16 Days  – A connection between Land, Mankind & the Wild

Water has the power to unite countries, bring people together and draw wildlife. On this journey across 3 countries we discover the diversity, people, plants and animals big and small, that all have one thing in common: They need water.

Day 1: Windhoek – Region Botswana Border

From Windhoek we head towards the east to Gobabis via Witvlei, into the middle of the 'Cattle Country'. Most of the cattle are bred here. At our accommodation close to the Botswana border, we have enough time to relax and enjoy the silence. We close off the day with a drive across the bush savannah.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Guest Farm Zelda.

Day 2: Botswana Border – Maun 

We cross the border post into Botswana and travel across endless bush landscapes via Tshootsha (formerly Kalkfontein), Ghanzi and Toteng to Maun. On our way we come across our first Baobab Trees, standing strikingly from the ground. In Maun, an interesting city in a fascinating location that is characterised by a mixture between traditional life and western style, we have the possibility to book an optional flight across the Okavango Delta. This certainly is worth seeing.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Maun Lodge.

Day 3: Maun – Okavango Delta                 

After an early breakfast we take the vehicle from a nearby lodge and drive across the slopes of the wilderness. Our destination is a private concession on the banks of the Khwai River at the end of the Moremi Game Reserve. This area is home to elephants, hippos, wild dogs, giraffes, leopards, lions and many other types of game, as well as a wide variety of bird species. For the next few days we will be immersed in the sounds of this incredible place in nature. Game drives are offered in the morning, afternoon and at night, as well as guided hikes.

Accommodation/ Full Board at Mogotlho Safari Lodge incl. all activities / Mankwe Bush Lodge / Tuskers Bush Camp.

Day 4: Mogotlho Safari Lodge

This day, too, will be quite an experience at the edge of the Delta, a world heritage site. Other activities are included, such as game drives and hikes.

Accommodation/ Full Board at Mogotlho Safari Lodge incl. all activities / Mankwe Bush Lodge / Tuskers Bush Camp.

Day 5: Mogotlho Safari Lodge – Maun – Nata

Full of impressions of the African nature we return to Maun. From there we make our way to Nata, across Motopi, past the Nxai Pan Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and via Gweta. In the afternoon we embark on a nature drive with a 4×4 vehicle across the surrounding pan area, with magnificent views into the great distance. In the rainy season, when the pan holds water, this is an important breeding ground for birds.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Pelican Lodge

Day 6: Nata – Kasane

Our journey goes on and we head north and cross through the Sibuyu Forest Reserve, the Kazuma Forest Reserve and the Kasane Forest Reserve-Extension and reach our destination in Kasane. Here we have some time to relax. In the late afternoon we will take a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River to watch the wildlife. Here, too, the water draws an infinite variety of animals. Hippos, elephants and buffalo are bathing in the river. We can delight in the colourful bird life.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Chobe Safari Lodge or Zovu Elephant Lodge.

Day 7: Chobe National Park

The morning is spent on a game drive through Chobe National Park with a 4×4 vehicle. We pass through forests, open plains until we reach the river. Baboons, meercats, swamp antelopes, moor antelopes, kudus and waterbucks often roam the riverbank forests. With a bit of luck we will see some lions and leopards. In the afternoon we will do another boat cruise on the Chobe River. The call of the proud African Fish Eagle is remarkable and can often be heard through the air.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Chobe Safari Lodge or Zovu Elephant Lodge.

Day 8: Kasane – Victoria Falls

Today our trip takes us to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, via the Kazungula border post. Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) is what the famous falls are called in the local language. From the Zambezi the water thunders into the long, narrow gorge. We visit the falls and see this natural phenomenon, the spray clouds and rainbows that rise from the valley, with our own eyes. After a short city tour this spectacular day ends in our comfortable accommodation.

Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Cresta Sprayview Lodge.

Day 9: Victoria Falls

The whole day is at leisure. There are many optional activities to choose from, e.g. a scenic flight across the falls, a visit to a nearby game park, white water rafting etc.

Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Cresta Sprayview Lodge.

Day 10: Victoria Falls – Region Kongola

From the Victoria Falls we pass through a section of the Chobe National Park. At the Ngoma Bridge we enter Namibia. People, herds of cattle, donkeys and chicken can often be seen along the road. Forests of broad-leaved trees line some stretches of the road. We come across small villages and the street vendors trying their luck to sell their art or harvest alongside the road. In the afternoon we leave our comfortable accommodation to go on a sundowner boat cruise on the Kwando. The colours of the dipping sun are inexplicable.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Namushasha River Lodge or Camp Kwando.

Day 11: Bwabwata National Park

The morning is at leisure. Time to take in all these new sounds and enjoy the endless stillness. In the afternoon a game drive will take us though the Bwawata National Park. A boat transfer across the Kwando takes us into the Bwabwata National Park. Here, a 4×4 vehicle will be waiting for us. Keep your eyes open, perhaps we will see herds of buffaloes, elephants, waterbuck and other game in the forests or in the open grass plains next to the river. Even lions and leopards can be seen here at times. The drive ends with a boat transfer back to the lodge

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Namushasha River Lodge or Camp Kwando.

Day 12: Region Kongola – Mahango Nationalpark

Along the narrow Caprivi Strip our path leads us across the Kwando and Okavango River until we reach our next accommodation, located on the southern banks of this important water bearer – the Okavango. En route we can watch the locals that follow their relatively natural way of life and live in small traditional huts. The afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Nunda River Lodge or Mahangu Safari Lodge.

Day 13: Mahango National Park

Today we are going on a 4×4 outing in the Mahango National Park. We spend half of our day driving along the wetlands of the Okavango and keep an eye out for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and swamp antelopes. With a bit of luck, we will come across some sable or roan antelopes. This region offers a fascinating bird life. Monkeys lead their jolly lives in the riparian forests. The afternoon is at leisure. An optional activity is a boat cruise on the Okavango River.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Nunda River Lodge or Mahangu Safari Lodge.

Day 14: Mahango National Park – Region Rundu

After a short drive we visit the Popa Falls, not really a fall but rapids that rush over the rocks. The river bank vegetation is very interesting. After our stop the road leads us straight to Rundu, a somewhat bigger town. Our destination is a lodge to the west of the town. In the late afternoon we enjoy a boat cruise on the Kavango River (depending on the water levels).

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Hakusembe River Lodge or Taranga Safari Lodge.

Day 15: Region Rundu – Otavi

From the water region Namibias our journey leads us through Rundu and Grootfontein to Hoba Meteorite, an interesting iron meteorite that fell to the earth approximately 80000 years ago. It weights approximately 55tons. Thereafter we will head to the Gabus Game Ranch close to Otavi. Our afternoon is spent on a game drive ending in a sundowner on the lodge premises, whilst we gain some insight into the farm life.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Gabus Game Lodge.

Day 16: Otavi – Windhoek

Full of impressions of animals and people our journey comes to an end. We drive via Otjiwarongo and Okahandja to Windhoek, the capital. Arrival in the afternoon.

SERVICES AND PRICES

Booking Reference: SWAS 8, Minimum: 4 pax, Maximum: 10 pax

Included Services:

Overland trips and all sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Accommodation in double rooms with bath and/ or shower and toilet in lodges and on a guest farm.
Breakfast for the entire trip, 13 dinners, on days 3+4 lunch is included, as well as the activities.
English speaking Tour Guide (Possibly bilingual tour guide)

Not included:

Personal expenses, such as 14 lunches, dinner on day 8 + 9, drinks, phone calls, laundry service, tip in restaurants, as well as for the tour guide. Visa fees for Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Departure:

By prior arrangements, collection from various hotels.

Departure Dates 2019:

Feb – 09          Jul – 13

Mar – 16/30     Aug – 10

May – 11          Sep – 07

Jun – 01      

Prices:

Per Person in double room:
Low Season: (01/11/2018 until 31/03/2019) N$ 75.880,00
single room supplement: N$ 17.880,00
High Season: (01/04/2019 until 31/10/2019) N$ 78.980,00
single room supplement: N$ 18.920,00

We can also offer you this as a self-drive tour.