Wetlands and Deserts WD

¬ Self Drive Victoria Falls to Windhoek in Namibia or vice versa

Highlights:¬ Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta,
Kalahari Desert , Windhoek

visitors on the Victoria Falls bridge watching bungi jumpers


After  your  arrival in  Victoria  Falls and a  transfer  to  your  hotel,  you  have  a  wide variety  of  optional  activities  at  our disposal. In the late afternoon, enjoy an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where you stand the chance to see some of the animals and birds that live in the Victoria Falls National Park while enjoying a sundowner drink.


After breakfast discover why the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders on Earth as you explore it on foot. This dramatically beautiful event is accompanied by a deafening roar and fine spray that arcs up into the sky, giving the falls its local name: Mosi-oa-Tunya – the “Smoke that Thunders‚ÄĚ. ¬†Afterwards, visit a craft market, where you can purchase ¬†or ¬†look ¬†at ¬†handmade ¬†crafts ¬†of ¬†the ¬†local ¬†inhabitants ¬†(optional). ¬†Enjoy ¬†the ¬†rest ¬†of ¬†the ¬†day ¬†at ¬†leisure ¬†or participate in other optional activities.

yellow billed storks on the Chobe river

Your  adventure  continues  with  a  drive to the  Chobe  National  Park,  the  second  largest  National  Park  in  Botswana. Your  lodge  is  located  directly  on  the  banks  of  the  Chobe River.  The  Chobe  National  Park  is  home  to  the  highest elephant concentration on Earth and counts undoubtedly to one of the most spectacular national parks in Africa. The riverine  forests  and  floodplains  support  a  multitude  of  game  species,  which  in  turn  attract  predators  such  as  lion, leopard and hyena.

lone bull elephant near Chobe River

The  activities  in  and  around  the  Chobe  National Park are mainly  revolved  around  the  spectacular  wildlife. Besides being Botswana’s second largest park, the Chobe National Park boasts the largest elephant concentration on Earth, and is the habitat of all African large predators as well as a vast variety of antelope species. With over 500 different bird species, the park is a haven for birders. Use the day to view  the wildlife on a game drive in the early morning and with a boat cruise in the late afternoon (excluded on the Classic Tour).

zebras on the Makgadikgadi pans
winding channel of the Okavango delta

After  breakfast  you  depart  Kasane  and  travel  south  to  the stunning  Makgadikgadi  pans.  This  natural  phenomenon represents the largest clay pans on earth and changes the landscape into a wonderland of surrealistic beauty. Their remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique, and one has not enjoyed the full charm of Botswana without having had a taste of their magical impact. Relax along the pool or enjoy a guided nature drive to the pans.

thirsty work

Day 6 / 220 km  OKAVANGO DELTA
Traveling further west, you reach Maun and the southern edge of the magnificent Okavango Delta, the largest in land delta on Earth. Situated along the banks of the Thamalakane River, it provides  easy access into the delta either by helicopter, plane or open game drive vehicle. (Guests traveling on the Gold option meet their pilot at Maun airport and fly into the delta)

Today you may wish to take a guided excursion into the Moremi Game Reserve, situated within the Okavango Delta. It  covers  about  one third  of the  entire  delta  and  counts Undoubtedly  to  the top  wildlife  reserves in  Africa. The  giant mopane forests contrast beautifully with the wide open spaces of the Khwai floodplain, while the seasonal pans, salt pans and rivers attract game and bird species of immense proportions. In the late afternoon you return to the lodge.

zebra herd crossing

Day 8 / 280 km KALAHARI DESERT

Your journey takes you further west into the Kalahari Desert, the largest sand mass on Earth that stretches north over no  less  than  9  different  African  countries.  Your  lodge  is  situated  close  to  Ghanzi  on  a  private  nature  reserve overlooking  a  water  filled  pan,  promising  you  an excellent  game  viewing  experience.  In  the  afternoon  you  can experience a game drive or enjoy a bush  walk, after which you enjoy dinner on the raised platform overlooking the waterhole.

zebras and impalal herd

Day 9 / 250 km KALAHARI DESERT

This  morning  you  travel  to  the  Botswana  border  post  and  travel  into  Namibia,  your  lodge  being  situated  in  the Namibian part of the Kalahari Desert.  Enjoy an optional game drive or relax in the Namibian bush to recollect your memories of the fantastic adventure that has passed.

Day 10 / 270 km – DEPARTURE

After breakfast you travel back to Windhoek or the international airport, where your tour ends, or continue your tour into southern Namibia with the Magical South tour.

Guests may also elect to extend this tour with a 2-night Chobe experience on a house boat that travels along and stays on the Chobe River

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