Large caprivi game drive

Roof Top Camping Adventure from Namibia to Victoria Falls

An African adventure of a lifetime, journey from the dry lands of Namibia to the verdant river banks of the Zambezi and the thundering Victoria Falls. This is a self drive itinerary, roof top camping in luxurious private pitch camp-sites.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 - 1 hour

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional €938 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

     
  • Self Drive Roof Top Camping Adventure

  • Hike on the majestic Waterberg Plateau

  • Safari in Etosha National Park

  • Explore the riverlands of the Caprivi Strip

  • See the thundering Victoria Falls

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE WINDHOEK
On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be welcomed and driven to your guesthouse in Windhoek. The transfer takes around 45 minutes, with stops along the way to stock up on supplies. Your fully air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle will be delivered directly to the guesthouse.
Accommodation: Villa Violet

DAY 3: DRIVE TO WATERBERG (APPROX 3HRS)
Accommodation: Waterberg Plateau Campsite

DAY 4: WATERBERG
Waterberg is a stunning wilderness plateau offering excellent trekking and some rare wildlife species. Located between Etosha and Windhoek, the Waterberg is a convenient stopping point and offers fantastic hiking opportunities from shot day treks to multi day adventures. Due to its isolation, there are some unique and rare wildlife species here such as sable and roan antelope, however due to the thickness of the bush, this can be hard to spot. Game drives can be arranged, but the real attraction is slowing down and perhaps picking off one or two of the there are nine short trails around the vicinity of the camp.
Accommodation: Waterberg Plateau Campsite

DAY 5: DRIVE TO WESTERN ETOSHA (APPROX 3HRS)
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest safari destinations and certainly one of the best places to spot the big five. During the dry season, waterholes teem with wildlife and the park is incredibly accessible for self-drive making it also one of the most affordable safari options in Africa. Etosha is characterised by vast and dusty chalk-white plains. Designed with self-drive visitors in mind, the tarmac roads are well sign-posted, and what the park may lack in authentic safari feel, it makes up for with ease of access, affordability, a good variety of accommodation, and incredibly rich wildlife centred largely on the parks’ prolific waterholes. Rare black rhino thrive, along with elephant, giraffe, eland, blue wildebeest, zebra, impala, and more. There’s an abundance of big cats, and an array of impressive birdlife to enjoy from ostriches and secretary birds, to vultures, hawks, and the beautiful and endangered blue cranes.
Accommodation: Okaukeujo Camp

DAY 6: ETOSHA
Choose from a self drive safari in Etosha National Park, or a game drive in a guided open top vehicle
Accommodation: Okaukeujo Camp

DAY 7: DRIVE THROUGH ETOSHA TO ONGUMA (APPROX 4HRS)
Full day self drive game drive through Etosha from West to East
Accommodation: Onguma Tamboti Campsite

DAY 8: ONGUMA RESERVE
Enjoy a day of relaxing around the pool, before heading out on a sundowner game drive in the private Onguma Reserve
Accommodation: Onguma Tamboti Campsite

DAY 9: DRIVE TO RUNDU (APPROX 6HRS)
Situated on the banks of the Kavango River, Hakusembe River Lodge is a relaxing stopping point on route through the Caprivi Strip
Accommodation: Hakusembe River Lodge

DAY 10: DRIVE TO RIVER DANCE (APPROX 3HRS)
Accommodation: Riverdance Lodge and Campsite

DAY 11: RIVER DANCE - OPTIONAL RIVER CRUISE AND HIKES
Riverdance is a small owner operated lodge and campsite on the banks of the Kavango River in the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. Recommended activities include river cruises, with teeming bird-life, hippos, crocodiles, snakes and sometimes elephants passing by and guided nature hikes in the vicinity of the lodge. Riverdance has excellent relations with the local community and the village tours are also highly recommended.
Accommodation: Riverdance Lodge and Campsite

DAY 12: DRIVE TO NAMUSHASHA RIVER LODGE (APPROX 3HRS DRIVE)
Accommodation: Namushasha River Lodge

DAY 13: OPTIONAL GAME DRIVE IN BWABATA NATIONAL PARK
The Caprivi Strip is a narrow strip of land connecting Namibia with Victoria Falls. After years of instability it is now an exciting up an coming safari destination. The Caprivi Strip is a wetland area flanked by the Zambezi and Kwando–Linyandi–Chobe river sytems and is a real up and coming wildlife destination. It offers a similar habitat to the exclusive Kwando / Linyanti area of Botswana, but for a fraction of the cost. Today enjoy a game drive in Bwabata National Park and optional cruise on the Kwando River.
Accommodation: Namushasha River Lodge

DAY 14: DRIVE TO ZAMBEZI MUBALA (APPROX 3HRS DRIVE)
Accommodation: Zambezi Mubala Camp

DAY 15: OPTIONAL RIVER CRUISE ON THE ZAMBEZI RIVER
Your final stop in the Eastern most reaches of the Caprivi Strip. Enjoy a rest day at camp or a river cruise on the Zambezi.
Accommodation: Zambezi Mubala Camp

DAY 16: DRIVE TO KASANE (APPROX 2HRS) & TRANSFER TO VICTORIA FALLS (1HRS)
Today involves crossing the border from Namibia into Botswana, an easy and pleasant border crossing that doesn't usually provide many delays.
Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

DAY 17: VICTORIA FALLS
We usually recommend a stay of 2-3 nights at Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world. The Falls are the main attraction here, but the area makes for a relaxing destination with a range of activities, from visiting the Falls themselves, swimming in Devil's Pool at the head of the Falls (Zambia side), sunset cruises, safari-lite activities and a range of adrenaline activities.
Below the falls, the Zambezi Gorge is a world famous rafting spot, but above the Zambezi is broad and languid and relaxed canoe trips on the upper Zambezi are recommended.
Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

DAY 18: VICTORIA FALLS
Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

DAY 19: DEPART

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Clean and comfortable capital stop-over
- Professional and friendly service
- Short drive to town's facilities

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 2

- Campsite
- Private Pitches
- Private Showers & Toilets
- Swimming Pool

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 3

- State run Camp & lodge
- Located in Etosha NP
- Floodlit waterhole in camp
- Campsite and Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Campsite
- Private Pitches
- Swimming Pool
- Private Reserve

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 4

- 20 Bedroom Lodge
- Campsite
- Kavango River-side
- Pleasant Gardens

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 3

- River-side Lodge
- Owner Operated
- River Cruises & Walking
- Bungalows & Campsite

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Kwando River-side
- Mid-sized Lodge and Campground
- Game drives in Bwabwata National Park
- Kwando River boat cruises

Zambezi Mubala Camp

Caprivi Strip

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Zambezi River-side
- Self Catering Safari Tents
- Campsite
- River Cruise & Birding

Batonka Guest Lodge

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Friendly, privately-run guesthouse
- Well located for Victoria Falls and town
- Lovely gardens and pool

Details

Getting there

Namibia has excellent connections via South Africa with regular flights from Johannesburg and some options from Cape Town. Air Namibia also operates via Frankfurt. Flight from London to Windhoek via Johannesburg start from £780 -£1280 per person

Extensions to Botswana and the Victoria Falls are possible with regular connections.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during UK school holidays.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

When is best?

The months from June to September are winter in Southern Africa but temperatures during the day reach very comfortable early 20 degrees Celsius, just pretty chilly at night but you can keep comfortable with various layers. This is the time of the least / no rainfall making the vegetation less dense and the game easy to spot. You could use a standard sedan vehicle for this journey but a 2x4 makes the trip more comfortable.

Autumn, April-May tends to be a lovely time with all the young being born and the vegetation still green. Spring, late September into early November can have variable weather depending on the previous rainfall but offers excellent game viewing

The summer months November to March tend to be the highest rainfall which is generally when a 4x4 vehicle is suggested; it tends to be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.

Is it for me?

This trip is best suited to adventurous types who have previously visited Namibia and done the classic Namibian circuit covering Sossusvlei and Etosha.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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