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CAPTIVATING ZAMBEZI & BOTSWANA HIGHLIGHTS

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CAPTIVATING ZAMBEZI (CZ) & BOTSWANA HIGHLIGHTS (BH)
16 Days Windhoek to Windhoek

Experience Namibia’s contrasts and diverse African cultures. Discover unique UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage sites. Encounter abundant Wildlife and the “BIG5” over 4 National Parks and along the water rich water systems of the Zambezi Region and Okavango Delta. Victoria Falls, one of nature’s great wonders.

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Pax
Vehicle
Languages
Driver / Tour Guide
Included
Excluded
Optional Extras

Classic

2 – 20 guests

Minibus or Coach

Bilingual English / German

Services of registered driver guide throughout tour

Meals:
15 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Etosha National Park, Mahango National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pan, Moremi Game Reserve
Portages
All meals as specified in the itinerary
Still Mineral Water
Activities as specified
Accommodation as specified
Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
Visas
Travel & Personal accident insurance
Personal Expenses
Excursions / Activities not specified
Gratuities

Dinner supplement (Day 1-11, 15)
Excursions / Activities on request

Itinerary

Day 1ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

From Windhoek we travel north to the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Once we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, we have the rest of the day at leisure.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Day 2 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 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 the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast

Day 3 KAVANGO REGION

After breakfast we travel north towards Namibia’s lush Kavango region. En route we stop at Hoba Meteorite, the world’s largest known meteorite. We continue to the Kavango River close 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 popular in use today. At our lodge we can enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Okavango River (optional).
Kaisosi River Lodge – Breakfast

Day 4BWABWATA NATIONAL PARK

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 close to the Mahangu National Park where the following two nights are spent along the lush vegetation of the Okavango River. 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.
Ndhovu River Lodge – Breakfast

Day 5BWABWATA NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast we travel into the Mahangu National Park. Being Namibia’s smallest but best populated Game 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, however these antelopes are very scarce, and sightings will be excellent luck. The Mahango Game Park is an excellent destination for bird watching with over 400 species to be spotted.
Ndhovu River Lodge – Breakfast

Day 6 CHOBE FLOODPLAINS

We travel via the town of Katima Mulilo towards the end of the Zambezi strip, 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.
Camp Chobe – Breakfast

Day 7 CHOBE FLOODPLAINS

Today we enjoy a guided canoeing excursion, where we silently float along the lush banks to experience the rich diversity of bird and wildlife of the Chobe River followed by a short walk to a light lunch spot. We then return to the lodge (depending on the water level) either by boat or guided walk during which we cross the Chobe river plains and see the exceptional fauna and flora of the Chobe National Park.
Camp Chobe – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 VICTORIA FALLS

After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and travel to Kasane where we receive a transfer to Victoria Falls. Depending on time availability, we have a wide variety of optional activities at our disposal. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where we stand the chance to see some of the animals and birds that live in the Victoria Falls National Park while enjoying a sundowner drink.
Kingdom Hotel – Breakfast

Day 9 VICTORIA FALLS

After breakfast discover why the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders on Earth as we explore it on a guided excursion 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, visit a craft market, where we can purchase or look at handmade crafts of the local inhabitants (optional). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or participate in other optional activities.
Kingdom Hotel – Breakfast

Day 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we travel to the Chobe National Park, where 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 major 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 cruise along the National Park to experience the multitude of game species found along the banks of the Chobe River.
Chobe Marina Lodge – Breakfast

Day 11 MAKGADIKGADI PANS

Shortly before sunrise travel by open vehicle into the Chobe National Park for a game drive. After breakfast we then travel south to the mesmerizing Makgadikgadi pans, the largest inland clay pans on Earth. On an afternoon nature drive (season permitting) we experience this geological phenomenon of surrealistic beauty. The remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique and also explain why these pans represent one of the major highlights found in Botswana.
Nata Lodge / Pelican Lodge – Breakfast

Day 12 GREATER MOREMI REGION

After an early breakfast we travel via Maun towards the concession bordering the Moremi / Khwai reserve to the east, an area that we will explore in detail the next day. En route to our camp, which we will reach in the afternoon, we have the opportunity to already keep our eyes open for game species, but can also marvel at the untouched traditional lifestyle of the Botswana people that inhabit the area. Once at our camp, we have the rest of the day at leisure and can relax in the pristine nature that surrounds the Okavango Delta. After a safety briefing at our camp we enjoy a late afternoon drive returning just in time for dinner and then fall asleep to the sounds of nature.
Tuskers Camp – or similar Tented Camp – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 MOREMI GAME RESERVE

After an early continental breakfast, we leave camp for AM and PM game drives through the Moremi Game Reserve in search of predators and a range of other animal species such as Elephant and antelope. The Moremi area is unequalled in scenic beauty and hosts an excellent quantity of birds, animals and plants. Together with the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the park covers about one third of the entire Okavango Delta and, with its giant mopane forests, contrast beautifully with the wide open spaces of the Khwai floodplain. After arriving back at our Camp we enjoy a unique bush dinner under an ancient Baobab tree enjoying the star lit African sky before returning back to the camp on a night game drive.
Tuskers Camp – Tented Camp – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 KHWAI CONCESSION

After an early breakfast, we head out in open game viewer vehicles for a full days game drive through the Khwai Concession or Xini Lagoon (pending on current water levels), one of the world’s most famous game concessions. Together with the Moremi Game Reserve this area covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and its varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, all these attracting lion’s, cheetah, leopard and packs of wild dog into the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.
Tuskers Camp – or similar Tented Camp – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 KALAHARI DESERT

An early morning drive takes us out of the park and back to Maun, from where we travel via Ghanzi and the Kalahari Desert back to Namibia. Our lodge is situated on a private reserve in the Kalahari, and is the habitat to rare animals such as the bat-eared fox, honey badger as well as the nocturnal aardvark.
Zelda Guestfarm or similar – Breakfast

Day 16 DEPARTURE

After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek via Gobabis, the capital of Namibia’s cattle farming country. We are dropped off at our accommodation of choice, where our tour ends. Alternatively, our guide will take us to the international airport for our outbound flight.
Breakfast

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