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Best of Namibia and Botswana

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PRIVATE TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $13709+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Stop at the region’s premier sightseeing and safari destinations
  • See how European influence has exerted itself on the region
  • Stalk herds of Buffaloes and Elephants along the Okavango Delta
  • Travel on safari through Etosha National Park
  • Climb the legendary red dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Venture through the lush and vibrant Okavango Delta
  • Experience the Bavarian charm of Swakoopmund
  • Get a sense of Africa that hardly anyone knows exists!
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Tour Overview

On this combined fly-in tour experience Namibia and Botswana, each offering starkly different landscapes and experiences. In Namibia, go on safari in Etosha National Park, visit the coastal town of Swakopmund and climb the great sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the country’s unforgiving, yet beautiful, desert environment. Then, for a change of scenery, go on safari through Botswana’s lush and vibrant Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. This trip will give you a sense of Africa that few know exists!

The trip begins in Etosha, Namibia’s oldest national park and most diverse wildlife habitat in the country, which is also Africa’s largest salt pan. This habitat supports 114 mammal, 340 bird, and 110 reptile species. Here you will embark on many game drives along the edge of the salt pan and its many waterholes. Then, enjoy some time back in civilization at the Bavarian styled coastal town of Swakopmond on the Skeleton Coast. While away from the window shopping, restaurants and bars of the town, you will spend your time exploring the nearby harbors and beaches. Your final destination, in Namibia, will bring you to the Mountain Homestead, which is situated in a private reserve and will give you wonderful access to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft National Park.

You will then fly to Windhoek, for your connecting flight to Maun, and finally to the Okavango Delta. It is here that you can stalk herds of elephants, hippos, or buffalos along the shoreline as you drift silently through the reeds upon your guided mokoro (indigenous canoe). A motorboat cruises, nature walks, and game drives are also available, where, each morning, you can track Africa’s most famed animals during their hunt for prey. In this colorful setting thriving within the reaches of the Kalahari Desert, you will experience a part of Africa like no other.

From your camp in the Delta, you will then transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve, which encompasses the eastern expanses of the Okavango Delta, and therefore provides a stark contrast within its boundaries of dry land that divides and separates its many vast wetlands. The only protected region of the Delta, Moremi is home to some of the most dense wildlife populations in the country, but most notably known for the abundance of large predators, in which you will have the chance to track from water and land based game drives.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way airfare from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Windhoek to Maun, and Maun to Johannesburg, All local air transfers between accommodations as well as Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Meals and Activities where specified, Guided tours in English including all park entrance fees.

Notes:
* Flight weight restrictions: 20 kg soft luggage including camera equipment and hand luggage per person only. Only soft bags will be accepted. No hard suitcases or soft bags with wheels can be transported – they physically will not fit into the aircraft. Weight planning for a male passenger is done using 90 kgs (198 lbs) and a female is 72 kgs (158 lbs). Please be advised: If your client weighs more than the above, there may be aircraft weight limitation issues. Please notify the supplier if this is the case.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$13710 £$13764 £$13888 N/A
Single £$19482 £$19540 £$19781 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Windhoek

Overnight flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg.

Overnight flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg.

Day
2

Arrival at the Mushara Lodge

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to Mushara Lodge. This light aircraft transfer is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Depending on arrival time, take the opportunity to join a game drive into the park in the afternoon. The luxury camp is situated on the border of Etosha and beyond the park gates are the richest concentrations of protected wildlife in Namibia, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hartebeest, kudu and oryx.
If relaxation is preferred, the camp has a lovely pool, a game viewing hide and excellent hospitality. The hide at camp overlooks a small waterhole, which attracts various species including the majestic kudu, zebra, oryx, dik dik and steenbok. It is also a good spot for learning about Namibian birds, especially active at the waterhole towards dusk. The evening sees camp lit with lanterns and a roaring fire before inventive Namibian cuisine.
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Exploring Etosha

The park gates open at 6 a.m. for those that are keen enough for an early start. The open Land Rovers are ideal platforms for watching wildlife and in Etosha time can be divided between the waterholes which are always busy with thirsty animals and the open areas around the great pan itself. If planning to spend the day inside the park, either take a picnic hamper or stop at the small restaurant inside Fort Namutoni, a former German colonial outpost, which has become a tourist attraction. Get some exercise, visit the small book store and enjoy lunch in the courtyard of the fort. After lunch, take the trails around the eastern edge of the pan and look for species that frequent the open plains and pan fringe. The gates to Etosha close at sunset; the transfer back to camp will depart before then. ...read less

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Final game drive in Etosha

In the morning take a final game drive into Etosha or choose to relax at camp before departing. After an air transfer and depending on arrival time, spend the first afternoon exploring the pretty coastal town of Swakopmund. Traditional Bavarian architecture set against a backdrop of desert dunes makes this small town unique. Originally built as a staging post for the people and goods arriving during the German colonial era, this town is now a well-established tourist center. Abundant window shopping is found side by side with plentiful restaurants and bars, as well as a small aquarium and museum, which covers the town’s history. Take the chance to explore the beachfront promenade which bustles with walkers, fisherman and swimmers, as well as informal open air craft markets near the lighthouse. ...read less

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Etosha – Walvis Bay Harbor

This day starts with a marine cruise beginning at 9 a.m. Get a chance to see flying pelicans, seals, the Walvis Bay Harbor, old boat wrecks, dolphins, and even whales and turtles during the right season. Around 11:30, the skipper will drop guests off at a deserted beach at the Jetty at Pelican Point, where a guide will meet guests to explore Sandwich Harbor by Landrover. This excursion will bring guests to the see the Kuiseb River Delta, flamingoes, saltpans and wetlands. Visit sthe Sandwich Harbor Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands, before crossing the big dunes for a light meal with snacks, salads, and local oysters and sparkling wine. On the way back cross more giant dunes, before returning to Walvis around 4:30 for dinner out on the town. ...read less

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Swakopmond – Mountain Homestead

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Depending on departure time from Swakopmond, this would be a good opportunity to experience whichever activity that has yet to be tried. Perhaps an early morning ride in the dunes is called for , or possibly just enjoy breakfast overlooking the ocean.
Then transfer to the Mountain Homestead. After arriving and settling into a comfortable room, enjoy a late afternoon sundowner drive on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, which has 22 000 hectares of pristine desert habitat to explore. This is a relaxing way to settle into this unique habitat and end the day with truly beautiful views before heading back to the Homestead for dinner.
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Day
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Exploring Sossusvlei

Take an early morning guided trip into the Namib-Naukluft National Park to visit the dunes around Sossusvlei. If it is of interest, climb the dunes and marvel at the sweeping views of the sea of red sand. During the heat of the day, head to a shady spot for a refreshing drink and a picnic.
After lunch, return to the Mountain Homestead for time to relax and a chance to swim in the pool. Then, meet the guide for refreshments, before taking part in an afternoon activity. There will be a choice to explore the nearby desert environment via a guided walk or a guided horseback tour.
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Namib-Naukluft – Camp Okavango

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Depending on departure time, an early morning option (at extra cost) is available for a ballooning safari at first light. This offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at the landing site.
Depart to Windhoek International Airport for a connecting flight to Maun. Upon arrival, reception and transfer by air to Camp Okavango within the Delta. Once arriving, take time to relax and take in the surroundings before taking part in an optional afternoon activity before returning to camp for the evening. Because mammals are the most active during the cool temperatures of the mornings and evenings, the game drives will follow this format as well. Other activities to choose from include mokoro tours (indigenous canoes) and motorboat cruises through the waterways.
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Explore the Okavango Delta

Again, today there is a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

Again, today there is a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

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10

Okavango Delta – Camp Moremi

Transfer to Camp Moremi via light aircraft. As the only part of the Okavango Delta that has been set aside for the preservation of wildlife, The Moremi Game Reserve is most well-known for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah, but most notably for its abundance of wild dogs, whose population is quickly dwindling in most other regions of Africa. Spend the remaining afternoon either relaxing or taking part in a game drive before returning to for the evening.

Transfer to Camp Moremi via light aircraft. As the only part of the Okavango Delta that has been set aside for the preservation of wildlife, The Moremi Game Reserve is most well-known for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah, but most notably for its abundance of wild dogs, whose population is quickly dwindling in most other regions of Africa. Spend the remaining afternoon either relaxing or taking part in a game drive before returning to for the evening.

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11

Exploring the Xakanaxa Lagoon

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

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Exploring Camp Moremi

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

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International flight home

Awake early for an air transfer to Maun for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Awake early for an air transfer to Maun for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Walvis Bay Harbor

Etosha National Park, Oshikoto, Namibia

Swakopmond

Sossusvlei, Hardap, Namibia

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

Xakanaxa Lagoon, Ngamiland East, North West, Botswana

Places You'll See

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    Windhoek

    The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, is also the largest city in the country. Learn the history and culture of the area with several stimulating museums and shops that can be visited. While here, take a trip to a wildlife conservation and visit big cats and other mammals of the region.

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    Swakopmund

    Revel in the heavily German influenced Swakopmund with a great assortment of activities to choose from, here in the capital of adventure. Walk along the streets taking in the German Colonial architecture while enjoying the ocean breeze. Take flight with skydiving lessons, visit elephants at the Elephant conservation, or take a trip with a friendly camel with a desert safari.

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    Okavango Delta

    A delta is generally characterized as an outlet of water to the open sea. The Okavango river releases flood waters into open land, flooding the savannah. With the hot and wet winter months in Botswana comes nearly 20 inches of rain that floods the area, welcoming many crosses of life. Another animal lover’s paradise, nearly 200,000 beasts can be seen during this time, including herds of elephants, black rhinoceros, and buffalo.

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Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Swakopmund : Villa Margherita

4 Star Properties

Swakopmund : Swakopmund Guest House

5 Star Properties

Mushara : Mushara Outpost

Swakopmund : Hansa Hotel

Sossusvlei : Mountain Homestead

Moremi Game Reserve : Camp Moremi

Luxury Properties

Okavango Delta : Camp Okavango

Testimonials

Michele

Traveled April, 2015

et again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me

Yet again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me! As a solo female traveller venturing to Africa for the first time I wanted a company I could trust to look after me. That is why I chose Yampu. Having had a great experience with them in Central America it seemed sensible to see if they could help me again. I gave them my brief: Scenery, animals, horse riding suitable for an experienced rider and the chance to visit a wild animal charity . As I had hoped, they delivered on each and every count & gave me the BEST guide I could have ever wished for! From airport taxi pick up to drop off I was looked after impeccably.The accommodation was perfect and the brief about animals could not have been better fulfilled .My guide was an inspiration to be around & her ability to find wild animals was verging on mystic! Her in depth knowledge and obvious passion for all things Namibian was the lynch pin of my holiday and I can’t recommend her highly enough. Yampu are genuinely able to fulfill the customised brief you give them as opposed to cobbling together existing packages….They keep in touch throughout the process and I like the way they link in with local operators & guides as opposed to trying to take complete control. I have two regrets …1.I had to leave Namibia. 2. Yampu doesn’t quite cover the whole world (yet)!

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Helen K.

Traveled April, 2016

We couldn’t recommend you or any of the services you provided for us more highly.

Every hotel /lodging you set up for us was superb and a place we would gladly rebook or advise any of our friends to book. Every driver was courteous and an excellent and safe driver—most notable in this was our Namibia guide who took us through some scary mountain roads and when questioned about his superb safe driving told us that he had actually taught for the army in difficult terrain driving!

Every guide was knowledgeable, courteous and unfailingly helpful including inventiveness about how to structure each tour so that I could participate to the maximum despite my disabilities. Every arrangement was reliable and was on time or early. The times we had to check on or change anything were reachable immediately through the phone numbers you gave us.

We couldn’t recommend you or any of the services you provided for us more highly. This was much appreciated because I was traveling with a significant handicap due to Parkinsons disease and didn’t want to be a burden or limit the opportunities of my able bodied sister.

Jerome S.

Traveled May, 2013

The trip you set up for me was flawless.

The trip you set up for me was flawless. The guide met all my expectations. He was helpful and protective. I did learn that in Africa, time is a relative thing. I soon learned that when James told me we were one half hour from anywhere, I could count on an hour. I saw every major animal, but one, including the Black Rino, one of the most endangers specie in the Crater. I took 900 pictures. I can tell you without a doubt, that your people can take care of a person my age and should promote that fact. I loved Nxabega. However, I was prevented from going to my tent for a rest when a family of Elephants started eating the trees between the lunch area and my tent. They were all first rate camps, but Sopa was exceptional. If you wish me to fill out anything, let me know. One funny story. I needed to go to the bathroom. James asked me to wait while he drove about a half a mile to high ground, so he could watch out for animals while I attended to the problem behind his 4×4. As we get to about fifty yards from the place we planned to stop; three lions walked over the hill and past our vehicle. You would be surprised how fast the urge to go disappears under these circumstances.

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