18-Day Namibia Desert Run

from R15250 pp

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Desert, Canyon, River Delta and Waterfall


Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Dunes, Swakopmund, Cheetah Park, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls

Country: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Embark on this unique tour focusing on natural wonders while travelling through 4 different countries. This tour is all about size … You will visit the 2nd largest canyon in the world, see (and climb) some of the highest sand dunes on earth, visit the largest inland delta in the world as well as the largest waterfall (volume-based) on the globe.

The Fish River Canyon is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 km (100 miles) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools.

The Namib Desert is one of the 500 distinct physiographic provinces of the South African Platform physiographic division. It occupies an area of around 80,950 km² (31,200 square miles) It is about 1600 km (1,000 miles) long from north to south and its east-west width varies from 48 to 161 kilometres (30 to 100 miles). It is largely uninhabited by humans, but home to impressive natural wonders such as the Sossusvlei Dunes with its mysterious sliding rocks.

Etosha National Park is a national park in north-western Namibia. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq miles) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 square kilometres (1,840 sq miles) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park has about 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 1 species of fish (up to 49 species of fish during floods), including several threatened and endangered wildlife species such as the black rhinoceros.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large, swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometers of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km2 area. The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction. The majority of the estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30 000.

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning “The Smoke That Thunders”), is a mighty waterfall on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft) resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. It is a spectacular sight to behold and the sound of the water rushing off the edge, falling down the gorge is a soul-stirring experience.

With all these wonderful sights and experiences on offer, this tour is guaranteed to leave you with a lifetime of fond memories.



Pricing & Details

Departs: Enquire – departs monthly


Budget Tour:

Price: R15250

Tour Kitty: R6950

Single Supplement: R1500


Accommodated Tour:

Price: R25500

Tour Kitty: R6950

Single Supplement: R4400


What’s included in the price:

  • Transport
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary


What’s NOT included in the price:

  • Flights, visas (if required), personal travel insurance (compulsory when travelling with The Mzansi Experience)
  • Meals & drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities



A Tour Kitty is to be paid to the tour guide in cash upon collection (in addition to the tour price). This kitty is a cash contribution to a central fund and overseen by the travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals or activities for the entire group. Contribution to the kitty is compulsory.



A Single Supplement is a fee charged to solo travellers when they take a room alone). This is pending availability, so please enquire about this in advance.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg to Upington

We leave Johannesburg and travel west for most of the day, arriving at our destination in Upington late afternoon.

Meals: Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Hotel

Day 2: South Africa – Namibia (Fish River Canyon)

Leaving Upington we head to the beautiful country of Namibia. After crossing the border, we will head for the open desert on our way to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and second largest in the world. We camp under the Acacia tree close to the canyon for the night, and there is time enough for you to enjoy a walk in the mountains before sunset. This area really can take your breath away. This is just the beginning of an incredible Namibian experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 3: Aus

After breakfast we will make our way further north-west to the small desert town of Aus, arriving late afternoon, with just enough time to go for a short hike up the mountain to watch the sunset, an experience you will not quickly forget. Our home for the night is situated amongst the boulders and Koppies (rocky outcrops).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 4: Sesriem

After breakfast we will go and find the wild horses that roam the Namib Desert, and then make our way up to Sossusvlei. The drive takes us through some of the most scenic areas in Namibia, as we head towards the largest and most beautiful dunes in the world. We will arrive at our camp late afternoon; it is situated close to the Sesriem Canyon. At night the campsite is frequently visited by jackals, gemsbok and hyenas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 5: Solitaire

This morning we have an early start to visit the red dunes of Sossusvlei, which cover almost the whole of the south-western part of Namibia, before heading off towards Solitaire where we will spend the night. Once again the road takes us through some of the most awesome scenery of this dry country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Days 6 - 8: Swakopmund

The drive from Solitaire to Swakopmund is through the Namibian Naukluft National Park and is unmistakably the most barren section of the country.

We will arrive in Swakopmund early afternoon and check into our lodge, after which you will be briefed on all the activities on offer here (such as quad biking, sand boarding and sky diving). The next 2 days are spent at your own will, which means you get the opportunity to explore the town, take in some real German culture and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the area.

Meals: Breakfast
Budget tour: Lodge
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 9: Cheetah Park

Leaving Swakopmund behind us we will make our way up towards Kamanjab. Our camp for the night is situated under the Camel Thorn trees at a Cheetah Park. Here our hosts will take us out in an open vehicle for us to observe the cheetahs being fed. The animals are on the red data (endangered) list. Here you will also have the opportunity to experience a traditional African Bush Braai (BBQ).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Bush chalets

Days 10, 11: Etosha National Park

After visiting the few tame cheetahs that live in the home of our hosts, we make our way to Etosha National Park. Our time spent here will take us through most of the park. We will take a short break on the pan itself, the flood plains of this amazing park. At night the watering holes by the campsites are frequented by many animals, and the chances of seeing some of the Big 5 are high. Each night will be spent in a different camp in the park: the first night in Okaukuejo, and the second night in Namutoni, a beautiful old fort.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: National Park Chalets

Days 12, 13: Northern Okavango

Leaving Etosha, we will be driving for most of the day, passing through the towns of Tjomeb, Grootfontein, Rundu, and then onto the town of Dovundu. Our campsite is situated alongside the Kavango River, in the northern-most part of the Okavango Delta. The campsite is known to most people as being one of the most beautiful campsites in Africa. It is very common to see crocodile in the river and hippo coming out to feed at night. Here you can enjoy the sunrise from the deck or go for a swim in the river swimming pool. You also have the opportunity to go on a Mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip up the river. Your local guide will inform you about the wildlife and parks in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Tree house chalets

Days 14 -16: Namibia – Botswana – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

We will rise early and take a leisurely drive towards the Great Zambezi River.
Leaving Namibia behind us, we will cross into Botswana, and head straight for the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe. Our evening (Day 14) will be spent on a wonderful cruise on the Zambezi River (drinks and snacks are included in the cruise).

The next couple of days will be yours to spend as you please, and you will have the opportunity to try out one or more of the many activities on offer in the area. A visit to the Victoria Falls is included in the tour and will be arranged around your optional activities.

Meals: Breakfast
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets

Day 17: Zimbabwe – Botswana (Palapye)

Leaving early we will make our way back to the border where we will cross into Botswana and drive through the Chobe area. We will head towards the south-eastern part of Botswana where we will rest for the night, and experience another traditional African Braai (BBQ).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 18: Botswana – South Africa (Johannesburg)

Today we will cross back into South Africa, arriving back in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

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