Namibian/Botswana Highlights self-drive safari
Day 1: Windhoek – Hotel Thule
Over nights at the Thule Hotel with a spectacular view overlook the landscape of what is Windhoek. Depart Windhoek for Swakopmund the next morning. Swakopmund is a city on the coast of western Namibia, 380 km west of Windhoek.
Drive time: 4 hours
Day 2: Windhoek to Swakopmund
Check in at the newly built Strand Hotel, drop off your bags and grab a light lunch. Sit on the beach, this upscale spa hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Swakopmund Museum. It’s also 1 km from the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia. The view is spectacular. Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa, and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
Day 3: Swakopmund to Terrace Bay
Depart Swakopmund early the next day for Terrace bay. En-route stop off in the small coastal town of Hentiesbay, check out the amazing view where the dunes cross the ocean. Grab a bite to eat at Fishy corner in town before embarking on the last few hours to Terrace Bay (Park gates close at 15:00PM). It also set in an undisturbed and peaceful surrounding enveloped in the sand dunes of the northern Namib Desert. Whether it is families looking for a getaway holiday or ardent adventurers looking to explore the Uniab River delta, Terrace Bay has something for everybody. Drive time: 5 hours
Day 4: Terrace Bay to Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo is the main area of tourist activity inside Etosha National Park, and with its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting; it is aptly known as the “Wildlife Theatre”. Okaukuejo, located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha. The camp can be reached by driving north from Outjo on the C38. This road leads to Etosha National Park’s Andersson Gate – and from here it is only a few ‘game viewing’ kilometers to Okaukuejo. Drive time: 7 hours
Day 5 & 6: Etosha National Park to Onguma Bush Camp
Onguma Bush Camp offers 16 rooms and is ideal for families with children. Family loft rooms ensure the kids will have a great safari. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole that affords great opportunities to see nature at play around the clock. You don’t even have to leave the camp to see game – they come to you! Drive time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Day 7: Onguma Bush Camp to Hakusembe
Entering Hakusembe River Lodge at the end of the winding gravel track, you are greeted with a refreshing image of green lawn, large trees, a collection of thatched chalets and a strip of sparkling river. Instantaneously the fresh balm of beauty soothes your weary soul. You have reached the verdant Hakusembe river oasis. A feeling of calm descends. And it remains present for the time of your visit. River birds fly up between the reeds, people row their dugout canoes on the river and soft muted sounds float over the waters from the villages on the far bank. As you sit on the floating deck, legs up, book in hand absorbing the peace to the accompaniment of bird calls and the gentle splashing of water, all worldly worries float away. Drive time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Day 8: Hakusembe to Caprivi River Lodge
Situated on the banks of the Mighty Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge invites you to enjoy a relaxing, body and soul experience.Just a few minutes from Katima Mulilo on the tranquil Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge will leave you in awe of the closeness it offers with nature. Drive time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Day 9: Caprivi River Lodge to Savuti Camp, Botswana
This intimate camp’s en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents, including a family unit that is raised off the ground. From the camp’s thatched dining area, a small pool and large viewing area with fire deck extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the Channel and its wildlife. Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Day 10: Savuti Camp to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The trip end here in Zimbabwe, Victoria falls.
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