On the sands of the Kalahari

(Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe)

This trip is specially designed for those who are looking for wide open spaces, endless roads and endless landscapes. We will travel through four great deserts, very different from each other, but of great beauty. We will start in the Kalahari Desert. The first explorer to travel through it, the Dr. Livingstondefined it as "the saddest land anyone has ever seen"It is not for nothing that the word kalahari (kgalagadi at tswano), means "great thirst". There live the bushmenalso called saintThey are the oldest people on earth and still live as they did in the Palaeolithic era. They speak with clicking sounds, worship the sun, the moon and a higher power from the east, and live by hunting and gathering.

From there we will head towards Maun, where we will carry out various activities in the Okavango Delta. That river that, instead of flowing into the sea, forms a river fan in the middle of the desert, breaking away until it disappears, swallowed up by the Kalahari, in a labyrinth of canals, lagoons and islands; exerting a pole of attraction on thousands of wild animals. From the mokorosthose little canoes that have always been used by the bavei to move between the canals, we can spot herds of elephant, buffalo or impala and the gait of giraffes or hippos soaking in the canals.

We will continue with a very special place, the Makgadigadi Salt Flat, in the north of Botswana. One of the most spectacular and grandiose wildebeest migratory streams in the world passes through here. Africa. Conditions permitting, we will sleep in the sacred Kubu IslandAn oasis of rocks and baobabs surrounded by a haunting sea of salt and sand... paradise.

From Kubu we will continue along that mythical route that led to Livingstone until Victoria Falls. Where, if you are still in the mood for more adventure, we propose a rafting on the Zambezi.

After two nights of well-deserved rest, we'll head off into Namibia by the strip of the Caprivi. We will continue to do safaris by the Etosha National Park, one of the largest reserves of Africa, in whose ponds it is quite possible to spot the Big Five. We will travel through part of the Kaokoland, the land of the himba and of the herero with their Victorian costumes, we will continue through the Damaralandwhere the desert elephant lives and we will sleep among the bizarre granite formations of the Spitzkoppe to reach the Skeleton CoastIt owes its name to the large number of shipwrecks that lie on the coastline, creating a ghostly landscape. The route is completed by the city of SwakopmundThe strange mixture that takes us to an ancient city of Bavaria embedded in Africa between the dunes of the Namib  and the coast of the Atlantic.

And before returning to Windhoekthis unforgettable route will end where the dunes meet the sea, the desert of Namib. There, photography lovers will go crazy among the skeletons of dead acacias of Deadvlei or watching the sunrise from the Dune 45. The sun's rays and the reddish hue of the sand are a unique spectacle that you will never forget.

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

Day 2: Windhoek (Namibia) - Gantzi (Botswana) (MP)

Day 3: Kalahari (MP)

Day 4: Gantzi - Maun (MP)

Day 5: Maun - Okavango Delta (MP)

Day 6: Maun - Gweta (MP)

Day 7: Gweta - Makgadikgadi Salt Flat - Kubu Island (A)

Day 8: Kubu - Tamafupa Park (MP)

Day 9: Tamafupa - Victoria Falls (MP)

Day 10: Victoria Falls (MP)

Day 11: Victoria Falls - Caprivi Strip (MP)

Day 12: Divundu - Grootfontein (MP)

Day 13: Grootfontein - Etosha National Park (MP)

Day 14: Etosha N.P. (MP)

Day 15: Onguma - Etosha - Hobatere (MP)

Day 16: Hobatere - Skeleton Coast (MP)

Day 17: Skeleton Coast - Spitzkoppe (MP)

Day 18: Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund (AD)

Day 19: Swakopmund (AD)

Day 20: Swakopmund - Walbis bay - Namib N.P. (MP)

Day 21: Namib Desert - Solitaire (MP)

Day 22: Solitaire - Windhoek (AD)

Day 23: Windhoek - airport transfer


Itineraries and lodges are subject to change depending on conditions and occupancy. In case of a change of accommodation, it shall be of similar quality.


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Duration of the trip: 23 days


5.210€ per person Group of 4 persons
Airfares vary depending on the season and how far in advance they are purchased. Desertando helps you to find the best flights for this trip and we take care of their management if you request it.

Subject to Desertando® general terms and conditions


INCLUDES: 21 x days rental of Toyota 4×4 without driver, fully comprehensive car insurance with excess of €1,200, 21 x nights accommodation in tented camps/lodges according to programme, local tax for accommodation. Assistance insurance.


NOT INCLUDED:  tips, visas, international flights, Spanish guide (optional), scenic flights, drinks at dinner, park entrance fees, overnight stay on Kubu Island, optional activities and any other service not mentioned in the INCLUDED section.



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