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Desert and Delta Safari

Small group participation camping & comfort safari - 20 nights / 21 days (or 15-day Desert Tour)

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San Bushman Dead vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia Mekoro safari in the Okavango The Victoria Falls
Tour code: NB21 / NB15

A journey through the lush green Okavango Delta and the beautiful desolation of the Namib desert is an exploration of a lifetime across Southern Africa. Exciting wildlife in Etosha NP, walking the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and adventure through the Okavango Delta by mokoro.

Departs: Livingstone, Zambia on Sunday at 2:00pm.      
Ends: Livingstone, Zambia on Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• A true exploration of Namibia and Botswana - see it all!
• All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
• Victoria Falls, Caprivi, Etosha, Damaraland, Namib Desert, Kalahari, Okavango Delta & Chobe.

Highlights
• Victoria Falls – A natural wonder of the world & adventure activities
• Caprivi – Game drives
• Etosha NP – game viewing from camp & on drives
• Brandberg – 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

Alternate Routes
• Livingstone to Livingstone is the full tour. Also offered as an accommodated safari (Botswana Wild Parks).
• Johannesburg to Windhoek covers the Zambezi Region and Namibia, ending in Windhoek with access to international flights.

Overnights
Camping - 16 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites, in or bordering national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & shops. In Windhoek we stay in pre-erected dome tents beds with shared ablutions.
Wild camping - 2 nights “camping wild” without fences in the Okavango. On these nights the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire) and a pit latrine (with seat).
• 2 nights in Swakopmund in a lodge with en suite twin bedrooms.

Meals
20 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 12 dinners will be provided by the safari crew, prepared at the vehicle & eaten around the camp fire or in a boma. For certain meals the group will sample local fare at restaurants (own expense).

2017
21-DAY (Livingstone, Zambia to Livingstone, Zambia) - DESERT & DELTA
SAFARI COST: $2,280 per person sharing, plus local payment of ZAR 2,000 (in cash).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $180

15-DAY (Livingstone, Zambia to Windhoek, Namibia) - DESERT TOUR
SAFARI COST: $1,765 per person sharing, plus local payment of ZAR 1,200 (in cash).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $135

Single tent supplement is applicable to the camping nights only. On accommodated nights clients will share with a same gender client.

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then the price supplement will be charged.

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Desert & Delta Safari map


DAYS 1 - 2; (2 Nights)
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia  [camping Bx1--]

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaThe group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00. We have 2 days to explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).


Includes:
Entrance to see the Victoria Falls. 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 provided 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.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot shower, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: N/A.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.


DAYS 3 - 4; (2 Nights)
CAPRIVI, Namibia  [camping BLD]

Crossing NamibiaHeading out of Livingstone we cross at Sesheke into the Caprivi, a narrow strip of Namibian land that extends between Angola, Zambia and Botswana. An abundance of large rivers attracts a variety of animals and birds and we have 2 days to explore this remote and beautiful region, including Popa Falls and a boat cruise on the Kavango River.


Includes: Entrance fees & game drives, boat cruise on Kwando River. Day 3, 4: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3, 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3, 4: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight:
Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar & swimming pool.
Distance / Time: Day 3: 300km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch. Day 4: 200km, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 5; (1 Night)
RUNDU, Namibia  [camping BLD]

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


Includes: Day 5: Breakfast provided 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 provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar & swimming pool.
Distance / Time: 210kms, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 6 - 7; (2 Nights)
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, Namibia  [camping BLD]

Elephants in EtoshaEtosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich north west corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo with their flood-lit waterholes.


Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, morning & afternoon game drives. Day 6, 7: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 6, 7: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 6, 7: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and shop.
Distance / Time: 420kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park game viewing vehicle.

DAY 8; (1 Night)
UGAB WILDERNESS, Namibia  [camping BLD]

Driving in NamibiaOur next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River bed, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art including the “White Lady”.


Includes: Guided walk to view San rock art. Day 8: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, bar, swimming pool & telephone.
Distance / Time: 600kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 9; (1 Night)
SPITZKOPPE, Namibia  [camping BLD]

Bis skies at Spitzkoppe, NamibiaOur journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the huge granite domes that rise out of the desert at Spitzkoppe. We set up camp at the foot of these massive domes, and take a walk to explore the area. The silence and wide open spaces add to the mystery and we enjoy a magnificent sunset.


Includes: Entrance to Spitskoppe. Day 9: Breakfast provided 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.
Overnight: Campsite – basic ablution facilities.
Distance / Time: 170kms, ± 21/2 hours excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAYS 10 - 11; (2 Nights)
SWAKOPMUND, Namibia  [guest house Bx2 Lx1 -]

Swakopmund, NamibiaWe cross flat open plains to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense).


Includes:
Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony. Day 10: Breakfast provided 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 provided by guest house. Day 11: Lunch is an own expense meal. Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Dunedin Star guest house - 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

DAYS 12 - 13; (2 Nights)
NAMIB DESERT, Namibia  [camping BLD]

Sossusvlei dunesThe 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 watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.


Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park. Day 12: Breakfast provided by guest house. 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.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, shop.
Distance / Time: 350km, ± 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$50 each way) and is optional.

DAY 14; (1 Night)
WINDHOEK, Namibia  [permanent tent BL-]

Christuskirche in WindhoekThe charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We arrive late in the day and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).




Includes: Day 14: Breakfast provided 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.
Overnight: Urban Campsite – twin share permanent tents with shared ablution facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 345kms, ± 4½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 15; (1 Night)
KALAHARI, Botswana  [camping BLD]

San bushman drinkingCrossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills.

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


Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman and translator. Day 15: Breakfast provided 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.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot shower, swimming in old quarry.
Distance / Time: 550kms, ± 71/2 hours excluding border formalities and stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 16 - 18; (3 Nights)
OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana  [camping Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]

Leopard in Moremi Game ReserveWe camp in Maun for a night in preparation before journeying deep into the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugouts) - an experience not to be missed. We camp wild on remote islands for 2 nights and enjoy bush walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.


Includes:
Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides. Day 16: Breakfast provided 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 provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight - Maun: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
                    2 Nights Okavango Delta: Wild camping – basic camping facilities, with bucket showers.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 4½ hours excluding (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hours each way.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).

DAY 19; (1 Night)
MAKGADIKGADI PANS,
Botswana  [camping BL-]

Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaFeel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. Depending on the season, the pans can either be a shimmering haze of dust or a vast shallow lake.


Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans. Day 19: Breakfast provided 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 at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: 320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 20; (1 Night)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK,
Botswana  [camping BL-]

ZebrasWe turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we set up camp. 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.


Includes: Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Day 20: Breakfast provided 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 at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant, bar & telephone.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 4½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 21
LIVINGSTONE,
Zambia  [Tour ends - breakfast]

At the Victoria FallsThis morning we transfer to Livingstone where tour ends at +/- 12:00 noon at Livingstone Airport (LVI).


Includes: Day 21: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 21: Lunch is not included. Day 21: Dinner is not included.
Overnight: N/A
Distance / Time: N/A

Note: We do a free drop off at Livingstone airport on day 21 at 12:00noon, so you can book your flight out for the last day of tour.
Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops.

Special Interest: Namibia has a rich ancient rock art heritage. Our local guide in the Brandberg Tsiseb conservancy lands, will lead us on a walk to view the White Lady rock painting. It is usually assumed that the painting shows a ritual dance, and that the “White Lady” is actually a medicine man.

Sustainable Tourism: In the Ugab wilderness region we camp at the White Lady Lodge campsite. A partnership was Signed in 2003 and the community benefit through employment and a percentage of the income of the lodge. There are also other spin-offs such as the sale of fire wood to the lodge.

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Transport
We use safari trucks with 12 seats for this tour. Potholes, corrugated gravel roads and livestock on the roads can make travel slow. There are some long drives, so sit back and enjoy the scenery! For the transfers into the Okavango Delta we use open 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Local Payment
• A local payment is required on this safari 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 safari 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.
• 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 the ongoing effort to operate sustainable safaris that make a real difference.

Participation
An essential part of your safari is par¬ticipation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask for your help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Shopping
Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

Food
We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except 5 dinners and 2 lunches in Maun, Kasane & Victoria Falls where we try out local restaurants.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The outdoor enthusiast enjoys simple campsites and basic wild camps, you will get dusty on occasion; but this is Africa!
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Bring a daypack for walks.
• We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in Namibia Euro and US$ will need to changed into Namibian $ or South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept N$ and ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswana Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Zambia requires that all services are paid in local currency, however major credit cards (Mastercard / Visa) can also be used for optional activities in Livingstone and elsewhere on tour.

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, and a water bottle. A small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
Is it safe? South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip! Every precaution is taking to ensure a happy holiday.
Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
Solo Traveler? Going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveler to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement.

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The Botswana Wildside Safari can be combined with this Desert & Delta departure to create an even greater Southern Africa adventure.

 

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