This 10 day/9 night tour is an exciting exploration of the north-eastern parts of Namibia and includes also Botswana and Zimbabwe.
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.
You then experience the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River in Botswana before ending at the iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This trip truly is Africa at its most authentic.
Tours depart selected Tuesdays and depart with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16. All tours are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary tours are available on certain departures only.
The tour includes 9 breakfasts, all accommodation as specified, porterage, and transport/sightseeing as specified. There is the option to include 9 dinners too - quote on request.
Arrival flights are not to be booked on the same day as the tour departure.
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, passing numerous villages lining the roadside. 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.
After breakfast you will continue along the Okavango River into the Zambezi region. Lush, green and riverine - that is what the Zambezi region looks like. This juxtaposition is what makes Namibia the "Land of Contrasts". 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. It is a lively hotbed where you can see subsistence and cattle farming and the well-known traditional wood carvings. From the banks of the Okavango River directly at the footsteps of your lodge you have a magnificent view onto the Popa Falls, a series of small rapids.
Shametu River Lodge is close to the Mahango National Park. 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. As an optional extra activity this afternoon you can enjoy a late afternoon boat cruise on the Okavango River or short walk to a local Habukushu village.
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.
Departing the Mahango National Park, today you travel across the Zambezi Region to the lush woodlands of the Kwando River. Hundreds of elephants, large buffalo herds and numerous antelopes roam these majestic riverine woods. With over 400 species of birds, this area counts as one of the best birding hotspots in the whole of southern Africa. After settling in, you can opt to participate in an afternoon nature drive that takes you into the Bwabwata National Park. Should the road conditions here permit, enjoy a scenic stop at the famous Horseshoe bend, where at times hundreds of game species gather to quench their thirst.
After breakfast, travel across the border to Kasane, a small and bustling town right on the edge of the Chobe National Park. Your accommodation for the following 2 nights is in a special corner of the African wilderness, where 2 mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise that is a haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination. Here wildlife roams freely in profusion and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, while other game consists of large herds of buffalo, puku, lechwe, bushbuck and kudu. Other significant species such as lion, leopard, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are encountered in many areas of the adjacent game reserve.
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.
Before traveling across the border to Zimbabwe there is still time to optionally take part in an early morning game drive through the Chobe National Park, offered by the lodge's own activity centre. Returning to the lodge breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the river. Then depart across the border to the vibrant town of Victoria Falls and one of the most spectacular natural wonders - the Victoria Falls. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the town and its collection of art and craft markets on foot.
Today with your guide, join a local guided excursion to Victoria Falls to discover why the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders on Earth as you explore it on foot. This dramatically beautiful event is accompanied by a deafening roar and fine spray that arcs up into the sky, giving the falls its local name - Mosi-oa-Tunya - the "smoke that thunders". Afterwards, you have the option to visit a craft market where handmade crafts of the local inhabitants can be purchased before returning to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or participate in the adventure-filled optional activities.
You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport where you will check in for your flight home.
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