Okavango Delta & Deserts Safari
Okavango Delta & Deserts Safari…. This safari extravaganza takes you into the heart of Botswana and Namibia, cruising in open top jeeps from meerkat colonies to petrified valleys and waterways teeming with wildlife. With a huge amount of included game drives where you can spot roaming elephants, buffalo and lions, quad bike over dunes and experience a show performed by an indigenous tribe, this one also features quality lodges where you can kick back and take a dip in the pool when you’re feeling the heat.
All accommodation is included on this trip
12 nights in Hotel
It’s all about mother nature in this part of the world and we’ve got you covered with luxe lodges nestled in the heart of adventure, as well as pre-erected safari tents with mattresses and proper linen. Some lodges have swimming pools to take a refreshing dip, some have buffets to indulge in, and all of them are framed by some of the most spectacular scenery you’ve ever seen.
Places visited: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Maun, Caprivi Strip, Grootfontein, Etosha, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Windhoek
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***Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities and meals not set out in the itinerary.
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DAY 1 - MAKGADIKGADI PANS
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Dumela Botswana! We’ll head south today from Kwalape towards the Gweta Lodge on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. When we reach the pans you can sign up for the Meerkat and Salt Pans optional for awesome photo opportunities and a chance to visit a meerkat colony. That even relax around the bar as you get to meet your new travel buddies
Get some photos at Botswana's Salt Pans before visiting a wild Meerkat colony
DAY 2 - MAKGADIKGADI PANS TO OKAVANGO DELTA
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
We will say goodbye to the pans (for now) and head on to the wildlife haven that is the Okavango Delta
Our minds already blown by this unique natural landscape, it’s off to the Okavango Delta, where we’ll take an awe-inspiring game drive before settling into our exclusive Contiki Safari Camp. We’ll be greeted with luxe two person dome tents – pre-erected of course – with stretchers, mattresses and linen. Dinner? How about a campfire meal as we swap tales under a starswept sky?
Afternoon Game Drive to our Special Stay Contiki Safari Camp
Get your David Attenborough voice on, we are in the heart of Africa’s iconic wildlife filming paradise. This sprawling wetland is home to some of Africa’s most incredible species and we will start searching for them after a quick bite to eat and we’re off on an early morning game drive in the Okavango Delta in hopes of spotting elephants, hippos and if we’re lucky, some predators. We’ll head back to camp for a tasty lunch and siesta. Chill in the camp or opt for a Mokoro boat trip along the gorgeous waterways of the delta. In the afternoon we’re back on another jaw-dropping game drive before our traditional campfire dinner. The day isn’t over, though – not even close.This evening we have a once in a lifetime opportunity – a night drive in the bush with spotlights seeking out elusive nocturnal animals you can’t find during the day.
Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles, Afternoon Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles, Night Drive in the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
Take a traditional Mokoro Boat Trip safari down the glades of the Okavango Delta
DAY 4 - OKAVANGO DELTA TO MAUN
After breakfast it’s time for another morning game drive – eyes peeled for elephants – before we head to Maun and our lodge for the night.
This afternoon opt to soar over the delta on a helicopter for peerless views of the wildlife below, as you hover just meters above the waterways.This evening you can choose to experience a dinner and show, with young people from the local community performing on the theme of conservation.
Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
Delta Helicopter Flights, See a heartwarming 'Magic Beans' local community theatre show with dinner, Maun
DAY 5 - MAUN TO CAPRIVI STRIP
After breakfast we’re headed to the Namibian border, with even more natural beauty to uncover.
Upon arrival in Namibia we’ll reach the Mahango Game Reserve for yet another eye-widening game drive, before kicking back at our unique accommodation for the night: tree houses overlooking the rushing Kavango River. Accommodation doesn’t get more special than this (there’s even ensuite loos with views).
Game Drive in Mahango Game Reserve
DAY 6 - CAPRIVI STRIP TO GROOTFONTEIN
This morning will be a relaxed one as you can opt for a sleep in or one of the activities around our Lodge. We will depart in the late morning for Roy’s Camp.
It’s time to check into Roy’s camp for the night, one of the oldest farms in the Grootfontein district – we’re talking old fashioned hospitality, comfy digs and a laid back atmosphere.
DAY 7 - GROOTFONTEIN TO ETOSHA
A hot breakfast will be served this morning before our drive to an indigenous village. This inclusion allows you to experience a real local village and learn how the locals go about their daily lives living off the land.
This evening is all about kicking back and taking a dip in the pool, looking forward to our adventures in nature tomorrow. Tonight a buffet dinner is included at our luxe lodge, with all sorts of cuisines to stick your teeth into.
Ju/Hoansi Living Museum Indigenous Village Visit
After a quick bite to eat this morning, we’re off to the Etosha main gate as we open our eyes to this epic National Park. Comprising mainly of a salt pan so large it can be seen from space, along the pan’s boundary are thriving water holes which are teeming with wildlife. We’ll return to the lodge to beat the midday heat for lunch and a dip in the pool, with the optional add on of an afternoon game drive for those hungry for even more wildlife spotting.
Take a morning game drive through the epic salt pan of Etosha National Park
Spot wildlife in an afternoon game drive through Etosha
DAY 9 - ETOSHA TO SWAKOPMUND
After a hot breakfast at the lodge we’ll hit the road for Swakopmund.
It’s time to head to the gorgeous coastal town of Swakopmund, a former German colony where we have a dinner option showcasing the best of German and local cuisine. Prost!
Feast on a German-inspired meal in Swakopmund
Another day of adventure awaits us after our hot breakfast at the hotel. We’re off to see the highest sand dune in Namibia, Dune 7. If you want to get the pulse racing, optional activities on these sweeping dunes include dune boarding and quad biking. With sweat on our brows and our hearts still pumping, we’ll stop for lunch at the beautiful Walvis Bay. This afternoon we’ll look to the coast, where you can either boat or kayak in the ocean in search of its teeming marine wildlife. Then we’ll head back to Swakopmund and hit the town for another delicious dinner.
See Dune 7 - Tallest Dune in Namibia
Get your pulse racing with a quad bike adventure over the dunes, Go sandboarding over the dunes
DAY 11 - SWAKOPMUND TO SOSSUSVLEI
After another tasty breakfast we’re headed into our next epic destination, deep within the desert.
Arriving at our gorgeous lodge in the late evening, framed by towering red sand dunes and scorched black trees, we’ll tuck in early. We’re up bright and early tomorrow to explore this wild and beautiful environment.
DAY 12 - SOSSUSVLEI TO WINDHOEK
Rise and shine, we’re on the road to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, watching a golden sun rise above its towering dunes. Today we’ll get the chance to hike up Big Daddy and gawk at the petrified trees in death valley. Sossusvlei is a photographer’s dream for landscape photography.
After a morning of gawping at landscapes we’ve never seen the likes of, we’ll hit the road for Windhoek, with a much deserved lunch en-route. Arriving into Windhoek we’ll have the option for a legendary farewell dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse, where we’ll clink steins, eat ourselves silly and reflect upon an adventure of a lifetime.
Visit the incredible landscapes of Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft Park
Feast over a farewell dinner at the legendary Joe's Beerhouse
A cooked breakfast at the hotel will mark the end of the trip. It’s time to say our sad farewells, but we’ll never forget the times we shared under African skies.