Namibia. Botswana. Victoria Falls: AFRICA

Tour duration: 15 days
Tour Rate: £4,799
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include meals, naturalist/wildlife guide, eco-lodges/camps, ground transportation, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Namibia Tour will take you through one of the world’s oldest and largest deserts (Namib: Nama for vast place); traversing Botswana, which is covered by 70% by the Kalahari Desert; and boat cruising the Zambezi River by the Victoria Falls, an area of splendor and magnificence.

An ecoregion of shifting sand dunes, plains, and mountains, the Namibia desert is estimated to be about 55 million years old. Several riverbeds crisscrossed the otherwise barren land. Animals and plants flourish around the riverbeds. Damaraland with its springs and fleeting rivers provide bands of vegetation and wetness that sustains life in the region. In Damaraland, you can observe an array of wildlife species outside a nature park or protected area, including zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and elephants. The Petrified Forest (not a real forest) amassed a colossal of fossilized tree trunks, which are estimated to be about 280 million years old. These specific types of trees no longer grow in the region.

Namibia Tour explores parts of the desert region that are protected. This is areas that are dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife, the land, and the local peoples’ traditions.

“One unique way of protecting Namibia’s biodiversity has been through the WWF-supported conservancy movement, which gives local communities responsibility and right of ownership over their natural resources and wildlife. Any profit generated by the conservancy’s activities – guide services, eco-tourist facilities or controlled hunting – is invested back into the community.” – World Wide Fund (WWF).

For traversing through Botswana, Namibia Tour includes sightseeing a region that is dedicated to preserving its natural resources. Wildlife conservation is paramount here and you will visit animal preserves (such as Chobe National Park). Botswana is not overflowing with tourists, and this along with its commitment to retaining its innate features makes it a sustainable eco-travel destination.

“Mosi-oa-Tunya,” the smoke that thunders, or more commonly known as Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls supersedes Niagara Falls in both width and depth.

Cruising Victoria Falls is an enriching experience in terms of seeing the spectacular waterfalls, precipices, flora and fauna. Namibia Tour is charted specially to include the most exhilarating nature adventure in Namibia, Botswana, and Victoria Falls.

 

Watch this video about the Zambezi River (Great River). 

 

 

Tour’s Program

  • You will arrive in the Namibian capital city of Windhoek at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)
WINDHOEK

The city is bounded by a natural landscape comprising mountains, including the Auas Mountains southwards and the Eros Mountains eastwards. Windhoek includes the area above a large plateau and reaches an altitude of 5,600 feet.

  • You'll be greeted at the airport by your naturalist guide and transported to your eco-lodge in Windhoek.
KALAHARI DESERT

Not a real desert since the area receives too much annual rainfall, Kalahari have trees, fossil watercourses and river channels. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians live in the region.

  • You'll embark on a nature drive tour of the Kalahari Desert.
NAMIB DESERT/SOSSUSVLEI

It is said that the sand dunes at Sossusvlei is the tallest in the world. "Big Daddy", a dune in Namib-Naukluft soars 380 meters. Sossusvlei's dunes are must-see natural wonders.

  • You'll drive to Sossusvlei and Namib Desert and sight-see the desert landscape.
SOSSUSVLEI
  • You'll explore the world's tallest sand dunes in Sossusvlei.
SWAKOPMUND (Sighting A.)
  • On this day, you'll drive to the Moon Landscape and sightsee this stark and barren region formed from Damara Granite millions of years ago. Then, you'll proceed to the coastal areas of Swakopmund.
SWAKOPMUND (Sighting B.)
  • On this day, you'll visit the coastal towns in Swakopmund.
  • Then, go to the Swakopmund Museum where a collection of indigenous plants, minerals, and archaeological artifacts from Namibia are housed.
DAMARALAND

The region is noted for its prehistoric water channels, steppes, granite koppies (Inselberg), gulches, sandplains and dune systems. Here, live wildlife that have adapted to the hash sun-heat, desert condition and includes elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich, and springbok.

  • You’ll sightsee the wild and rugged, yet striking landscape of Damaraland.
DAMARALAND/TWYFELFONTEIN
  • You’ll explore the largest ancient rock engraving site in Africa, dating back 6000 and 2000 years. Over 5,000 individual carved symbols have been discovered here to date.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
  • On this day, you'll drive to the Etosha reserve where some threatened and endangered species such as the black rhino live. The park is home to many other species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK/ONGUMA GAME RESERVE
  • You'll drive to Onguma Game Reserve. Here, animals such as the lion, the cheetah, and the leopard roam freely.
RUNDA
  • On this day, you'll visit the Mbangura Wood Carving’s Co-operation and sees woodcarvers’ items and other craftworks. The Kavango Museum and Roman Catholic Mission Museum, as well, showcase artisans' products.
BOTSWANA/CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Sighting A.)
  • At the Chobe riverfront, especially during the dry season (May through to October), you can observe a large breeding population of elephants. The giraffe, the sable, the puku antelope, a variety of birds, and the cape buffalo occupy the area.
BOTSWANA/CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Sighting B.)
  • You'll drive to the Savuti Marsh, an area noted for its dramatic geological changeability.
VICTORIA FALLS (Sighting A.)

In terms of the amount of water being deposited, the falls is said to be the world's largest.

  • You'll visit Zambezi National Parks and Victoria Falls (also referred to as "smoke that thunders").
  • The Zambezi National Park is a game reserve and is located upstream the Victoria Falls. Here, you'll embark on a canoe expedition, as well as game drive to see the animals, including the elephant, the lion, the giraffe, the kudu, the impala, the waterbuck, and the zebra.
VICTORIA FALLS (Sighting B.)
  • Depending on your time of departure, you can visit the Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village. Here, you’ll see local artisans at work, making unique Zimbabwean crafts. Make purchase, or stroll the organic herb garden and learn about traditional medicinal herbs.
  • You'll depart Victoria Falls Airport (VFA).
  • You'll be transported to the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) for your departure flight.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodge stays
  • Wildlife/naturalist guide
  • Ground transportation (incl. airport transfers)
  • Meals/house beverages at the lodges
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/local)
  • Boat rides & cruises
  • Booking taxes and gratuities an additional 5%
Namibia generally has a dry and pleasant climate for most of the year. December through to March has some humid days followed by rainy days with some thunderstorms. Dry season is from June through to October and offer excellent wildlife viewing in the parks, as well as Etosha. During the wet season, the animals move away from the waterholes and spread out throughout parks.

  • June through to October offer the best opportunity for wildlife viewing within the nature parks.
  • July through to October is high season. The area does not seem to get too crowded but Etosha the Namib-Naukluft main road areas attracts more visitors during this period.
  • May through to October, during this period the vegetation is sparse and animals are more attracted to the rivers and waterholes, which makes them easier to be spotted. Etosha offers excellent sighting opportunity.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, naturalist guide, parks' entry fees, road transportation, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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