Namibia & Zimbabwe in 16 Days

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Safari, Sand Dunes & Victoria Falls

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Our most complete tour for a deep dive into the landscapes and culture of Namibia, from sand dunes and safaris to the rock carvings of Twyfelfontein & the Amazing Victoria Falls.

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Victoria Falls
Etosha National Park
Swakopmund
Twyfelfontein
Windhoek
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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From + $420
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charm
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Travel to Namibia and discover impressive landscapes in Africa. Experience safaris in the Etosha National Park. Enjoy the otherworldly landscape of Sesriem, the ancient rock carvings of Twyfelfontein and surprise yourself with the atmosphere of Swakopmund. See the red dunes of Sossusvlei and explore the Naukluft Mountains. Finally, experience the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

17 days trip including flights*

14 days and 13 nights in destination

1

NYC - WDH

2

NYC - WDH

3

NYC - WDH

Otjiwarongo

4

Etosha

5

Etosha

6

Twyfelfontein

7

Swakopmund

8

Swakopmund

9

Sesriem

10

Sesriem

11

Windhoek

12

Victoria Falls

13

Victoria Falls

14

Victoria Falls

15

Victoria Falls

16

VFA - NYC

17

VFA - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport ready to board a flight* to Windhoek, the Namibian capital. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Continue your journey to Namibia & Zimbabwe
Continue your journey to Namibia & Zimbabwe. As there is a time difference you may lose a day during the outward journey, but this will be recouped on your return trip back home. Don’t worry, you are not in-flight for two days.
3rd Day: Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

Touch down in Windhoek and meet your guide at the airport. If you arrive early in the day, enjoy a short city tour and stop for a coffee whilst waiting for the rest of the group to arrive before departing to Otjiwarongo. Arrive in Otjiwarongo, set in beautiful countryside and depending on your arrival time, enjoy a visit at the local wood carvers market in Okahandja. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Otjwarongo.

Included
Okahandja Craft Market
4th Day: Otjiwarongo - Etosha National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Etosha National Park, home to a diverse array of wildlife. On the way, stop at a traditional Himba Village to experience the culture of this unique community.* Continue into the wilds of Etosha and enjoy spectacular game-viewing on the way to the lodge, admiring the landscapes dotted with wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos. Arrive at the lodge and get comfortable, soaking up the amazing landscapes. Be sure to make time to watch the sunset over the vast plains of Etosha. Overnight stay in Etosha.

* Important: For the visit to the Himba Village, a mandatory fee of NAD 450.00 (local currency) must be paid at the destination.

Included
Etosha Game-Viewing
Included
Visit a Himba Village
5th Day: Etosha National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, set off on an unforgettable full-day game drive through abundant Etosha National Park in a special open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle. Keep an eye out for large predators, beautiful game species as well as colourful and unique bird species. Snap photos, take in the landscapes and look out for wildlife. Etosha is home to 114 mammal species and 340 varieties of bird. Overnight stay in Etosha.

Included
Full-day Etosha Safari in a 4x4 vehicle
6th Day: Etosha National Park - Damaraland

Breakfast at the lodge. Continue your adventure the morning as you depart for Damaraland, an untamed, rugged and beautiful desert landscape. Known for its spectacular rock formations, see the regions most iconic sights such as the ancient rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe and the huge Brandberg Mountain. Explore the impressive Petrified Forest and unearth the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Afterwards, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Damaraland.

Included
Landscapes of Damaraland
7th Day: Damaraland - Swakopmund

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, set off to Swakopmund, Namibia's most famous coastal city, known for its charming German colonial architecture. Along the way, pay a visit to the settlement of Uis and continue along the coast. Arrive at the hotel in Swakopmund and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the sandy Atlantic coastline and the colourful buildings that line the beach. Overnight stay in Swakopmund.

Included
Drive to Swakopmund
8th Day: Swakopmund

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Swakopmund. Explore this unique coastal oasis, nestled between the Atlantic and the dunes of the Namib desert. See the half-timbered Woermannhaus, a relic of German architecture, today a public library, examine precious gems at the Kristall Galerie museum, home to a huge collection of precious stones and jewels, or explore the famous Skeleton Coast. We recommend an optional Dolphin Cruise on Walvis Bay.* Overnight stay in Swakopmund.

Optional Dolphin Cruise on Walvis Bay: Experience the biodiversity of Walvis Bay on an exciting dolphin-spotting cruise. Look out for friendly seals and pods of dolphins as you cruise on Walvis Bay and enjoy fresh oysters and champagne on board. 

Optional
Dolphin Cruise
9th Day: Swakopmund - Soussusvlei - Naukluft Mountains

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to explore Namibia's most famous landscapes in Sossusvlei, a photographers paradise known for its huge red sand dunes. Pass through Namib Naukluft Park, between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment, and continue to the breathtaking Naukluft Mountains, known for their rich wildlife including mountain zebras and leopards. Take in the spectacular views of red sand dunes, strange welwitschia plants, endemic to the Namib desert, along the way and transfer to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in the Naukluft Mountains.

Included
Landscapes of Sossusvlei
10th Day: Naukluft Mountains - Soussusvlei - Naukluft Mountains

After breakfast at the lodge, set off early into the vast landscapes of Soussusveli to explore the Sesriem Canyon, shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. Appreciate the breathtaking rock formations and learn about how the canyon has been an important source of water in an otherwise arid region. See the gravity-defying Dune 45 and the breathtaking white clay pan of Deadvlei before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in the Naukluft Mountains.

Included
Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon
11th Day: Naukluft Mountains - Windhoek

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free morning before transferring back to the lively city of Windhoek. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour to learn more about the capital. See it's most emblematic sights such as the Old Fort before visiting a local township, a vibrant neighbourhood where you can experience authentic Namibian culture. Overnight stay in Windhoek.

Included
Windhoek City Tour
12th Day: Windhoek - Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.* Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Victoria Falls. Named after Queen Victoria of England by the explorer David Livingstone, these impressive waterfalls are just one of the gifts that nature has given to southern Africa. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Get comfortable at the hotel and perhaps explore the surroundings at your leisure. We recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, an unforgettable way to spend your first night in Zimbabwe.** Overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River: Transfer to the jetty for a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Includes drinks and snacks on board.

Optional
Sunset Launch Cruise on the Zambezi River
13th Day: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel. Today visit the Zimbabwe side of the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Described locally as 'The Smoke That Thunders', Victoria Falls sits at the south of the Zambezi River, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Spend some time being amazed by the power of the falls and visit different vantage points to discover the sheer scale of this natural wonder.  During the afternoon we recommend the optional Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience * or the optional Guided Tour of the Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.** Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

Optional Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (13 Minutes): To put the Victoria Falls into a true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer size and grandeur of the spectacle become all the more clearer from above. The huge Zambezi River flowing slowly south as the water spreads across the full width of a great rent in the earth before crashing over the lip in a burst of spray and then squeezing into a narrow, foaming, blast of water rushing down the zigzag funnel of the gorges.

** Optional Guided Tour of the Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe): A guided tour of the falls enables you to delve into the local customs and traditions while gaining insight into how such an exquisite creation came to be. An aura of excitement envelopes everyone who lays eyes on this incredible spectacle and guided tours are conducted from both Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.

Included
Wild Horizons Tour of the Falls - Zimbabwe side
Optional
Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (Zimbabwe)
Optional
Guided Tour of the Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe)
14th Day: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure or take our optional safari and river cruise in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, a must for nature lovers! Overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

* Optional Full-Day Excursion to the Chobe National ParkEmbark on a safari game drive in the Chobe National Park, known for its large herds of elephants and wandering prides of lions. Cruise along the Chobe River, and spot the local game before enjoying lunch at a safari lodge. Take in the spectacular landscapes and wildlife before returning to Zimbabwe for an overnight stay. You will need to take your passport and Botswana visa with you on this trip to cross the border. 

Please note: If you choose this optional excursion you will need to obtain a double-entry visa-on-arrival at Victoria Falls airport when you first arrive. Cost approx $50-70.

Optional
Day Trip to Chobe National Park
15th Day: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

* Optional Breakfast cruise in Victoria Falls :  Enjoy your breakfast on board surrounded by the calm and the immensity of the african bush, on the Zambezi river. 

 
** Optional Afternoon Game drive in Zambezi National Park: 
Explore the Zambezi National Park,home to a variety of larger mammal species, including lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and several species of antelope. Using an open four-wheel drive vehicle. 
Optional
Afternoon Game drive in Zambezi National Park
16th Day: Victoria Falls - Night on board

Breakfast * at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

17th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Accommodation: 13 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 00:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

Okahandja Craft Market

Enjoy a visit at the local wood carvers market in Okahandja.

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Included

Included activity for day 4

Duration 04:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Etosha Game-Viewing

Enjoy watching animals on the way to the lodge, admiring the landscapes dotted with wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos.

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Included

Included activity for day 4

Duration 01:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

Visit a Himba Village

Stop at a traditional Himba Village to experience the culture of this unique community.

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Included

Included activity for day 5

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Full-day Etosha Safari in a 4x4 vehicle

Set off on an unforgettable full-day game drive through abundant Etosha National Park in a special open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 8

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Dolphin Cruise

Experience the biodiversity of Walvis Bay on an exciting dolphin-spotting cruise. Look out for friendly seals and pods of dolphins as you cruise on Walvis Bay and enjoy fresh oysters and champagne on board.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 12

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Sunset Launch Cruise on the Zambezi River

In the evening, you will be transferred to the jetty to enjoy a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes drinks and snacks on board. Look out for local wildlife and enjoy the scenic cruise.

What's included: Transfers, local drinks & park fees

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

Duration 00:13h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (Zimbabwe)

Enjoy the Victoria Falls from the sky with a 13 Minutes Helicopter Flight.

What's included: Transfers Not included: Park entrance fees and fuel levy which are payable directly

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 11:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Guided Tour of the Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.

What's included: Transfers, park fees Not included: Visa fees

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Windhoek, Victoria Falls - US.
  • Domestic flight: Windhoek - Victoria Falls. *
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  • 13 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 13 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. **
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide for part of the trip
  • Game Drive in Etosha National Park in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Entrance visa to Zimbabwe (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** Please note: For the visit to the Himba Village, a mandatory fee of NAD 450.00 (local currency) must be paid at the destination.

 If you have booked any of the optional activities in Victoria Falls, it is not necessary to purchase a visa for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Instead, you can buy the KANZA UNIVISA which grants multiple entries into any of the three countries. The price is 50USD and it can be purchased on arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport.

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with at least six months validity. Six blank passport pages.
  • Visa
    Visa available on arrival up to 90 days.
  • Currency
    Namibian Dollar
  • Language
    English
  • Electricity
    220V. India style plug.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations, however an up to date vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria. Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 01:00.
  • Other useful information
    Always drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks, salads and fruit where possible. It is advised to bring medication for diarrhoea and mosquito repellent.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Children: 5 - 11 years.

 

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