21-day Namibia and Botswana Southern Circle

On this accommodated adventure you will be visiting the highlights of Namibia and Botswana. Starting in Livingstone, Zambia you can visit the mighty Victoria Falls before entering Namibia, and enjoying the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the scenery of Damaraland, and the dunes of the Namib Desert. You will take a bush walk with the San Bushman, and head deep into the Okavango Delta finishing off with a boat cruise in Chobe National Park.

DEPARTS: LIVINGSTONE on Sunday at 14:00pm
ENDS:  LIVINGSTONE on Saturday at +/-12:00noon

Highlights
* Victoria Falls – A natural wonder of the world & optional adventure activities
* Caprivi – Game drives & boat cruise
* Etosha NP – game viewing
* Damaraland– rock paintings
* Swakopmund – option activities ie. 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

A variety filled journey covering the must-see highlights of both Namibia and Botswana at a value for money price. Accommodation is comfortable, often in stunning locations. Zambia’s yellow fever status has been amended and as such travel to and from Livingstone does not require a certificate. In addition, the KAZA Uni-Visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia makes travel between both sides of the Falls easy.

NBa21 Livingstone to Livingstone is the full circular route.
NBa15 Livingstone to Windhoek offers northern Namibia with a Victoria Falls start. See page 18.

Overnight: 18 nights on safari at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.

Meals: 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 11 dinners included. Of which 9 breakfasts are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by Sunway crew and meals will be enjoyed around the campfire at the truck.

Transport: for the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. There are some long distances to cover and a few early morning starts. For the transfer to the Okavango, we use open-sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Highlights

  • Maun
  • Windhoek
  • Brandberg
  • Chobe River Front
  • Divundu
  • Etosha South
  • Ghanzi
  • Kwando River
  • Nata
  • Rundu
  • Sesriem
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Okavango Delta
  • Swakopmund
  • Zambia
  • Namibia

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 – 2 : Livingstone, Zambia

[chalet Bx1--]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Tour departure meeting at 14:00pm. Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and we take 2 days to explore this area.   Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or an 111m bungi jump (own expense).

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 provide by the lodge
Day 2: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                    Entrance to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight:                Victoria Falls Waterfront – Twin share Adventure Village chalet with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (Or Maramba Lodge, twin share chalet with en-suite facilities)  Internet café

Distance/time:          N/A
Optional Activities:    White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

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Day 3 : Kwando River

[chalet BLD]
Crossing out of Zambia into the Caprivi strip, we spend two days travelling west through this game rich area. We’ll explore the Kwando River by boat and a game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve.

Day 3: Breakfast provide by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees & game drives
Overnight:                Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.  WiFi not available.
Distance/time:
Day 3: 300km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 4 : Divundu

Travel day from Camp Kwando to Ngepi Camp.

Day 4: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:         -
​​​​​​Overnight:  
Ngepi Camp – twin share tree houses with en-suite facilities. Swimming cage in the river, bar & restaurant.  WiFi free in main building
Distance/time:         Day 4: 200km, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 5 : Rundu

[chalet BL-]
After a morning enjoying the abundant birdlife that surrounds the camp, our road takes us along the Kavango River. Villages of grass huts and local wooden crafts and carvings a common sight. We stop for the night at our riverside lodge in Rundu and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Day 5: Breakfast provide 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 will be an own expense meal provided by the lodge

Includes:                      N/A
Overnight:                  Inkwazi Lodge twin permanent chalets with en-suite facilities, Swimming pool, bar & restaurant.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          210kms, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 6 – 8 : Etosha South

[lodge BLD]
We head deeper into Namibia to the Etosha National Park. The National Park surrounds the Etosha Pan, and is locally named “the great white place of dry water”. Waterholes surround the pan and attract game. Etosha is known for great sightings of elephant, antelope and lions. Our lodge lies on the boundary of the park and we spend our mornings and afternoons on game drives.

Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 7, 8: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP
Overnight:                Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha).  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          720kms, ± 9 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + 2 x full day game drive in Etosha NP

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Day 9 : Brandberg

[lodge BLD]
Our journey covers some beautiful desert landscapes as we move south towards the Brandberg Mountain. Our lodge is situated in the dry Ugab River which is home to the rare desert elephants. We visit the petrified forest, and take a walk with a local guide to view the famous White Lady rock painting in the area.

Day 9: Breakfast provide 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

Includes:                     Entrance to petrified forest and San Rock Art
Overnight:                 Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:         430km, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 10 – 11 : Swakopmund

[hotel pension Bx2 Lx1 -]
We cross flat open plains to the coast where we visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Further south is the coastal town of Swakopmund where we have a day free to explore the town or try sea kayaking or dune boarding (own expense). German colonial influences are strong in the town of Swakopmund as reflected in the restaurant menus and the architecture.

Day 10: Breakfast provide 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 will be provided by the hotel
Day 11: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                    Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony
Overnight:                 Hotel Pension a la Mer - twin share standard 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

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Day 12 – 13 : Sesriem

[permanent tent BLD]
The 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 from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch a dramatic sunset over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
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

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Overnight:                 Namib Desert, Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar.   WiFi not available
Distance/time:          350kms, ± 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$85 each way) and is optional.

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Day 14 : Windhoek

[guest house BL-]
Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia, its charm lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people and an interesting mix of modern and German colonial era influenced architecture.  We explore the city and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 14: Breakfast provide 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

Includes:                    N/A
Overnight:                 Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.  WiFi availableDistance/time:          345km, ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

 

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Day 15 : Ghanzi

[chalet BLD]
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills and get an insight into how these incredible people survive in this desert environment.

Day 15: Breakfast provide 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

Includes:                      Nature walk with local San bushman and translator
Overnight:                  Dqae Qare San Lodge.  WiFi  not available
Distance/time:          550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 16 : Maun

[tented camp x2 BLD] [tented lodge BL-]
This night is spent in Maun in preparation before journeying deep into the delta on mekoro (dugouts) - an experience not to be missed.

Day 16: Breakfast provide 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 will be an own expense meal at a local

Includes:                    Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight:                  1 x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.  WiFi not available

Distance/time:          300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun)
Optional Activities:   Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

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Day 17 – 18 : Okavango Delta

[tented camp x2 BLD] [tented lodge BL-]
We have 2 nights in our tented camp on a remote island and enjoy game walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Day 17, 18: Breakfast provide by the guest house x 1, by the tour leaders with the help of the group x 1
Day 17, 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17, 18: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight:                 2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel.  WiFi not available

Distance/time:          Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hour each way
Optional Activities:   Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

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Day 19 : Nata

[permanent tent BL-]
Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of  water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Day 19: Breakfast provide 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

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight:                  Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone).  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 20 : Chobe River Front

[chalet BL-]
We turn north through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane where we settle into our lodge. 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.

Day 20: Breakfast provide 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

Includes:                     Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River
Overnight:                 Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.  WiFi available
Distance/time:         300kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 21 : Departure

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This morning we transfer across the Zambezi River on the Kazangula ferry to Livingstone where tour ends at +/- 12:00 noon.

Day 21: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Included

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excluded

International flights
Pre / Post tour accommodation
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Optional activities