Windhoek to Victoria Falls

Overlanding is the only way to see Southern Africa! Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This trip is designed specially for families! Designed to appeal to the entire family, our family overland expeditions are family holidays with a difference, full of true outdoor pursuit - roasting marshmallows at night around a campfire in the middle of the wilds, taking a boat safari deep into the Okavango Delta or enjoying some hair-raising adventure activities on the coast at Swakopmund. Our Namibia and Botswana family overland trip takes you from the colossal Victoria Falls through some of Africa's most astounding scenery, wildlife havens, and activities. You will enjoy canoe safaris on the stunning Okavango Delta, wildlife cruises in Chobe National Park, go tracking and food gathering with the San tribe, spot huge herds of elephant at Etosha National Park, trek up the famous sand dunes at Sesriem, try your hand at sandboarding or quadbiking at Swakopmund, see the Cape Cross seal colony on the Skeleton Coast, trek to see the bush paintings at Spitzkoppe and best of all, enjoy all these things having travelled there overland-style as a family, ensuring you all have an experience that no-one will ever forget. Take your family to explore the wilds of Southern Africa on this unforgettable family overland adventure!

Duration: 19 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 160047
Starts: Victoria Falls, Zambia Finishes: Sesriem & Soussusvlei,
You will visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Kasane
  • Chobe National Park
  • Bagani
  • Okavango Delta
  • Rundu
  • Grootfontein
  • Etosha National Park
  • Brandberg
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Namib Desert
  • Sesriem & Soussusvlei
  • Windhoek



Day 1-2: Victoria Falls

Border Information: Welcome to Victoria Falls and the largest waterfalls in Africa! If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck as well (to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

On our second day here, we will have a free day to allow you to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer. There are various activities and excursions to choose from, including white water rafting and canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging!

Our camp ground is centrally located on the Zambezi River only four kilometres from the Falls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite with opportunity to upgrade to various types of rooms.


Day 3: Kasane

Border Information: exit Zimbabwe at Kazangula, enter Botswana at Kazangula.

Today our journey begins with a drive across the border into Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.

This afternoon we will visit the park by taking a boat trip down the Chobe river, seeing how many animals we can spot! The boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.

In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


Day 4: Bagani

Border Information: exit Botswana at Ngoma, enter Namibia at Ngoma.

Today we continue our journey with a fairly long driving day, crossing the border into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia!

In the late afternoon we will reach our campsite at Bagani, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Panhandle on Namibia's Caprivi Strip.

The camp is set on an island under some amazing trees with river frontage - the area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps teeming with wildlife.

If you wish to upgrade from a tent into one of the tree houses or bush huts instead, you must inform your sales agent as soon as possible as this will need to be booked well in advance - upgrades are unlikely to be available once the trip has started, however you leader can always check late availability for you.

Tonight we will prepare for our visit to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

In Bagani we stay at a well equipped camp site.


Day 5-6: Okavango Delta

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Muhembo, enter Botswana at Muhembo.

Today we will drive south back into Botswana to the village of Sepupa (Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours), where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.

Here we will our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways by a local guide. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.

We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.

The next day we will explore the island on foot, and then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks, lunch, and then mokoro back to camp. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoes ourselves! We will stay overnight at our island camp.


Day 7: Bagani

Border Information: Exit Botswana at Muhembo, enter Namibia at Muhembo.

Today we will return to our truck and drive back across the Namibian border to our campsite in Bagani.

In Bagani we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.


Day 8: Rundu

Today we will take a morning drive to the town of Rundu, where we stay in a beautiful campsite on the banks of the Okavango River.

We will have a free afternoon today, where we have the option to take a walk around the nearby villages and see a slice of local life, or perhaps to take a river cruise for sunset.

In Rundu we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.


Day 9: Grootfontein

Today we will continue our journey into the heart of Namibia, to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening.

In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.


Day 10-11: Etosha National Park

Today we head west to the stunning Etosha National Park.

Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!

We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.

In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours each day.


Day 12: Brandberg

Today we will leave Etosha (via one last short game drive!) and head to the stunning mountainous desert landscape of Brandberg.

The Brandberg area is home to the desert-adapted elephant, and travelling through this area we will have the opportunity to search for this elusive creature. Brandberg is also home to some incredible ancient San cave paintings, the most famous being the Brandberg White Lady - we will have the chance to take a sort trek to the paintings this evening or the following morning.

In Brandberg we will camp in the grounds of a lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.


Day 13: Spitzkoppe

Today we will travel to the sparsely-populated centre of Namibia and the incredible and photogenic mountain of Spitzkoppe.

We will wild camp in the midst of this remote region, have a chance to explore the primeval landscape of the mountain, and witness the mountan take on remarkable oranges and reds during the breathtaking sunset (and sunrise, for those who can manage to get up at 5:30am!).

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very basic facilities (there is a seated 'long-drop' toilet block, but no showers or electricity).

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.


Day 14-15: Swakopmund

Today we continue to the German colonial town of Swakopmund, located at the southern end of the famous and barren 'Skeleton Coast'. We will detour to visit the incredible Cape Cross seal colony on way to Swakopmund!

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On our second day here we will have a free day to explore the town and the wider area, go to the beach, or participate in some of Swakopmund's many exciting adrenaline activities.

In Swakopmund we will stay in a hotel.


Day 16: Namib Desert

Today we will drive into the southern Namib deserts to a remote campsite near the town of Solitaire, where we will have a fascinating tour to learn all about the ecology of the desert and the history of the area from our local guide there.

In Solitaire we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.


Day 17: Sesriem & Soussusvlei

Today we will drive the short distance to the small village of Sesriem, the gateway to the awe-inspiring sand dunes and ancient lakebeds of Sossusvlei.

From Sesriem we will take a trip out in the truck to the incredibly photogenic and other-worldly landscapes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, culminating in climbing the famous huge sand dune known as 'Dune 45' for a breathtaking sunset. Depending on the heat of the day, we may choose to do this excursion this afternoon or early the following morning instead (going to Dune 45 first for sunrise).

In Sesriem we will stay in a basic but well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.


Day 18-19: Windhoek

Border Information: If leaving in Windhoek, you will most likely exit Namibia at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA code: WDH).

Today we will head on our excursion to Sossusvlei (if it was too hot to go yesterday afternoon), and then complete our journey to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

In Windhoek we will stay for one night in a decent hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

The following day is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Windhoek. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

    • Visit to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in Africa
    • Take a boat trip to view Chobe National Park's profilic wildlife from the water
    • Head on an unforgettable 3-day/2-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris
    • Visit to the San Village project near Grootfontein
    • Search for all manner of African wildlife on a safari in our overland truck through the incredible Etosha National Park
    • Freely explore the stunning primeval landscape of Spitzkoppe, and walk to the nearby ancient San rock paintings
    • Guided walk through the landscapes of the Namib desert, learning all about the delicate desert ecosystem
    • Climb the colossal sand dune of Dune 45 to witness the incredible shifting colours of the Namib deserts at sunrise
    • Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans
    Tour Staff
    • 3 Dragoman crew members including an African camp master
    • 85% Camping - 15% Hotels
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