This 20-day affordable African safari tour to Namibia, Botswana and onwards to Victoria Falls is a rite of passage for travellers seeking to conquer the ultimate African adventure.
This journey through Southern Africa packs a lot of punch. Powering through four expansive countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The custom built trucks set adventure tours apart from other methods of African travel. From tents and mattresses to food, tables and chairs, everything you will need for this affordable trip to Namibia and beyond is kept within these versatile machines. You can also choose whether you would prefer to stay in a tent or a room, by opting for a camping or accommodated package.
Spend your nights mesmerised by the glow of the campfire and fall asleep to the natural lullabies of nature. This expedition is all about being in reach of adrenaline packed adventure activities and wildlife viewing. Africa will become your playground as you make your way from the tip of South Africa through Namibia, to the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (The smoke that thunders).
This affordable African safari tour to Namibia starts off on a bittersweet note saying goodbye to Cape Town. Continuously voted as the best city to visit, leaving here is only going to get better (especially after a stop en route for wine tasting). Catch that last glimpse of Table Mountain as you head up the West coast of South Africa.
Your nose will let you know when you have arrived at your first overnight stop. The citrusy aroma is a signature smell of the Cederberg region which is home to orange farms and rooibos (a big plus for tea lovers). On this first night, you will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner with your guides and new travelling comrades.
The second and last night in South Africa will be spent along the banks of the Gariep river. The route to get there will take you through Namaqualand. This arid, ‘big sky’ landscape is host to an array of springtime wildflowers that have made this region famous.
An advantage of travelling on an overland truck is that provides ample viewing from all angles as you go from one landscape to the next. It takes quite a bit of driving on these first two days, but the sights are well worth it.
This African safari tour to Namibia is at its best as you head deeper into this rural, almost alien-like landscape. These long stretches of road burst through the striking contrast of blue skies against rusty red dunes. After a good night's sleep at the foot of the dune fields, the crew will make sure you wake up early the next morning to climb up Dune 45. This is the perfect vantage point to welcome the new day, as the sun illuminates the landscape in a fiery orange glow.
Hop on your 4×4 transfer to explore the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These salt and clay pans areas are surrounded by dunes of dry red sand which closely resembles planet Mars. The last stop for the day hails a view of the Sesriem Canyon but the adventure is far from over as you will also be treated to an educational desert walk with a local guide.
Rising early, a short drive will bring you into the heart of Etosha National Park, Namibia’s finest wildlife reserve. A seat on an overland truck is ideal for game viewing here. You will get an elevated view as you explore the grasslands and waterholes that attract various animals such as impala, red hartebeest, elephants, zebra, springbok and the world’s tiniest (and cutest) antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Keep an eye out for those lurking predators though. Where there is prey, hyena, lion, leopard and cheetah are never far off.
These two days will provide ample game drive opportunities to make the most of your time here. Evening drives are optional but highly recommended as Etosha at night is a whole new experience, especially near the water's edge. The Etosha pan also boasts a healthy community of birds such as raptors, eagles, hornbills, and ones with amusing names worth learning, such as the Bare-cheeked babbler, Purple Roller, and Carp’s tit.
Into Botswana, you go where the Kalahari Desert awaits. Referred to as semi-arid, it receives and retains more rainfall than conventional dry deserts. The Kalahari supports a fascinating variety of plant and animal life as well as the remnants of the San people.
Dinner tonight will consist of song, dance and storytelling which will provide insight and understanding into the life and heritage of these original inhabitants. This is your chance to experience this incredible minority culture that is sadly under threat.
Today marks the start of your 3-day excursion into the Okavango Delta and a break from life on the road. The Delta's meandering water channels and islands are best explored by a dug-out canoe called a mokoro. Don't let the hippo and croc sightings deter you as you glide peacefully alongside nature. These swampy plains are a hotspot for animal life. Lion, giraffe, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog roam freely among other inhabitants that you will be sure to spot.
Make the most of your time to appreciate this lively ecosystem by partaking in nature walks and safari drives. A night drive here is a must as the area completely transforms under the cover of darkness. Keep an eye out for aardwolf, caracal, aardvark and owls. In the Okavango Delta, it is common for something or ‘someone’ to be causing a commotion near the water’s edge.
Your African safari tour continues back on the road as you re-enter Namibia. This area is called the Caprivi Strip. The drive through here towards the Chobe National Park provides an opportunity for more animal sightings and of course a cheeky power nap or two.
The overnight stay this evening is a short distance from the Botswana border and your guides will help prepare you for an exciting day of activities the next day.
Back into Botswana, your Chobe National Park adventure begins with a 4x4 exploration. This will get you up close to the families of elephants that frequent the riverbanks in the afternoons. Elephants are notoriously associated with the Chobe and spending time observing their behaviour will lead to a much greater understanding and admiration of these large and lovable creatures.
Towards the late afternoon, you will enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Chobe River which is an absolute must for visitors to the park. Then, as the golden sun drops below the horizon, move in closer to the campfire as you enjoy a hot meal, crack open a cold one and reminisce on your experiences out on the African road.
Today you will cross the border into Zimbabwe which signals the final leg of your journey. With the anticipation building, the time has come to marvel at the falls (listen out for its very own drum roll!). Make these last two days count by exploring the mighty Zambezi River and making the most of the various activities such as white river rafting, bungee jumping, zip wiring, river boarding and helicopter flights.
A definite mecca for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers, the bustling town of Victoria Falls provides also an array of markets, restaurants and shops to explore. End your final night on a high note rejoicing in the company of your new found travel friends and guides, as you share your last meal together.