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Sossusvlei Dunes to Victoria Falls Active Family Safari – Older Teens & 20s

Walking & Hiking Tour across Namibia & Zimbabwe

From $8,599 - $8,799 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

(+$3,970 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $2,650


Venture 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.
 

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Namibia & Zimbabwe

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Highlights

  • 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 in private game reserves, seamlessly linked by exclusive flights
  • Discover Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls, a breathtaking explosion of thunder and spray
  • Safari among rare desert-dwelling elephants, black rhinos and other extraordinary wildlife
Namibia & Zimbabwe

Start Windhoek / End Victoria Falls

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Itinerary

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 | 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, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or Smoke That Thunders | On a guided hike, watch the mighty Zambezi River surge down a zigzagging chasm | 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.
 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2020 December

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests Guests: from $8,599 pp dbl occ
  • 8-9 Guests: from $9,499 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $8,599 - $8,799 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

(+$3,970 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $2,650


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia (2 nights)

Mowani Mountain Camp
Mowani Mountain Camp

Twyfelfontein (2 nights)

Onguma the Fort
Onguma The Fort

Onguma Game Reserve (2 nights)

Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe, Africa
&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia (2 nights)

A tranquil oasis surrounded by sand dunes and mountains in the Namib Desert. (pool, spa)
 

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

Twyfelfontein (2 nights)

Sensational views abound at this desert safari camp, nestled amid massive sandstone boulders. (pool) 
 

Onguma the Fort

Onguma The Fort

Onguma 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)
 

Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe, Africa

&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

This luxurious retreat is set on an exclusive shaded stretch of the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. (pool, spa)
 

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 Petrified Dunes Guided HIke (2–3 Hours)
3 Sossusvlei Dunes Guided Hike (2.5 Hours)
4 Damaraland Guided Hike & Game Drive (3 Hours)
Desert Elephant Afternoon Game Drive (4 Hours)
5 Morning Rock Art Walk (1.5 Hours)
Afternoon Etosha National Park Game Drive (3 Hours)
6 Onguma Game Walk (2 Hours)
Afternoon Etosha National Park Game Drive (3 Hours)
7 Afternoon Matetsi Game Drive (3 Hours)
8 Morning Game Drive (3 Hours)
Afternoon Zambezi River Wildlife Cruise & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
9 Victoria Falls Walk (1.5 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 level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Flights

On this trip we travel by air to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Westair Aviation aboard turboprop planes that seat approximately 10 passengers.

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Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Flights

On this trip we travel by air to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Westair Aviation aboard turboprop planes that seat approximately 10 passengers.
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