Tage 10

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Besuchte Länder
Botswana, Namibia, Simbabwe
Style
Comfort
Theme
Overland
Trip Code
UBKF
Gruppengröße
13
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Day 1
Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel. Please arrive in time for the important welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.

The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings, but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
This evening you may wish to join the rest of the group for an optional welcome dinner.

If you’re interested in seeing a little more of Namibia before you head off on your Botswana Adventure, why not consider our Namibia Dunes Shortbreak (UBAS-C). The shortbreak starts and finishes in Windoek and gives you an opportunity to discover one of the most incredible landscapes in Namibia when you pay a visit to the barren dunes of Soussusvlei.

Day 2
Ghanzi/Central Kalahari
Cross the border into Botswana and travel to Ghanzi, known as the “Capital of the Kalahari” (560km approximately 8hrs).

Accommodation tonight is at a lodge just outside the small cattle ranching town of Ghanzi and a bit more basic than what you will encounter throughout your journey, however the concept and experience of will be well worth it. The lodge is situated in the Kalahari region of Botswana that is inhabited by a large portion of Botswanas’ San/Bushman community. Unemployment is one of the main social issues that affect the San community, who have become an increasingly marginalized minority is Southern Africa . The lodge helps empower the community through employment. A traditional San/Southern African meal will be served in the communal lounge and dining area. There is also an bar with wine, beer and soft drinks available to buy.

Later this evening we will be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the local Bushmen. Around the campfire, you will experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman, with a chance to chat afterwards. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Day 3
Okavango Delta
Before breakfast this morning there will be a chance to go out on an optional walk with a Bushman. The San People are renowned as the most skillful trackers on Earth and have an extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari for both plants and animal tracking. Here you will be shown the wide variety of both edible and medicinal plants, while also tracking a variety of animals and learning about their habits. Of course, you will also spend quality time with your guide to understand their very different world view.

Head to the Okavango Delta (400km approximately 7hrs), where we board speedboats that will take us to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Please note you will need to pack a small bag or backpack for this trip as we won’t be taking all of our luggage with us.

Your floating home for the next 2 nights is the most incredibly peaceful way to experience the delta. The houseboat has twin-share cabins with bedding, towels and mosquito nets provided (no single supplement is available on these nights). Cabins are very small and basic with shared facilities however we don’t expect you’ll be spending much time in there. There is also a dining area on the deck, tea/coffee making facilities and a small collection of books and board games.

This evening head to the deck where your captain will serve dinner, enjoy a sundowner, and listen to the sound of the Hippos along the waters edge.

Day 4
Okavango Delta
After breakfast we take a speedboat and 4×4 to a nearby poling station. From here you have the opportunity to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) with a local guide. Your guide will take you on a short nature walk around one of the many Islands in the Delta.

After a picnic lunch, return to the houseboat where you’re free to relax, read a book or do some fishing. This evening grab a sundowner, pull up a chair and witness the often breathtaking sunset.

Day 5
Maun
After breakfast, we leave our houseboat behind, and again board the speedboats to take us back to our truck, and then on towards Maun – the gateway of the Okavango Delta (350km approximately 6hrs).

For those wanting more adventure, there’s an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird’s-eye view – a great way to appreciate the immensity of this watery world. Your leader can give you more information on this activity and how to book. Otherwise the afternoon is free to sit by the pool, catch up on emails and laundry.

Day 6
Makgadikgadi Pans
We depart from our lodge after breakfast and head towards north-east Botswana (210km approximately 4hrs). Our next stop is the Makgadikgadi Pans; a large salt pan situation in the middle of the dry savanna is located. This pan is now all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi.
Our accommodation tonight is located on the edge of the pans. Sit by the pool or relax in the lounge area and take in your surroundings after a long day.
Head out to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion in open 4×4’s to one of the largest salt flats in the world. Here you’ll sit out in the wild enjoy sundowners and snacks while observing the amazing scenery. With the aid of trackers you may have the opportunity to spend some time in the company of the local meerkat colony, and look out for elephants that meander their way down to the watering hole to quench their thirst. Soak in this incredible place while the sun sets behind the old beautiful baobab.

Day 7
Chobe National Park
This morning we make tracks after breakfast and travel towards Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park (410km approximately 7hrs). The stretch of road between Nata and Kasane is known as the ‘Elephant Highway’. With no fences elephants are free to move between Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and Botswana. So keep your eyes peeled for roadside elephants.

Botswana’s first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants. You will spend the next two nights in a lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.

Day 8
Chobe National Park
This morning we wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters’ edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park.

In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants. The boat trip will be a shared activity with other travellers. There will be an opportunity to have a sundowner drink and watch the sunset over the river.

Day 9
Victoria Falls
Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi (100km approximately 2hrs depending on border formalities). These falls are one of the natural wonders of the world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water.

Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

A unique dinner at Boma restaurant is included, which specialises in Zimbabwean barbecue, is the perfect way to spend your evening.

Day 10
Victoria Falls
Your adventure will come to an end after breakfast this morning.

No accommodation is included for tonight, but can be requested at your own expense.

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9 Frühstück, 6 Mittagessen, 8 Abendessen

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Fotoulla Lazaris
Bring a sleeping bag. You don't always get hot showers. But you laugh and get through it. Just enjoy the experience. Its what you make of it! Treat everyone with respect and it will be shown back tenfold.
Viv Mcalister
The Amazing Southern Africa trip was great. Whilst there were many long days on dusty bumpy roads they all ended in interesting and fun activities and great accomodation. I was concerned about 22 days but the variety of sights and activities made the time go very fast. Our trip was at the end of the rainy season and it was harder to find some animals. In the end we saw four of the big five but not in the numbers you might see them at another time of the year. Victoria Falls at this time of the year were amazing.
Kristine Dudgeon
This trip was very well planned and organised with helpful pre-trip information. The Leader and Driver worked really well together and ensured we had the best experience possible. The itinerary is a great mix but be prepared for lots of driving. A great overland adventure!
Lindsay Riches
We are attracted to Intrepid because of the smaller groups, the good interaction with local people and opportunities to learn about different cultures, well chosen features to see and the feeling of adventure always paramount...truly amazing.
Charly Jones
Colin and Leroy were fantastic but the trip should really start in Maun and reduce the travelling
Maaike Buma
If you care about sustainable tourism and have a passion for humanitarian or environmental concerns.....and you want to visit those "hard to get to" places......then Intrepid's the way to go! Just keep an open mind and a sense of humour and adventure!
Lindsay Riches
We find Intrepid suits us as they have small groups which we prefer, fellow travellers are of like minds regarding style of travel, the itinerary and destinations are of an adventurous nature.
Florence Lishansky
This is not a comfort trip. We recommend demanding the hotel list prior to purchasing this tour as certain hotels used are exceptionally dirty and do not have en suite bathrooms. Destinations themselves are lovely. Bring snacks with you as meals provided include a sandwich made from 2 pieces of bread and 1 slice of cheese and bologna for 7 hours drives.
Howard Rees
A great way to see the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Western Cape, Namibia, Botswana. and Vic Falls. One or two long days drive on rough roads, but only to be expected on such a trip.
Kate Nevard
This trip is amazing. Something different every day - every changing cultures, landscapes and animals. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this tour, and cannot recommend it enough. Pack light, bring lots of light weight, sun protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat. You will not regret this tour. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Elizabeth Draper
The Botswana adventure truly was an adventure. Each stop brought a completely new experience and an interesting room for the night. Each day we saw different animals from the smallest colourful frogs to the biggest bull elephants. Great fun travelling in a diverse group. We will never forget the Botswana sunrise and sunset.
Susanne Lee
A great adventure holiday. Thanks
Nova Tregaskis
I really enjoyed this trip but wouldn't label it as a comfort trip. Our guide Johannes is excellent, so positive and informative. I really loved the last half of the trip, Chobe is the biggest highlight, it's incredible. The first 3 days aren't great, expect REALLY long drive days and very basic accommodation. The Delta is beautiful but very remote and very basic accommodation. Victoria Falls is a fantastic place to finish. I loved the trip but people should know Botswana has very little infrastructure and large distances meaning long travel days.
Pauline Bell
As a ‘single’ person, this is a great way to travel as you can be as scociable or not as you choose. This is no fashion show so travel light! And enjoy new sights,experiences!
Lynn Pollock
Be prepared for some rustic accommodations with plumbing issues and a mountain of wildlife experiences
Tracey James
Do it! You will see it all, make great friends and want to do it all over again.
Linda Bishop
An amazing range of varied experiences and adventures, giving a wonderful overview of wildlife, landscapes, and the local's way of life in middle Southern Africa. Tips: As one needs to buy bottled water everywhere, buy big 5 litre bottles of water at stops. Cover up as protection against sun and mosquitos. Maybe consider taking anti-malaria tablets whilst on this trip.
Glenda Kupczyk-Romanczuk
This trip covered a lot of ground...2,500 km. it is useful to have a pastime for the truck. I bought a bird book and tried to identify the birds i saw from the window and also in the hotel gardens as well as on the organised safaris. The guides helped me, when they saw I was keen, they shared their knowledge. The flash of colour from a tiny kingfisher can be just as exciting as a glimpse of the big five.
Kate Wilson
The tour does indeed have long dusty days in the bus but I found everyday there was a highlight. The lodges in Namibia are superb and the scenery is quite unique. Botswana had so many highlights, the delta and learning about life there, the animals in Chobe, the night with the little bush people, Gertwe village tour and the salt pan area. So much to see. It is very special indeed.
Michael Bartlett
This is an excellent trip, well run and good value for money. However, if it still includes a stay at Kwalape Safari Lodge near Chobe do not go. That is not a lodge you would want to stay in,
Raewyn Macfie
Loved our trip, some long travel days but all worth it. A varied itinerary well balanced and well timed with activities and attractions, and 2 nights in several places. Accommodation was of a much higher standard than we expected- and the houseboat was a brilliant change. We had the opportunity to do all the things we wanted. Special thanks to our guide and driver - they were great company too.
Amy Bolger
The wildlife and sunsets in Chobe National Park were out of this world. It's so nice to see wildlife living in their natural environment without human threat. Watching a group of elephants swim across the Chobe river was my highlight!
Peter Vincent
This trip is a must. Can be a bit basic at times but the results are worth it.
Lynn Pollock
Game drives in masa maira great. Trip notes not accurate for this leg. Not all optional activities were actually available. Accommodations not reflective of 'Comfort' level. Food for this leg edible but not delicious and limited variety
William Willoughby
An interesting mix of events and accommodation. Canoe ride on the Okavango Delta was great as was Chobe game drives esp afternoon one that was optional. Victoria Falls spectacular. Contact with Bushman great.
Robert Sigg
The trip could be shortened by removing the large road sectors. You would be best flying into Victoria Falls instead of Windhoek, then working back to Chobe NP and the Okavango Delta. It was a 10 day trip which included the arrival day and the departure day, really it was only 8 days, which could have been shortened further to 6 days.
Helen House
This trip required some very long, hot and dry days travelling in a bus. Passengers are together from morning to night and attitudes reflect that. I would not do a trip again that required so much time travelling overland under adverse conditions. Also the accommodation was not very good on many stops. Would prefer a bit more comfort on a comfort tour.
Anthony Barnes
This trip was a great experience. Considerably added to by the ability of the group leader and the driver. Some issues with rather selfish travel companions but that's to be expected with group trips...
Trish Angus
Travelling with Intrepid is reliable, safe, interesting and knowledgeable. Have the ability to engage with a group but importantly how to deal with the occasional obnoxious self focused traveller so that your travel experience is not spoilt!
Bernard Rooney
Great trip and well worth going on. The one drawback was the transport used. The seating in the truck used wasuncomfortable and unsuitable for long journeys. In addition the leg room between some of the suits was very inadequate