The diverse Fauna and Flora of the Etosha National Park and the Caprivi – Namibia

OtjiwaDay 1: Arrival in Windhoek- Otjiwa Lodge
Your African safari begins as soon as you arrive at the Windhoek International Airport, 40km outside Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Your guide welcomes you at the airport and from here you proceed to your first destination, Otjiwa Lodge. Relax in the tranquil surroundings of this lodge situated in a private nature park teaming with antelopes such as oryx, springbuck kudu, impala and waterbuck. The modern and stylishly furnished rooms look out onto a waterhole. Optionally you can enjoy a game drive in the afternoon or go for a walk on marked walking trails.

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Otjiwa Lodge

ZebrasDay 2: Otjiwa Lodge – Etosha National Park
Continue further north to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park, where the Mokuti Etosha Lodge is located. If time allows, you could go for your first game drive in the Park. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages. In local colloquial language the pan is referred to as the “great white place of dry water”. Before sunset you will leave the Park again to drive to the Mokuti Etosha Lodge, situated right at the entrance to the Etosha National Park. The rooms and the main area are surrounded by a well maintained indigenous garden with two large swimming pools. Optionally enjoy a massage in the spa or visit the interesting reptile park.

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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

GiraffenDay 3: Etosha National Park
Spend the day in the Park with game viewing. The park owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5 000km².A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantees rewarding and often spectacular game viewing. Several of the 114 mammal species found in the park are rare and/or endangered, including the black rhino and black-faced impala. Over 340 bird species have been recorded in the park.

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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

BauernDay 4: Etosha National Park – Kavango Region – Rundu
You leave the Etosha National Park and continue via Tsumeb and Grootfontein to Rundu on the banks to the Kavango River. As you pass the veterinary fence a different Namibia will be presented to you. Cattle herds graze along the side of the road, pottery and carvings are sold along the road and cattle drawn sledges are used to transport water, wood etc. The Hakusembe River Lodge is situated west of Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River. Watch the sun setting over the river after a day with many new impressions.

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Hakusembe River Lodge

Giraffe im LinyantiDay 5: Rundu – Bwabwata National Park – Caprivi – Kongola
Continue to Kongola in the Eastern Caprivi and the Namushasha Lodge, close to the Mudumu National Park. The large and comfortable rooms, as well as the main building with various decks, overlook the Kwando River and the Bwabwata National Park. Optional activities on offer are game drives in the Babwater Park or boat cruises on the Kwando River.

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Namushasha Lodge

Day 6: Kongola – Mamili/Nkasa Lupala Park in the eastern Caprivi
The drive to Nkasa Lupala can be seen as a game drive as herds of elephants, buffaloes and antelopes cross the road occasionally. The Nkasa Lupala Lodge is a tented camp situated on the banks of the Linyanti/Kwando River system. The bungalows and the main building are integrated into the tree line on the river overlooking the marsh. Wooden boardwalks connect the rooms to the main building. Optional activities offered are guided game drives, boat cruises, a visit to nearby village or a night game drive.

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Nkasa Lupala

SwampsDay 7: Nkasa Lupala – Caprivi
This part of the Caprivi is well-known for big herds of elephants and buffalo, as well as various antelopes. Lion and leopard are often seen. The game moves freely between Botswana and the Caprivi, as the Linyanti Swamp spreads over the border into both countries. Optional activities are to be booked and paid at the lodge.

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Nkasa Lupala

Buffalo-BüffelDay 8: Nkasa Lupala – Chobe River – Kasane
Today you cross the border at the Ngoma Bridge into Botswana and continue to Kasane with a drive through the Chobe National Park. The Cresta Mowana Safari Resort was built around a majestic 800-year old specimen of a baobab tree on the banks of the Chobe River. Guests are accommodated in air-conditioned and well equipped rooms. From various decks and the restaurant stunning views of the river can be enjoyed, complimented by the sound of hippos.

Full Board including activities
Cresta Mowana Safari Resort

Victoria FallsDay 9: Kasane – Victoria Falls – Kasane
A day trip to Victoria Falls to see the famous Victoria is included. The Victoria Falls were named after Queen Victoria by David Livingstone, Scottish missionary, in November 1855. The Falls are known to the indigenous peoples as the Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). To experience great views and photographic opportunities of the Victoria Falls and surrounding gorges participate in a 12-minute helicopter flight. (Optional -currently US$ 150 per person) On returning to Kasane you will be transferred by boat to the Imaplila Island and to a houseboat on the Chobe River. Enjoy refreshments on deck while traveling slowly up the Chobe River, enjoying game sightings such us hippos, crocodiles, herds of buffalo, elephant, impala and lechwe, as well as a multitude of birds. For the night the boat will anchor at an island opposite the Chobe National Park. From your comfortable cabin with private shower and toilet you can listen to the sounds of the night on the river.

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Ichobezi Safari Boat

SafaribootDay 10: Chobe River – Chobe National Park
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board before heading out on tender boats with your knowledgeable local guide. Game and bird viewing is done by board along the river banks of the Chobe. The keen fisherman has the opportunity to try his luck catching a tiger fish or a Zambezi bream. Fishing is done on catch and release.

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Ichobezi Safari Boat

ScharlachspinntDay 11: Chobe National Park
In the course of the morning return transfer to Kasane and on to the Muchenje Safari Lodge near Ngoma, the boarder post to Namibia and the Caprivi. Situated on a hill in a private concession bordering the Chobe National Park, this stylish lodge overlooks the Chobe flood plains towards the Caprivi. Activities include guided game drives in open vehicles in the private concession or in the Chobe National Park, boat cruises on the Chobe River and a visit to a local village and school.

Full board including activities
Muchene Safari Lodge

Chobe ElefantemDay 12: Chobe National Park
Enjoy a guided game drive in a different part of the park. The Chobe National Park is well-known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo. The chances of seeing the majestic sable antelope in bigger numbers is also good. Your guide will gladly take you to the nearby village, where you can visit the school, the clinic and a typical home to get an insight of the day-to-day life of the local people.

Full board including activities
Muchene Safari Lodge

Popa FallsDay 13: Chobe –Caprivi
Return to Namibia and travel through the Caprivi/Zambezi Region as well as the Bwabwater Park to Bagani/Divindu on the Kavango River. The Nunda River Lodge is situated close to the Popa Falls, the Mahango and Bwabwater Park on the banks of the Kavango River. Visit the Popa Falls, which are not actual water falls but rather rapids, and enjoy a game drive with your guide in the Mahango Park. Optional participate on a sundowner boat cruise on the Kavango River.

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Nunda River Lodge

Day 14: Caprivi – Grootfontein
Today we leave the Caprivi and the Kavango region behind us and return to the commercial farming area around Grootfontein. Fiume Lodge is situated on a commercial farm, near Grootfontein and offers comfortable accommodation and tasty food. A waterhole in front of the lodge is frequently visit by Namibia’s biggest antelope, the eland.

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Fiume Lodge

GepardDay 15: Grootfontein – Okonjima
Returning to Windhoek we stop over at Okonjima – home to the AfriCat project. On optional activities learn more about the sleek and fast cheetah and the elusive leopard on guided game drives or visit the information center.

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Okonjima Plains Camp

Day 16: Okonjima – Windhoek
After a last possible activity in the morning we return to Windhoek. The Hotel Thule is situated on a mountain overlooking the Klein-Windhoek Valley. Enjoy this stunning view from the terrace or the restaurant.

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Hotel Thule

WindhoekDay 17: Departure
Early settlers were drawn to Windhoek because of the many hot springs. Windhoek is the capital city of the Republic of Namibia and is located in the central Khomas Region, with about 350 000 inhabitants. The hot springs in the area attracted early settlers to Windhoek, then known as Ai//Gams (fire water). Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890, by Curt Von François. Today the capital of Namibia is a modern city with an African flair. Enjoy a guided tour of Windhoek and its outskirts with your guide. Spend some time on last minute shopping or enjoying a good cup of coffee and watch bustling city life. In time for your departure flight you guide will transfer you to the Windhoek International Airport.

RATES 01.06.2015 – 31.10.2015
Namibia
4 Person sharing/per person N$ 58 450.00
5 Person sharing/per person N$ 53 350.00
6 Person sharing/per person N$ 49 940.00
7 Person sharing/per person N$ 47 510.00
8 Person sharing/per person N$ 45 680.00

Single room surcharge N$ 7 490.00

RATES 01.06.2015 – 31.10.2015
Botswana- Victoria Falls
4 Person sharing/per person US$ 2 790.00
5 Person sharing/per person US$ 2 650.00
6 Person sharing/per person US$ 2 550.00
7 Person sharing/per person US$ 2 480.00
8 Person sharing/per person US$ 2 430.00

Single room surcharge US$ 850.00

Dates 2015:
Tour 1: 30.06.2015 – 16.07.2015
Tour 2: 18.08.2015 – 03.09.2015
For guaranteed departures a minimum of 4 participants is required.

Included:

  • all road transfers in an air-conditioned bus
  • all activities incl. park entrance fees mentioned in the program
  • 16 x bed/breakfast in hotels/guesthouses/lodges
  • 15 x dinner
  • 5 x lunch
  • english speaking driver/guide

Excluded:

  • flight to/from Windhoek
  • additional meals
  • optional activities
  • visa fees
  • personal items and purchases
  • tips
  • travel insurance

Terms and conditions apply