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Epic Botswana & Namibia Safari

An All-Encompassing Adventure Featuring Southern Africa's Most Diverse Wildlife & Scenery
Important Note: The following itinerary applies to departures that begin in Windhoek, Namibia and end in Livingstone, Zambia. The other itineraries run in the opposite direction, visiting all the same areas.  Due to availability and changes in water levels, some departures may use different camps. All 2015 departures will operate from Windhoek to Livingstone.

Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia

Our Botswana and Namibia tour begins in Windhoek. Upon arrival, transfer to Olive Grove Guest House poised in a peaceful spot above Namibia’s former colonial capital, which retains its German character. Tonight we meet for an informal welcome dinner.

Days 2 & 3: Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
Fly to Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where we are immersed among massive gold-orange dunes that rise a thousand feet from the floor of the oldest desert in the world. Amid this arid clime we may find springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox and aardwolf. Discover the desert’s quiet magic on short walks and wildlife drives, returning to the comfort of our camp for matchless sunsets and stargazing.

Days 4 & 5: Damaraland / Skeleton Coast
Head north to remote Damaraland today. If we fly along the Skeleton Coast (weather-dependent) we may see the remains of shipwrecks on the beach. We may make a stop in the port city of Swakopmund for refueling, if needed. Inland, we come to Damaraland, where stark desert is cooled by early-morning mists from the coast. We explore the austere and rocky terrain on foot and by four-wheel-drive vehicles, tracking the uniquely desert-adapted elephants and watching for ostrich.

Days 6 & 7: Etosha National Park
Drive to Etosha National Park, an ancient lakebed where perennial springs draw a plethora of game. Our lodge is set on an extensive private reserve with access to Namibia’s best wildlife viewing. We’ll take day and night drives and walks, and we’ll watch animals up close from strategically placed hides. A myriad of species resides here, including black and white rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest.

Days 8 & 9: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Leaving the dry Namib Desert, we fly to another realm entirely: the Okavango Delta, where the river pours over the sands of the Kalahari in a green maze of canals and lagoons, sustaining a profusion of wildlife. We stay in solitude at Xigera Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve. There is water here year-round, and we glide silently in a mokoro—a traditional dugout canoe—spying a host of animals and birds on the banks.

Days 10 & 11: Southeastern Okavango Delta
Today we depart by light aircraft and journey to our deluxe bush camp bordering the acclaimed Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Our camp is a private oasis of luxury, with all the classic scenery one expects on an African safari—open floodplains, marshlands, acacia and mopane woodlands, riverine areas, and grasslands stretching to the horizon. The wildlife in this renowned corner of the Okavango is as diverse as it is prolific, from elephant and impala to lion and wild dog.

Days 12-14: Linyanti Concession
A flight by light aircraft brings us into the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, one of the best game-viewing regions in Botswana. Elephants thrive in the mopane woodlands, especially in winter when they number in the thousands. We stay at either Duma Tau or Savuti Camp. Day and night drives may reveal all the large predators as well as impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest lechwe, tsessebe and other plains animals.

Day 15: The River Club, Zambia
Fly to Chobe National Park for more of Botswana’s magnificent big game. Famous for its vast herds of elephants, the park is also home to feline predators and plenty of hoofed beasts. We enjoy lunch aboard a wildlife-viewing boat safari down the Zambezi River before entering Zambia, en route to the River Club. At this elegant Edwardian-flavored lodge facing the sunset, elephants and hippos often frequent the riverbank.

Day 16: Victoria Falls / Home
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and arguably the most stupendous waterfall on the planet. Our epic exploration comes to a fitting end with a guided tour to the falls. This afternoon, our Botswana and Namibia tour comes to an end as we transfer to the Livingstone airport for our departure flights.

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