Deserts of Namibia & Delta Flood Plains of Botswana Self–Drive & Fly–In

12 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This self–drive will take you to the Kalahari, NamibRand Nature Reserve and the wonderful Namib Desert – 3 desert regions; from here continue to one of Africa’s largest private reserves with a final night at a conservation programme. From here it’s onto Botswana and the floodplains and greenery of the Okavango Delta where game abounds – this safari is a beautiful contrast of landscapes and wildlife.

For the Delta section you will be based at two camps and will enjoy scenic flights between camps before returning to Maun. This option offers a mixture of levels of accommodation of mid–range and beautiful luxury camps.

Safari Highlights:

Kalahari Desert; NamibRand Nature Reserve; Namib–Naukluft Park for Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Dead Vlei & Dune 45; Erindi Private Game Reserve with game drives and chance to see endangered species such as wild dog or pangolin; Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve for mokoro excursions, game drives and walks.

Main Attractions:

Botswana: Okavango Delta
Namibia: Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Erindi, Kalahari

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 3&4 Wolwedans Dunes Camp NamibRand Nature Reserve
Day 5&6 Desert Whisper for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 Erindi Private Game Reserve
Day 9 Na an kuse Lodge east Windhoek
Day 10 Thamalakane Lodge Maun
Day 11&12 Moremi Crossing/Gunn’s Camp Okavango Delta
Day 13&14 Rra/Mma Dinare Okavango Delta
Day 15 Return flight to Maun – end of services

Map & Itinerary
Length 12 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 72000
Countries Botswana, Namibia
Accommodation Luxury
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Luxury Comfort3 Star4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1&2 Bagatelle Game Ranch, Kalahari Desert

Upon arrival from your flight into Windhoek, collect your vehicle and drive into the heart of the Kalahari Basin. For the first two nights of your honeymoon you’ll be based in this 7,000ha game reserve. Formerly a sheep and cattle farm it is now home to various species of game such as kudu, giraffe, springbok and also cheetah – the cheetah are part of a conservation programme run by CCF – Cheetah Conservation Fund and will give you a chance to see these elegant cats at close quarters. Other optional activities include nature drives, horse riding and a morning walk with the Bushman where you have a chance to learn about their traditional lifestyle

Day 3&4 Wolwedans Dune Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Today drive across to Wolwedans set amongst the stunning landscapes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, in the heart of the desert. This is a wonderful location and sure to be a highlight of your trip offering seclusion, peace and privacy. You’ll be based here on a full board with included activities, which are based around this private reserve to include nature walks and drives exploring mountain, desert plains, yellow grassy savannahs and ochre sand dunes. A favourite destination of ours and a dark sky destination –

Day 5&6 Desert Whisper nr Namib Naukluft Park

Onward to the Sossusvlei region – after leaving Wolwedans early, make your way ot the beautiful dunes of Sossusvlei, venturing into the dune fields where the early morning light trickles over the bright orange dunes. Continue to Dead Vlei, where the ancient and skeletal camel thorn trees stand on the white pan with the backdrop of apricot sand dunes and blue sky as well as a chance to explore nearby Sossusvlei. Climb a dune and marvel as the dunes stretch as far as the eyes can see into the endless desert. From here make your way to Desert Whisper, an exclusive camp set in the Namib Desert with incredible views over the desert plains.  A private guide will take you on excursions around the reserve

Day 7&8 Erindi Private Game Reserve

Leave the desert driving north east to Erindi, recommend departing after breakfast as the drive is long and likely to take around 7hours. Once here relax by the waterhole or the pool later in the afternoon. Erindi is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa and home to huge numbers of animals. Species include elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and plains game, hippos and crocs. There are also endangered species including cheetah, pangolin and wild dog. There is a range of interesting activities on offer from thrilling day and night game drives and walks to telemetry tracking, and visiting Bushman rock art spots. Erindi works closely with the local communities as well as supporting conservation programmes

Day 9 N/a’ankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary, Windhoek

Today takes you back to the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek and onward to Na an kuse Lodge for a final night in Namibia. This afternoon, choose from Ancient San Stories under the Stars, Ancient San Skills Academy – both of these options give you an insight into the Bushman community, alternatively head out on a Sunset/Night Drive to search for nocturnal game, or join the Meerkat Experience to see these endearing and characterful animals. Tonight is on a full board basis – includes meals, 1x activity/ tour, and accommodation, drinks and additional activities at own expense

Day 10 Thamalakane Lodge, Maun

This morning drive/transfer to the airport to drop off the car and a private road transfer will collect you and take you over the border and onward to Thamalakane just north of Maun where you’re located on the river banks and can listen to the calls of hippos. Note there are no direct flights from Windhoek –Maun, however, if you prefer this option via JNB we can arrange

Days 11–14 Fly In Safari, Okavango Delta Botswana
Day 11&12 Moremi Crossing or Gunn’s Camp

Your adventure starts with a scenic flight from Maun and takes in the magnificence of the winding, papyrus fringed channels that make up one of the world’s greatest wetland regions. You will be able to see some of Africa’s most celebrated animals from a bird’s eye view –500 FT above the ground. Overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Moremi Crossing combines luxury with simplicity and superb value for money. Enjoy activities such as boat cruises searching for larger species of game including water–loving red lechwe; mokoro excursions – the quintessential Delta trip where you glide effortlessly (thanks to your poler) along water–lily filled channels watching out for colourful birds, frogs and animals and enjoy nature walks in this unique environment

Day 13&14 Mma Dinare or Rra Dinare, Okavango Delta

Today’s flight takes you onward to your next camp overlooking a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm islands, forests, dry plains and interleading waterways. This traditional–style tented camp offers exciting game drives, night drives, mokoro excursions, game walks with the chance to see not only Big Game but learn about smaller creatures and the wonderful balance of nature. The Okavango Delta really is an exceptional world–class destination and a superb way to complete your honeymoon

Day 15 Return to Maun

You will be flown back to Maun this morning where you can take your onward connection. End of services

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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