Etosha & Zambezi    (8 Days)


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Operates from November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021

 

$1,950 - $2,095

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.

  • 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
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Day 1: WINDHOEK / ETOSHA

We depart from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek and make our way through extensive cattle farming areas and bush land to the Etosha National Park. On our way we pass by many small and historical cities, such as Okahandja, the former tribal center of the Hereros, as well as Otjiwaongo and Outjo.  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.

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Day 2: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four 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.

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Day 3: KAVANGO

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.

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Day 4: ZAMBEZI REGION

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 an 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.

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Day 5: ZAMBEZI REGION

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 Mahangu 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 Mahangu National Park is an excellent destination for bird watching with over 400 species to be spotted.

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Day 6: ZAMBEZI REGION

Travel via the town of Katima Mulilo towards the Botswana border. En route, visit a traditional village to learn more about Caprivi culture. Your lodge is situated along the banks of the Kwando River. Enjoy an optional sundowner drink on an optional afternoon nature drive or boat cruise.

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Day 7: ZAMBEZI REGION

After breakfast we cross the border to Kasane, a small village that is located directly on the banks of the majestic Chobe River. Enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River to experience elephants, hippos and a wide range of game quenching their thirst on the banks of the Chobe River.

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Day 8: KASANE

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

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