Epic Botswana & Namibia Safari

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2025 Itinerary — 15 Days

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Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia
Our Botswana and Namibia safari begins in Windhoek, Namibia's capital. This appealing city blends contemporary and colonial architecture in a cosmopolitan setting. Meet your Expedition Leader on arrival and transfer to our boutique hotel in one of Windhoek’s leafy, tranquil neighborhoods. Over a welcome dinner, get acquainted with your traveling companions and learn about the vast landscapes we’ll be exploring during the next two weeks.

Days 2 & 3: Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve—Sossusvlei Dunes
Board a morning flight to the private 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where the massive golden dunes of Sossusvlei rise a thousand feet from the floor of the world’s oldest desert. The word namib in the Nama language means “vast,” an apt name for this ancient sand sea shaped by currents, waves and wind. Sossusvlei means “dead-end marsh”—the salt and clay pan where the mass of dunes rises to prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing to the Atlantic Ocean. Framed by intense blue skies, the world’s tallest dunes glow deep carnelian at dawn, changing minute by minute as the sun climbs, to rose, burnt orange and ochre. An optional hot air balloon safari with a champagne breakfast upon landing is available (additional cost) during our stay at Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

Within Sossusvlei, Namibia’s largest conservation area, look for ancient petrified dunes that formed as far back as a billion years ago. Surprisingly, we find plenty of desert-adapted wildlife, including springbok, gemsbok, oryx, ostrich, spotted and brown hyena, bat-eared fox and aardwolf. The rare dune lark’s entire habitat is confined to this sandy expanse. Discover the desert’s silent magic on short walks and safari drives, then return to the comfort of our secluded camp to experience some of Africa’s most arresting vistas, including vermilion sunsets and unparalleled stargazing.

Days 4-6: Palmwag Concession—Skeleton Coast
Fly north to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, whose evocative name references the dried bones of wrecked ships that lay half-buried on beaches battered by fierce Atlantic storms. Our destination, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, is a hospitable outpost amid one of Africa’s last great wildernesses, offering the utmost privacy and isolation. Set in one of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth, the low-impact camp enjoys a scenic location at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private million-acre Palmwag Concession, next to Skeleton Coast National Park. Few safari locales offer the level of isolation found here in one of the most remote regions of the Kaokoveld.

We spend three days immersed in these rugged mountains, vast plains, dune fields and dry riverbeds, with one excursion to the coast itself. Our bewitching environs are inhabited by a remarkable array of desert-adapted plants and animals, and we explore via 4x4 drives and hides for wildlife viewing. Almost miraculously, a multitude of species thrives in the stark inland environment, including Namibia’s largest population of desert elephant. We also hope for sightings of giraffe and lion, oryx, springbok and steenbok. On a guided bush walk (safety permitting), look for scrub hare and inquisitive ground squirrels. During our stay we have one opportunity to visit the Skeleton Coast, driving out and flying back (weather permitting; coastal fog is a regular presence here). A colony of Cape fur seals is often present on shore, and we may spot black-backed jackal and elusive brown hyena near the beach. Birdlife is diverse, with many southern African endemics, and we're likely to spot jaegers and skuas.

Days 7-9: Private Flight to Botswana / Linyanti Private Reserve
Leaving the dry Namib Desert, we fly by private chartered aircraft over the border to Botswana before continuing to the Linyanti 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. From our base at 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.

Days 10 & 11: Central Okavango Delta—Moremi Game Reserve
Today we enter another realm entirely, the Jao Private Concession in the Okavango Delta. Here the Okavango River, sourced in distant Angola, pours over the sands of the Kalahari to create a green maze of canals and lagoons. The watery mosaic sustains a profusion of wildlife, with abundant hoofed game, predators and birds. Stay in solitude at our exclusive safari camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta and located near the famed Moremi Game Reserve. We explore the marsh in silence via mokoro—the traditional poled dugout canoe of the delta—spying a host of animals along the banks. Look for hippo, crocodile and red lechwe, a water-adapted antelope, among many other species, including rare birds like the wattled crane, Pel’s fishing owl and jacana.

Days 12-14: Southeastern Okavango Delta—Chitabe Private Concession
Depart by light aircraft for our deluxe bush camp, a private oasis on the Chitabe private concession. Although the nearby Gomoti River provides essential water for wildlife, this sector of the Okavango is relatively dryer and conducive to exploring on overland wildlife drives. Surrounded by woodlands and acacia forests separated by small and open savannah plains and islands of ilala palms, we’re likely to see four of the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo. We’ll also look for cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, wild dog and a wide array of antelope.

Day 15: Chitabe / Maun / Depart
Our grand Namibia & Botswana safari comes to a close as we depart by air for Maun to connect with homeward flights, or to continue with onward extensions.



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