My plans for my trip are forever changing!
I am spending aprox 24 days in Zambia in September. I would love to squeeze in a trip to Namibia and was thinking of taking a bus (I understand they leave daily from Livingstone?) and then picking up an organised camping/safari tour that will take me back to Zambia, would also love to take in some of Botswana Delta region and see that some of the organised tours take this route.
Does you know aprox how much and how long it will take by bus to get to Naimibia to pick up a tour? and can you recommend any good budget tours?
Or, I am crazy trying to cram too much in? Should I just stick to Zambia??
Any advice, suggestions much appreciated, first time in Africa!
A good place to stay and get info from is Jollyboys Backpacker Hostel in Livingstone. When I was there they had lots of tours advertised, a number of them to Namibia.
I don't know their web address but if you google it you'll probably find it.
If you're in lusaka check out Eureka Camp, they have bungalows for about 6 USD per night and the whole camp is inside a little wildlife park surrounded by a fence. You can see Zebras, Impalas, Giraffes and other herbivores there from quite close.
Namibia is a pretty tame country and is only worth going to for the scenery (as opposed to for the true "African" experience. If you're going to go there you'll want to go to southern half of the country — Sesriem Canyon, the Sosussvlei dunes, Luderitz and Kolmanskop, Fish River Canyon. If you have to stick with the north you could go check out the game in Etosha or see big rusty ships along the Skeleton Coast.
In Zambia I recommend the Livingstone Lodge in Livingstone. Also, a tip for you: If you want to see Victoria Falls, they usually charge you US$5 to get in. But if you go to the Zambezi Sun hotel along the main drag, they have their own private entrance and you can get in for free. Non-guests are allowed in to eat at the restaurants, so you can either do that or just say you're doing that and they'll let you past the gate.