Discover Namibia & Victoria Falls

National Geographic Journeys, Windhoek to Victoria Falls

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Go on an epic 12-day adventure in Namibia that includes two days on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. From the parched red and orange landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park to the astounding wildlife sanctuary at Etosha, Namibia will bring out your inner explorer. Cap off the experience amid the awe-inspiring thunder and rush of the world’s great waterfall.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mondesa Township Walk, Swakopmund Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cheetah Conservation Experience, Windhoek Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zimbabwean Family Dinner, Victoria Falls
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion
  • Desert excursion with a local
  • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
  • Visit the petrified forest
  • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Embark on an excursion into namib-naukluft national park
  • Go quad-biking or sandboarding in swakopmund
  • Visit ancient petroglyphs
  • See fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the majestic victoria falls

Itinerary

Day 1 Windhoek Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Windhoek/Sesriem (1B, 1D) Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)
Day 3 Sesriem (1B, 1D) Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It's considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle 4x4
Day 4 Sesriem/Swakopmund (1B, 1L) Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient bushmen who lived in the area. We also search out smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders, and insects to learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. Included Activities: Living Desert Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)
Day 5 Swakopmund (1B, 1D) Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, or if you're feeling brave, skydiving. Included Activities: Mondesa Township Walk
Day 6 Swakopmund/Palmwag (1B, 1D) Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of bushman engravings in Africa with over 2,500 figures ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 years old. Finish the day on the Palmwag Concession, in northwest Damaraland. Included Activities: Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 115km)
Day 7 Palmwag/Etosha National Park (1B, 1D) Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago, before continuing to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area. Etosha is considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This evening, spend time at the waterhole to view the abundant number of wildlife who come to drink. Additional Notes: Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife. Included Activities: Visit Petrified Forest national monument Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 325km)
Day 8 Etosha National Park (1B, 1D) After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive salt pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. With a combination of natural waterholes, and diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and many antelope species can be found in the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds. Included Activities: Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 9 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L) After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening. Included Activities: Cheetah Conservation Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 415km)
Day 10 Windhoek/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D) The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855. Included Activities: Zimbabwean Family Dinner Transport: Plane (3.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Victoria Falls (1B) Enjoy a morning tour of the beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls. Opt to take a day trip to the wildlife haven of Chobe National Park. Additional Notes: If you have an activity planned for this morning, we will reschedule your Falls tour for this afternoon, or tomorrow morning. Included Activities: Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Day 12 Victoria Falls (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities)
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