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The Namib Desert

Namibia's spectacular landscapes includes the enormous Sossusvlei Dunes and the stunning Skeleton Coast. Our Namibia & Botswana Private Journey explores the Namib, Etosha National Park, and Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Linyanti Game Reserves.

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Namibia and Botswana Private Journey

Mystical Landscapes, Extraordinary Wildlife

Namibia and Botswana Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $9695  
Length: 15 days
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 14 nights in luxury tented camps and game lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: Game walks and game tracking by open 4WD vehicle and mokoro (dugout canoe)
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Highlights

  • Namibia’s other-worldly desert landscapes, golden Sossuvlei Dunes
  • 4WD gameviewing in Botswana’s famed Chobe National Park
  • Exclusive safari camps in prime locations
  • The marvel of Victoria Falls


The camps, guides, activities, and fantastic orchestration of the travel—everything was conducted like a symphony. We were absolutely thrilled with how WT managed so many pieces.Michelle S.—Hastings on Hudson, NY

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Enjoy a Private Journey in the incredible wildlife habitats of Namibia and Botswana. In Namibia, a world of desert-adapted animals and infinite blue skies, explore the mountains of Damaraland and amazing dunescapes of Sossusvlei, then head to the renowned safari paradise of Botswana. In Botswana, set out for gameviewing in the Okavango Delta, with its islands and lily-covered lagoons, and on the teeming savannas of Linyanti, an exclusive private reserve on fabled Chobe National Park’s western edge. Botswana’s untouristed and immense gamelands offer world-class gameviewing by open vehicle and—a Botswana specialty—by mokoro (dugout canoe). Superbly located wilderness camps and lodges put you in the heart of these celebrated landscapes, and you conclude your journey at majestic Victoria Falls.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Namibia: Magical Damaraland

In remote Damaraland, explore a prime wilderness where desert elephant and highly endangered desert black rhino roam. Overnights at stylish, vintage-style Damaraland Camp.

Days 4-7
Sossusvlei Dunes

The celebrated Sossusvlei Dunes rise from acacia-dotted desert pans. From deluxe Sossuvlei Wilderness Lodge, hike the dunes as the morning light changes the colors from mauve to burnt orange, and explore by 4WD. Optional balloon safaris offer stunning aerial views.

Days 8-13
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Chobe, and Linyanti Game Reserve

Explore the heart of the Okavango Delta and Linyanti’s riverine forests, grasslands, and waterholes, habitat for zebra, giraffe, buffalo, lion, wild dog, hyena, hippo, and more. Safari on foot, by mokoro (dugout canoe), and by 4WD. Small, intimate camps in beautiful settings offer comfortable access to these remote wildlife paradises.

Days 14-15
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Experience the natural wonder of Victoria Falls, known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders.” Options include rafting, helicopter flights, and a sunset cruise. Depart on Day 14.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

April to October

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Note: Due to the small size of the camps, early booking is highly recommended.

Trip Cost

Prices valid through November 2014
$9695 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $2100
Forced single supplement: $2100
High Season Surcharge (May 31-Oct 31): $2500
Internal airfare: $2100 (subject to change)

River Club Upgrade (Livingstone): $350 per person
Premier Camp Upgrade:
Little Kulala (Namibia): $1700 per person (3 nights)
Jao Camp (Okavango): $1790 per person (3 nights)
Kings Pool (Linyanti Game Reserve): $1790 per person (3 nights)

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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1995
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1895
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $1495

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • At Damaraland Camp: 4WD gameviewing and game walks
  • At Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp: 4WD excursions
  • At Kwetsani Camp, Tuba Tree Camp, or Duba Plains Camp: water and land activities including gameviewing by mokoro (dugout), game walks, day and night game drives in open 4WD vehicles
  • At Savuti Camp, Duma Tau Camp, or Selinda Camp: water and land activities including gameviewing by mokoro (dugout), game walks, day and night game drives in open 4WD vehicles
  • Safari guides and camp staff
  • Land and internal air transportation and airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, charter flights, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional activities, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Hotel Heinitzburg

Hotel Heinitzburg

Day 1 (1 night), Windhoek, Namibia

Built by a German count as a private “castle” in 1914 and recently renovated, this 16-room stone-built hotel has a terrace bar with ...
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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Damaraland, Namibia

Operated in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), this camp has eight walk-in tents with beds and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets. The ...
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namibia

With marvelous vistas of the famous red dunes and big blue skies of the Namib, Kulala Desert Lodge is set in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a ...
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Little Kulala Camp

Little Kulala Camp (Premier Camp Upgrade)

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

A luxurious desert retreat with a magical atmosphere, Little Kulala is situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, gateway to Namibia’s ...
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Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Day 7 (1 night), Maun, Botswana

Royal Tree Lodge, set on a game farm outside Maun, features seven spacious, tastefully furnished tents on raised decks, complete with en suite ...
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Okavango Delta Camps

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Our secluded Okavango Delta camps are set on lush islands amid glorious Delta waterscapes. They feature roomy thatch-roofed tents with private facilities and indoor as well as outdoor showers and verandas. The dining and bar areas overlook the floodplains, and swimming pools offer a refreshing dip. The wildlife is all around us, and the sunrises and sunsets are unforgettable. Choose from our options listed below for full descriptions and more photos of each camp:

Savuti and Linyanti Reserve Camps

Days 11 to 13 (3 nights), Savuti and Linyanti Reserves, Botswana

In the Savuti and Linyanti reserves bordering Chobe National Park, our camps offer wonderful comfort in deluxe tented rooms raised on decks with private facilities. The thatched dining and bar areas have expansive views over the gamelands, and there are plunge pools for a cooling dip. Accommodations are Savuti Camp, Duma Tau Camp, Selinda Camp and Kings Pool Camp (premier camp upgrade).

Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel

Day 14 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone has a location that simply can’t be beat—just a 10-minute walk from mighty Victoria Falls, one of the ...
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River Club

River Club (Upgrade)

Day 14 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zambia

The River Club, 10 miles upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambia side, is a colonial-style retreat on the hills overlooking the Zambezi. There ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1