This 8 day/7 night tour is an exciting exploration of the north-eastern parts of Namibia. You begin by heading to the Etosha National Park. famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Then explore the lush Zambezi region and discover diverse African culture, abundant wildlife and thick riverine forests. This is also where you will see traditional huts and homesteads, still in popular use today. Finally you end with experiencing the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River. This trip is Africa at its most authentic.
Tours depart selected Tuesdays and depart with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 20. All tours are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary tours are available on certain departures only. Also, some departure dates do not incur a single supplement - please enquire for further details.
The tour includes 7 breakfasts, all accommodation as specified, porterage, and transport/sightseeing as specified.
You will depart from Windhoek and travel north through extensive cattle farming areas and bush land to the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. In the late afternoon once you have reached your camp, you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is situated just 2 km from the eastern entrance of the Park and set in its own adjoining private reserve. All of the spacious rooms have private verandas. The lodge offers excellent dining experiences in both the restaurant and under the stars in the boma. There are 2 bars where you can enjoy sundowners or a nightcap, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 floodlit tennis courts. The lodge also has a fitness centre and spa.
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The Park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the Park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the waterholes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the Park as each different area will provide different encounters.
After breakfast you will travel north-east towards Namibia's lush Kavango region, stopping en-route at the Hoba Meteorite, the world's largest known meteorite. You will then continue to Rundu, known for its rich selection of hand-made wooden crafts. With its magnificent woodlands and perennial rivers, the Kavango region contrasts sharply with the rest of Namibia. Large swathes of tall woodland, riverine forests, floodplains and reed-lined channels dominate the area. This is also the area where you will see many of the traditional huts and homesteads still in popular use today. Upon arrival at your lodge, you can enjoy an optional sundowner boat cruise on the Okavango River.
A peaceful oasis a few kilometres east of Rundu in Namibia's water-rich north-eastern region, Kaisosi River Lodge is ideal for birders and nature lovers. The spectacular sunsets, village tours, guided fishing excursions and sunset river cruises on offer all add up to a relaxing stay in this beautiful part of the country. The restaurant serves up an a la carte menu and the adjacent bar area around the swimming pool is a great place to unwind after a day spent exploring. There are also 2 swimming pools on offer, providing a respite from the African sun.
After breakfast you will continue along the Okavango River into the Zambezi region. The area is typified by perennial rivers and large forests of trees. Whereas most of Namibia is arid, this area is lush, the soil rich and the wildlife plentiful. This juxtaposition is what makes Namibia the 'Land of Contrasts'. You will arrive at your lodge late in the day and the following 2 nights are spent here. Optionally, you can visit the Popa Falls, a series of small rapids or enjoy a late afternoon boat cruise on the river.
Shametu River Lodge is in Divundu, which is close to the Botswana Mohembo border, a gateway to the famous Chobe National Park. The lodge has views of the Popa Falls and the area is filled with the rich culture of the Kavango people. Women are draped in colourful cloth and Nguni cattle are a common sight. The lodge has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and lounge area as well as a wooden deck where you can enjoy sundowners.
After an early breakfast you will travel into the Mahangu National Park. Being Namibia's smallest but most densely populated National Park, the visit will be rewarding in terms of wildlife and bird watching. The Mahango Game Park has a high number of elephants, as well as a healthy population of certain species of antelope which are scarce or not seen in other parts of the country - including the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe, red lechwe and sitatunga. The Mahango National Park is also an excellent destination for bird watching with over 400 species to be spotted.
Today you will travel via the town of Katima Mulilo towards the border with Botswana and the end of the Zambezi region. En-route you will visit a traditional village to learn more about the Caprivi people's culture. Your lodge for the following 2 nights is situated along the banks of the Chobe River, shortly before it enters Botswana. Having enjoyed an optional sundowner drink on a river beach, you will then return to the lodge for dinner.
The Chobe River Camp draws its inspiration from the local landscape and has chalets that have been constructed using indigenous Mopane timber and canvas, which are not only beautiful but also environmentally conscious. This camp is a wildlife hotspot and with a little luck you will see large herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope.
This morning after breakfast you will be collected and driven to the border post between Namibia and Botswana, where you will complete the border formalities, have your passport stamped, and cross into Botswana. You will then continue to Kasane, a small village that is located directly on the banks of the majestic Chobe River.
Enjoy an afternoon boat cruise (depending on current water levels of the Chobe river) to experience the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River. After this, you will return to the lodge, where the remainder of your day is spent at leisure enjoying the open space.
After breakfast, you will cross the border into Botswana and travel to Kasane where the tour ends upon arrival.