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Family Overland

Windhoek - Victoria Falls

19 DAYS THROUGH Botswana, Namibia (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$3,285 (USD) + Included
DURATION:
19 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Boat, Mokoro (dugout canoe)
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, African camp master, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
85%
15%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 12, Lunches x 15, Dinners x 12
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
FNB
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Watch the sunrise over the Namib Desert from the top of Sossusvlei's Dune 45

  Guided walk through the Namib Desert

  Optional wild adventures of Swakopmund, quad biking, sandboarding, horseriding, scenic flights

  Wild camp and hike in the stunning wild mountains of Spitzkoppe

  Trek to Branderg White Lady cave painting

  2 day overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife

  Visit to the San Bushmen Village project near Grootfontein

  Spot wildlife among the reeds and lillies from a canoe in the Okavango

  2 days wilderness safari in Okavango delta

  2 days of wildlife and a boat safari in Chobe National Park

  Take advantage of many optional activities at Victoria Falls

  Marvel at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek ( 14th Jul 2019 )

Important note: For those on our Southern Africa Family trip, please read the important information at the bottom of these trip notes regarding additional paperwork for under-18s to be able enter Botswana (including a certified copy of their full unabridged birth certificate and an affidavit of consent from any parent that is not accompanying).

Border Information: If joining in Windhoek, you will most likely enter Namibia at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA code: WDH).

Welcome to the Namibian capital of Windhoek! There will be a group meeting at 6:00pm at our joining hotel in Windhoek. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting.

If you arrive early, the rest of the day will be free to independently explore the city's German colonial buildings or simply relax before our adventure starts!

In Windhoek we will stay in a decent hotel with good facilities.

Day 2 - Sesriem & Soussusvlei ( 15th Jul 2019 )

Today our journey begins with a drive to the small village of Sesriem, the gateway to the awe-inspiring sand dunes and ancient lakebeds of Sossusvlei. We will have some free time to independently explore the area on arrival.

In Sesriem we will stay in a basic but well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 3 - Namib Desert, Sesriem & Soussusvlei ( 16th Jul 2019 )

Today we will have an early start to take a trip out in the truck to the incredibly photogenic and other-worldly landscapes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - we will start with a climb up the famous huge sand dune known as 'Dune 45' for a breathtaking sunrise, before taking local 4x4s deeper into the deserts and exploring a little on foot.

After returning to Sesriem we have a short drive into the southern Namib deserts to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire, where we will have a fascinating tour to learn all about the ecology of the desert and the history of the area from our local guide there.

In Solitaire we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided walk through the landscapes of the Namib desert, learning all about the delicate desert ecosystem

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Explore the vast dunefields at Sossusvlei

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Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans

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Day 4-5 - Swakopmund ( 17th Jul 2019 to 18th Jul 2019 )

Today we continue our journey north to the German colonial town of Swakopmund, located at the southern end of the famous and barren 'Skeleton Coast'.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On our second day here we will have a free day to explore the town and the wider area, go to the beach, or participate in some of Swakopmund's many exciting outdoor activities!

In Swakopmund we will stay in a good local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a scenic flight over the Forbidden Coast and the Skeleton Coast

NAD 4000

Explore the townships of Swakopmund, meeting the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people

NAD 400

Head out for a fun morning of sandboarding on the dunes near Swakopmund

NAD 400

Explore the ocean by boat and search for dolphins, seals, and other marine life

NAD 600

Head out for a quad-biking trip into the Namib deserts near Swakopmund

NAD 550

Go in search of dolphins on a sea kayak trip off the coast of Swakopmund

NAD 800

Head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund

NAD 690
Day 6 - Spitzkoppe ( 19th Jul 2019 )

We will start the day with a short journey up the coast to the phenomenal Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross, where we'll witness the incredible sight (and smell) of thousands of seals in their natural habitat! We will then travel inland to the sparsely-populated centre of Namibia and the incredible and photogenic mountain of Spitzkoppe.

We will wild camp in the midst of this remote region, have a chance to explore the primeval landscape of the mountain, and witness the mountan take on remarkable oranges and reds during the breathtaking sunset (and sunrise, for those who can manage to get up at 5:30am!).

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very basic facilities (there is a seated 'long-drop' toilet block, but no showers or electricity).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 7 - Brandberg ( 20th Jul 2019 )

Today we will journey further north and head to the stunning mountainous desert landscape of Brandberg.

The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area we will have the opportunity to search for this elusive creature. Brandberg is also home to some incredible ancient San cave paintings, the most famous being the Brandberg White Lady - we will have the chance to take a short trek to the paintings this evening or the following morning.

In Brandberg we will camp in the grounds of a lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Walk to the Brandberg White Lady cave paintings

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Day 8-9 - Etosha National Park ( 21st Jul 2019 to 22nd Jul 2019 )

Today we head north to the stunning Etosha National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!

We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.

In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife

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Day 10 - Grootfontein ( 23rd Jul 2019 )

Today we will turn east and head to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening.

In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours from leaving the gate of Etosha National Park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the San Village project near Grootfontein

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Day 11 - Rundu ( 24th Jul 2019 )

Today we will take a morning drive to the town of Rundu, where we stay in a beautiful campsite on the banks of the Okavango River.

We will have a free afternoon today, where we have the option to take a walk around the nearby villages and see a slice of local life, or perhaps to take a river cruise for sunset.

In Rundu we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a sunset cruise on the Okavango River

NAD 150

Take a community village walk near Rundu

NAD 50
Day 12 - Shakawe ( 25th Jul 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Muhembo, enter Botswana at Muhembo.

Today we will drive through the narrow Zambezi region of Namibia (also known as the Caprivi Strip), and cross the border into northern Botswana, arriving at our campsite near the small village of Shakawe.

Tonight we will prepare for our visit to the Okavango Delta.

In Shakawe we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Day 13-14 - Okavango Delta ( 26th Jul 2019 to 27th Jul 2019 )

Today we have a short drive south to the village of Sepupa, where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.

Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango Delta. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways by a local guide. 

We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.

The next day we will explore the island on foot, and then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks, lunch, and then mokoro back to camp. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoes ourselves! We will stay overnight at our island camp.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head on an unforgettable 3-day/2-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris

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Day 15 - Bagani ( 28th Jul 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Botswana at Muhembo, enter Namibia at Muhembo.

Today we will return to our truck and drive back across the Namibian border to reach our campsite at Bagani, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Panhandle on Namibia's Caprivi Strip.

The camp is set on an island under some amazing trees with river frontage - the area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps teeming with wildlife.

In Bagani we stay at a well equipped camp site.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

Day 16-17 - Chobe National Park, Kasane ( 29th Jul 2019 to 30th Jul 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Ngoma, enter Botswana at Ngoma.

Today we will drive across a different border into Botswana and reach the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will have an early start to head out on an included jeep safari in Chobe National Park, where we hope to spot plenty of the resident wildlife! In the afternoon we will visit the park again by taking an included boat trip down the Chobe river - the boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.

In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat trip to view Chobe National Park's profilic wildlife from the water

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Head out on a safari in Chobe National Park in an open-top jeep

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Day 18 - Victoria Falls ( 31st Jul 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Botswana at Kazangula, enter Zimbabwe at Kazangula.

Today we have a short drive across the Zimbabwean border to the Victoria Falls, Africa's largest waterfalls and one of the world's most spectacular sights!

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

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Day 19 - Victoria Falls ( 1st Aug 2019 )

Border Information: If leaving in Victoria Falls, you will most likely exit Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Victoria Falls. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, and many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls at the end of the trip - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

There are various activities and excursions available in Victoria Falls, including white water rafting and canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging. Please be aware that many activities may need to be booked in advance to avoid them being booked up - please see the website of our approved activitiy supplier in Victoria Falls, Adventure Zone, to see what options they have available and to book any that you wish to do - http://www.adventurezonevicfalls.com/

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

White water rafting on the Zambezi

USD 150
Bungee jump (111m) from the bridge over the Second Gorge of the Victoria Falls
USD 135
See the incredible Victoria Falls from the air with a helicopter flight over the waterfalls
USD 152
Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi
USD 55
Horse riding along the scenic banks of the Zambezi
USD 95
Enjoy a relaxing canoeing trip on the River Zambezi
USD 110
Take a guided walk to a local Matabele village
USD 55

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Departing: 14 Jul 2019
Returning: 1 Aug 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Windhoek - Victoria Falls
$3,330 USD +
Deposit: $700 USD
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Departing: 5 Aug 2019
Returning: 23 Aug 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Windhoek - Victoria Falls
$3,330 USD +
Deposit: $700 USD
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Returning: 30 Jul 2020
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

Lorraine W
Staff and equipment very good, would overland with Dragoman in the future.We enjoyed the Chobe boat safari and the stay in the Okavango Delta the most.
Joy H
I enjoyed everything we saw, there was so much to take in, experience and marvel at.
Karen L
Magnificent ! A brief but brilliant insight into south west African culture and nature
Anthony E
Very well organized. lots of comfort for overland travel
Tilo M
The itinerary is full packed. One or two relaxing days would ease the travel
Tilo M
Difficult to narrow it down, but especially enjoyed the Desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe
David E
Great tour for families. Good mix of people. Itinerary and food fantastic
Colleen G
Dragoman is one of the few overland companies offering family trips. We enjoyed the family trip format and would like to do another family trip in South America. This would need to be sooner rather than later before the teenagers are no longer eligible.
Neale J
Too many highlights to pick a clear winner but if pushed the Game park drive at etosha and sunset cruise at chobe were amazing.
Wendy H
Overall the holiday was good and the kids had a fantastic time.
Kevin M
I still cannot believe the quality and amount of food that Charles produced - quite outstanding.
Kevin M
There was a lot of variety in the food and Charles was very attentive to the different needs of the group. Fantastic pancakes!
Louise K
Charles was absolutely lovely, really friendly and an incredible cook!
Lowenna O
Anja did a marvellous job - her flexibility to alter the agenda to fit in with things she thought we would prefer was exceptional.
Kevin M
Anja displayed an excellent understanding of the needs of the group and intelligently adapted the itinerary. She always gave clear instruction, presented options and recommendations with sound logic. Always had a positive attitude and displayed immense patience with all questions from the children and some of the adults!
Louise K
Absolutely fantastic crew, all really friendly and enthusiastic.
Lowenna O
A great team!
Andrew K
Our cook Charles did a fantastic job and is a great person.
Andrew K
Excellent cook!
Peter L
We loved Denford our cook. He was amazing and the meals were excellent.
Charlotte H
Good value for money, interesting itinerary, felt safe with the guides.
Charlotte H
Denford was A*. He is a kind man and a wonderful cook. Everyone loved him.
Charlotte H