Namibia and Botswana

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Visit two of the very best safari countries in southern Africa: Namibia and Botswana. The benefit? You'll have two very different safari experiences in one trip - different ecologically and culturally.

While any of our Namibia trips can be combined with a Botswana safari, we've made it easy by creating a two plus week trip that encompasses the best of both countries.

Because of the two countries' sizes, it can present a challenge to those wanting to see the highlights on a tight schedule. Therefore, we fly from point to point, landing at or near every camp we visit.

This trip is offered with an upgrade option with upgraded accommodations on the Namibia portion. See rate page.

From the capital city of Windhoek, you'll visit the massive dunes, look for rare desert elephants in Damaraland, meet the traditional Himba pastorialists and explore famed Etosha National Park. Then you'll fly directly to Maun, safari capital of Botswana to spend a little over a week exploring some of Africa's best wilderness game reserves.

Namibia and Botswana is a great option for those who want to see as much of the two countries as possible in a little over two weeks' time.

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Namibia & Botswana Itinerary


Day 1            Arrive Windhoek

Day 2 & 3     Fly to Kulala Desert Lodge from Windhoek (Eros Airport), Sossusvlei Area  (upgrade Sossusvlei Desert Lodge)

Day 4 & 5     Fly on to stay at Camp Kipwe, in the stunning scenery of Damaraland  (upgrade Mowani Mountain Camp)

Day 6 & 7     Drive to Andersson's Camp, Southern boundary of Etosha National Park (upgrade to Ongava Lodge)

Day 8           Return to Windhoek via the Okonjima Day Centre, overnight Windhoeck

Day 9 - 11    Fly to Maun, Botswana and into the Okavango Delta Camp Moremi

Day 12 - 13  Savuti Channel

Day 14 - 15  Chobe National Park

Day 16         Victoria Falls

Day 17         To Johannesburg and home

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival into Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to Galton House for an overnight.  Dinner included.

Day 2: Fly to Sossusvlei Area

The flight will take you over the central highlands of Namibia before descending over Namib Desert to land at the Geluk airstrip situated in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The afternoon can be spent enjoying many of the activities offered by Kulala Desert Lodge. 

Kulala Wilderness Reserve: The private 37,000ha Kulala Wilderness Reserve lies at the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its towering red dunes. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed here. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air, and one bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands.

Kulala Desert Lodge: Kulala Desert Lodge offers one of closest views of the Sossusvlei dune corridor. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (including 3 family units) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the Namib Desert. Activities on offer include morning tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks and drives to view the desert's fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area in a hot air balloon and eco-sensitive guided quad biking excursions.  Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge L,D (upgrade to Sossusvlei Deset Lodge)

Day 3: Sossusvlei/Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Once you have explored the dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch. Another guided activity within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve as offered by the lodge which is generally an excursion to view Sesriem Canyon.

Sossusvlei: This frequently visited section of the massive 50,000km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be penetrated by following the Tsauchab River valley. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirror images of dunes and camel thorn trees around the pan are reflected in the water. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. 

Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5km long and 30m deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge B,L,D  (upgrade to Sossusvlei Deset Lodge)

Day 4: Sossusvlei to Damaraland

You will be transferred this morning to the airstrip for a flight into the heart of Damaraland. You fly north over the massive Sossusvlei dunes and the great sand sea to the coast, where (depending on weather) you will see deserted mines, shipwrecks and seal colonies below.

After refueling at Swakopmund, fly north to the Twyfelfontein Airstrip where you will be met by your naturalist guide for  15 minute drive to Camp Kipwe in time for lunch.

This afternoon we visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) and the  geological sites at Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Return to the camp before sunset and pre-dinner drinks on Kipwe's sundowner rock for stunning views of the surroundings at sunset.

Twyfelfontein: Among Twyfelfontein's boulders and slabs of red sandstone are some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs, perhaps one of the largest and finest assembly of petroglyphs in Africa. They depict animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, lion, rhinoceros, springbok, zebra and ostrich that once used to utilize a spring (fontein) at the bottom of the hill.  Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia's key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Burnt Mountain: A rounded hill located a short distance from Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes, known as the Burnt Mountain, appears to catch fire again at sunrise and sunset. Its wild range of colors at dawn and dusk are due to molten lava which penetrated sedimentary shale and limestone deposits some 125 million years ago, resulting in contact metamorphis. In ordinary sunlight it is a dull black.

Organ Pipes: The Organ Pipes are another geological oddity nearby consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks also around 125 million years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion. Overnight: Camp Kipwe Fully Inclusive (most drinks included) (Upgrade to Mowani Mountain Camp)

Day 5: Damaraland

This morning you will be drive along the Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region in search of the elusive desert adapted elephants. Our success will depend on if they are in the area, as they range over large areas in search of forage. We will also see other desert-adapted species that Damaraland is known for.  

Desert Adapted Elephant: In habitats with adequate vegetation and water an adult elephant can consume as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 liters of water every day of its life. Their ranges extend from drainage systems in northern Kaokoveld to as far south as the northern Namib. In addition to the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab enable them to traverse the desert all the way to the Skeleton Coast.

Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib travel longer distances for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa, distances between water and feeding grounds can be up to 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 square kilometers, or eightfold more than ranges in central Africa where rainfall is far higher. To accomplish this, the elephants walk and feed at night and rest during the day.  Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions. Overnight: Camp Kipwe Fully Inclusive (most drinks included)  (Upgrade to Mowani Mountain Camp)

Day 6: Damaraland to Etosha National Park

A departure this morning from Camp Kipwe takes us north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, only known to a few people (IWA being one of them). Your guide's contacts with the local community will ensure you are welcomed as a 'friend of a friend' and that you will be able to spend considerable time learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been little modern influence on these groups, which makes for an intriguing cultural exchange. In late afternoon you arrive at Anderson's Camp on the southern border of Etosha in time to relax at the camp's floodlit waterhole while reflecting on the fascinating experiences of the day.

The Himba: The Himba, Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Namibia's remote north-western Kunene Region are loosely referred to as the Kaokovelders. Basically Herero in terms of origin, language and culture, the these groups are semi-nomadic pastoralists who follow their herds from one watering place to another. They seldom leave their home areas and determinedly maintain their traditional culture, resisting the encroachment of the outside world. For many centuries they have managed to live a relatively isolated existence and were not involved to any great extent in the long conflicts for pasturelands between the Nama and the Herero.  Overnight: Ongave Lodge Fully Inclusive (most drinks included)

Day 7: Etosha National Park

Today you visit famed Etosha National Park to see a cross-section of the wide variety of wildlife species found there before returning to the lodge for a late lunch before heading out again for an afternoon game drive. Or you can choose to spend the whole day in the park and either take lunch by the waterhole at the Okaukuejo restcamp or have a picnic while watching game. Once back at the lodge, enjoy the rest of the evening game viewing while enjoying sundowners and dinner.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park, which translates as the 'Place of Mirages', Land of Dry Water' or the 'Great White Place', covers 22,270 square kilometers, of which over 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or 'pans'.  Overnight: Ongave Lodge Fully Inclusive (most drinks included)

Day 8: Etosha National Park to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation

After breakfast we drive south from the Etosha National Park to the Okonjima Day Centre. Here you will be treated to a short game drive and educational tour of the AfriCat Foundation in order to learn about the great efforts being made here with the conservation of Africa's large cats. Lunch will be enjoyed at the centre before heading on to Windhoek, stopping in Okahandja to visit the local craft market for some last minute curio shopping if time permits. In Windhoek your guide will transfer you to your night's lodging at Galton House or similar. B,L,D (most drinks included)

Day 9 - 11: Fly to Maun, Botswana and into the Okavango Delta

Transfer to the airport  for your flight to Maun (additional fee).  Once you clear Customs, you will transfer to your flight to the vast Okavango.

Camp Moremi lies on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta on the beautiful Xakanaxa Lagoon that lies within the Moremi Game Reserve.  Set among a natural riverine forest of huge teak and ebony trees, Camp Moremi has breathtaking panoramas of Xakanaxa Lagoon.

A land and water based camp, activities at Camp Moremi include morning and afternoon game drives and motorized boat excursions. Camp Moremi is an excellent camp for birding. Overnights: Camp Moremi (B,L,D)

Day 12 - 13: Savuti Channel

Our morning charter flight carries us to Savute Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Savute Channel in the western area of the Park. A striking landscape surrounds Savute Safari Lodge, known for its large elephant population and general wildlife numbers.  Activities from the lodge include morning and afternoon game drives, visits to the Savute Marsh and San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. This region is also known for the second largest summer zebra migration in Africa (November/December and February to April), a major attraction for visitors. The zebras migrate in search of rain-induced grasslands and are accompanied by a multitude of predators. Overnights: Savuti Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 14 - 15: Chobe National Park

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kasane airport for your flight to Chobe Game Lodge.  Chobe National Park lies in the northern pat of the country and contains the largest elephant herds in the world. This Park offers four distinct eco systems: Serondela's fertile plains and thick forests in the Chobe River area in the northeast, to the west Savute Marsh and the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, with the dry savannah in between.

Our lodge has the sole concession in the park, which offers the advantage of entering the park an hour before everyone else and being able to return after dark. Our safari includes unlimited land and water-based game viewing which begin in the morning, mid-morning, mid and late afternoon. Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 16: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, one of Africa's greatest geographical features, was first chanced on for Europeans by David Livingstone in 1855. Its huge 1700 meter-wide and 100 meter-high falls awe the first-time visitor. 

Located in the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the boutique Ilala Lodge is the nearest hotel to Victoria Falls. Guests at Ilala Lodge can easily see the mists of Victoria Falls from its quiet setting looking out over lush lawns (often with grazing wildlife) and the nearby lush national park vegetation.

Your afternoon is free to explore the falls. Overnight: Ilala Lodge (B) 

Day 17: To Johannesburg and home

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the lodge's airstrip for your flight back to Maun and connections back to Johannesburg and home. 




Date - Rates:


Departures throughout the year, any day of the week.

Rates 2017/18

Please contact our office for current pricing:

800.808.4492 (US & Canada)

1.575.524.0084 (Worldwide)


  • 16 Night's accommodation
  • Full board on safari in Namibia & Botswana
  • Breakfast at Ilala Lodge
  • Transfers as specified
  • Safari activities daily in Namibia & Botswana
  • Park fees on safari in Namibia & Botswana
  • Shared Light Aircraft Flights: Maun Airport – Xakanaxa Airstrip – Savute Airstrip – Kasane Airport


  • Flights and airport taxes: Johannesburg – Windhoek, Victoria Falls – Johannesburg
  • Air from Windhoek, Namibia to Maun, Botswana
  • Lunch and dinner at Ilala Lodge
  • Drinks at Ilala Lodge
  • Sightseeing in Victoria Falls
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Registration: To confirm your space on this tour, a 25% deposit is required.  Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

The day-to-day itinerary is subject to weather and animal activity.  Flight delays can happen due to weather  and neither IWA nor the in-country operator is  responsible for any additional costs due to delays.

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is nonrefundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is nonrefundable; less than 60 days prior  to departure, 100% nonrefundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy.  In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance.  A quote will be sent to you upon booking. Evacuation insurance is mandatory to travel in Africa. 

Call to book:
800-808-4492 (US & Canada)
575.524.0084 (Worldwide)








Camp Kipwe: Camp Kipwe is ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The Camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders a stone's throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished with en-suite open-air bathroom. In the centre of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the Camp.

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 Andersson's Camp: Located just 4.5 km from Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate, Andersson's Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first 'discovered' the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851. Set against a backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders onto Etosha National Park. The Ongava Game Reserve is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops and scrub-covered plains which support a rich variety of game such as giraffe, lion, rhino and various antelope species. The Camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night.

This former farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt to modern-day standards. The design and construction of Andersson's Camp was guided primarily by the principles of environmental sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle. The old farmhouse now forms the main dining, bar and swimming pool area of Andersson's Camp, with guest tents radiating outwards into the secluded Mopane woodlands typical of the region. Tents are constructed using a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small verandah that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are raised. The open-air en-suite bathrooms continue the unique design. Andersson's Camp's close proximity to Etosha National Park is ideal for game drive excursions into Etosha to take in the array of game found there.










 Wolwedans Dunes Lodge: This 20 bed Lodge is perched on top of a dunes plateau and overlooks panoramic vistas in all direction, capturing the desert in an intimate and memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden poles and large canvas blinds/windows that open up to the desert beyond. Each of the nine spacious chalets has an en–suite bathroom which leads onto the private veranda looking out over stretches of untouched sand. The venue is an excellent base from which to explore the "landscape photographer's paradise" of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve.

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Camp Moremi: The camp boasts 12 tented safari suites each raised above the ground on individual wooden decks. The rooms are unique as they are custom designed and include an entrance atrium, separate en-suite bathroom with a shower, wash basin and ablution facilities and a separate bedroom area. The bedroom is expansive and furnished with twin/double beds under one large walk-around mosquito net, bedside tables, a dressing table, double door wardrobe, luggage racks and a butler's tray with tea and coffee making facilities. Glass sliding doors lead out onto a private deck, furnished with chairs and a table which allow for guests to relax and enjoy the bush views. Décor in the room is inviting and blends in well with the Camp Moremi environment with rich earthly colours and tones. Communal guest areas are elevated under thatch and timber with a main lounge, small wildlife reference library, dining area and bar. Facilities at the camp include a secluded swimming pool and sundeck, an elevated viewing platform with scenic views over Xakanaxa Lagoon and a thatched boma where guests can enjoy brunch or afternoon tea.

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Savute Safari Lodge boasts just twelve local timber and thatch chalets elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones thus complimenting the natural surrounding environment. Chalets feature signature glass sliding doors, expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge with en-suite facilities. The communal guest building is a beautiful two-story structure that houses comfortable leather and wicker sofas in the lounge, a library, bar area, shaded viewing deck, al fresco dining area and swimming pool with sun loungers offering great views over the channel and its active wildlife.

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An icon in the Chobe area, Chobe Game Lodge is the only safari lodge to be situated within the Chobe National Park. A hard to beat location, directly on the game rich Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge has unhindered views of the river and beyond, to the Caprivi floodplains of Namibia.

The 47 room hotel style lodge retains a nostalgic ambience and is set in beautifully mature gardens. All rooms are river facing and tastefully decorated, air conditioned with overhead fans, have en-suite bathrooms, a private terrace and complimentary minibar. There are four river view suites, each with their own plunge pool and a separate lounge. Rooms extend on either side of the main lodge and are linked by bricked foot paths. Exuding a Moroccan feel using Bedouin-style fabrics and lanterns especially in the lounge areas, the main lodge is spacious, comfortable and cool. There are varied dining options which include the open walled buffet area, a boma experience on the river or lunch served on the boardwalk. The Thwene Bar is a stylish cigar bar with an outside terrace and river views, there is a reference library and a large swimming pool with a terrace. Chobe Game Lodge has a raised boardwalk running a large length of the river with dining and chill out spots at regular intervals. It is a wonderful viewpoint to watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and lion coming down to drink.

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Ilala Lodge accommodation includes 32 rooms and two suites furnished with railway sleeper teak. With plenty of light from the patio doors, rooms lead onto either a communal garden or a balcony, where rooms on the upper level afford a view of the spray of the Falls. Standard in each room are two ¾ beds, en-suite bathrooms with a shower, bath and bathroom amenities, air-conditioning, fan and tea and coffee facilities. Suites are larger and include a king size bed. With warm and elegant decoration evoking an era of early adventure, the main guest facilities include the a la carte Palm Restaurant and verandah which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Safari Salon, a swimming pool, terrace and bar and WiFi.


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