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Latest Namibia + Botswana/Vic Falls itinerary - comments pls (Long)

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Background - we leave Toronto for the winter and this year are spending 8 weeks in Africa - first 12 days in Tanzania (private safari with Nomad Tanzania to Crater and Serengeti) then 3 weeks in a rental house in Simonstown (south of Capetown), then 3 weeks for Namibia+.

We'll be in Namibia in late February/early March 2010. I realize it's not the perfect time of year to go to Namibia - but it's when we're going to be in Africa and we really want to see Namibia.

Our plan is a self drive (renting a Nissan X-Trail or similar) with a combination of "splurge" lodging and more modestly priced lodging.

Getting closer to a final itinerary - I've been working with a travel agent in Swakopmund who has been very helpful and her prices are lower than the internet rates on the various lodge websites. We have decided to go onto Botswana/Vic Falls, with the understanding that it's not the best time of year but don't have plans to return to the area for some time. If the rains and floods are really bad the agent will make adjustments in late January/early February if necessary.

So here's the latest 19 night itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Windhoek 10am and drive to Na'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary - considered a number of sanctuary options and am very excited about this one
Days 2 & 3 - Sossus Dune Lodge - want to stay here to be inside the park gates to get to the dune for sunrise and before the other tours
Days 4 & 5 - Swakopmund - B&B TBD - maybe Cornerhouse - day trips (quad biking, bird watching, flight to Skeleton coast, etc)
Day 5 - Cape Cross Lodge - had originally planned to do as a day trip from Swakopmund but agent suggested leaving Swakopmund one day early and staying at Cape Cross this evening to reduce the driving on Day 6
Days 6 & 7 - Palmwag Lodge
Day 8 - Hobatere Lodge
Days 9, 10 & 11 - Etosha - currently one night in Halali and 2 in Namutoni but still considering Okaukuejo. In agent's opinion wildlife is better at other two camps at this time of year
Day 12 - Rundu/N'Kwazi Lodge
Days 13 & 14 - Caprivi - Mazambala Lodge - game drives in Bwabwatwa NP
Days 15, 16 & 17 - Botswana/Chobe River 3 night cruise - considering either the Zambezi Queen or Ichobezi . The former is more expensive but the schedule works better
Day 18 - trip to Vic Falls - have to do more research on this day - assuming we'll cross into Zimbabwe/maybe helicopter ride - staying in Livingstone - current hotel is Zambezi Waterfront Lodge but the TA reviews aren't great - will review with agent.....Robin suggested Stanley Safari Lodge - looking into it
Day 19 - return to Johannesburg - we get in at 3pm and our flight doesn't leave until midnight - agent has suggested a nearby B&B for the afternoon/evening (African Dreams Guesthouse). Might do that or just park ourselves in KLM lounge.

Made several changes based on comments from a previous post - thanks all!

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