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Namibia & Botswana: Dunes, Delta & the Kalahari 2017


15 Days from $17,795

Limited to 18 guests

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Save 50% on the single supplement on select 2017 departures.

Set out on an epic adventure as you cruise among Walvis Bay's teeming marine life, marvel at the towering dunes of the Sossusvlei, track the "Big Five" in the lush Okavango Delta, and explore the Kalahari with Zu/'hoasi Bushmen trackers.

A&K Advantages

Delve into a remarkably diverse itinerary spanning vibrant lagoons, sandy coastline, soaring dunelands, inland deltas, semi-arid savanna and bio-diverse wetlands

Take a catamaran dolphin and seal cruise, followed by a 4x4 excursion along coastal dunes in Walvis Bay

Explore spectacular Sossusvlei, where the magnificent terra cotta sand dunes rise to almost 1,000 feet

Enjoy premier game viewing in the Okavango Delta in and around the Moremi Game Reserve, an area considered to have some of the finest game viewing in Southern Africa

Discover the wonders of the Kalahari as you encounter meerkats, embark on a sunset ATV excursion and hike with Zu/'hoasi Bushmen trackers

Set out on a photographic safari cruise on the Chobe River, marveling as elephant families gather to splash and drink

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive in Johannesburg
DAY 2
Swakopmund | Quaint Village Ambience
DAY 3
Walvis Bay | From Sea to Sand
DAY 4
Sossusvlei | The Desert Reserve
DAY 5
Sossusvlei | Driving Over the Dunes
DAY 6
Sossusvlei | Desert Wildlife
DAY 7
Windhoek | A Day of Leisure
DAY 8
Okavango Delta | Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
DAY 9
Okavango Delta | Predator Capital of the World
DAY 10
Kalahari Desert | Vast Salt Pans
DAY 11
Kalahari Desert | Meerkat Encounter
DAY 12
Kalahari Desert | Hunt for the Past
DAYS 13-14
Chobe National Park | Elephants & More
DAY 15
Depart Johannesburg
DAY 1
Arrive in Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow guests tonight at a welcome dinner.

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Swakopmund | Quaint Village Ambience

This morning, fly to Walvis Bay, where you are met and transferred to Swakopmund. Tour this historic small town with its timeless German village feel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
Walvis Bay | From Sea to Sand

Explore the coastal area of Walvis Bay. Start the day with a dolphin and seal cruise on a catamaran in the outer lagoon. Cross to Pelican Point to see large colonies of Cape fur seals up close, as well as pelicans, flamingos and bottlenose dolphins. Come ashore for a guided tour of Sandwich Harbour via 4x4 vehicle, seeing giant sand dunes run straight into the sea. Enjoy the dune drive before returning to Swakopmund for an evening at leisure.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
Sossusvlei | The Desert Reserve

Fly to Sossusvlei and your luxurious desert lodge. Situated in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, the andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers 10 air-conditioned stone and glass villas that capture the splendor and solitude of the desert. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure taking advantage of the lodge’s many activities, including ATV rides, hiking and stargazing.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Sossusvlei | Driving Over the Dunes

No Namibian safari is complete without a visit to world-renowned Sossusvlei, a place of awe-inspiring beauty. Imagine a clay pan that only rarely fills with water. Sossusvlei is also surrounded by magnificent terra cotta sand dunes that rise nearly a thousand feet into the vast, blue sky. A climb to the top of one of these dunes — among the highest in the world — is an unforgettable experience. Return to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Sossusvlei | Desert Wildlife

Start the morning with a nature drive to explore the fascinating NamibRand Nature Reserve, observing its unique desertadapted plants and wildlife, as well as beautiful landscapes of dunes and bright blue skies. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Later in the afternoon when it is cooler, venture out for a trail ride over the dunes and rocky outcrops on an ATV, led by an experienced guide. Return to the lodge for dinner. Spend the evening at leisure, with time to reflect on your day spent exploring the stunning, stark desert panorama.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Windhoek | A Day of Leisure

Fly to Windhoek and check in to your hotel, a restored castle set on top of a picturesque hill. Relax for the rest of the day, perhaps around the swimming pool. Enjoy dining this evening at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel Heinitzburg
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
Okavango Delta | Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Depart Windhoek for Maun, and continue to the newly renovated Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in the Okavango Delta. The camp is situated in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, the “predator capital of the world” and one of the best places in Botswana to see the “Big Five” — the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. This is primarily because the lush delta draws a fantastic concentration of wildlife. White and black rhinos are also found here, the latter of which is among Africa’s fastest-disappearing species. Settle into your luxurious camp, with 12 secluded and spacious bush pavilions set along natural pathways frequented by the local wildlife, and enjoy your first game drive this afternoon.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Okavango Delta | Predator Capital of the World

Game viewing in the Okavango Delta area is nothing short of spectacular. This area is renowned for its large population of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and of course predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and a large resident pride of lions. Enjoy a seasonal mokoro (dugout canoe) ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles; bathing hippos; birds; and tiny, red reed frogs. On your afternoon game drive, listen for roaring lions on the hunt or spy nocturnal animals as they start out for the night. Visit an area that is now home to 20 endangered black rhinos relocated for their safety. Learn how Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats partnered with the Botswana Defense Force and Wilderness Safaris to protect these precious animals from poachers. After an exciting day of game viewing, return to your camp to relax, dine and enjoy more of the activities on offer.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Kalahari Desert | Vast Salt Pans

Depart the delta this morning for the Makgadikgadi Pans and your accommodations at Jack’s Camp. A series of large salt pans left over from a vast ancient lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans are an unforgettable destination, with a silence unlike anything you’ve experienced. After settling into your tent, join your guide for tea before driving into the grasslands and the beautiful evening light.

Jack's Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Kalahari Desert | Meerkat Encounter

Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. Thanks to an ongoing habituation program, it’s possible to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. On chilly mornings, you might find a meerkat snuggling up to you for warmth, or in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using your head as a handy lookout post. Leave the meerkats to visit a remote cattle post, where you learn about the traditional culture of the Batswana people. Later today, take off across the pans on an ATV ride; with no landmarks to gauge distances, the terrain scrolls endlessly under your tires, making for a perspective-shattering experience. End your ride as the stars begin to emerge from the vast overhanging sky.

Jack's Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
Kalahari Desert | Hunt for the Past

Early in the morning, comb the edge of the extinct lakeshore to hunt for stone tools and fossils left behind by human ancestors. In the afternoon, head off in search of some unique desert species, such as aardvarks, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves and the elusive brown hyena, one of the rarest carnivores in Africa.

Jack's Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 13-14
Chobe National Park | Elephants & More

Rise for an unforgettable walk with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen trackers, an extraordinary group of men who share a rare glimpse of the land and their means for survival, along with an opportunity to interact with a unique — and quickly disappearing — culture. Depart Jack’s Camp for Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in Chobe National Park. This exquisite lodge sits above the Chobe River and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains. Enjoy lunch and time to relax on your first night. Begin the next day with a sunrise game drive. Chobe National Park covers a diversity of landscapes ranging from riverine forests to floodplains and periodic marshlands. The area is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, as well as an abundance of hippos, buffalo, antelopes and lions. You may also embark on a boat safari and photographic cruise on the Chobe River. Back at camp, enjoy a Chef’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15
Depart Johannesburg

Return to Johannesburg for your flight home. The Premier Lounge is available for you while awaiting your departure.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $18,995 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Johannesburg/Walvis Bay; Swakopmund/Sossusvlei/Windhoek/Maun/Chief's Camp/Makgadikgadi Pans/Kasane/Johannesburg (from $3,665)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: airport arrival at 3:45 p.m. on Day 15.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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Offer valid on select dates, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Cannot be combined with Marco Polo Club single supplement discount or any other single supplement discounts.


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