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Ultimate Namibia and Botswana

Dramatic Wildlife, the Caprivi Strip, Traditional San Tribes with Timothy Smith

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle and short walks (during the San tribe portion of the trip) that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health.

How Tough is This Trip?
While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and feel comfortable on your feet for up to two hours a day.

Please note that the average road journey between our six lodges takes about five hours, sometimes longer. The Trip Leader will discuss what to expect on the drive and how long the journey might be. Most of the roads are gravel and are in excellent condition but take longer to drive than a paved highway. All the routes are scenic. We will be traveling in comfortable safari vehicles, and driving times may vary depending on sights of interest we come upon, photographic opportunities, or wildlife encounters. Ideally, we will depart for drives after breakfast so as to arrive early enough at the next lodge in time for afternoon game viewing.

During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everyone’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Weather

Namibia has a typical desert climate: hot in the day, and cool at night, mostly sunny and dry. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-70ºFs to the low 90ºFs, with night temperatures dropping to the 40ºFs and 50ºFs. The coastal region is cool and dry throughout the year. In Botswana in June and July, there is minimal rainfall and the bush turns golden brown, so game viewing is easier and animals concentrate around major water sources. Daytime temperatures range from the upper 70°Fs to mid 80°Fs, and nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop to below freezing, so warm layers are necessary. The temperatures at Victoria Falls this time of year are similar with highs in the upper 70ºFs to low 80°Fs, dropping to the mid-40ºFs and low 50ºFs at night.

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.