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Namibia & Okavango 4x4 Self Drive African Safari

Tour Highlights:

Explore diverse landscapes from the deserts to the delta
Experience a cultural ceremony
Off-road escapades in untamed beauty

Namibia & Okavango 4x4 Self Drive African Safari

Journey Overview

Embark on a thrilling 4x4 camping adventure in Windhoek, Namibia, where you'll start your journey exploring the captivating landscapes. Traverse overland to the Waterberg, relishing a stay at a local farm and a visit to the Cheetah Conservation Centre nearby.

Continue eastward towards the Botswana border, spending a night in Tsumkwe before delving into the Khaudum National Park and the sacred San site of Tsodillo Hills in Botswana. Experience cultural ceremonies amidst the wilderness, camping for three nights in your trusty 4x4.

Journey to Namibia's Caprivi Strip, a water wonderland, for a refreshing break at rustic guesthouses, enjoying short drives between locations over three nights.

Cross back into Botswana for two nights at the renowned Chobe Game Reserve, indulging in spectacular game viewing along the Zambezi's banks before unwinding in luxurious guest houses.

Travel southwest into Moremi, passing the remote Savuti Marshes, and camp by the riverside, immersing in the wilderness. Arrive in Maun, concluding your overland adventure.

Conclude your 4x4 camping adventure with seven nights in Moremi Game Reserve, exploring African wilderness by foot, mokoro, or vehicle. Fly to Cape Town for a relaxing finale before your journey home.

Adventure Safari in Botswana Okavango Delta & Namibia

day 1

From Airport to Oasis

  • Your Accommodation

    Upon your arrival at Windhoek Airport, your first stop on this exciting self-driving adventure is the Belvedere Boutique (B&B). This modern and stylish boutique hotel, located just a short 30-minute drive (43 km) from the airport, is thoughtfully designed to provide you with a sanctuary in Windhoek. Owned by Herman Davin, the Belvedere Boutique seamlessly combines elegance and coziness.

    Your luxurious room at the Belvedere will be ready, ensuring a night of restful sleep after your day of travel. The hotel offers outstanding amenities, including a pristine pool inviting you to take a refreshing swim and a jacuzzi where you can soak away the day's fatigue. For those seeking relaxation and pampering, indulge in rejuvenating beauty and spa treatments.

    For guests with excess energy to spare, the Belvedere Boutique features a floodlit tennis court and a putting green, perfect for some friendly competition. You won't need to venture far for dinner; the Belvedere Boutique offers a delightful dining experience that perfectly complements the elegance of your surroundings. This boutique retreat serves as your haven in Windhoek, where luxury, leisure, and relaxation come together to make your stay truly exceptional.

    Your home away from home:

    Belvedere Boutique
    www.belvedere-boutiquehotel.com
    76 Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Street, Windhoek
    Tel +264 61 258 867

  • Your Travel Time

    30 mins

  • Your Activities

    The Belvedere Boutique offers a variety of activities to enhance your stay. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine pool or relax in the jacuzzi. For those with an active spirit, engage in friendly competition on the floodlit tennis court or try your hand at the putting green. Additionally, indulge in rejuvenating beauty and spa treatments for the ultimate relaxation.

  • Your Food

    Your stay at the Belvedere Boutique includes a delicious breakfast, ensuring you start your day on a delightful note. The boutique retreat also offers a delightful dining experience, allowing you to savor exquisite cuisine without having to venture far from the comfort of your surroundings. The combination of luxury accommodation and culinary delights makes your stay at the Belvedere truly exceptional.

days 2 - 3

Wildlife Odyssey: Namibian Adventure Unveiled

  • Your Accommodation

    Today, you'll embark on a picturesque 3-hour / 287 km drive from Windhoek to the heart of Namibia, where Hamakari Guest Farm (D,B&B) awaits. You'll have the privilege of spending two nights at this remarkable location. Situated centrally and bordering the expansive Waterberg plateau, Hamakari offers a truly unique experience. Here, you'll immerse yourself in a world of extraordinary flora and fauna. Only on the plateau of the sandstone monolith can you encounter the special diversity of wild buffalo, rhinos, and the rare sable and roan antelopes within the vast 40,000-hectare national park. Hamakari serves as the perfect launch point for your journey to the Waterberg and the wildlife-rich north of Namibia.

    At Hamakari, you'll find an exceptional guesthouse infused with African flair. The guesthouse is also a working cattle breeding farm, representative of Namibian agriculture. As a visitor, you'll have the unique opportunity to gain an unadulterated insight into the workings of a Namibian agricultural business, offering a truly authentic experience.

    Hamakari's owners, Sabine and Wilhelm Diekmann, are actively engaged as board members of foundations aimed at expanding the social and economic development of the Otjisondjupa region. The commitment to sustainability is evident through the use of solar energy, the farm's production of organic vegetables, and the use of food sourced from animals raised without performance-enhancing additives.

    You'll be accommodated in deluxe farm rooms located near the farmhouse, nestled in the heart of a spacious garden. These well-appointed rooms feature comfortable king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers, along with other amenities. From your room's terrace, you'll have the opportunity to gaze out over the bush, where you might spot animals gathering at the waterhole. Just a short walk away, you'll find a large pool, a welcoming bar, and the dining area, where you can enjoy delightful dinners in the company of the Diekmann family, making your stay at Hamakari truly exceptional.

    Your home away from home:

    Hamakari Guest Farm
    www.hamakari.com
    Waterberg Plateau National Park, Namibia
    Tel +264 67 306 633

  • Your Travel Time

    3 hours

  • Your Activities

    On day 3, take the chance to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo. This facility is recognised globally for its cheetah research, conservation, and education. Here you witness conservation efforts in action and gain insights into the fascinating world of the cheetah and its ecosystem.

  • Your Food

    Your meal inclusions at Hamakari Guest Farm include both breakfast and dinner. Delight in the exceptional dinners in the company of the Diekmann family, creating memorable culinary experiences during your stay.

day 4

Namibian Tapestry: Tsumkwe Trails & Tranquility

  • Your Accommodation

    Following a hearty breakfast, you'll leave Hamakari Guest Farm for the captivating town of Tsumkwe, Namibia, a 6-hour / 579 km drive away. Tsumkwe, a culturally significant town, is home to the San people and serves as the gateway to the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. At Tsumkwe Country Lodge (B&B), a protective wall surrounds the oasis, offering safety with a view of a water hole where elephants and antelope visit during the dry season. Your accommodation will be in a spacious Triple Room, designed for comfort and relaxation, complementing the cultural richness of the region. The lodge boasts rustic and modern charm, with an open-plan gathering area housing a bar, restaurant, and a refreshing pool.

    Your home away from home:

    Tsumkwe Country Lodge
    www.tsumkwelodge.com
    Tsumkwe, Namibia
    Tel +264 81 276 3974

  • Your Travel Time

    6 hours

  • Your Activities

    Day 4 combines travel, cultural immersion, and relaxation in Namibia's unique wilderness. Tsumkwe promises an enriching experience, allowing you to explore the heritage and lifestyle of the San people while enjoying the creature comforts at Tsumkwe Lodge.

  • Your Food

    Your meal inclusion at Tsumkwe Country Lodge is breakfast, setting you up for the day's adventures. The Tsumkwe Restaurant & Bar, known for diverse and mouthwatering dishes, provides a delightful culinary experience during your stay.

days 5 - 6

Safari Serenity: Remote Elephant Wilderness

  • Your Accommodation

    Your next destination is the Khaudum National Park, a remote and pristine wilderness where you'll spend the next two days. To reach this untamed paradise, you'll first meet your guide from Abenteurer Afrika and then embark on a 1.5-hour / 60 km drive from Tsumkwe Country Lodge. The journey is unlike any other, with faint vehicle tracks and numerous human and animal prints crisscrossing your path. Be ready to engage your 4x4 gear in the soft, thick sand along the way. Enjoy scenic views of the Kalahari landscape adorned with baobab trees and termite mounds. Encounter the local San people, preserving their traditional culture and lifestyle in this area. As you approach Khaudum National Park, keep in mind that wildlife is active both day and night - especially elephants roaming freely. The elephants, weighing between 3,600 and 6,000 kilograms, may leisurely cross the road, indifferent to passing vehicles. Disturbing or threatening them may lead to charged reactions. Arriving at Sikereti Camp (self-catering), situated at the park's southern entrance, is scheduled for the afternoon. The campsite boasts four private sites, each featuring its ablution facility, hot water shower, flush toilet, and a central fireplace. Set up your tents, prepare dinner, and unwind by the fire, listening to the night's sounds, such as lions' roars, hyenas' laughter, and jackals' cries.

    Your home away from home:

    Sikereti Camp
    www.khaudum.com.na
    Khaudum National Park, Sikereti
    Tel +264 81 127 2333

  • Your Travel Time

    1.5 hours

  • Your Activities

    Exploration of the Khaudum National Park, encountering the local San people, and enjoying the untamed wilderness are the key activities during your stay. Be prepared for a unique and immersive experience as you navigate the park's landscapes, filled with diverse flora and fauna.

  • Your Food

    Meal inclusion at Sikereti Camp is self-catering. Prepare your dinner at the campsite and enjoy it by the fire, surrounded by the sounds of the African night.

day 6

Khaudum Kaleidoscope: Nature's Bounty Safari

  • Your Accommodation

    Day 6 begins with an early wake-up and a light breakfast before joining your guide for a tour through the park. Khaudum National Park houses diverse wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, kudus, oryxes, steenboks, duikers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, jackals, and more. Encounter rare antelopes like tsessebes, roans, and sables. The park is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 300 species, including some endemic and endangered ones. Explore various park habitats, from dry riverbeds and pans to dense woodlands and grasslands. On your second night, you'll stay at Khaudum Campsite, located in the northern part of the park. The campsite features six private sites, each with its ablution and washing area, and a "braai" (South African barbecue). Enjoy views of the omuramba, a seasonal riverbed attracting many animals, and witness the sunset over the horizon.

    Your home away from home:

    Khaudum Campsite
    Khaudum National Park, Namibia
    Tel +264 61 227 519

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Explore Khaudum National Park with your guide, encountering diverse wildlife, rare antelopes, and a plethora of bird species. Gain insights into the unique ecosystems of the Kalahari and enjoy the beauty of the park's landscapes.

  • Your Food

    Meal inclusion at Khaudum Campsite is self-catering. Prepare your dinner at the campsite, perhaps enjoying a barbecue under the starry night sky, surrounded by the sounds of the Kalahari.

day 7

Ancient Canvas: Tsodilo Rock Art Safari

  • Your Accommodation

    On this leg of your adventure, you'll journey from Khaudum National Park to the captivating Tsodilo Hills, known as "Lefelo la Tsodilo" in Tswana. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 2001, these hills hold deep religious and spiritual significance for the locals, boasting over 4,000 ancient rock paintings that narrate millennia of human history.

    The Tsodilo Hills majestically rise from the Kalahari scrub bush, exuding an unmistakable mystical aura that has long intrigued visitors. Revered as sacred, they are believed to house ancestral spirits, making it a profound place to explore. Archaeological findings spanning over 100,000 years reveal human presence, trade, and cultural exchange, with the San, Hambukushu, and Bantu inhabitants leaving their mark.

    The rock art at Tsodilo is exceptional, featuring unique red finger paintings and geometric designs that set it apart from other sites in southern Africa. The majority of the artwork is attributed to the San, while some is credited to the pastoral Khoe people. These paintings depict an array of animals, both wild and domestic, making Tsodilo distinctive in its own right.

    When you arrive at Tsodilo Community Campsite, you'll find that camping among these ancient wonders is a unique experience. The campsite has large, spacious plots with braai place and ablution blocks. This lack of modern amenities adds to the charm, allowing you to connect with the environment in its purest form. The quiet atmosphere is very mystical also the absence of lights anywhere nearby brings the stars and night sky so close it feels like you can reach out and grab a star, not difficult to imagine why the Bushman of old regarded the place as sacred.

    Your home away from home:

    Tsodilo Community Campsite
    Tsodilo, Botswana

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    To make the most of your visit, take a journey through time by exploring the area's walking trails. For a deeper understanding of the local culture, connecting with a guide from the local villages will complete your Tsodilo Hills experience.

  • Your Food

    Meal inclusion at Tsodilo Community Campsite is self-catering. Enjoy preparing your meals while camping among the ancient rock paintings, connecting with the environment and the rich history of Tsodilo Hills.

day 8

Okavango Oasis: Safari Sojourn

  • Your Accommodation

    Your journey today takes you from Tsodilo Hills to Mahangu Safari Lodge (DLB&B), an exciting 3-hour drive covering 99 km. Just outside of Namibia's captivating Bwabwata National Park, this location is a haven of nature, bordered by Angola, Botswana, and the Okavango and Kwando Rivers.

    Bwabwata National Park, a sprawling 6,274-square-kilometer expanse, boasts a diverse ecosystem. Here, you'll encounter elephants, buffalo, roan and sable antelope, wild dogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, reedbuck, red lechwe, sitatunga, and hippos. The Mahango core area is internationally recognized for its birdlife, including vulnerable species like the slaty egret and globally threatened wattled crane.

    Mahangu Safari Lodge sits along the western bank of the Okavango River, offering an inviting environment to relax and soak in the surroundings. With its dining and lounge areas, bar, sparkling pool, and riverfront sunset decks, the lodge is a perfect base for your adventures. Activities abound, from boat-based bird and game viewing to guided fishing trips and game drives through Mahango and West Caprivi National Parks, not to mention visits to the nearby Popa Falls.

    Your overnight stay at Mahangu Safari Lodge is in a comfortable safari tent equipped with an en-suite bathroom, veranda, and air conditioning. All meals are included during your stay, ensuring you're well-fed and ready for adventure.

    Your home away from home:

    Mahangu Safari Lodge
    www.mahangu.com.na
    Namibia
    Tel +264 66 259 037

  • Your Travel Time

    3 hours

  • Your Activities

    Activities abound at Mahangu Safari Lodge, from boat-based bird and game viewing to guided fishing trips and game drives through Mahango and West Caprivi National Parks. You can also explore the nearby Popa Falls.

  • Your Food

    Meal inclusion at Mahangu Safari Lodge includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch, ensuring you're well-fed and ready for your adventures in the diverse ecosystem of Bwabwata National Park.

days 9 - 10

Wild Oasis: Safari Retreat

  • Your Accommodation

    Your stay at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge (DB&B) offers a unique experience in the Wuparo Conservancy. The lodge, established by the Micheletti brothers in 2011, features eco-friendly tented rooms raised on stilts, providing comfort with minimal environmental impact. Enjoy splendid views, a three-story communal area, and a campfire deck over the river.

    Your home away from home:

    Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
    www.nkasalupalalodge.com
    Sangwali, Namibia
    Tel +264 81 147 7798

  • Your Travel Time

    3 hours

  • Your Activities

    Explore Nkasa Rupara National Park and Wuparo Conservancy on game drives, encountering diverse wildlife. Engage in birdwatching, cultural experiences, and walking safaris, led by professional guides. Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings, witnessing nature's wonders.

  • Your Food

    Indulge in a culinary fusion of Namibian and Italian influences at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Included are dinner and breakfast served in the restaurant on stilts, with packed lunches for daytime adventures.

days 11 - 12

Sands of Chobe: Elephant Camp Safari

  • Your Accommodation

    Chobe Elephant Camp (DLB&B) awaits in the heart of Chobe National Park. Crafted from vibrant red Kalahari sands, the lodge offers unique construction with sandbags for natural insulation. Spacious rooms, eco-friendly design, a lounge, dining area, bar, and a refreshing pool create a rustic yet comfortable ambiance.

    Your home away from home:

    Chobe Elephant Camp
    www.chobeelephantcamp.com
    Chobe National Park
    Tel +267 686 3763

  • Your Travel Time

    3 hour

  • Your Activities

    Explore Chobe National Park's abundant wildlife on open safari vehicles, Chobe River boat excursions, and visits to nearby villages. Owner Adrian offers guided tours on eco-friendly construction and permaculture practices. Enjoy panoramic views of the Chobe River and floodplains from your veranda.

  • Your Food

    Experience no-fuss meals under the vast African night sky at Chobe Elephant Camp. Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

day 12

Riverside Reverie: Chobe Campsite Adventure

  • Your Accommodation

    Chobe River Campsite (self-catering) is your serene retreat nestled along the Chobe River, just a brief 20-minute drive from Chobe Elephant Camp. Six private sites, each with individual ablution facilities, a braai area, and a fire pit, offer a perfect balance between simplicity and comfort. The campsite provides picturesque scenes of untamed plains and the river's natural charm.

    Your home away from home:

    Chobe River Campsite
    store.gondwana-collection.com/accommodation/chobe-river-campsite
    Ngoma, Namibia
    Tel +264 61 427 200

  • Your Travel Time

    20 minutes

  • Your Activities

    Immerse yourself in the essence of the region with invigorating game drives, cultural visits, and a full-day boat cruise on the Chobe River. From observing wildlife to connecting with local culture, the campsite ensures an authentic and enriching experience, seamlessly intertwining nature and community.

  • Your Food

    Indulge in a self-catering experience at Chobe River Campsite. Prepare your meals in the communal kitchen, dine in the open air, and savor the laid-back evenings by the fire pit. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy observing elephants, buffaloes, and various bird species right from their campsite.

day 12

Rustic Riverside: Community Adventure

  • Your Accommodation

    Tshaa Community Camp, nestled on the banks of the Khwai Rivera, welcomes you for a tranquil stay. Managed by the local community, this rustic campsite offers six spread-out campsites, shaded by old green trees. Each site features a fire pit, a flush toilet, and an outdoor shower with hot and cold water, providing a genuine connection with nature.

    Your home away from home:

    Tshaa Community Camp

  • Your Travel Time

    3.5 hours

  • Your Activities

    Embark on a captivating 3-hour and 20-minute drive from Chobe River Camp to Tshaa Community Camp. Explore the Savuti Channel and Savuti Marsh along the way, known for their unpredictable water flow and diverse wildlife. Stop at Gobabis Hill to admire ancient rock paintings. At Tshaa Community Camp, immerse yourself in the riverine environment, watch the sunset over the water, and experience the sounds of nature.

  • Your Food

    Enjoy a self-catering experience at Tshaa Community Camp. The six campsites, shaded by green trees, provide a serene setting for preparing meals. Be aware of the freely roaming wildlife, including elephants. Engage with friendly locals, share stories, and embrace the community's culture while being mindful of occasional souvenir offers as part of their efforts to support themselves.

days 14 - 18

Grand finale: An Okavango farewell

  • Your Accommodation

    Day 14: Tshilli Farm Retreat
    Embark on a 3-hour drive to Maun and transfer to Tshilli Farm. Stay in semi-open chalets on stilts with en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and views of indigenous fynbos gardens.

    Days 15 - 16: Delta Camp Adventure
    Fly to Delta Camp in the Okavango Delta. Unique chalets seamlessly blend with the ancient forest, offering captivating views of the bush and floodplains.

    Day 17: Return to Tshilli Farm
    Return to Tshilli Farm for one more night. Enjoy the contrasts of urban and rural life in Maun, and unwind in the tranquil environment.

    Day 18: Journey Home
    Conclude your tour, with a short drive to Maun Airport and a flight to Cape Town.

    Your home away from home:

    Delta Camp
    footsteps-in-africa.com/collections/delta-camp
    Okavango Delta
    Tel +267 686 1154

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Day 14: Tshilli Farm Retreat
    Partake in a guided farm tour with Adrian, exploring ancient forests, sage fields, and water pans. Engage with the farm's residents contributing to permaculture harmony. Optionally, explore nearby wildlife on foot or by bike.

    Days 15 - 16: Delta Camp Adventure
    Experience an authentic Delta adventure with a dedicated guide, engaging in game walks, drives, and mokoro safaris. Observe wildlife up close, including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and diverse bird species.

    Day 17: Return to Tshilli Farm
    Explore the contrasts of urban and rural life in Maun and unwind at Tshilli Farm.

    Day 18: Journey Home
    Conclude your memorable tour, leaving Botswana with lasting memories.

  • Your Food

    Day 14: Tshilli Farm Retreat
    Indulge in dinners made from on-site organic produce, including local specialties like “seswaa,” a traditional meat stew.

    Days 15 - 16: Delta Camp Adventure
    Dine under the stars or in an elegant dining room with expansive views. Enjoy meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

    Day 17: Return to Tshilli Farm
    Experience farm-fresh dinners made from on-site organic produce.

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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