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Botswana’s Best with Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

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PRIVATE TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 13303

Private Tour Highlights

  • Chobe, home to the largest population of elephants in Southern Africa
  • Go on a scenic sundowner to enjoy the sunset over the savannah
  • Float through the Chobe River while spotting many animals both in and near the water
  • Explore the historic Skeleton Coast
  • Check out the magnificent red-duned desert
  • Along the river, see herds of hippos, elephants and buffalo!
  • Visit Sandwich Harbor Lagoon, one of Africa’s most diverse locales
  • See the sea of red sand at Namib – Naukluft
  • Splendid views guaranteed, as each air conditioned room is facing surrounding floodplains
  • Moremi Game Reserve, well known for its frequent sightings of big cats!
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Tour Overview

Take an exciting eight night fly-in safari through Botswana’s premier wilderness viewing destinations including Chobe National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. At any given leg of the safari you will experience a variety of wildlife and landscapes specific to each area, as well as many activities from game drives and nature walks, to mokoro tours and boat cruises. After your safari you will transfer to Namibia for a few days exploring Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast and the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Each Botswana camp or lodge has its own uniqueness that makes every transition truly exciting, from design and architecture, to activities and wildlife. For example, you can soak in the sweeping views of the Chobe River from your private terrace at the Chobe Game Lodge, while at Camp Moremi, you can track wild dogs (which are extremely rare elsewhere). By the same token, you can marvel at the complexity of the Delta’s waterways, while swiftly gliding through the channels on one of the famous indigenous morkoro canoes.

Once in Swakopmund, you will have a half day boat tour of the local coastline, but for the most part, your time here will be spent at leisure. You can enjoy the many shops and restaurants, open air markets, the local museum and the aquarium, and much more. You may also choose to do some activities with one of the local outfitters, from sand boarding to quad-biking or even skydiving. You will then transfer south to Sossusvlei, where you will spend your remaining time exploring these gigantic sand dunes and the magnificent red sand desert.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way airfare from Johannesburg to Kasane, Maun to Johannesburg, Return airfare from Maun to Windhoek, All transfers between lodges and camps, All accommodations, All meals and refreshments (Swakopmund B&B only) All Professional guided game drives and activities, Emergency medical evacuation insurance, National park fees and all government taxes & levies

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.

* This specific tour does not operate between 08 January – 15 March due to camp closures.
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Single £$17817 £$17962 N/A 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 Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day
2

Kasane – Chobe Game Lodge

Day flight to Kasane. Upon arrival, transfer to the Chobe Game Lodge. Built upon the banks of the Chobe River, splendid views are guaranteed, as each air conditioned room is facing the water and the surrounding floodplains with its own private terrace. Most famed for the largest population of elephants in all of Africa, Chobe National Park is also famous for its large buffalo herds, a great variety of antelope, hippos and abundant birdlife. Once at the lodge, choose to relax and enjoy the surroundings or take part in one of the lodge’s afternoon activities; from land or water based activities, to a sunset cruise, before returning for dinner, traditional dance performances, and perhaps some stargazing led by the experts on hand. ...read less

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Chobe game drive

Again, today a chance to take game drives through the park is offered, or even engage in a scenic sunset cruise. Also, nature walks with interpretive guides are lead to the Lesoma Valley and the Kasuma Pan; however this is only available between April and October due to weather constraints.

Again, today a chance to take game drives through the park is offered, or even engage in a scenic sunset cruise. Also, nature walks with interpretive guides are lead to the Lesoma Valley and the Kasuma Pan; however this is only available between April and October due to weather constraints.

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Chobe Game Lodge – Camp Moremi

Awake early for an air transfer to Camp Moremi. Here, stay in the comfort of the Camp’s authentic looking, yet elegantly furnished East African inspired tent like structures, deep within the heart of the reserve. 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. ...read less

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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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6

Camp Moremi – Camp Okavango

Early morning transfer to Camp Okavango, via light aircraft. Stay in one of the camp’s beautifully designed and furnished African-style safari tent structures. The 16,000 square kilometers of wetlands that is the Okavango Delta is the final destination of Africa’s third longest river. It is here that herds of elephants, hippos, or buffalos along the shoreline can be stalked while drifting silently through the reeds upon a guided mokoro (indigenous canoe). Motorboat cruises, nature walks, and game drives are also available, where, each morning, Africa’s most famed animals can be tracked during their hunt for prey. Once arriving, take some time to relax and take in the surroundings before taking part in an afternoon activity of choice before returning to camp for the evening. ...read less

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7

Game drives in Camp Okavango

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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8

Camp Okavango – Maun – Swakopmund

This morning a final chance is offered for a morning game drive or activity before transfer to Maun for a connecting flight to Windhoek, via Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Windhoek, transfer to the hotel for the night.

This morning a final chance is offered for a morning game drive or activity before transfer to Maun for a connecting flight to Windhoek, via Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Windhoek, transfer to the hotel for the night.

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Arrival in Swakopmund

Morning flight to Swakopmund. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Take the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city or perhaps to partake in some local activities, such as sand-boarding or quad-biking.

Morning flight to Swakopmund. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Take the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city or perhaps to partake in some local activities, such as sand-boarding or quad-biking.

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10

Boat tour of Swakopmund

This day starts with a marine cruise beginning at 9 a.m. Take 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 lead exploration of Sandwich Harbor by Landrover. This excursion will lead to the Kuiseb River Delta, flamingoes, saltpans and wetlands. Visit the 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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11

Swakopmond – Kulala Wilderness Reserve

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Depending on departure time from Swakopmond, this would be a good opportunity to engage in any activities of interest. Perhaps this will be an early morning ride in the dunes, or possibly just enjoy breakfast overlooking the ocean.
Then, transfer to the Mountain Homestead. After arriving and settling into a comfortable room, and 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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12

Exploring Sossusvlei

Take an early morning guided trip into the Namib-Naukluft National Park to visit the dunes around Sossusvlei. Maybe even climb the dunes and marvel at the sweeping views of the sea of red sand. During the heat of the day, go 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 a guide for refreshments, before taking part in an afternoon activity. There will be a choice of exploring the nearby desert environment via a guided walk or a guided horseback tour.
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13

International flight home

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. Then, transfer by air to Windhoek for a flight home or to an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

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. Then, transfer by air to Windhoek for a flight home or to an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Hardap, Namibia

Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

Chobe, North West, Botswana

Moremi Game Reserve, Ngamiland East, North West, Botswana

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

Places You'll See

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    Chobe National Park

    For wildlife lovers, Chobe National Park is the place to see a wide assortment of species, from elephants to giraffes, in their natural habitat. This national park is the most biologically diverse and can be witnessed by land as well as flying safaris! The first national park of Botswana has a wide variety of accommodations from camping to private lodges.

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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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    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.

Hotel Options

Luxury Properties

Okavango Delta : Camp Okavango

Testimonials

Sara

Traveled June, 2014

I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

Karolina Guilcapi at Yampu Tours has provided excellent service for me and my brother on two separate trips, one to Mexico last August and, more recently, South Africa (and Botswana and Zimbabwe) last month. In particular on the South Africa trip she worked closely with me to combine and fine tune a number of their tours. I appreciated her recommendation to go to several game reserves and parks, rather than a lot of time at one. And my brother had some last minute complicated logistics (scheduling an all-day teleconference in the middle of our trip and rescheduling his flights when he missed his original flights) for which Karolina was instrumental in coordinating. I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

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Peter C.

Traveled May, 2013

We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek

We’re on our last day at Kagga Kamma and I wanted to let you know that we are having a great time and everything is according to plan. We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek. While we were unsure about KK when we arrived, it has turned out to be a great experience. Just today we saw ostrich, eland, wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, botinbok, Springbok and cave paintings. Ted and i are taking the ATV’s this afternoon. It is a huge reserve here. The weather today is sunny and cool. Off to the airport in early morning to fly to Kruger. Hopefully the last leg of our trip will be as good as the first.

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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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