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Namibia Safari    Botswana Safari

Elephant Track Safari

Small group lodge/chalet accommodated safari - 13 nights / 14 days

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Sesriem sunset in Namibia Climbing sand dunes in Sossusvlei Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta Lioness and cub in Botswana The Victoria Falls
Tour code: WVac14
This classic safari offers a magnificent journey through the most beautiful variety of locations in Namibia and includes the Chobe NP in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. There are some long travel days on this journey but we have 2-night stays at all the highlights. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari.

Departs: Windhoek, Namibia on Sunday at 8:00am.      
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Saturday at +/-8:00am.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• This classic safari offers a magnificent journey through the most beautiful variety of locations in Namibia and includes the Chobe NP in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
• There are some long travel days on this journey but we have 2-night stays at all the highlights.
• The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari.

Highlights
• Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes
• Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
• Damaraland– rock paintings
• Etosha NP – game viewing
• Caprivi – Game drives & boat cruise
• Chobe National Park
• Victoria Falls – A natural wonder of the world & adventure activities

Overnights
• The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3- to 4-star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities.
• All rooms have private en-suite facilities.
• For Etosha we stay inside the national park and for the Namib we stay on a private lodge bordering the national park.

Meals
• 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners are included, all of which are provided by the lodges at which we are staying.
• Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, the included lunches will be picnic lunches.
• Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at a restaurant in the evening.

2017
SAFARI COST:
$3,510 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,210

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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Elephant Track Safari map


DAYS 1 - 2; (2 Nights)
WINDHOEK - NAMIB DESERT, Namibia  [lodge Bx1, -, Dx2]

Dead vlei near SossusvleiMeet your safari leader at 08:00am for a departure briefing. We then drive through the rolling hills south of Windhoek and drop down the escarpment onto the desert plains to stop at Solitaire for the world’s best apple tart (own expense). This afternoon we travel to our lodge and enjoy the vast open spaces of the Namib desert.

The following day we visit the Namib Nauklauft National Park to witness the amazing landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The vleis are clay pans formed by the occasional flooding of the Tsauchab River. Sossusvlei is dotted with ancient Camel Thorn trees (Acacia erioloba) while the trees on Deadvlei are lifeless and stark against the surrounding tall orange sand dunes.


Includes:
Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park. Day 1: Breakfast not included. Day 1: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 1: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 2: Breakfast provide by the lodge. Day 2: L Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 2: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 304kms, ± 4½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.


DAY 3; (1 Night)
SWAKOPMUND,
Namibia  [hotel B - -]

Swakopmund architecture, NamibiaSwakopmund lies on the Atlantic coast, and the relative cool sea breezes will be a welcome change from the hot desert days. The town lies at the mouth of the Swakop River which flows infrequently, but forms the northern boundary of the relentlessly northward migrating sand dunes. Optional scenic flights from Swakopmund offer spectacular desert landscapes as they fly along the skeleton coast (own expense).


Includes:
Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 3: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 3: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Zum Kaiser - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in main building.
Distance / Time: 346kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, skydiving, ocean canoe safari, scenic flights & many more.

DAYS 4 - 5; (2 Nights)
BRANDBERG MASSIF,
Namibia  [lodge BLD]

Bis skies at Spitzkoppe, NamibiaWe head inland to the Tsiseb Conservancy and the Brandberg, a mountainous granite outcrop. Standing at over 2,600m it towers above the surrounding plains and is visible from a great distance. The Tsisab Ravine at the foot of the mountain contains more than 1000 rock shelters and some 45,000 rock paintings including the famous “White Lady”, which is a short 40 minute walk up the ancient watercourse.

Our lodge, situated in the dry Ugab River valley, is ideally situated to explore the area in search of the rare desert elephants and we’ll join a local guide on a 4WD excursion. Being far ranging and elusive, a sighting of the elephants cannot be guaranteed, but with the knowledge of our local guide the day will be fascinating.


Includes: Entrance to Brandberg, walk with local guide to White Lady painting and 4WD excursion with local guide. Day 4: Breakfast provided by the hotel. Day 4: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 4: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 5: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 5: Picnic lunch provided by the lodge. Day 5: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 227km, ± 2½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.


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

Elephants in EtoshaThe salt pan in Etosha is the remnants of a large lake that dried up thousands of years ago. This “Great White Place” is 120km wide and forms the central attraction in the National Park. Natural springs and waterholes around the edges provide life giving water that sustains the wildlife in this otherwise arid area.

Elephants coated in the white salt dust from the pan make for extraordinary photos. Our camp is located on the edge of a floodlit waterhole allowing us to get a glimpse of the nocturnal animals that come to drink, including the rare black rhino, lion and possibly leopard. We enjoy the evening sitting at the waterhole in anticipation.


Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, 1 x full day game drive in Etosha NP. Day 6: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 6: Lunch own expense meal. Day 6: Dinner own expense at local restaurant. Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 7: Lunch own expense meal. Day 7: Dinner own expense at local restaurant.
Overnight: Day 6: Okaukuejo, twin rooms en-suite with swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Day 7: Namutoni, twin rooms en-suite with swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Distance / Time: 560kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + 1 afternoon drive & 1 x full day game drive in Etosha NP.

DAY 8; (1 Night)
GROOTFONTEIN,
Namibia  [chalet B - -]

Driving in NamibiaWe spend most of today in the Etosha National Park, before moving to our overnight lodge in the Grootfontein district. En route we’ll stop at the Hoba meteorite. At over 60 tons, it is the largest known meteorite on Earth.


Includes: Morning game drive in Etosha NP. Day 8: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 8: Lunch own expense meal. Day 8: Dinner own expense at local restaurant.
Overnight: Roys Rest Camp – twin permanent chalets with en-suite facilities, Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 428kms, ± 5.3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 9 - 10; (2 Nights)
KAVANGO RIVER,
Namibia  [chalet / permanent lodge tent BLD]

Crossing NamibiaDriving north east we enter the Zambezi Region, formally known as the Caprivi Strip. A narrow piece of land annexed to the German South West African colony in 1890, allowing access to the mighty Zambezi River and a trade route to the East coast of Africa and the then German Tanganyika. From our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River, which feeds the Okavango Delta, we have a full day to explore the Mahango Game Reserve on a morning game drive in our tour vehicle, and an afternoon river cruise.


Include: Entrance fees & game drives. Day 9, 10: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 9, 10: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 9, 10: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight:
Nunda River Lodge – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 432kms, ± 5.4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch .

DAYS 11 - 12; (2 Nights)
CHOBE,
Botswana  [lodge B - D]

Leopard in Chobe NPHeading east we cross the Caprivi Strip which separates Angola from Botswana and enter Botswana at the Ngoma Border and drive across the Chobe National Park to the small town of Kasane. Our lodge has views of Chobe River as it flows into the National Park and this river attracts an abundance of wildlife. We settle into our lodge and enjoy a sunset from the viewing deck.

Up early for an exciting open 4WD game drive where we hope to spot some big game including lions, buffalo and possibly the elusive leopard. Later in the afternoon we have the incredible experience on the Chobe River where we head out by boat into the park and get close to the elephants as they quench their thirst. We leave the park as the golden sun slips below the horizon.


Includes: Day 11: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 11: Lunch own expense. Day 11: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 12: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 12: Lunch own expense. Day 12: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 56km, ± 1½ hours, excluding border formalities, stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 13; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS,
Zimbabwe  [lodge B - -]

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaThe Zambezi River rises in Zambia before flowing through Angola and along the border of Namibia before plunging 100 metres over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. The spray billowing up from the gorge creates a lush rainforest that surrounds the falls. With our local guides, we explore the National Park where we walk to the very edge of the falls and marvel at the power of the water that created this wonder.


Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. Day 13: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 13: Lunch own expense. Day 13: Dinner own expense at local restaurant.
Overnight: A’Zambezi Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 86kms – 1.5 hours, excluding border formalities.
Optional Activities: Sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.

DAY 14; (Tour Ends)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [- B - -]

At the Victoria FallsThis classic journey ends at 08:00am at the lodge.


Includes: Day 14: Breakfast provided by the lodge Day 14: Lunch not included Day 14: Dinner not included.
Overnight: N/A.
Distance / Time: N/A.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
Note: 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.

Sustainable Tourism: In the Ugab wilderness region we stay at the White Lady Lodge. A partnership was signed in 2003 and the local community benefit through the 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
For the majority of this safari you travel in a custom safari truck with 12 seats; or (on 5% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. The game drives in Etosha will be in the tour vehicle, with large sliding windows. For the game drives in Ugab and Chobe we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Local Payment
There is no local payment required on this safari.

Participation
This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavour to make your journey more rewarding. Your holiday time is exclusively yours to enjoy your safari and get the most from your travel experience.

Shopping
Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing is best in Victoria Falls which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings but these are available mostly at curio shops as there are hardly any craft markets in Botswana. 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
The majority of meals on this safari are provided by the lodges.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip.
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days. The road conditions through the wilderness areas a very poor and our progress can at times be slow and dusty. Remember to hold on at all times and enjoy the ride!

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• As this tour spends a large amount of time in wildlife areas it is essential that clients adhere to the tour leaders (and local guides) instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules.
• You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Also bring daypack for walks and keeping in the vehicle.
• 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 Botswna Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Victoria Falls can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour. See the Sunway tour dossier for approximate costs of drinks and meals etc.

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? Zimbabwe has been involved in a political power struggle over the past few years, and this has deterred tourists from travelling to the country. Having said this, the Zimbabwe people are always friendly and helpful to visitors to their country and tourists are welcome with open arms. Botswana and Namibia are safe and your guide knows both countries intimately and will endeavor 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!
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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