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Namibia Etosha & Zambezi

From salt pan to floodplains, experience the contrast

Namibia Etosha & Zambezi

N$33050 per person

Discover Namibia’s north-eastern corner over 8 days. This tour will take you through the Etosha National Park to the Zambezi Region at the Botswana border. As Namibia’s premier wildlife destination, Etosha is famous for the sizeable seasonal salt pan at its centre, and home to more than 110 species of mammals and almost 400 species of birds. Depending on when you go, you might see lion, hyena, elephant, giraffe, black and white rhino and many other desert-adapted animals.

In contrast with the white-chalk colouring of Etosha, the Zambezi Region is genuinely tropical, typified by swollen rivers, muggy swamps and mopane woodlands. It’s Namibia’s wettest region and is home to 430 species of bird and 35 showstopping large mammal species including buffalo, big cats and elephant. Wildlife is protected by several national parks and animals travel freely across the unmarked border with Chobe.

  • Departure
    Windhoek/Kasane
  • Included
    Namibia Etosha & Zambezi
    German & English Guide
    Accommodation
    Specified meals
    Air-conditioned vehicles
    Game drives in Etosha
    Special entrance fees
  • Not Included
    Bottled water
    Porterage
    Flights
    Single Supplements
    Travel Insurance
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Day 1 - Tuesday: Windhoek to Etosha National Park
We will depart Windhoek in a northernly direction, passing cattle farming areas and bushland to the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. In the late afternoon, once we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, we have the remainder of the day at leisure.
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Day 2 - Wednesday: Etosha National Park
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 primarily 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, more than 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 a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.
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Day 3 - Thursday: Etosha National Park to Kavango Region
After breakfast, our journey continues north-east towards Namibia’s lush Kavango region. En route, we stop at the 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 - Friday: Bwabwata National Park
We follow the route of the Okavango River into the Zambezi Region. 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. From the banks of the Okavango River directly at the footsteps of our lodge we have a magnificent view onto the Popa Falls, a series of small rapids in paradisiacal environment before arriving at our lodge on the banks of the Okavango river and close to the Mahango National Park where the following two nights are spent along the lush vegetation. The rooms award us with an uninhibited view onto the Buffalo Park across the river. Optionally an afternoon boat cruise on the Okavango River or short walk to a local Habukushu village can be booked directly.
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Day 5 - Saturday: Bwabwata National Park
After an early breakfast, we travel into the Mahango 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 several sitatunga. The Mahango National Park is an excellent destination for bird watching with over 400 species to be spotted.
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Day 6 - Sunday: Mudumu National Park
Departing the Mahango National Park we 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. At the lodge, you can participate in optional nature drives or boat cruises.
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Day 7 - Monday: Chobe National Park
After breakfast, we travel across the border to Kasane, a small and bustling town right on the edge of the Chobe National Park, before crossing the mighty Chobe River on a short but scenic boat transfer to our 5 Star lodge right on the edge of the Chobe river. Our Villa for the night is in a special corner of the African wilderness, where two mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise that is a haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination. At the very tip of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, previously known as Caprivi Strip. The exclusivity and style of this boutique lodge is unparalleled. 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 reserve. In the afternoon embark on a guided Chobe sunset river cruise along the National Park to experience the multitude of game species found along the banks of the Chobe River.
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Day 8 - Tuesday: Departure
Today we take part in a game drive through the Chobe National Park or any other optional activity offered by the lodge’s own activity centre. With a cup of coffee or tea enjoy the sunrise and natures awakening before departing on an open game drive with lodge rangers, exploring the national park and see the forage of wildlife along the Chobe river such as elephants, Lechwe, Roan or Waterbuck. Returning to the lodge breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the river. The remainder of the day is at leisure. For guests departing to Victoria Falls, a transfer optionally takes you across the border to the airport.

TOUR LOCATION

Travel from Windhoek north towards Etosha National Park, where you'll enjoy a safari before heading into the Zambezi Region at the Botswana border. Experience the wildlife and scenery of Chobe before arriving in Kasane.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only. All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Rates valid: 01/11/2020 - 30/06/2021
  • NAD 33 050 per person sharing
  • NAD 6 480 single supplement
Dinner package: NAD 2 490 per person (Days 1-7)
  • Rates valid: 01/07/2021 - 31/10/2021
  • NAD 36 250 per person sharing
  • NAD 6 480 single supplement
 
  • Tour Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extras
  • Single supplements (all departures require a minimum of 2 guests; maximum 16 guests)
  • Game drives in open vehicles can be booked at an additional cost
  • Travel insurance
  Accommodation used:
  • Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar x 2 nights
  • Kaisosi River Lodge or similar x 1 night 
  • Shametu River Lodge or similar x 2 nights 
  • Lianshulu Bush Camp or similar x 1 night 
  • Chobe Water Villas or similar x 1 nights
  • This tour departs on selected Tuesdays.
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary. Similar accommodation will be arranged where there is no availability.
  • This tour hosts a bilingual English/German guide for the entire duration.
  • Arrival flights not to be booked on same day as departure of tour.
  • Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through Namibia.
  Departure Dates:   

Nov 20

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