Duration & Fees
Please note: The currency conversion is an estimate based on today's exchange rates and is to be used as a guide only. All payments to Amanzi Travel have to be made in Pounds Sterling (GBP)
2019 Start Dates:
4 Jan | 18 Jan | 1 Feb | 15 Feb | 1 Mar | 15 Mar | 29 Mar | 12 Apr | 26 Apr | 10 May | 24 May | 7 Jun | 21 Jun | 5 Jul | 19 Jul | 2 Aug | 16 Aug | 30 Aug | 13 Sep | 27 Sep | 11 Oct | 25 Oct | 8 Nov | 22 Nov | 6 Dec | 20 Dec
2020 Start Dates:
3 Jan | 17 Jan | 31 Jan | 14 Feb | 28 Feb | 13 Mar | 27 Mar | 10 Apr | 24 Apr | 8 May | 22 May | 5 Jun | 19 Jun | 3 Jul | 17 Jul | 31 Jul | 14 Aug | 28 Aug | 11 Sep | 25 Sep | 9 Oct | 23 Oct | 6 Nov | 20 Nov | 4 Dec | 18 Dec
Please note a portion of this trip may coincide with a family departure (6 years and over). For more information please contact Amanzi Travel
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Airport transfer on arrival into Windhoek
- Pre-trip night dorm room accommodation
- Fully equipped expedition vehicle
- Cooking and camping equipment (sleeping bags not provided)
- Meals as indicated
- Park fees and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders
What's not included
- Travel insurance
- International Flights
- Airport Departure Tax
- Departure Transfer
- Sleeping bag and pillows
- Bottled Water
- Personal items and tips
- Optional excursions
- Restaurant meals and drinks unless otherwise stated
Start and Finish Points: Windhoek, Namibia to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Countries visIted: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Departure Point: Urban Camp, No 2 Schanzen Street, Windhoek
Check-in time: 07.30 am
Departure time: 08.00 am
Pre-Departure Meeting: 5.00 pm the day before at the departure point
The tour departs from Windhoek in Namibia. Anyone wishing to explore Windhoek before the tour commences should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to advise on accommodation and activities, which will be at an additional cost. The arrival transfer and one night's pre-trip accommodation in a dorm bed is included in the price of the trip.
Okavango Delta Excursion; Chobe Overnight Excursion and Victoria Falls Entry
Day 1: Windhoek to Ghanzi (Botswana) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning will see an early departure to leave Namibia and enter the beautiful country of Botswana. Ghanzi is a town in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Optional activities include the chance to interact with the San Bushmen and to discover how they survived in the Kalahari.
The size of this successful country can be compared to countries such as Kenya or France but smaller than Texas. Botswana is a land-locked country with borders with South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe which can all be crossed overland. For such a small country it boasts an array of spectacular game viewing opportunities such as hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.
Day 2: Ghanzi to Maun (Botswana) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that the group will set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight provisions and packs will be prepared for the overnight excursion. It is recommended that travellers take along a smaller daypack so that this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. The trip leader will give a full briefing on what is needed and what to expect prior to the trip to the Delta.
The Delta is a huge expanse of water which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. It is a bird lover's paradise and best explored by foot or by mokoro. With over 400 species of birds, 70 species of fish and an abundance of wildlife, experience in the Delta often leads to further exploration of Africa. Those joining this tour will just have to sit back and have their cameras ready as they are guided through dozens of mazes.
Day 3: Maun to Okavango Delta (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Included Activity: Overnight Delta Excursion
Here there will be the opportunity to take the included overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, the expedition vehicles will be packed up and from Maun the group will drive north for a couple of hours to reach thge mokoro polers' station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport - the mokoro. Mokoros are dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who "pole" them through the reeds. At the mokoro station the "polers" will be met and supplies packed before heading out onto the waterways. After a couple of hours the group will arrive at the mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.
On arrival the local staff will be met who will be the hosts for the stay. A brief introduction to the camp will take place - with a chance to see the dome tents with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom - long drop toilet and a bucket shower. There will be time to relax in the tend with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include mokoro trails and guided walking.
Day 4: Okavango Delta to Maun (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After the mokoro ride and vehicle transfer the group will arrive back around lunchtime with the chance, perhaps, to complete the picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over the Delta (dependent on weather conditions and availability).
Day 5: Maun to Nata Region (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today this beautiful part of Botswana will be left in the morning to head to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands, driving through a very unpopulated landscape where donkeys roam freely. On arrival at the campsite there will be the option to take part in a game drive or bush walk. The crew will provide more information on arrival.
Optional Activity: Game Drive/Bush Walk
Day 6: Nata Region to Chobe National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today travel will be north to the town of Kasane where camp will be set up on the banks of the Chobe River. This river forms a border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite where another glorious African sunset can be watched. Why not listen out for the resident hippos!
Day 7: Chobe National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning there will be a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. When everyone is packed up the tour will leave for the Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion - an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. The afternoon will be spent in search of wildlife while game driving to the camp within the park where the evening will be spent surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on the game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try to keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Rollers that swoop by. After the night in the bush the group will head out early to continue the search for wildlife before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane and Victoria Falls.
Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
This land-locked country is situated in the southern part of Africa between the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. The word Zimbabwe is believed to have two meanings`; (1) it is believed the word Zimbabwe is derived from dzimba-dza-mabwe which means "large house of stone" in the Shona (Karanga Dialect) language; or (2) it i also believed to be derived from the word dzimba-hwe which means "venerated houses" in the Zezuru dialect of Shona.
Day 8: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls
On returning to camp everyone will get back on board the truck and continue to the border with Zimbabwe and once border formalities have been completed there will be a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. The campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of the town and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.
A short walk down the main road leads to the entry point to view the Falls which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) was named by David Livingstone on his exploration and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari. After the adventure activities briefing (see price guide under "Extra Information") the afternoon can be spent relaxing at the campsite's swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town.
Day 9: Victoria Falls (Breakfast)
Optional Activities: Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint-hearted. All year round flights in fixed wing, microlight and ultralight aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class and beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road and weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices and payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries visited there may be a truck and crew change during the trip.
Anyone wishing to spend some days in Victoria Falls following the trip should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to recommend accommodation and further activities or excursions in that town.
Meals on Tour
Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route and will include produce that is available seasonally in the areas travelled through. As the tour aims to support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mainly purchased direct from the producer or local grower and will therefore have an organic appearance. The safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as that travellers are used to back home.
Breakfast consists of break (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of "build you own" sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during the safari including curris, stews, pastas, BBQs and even roasts!
Transport on Tour
The overland vehicles are custom built converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for all passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27 - 30 passengers on the camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows and the seating area is raised providing great game viewing and photography opportunities. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items such as cameras, snacks and day pakcs in the seating area.
Participation on Tour
All tours are participation tours and passengers are expected to help out around the camp. The crew members running the tour will set up a rota system that will include cleaning duties, cooking duties and so on. This not only makes the tour easier for everyone involved, but is a great way for passengers to get to know one another while on the trip.
Botswana - Book Your Experience of a Lifetime
Why visit Botswana?
Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts, from the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta, to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park, the abundant birdlife in Moremi Game Reserve and the vast savannah of the Kalahari desert, which covers over 70% of the country. It is no wonder that Botswana has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Surrounded by the sands of the Kalahari Desert is the magical oasis of the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, formed by ancient seismic shifting of the earth's surface. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, visitors are propelled by expert polers.
Chobe National Park, approximately 62 miles due west of Victoria Falls, is abundant with wildlife all year round, and features the beautiful Chobe River on its northern boundary. Throughout the area numerous clay-bottomed pans hold water during the short rainy season. During the rainy season, from November, one can witness the zebra migration from the north-western area of Linyanti heading south through the Savute plains to the salt pans around Makgadikgadi, where the foals are born. The herds then return to Linyanti between February and April.
The Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the most remote and unspoiled parts of Africa. At certain times of the year, usually during the summer rains, the northern section of the Park is one of the prime game viewing areas of Botswana, not to mention the breathtaking landscapes that await discovery.
Highlights of Botswana
- Seventeen percent of Botswana is comprised of pristine national reserves, featuring some of Africa's most beautiful subtropical wilderness, generally teeming with wildlife.
- A land of awesome contrasts - from the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta.
- Game viewing by mokoro (dugout canoe) in the Delta is unforgettable.
- Sunshine totals are high all year round, although winter is still the sunniest period.
- Chobe National Park is home to the mighty Chobe River and what is arguably the world's largest concentration of elephants.
- View Botswana’s annual zebra migration in the Linyanti and Savute areas.
- Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for its superb birdlife.
- The game-filled Central Kalahari Game Reserve, at 54,600 km2, is Botswana's largest reserve.
|Seasons ||Max ||Min
|Summer/wet (October -April)
|Winter/dry ( May - September)
|Rainfall: November - March
Botswana is semi-arid, due to the short rain season. It experiences extremes in both temperature and weather.
In the winter (late May through September), days are normally clear, warm and sunny, and nights are cool to cold, with average temperatures of around 14 °C. The whole country is windy and dusty during the dry season. Wildlife never wanders far from water sources, so sightings are more predictable than in the wetter summer season. This is also the time of school holidays, so some areas can be busy, especially between mid-July and mid-September.
In summer (October to April), Botswana has hot summers with average temperatures around 26 °C. Wildlife can be harder to spot and rains can render sandy roads impassable. This is also the time of the highest humidity and the most stifling heat, where daytime temperatures of over 40°C are common, so the magnificent afternoon showers can be a welcome relief.
The main rains fall between December and March, but often just in the form of brief thundershowers that last an hour or two before the sun re-emerges. The sunlight after an African storm is incredibly intense and superb for wildlife photography. The summer rains also bring spectacular migrant birds to Botswana.
Population – 2 million
Capital - Gaborone
Currency –pula (BWP)
Official Language(s) – English and Setswana
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 267, international access code 00
Zimbabwe - From Mana Pools National Park to Victoria Falls
Why visit Zimbabwe?
The beautiful country of Zimbabwe offers something for everyone; from the absolute wilderness of Mana Pools National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the mountains overlooking Mozambique, to fine dining in Harare or bunjee jumping over Victoria Falls. It is rich in culture and colour and the Zimbabweans have not lost their humour and resolve.
Victoria Falls is one of the worlds’ biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, with a network of trails leading through the rain forest surrounding the “smoke that thunders”. Take an umbrella and raincoat and gaze at the incredible vistas of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls village is home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white-water rafting. Apart from its appeal to adventure enthusiasts the village still has a gracious, pioneering and colonial atmosphere.
Hwange Park is one of the finest conservation areas in Africa and is said to contain the widest variety and greatest density of wildlife in the world. Game viewing is generally restricted to the Hwange Park road network, but it has private concession areas allowing off-road safaris and nature walks. Mana Pools is an unspoiled, remote Park in the Zambezi Valley, a subtropical region, with the terrain and vegetation varied from the river up to the Zambezi Plateau. Walking is allowed (at visitor's own risk) and can be exhilarating and rewarding, if caution is taken.
Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, with abundant game-sightings and excellent angling for bream and tiger fish. The Lake provides pleasure to locals and visitors alike with fishing, canoeing, sailing or drifting along on a houseboat. The Matopo Hills is an area of incredible beauty with a mythical history and a proud people, the Matebele. The Matobo Hills were so named because they looked like the bald heads of indunas (chiefs). The entire region is a complex of bizarre and exposed granitic formations. Once inhabited by the bushman, today one can find magnificent examples of rock art in and amongst the caves. The Matobo National Park is one of Zimbabwe's prime wildlife sanctuaries with a large population of white rhino, the elusive black rhino, a variety of antelope species, baboon, rock hyraxes and a large population of leopard and black eagle.
Highlights of Zimbabwe
- The magnificent Victoria Falls are classed as one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- Zimbabwe is home to four World Heritage Sites - Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Khame Ruins.
- Lake Kariba is one of the world's largest man-made lakes, with abundant game and excellent angling for bream and tiger fish.
- Magnificent national parks include Hwange, Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira.
- Adventure activities abound and include canoeing on the lower Zambezi, kayaking and rafting on the upper Zambezi, and bungee jumping at Victoria Falls.
- For high adventure enthusiasts, white-water rafting is most exciting when the Zambezi waters are low (generally from August to December) and is often referred to as the best one-day white-water rafting in the world.
- Canoeing down the Lower Zambezi affords an ideal opportunity to get close to Africa's wildlife.
- Magnificent scenic areas in the Eastern Highlands Highlights of Zimbabwe.
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|Summer/wet (November - April)
|Winter/dry ( May - October)
|Rainfall: November – March
Zimbabwe offers excellent game-viewing opportunities throughout the year. Due to Zimbabwe’s high altitudes, it has a beautiful and moderate climate, where temperatures are never very extreme. It has warm summers, November to April, where days are generally sunny in the morning with possible dramatic afternoon/evening thunderstorms. Temperatures of 35°C in summer are considered boiling.
Winter occurs from May to October and days are sunny and cool to warm while evening temperatures drop sharply. Temperatures of 7°C in winter are considered freezing. The end of the cool, dry season, around September/October, is the top time for wildlife viewing.
The main rains fall between November and March, although the Eastern Highlands are damp for most of the year. The Victoria Falls are spectacular in April and May after the rainy season.
Population – 12.5 million
Capital - Harare
Currency – none. The Zimbabwean dollar was suspended by the government due to hyper-inflation. The US dollar, South African rand, Botswanan pula, pound sterling and Euro are used instead. The US dollar has been adopted as the official currency for all government transactions with the new power-sharing regime.
Language – English is the official language, with Shona and Ndebele being recognised regional languages
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 263, international access code 00
Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Why visit Namibia?
Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities. Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.
- Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
- The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
- Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
- The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
- The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
- Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
- Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
- Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
- Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
- Largely malaria-free.
- More than 300 days of sunshine per year.
|Summer/wet (October - April)
|Winter/dry (May - September)
|Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period
The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.
The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.
Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.
Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00
I had a wonderful time on the overland tour. I have met some incredible people and seen such wonderful things. Everything was perfect
Lavinia, UK, aged 36
Amanzi travel were truly amazing when myself and two friends wanted to book a trip to Africa. We were recommended to Amanzi travel by a friend who had previously done a volunteer project through them. We went on the Southbound 21 day overland tour... and what a trip it was, we loved every single minute. Amanzi travel were very accommodating and very helpful with everything from sorting flights, payments etc, even replying to emails on the same day, if not the next, and only a phone call away. A fabulous service with extremely helpful staff, that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to book a once in a life time experience. I will certainly be using Amanzi travel for my future trips to Africa!
Kerrie, UK, aged 30
Excellent - Long drives but made worth it by absolutely amazing experiences!!
Bethany, UK, aged 21
The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...
Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ... The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.
Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)