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Namibia, Victoria Falls, & Botswana Safari


  • Destination:
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $4,499
Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your Southern Africa Tour Includes
  • 2 nights in Swakopmund (Namibia)
  • 2 nights in Sossusvlei (Namibia)
  • 1 night in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • 2 nights in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • 2 nights in Chobe National Park (Botswana)
  • 2-night Optional Okavango Delta Extension


  • Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise (Namibia)
  • Namibian Dunes
  • Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Tour (Namibia)
  • Sesriem Canyon Tour (Namibia)
  • Sundowner Cruise (Zimbabwe)
  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park Safari
  • Optional Okavango Delta Extension
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Southern Africa flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 19 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris 
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Director

Your Extension Includes:

  • Round-trip flights on light aircraft
  • Two nights at the spectacular Kazidora Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Two safari game experiences per day (land and water)

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Day 1
Depart USA.
Your once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Southern Africa begins as you depart New York today.
Day 2
Arrive Swakopmund (Namibia).
Arrive in Swakopmund, a beautiful beach town on the western coast of Namibia, where you’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located hotel. Experience the stark contrast between the dry desert dunes and the cool ocean breeze. Known as the Skeleton Coast, the seas are so formidable that the shore is littered with the skeletal remains of more than a thousand shipwrecks. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Hotel Zum Kaiser or The Delight or Swakopmund Luxury Suites. (D)
Day 3
This morning, take in the spectacular scenic view as you drive along the coastline to the neighboring port city of Walvis Bay, home to one of the largest flocks of flamingos in all of Southern Africa. Here, you will set sail on the water for a half day cruise excursion. Observe wildlife galore — seals, dolphins, and perhaps even a whale as you make your way from the harbor to Pelican Point. Enjoy a light lunch on board your vessel before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Day 4
Embark after breakfast on the magnificent journey to Sossusvlei, the largest conservation area in all of Africa characterized by the large red dunes that surround it. As you travel further south through the desert you will notice the dunes growing taller and taller turning from a normal light brown sandy color to an unusual deep red hue. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, where you’ll enjoy a nature drive to watch the sunset followed by a delicious dinner. Sossusvlei Lodge or Le Mirage Resort & Spa. (B,L,D)
Day 5
An early start this morning to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the color contrasts are at their best. Visit Dune 45, the world’s most photographed dune, so called due to its location 45 kilometers from the park entrance. Continue to Deadvlei, a white clay pan that looks like the crust of the moon, where you’ll be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, including “Big Daddy” which reaches heights of 350-400 meters depending on the movements of the wind. Stop for lunch before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Sossusvlei/Windhoek/Sandton (Johannesburg).
Depart after breakfast to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. Once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, this sprawling city features incredible museums dedicated to South Africa’s history. Upon arrival at your centrally located hotel, you will have the afternoon at leisure to relax, or perhaps you can consult your Tour Director for recommendations on how to best explore the city. Garden Court Sandton City. (B)
Day 7
Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).
After breakfast, fly to Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya – the “smoke that thunders”), often described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Although Victoria Falls is shared by both Zimbabwe and Zambia, it stands on its own as one of the great spectacles on earth.  Upon arrival on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, you’ll be met and escorted to your deluxe hotel. Later, join a breathtaking Sundowner Cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Marvel at the vegetation on the river’s banks and the spectacular sunset. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (B)
Day 8
Victoria Falls.
Visit the craft village and observe the traditional way of life before proceeding to one of the highlights of your entire journey: the Falls. The sheer power and force of Victoria Falls – the greatest curtain of falling water in the whole world – will almost certainly take your breath away. This afternoon, you may return to the Falls on your own or relax at your deluxe hotel. (B)
Day 9
Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park (Botswana).
After breakfast, you’ll depart Victoria Falls and head across the border to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chobe boasts one of the largest populations of elephants in the world, along with lions, hippos and zebras. You’ll arrive at your hotel/lodge on the banks of the Chobe River just in time for an included lunch. This afternoon, enjoy your first of three safari game experiences in the magnificent Chobe National Park. Later this evening, you’ll have an included dinner at the lodge. Cresta Mowana Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 10
Chobe National Park.
Today, you’ll continue falling in love with Chobe National Park and its abundant wildlife, since the only thing standing between you and your two safari experiences is food. Aside from the included breakfast, lunch and dinner, your focus will be on the animals in this amazing setting, so get ready to create memories (and photos) that will last a lifetime. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Chobe/Johannesburg/Depart for USA.
After an early morning breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport and bid farewell to Botswana. En route to the US, you’ll fly through Johannesburg (South Africa). (B)
Day 12
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey comes to an end as you touch down in New York this morning.

Consider extending your trip with the optional 2-night Okavango Delta Extension! The Okavango Delta is a magical place and is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion. 

Day 11
Chobe/Okavango Delta (Botswana).
This morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and board a light aircraft for your flight to the Okavango Delta, one of the most spectacular places in all of Africa and the entire world. Boasting a dramatic landscape and an estimated 200,000 large mammals, the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. The magic of the Okavango Delta is the 11 quadrillion (that’s right, quadrillion) liters of water that flow into the delta yet never makes its way to any sea or ocean.  The water soaks into the salt pans of central Botswana, but before it does, it sustains vast quantities of wildlife that create such a special environment. Upon arrival in the Delta, enjoy lunch at your luxurious camp before an afternoon safari game experience that promises to delight. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at the camp. Kadizora Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 12

Okavango Delta.
A blissful, unforgettable day in the Delta with morning and afternoon safari experiences (by land and water) and all of your meals included at your luxurious camp. Make sure you have your camera ready and keep an eye out for some of the world’s most endangered species of cheetah, white and black rhinoceros, lion, and many more.  (B,L,D)

Day 13
Okavanago Delta/Johannesburg/Depart for USA.
After breakfast and one final safari game experience, bid farewell to the magnificent Delta and transfer to the airport. You’ll fly through Johannesburg as you make your way back to the USA. (B)
Day 14
Your memorable journey comes to an end as you arrive New York this morning.

Trip Preparation


Your departure flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Southern Africa and back are on South African Airways.  We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.                               

Depart       10:30AM

Return        8:00AM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


South African Airways does not assign seats in advance.  Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Please find below the visa requirements for each of the countries visited:

  • Namibia: Namibia requires a visa, but it can be obtained upon arrival so long as you have a U.S. passport and your stay is shorter than 90 days. Passports must have at least 6 blank pages.
  • Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls): Zimbabwe requires a visa, but it can be obtained upon arrival. A single entry visa will suffice unless during your free time you intend to leave Zimbabwe, in which case you will need a double entry visa in order to reenter Zimbabwe.
  • Botswana: Botswana does not require a visa for U.S. citizens staying fewer than 90 days. 

Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. Passport holders of other countries need to check with the various consulates before departure as to the visa requirements. Visa fees & regulations are subject to change.


Effective June 1, 2015 children younger than 18 years who enter South Africa (even through the airport) will be required to present a certified copy of a full birth certificate.  Copies are not acceptable. If not traveling with both parents then additional documentation is required. For more information about children’s requirements, please visit the consulate website at


Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.


Please consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding taking anti malaria pills as well as other recommendations.


Southern Africa is located in the southern hemisphere and therefore has the reverse season to those of the U.S. That said, the weather is temperate, and you will enjoy comfortable temperatures during their wintertime.  In Swakopmund (Namibia), you can expect fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, with lows in the mid-to-high 50’s and highs in the high 70’s. In Sossusvlei (Namibia), in January-March, you can expect lows in the 60’s and highs in the 90’s; in April, May, October, November & December, you can expect lows in the 50’s and highs in the 80’s/90’s, and in June-August, you can expect lows in the 40’s and highs in the 80’s. In Victoria Falls, Chobe (Botswana), and Okavango Delta (Botswana, for the extension), in January-April and September-December, you can expect lows in the 60’s and highs in the 80’s/90’s; in May-August, you can expect lows in the 40’s/50’s and highs in the 70’s/80’s.


You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or in another nearby restaurant recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind. Special baggage requirement for those going to the Okavango Delta: Please note if you are traveling on the extension to the Okavango Delta, then you must adhere strictly to the following baggage restrictions. Each person is limited to a total baggage weight of 20 kg (44 lbs), and your bags must be soft (e.g. canvas) in order to fit into the small luggage compartments of the light aircraft. You may not bring hard suitcases into the Delta. 

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