It hardly seems possible to include such a variety of sights and activities in just 16 days. Between the ancient desert, the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha, the bounteous wetlands of the Caprivi and Chobe, and the wonder of Victoria Falls, it will be hard to pick a favorite.
This private guided safari visits Namibia's famed attractions including
Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi wetlands. Top this fascinating voyage of discovery with a safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park and a visit to Victoria Falls and you really have the makings of an amazing holiday.
Welcome to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. Here you will meet your private guide and be handed your travel documents.
When you're there: Head into the city and take a tour if time allows (depending on your flight arrival time). Relax after checking in at your accommodation and put your feet up. This is the start of your holiday! Let your guide make a recommendation and a booking for you for dinner tonight.
Lodging: The Weinberg Windhoek
It's time to depart the city and head south to the sea of sand in Sossusvlei. A six hour drive will get you there on paved and gravel roads. Let your guide point out the best spots to stop for pictures and a picnic lunch. There's loads to do and see along the way. It's all about the journey and yours has just begun.
On the way: The road has some grand scenic passes and the Namib Desert stretches to infinity at the base of an enormous escarpment; stop for lunch on the Spreetshoogte Pass... you'll want your camera for this.
When you're there: It's an early rise to enter Sossusvlei at sunrise when the gates open. Remember to take your breakfast packs along, a hat, sun cream and it's best to wear closed shoes. It's time to explore some of the world's highest dunes in the world's oldest desert. The view from the top is well worth the climb. Dunes for days, as far as the eye can see. Inside the park you can visit Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Dune 45, Elim Dune and Sesriem Canyon. Your guide knows the best times to be in the best spots for photos according to the light and when there are less feet.
Lodging: Desert Quiver Camp
Meals: Full Board
Make your way to Swakopmund, a quaint resort town on the cold Atlantic ocean. The glaring German heritage is at odds with the bleak surroundings of sand, sand, and more sand.
From desert to coast, it's a change of scenery and temperature. This is the activity center of Namibia. There's loads to look forward to.
On the way: Depart after breakfast or a last early sunrise activity, such as a hot air balloon safari. Then make your way via Solitaire, the Tropic of Capricorn, the Gaub and Kuiseb pass on gravel roads towards the cooler coast. Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra, ostrich, springbok, and oryx along the way. Detour via Moon Landscape and to see the welwitschias or head straight on and enjoy lunch in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund (depending on your departure time). Ask your guide what he thinks. He'll know the best route and schedule for the day ahead. He'll also know which route to take based on what you would most like to see.
When you're there: There is lots to do either from Swakopmund or Walvis Bay 30km away. Take a scenic flight over the dunes where they meet the sea, spot shipwrecks and old diamond mines. Explore Sandwich Harbour, take a dolphin boat cruise, quad bike in the dunes or even go kayaking. Your guide will help arrange any of your activities and transfer you as necessary. Delight in great foods, cakes and coffees. Let your guide book your restaurants with a spectacular sea view.
Lodging: Strand Hotel
Meals: Full Board
Dry ephemeral riverbeds studded with acacias, open grassy plains, and mountain ranges. Giant granite boulders and the desert-adapted elephants (among other wildlife). Your next destination is Damaraland. It's a longer day on the road but it's a scenic drive with a few stops along the way.
On the way: Your route today will take you along the coast to Cape Cross to see the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. Then you backtrack to Henties Bay and head on via Uis to the Twyfelfontein area. Let your guide stop at the lichen fields, you'd hardly know where to find them on your own. A possible detour via Brandberg. Visit the highlights of Twyfelfontein if time allows this afternoon.
When you're there: Go on a nature drive in search of the famed desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and other game. Visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. Take a look into the lives of the local Damara people at the living museum. Spend time in the pool, it gets hot in these parts and be sure to make time for a sundowner. The sunsets are spectacular.
Lodging: Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp
Meals: Full Board
Destination Etosha National Park, it's time for some serious safari and game viewing. It's a shorter drive today which means an early start and you can be in the park just after lunch or explore more of the Damaraland area and take a slower drive to arrive in the Etosha area late afternoon.
On the way: Make a stop at the Petrified Forest close to Khorixas. A possible short detour to view Vingerklip and the Ugab Terrace, depending on what you have planned for today with regards to your arrival time at Etosha. Stop in Outjo at the bakery. Head north to your lodge for the night.
When you're there: Etosha is impressive. It's easily one of Africa's greatest game parks. Explore the wildlife and enjoy birding, there are 114 species of mammals and around 340 species of birds. Phenomenal. With your guide, you're bound to see a whole lot. Take out the binoculars, snap a shot with the camera, and tick the list - this is a wildlife extravaganza.
Lodging: Mokuti Safari Lodge
Meals: Full Board
Travel eastwards through the Etosha National Park to your next lodge.
On the way: Stop at water holes along the way or head directly to your lodge and have lunch before returning into Etosha again for the afternoon. The wildlife in the park will determine the pace and most likely your schedule for the day. Watch. Wait. It's exhilarating. When you're there: More guided game drives with your guide. Splendid. Pop the roof up.
Lodging: Onguma Bush Camp
Meals: Full Board
A long drive to the Caprivi requires an early start. The roads are all paved and there are some interesting stops along the way and an excellent lunch stop.
On the way: Visit the Otjikoto and Guinas lakes; Hoba Meteorite is the largest in the world; Roy's Camp for a comfort stop; lunch at N'Kwazi Lodge on the Kavango River near Rundu.
When you're there: The Caprivi is Namibia's Okavango Delta, minus the high price tags and it's more accessible. Enjoy game viewing in the excellent Mahango Game Park and Buffalo Game Park. Go on a river cruise and water safari at sunset; bush walks; and excellent birding and fishing.
Lodging: Onguma Bush Camp
Meals: Full Board
Depart after breakfast and head further east along the Caprivi strip, entering East Caprivi at the Kwando River Bridge. It's your last night under Namibian skies and the last night with your guide.
On the way: Your drive today takes you through the Bwabwata National Park. Be on the look-out for more wildlife.
When you're there: Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. Relax at the lodge or join a boat cruise on the Kwando River (optional extra)
Lodging: Camp Kwando
Meals: Full Board Camp Kwando
Today you head north to Katima Mulilo and you will say goodbye to your guide. You will be transferred to Ngoma Bridge where you enter Botswana and the Chobe National Park.
On the way: It's all about the bush. On either side of the road. Watch as the subtropical woodlands give way to the green foliage of the riverine floodplains; clear customs and immigration at Ngoma and drive through the game park to your safari lodge near Kasane. When you're there: Chobe is another of Africa's great parks, famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, and its pride of lions. Activities include water safaris on the Chobe River, sunset cruises, walking safaris, birdwatching, and game drives.
Your scheduled camp activities are included here with a lodge guide
Lodging: Chobe Game Lodge
Meals: Full Board
The drive to Victoria Falls is about an hour. The customs and immigration formalities as you leave Botswana and enter Zimbabwe may take a little longer.
On the way: The Kazungula Road often yields some excellent wildlife and bird sightings; clear customs and immigration at Kazungula and Victoria Falls.
When you're there: Where to begin? Visit the falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides; water adventure; game viewing; sundowner river cruises; scenic flights; craft markets; elephant safaris; adrenal fixes with bungee jumping, gorge swinging and skydiving; lunch on Livingstone Island on the edge of the falls; canoeing safari above the falls.
Lodging: Ilala Lodge
Meals: Full Board
The flights departing via South Africa usually leave late afternoon so you have time to squeeze in any last-minute must-do activities or purchases.
A small, intimate camp with just ten large, comfortable safari cabins offering high standards of accommodation and service, Oliver’s Camp is located in the quiet, animal-rich eastern sector of Tarangire National Park. The camp is uniquely licensed to offer walking tours and night game drives (both at additional cost) within the national park for the opportunity of incredible encounters with elephants and other big game as well as the smaller creatures.
The spacious guest tents are furnished in a traditional African style and raised on wooden platforms sheltered under thatch roofs. There are mosquito nets and spray, a radio (to contact reception), a torch, digital safe, solar powered lights and a large canvas wardrobe. Each tent has a private deck with sun loungers and a private bathroom. There is also a special honeymoon and family cabin available. There are no power sockets in the tents: batteries can be charged in the main tent.
Inside the main communal tent is a communal dining table and comfortable lounge area. Meals are delicious and mainly a mix of African and continental dishes.
The lodge also provides a complimentary laundry service and local drinks.
Restaurant, lounge, private bathrooms, solar-powered lighting, digital safe, mosquito net and spray.
The park is famous for its large numbers of elephant, particularly in the dry season. Buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, greater kudu and eland can also be easily seen here. There is a small population of tree-climbing lion and African wild dog. Leopards are widespread throughout the park. The very rare fringe-eared oryx can be seen on occasion. African rock python is often found resting in acacia trees close to wetlands near Silale: other reptiles include puff adders, Speke’s hinged and pancake tortoises. Birdlife is also impressive and includes secretary bird, martial and crested eagles and the endemic yellow-collared lovebird.
Game drives and walking safaris, plus optional night drives (at an additional cost)
Perched on the rim and affording spectacular views of the world famous Ngorongoro crater floor below, the ivy-clad Ngorongoro Serena Lodge offers good rooms, friendly service, well run facilities and delicious food.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is actually built into the rim of the crater itself, with the foliage-covered native stone of the lodge blending into the surrounding hillside. The views of the crater will certainly take your breath away: the 75 rooms, bar and restaurant all overlook the picturesque valley below. The rooms have attractive wooden floors and are decorated with ancient cave art. Each features modern en suite bathrooms, patios and heating as the temperatures can significantly drop here at night.
The main building contains a large restaurant, bar, gift shop, TV area and an attractive outside decking area, perfect for relaxing while admiring the view. There are buffets for breakfast and lunch but an a la carte menu is available for dinner.
Beside the exciting safaris within the crater, there are numerous walks and activities one can do from the lodge including visits to local tribal villages.
Within Ngorongoro crater is a diverse ecosystem representing nearly every habitat found in East Africa. Open grasslands are inhabited by wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah and black rhino; acacia woodland provides cover for leopards; swamps supply the food for elephants and buffalos; freshwater pools harbour hippos; and a small soda lake is a feeding ground for flocks of flamingos. In addition there are small outcrops of rocks which give shade for lions and even an highly arid area of shifting sand dunes.
Restaurant, bar, lounge, TV room, gift shop, heating and private bathrooms.
Large game is abundant and includes elephant, black rhino, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, impala, eland, waterbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena. Smaller species often seen in the crater include serval, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, dwarf and slender mongooses and olive baboons. The crater is regarded as one of the best places in all Africa to see the highly endangered black rhinoceros.
Game drives within the crater and guided walks along the rim. Cultural activities are also available including visits to local tribal villages.
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