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Combination Safari

Includes: Sossusvlei, Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Okavango, Victoria Falls

The combination safari marries together three of our most popular safaris; the Sossusvlei Safari, the Northern Adventure and the Delta and Falls Safari. It offers an extremely comprehensive safari tour of Namibia, with the route first heading south to the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei, north to see the big cats of Okonjima and the famous Etosha National Park, the Namib Desert and some rock engravings, before hitting the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Nights 3 and night 10 are included in the price of the trip, in a Windhoek guest-house. The itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.

Highlights of the Combination Safari include

  • Sossusvlei - The name originates from the Nama language and refers to the 'gathering of water.' Feel the heat, touch the sand and climb the biggest dunes in the world. They're simply magnificent!
  • Okonjima – learn and experience first hand the cheetah and leopard rehabilitation programme.
  • Etosha National Park – a magical place from sunrise to long past sunset, the plains and waterholes are places of sheer wonder, drama and diversity.
  • Gaining first hand experience of the Stone Age culture with the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region.
  • The World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, a 'Petrified Forest' and Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg in the beautiful and rugged Damaraland.
  • Namibia's premier seaside town on the Skeleton Coast. The coast has always held a strong attraction for visitors, and Swakopmund is no different!
  • Two nights beside a pristine lagoon in the Okavango Delta, and it's incredible sightings of large numbers of prey and predators.
  • The flood plains and riverine forests of the Mahango Game Reserve.
  • A boat cruise into the Chobe National Park, with hippo and crocs for company.
  • Livingstone and 'The Smoke That Thunders' the awesome Victoria Falls.

Camping Safaris | Namibia

  • Combination Safari: Okonjima 13
  • Combination Safari: Okonjima 15
  • Combination Safari: Okonjima 17
  • Combination Safari: Okonjima 20
  • Combination Safari: Okonjima 6
  • Combination Safari: Sossusvlei Sunset
  • Combination Safari: Sunset Chobe River
  • Combination Safari: Sunset Cruise Boat 1
  • Combination Safari: Swamp Swim
  • Combination Safari: Tent
  • Combination Safari: Vic Falls 10
  • Combination Safari: Vic Falls 2
  • Combination Safari: Vic Falls Bungi 1
  • Combination Safari: Vic Falls Microlighting 1
  • Combination Safari: Vic Falls Rafting 10
  • Combination Safari: View From The Tower, Okaukuejo
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Day 1: Windhoek - Sossusvlei
Guests will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek at around 08h15, and heading first south-westerly crossing the Namib Central Plateau, then dropping down the Great Escarpement via the Remhoogte Pass.
Open plains emerge from the descent out of the mountains, and from here on in it's only a short distance to the next stop, the tiny settlement of Solitaire (famous for it's apple pie!) A short refreshment stop follows, before continuing on through the impressive desert scenery, open grass savannah and farmlands. It's not long before the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib, come into view. Arrival at Agama Camp is scheduled for the afternoon, perfect timing to marvel as the colours glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. An early night is recommended.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Camp or
Agama Camp
Day 2: Sossusvlei
A pre-dawn departure is essential to catch the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, it's straight into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5km through the dunes. As you travel down the valley to Sossusvlei, the huge star dunes on either side dwarf everything else. Is there life out there? Ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees make for perfect photo opportunities. But look closely at the sand! Tiny tracks at the base of the dunes might lead to 1 of 200 species of beetles living in the Namib. Larger tracks might belong to black-backed jackal or gemsbok, or might be the two-toed track left behind by an ostrich!
The morning is spent in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting Dune 45. Many people think the name originates because it is about 45km from Sesriem, (which it is) but it's because of the numbering system devised by conservation staff, and by coincidence it happens to be dune number 45 on the map. There is a lunch stop at Sesriem to escape from the heat of the afternoon, and once the day cools off in the late afternoon, there is a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Camp or Agama Camp
Day 3: Windhoek
A more leisurely start to the day. Guests may wish to take a pleasure flight over the dunes, which your guide can help organize. After breakfast the tour leaves the area and heads back north, once again through the wonderful Highlands. The route is slightly different from the outward journey, but just as scenic and spectacular. After an en-route lunch stop, arrival in Windhoek at approximately 16h00. Here you will be dropped at your accommodation. Driving time for is approximately 5hrs. (350kms)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: A
Windhoek Guest House
Day 4: Windhoek - Okonjima
Adventurers will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek between 08h30 - 09h00. The tour first heads north, stopping at small towns along the way, including Okahandja, (The Garden Town of Namibia) with time to visit Namibia's largest woodcarvers market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs and curios.
Continuing north and driving through mainly farmland, the tour is scheduled to arrive at Okonjima's Omboroko campsite mid-afternoon, with time to set up camp and to relax before heading out for the afternoon's activities. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. Activities commence at 15h00 in the winter, and 16h00 in the summer. The leopard can be viewed frequently here, (but not guaranteed) from a hide or radio-tracked from a game viewing vehicle. The cheetah project offers a valuable insight into the welfare work of the AfriCat foundation.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Okonjima Campsite
Day 5: Etosha Park
An early departure and continuing the journey north through some more small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel along the way. The first main stop is to the mysterious Lake Otjikoto, Namibia's largest permanent natural lake, into which German troops dumped weapons and ammunition prior to surrender in 1915.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Namutoni
Day 6: Etosha Park
An early start to benefit from a full day's game driving, heading east on the drive towards Halali Camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way there are several waterholes to visit and splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing along this route is usually excellent.
The lunch time stop is at Halali, with time for a leisurely lunch, dip in the pool or a visit to see who's taking a drink at the waterhole. The game driving continues down to Okaukuejo, famous for its waterhole, quite rightly described as one of the 'best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.' Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope pass by.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Okaukuejo
Day 7: Etosha - Grootberg
Leaving Etosha the Northern Adventure begins to journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Within this area the safari visits a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.
From here it is a short drive on to Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Hoada Community Campsite
Day 8: Grootberg - Twyfelfontein
Today the safari head through one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Here a local guide is employed to conduct a short guided tour before camp is set up for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Twyfelfontein Area
Day 9: Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund
Today the Northern Adventure Safari heads deeper into the desert and passes Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg. Stopping at the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy the semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.
From Uis the safari turns directly west and crosses gravel plains en-route to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, it is a short trip north along the coast to the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.
The next destination, Swakopmund, is south of here following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. Arrival is scheduled for the late allowing time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight there is a chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants, the seafood in Swakopmund is superb and your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.
Dinner this evening is on own account.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalows
Day 10: Swakopmund - Windhoek
Drive time back to Windhoek is around 5 hours hrs, departing after lunch. The morning is available for free leisure time in and around the beaches, shops and town's amenities. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. There are many activities available in Swakopmund: dune-boarding, scenic flights over the desert and Skeleton Coast, skydiving and a whole lot more, availability on these excursions is limited and if you would like to guarantee participation we recommend booking this at the same time as you book the safari. After the morning in Swakopmund, we have lunch and then drive back to Windhoek, arriving about 17h30. You are dropped at your accommodation and can prepare for the final leg of your adventure through Botswana towards Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: a guesthouse in Windhoek
Day 11: Windhoek –Dqae Qare   San Lodge, Ghanzi
Travellers will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation between 07h30 and 08h00, and the journey on the Trans Kalahari Highway begins. We drive to our camp, which is based on a local farm in the Kalahari, near Buitepos Border, via the eastern village of Witvlei. On arrival we set up camp, enjoy a relaxing afternoon, wait for the sun to set and enjoy a fire cooked dinner and the tranquillity of an evening in a remote wilderness environment. After dinner tonight you can enjoy traditional bushman dancing.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 12: Kalahari - Okavango Delta, Botswana
An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way.
A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper. We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13: Okavango Delta, Botswana
We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta.
Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport. These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport. Mokoro’s carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. It really is the only way to travel in this area.
Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14: Okavango Delta - Caprivi, Namibia
Back on the road today, destination Namibia. Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope the majestic sable antelope. Our camp for tonight is just outside the Game Reserve, and we are again beside the Okavango River, but this time the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15: Caprivi - Kasane, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village. Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used. You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the hand-made bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer.
We transit to Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo. A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana. The road takes you directly into the world famous Chobe National Park. Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane for overnight on the banks for the Chobe River.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16: Kasane/Chobe National Park
An early hot drink before we head off on a leisurely game drive, exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road. Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.Time to relax over lunch at our camp before joining a river boat cruise, back into the park. From the boat we will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us. Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding Chobe River and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink. The Chobe River provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautiful species of our feathered friends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 17: Chobe River - Victoria Falls,
Our journey today takes us to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities we make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.< Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.
The campsite is only 2km’s from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls.   This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungi jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few.
Dinner will be in a local restaurant at your own expense.
NB: All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at your own risk and expense.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 18: Victoria Falls
This is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. For some of you, this will be your final night and what a fantastic place to enjoy your last evening with your group. Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.
Meals: Breakfast
joy your last evening with your group. Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 19 & 20 - Optional transfer Back to Windhoek
This morning we say farewell to all the travellers flying out or remaining in Livingstone, those returning to Windhoek have an early start and a long drive, transit transportation only, taking in sights along the way. Traversing the Caprivi Strip, the transfer will spend the night near the small town of Rundu, camping in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River.
Another early start and long drive, heading south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching Windhoek. There will be a stops at the local woodcarvers market at Okahandja before arriving in the city. Travellers will be dropped off at their accommodation in Windhoek. Approximate driving time for days 9 and 10 is around 20hrs. Approximate driving time 20 hours
 
 
Mode of transport
Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus or a Land Cruiser. For more than 8 a specially converted safari truck will be used
Number Of Participants
Maximum of fourteen
Included
All transport
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tea & coffee in camp
All camping equipment
Park entrance & accommodation fees
Guide
Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek
Excluded
Beverages
Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
Tips
Travel Insurance
Other
Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.

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