Adventure Namibia & Botswana

14 days

Adventure Namibia & Botswana


  • Explore Namib Naukluft from a remote desert camp
  • Sleep-outs under the Milky Way
  • Encounter desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland
  • Hot-air balloon, quad-bike & mountain-bike rides
  • Encounter ancient San Bushman rock art & petrified forests
  • Explore the game-rich Savute region on 4x4 & sunset boat cruise
  • Cruise the Delta waters by motorboat & mokoro
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You begin this 14-day tour in Namibia’s capital where you connect with a flight to Little Kulala Camp within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Between 4x4 drives in the desert and visits to the towering sand dunes of the nearby Namib Naukluft National Park, enjoy relaxing in your thatch-and-wood suite while soaking up magnificent vistas of the harsh but striking landscape that God supposedly ‘made in anger’.

Your next destination is Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy where rare desert-adapted elephant roam alongside a variety of antelope as well as lion and black rhino.

Then it is to the extreme north-west of the country where your stay-over is the remote Serra Cafema Camp nestled in a lush belt of riverine forest on the banks of the Kunene River. Enjoy guided hikes and quad bike rides through this unforgiving landscape and encounter an abundance of wildlife that relies on the gushing river for survival.

Then overnight at the plush Athol Place hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, before your transfer to King’s Pool Camp located in Botswana’s private Linyanti Game Reserve. Expertly guided 4x4 game drives put you in touch with the Big 5 and two cleverly-positioned hides create the most superb photographic opportunities.

Next on your itinerary is Vumbura Plains, which borders Moremi Game Reserve in the north of the Okavango Delta. This lavish safari camp is raised on wooden platforms to offer splendid views of the lush Delta terrain as well as minimise the lodge’s environmental impact.

Spend the final leg of your Botswana adventure at Abu Camp on the edge of a permanent lagoon in a private concession of the Delta. Walk with the camp’s resident herd of habituated African elephants through the magnificent floodplains of this pristine environment. Aside from elephant walks, you can also get up-close to wildlife on 4x4 game drives, guided nature walks and in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) paddling through the glistening Delta waterways.

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  • Tour Duration: 14 Days

  • Start: Windhoek
  • End: Maun

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Days 1-2: The world's oldest desert

Sossusvlei, Namibia
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Days 1-2: The world's oldest desert | 2 Nights

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Fly out from Windhoek in a light airplane to Little Kulala Camp situated within private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. This intimate Sossusvlei camp is flanked by the towering rust-red dunes of the Namib, which strike a splendid contrast against the royal-blue skies. At night, these skies transform into a stunning exhibition of stars. The lodge incorporates organic materials such as thatch and wood that blend effortlessly into the stark desert landscape. Your spacious villa – offering the utmost privacy and seclusion – features enormous glass windows that are conducive to hours spent day-dreaming while gazing over the unforgiving landscape. Sleep under the stars on your suite’s rooftop terrace and wake to the gentle desert breeze as breakfast is brought to you while you are still under the bed covers.

Set off in the crisp dawn air on a 4x4 drive through the desert and visit the nearby Namib Naukluft National Park with its towering sand dunes. Enjoy guided walks on the private reserve, along the way discovering ancient welwitschia plants as well as small creatures specially adapted to drink the morning mist for their survival. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, which is an intriguing geographical site with intriguing rock formations shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. Quad bike excursions are a thrilling alternative means of exploring the park and, for a truly exquisite bird’s-eye perspective, float high above the dunes on a hot-air balloon and conclude this magical experience with a champagne breakfast.

Days 3-4: Be embraced by Damaraland | 2 Nights

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Damaraland, Namibia

This morning fly out of Kulala Wilderness Reserve to Damaraland Camp nestled in the Huab River valley facing the grand Brandberg mountain range within the Torra Conservancy. The camp is located in big-game country where the rare desert-adapted elephant roam alongside a variety of antelope as well as lion. There are guided nature walks and game drives in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas Namibia has to offer. You can also set off on a mountain-bike excursion through this rugged terrain or visit the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein to view ancient Bushman rock art.

The airy wood-and-thatch chalets at Damaraland Camp are built raised on decking to ensure minimal environmental impact and great valley views from the private verandah of each room. The intriguing effect of the light on this desert oasis paints ever-changing scenes as dawn turns to dusk and shadows grow while oh-so-bright stars become apparent in the inky-black night sky.

Activities at the camp focus around the specially adapted desert wildlife of which the elephant is the most sought after due to its dependence on fairly large quantities of water for survival. Outings include trail walks and mountain biking excursions with experienced guides who skilfully interpret the natural surroundings. Visits to the Petrified Forest comprising enormous fossilized tree trunks dating back to the prehistoric age can also be arranged

Days 5-6: Into the Kunene | 2 Nights

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Kaokoveld, Namibia

Fly this morning by light aircraft to the Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of the country where your stayover is remote Serra Cafema Camp in the Kunene region’s vast Hartmann Valley. Nestled in a lush belt of riverine forest on the banks of the Kunene River, this intimate camp is frequented by desert-adapted animals that traverse the volcanic rocks and soaring dunes. Just eight luxurious en suite villas with their own private verandahs are constructed of canvas and thatch on wooden decks overlooking the river where the animals come to drink. The main camp is nestled among the reeds and shaded by large trees where the sunken lounge, bar and dining areas all boast spectacular desert and river views.

On guided hikes and quad-bike (ATVs) rides through this unforgiving landscape encounter Cape fox, horned adders and long-billed larks that all rely on the gushing river for survival. In the Marienfluss Mountains find Namaqua chameleons and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of unexplained circular spots of barren land called ‘fairy circles’ that form a distinct pattern on the sand. During your stay you also have the privilege of visiting a Himba community whose architecture inspired the overall design of the lodge. Toast the evening on a cruise ferrying you to the Angolan side of the river and enjoy sundowners with resident crocodiles and waterbirds before sitting down to a romantic silver-service dinner in the camp’s wine cellar.

Day 7: Overnight in South Africa | 1 Night

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Johannesburg, South Africa

This morning you fly out of the conservancy back to Windhoek and then onto Johannesburg in South Africa, where you spend the night at Athol Place. This upscale boutique hotel is set amid lush lawns and leafy gardens in one Joburg’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Each room is individually decorated and the entire hotel is a riot of antiques and objet from across the world, as well as an ever-changing collection of original South African art.

Depending on your schedule, you may have time to lounge at the swimming pool, treat yourself to a massage at the spa or work out in the large gym. Athol Place has a very popular dining room where you can enjoy dinner, before sliding into bed.

Days 8-9: Into King's Pool | 2 Nights

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Linyanti, Botswana

After checking out of the hotel this morning you are transferred by road back to the airport and board a flight to Botswana’s tourism gateway of Maun where you connect with another flight to King’s Pool Camp, which is located on the private Linyanti Game Reserve. Enjoy expertly guided 4x4 game drives leaving at both dawn and dusk, where thrilling encounters with the Big 5 are the order of the day. Two hides – one sunk underground next to a waterhole – create superb photographic opportunities, which include unique sightings of predators and the yellow bee-catcher. Scenic river cruises on the Victorian-inspired barge take you merrily along the channel and reach an epic climax as the setting sun paints the Savute an amber-red and glasses are raised in thanks.

The entire camp runs off solar power and the walkways between the ultra-luxurious tents have been raised to allow smaller game unlimited access to the camp. Your Persian-carpeted home of canvas and thatch overlooks King’s Pool Lagoon, which teems with hippo and crocodile. The bedroom inside each tent is vast and features an adjoining lounge with comfortable areas for relaxing in gracious splendour. Your en suite bathroom features a double walk-in shower and folding French doors completely open to the private deck outside, which is equipped with a plunge pool, outside shower and daybed shaded by a gazebo.

Days 10-11: The thrill of Vumbura | 2 Nights

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

After breakfast this morning you are transferred back to the airstrip where you board a light airplane to Vumbura Plains bordering Moremi Game Reserve in the north of the Okavango Delta. This lavish safari camp is shaded by a thick canopy of trees and raised on wooden platforms to offer splendid views of the lush Delta terrain as well as minimise the environmental impact of the lodge.

From the camp, enjoy land- and water-based activities in an unfenced private concession teeming with wildlife. Birders will delight in spotting slaty egrets, wattled cranes and the elusive Pel’s fishing owl while game lovers will enjoy ticking off the Big 5. Hop aboard a motorboat or mokoro for a tour of the floodplains inhabited by large herds of elephant or enjoy a guided nature walk. For those keen to try their hand at catch-and-release fishing, all the equipment you need is available at the camp.

Your tent crafted from canvas, glass and wood, is open on three sides with floor-to-ceiling glass walls affording stunning views of the grazing impala and passing zebras. Minimalist and contemporary in their design, each en suite abode comprises a bedroom and sunken adjoining lounge which leads onto an expansive deck featuring an outdoor shower and plunge pool overlooking the plains.

Days 12-13: On the backs of giants | 2 Nights

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Check out of Vumbura Plains for your transfer back to the airstrip and board a flight to Abu Camp, which is situated on the edge of a permanent lagoon in a private concession of the Okavango Delta. One of the most exclusive camps in Africa, Abu specialises in riding and walking with the camp’s resident herd of habituated African elephants through the game-rich floodplains of this pristine environment. Offering just six raised suites each the size of a small apartment and finished to the very highest specifications, Abu is the pinnacle of luxury in wildest Africa.

Start your morning with a lavish breakfast next to the elephant enclosure as you watch them being fed and prepared for the day’s walking. Set off either on the back of one of these enormous pachyderms or walking alongside the gracious animals with an armed guide. Spend hours exploring the jewel in Botswana’s wildlife crown at their gentle pace and enjoy what is widely regarded as the finest elephant interaction on the planet. Aside from elephant walks, you can also get up-close to other wildlife on 4x4 game drives which set off in the early morning and late afternoon. Guided nature walks and paddling in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) through the glistening papyrus-lined channels brings the smaller delights of the Delta to your attention.

Elephants are represented everywhere at the extravagant camp, from charming ornaments placed by the baths to carved elephants on the dinner table. Abu's airy lounge tent is the perfect place to soak up your tranquil surroundings and the library is a peaceful escape to find some good reading material and completely disconnect from the outside world.

Your individually furnished tent features an outdoor shower and copper bath built into the spacious and elevated teak deck overlooking the Delta. Your mahogany four-poster bed is the centre piece while carefully selected artefacts reflecting Africa’s rich history and geology contribute to an air of sophistication about the suite’s décor. But if you would like to sleep with the elephants, spend an evening in the king-sized star bed on a wooden platform under the twinkling African skies while they slumber in their enclosure just below.

Day 14: Farewell Africa

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This morning you are transferred back to the airstrip where you catch your flight back to Maun and onwards home.

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  • Road transfers as per the itinerary
  • Selected park fees and entrance fees
  • Shared light aircraft flights as per the itinerary
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature