GREAT TRANS-AFRICAN SAFARI
Cultural tour & safari of Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

A small group African safari vacation through three of the most intriguing destinations in Southern Africa. Traveling overland on a comfortable air-conditioned 4 x 4 from the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, we cover some of the most sought after attractions in the region.  One of our more adventurous African safari packages,  Great Trans-African Safari includes the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusevlei and Deadvlei, Bushman and Himba cultural experiences and Big Five game viewing at the parks of Namib Naukluft, Etosha, Khwai, Chobe and Hwange. The 20-day tour culminates at majestic Victoria Falls.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 20 days
Min. Tour Size : 04 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Windhoek (NAMIBIA)
Day 02: Windhoek/Sossusevlei (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Sossusevlei
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Sossusevlei/Swakopmund (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 05: Swakopmund/Waterberg Plateau (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Waterberg Plateau/Etosha National Park (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Etosha National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Etosha National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Etosha/Okavango River (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Okavango River/Mahangu (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Mahangu/Maun (BOTSWANA) (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 12: Maun/Khwai River (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Khwai
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Khwai/Nata (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 15: Nata/Chobe (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 16: Chobe
(B, D)
Day 17: Chobe/Hwange National Park (ZIMBABWE) (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Hwange National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 19: Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive)
(B)
Day 20: Depart Victoria Falls
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Windhoek (NAMIBIA)

Arrival at Windhoek Airport. We are warmly received and then transferred to our guesthouse. This evening an orientation meeting is scheduled where we meet our guide and the other participants.
Overnight: Terra Africa Guest House, Windhoek (1 night)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and bar)

Day 02: Windhoek/Sossusevlei (Drive)

After breakfast at the guesthouse, our African safari vacation begins as we move south towards the Namib Naukluft National Park* where we spend the next two nights. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. Balance of the day is free.
Overnight: Agama River Camp, Sossusevlei (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 03: Sossusevlei

An early morning rise to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusevlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 meters, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. Packed breakfasts will be pre-arranged. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. Dinner will be at our deluxe camp in Sossusevlei. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Sossusevlei/Swakopmund (Drive)

Spend the day driving and viewing beautiful scenery as we journey through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. We may also spot the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an odd-looking shrub only found in the Namib Desert that can live up to 1,500 years. En route we stop at Walvis Bay, where we have the opportunity to see a variety of birds including flamingos in the lagoon. Lunch will be prepared by our local guide. Late afternoon we arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. Here we have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. Half day optional activities, such as quad biking or a township tour, can be arranged for the afternoon. Advanced booking with Bestway is recommended.
Overnight: Alte Brucke Resort, Swakopmund (1 night) (B, L)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms)

Days 05: Swakopmund/Waterberg Plateau (Drive)

Following a relaxed breakfast at our resort, we leave the coast behind us and drive to the Waterberg Plateau Park close to Otjiwarongo. Upon arrival, we take a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the mountain. The plateau was first envisaged as a conservation area for eland, Africa’s largest species of antelope. In 1972, it was proclaimed a reserve and has since become a sanctuary for several rare animals. Lunch and dinner are prepared by our local guide.
Overnight: Waterberg Camp, Waterberg (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 06: Waterberg Plateau/Etosha National Park (Drive)

We leave Waterberg National Park and travel via Cheetah Conservation Foundation at Otjiwarongo to Etosha. The CCF is an internationally recognised centre for research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems. It boasts an extensive visitor’s centre, which encourages tourists to learn more about these beautiful cats and the efforts being made to save them. We continue our journey towards Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north, Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at our lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool or take a leisurely stroll through the natural bush and gardens, then enjoy dinner at the lodge. Optional game drives are also available.
Overnight: Toshari Lodge, Etosha National Park (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Days 07: Etosha National Park

After breakfast, we enter the Etosha National Park via the Andersson gate. This entrance was named after Karl Johan Andersson, one of the first European explorers to come across the Etosha pan, which means “Great White Place” in the Ndonga dialect of the Ovambo tribe. We fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. After dinner at our luxury camp, our nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes or viewpoints encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a national park in 1907 and is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 08: Etosha National Park

Following morning meal at our camp, we have a full day of game viewing trying to spot all the Big Five, as well as the hundreds of other species of animals the park has to offer.  We enjoy lunch prepared by our guide and dinner back at our luxury camp. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Etosha/Okavango River (Drive)

Departing from Etosha, we drive into Bushmanland and take a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju’Hoansi-San, a local Bushmen community who offer us the opportunity to participate in their daily activities. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San people. A walk is taken in the vicinity of the village with the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and ropes and start a fire the Ju’Hoansi way. After lunch in the shade of the trees, our journey continues to the town of Rundu as we make our way to our lodge on the banks of the Okavango River. We will arrive in the late afternoon to relax by the pool with a sundowner, savour dinner at the lodge, and listen to the sounds of Mother Nature.
Overnight: Kaisosi River Lodge, Okavango (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 10: Okavango River/Mahangu (Drive)

This morning we travel eastwards to our camp in the western Caprivi region. Before departure, however, there will be time for optional activities such as an early morning boat cruise at the lodge or a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people. We then continue to Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, which is situated next to the Okavango River. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.
Overnight: Mahangu Lodge, Mahangu (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 11: Mahangu/Maun (BOTSWANA) (Drive)

Following breakfast, leave the Caprivi and travel south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta* and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. En route enjoy a packed lunch. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing at the pool or ,if you are in for some excitement, experiencing a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun (1 night) (B, L)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 12: Maun/Khwai River (Drive)

We join our local Botswana guides and are taken on a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta, discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in close proximity to the famous Khwai River. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
Overnight: Khwai Bedouin Camp, Khwai River (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Semi-permanent tented camp with en suite bathrooms - Please note that there is no electricity at the camp)

Day 13: Khwai

Today will be spent in the Khwai area. We embark on morning and afternoon game drives, spotting the variety of animals that frequent the region. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Khwai/Nata (Drive)

After breakfast, leave the bush territory behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans. Once a large river fed lake, the pans are now saline and empty. Following a lunch prepared by our guide, we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary in the afternoon. Here we can enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to road conditions and water levels, as well as time constraints.)
Overnight: Nata Lodge, Nata (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Safari tents with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 15: Nata/Chobe (Drive)

We head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, covers 10,566 square kilometers. It has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found anywhere in the world. Afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or relax by the pool.
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 16: Chobe

Another incredible game viewing day,  this time at the Chobe National Park. Our drive offers the potential to spot big game up close and encounter large predators. Afternoon we enjoy a cruise safari on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the animals as they come down to drink. We also experience the unforgettable and spectacular African sunset. We return for dinner at our lodge. (B, D)

Days 17: Chobe/Hwange National Park (ZIMBABWE) (Drive)

Today after breakfast, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe. We drive to Hwange National Park where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra, as well as a very large concentration of giraffes. It also hosts many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.
Overnight: Sable Sands, Hwange National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Tented chalets with en suite bathroom, swimming pool and bar area)

Days 18: Hwange National Park

Following breakfast at our lodge, we set out for a full day of exciting game experiences with the chance to see big game, predators and birds. Enjoy a packed lunch to fuel our wildlife viewing and return to the lodge for a delicious dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 19: Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive)

An exciting day as we travel to Victoria Falls*, an essential African experience. In the afternoon, we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of our time in Victoria Falls is at your own leisure. Feel free to take part in one of the many optional activities, including a helicopter tour of Victoria Falls, a dinner cruise, or a horse back safari. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to arrange a guided tour of the famous Victoria Falls for an additional cost of US$ 50.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (1 night) (B)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 20: Depart Victoria Falls

Our Great Trans-African Safari, one of our most memorable African safari packages, comes to an end as we are transferred to the airport for our flight. Ideal opportunity to take a breather with a few days stay in one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Please contact Bestway for more information. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Apr 11; May 17; Jun 05; Aug 11; Sep 18; Oct 28; Nov 10

2018

Apr 15; May 19 & 26; Jun 05; Jul 18**; Sep 18**; Oct 27; Nov 10*

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Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 US$ 4110 US$ 975
2018 US$ 4170 US$ 975


Notes

ON ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
The accommodation on this overland journey has been carefully selected to offer amenities like en suite washrooms, swimming pools and bars. Many meals are cooked by the guide/drivers - others are done at restaurants and hotels.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel/lodge taxes
  • 50 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities and game drives using 12 seater A/C fully equipped 4 x 4’s
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to at all parks and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Local payment of $330 (The local payment covers on the road expenses such as national park entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as the use of local guides.)
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1500

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 04 and a maximum of 12 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.