Windhoek to Victoria Falls self drive tour

“Explore the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, discover the Caprivi Strip, safari in Botswana's Chobe Game Reserve, then see Victoria Falls on this self drive vacation from Windoek to Victoria.”


Windhoek | Sossusvlei | Namib-Naukluft National Park | Sesriem Canyon | Dune 45 | Swakopmund | Skeleton Coast | Damaraland | Cape Cross seal colony | Etosha National Park | Etosha Pan | Caprivi Strip | Kwando River | Mayuni Conservancy | Bwabwata National Park | Chobe National Park | Victoria Falls | Zambezi River | Lower Zambezi National Park

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Windhoek to Victoria Falls self drive tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.


There are several private reserves and animal sanctuaries across central Namibia which protect, rehabilitate and release big cats, as well as other wildlife. We support the AfriCat Foundation which is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Namibia’s big cats in their natural habitat and is internationally recognised as one of the top conservation schemes in Africa.

On this vacation you’ll also have the option to stay at Ongava Lodge in the Ongava Game Reserve which is home to some rare and endangered species of wildlife. The Ongava Research Centre helps to protect the endangered wildlife and during your stay at the lodge you will be able to visit the research center.

Typically we use with properties which are Namibian owned and managed and we prefer to use hotels and lodges which have an Eco Awards Desert Flower Certificate as this indicates that it has eco-friendly and responsible values. As with all our destinations we prefer to work with establishments which take measures to reduce their environmental impact and play a positive role in their local community.

You will visit several national parks and reserves on this itinerary, including Etosha National Park, Ongava Game Reserve, Bwabwata National Park and Chobe Game Reserve. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter in the national parks and reserves – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife.


During your time in Namibia we encourage you to support the local economy by buying authentic handmade products such as cotton fabrics, wood carvings, pottery and silver jewellery at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops rather than hotel tourist shops or on organised shopping trips. When you buy products at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops you are helping to support a fragile economy and supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive. We recommend that you visit the Cosdef Arts & Crafts Centre in Swakopmund which supports local artisans and unemployed people by providing a shopfront for their work. The quality of the products is high and by purchasing items here you are supporting sustainability in local communities.

We encourage you to support the Pack for a Purpose initiative and use a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies for local community projects in Namibia. You can leave your donations with our partner hotels and lodges who will pass them on to the school, medical center or animal welfare project.

1 Reviews of Windhoek to Victoria Falls self drive tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing a bull elephant, up to his shoulders in the river, eating papyrus about 3m from our small boat

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take some US dollars for visa purchases at border crossing, and ask for a Kaza visa which will get you into Zimbabwe and Zambia for a discounted price

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All our accommodation stops employed local staff, have adopted ways of saving water, and had low impact on their surroundings

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Absolutely brilliant

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