New! Namibia & Zimbabwe Safari Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s
From the Namib Desert to Victoria Falls
- Hike up into Namibia's iconic flame-colored Sossusvlei Dunes, some of the highest—and most beautiful—on the planet
- Relax and recharge at luxurious lodges set amid ruggedly beautiful scenery in private game reserves
- Discover Zimbabwe's famous-for-a-reason Victoria Falls, a breathtaking explosion of thunder and spray
- Keep cameras poised to capture rare desert-dwelling elephants and black rhinos, among other extraordinary wildlife
Venture with your family to a land of stunning contrasts. Where soaring charter flights lead to down-to-earth hikes, from flame-colored dunes to mist-shrouded Victoria Falls. Where mighty elephants roam and springbok leap. Where luxurious retreats nestle amid raw nature. And impossibly blue skies turn into a blanket of stars. Where? Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Days 1-2 Hike the dramatic Namib Desert, with its vivid pink-to-orange dunes | Spot desert wildlife, like oryx, springbok and ostrich | Marvel at petrified dunes | Our local San Bushman guide sheds light on the desert's flora and fauna | Join an astronomer for an extraordinary night of stargazing.
Day 3 Climb the bright red-orange Sossusvlei Dunes—among the highest in the world—for sweeping desert views | Gain insight into traditional and contemporary culture on a guided twilight walk | Sip refreshing sundowners and enjoy dinner alfresco.
Days 4-6 Discover remote Damaraland, a rugged region of arid plains, granite outcrops and deep gorges | Tonight, relish a magical bush dinner under the stars | In Etosha National Park, a scenic game drive offers the chance to see lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros.
Day 7 Behold Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, a breathtaking explosion of thunder and spray | Watch the mighty Zambezi River surge down a zigzagging chasm on a guided hike | Savor an unforgettable dinner on the Zambezi riverbank.
Days 8-9 Cruise a sprawling stretch of the Zambezi, watching for hippos, crocodiles and birdlife | Get to know the Zimbabwean bush on a walking safari through Matetsi Private Game Reserve | Relax under mangosteen trees at our magnificent river abode.
I've been living and traveling in southern Africa for over 25 years, and as compelling as each and every region is, nothing is quite like Namibia. Its wild and vast landscapes juxtapose contemporary life in a stunningly beautiful way. Namibia is one of the few places that make me genuinely feel 'way out there.' And by balancing that with Zimbabwe's incredible energy and magnificent Zambezi River, this trip offers a sweeping experience of some of Africa's most exceptional and unique landscapes.- Africa
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert LodgeNamibRand Nature Reserve (2 nights)
A tranquil oasis surrounded by sand dunes and mountains in the Namib Desert. (pool, spa)
Mowani Mountain CampTwyfelfontein (2 nights)
Sensational views abound at this desert safari camp, nestled amid massive sandstone boulders. (pool)
Onguma The FortOnguma Game Reserve (2 nights)
View abundant wildlife directly from the deck of this opulent game lodge, designed to resemble a classic Moorish fort. (pool, spa)
&Beyond Matetsi River LodgeMatetsi Private Game Reserve (2 nights)
This luxurious retreat is set on an exclusive, shaded stretch of the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. (pool, spa)
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I've been living and traveling in southern Africa for over 25 years, and as compelling as each and every region is, nothing is quite like Namibia. Its wild and vast landscapes juxtapose contemporary life in a stunningly beautiful way. Namibia is one of the few places that make me genuinely feel 'way out there.' And by balancing that with Zimbabwe's incredible energy and magnificent Zambezi River, this trip offers a sweeping experience of some of Africa's most exceptional and unique landscapes.
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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|1||Settlers Solace Ridge Hike (3–4 Hours)|
|2||Petrified Dunes Guided Hike (3 Hours)|
|Afternoon Hike or Nature Drive (3 Hours)|
|3||Sossusvlei Dunes Guided Hike (2.5 Hours)|
|4||Damaraland Guided Hike & Game Drive (4 Hours)|
|Afternoon Guided Hike (2 Hours)|
|5||Scenic Game Drive to Track Desert Rhino (1 Hour)|
|Desert Rhino Guided Walk (2 Hours)|
|Afternoon Sundowner Walk & Game Drive (3 Hours)|
|6||Etosha National Park Game Drive (4 Hours)|
|Afternoon Guided Hike (2 Hours)|
|7||Morning Game Drive (2 Hours)|
|Victoria Falls Walk (2 Hours)|
|8||Morning Game Drive & Walk (3.5 Hours)|
|Afternoon Zambezi River Wildlife Cruise & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)|
|9||Morning Game Drive & Walk (2.5 Hours)|
Note: The terrain on this trip includes rocky, sandy desert trails with some fairly steep sand dunes in Namibia, as well as bush trails with rough dirt and exposed roots in Zimbabwe.
Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.
Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.
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