Namibia Botswana Zambia 16d/15n
16 days /5 nights Highlights Tour
Etosha, Caprivi, Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek
Arrival at Windhoek – capital of Namibia and major trading centre for sheep skin. The city is located on a sloping plain on the northern side of the Khomas Hochland (Khomas Highlands) at an altitude of 1,665 metres (5,460 ft). Windhoek had to face lots of challenges in its history and only gained its independence in 1990.
Overnight in Windhoek
Day 2: Waterberg
The Waterberg Wilderness Reserve, at the south-eastern slope of the mountain, is a paradise for anyone who loves hiking, game- and bird-watching and takes an interest in plants. It is also the ideal starting point for excursions into the exciting history of the area and into the culture of the OvaHerero who have lived here for centuries.
Overnight in Waterberg area
Days 3 and 4: Etosha
Continue to Namibia’s biggest GamePark: Etosha. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs attract a variety of wild animals and birds throughout the year, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the endemic Black-faced Impala.
2 overnights at Etosha
Day 5: Rundu
From Etosha continue north-east to Rundu, gate to the Caprivi. The scenery becomes more and more African: small settlements of thatched rondavels close to the road and a more dense and green bushveld as well as woodcarvers’ huts along the side of the road. Rundu lies directly at the Okavango riverbank. The town offers basically no sights, but beautiful spots on the river and spectacular sunsets.
Overnight in Rundu
Day 6 and 7: Caprivi
The Caprivi Strip is a narrow strip of land boarded by the KavangoRiver on the left, the KwandoRiver on the right, Angola in the north and Botswana in the south. On this 1km wide landstrip you find many waterfalls dropping from the OkavangoRiver into the Delta. Here is also the beginning of the “panhandle” of the Okavango Delta. Visit Popa Falls and Caprivi GamePark.
2 overnights in Caprivi area
Day 8 – 10: Okavango Delta – Maun
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems that now supports a vast array of animal and plant life. The delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains (usually in October) taking almost nine months to flow all the way to the bottom. During the peak of the flooding the delta’s area can expand to over 16,000 square kilometres, shrinking to less than 9,000 square kilometres in the low period. As the water travels through the delta, the wildlife starts to move back into the region.
The areas surrounding the delta are beginning to dry out and the wildlife starts to congregate on the edge of the newly flooded areas, May through October. The delta is home to large numbers of animal populations that are otherwise rare, such as crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled crane as well as the other more common mammals and bird life.
Safari activities by water are the primary speciality of the Okavango in a “mokoro” – a dug out canoe which is ‘poled’ along by your Guide. Traditional 4×4 Game viewing safaris, walking safaris are possible.
3 overnights in the Okavango Delta
Day 11: Makgadikgadi Pans
These pans once were the centre of a great lake and have been dry for more than 2’000 years. They are said to be the largest saltpan worldwide, consisting of the two large saltpans, Sowa and Ntwetwe, and a number of smaller pans. The summer rains fill the pans with a few centimetres, alerting the fish and aquatic shrimps that have been lying muddy and dormant. Drawn by the rich food supply, the pans are a breeding ground for a variety of birdlife. The grasslands of MakgadikgadiNational Park are home to a large number of antelope, and as a result, attract an impressive variety of predators.
Overnight near Nata
Day 12 and 13: Chobe
Continue to Kasane and visit Chobe for the next 2 days! Chobe National Park, second largest National park in Botswana, covers 10’560 square kilometres! It is ‘Big Five’ territory and has some of the largest game concentrations in Southern Africa. The continents best boat-based game viewing can be found along the ChobeRiver. The foremost attraction of ChobeNational park is its elephant population, which is the largest single population of African elephants.
2 overnights in Chobe/Kasane
Day 14 and 15 Victoria Falls
Today you cross the boarder to Zambia and continue to your final destination Livingstone. Without doubt, the Victoria Falls constitute one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Locals call the falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the smoke that thunders. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization. The range of activities for visitors is wide: from kayaking, canoing, fishing, guided walking safaris, riding on horseback to wide water rafting, heli flips and many more.
2 overnights near the Victoria Falls
Day 16 Departure
Transfer to either Livingstone or Victoria FallsAirport and flight to the InternationalAirport from where your homebound flight is leaving from.
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– If you would like to extend your stay in Windhoek before the tour starts or add more time in Victoria Falls we will be happy to arrange it.
– This programme is a suggestion for an itinerary which is our sole property and can be amended on request.
INBEGREPEN: – Accommodatie en verblijf op basis van twee personen, inclusief ontbijt – Transfers naar de activiteiten en weer terug naar uw accommodatie. – Entree gelden voor activiteiten en bezoeken
NIET INBEGREPEN: – Maaltijden niet aangegeven – Fooien voor de Gids, chauffeur en kamerpersoneel – Drankjes en verfrissingen – Persoonlijke uitgaven – International airport exit taks – Reis- en annuleringskosten – Visumkosten
Prijzen zijn afhankelijk van: – Individueel of groepsprogramma – Aantal deelnemende personen – Seizoen van reizen – Duur van de reis en het gewenste programma – Soort en klasse van de te kiezen accommodaties – Vervoer en het af te leggen totaal traject – Ticketprijzen voor vluchten en data van vertrek en terugkomst