres on end in eastern direction. You stop at waterholes to watch the animals and learn about their habitat and behaviour from your guide. In the late afternoon, you reach Namutoni Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
Dirt road horizon Grootfontein area

Day 9 | Etosha National Park – Grootfontein, Namibia

Distance approx. 220 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Etosha National Park – Grootfontein, Namibia

Distance approx. 220 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

You head out on one more morning game drive where, with some luck, you can perhaps come across the animals which you may have missed over the past couple of days. With many great safari memories in tow, you continue your journey. You visit the Otjikoto Lake, a place with many stories to tell. Your guide will gladly share the stories of this curious place with you. You also make a stop at the largest meteorite ever found on earth, the Hoba Meteorite, before eventually making your way to the Fiume Lodge, your home for the night.

Breakfast Dinner
Sunset in the Kavango Region on small group tour in Namibia and Botswana

Day 10 | Grootfontein – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

Grootfontein – Kavango Region, Namibia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

You continue north. Thatched clay huts line the road, the vegetation turns thicker and greener. A quick shopping stop is made in Rundu, the economic centre of the Kavango Region. Experience the bustling activity of the market where local fishers and farmers offer their produce. You continue to reach your home for the night, a little oasis at the Okavango River. Enjoy a cold Rock Shandy at the island bar and relax before you go on a sunset cruise on the river. With a little luck watch hippos and crocodiles and let the magical scenery sink in. For dinner expect a traditional braai, a BBQ. Enjoy the evening around the campfire and listen as the nightly bush concert begins. You spend the night at Mobola Island Lodge.

Breakfast Dinner
Elephant seen on game drive Zambezi Region

Day 11-12 | Kavango Region – Zambezi Region, Namibia

Distance on day 11: approx. 330 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Kavango Region – Zambezi Region, Namibia

Distance on day 11: approx. 330 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

You continue through the Caprivi Strip into the Zambezi Region, passing fishing and farming villages. You might even spot big game crossing the road. Your destination is the Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, your base camp for exciting safari adventures for the next two nights. Together with your guide, explore the remote and wild national parks of the area. The Nkasa Rupara National Park, formerly known as Mamili National Park, is known for its swamps and marshes. Elephants, buffaloes as well as red lechwe and reedbucks roam the area in large herds. Lions, leopards, zebras, and even the rare roan and sable antelopes call this region home. Neighbouring Mudumu National Park awaits you for more unique safari moments. Since both parks are off the beaten track and not fully developed, expect to drive on bumpy 4×4 tracks. Together with a local guide you will also go on an approximately two-hour long walking safari. Here you can witness your surroundings up close, take in some of the smaller creatures which other times often go unnoticed and enjoy the uninterrupted sounds of the bush. You spend two nights at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Breakfast Dinner
Elephant in Chobe River Botswana

Day 13-14 | Zambezi Region, Namibia – Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Distance on day 13: approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

Zambezi Region, Namibia – Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Distance on day 13: approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

It’s time to leave Namibia and cross the border into Botswana. Around noon, you check into a charming guesthouse located on the banks of the Chobe River. After a light lunch, you focus once more on wildlife sightings. In the afternoon, as well as over the course of the following day you will explore the wildlife of the Chobe National Park by boat and on extensive game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicle. With more than 40,000 elephants, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest populations of these gentle giants in Southern Africa. You can even spot all of the Big Five. Look out for large buffalo herds, prides of lions, leopards, and other big game, while exploring the different areas of the park. Change your perspective and look for crocodiles and hippos on your boat safari as well as for animals coming to drink at the river. The following two nights will be spent at the Old House.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe aerial view

Day 15 | Kasane, Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer time approx. 2 hours

Kasane, Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer time approx. 2 hours

After breakfast, we will take you across the border to Zimbabwe. The town of Victoria Falls is your destination. On a leisurely walk, you explore the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the smoke that thunders. The Victoria Falls are the second largest waterfalls in the world. The mighty Zambezi thunders across a width of nearly two kilometres, down more than 100 metres – an impressive spectacle. Afterwards, you can explore the famous souvenir market or stroll around town. For your last dinner of the tour, you visit a restaurant in town (own expense). Spend the night at the Pioneers Lodge.

Breakfast
Sunset Zambezi River

Day 16 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Exciting memories on your mind your trip ends today. Say your goodbyes to your guide and fellow travellers before we take you to the airport. From here you can either return back home or continue your travels. We are happy to assist you in organising your onward travels in the region.

Breakfast

Included

  • transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • 15 nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • all national park fees

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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