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Etosha & Zambezi

Etosha & Zambezi

Tour Code: SWC8
8 Days/7 Nights

01/11/2018 - 30/06/2019

From N$ 28 650.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 31 880.00

01/07/2019 - 31/10/2019

From N$ 30 400.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 33 630.00
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Etosha & Zambezi

Africa at its most authentic!

Head to northern Namibia and Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Then explore the lush Zambezi region in the north east.

Etosha National Park is famous for its abundance of wildlife and unique landscape. The park surrounds a parched salt desert, known as the Etosha Pan, and is home to four of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. 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 over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Namibia’s lush Zambezi region boasts magnificent woodlands and perennial rivers. Despite the fact that most of Namibia is arid, this area is lush, the soil rich and the wildlife plentiful. It is a lively hotbed where one can see subsistence and cattle farming and the well-known traditional wood carvings. This is also where you will see traditional huts and homesteads, still in popular use today.

Highlights

  • Enjoy incredible game viewing experiences in the famous Etosha National Park, including the Big 5 as well as the many smaller and fascinating species
  • Explore Namibia’s lush Kavango region, including Popa Falls and Mahango National Park
  • Experience the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River

Tour Departs:

Tuesday, selected departure dates.

Tour Notes:

  • Minimum 2 guests, Maximum 20 guests.
  • Departures are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary on selected departure dates.
  • Selected departure dates on Special Discount (5% discount off the Standard Rack Rate). Please enquire.
  • No single supplement payable on selected departures. Please enquire.

Tour Includes

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Transport & sightseeing as specified

Day One - Depart Windhoek

Departing Windhoek we 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.

Day One & Two

Day One
In the late afternoon once we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, we have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day Two
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. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. 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 over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters. [B]

Day Three

After breakfast we travel north-east towards Namibia’s lush Kavango region. En route we stop at Hoba Meteorite, the world’s largest known meteorite. We 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. At our lodge we can enjoy an optional sundowner boat cruise on the Okavango River. [B]

Day Four & Five

Day Four
After breakfast we follow the route of the Okavango River into the Zambezi Region. Lush, green, 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 one can see subsistence and cattle farming and the well-known traditional wood carvings. We arrive at our lodge on the banks of the Okavango river and close to the Mahangu National Park where the following two nights are spent along the lush vegetation. Our rooms award us with uninhibited view onto the Buffalo Park across the river. Optionally we can visit the Popa Falls, a series of small rapids in paradisiacal environment, or enjoy a late afternoon boat cruise on the river. [B,D]

Day Five
After an early breakfast we 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 fair numbers of antelopes which are scarce or not seen in other parts of Namibia. These include the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and the red lechwe. The park is also home to a number of sitatunga. The Mahango National Park is an excellent destination for bird watching with over 400 species to be spotted. [B, D]

Day Six & Seven

Day 6
We travel via the town of Katima Mulilo towards the border with Botswana and the end of the Zambezi region. En route we visit a traditional village to learn more about the Caprivi people’s culture. Our lodge for the following 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 setting we return to the lodge for dinner. [B]

Day 7
Today we enjoy a guided canoeing excursion (depending on current water levels of the Chobe river) to experience the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River followed by a short walk to a spot amidst the shade spending trees, where a light lunch is served. We then return to the lodge either by boat (depending on the water level) or guided walk, experiencing the open African plains scattered with wildlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure enjoying the open space. [B]

Day Eight

After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and travel to Kasane where the tour ends upon arrival.

Day One - Depart Windhoek

Departing Windhoek we 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.

Day One - Depart Windhoek

Day One - Depart Windhoek

Departing Windhoek we 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.

Day One & Two Accommodation

Day One & Two - Etosha National Park

One day one you arrive at your camp located on the outside of the National Park in the late afternoon where you have the rest of the day at leisure. On day two you explore the Etosha National Park.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve.

Day Three Accommodation

Day Three - Kavango Region

After breakfast we travel north-east towards Namibia’s lush Kavango region.

Kaisosi River Lodge

Kaisosi River Lodge

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 restaurant serves up an à 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 two azure swimming pools on offer, providing a respite from the African sun.

Day Four & Five Accommodation

Day Four & Five - Zambezi Region

Spend the next two days exploring the Zambezi Region

Shametu River Lodge

Shametu River Lodge

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. Shametu River Lodge has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and lounge area as well as a wooden deck where you can enjoy sundowners.

Day Six & Seven Accommodation

Day Six & Seven - Chobe Flood Plains

On Day 6 we head to Botswana and the Chobe Flood Plains. On day 7 you have the opportunity to explore the Chobe river on a guided canoeing excursion (depending on water levels of the Chobe River. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the open space.

Chobe River Camp

Chobe River Camp

The Chobe River Camp is on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. The lodge has drawn its inspiration from the local landscape and has chalets that have been constructed using indigenous Mopane timber and canvas, not only being beautiful but being environmentally conscious. This camp is a wildlife hotspot.

Day Eight

Day Eight - Kasane

After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and travel to Kasane where the tour ends upon arrival.

Day One & Two

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve. Accommodation is in spacious rooms with African-inspired décor, en suite facilities, a sitting room, private veranda and modern conveniences. The lodge offers excellent dining experiences in both the restaurant and under the stars in the boma. There are two bars where you can enjoy sundowners or a nightcap. Relax around the sparkling swimming pool or get some exercise on one of the 2 floodlit Tennis courts situated in the bush. The lodge also offers a Fitness Centre and luxury Spa.


Day Three

Kaisosi River Lodge

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 lodge is also easily accessible by sedan car for those en-route to prime attractions such as Popa Falls and the Caprivi. 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 à 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 two azure swimming pools on offer, providing a respite from the African sun.


Day Four & Five

Shametu River Lodge

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. Shametu River Lodge is an immersion into the landscape and its people. The lodge has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and lounge area as well as a wooden deck where you can enjoy sundowners.


Day Six & Seven

Chobe River Camp

The Chobe River Camp is on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. The lodge has drawn its inspiration from the local landscape and has chalets that have been constructed using indigenous Mopane timber and canvas, not only being beautiful but being environmentally conscious. This camp is a wildlife hotspot and with a little luck you will see large herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope. The Chobe National Park is in fact home to one of the largest populations of elephant in the world and the camp is ideal for putting this at your doorstep.


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