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Desert to Delta Journey in Namibia and Botswana

The ultimate Africa combo – clamber towering sand dunes, cross the vast Kalahari Desert and explore wildlife-packed national parks

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Desert to Delta Journey in Namibia and Botswana

The ultimate Africa combo – clamber towering sand dunes, cross the vast Kalahari Desert and explore wildlife-packed national parks

DURATION
13 nights
LOCATION
Namibia & Botswana
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 weeks off work
SEASON
Mar-Dec
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Windhoek International Airport, Namibia
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Lodge · Campsite · Wilderness Safari Camp · Hotel

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Easy

Anyone with basic fitness can manage the hikes on this trip, but you will need a love of true wilderness, wildlife, road trips and camping

Hike through narrow gorges, roam enormous dunes in the Namib Desert and stomp around the stunning Spitzkoppe Mountains, camping beneath the starriest skies imaginable

Head into Etosha National Park to track elephants, rhinos, lions, hyenas and more, with magical evenings at waterholes watching the nocturnal antics of Africa's lead characters

Journey deep into Botswana's Okavango Delta, camp on an island in the wilderness and embark on epic bushwalks for a total immersion in untamed Africa

Not enough time for both countries? Check out our much-loved Hike, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia trip or our deep-dive adventure into Botswana and Victoria Falls

Day 1

Welcome to Namibia!

Touch down at Windhoek Airport, meet your host and transfer to your hotel in central Windhoek. Depending on your arrival time you may have a chance to explore the local area, or if you'd rather relax, the hotel has its own pool. Join your group and guide later for dinner and a chat through the epic adventure ahead.

Day 2

Windhoek to Naukluft

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Driving

3.5hrs · 250km

Hiking

2hrs · 4km

Hop into a desert truck heading for the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Get your first glimpses of Namibia's famous expansive desert landscapes as you head for the southwest part of Naukluft in the granite hills. Arriving after lunch, settle into your desert camp before heading out for a warm-up hike to get the legs moving. Tonight, enjoy a campfire dinner – your first of many! – and some desert stargazing.

Day 3

Hiking and wild swimming on the Olive Trail

Hiking

5hrs · 10-15km · 500m up · 250m down

Driving

2.5hrs · 170km

Tackle a spectacular day hike today on the Olive Trail, meandering through a diverse range of landscapes and habitats, from riverbank to canyon, plateau to rocky ridge. Hike alongside the Naukluft River, past a series of pools that make for a perfect refreshing swim spot (depending on the season). The trail climbs steeply to a 1910m ridge, the highest point on the hike, giving you incredible desert views. More swimming holes and an impressive waterfall dot the path to the finish line. There is an 8-10 metre fixed-chain section to traverse on this hike; your guide will show you the way, navigating large boulders on your descent into the valley. Finish up an epic day with a drive through stunning mountain scenery to your next camp at Sesriem, surrounded by enormous red sand dunes and with an inviting pool to cool off in.

Day 4

Hike the highest sand dunes in the world

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Hiking

3hrs · 6km · 350m up · 350m down

Driving

3hrs · 200km

Start early today as you hop in the desert truck for a pre-dawn ride to the Sossusvlei area of the National Park. The campsite you spent the night in is inside the park gates, giving you a head start and allowing you to reach the dunes before sunrise. You'll hike up the iconic Dune 45, reaching a ridge looking over the desert valley as the sun breaks over the horizon, creating an otherworldly canvas of colours and shadows. Hike, run or roll back down the huge wall of sand, tucking into breakfast and coffee at the foot of the dunes before heading deeper into the park, hiking among the acacia trees and ever-shifting shapes of Hiddenvlei and Deadvlei. All day you'll feel like you're on the set of a movie such as Star Wars or Mad Max (Mad Max: Fury Road was filmed around here). After lunch, take a short drive to your next desert camp and take a sunset stroll on the edge of the Namib dunes.

Day 5

Namib Desert road trip to Swakopmund

Driving

5hrs · 265km

Any trip around Namibia involves some epic drives – there are big distances to cover between the various highlights – but the landscape is fascinating and you'll be able to spot ostrich, warthog and oryx just off the road. Today's journey takes you through the heart of the Namib Desert (regarded by many scientists as the oldest in the world), towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. Enjoy lunch and a cool Atlantic breeze while watching flamingos at Walvis Bay Lagoon before the final drive up the coast to Swakopmund, a popular town with a German flavour. Arriving in the afternoon you can explore and grab a cold beer overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, treat yourself to an optional desert flight over the dunes.

Day 6

Spitzkoppe Mountains

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Hiking

1.5hrs · 4-5km

Driving

2.5hrs · 170km

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day in Swakopmund before heading inland to the imposing Spitzkoppe mountains. You'll see the iconic shapes of the massif from the road as you approach, and as you enter the huge campground you'll see why our adventurers say this is the best camp spot in all of Namibia. Settle in to camp, then set off hiking beneath the massive, pyramid-shaped, granite boulders which reach 1650m high. Pass by stone arches to a viewpoint for an amazing panorama of the area. Spitzkoppe is a truly spectacular spot for sunset and another night camping beneath the star-studded sky – with no light pollution for miles.

Day 7

Hike around Spitzkoppe

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Hiking

4hrs · 14km · 425m up · 425m down

Enjoy a leisurely start to today, watching the sun rise and hit the peaks while you grab coffee and breakfast at your camp spot nestled amongst the boulders. Today you'll explore this incredible place on a four-hour hike, treading among the expanse of granite hundreds of millions of years old, with many rock paintings dotted around the lunar landscape. You'll hike in the shadow of Spitzkoppe ('Namibia's Matterhorn') on a circular route, ending back up at camp where you can enjoy some chill time before dinner and another night in the best camp spot of your life.

Day 8

To unmissable Etosha

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Driving

5-6hrs · 435km

Wildlife Watching

3-4hrs

Soak up your memorable camp spot one last time, before leaving the peaks and hitting the road north towards one of Africa's greatest national parks. You are heading for Etosha – truly one of the planet's most incredible wildlife-watching arenas. You'll enter the park gates in the late afternoon and drive towards your first camp at Okakuejo. The drive to the camp is a safari in itself, as you are well inside the park with chances to spot myriad animals already. Etosha is all about waterholes, with hundreds of them dotted all over this vast area where animals congregate to drink, particularly in the dry season from April-October. Staying at Okakuejo is a treat as it has a waterhole right on the edge of the camp, where you can head after dinner to watch the nocturnal parade of Etosha's main characters: elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals and more. Staying up late at a waterhole in Etosha as the lingering twilight turns to stars, soaking up the calm silence of the African bush and waiting with bated breath for the next visitor is one of the true highlights of this trip.

Day 9

Safari time

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Wildlife Watching

6-7hrs

Settle in for a classic day of safari game drives throughout Etosha National Park today. You'll be taken to various spots by your trained wildlife rangers, giving you the best chances of seeing Namibia's most famous wild residents. Etosha is renowned for its density of wildlife; the concentrations of animals here are huge compared to other national parks, and in the dry season you'll often have amazing spectacles at the waterholes with several species at once congregating to drink. You'll journey on later in the day to your next camp at the eastern side the park at Namutoni. There's another waterhole here to pitch up at after dinner, for as long as you can stay awake after another epic day.

Day 10

To the Okavango River

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Driving

7hrs · 630km

Bid farewell to Etosha and head north as your journey makes a dramatic shift, leaving the arid landscapes of southern and central Namibia behind and heading for the wetlands of the Okavango. Watch Namibia go by on a long road through rural villages heading for the Caprivi Strip, a little-visited area where the Okavango River marks the border with Angola to the north. The river is one of the main vessels transporting water into the Okavango Delta hundreds of miles to the west. The waters originate in source lakes and peat bogs in Angola – check out National Geographic's excellent documentaries and podcasts on the Okavango Wilderness Project to learn about this remarkable part of the world and the ongoing cross-border project to protect it. The rest of the trip is all about the water in this part of Africa, and the astonishing array of wildlife that call the waters home. Buckle up, the Okavango is a truly magical place unlike any other, and marks an incredible crescendo to this trip. There's an optional sunset river cruise available tonight before you camp on the banks of the Okavango to a cacophony of insect and birdlife while hippos grunt and groan in the water.

Day 11

Cross into Botswana and head for the Delta

STAFF - Mokoro  in the Okavango Delta, Botswana at sunset. Photo: Staff/Chris Kearney

Driving

6hrs · 425km

Mokoro Journey

2hrs

Have you ever crossed a border whilst looking out for elephants and lions en route? You can tick that one off your list today as you cross the border into Namibia through the Mahango Game Reserve, a small and remote pocket of wilderness and an important corridor for wildlife moving between Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Once in Botswana, the road skirts the edge of the Okavango Delta en route to Maun – the main gateway to the Delta. Here, you'll switch into 4x4s to journey deep into the Delta, safari-ing as you go with giraffes, elephants, zebras and buffalo for company. Reaching the water's edge you'll meet your 'poler' – a specialist guide from a village at the mouth of the Delta. The polers are a remarkable group of local people with a deep knowledge of the Delta and its incredible ecosystem. They'll guide you serenely in a mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) for a few hours upstream to reach a remote camp on the edge of Cha Cha Island, deep in the wilderness. A mobile safari camp will already be set up for you to relax in – take in a famous African sunset while watching the hippos in the water, keeping your eyes peeled for other wildlife as the light fades. Enjoy dinner and a campfire, hearing stories from your local crew of their time working in wildest Africa, as the stars come out. You'll go to sleep tonight to the sounds of the bush.

Day 12

Bushwalking in the Okavango Delta

STAFF - Bushwalking in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo: Staff/Chris Kearney

Bush Walking

3-4hrs

Wild Swimming

1hr

Mokoro Journey

2hrs

Wake up in the heart of the African bush, tucking into coffee and a light breakfast first thing before hopping in the mokoro to cross quickly to the other side of the water for an extended bushwalk safari. Your guide will lead the way, talking you through the intricacies of the African bush, telling stories about the wildlife and plant life as you track various species. You’ll likely see giraffe, zebra, antelope, buffalo, herds of elephant, impala and countless bird species. Your guide will look out for tracks from the early morning activity for signs of big cats in the area – lion and leopard sightings occur regularly in this part of the Delta. Being immersed in the bush on foot is a unique way to spot African animals, so different to the classic game drive safaris. Eventually circling back to the water's edge, you can enjoy brunch and some downtime back at camp. In the afternoon, you can hop in the mokoro with your guide to reach a safe place for an unforgettable swim – safely away from any hippos or crocs! Later on, take another mokoro ride through the tranquil river channels, eyes peeled for wildlife emerging as the light fades. Watch a classic African sunset from the water before another evening round the campfire after a truly magical day.

Day 13

Bid farewell to the delta

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Bush Walking

1-2hrs

Mokoro Journey

2hrs

Rise early again – the African bush is at its most alive at dawn and dusk – to set off for another bushwalk, tracking various wildlife and looking for the morning activity. Prides of lions have been spotted at this time of day on previous trips, as have African wild dogs – a rare and highly threatened species, though efforts to protect and conserve the population have been gaining traction in Botswana in recent years. Tuck into one last breakfast at the camp before you say goodbye to the wonderful crew who have looked after you while far from civilisation. Hop back in the mokoro for one final meander through the tranquil waters back to where it all began, with the 4x4 waiting to finish your journey back to Maun. In Maun, settle into your hotel and enjoy some creature comforts. The afternoon is yours to spend relaxing after your wilderness exploits of the past few days – there are craft and artwork shops to visit, and we highly recommend heading to an excellent restaurant called Marc's Eatery this evening to toast the end to an unbelievable fortnight.

Day 14

The adventure comes to an end

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Home time. If you are leaving today, your host will transfer you to Maun Airport in time for your onward flight home. If you need to kill time at the airport, there are two excellent cafes just outside the terminal: The Duck Cafe and, a little further down the road, The Dusty Donkey.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking guides, wildlife rangers and mokoro polers

Accommodation

3 nights in hotels, 8 nights camping, 2 nights at a wilderness safari camp

Meals

All your breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

Tents and sleeping mats for camping

Permits

All permits and park entry fees

Luggage Transfer

A desert truck to carry all your overnight kit

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9 – Day 10

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Wilderness Safari Camp · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Wilderness Safari Camp · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 13

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Chef in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Staff image: Chris Kearney

At the various campsites throughout the Namibia section of the trip, your guides will be cooking hearty meals over an open fire – expect braai (BBQ) food, potjie and stir-fries with various sides. Breakfasts will be continental style and usually consist of cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional cooked breakfast. Many of the lunches on the trip aren't included – you'll need to buy lunch from small shops, cafes and restaurants during the journey. Your guide will factor these supply runs in and often you'll buy packed lunches from a restaurant or small shop on-site at certain campgrounds, ready for the day ahead. Expect a good selection of sandwich ingredients like cheese and cold meats, plus pasta and salads. Budget £5 for each lunch that isn't provided. Snacks are also provided while hiking.

In Botswana, the food in the Okavango Delta is a real highlight – there is a chef throughout who whips up incredible feasts given the remote location. Breakfasts are granola and yoghurt with fruit, South African-style rusks and even an English-style breakfast with sausages, eggs, beans and freshly baked bread over the fire. Lunch and dinner options vary, but expect breaded fish or a meat option with stir-fried vegetables, salads and potatoes. You may even be treated to fresh fish caught straight from the delta waters directly by camp.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just let your host know on booking. Please note that vegan options are limited in both Namibia and Botswana, so if you're a strict vegan we suggest packing some of your favourite protein bars for extra fuel.

What is the accommodation like?

Windhoek

On arrival in Namibia's capital city, you'll stay one night in a twin room at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. It's set in large grounds by the dry Arebbusch River with a huge pool outside, making it the perfect spot to relax on arrival.

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Camping in Namibia

You’ll stay in twin-share tents at a series of desert camping spots in Naukluft, Sesriem, Solitaire and Spitzkoppe, and one night by the Okavango River in the Caprivi region of Northern Namibia. These make for truly memorable experiences, camping out in the wilderness beneath some of the starriest skies in the world. At Sesriem you are surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, while the Spitzkoppe campsite is set amongst a lunar landscape and stunning mountainous backdrop. In Caprivi, before crossing into Botswana, you'll be camping on the banks of the Okavango River with the sound of hippos in the water and a cacophony of insect and birdlife. All of the campsites have showers and toilet facilities, and all except Spitzkoppe have electricity hookups. All the sites have a braai pit where you can make a campfire to settle around for the evening. Please be aware this is a participatory camping trip, so you'll need to muck in with putting up and breaking down camp throughout the trip. It's all part of the adventure!

Swakopmund

In Swakopmund you'll have a night in a real bed in a guesthouse, to break up the camping on the long drive from Sesriem to Spitzkoppe as you journey north. You'll stay in twin-share rooms at the Dunedin Star Guest House or similar, in a central location so you can easily explore the town.

Etosha National Park

You'll spend two nights at campsites inside the heart of Etosha National Park. The first is Okakuejo, a spacious site with a restaurant, shop and a pool to cool off in after hot days. Okakuejo also has a magical waterhole which is floodlit at night, allowing you to watch a cast of characters coming in to drink at night. Staying up late at a waterhole is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Etosha. Your second night here is spent at Namutoni on the eastern side of the park. Namutoni also has an inviting pool set amongst lush green grounds. Both camps are inside the national park itself, which means you can get up at dawn, roll out of the site gates and be on safari immediately.

Okavango Delta wilderness camp, Botswana
Staff image: Chris Kearney
Okavango Delta

Experience the Delta in the most immersive way imaginable – at a wilderness safari camp on an island deep amongst the waterways, where you can sleep beneath the stars, listen to the sounds of the African bush and spot wildlife on the banks right from your camp. Akin to a mobile safari camp, your host will set up ahead of your group's arrival, utilising a network of porters who transport the tents, common area, solar lights, camp showers, cooking gear and all food and drink via mokoro canoes, for this 3-day, 2-night experience. The camp is private – you won't be sharing with other groups or travellers, and the sense of being remote and far removed from civilisation is tangible throughout. You'll stay in twin-share safari-style tents with comfortable raised camping beds, a sleeping bag and fresh towels. There are camp showers and hand basins for you to wash in. The group eats breakfast, lunch and dinner together with the mokoro guides under a large common area canvas with tables and chairs to relax in.

Maun

Your final night of the trip will be spent at Maun Lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. You'll stay in comfy and characterful twin-share thatched bungalows with ensuite bathrooms. There's an outdoor pool and a river view bar, where you can grab one last sundowner on the last day of the trip.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia (WDH)

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Maun International Airport, Botswana (MUB)

10:00 on Day 14

Transfers

On Day 1, there is an included group airport transfer at 10:00am, as there are several overnight flights arriving into Windhoek in the morning. If required, private transfers to the accommodation in Windhoek can be booked for those arriving at earlier or later times for an additional cost, please see below for more details. Transfers from the airport to your hotel take approximately one hour.

On Day 14, there is an included transfer to drop you at Maun airport in the morning. Maun is a small place so if you are staying on or need to head to the airport later in the day, taxis are easy, cheap and plentiful to run you around town.

Travel options

To fly to Windhoek, travellers from the UK, Europe and North America will generally need to book a flight with one stop en route. This is usually via Frankfurt with Lufthansa; Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines; and Johannesburg or Cape Town with British Airways and South African Airways.

Return flights from Maun to major airports in the UK, Europe and North America go via Johannesburg or Cape Town. These will connect you with any of the options mentioned above with Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways and South African Airways, amongst other options which depend on your onward travel destination.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag (3- or 4-season if travelling May-September; otherwise 2-season is fine)
  • Lightweight, packable travel pillow (please check the Optional Extras if you prefer to hire sleeping bag and pillow from your host)
  • Sleeping bag liner and pillow case (optional)

CLOTHES
Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
Breathable wicking layers
Warm base layers for May-September trips
Fleece jacket or similar
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
T-shirts
Underwear and socks
Swimwear
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Something to sleep in
Hiking boots or trail runners (worn-in)
Lightweight shoes for camp
May-September: down jacket and gloves

OTHER
Binoculars
Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Suncream
Insect repellant Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Headlamp or handtorch 2 x reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks
Travel hammock (top tip from our curator of this trip: there are chances to tie a hammock up between trees at some of the campgrounds, especially Spitzkoppe – the perfect way to kick back and enjoy a sundowner)

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Per Person

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 215kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You'll need a decent level of general fitness, but this is a light adventure in terms of the physical demands trip – if you are happy walking for a few hours at a time in the mountains, sand dunes and flat African savannah, you'll be just fine. It's more important to bring along a sense of adventure and cooperative spirit to muck in with setting up and taking down camp each day and helping out at meal times. You'll also need to love being in wild places, far from civilisation and be comfortable being around wild animals. In the Okavango Delta in particular, there are no barriers, no vehicle windscreen separating you from the outside world. This is a truly wild place – you'll need to place your trust in your mokoro polers and guides, who know this place better than anyone. They are not armed during the bushwalks and mokoro journeys; they use their intimate knowledge of the land and animal behaviour to guide you safely.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host will provide you with clean, safe drinking water from large containers. Bring a refillable bottle, it will be used well.

Namibia and Botswana are in the Southern Hemisphere, so essentially have the opposite seasons to the UK. Due to the desert climate, it is generally dry and pleasant all year round. The months of June to August remain sunny and warm during the day (20-25°C), but drop down to single figures at night in the desert, so pack suitable layers during these months. Things heat up in September and October, with highs of around 30°C, while November and December are the hottest months with temperatures of mid- to high-thirties likely, and nights warm enough to sleep without layers. Rainfall is usually in November through to March. If it does rain, it is minimal and in short sharp downpours that are quite spectacular in the desert. We don't run trips in January and February, as the rains are too strong during these months.

Most places in Namibia will accept both the Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand. Money can be exchanged on arrival at the airport or withdrawn from ATMs during the trip. Many local purchases can be made by card. Plan ahead before you travel to avoid paying unnecessary charges and fees.

In Botswana, the currency is Botswana Pula. Make sure you pick some up in Maun before heading to the Delta so you can tip your guides and camp staff.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however, we would suggest £5 per person, per day for your main guide. You should budget £10 per day to cover tips for your time in the Okavango Delta for your polers, cook and camp support team.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

As this trip starts in Windhoek and ends in Maun, it is not feasible to store excess luggage at the start point. Your luggage will be transferred with you from each location on this adventure, you can safely leave your luggage in the desert truck before heading out for each hiking adventure, or securely in your room when staying at the lodges. We suggest bringing a small bag for carrying essential items like money, phone, sun cream, water and light snacks while on the hikes. When you head into the Okavango Delta, you'll only need a day pack with items to cover two nights there, your main pack will be left behind with your main guide and expedition vehicle.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages regarding travel in Namibia and travel in Botswana.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

October 2024

Monday • 14th October 2024

to Sunday • 27th October 2024
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Only 2 spots left at 10% off

Monday • 25th November 2024

to Sunday • 8th December 2024
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Monday • 9th December 2024

to Sunday • 22nd December 2024
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Only 2 spots left at 10% off

Monday • 31st March 2025

to Sunday • 13th April 2025
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Monday • 12th May 2025

to Sunday • 25th May 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 16th June 2025

to Sunday • 29th June 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 14th July 2025

to Sunday • 27th July 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 11th August 2025

to Sunday • 24th August 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 8th September 2025

to Sunday • 21st September 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 6th October 2025

to Sunday • 19th October 2025
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Monday • 17th November 2025

to Sunday • 30th November 2025
12 Spots left
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Monday • 15th December 2025

to Sunday • 28th December 2025
12 Spots left
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