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Windhoek to Livingston

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Visa's :
Required, double check with the embassies prior to departure (own responsibility).

Money:
SA Rand can be used everywhere. Suggest USD and Rands to be used on trip. Credit card facilities not always available in more remote areas outside of towns - most lodges prefer a cash transaction. Credit card may be used in Swakopmund and Victoria Falls for activities. Card holders are advised to clarify whether their card is acceptable in Namibia with a commercial bank. Foreigners may bring in any amount of foreign currency into Namibia. Please note that banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and only open until 15h00 on all other working days.

Passports:
Valid passports with a minimum of 5 blank pages are advised for the border proceedings though out your tour. For more information visit : www.namibiatourism.com.na


Drinking Water:
1 bottle (500ml) will be provided each day by Xama Adventures. It is advised to purchase bottled water through out the tour for your personal use.

Beverages:
Are for the pax own expenses through out the tour.

Meals:
Meals will be provided as per programme. There will be 2 days where pax will be required to purchase their own meals as per itinerary due to distance traveled or activities.

Advised to exchange money into SA Rands when you are in Johannesburg as you can use this currency throughout your safari.

Programme: 12 Days

  • B-Breakfast / L-Lunch / D-Dinner
  • Flights to be organized separately.
  • Windhoek (D)
    Early morning flight is best so that there is time to explore and shop in the mother city of Namibia. Xama Adventures will organize a transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day of arrival. It is advised to exchange money at the airport on arrival. That evening the group will enjoy a meal at Joe's Beer House, one of Namibia famous restaurants.

  • Swakopmund (BLD)
    Depart at 08h00 for Swakopmund - 5 hour drive with a stop at a craft market, picnic lunch on route. We will also have the chance experience a Bushman cultural experience on route to Swakopmund. Check in first, those wanting to do activities are taken to the activity center. Pax can pay with credit cards at the activity center on arrival. The rest of the day will be at ones own leisure. Dinner will be enjoyed as a group at one of the local restaurants.

  • Swakopmund (BD)
    Activity day for those interested / or explore the seaside town on foot. Lunch at ones own expense (as people do many different activities). Activities available are as follows: Quad biking, sand boarding, horse riding, dolphin boat cruise, sky-diving, scenic flights. Swakopmund is a busy town with many interesting shops and architecture. One will find a variety of people living and working together in this small seaside town. Don't forget to visit the beach bar for sunsets and stroll along the Swakopmund Jetty, recently reopened for public enjoyment in 2007.

  • Cape Cross-Brandberg (BLD)
    Leave Swakop after breakfast at 07h00 and depart for the Cape Seal Colony, and the famous Cape Cross planted by Diego Cao in 1486 - he was one of the worlds great navigators and explorers. Lunch on route. Visit the Brandberg Mountain, option for a walk (3 hours) to view the famous White Lady Painting. Be advised to take lots of water, sunscreen and a hat as it can become very warm within the mountains. Those not wishing to take the hike will be taken to the lodge to relax for the afternoon.

  • Twyfelfontein & Himba Village (BLD)
    Depart early via Twyfelfontein and the Bushmen engravings. On route we will stop to see some Herero doll makers and the beautiful dresses worn by the Herero tribal woman. One can purchase a miniature doll for around R70. After visiting the recent world heritage site at Twyfelfontein we head further north, and depending on time we visit a Himba village, learning more about the Himba culture and people.

  • Etosha (BD)
    Himba Village may be visited this morning due to time frames from previous day. After our visit to the village we travel east and restock our supplies / money and diesel in the town of Outjo. Lunch will be enjoyed here before we move onto Etosha National Park and the game viewing.

  • Etosha (BLD)
    The day is spent traveling through Etosha National Park viewing the abundant wildlife. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the middle camp called Halali. Animals noted during this time of year are Springbok, Wildebeast, Oryx, Zebra, Elephants and if lucky lions, leopard and cheetah. Etosha is always a great highlight being one of Africa greatest reserves for research and the public eye.

  • Kavango River (BLD)
    We leave Etosha and make our way via the town of Grootfontein on route to the Caprivi Strip and the Kavango River. The Caprivi is a water -rich network of rivers and swamplands with lush green trees and friendly locals. We will make a few stops along the way to visit some of the tribal homes and purchase hand made crafts should one wish to do so. This evening we will relax on the banks of the Kavango river and enjoy a traditional dance from some of the lodge staff.

  • Western Caprivi (BLD)
    We travel along the Caprivi strip towards our next destination near Knogola. On route we will stop for a picnic lunch, enjoy the scenery of the Caprivi Strip. Should there be time we will make a stop at Popa Falls on the Okovango River for a short breather before crossing the river and into the Caprivi Game Park. Here we have the opportunity to see elephants, zebras and antelopes while traveling through the park.

  • Chobe National Park (BLD)
    Today we leave Namibia and enter Botswana crossing the Chobe river system. We will be staying at a lodge in the town of Kasane. Our pre-booked activity will be a boat cruise along the Chobe River for a sunset cruise and chance to see more fascinating wildlife such as buffalos, crocodiles and Hippo's. This is a must see and well worth the wait. Depending on time one can visit the town of Kasane and visit the side stalls and craftsmen. Please note that these stalls are closed on a Sunday.

  • Victoria Falls (BLD
    An early departure is in order to cross the border from Botswana to Zambia. We make use of the Kazangula ferry, which is a true African experience. This ferry is used by many people and trucks every day trading between Botswana and Zambia. It is also seen as a lifeline for transport truckers traveling further north into Africa. The border procedures may take up a little time thus the early departure. Once through we continue to the town of Livingston and onto the lodge for the night. That afternoon we travel to the Victoria Falls and David Livingston National Park, to view the waterfalls. This is best seen from the Zimbabwe side during low water. All park fees are in USD. Those wanting to walk across to the bridge to the Zimbabwe side are welcome. A passport is required and a day pass that one can obtain from the border office. There are local taxi's that will bring one back to the lodge for dinner. Due to the amount of time very few activities are available, but helicopter and micro-light flights depart often. Definitely a must if you are looking for an exciting photograph of the falls.

  • Depart (B)
    The morning is spent at ones own leisure until the departure time of the overland truck which is around 11h30. Here you will be dropped of at the Airport for your linking flight back to Johannesburg.

We wish you further safe travels and hope to see you again.

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