THE LAST WILDERNESS
|Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa ( Kalahari Namibia ) - 1 night B&B||
|Desert Hills Lodge ( Sossusvlei ) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|Casa al mare ( Swakopmund ) - 2 nights B&B||
|Okaukuejo rest camp ( Etosha national park ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Onguma bush camp ( Etosha east ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Fiume bush camp ( Bushmanland ) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|n'Kwazi lodge and camping site ( Rundu ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Nunda river lodge ( Divundu ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Nxamaseri island lodge ( Okavango Panhandle ) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|Nkasa Lupala tented lodge ( Nkasa Rupara national park ) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|Chobe safari lodge ( Kasane ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|A'Zambezi river lodge ( Victoria falls, Zimbabwe ) - 1 night B&B||
D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
B&B : Bed and Breakfast
Located in south-western Africa, Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa, and an impressive list of breath-taking natural wonders. Visitors can explore the capital of Windhoek and discover the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund boasting remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To appreciate this extraordinary country appropriately, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife, such as lions, desert-adapted elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.
BANKING AND CURRENCY
The currency of Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.
The import and export of local currency is limited to N$50,000. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided sums equal to or exceeding NAD5,000 are declared on arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared.
Banking hours: Monday - Friday 09h00 to 15h30 and Satuday 08h30 to 11h00
Banks are found in most towns, with most being closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers cheques.
American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Credit cards are not usually accepted at petrol stations, so bear this in mind when you visit the ATM. Setting aside an emergency petrol cash fund is a good idea if you’re planning to drive.
You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they have not been informed.
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or South African Rand. In general, you can expect a better exchange rate for traveller’s cheques than for cash.
Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.
It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adaquate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.
There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight.
Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking in a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.
Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard.
Namibia is very meat-orientated, and many menu options will feature steaks from various animals. However, there is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.
In the supermarkets you'll find pre-wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables (though the more remote the areas you visit, the smaller your choice), and plenty of canned foods, pasta, rice, bread, etc. Most of this is imported from South Africa.
The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. However, filtered and bottled water are readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges and hotels.
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.
April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.
From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you're lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you'll never forget the drama.
Namibians have a somewhat relaxes attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion or work wear. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended.
During the day it is generally hot, so pack light weight loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such linen or cotton, that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
Avoid blue clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to the colour blue, and their bite can give you African Sleeping Sickness.
Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect your against mosquitoes at night.
Electrical sockets in Namibia are Type M (SABS-1661). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.
Electrical sockets in Namibia usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.
Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterised by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills and desert plains scattered with scrubland. The country’s primary tourist drawcard is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains, which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills, where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.
BANKING AND CURRENCY
Botswana's currency is Pula (which means 'rain' in Setswana). It is divided into 100 thebe (which means 'shield' in Setswana). Travellers' cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change and authorised hotels.
The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies (and accepted by some estabishments - but, generally, then an inflated rate of exchange will be applied).
Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foregin exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 08h30 to 15h30 and Saturday 08h30 to 10h45.
Full banking services are available in major towns, although ATMs are sprouting up all over the country. Most credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Public transport in Botswana is geared towards the needs of the local populace and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Botswana’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.
Driving off the main roads in Botswana is only recommended to expects in 4x4 vehicles, that are equipped correctly. Most lodges offer transfers or they can be arranged. If, however, you will be driving in Botswana: your home driving licence will be accepted (with an official English translation if necessary; driving is on the left side of the road; and the national speed limit is on tarred roads is 120km/h and 60km/h in towns and villages.
Be sure to watch out for wild animals on the roads!
There are major airports in Maun, Kasane and Gaborone, while smaller charter flights are used to get to the other top attractions and camps.
FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE
Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along with local beer and imported wine and spirits. Good restaurants and bars can be found in main towns, often within hotels. Beef and goat are very popular meats. Elsewhere, food is more basic: millet and sorghum porridge are the local staples.
Tap water is considered safe to drink, although outside main cities and towns, visitors are advised to check first and sterilise water if in any doubt. Bottled water is available in most tourist centres. Filtered water is available at most camps and shops offer bottled water - it is advised to be well stocked of bottled water if you are travelling off the beaten track. Milk is pasteurised, and dairy products, local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally safe.
A discretionary five-to-ten-percent tip is typical for restaurant bills. In many places, a service charge is automatically added. It is customary to tip the game guide and lodge staff while on safari.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Botswana's climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.
As with Namibia, April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.
From June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, when the sky is usually clear and blue. It's now very much 'peak season' for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.
This continues into September and October, when temperatures climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This is the best time for big game safaris – although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C.
November is difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October's heat, whilst sometimes it's cooled by the first rains; it's always an interesting month.
CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS
In summer, lightweight, lightcoloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. In winter, wear trousers, longsleeved shirts / blouses and jerseys. From May – August, night temperatures can fall below zero degrees celsius, so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives. Garments of neutral colours that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing. Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. Closed, comfortable walking shoesor gym shoes are a must in all seasons. Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarised sunglasses. Wide brimmed sun hats are essential.
ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana are the 'Type M' South African SABS1661 ('Large' 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The 'Type M' South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the 'Type D' Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If you need to use appliances that are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, you will need a voltage converter.
A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
BANKING AND CURRENCY
Zimbabwe uses its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Dollar. No other currency is accepted. Do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to draw money. Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip. Most of this should be in 1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations because change is not always available. In an emergency you can try Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank or Standard Chartered Bank as they will infrequently accept foreign debit cards for withdrawing cash.
Banks in Zimbabwe are open for business Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, on Wednesdays from 08h00 to 13h00 and Saturdays from 08h00 to 11h30. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted in Zimbabwe, however it should be noted that very limited facilities will have credit card machines, and the connection is not always reliable so it is advisable to carry cash as back up.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.
Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps.
Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholed. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road.
If you are driving yourself around Zimbabwe, be sure to check on fuel availability in advance. If you are covering long distances within the country, ensure you carry extra fuel in 5 or 10lt metal containers in case of emergency. Fuel is generally available, but supply can fluctuate. Fuel is only available for cash.
FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE
Zimbabwe's native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns.
Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.
If you are driving yourself around and plan to cook, then get most of your supplies in main towns. There are a number of South African shopping chains operating in Zimbabwe which will generally have all that you will need.
Water in the main towns is usually purified.. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges and hotels.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe's higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.
By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.
The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don't forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the 'peak season'– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase.
Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe's lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you'll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe's wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.
November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season's first rainfalls – and in this respect it's a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.
CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS
When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light loose-fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season.
A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year-round. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scorching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking.
For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colour clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable.
ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS
Electrical sockets in the Republic of Zimbabwe are Type G (BS-1363) and Type C (CEE 7/16 Europlug) and Type D (BS-546). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.
Electrical sockets usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.
Arrive at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and depart for the Kalahari and zebra Kalahari Lodge some 300 km south of the capital. Settle in and prepare for your afternoon game drive amongst the red linear dunes of the Kalahari of the 110 sq.km big Intu Afrika Game Reserve. The reserve is home to Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeest, Springbok (including the black Springbok), Waterbuck, Kudu, Blesbok, Tsessebe, Eland, Ostrich, Giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover whilst enjoying one of the two and a half hour game drives on offer. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants and the area. The lone lioness whose partner succumbed to illness last year is a sight to behold in the Kalahari which is their natural habitat. She is enclosed in a 1000 hectare electrified camp.
At the end of the game drive watch the sun set from the top of dune, while sipping your favourite cocktail, which in Africa is traditionally called Sundowner.
Intu Afrika Kalahari reserve 4x4 safari: the Intu Afrika Kalahari Reserve, situated in Kalkrand, Namibia, offers guests a 4x4 safari. Game drives are the most popular activity at the Intu Afrika Game Reserve because of the high density of animals that live there and because of the different landscapes. The sparse vegetation allows guests to easily spot the plethora of game that lives in the reserve.
The reserve is home to zebra, oryx, wildebeest, springbuck, waterbuck, kudu, blesbok, tsessebe, eland, ostrich, giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants, and the area. Game drives can be booked in the morning or in the late afternoon which allows the Kalahari to show off its magical sunsets. After a 2-hour drive, the guides set out a lavish display of snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy as they watch the sun set.
One of the most interesting and exciting activities on Intu Afrika is an hour long ‘Bushman Walk’ in the Kalahari landscape in the early morning hours. The term ‘Bushman’ now referred to as the San people, refers to the nomadic hunter-gatherers indigenous to this area. The San People know the Kalahari Desert better than any other human beings and have survived the dry conditions for generations. They have studied nature and know where to find food and water in the harsh conditions of the unrelenting and unforgiving desert landscapes. They are hunter-gatherers, hunting with bows and arrows, trapping small animals and eating edible roots and berries and they eagerly demonstrate this to guests. What makes this phenomenal experience special is the click language that the San use to express themselves and with dramatic illustrations, guests are able to communicate with and understand the interesting information the San people share.
After this exhilarating experience depart to drive through vast open plains interspersed with Inselbergs and along the edge of the southern Namib Desert to reach Desert Hills Lodge in the early afternoon. Enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing on the veranda of your bungalow.
The next morning visit Dune 45, which you have the opportunity to climb and enjoy the unfolding panorama around you. Take a leisurely walk to dead vlei to marvel at the age-old dead tree trunks on the white lake floor and surrounded by the worlds biggest sand dunes. On your way visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 36 metre-deep gorge cut into the limestone conglomerate. the afternoon is at leisure to relax at the pool from the morning activities.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Into Africa Kalahari reserve bushmen walk : the Intu Afrika Kalahari Reserve, situated in Kalkrand, Namibia, offers guests an exciting, hour long bushmen walk in the Kalahari landscape. The walk usually takes place in the morning to avoid the harsh midday sun. The term ‘Bushman’ now referred to as the San people, refers to the nomadic hunter-gatherers indigenous to this area.
The San people know the Kalahari Desert better than any other human beings and have survived the dry conditions for generations. They have studied nature and know where to find food and water in the harsh conditions of the unrelenting and unforgiving desert landscapes. They are hunter-gatherers, hunting with bows and arrows, trapping small animals and eating edible roots and berries and they eagerly demonstrate this to guests.
Solitaire : situated in the Khomas region of Central Namibia, the desert town of Solitaire serves as an oasis in the Namib Desert. There is not much to do or see in the small village of Solitaire, but it nevertheless, it is an important stop on the way to the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei as it provides the only petrol station, general store and post office between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay. Solitaire also has a small bar and is renowned for its famous apple pie- said to be the best in Namibia. Home to a luxury desert lodge, a motel and a campsite, visitors can easily find comfortable accommodation in Solitaire. Enjoy a scenic sundowner with views of the spectacular Namib desert, hike and bike through the unspoilt natural scenery and visit the local Cheetah Sanctuary.
Sossuvlei : located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.
Deadvlei : this ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.
Sesriem Canyon : Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
DAYS 4 - 5 : SWAKOPMUND
Drive to the coast and Walvis Bay, traversing the desert from east to west. Spend the afternoon exploring the town and sip a cocktail for Sundowner watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
The next day spend a full day participating in a dolphin cruise in the morning and enjoying a 4x4 excursion to the freshwater lagoon of Sandwich Harbour in the afternoon. The return trip is a thrilling exercise in dune driving, where the off-road vehicles can show their best qualities as you cruise over and through the dune belt of the western Namib Desert.
Mola Mola marine cruise: Experience the beautiful Skeleton coast of Namibia and the amazing riches of the Atlantic Ocean with the Mola Mola Marine Dolphin Cruise. See an abundance of bird and mammal life up close and delight in the sea air, fresh oysters and bubbles – all in the morning. Frequent sightings include bottlenose and heavy side dolphins, cape fur seals, mola molas, penguins, leatherback turtles, and whales (July-November). Lunch can also be arranged on the beach by special request.
Marine Dune Day: After the Marine Cruise, you disembark onto the Waterfront Jetty. Boarding 4×4 vehicles, the dune adventure to Sandwich Harbour begins. Lunch is served on the boat and snacks in the dunes.
We have coined a phrase for the Marine Dune Day – “EPIC IN A DAY” – and that sums up cruising on the Atlantic with seals and dolphins, and then the adventure and beauty of big dune driving and breath taking scenery, all in one day!
Please note: it is not always possible to reach the actual lagoon at Sandwich Harbour by vehicle, as the tide may be too high at times.
Sandwich harbour 4 x 4 : Sandwich Harbour 4x4 is a safari company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, offering 4x4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour, Marine Dune Days, Kayak Combos and Bird Watching Activities in the Wetlands around Walvis Bay.
DAY 6 : ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Continue your journey to the Etosha National Park, where you will arrive in the early afternoon, to undertake your first game drive until sunset. After dinner sit down at the illuminated waterhole and watch as the nocturnal spectacle unfolds before you. The Okaukuejo waterhole is famous for the black rhino that frequent it at night to quench their thirst. Solitary elephants join in and assemble for their nightly silent rendezvous.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Full day game viewing activities
Etosha pan: Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop. But with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.
Etosha West : Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder western region accessed through Galton Gate, has previously had limited access, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape characterised by lush undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil, which is a stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Do not miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala.
Okaukuejo Area : Part of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.
DAY 7 : ETOSHA EAST
Another day in paradise as you cross the park to its eastern end and spend the full day game viewing en route. Elephants and giraffes abound, as does the plains game so you will have ample photo shooting opportunities. With a bit of luck you will be able to see lion and cheetah. Sleep over at Onguma Bush Camp in the Onguma Game Reserve adjacent to the park.
Onguma Etosha game drive : Onguma Etosha Game Drive takes guests into the Etosha National Park in the mornings and afternoons, accompanied by experts tour guides in open-sided vehicles. Guests will have an opportunity to see about 114 species of mammal in Etosha. They include the black-faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. There are however no buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles or monkeys, but there is enough to keep guests enthralled on the game drive.
Etosha East : Located in north-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. The impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha saltpan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and is visible even from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Afternoon game drive in own vehicle
DAYS 8 - 9 : BUSHMANLAND
As you head further east towards Fiume Bush Camp in Bushmanland, visit the world's biggest "fallen star", the 55-ton massive Hoba meteorite. From here continue to Fiume Bush Camp, where you will arrive in the mid-afternoon. Settle in and relax the remainder of the afternoon on your veranda.
The entire next day i spent with the resident San community. Learn about their survival skills in the bush, the art of making strings for nets and the expertise of making bows and arrows. the afternoon is filled with games and dances, crowned by the famous healing dance of the San.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Hoba Meterorite : The largest known meteorite ever to hit the planet is thought to have done so approximately 80,000 years ago, when it landed in a remote part of Namibia. It was only unearthed many centuries later in 1920, when a farmer tilling his fields stumbled upon it. It was excavated but not transported, due to its stupendous weight of approximately 60 tons, and today can still be viewed at the original site of its discovery. Thought to be between 200 and 400 million years old, it is the biggest organic chunk of iron known to man, but also contains traces of substances which do not occur naturally on earth. It measures roughly three metres by three metres, with an average thickness of approximately one metre.
San living museum : The San have survived the harshest conditions imaginable for thousands of years and for those still living out of cities not a lot has changed. With their gentle and generous nature you will have a visit with a people that will stay with you a life time.
DAY 10 : RUNDU
Transfer from Fiume Bush Camp to N'kwazi Lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. You have the possibility for a sunset river cruise with drinks on board the boat.
Sunset cruise on Kavango river
DAY 11 : DIVUNDU
Drive through the forests of the eastern Kavango Region to Divundu, where the Kavango River turns south from its eastern course, towards its mighty delta. Nunda River Lodge, where you will sleep for the night, lies on the banks of this river and near the Mahango Game Reserve. Here you have the opportunity for a leisurely afternoon game drive in your own vehicle or, if so wanted you can also participate in a guided game drive organised by the lodge.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Game drive in Manhango game reserve
Mahango game reserve : Bordering Botswana, the small Mahango Game Reserve in Namibia provides a convenient stopover between Rundu and Katima Mulilo and forms part of the beautiful Bwabwata National Park. The park's landscape is characterised by woodlands, the vast floodplains of the Okavango River basin known as ‘omurambas’, and the Kavango River. It is home to a reported 99 species of animals, including a large number of elephants, lion, leopard and a variety of antelopes (including the red lechwe, sable and roan). This park is an excellent destination for avid bird watchers, with its 400-odd species, and provides the perfect location to catch a glimpse of crocodile and hippo in the Kavango River. Besides guided daytime wildlife safaris, the reserve also offers night time game drives.
DAYS 12 - 13 OKOVANGO PANHANDLE
Crossing the border into Botswana, travel to Nxamaseri Island Lodge 100 km further south, where you will stay the next two nights. In the afternoon of your first day there undertake a boat safari on the Okavango panhandle, which presents the beginning of the famous Okavango Delta .
The next day is dedicated to the "African Louvre". Visit the Tsodilo Hills, a sacred place for the San peoples, with its thousands of rock paintings Tsodilo Hills is a rare and unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery. The word Tsodilo is derived from the Hambukushu word 'sorile' which means sheer. It is believed to be the site of first Creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings against the magnificent stone faces of the hills.
The Tsodilo Hills have a special significance to the Bushmen who have been living here for thousands of years. The Tsodilo Hills consist of four large pieces of rock, rising unexpectedly from the dry expanse of desert. The Bushmen referred to the bigger rock as the 'male', the smaller one was known as the 'female', and the smallest one was the 'child'. According to legends the fourth hill was the male hill's first wife, whom he left for a younger woman, and who now prowls in the background.
The Tsodilo Hills are one of the most historically significant rock art sites in the world, It boasts 500 individual sites representing thousands of years of human habitation. Nobody knows the exact age of the paintings although some are thought to be more than 20 000 years old, whilst others are merely a century old.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Tsodilo hills : Located in the far reaches of northwestern Botswana, the Tsodilo Hills mark the highest point in the country. Abruptly rising 400 metres from the vast western Kalahari, these hills consist of four distinct mounds: the female, the male, the child and an even smaller ‘kopje’. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famed Tsodilo Hills are home to more than 4000 remarkable rock paintings and considered a sacred space for the San people. It is said that the Tsodilo Hills are one of the world’s oldest historical sites, which have been inhabited on and off for the last 60 000 years. Visitors can enjoy guided tours around this ancient spiritual mecca.
DAYS 14 -15 : NKASA RUPARA NATIONAL PARK
Return to Namibia for your onward journey to Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge in the eastern Caprivi. The lodge lies adjacent to the Nkasa Rupara National Park.
Nkasa Rupara forms a corridor for all large mammal species moving between Namibia and Botswana, particularly African elephant and buffalo. There are about 1 000 buffalo in Nkasa Rupara, the largest concentration in Namibia. Around 560 hippopotami and 500 crocodile occur in the park’s rivers and channels. Rare antelope species include sitatunga, puku, red lechwe, reed buck, and oribi. Mammals of this park as well as reptiles feature elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas, Cape wild dogs, roan antelopes, impala, kudu, warthog, baboons, spotted-necked otters, rock monitor lizards, and water monitor lizards.
About 450 bird species have been counted. Several rare, vulnerable and endangered species are found here, such as wattled crane, Pel’s fishing-owl, black-cheeked lovebird and yellow-billed oxpecker. Other birds are Stanley's bustard, rosy-throated longclaw, Dickinson's kestrel, Allen’s gallinule, lesser jacana, black-winged and red-winged pratincole, long-toed lapwing, Luapula cisticola, coppery-tailed coucal, and black coucal.
Spent the afternoon for your arrival day with a boat cruiser on the Linyanti River.
The next day go on a morning game drive in the Mamili National Park to see many of the game including elephant, buffalo and with a bit of luck lion and leopard. In the afternoon follows another boat cruise on the Kwando River.
Nkasa Lupala game drives: Nkasa Lupala Lodge is located 1 km from the gate of the Nkasa Lupala National Park in Caprivi Namibia. This award winning lodge offers daily game drives in this unique wetland area and sightings may include elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, impala, kudu, zebra and wildebeest. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles within the national park, as well as in the Wuparo Conservancy.
Nkasa Lupala boat cruise : Nkasa Lupala Lodge is located 1 km from the gate of the Nkasa Lupala National Park in Caprivi Namibia. This award winning lodge offers daily boat cruises on the Harubandi channel part of the Kwando-Linyanti river system. Sightings differ between the seasons and may include elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, impala, kudu, zebra and wildebeest. The boat cruise is conducted in double decker boats and departs from the lodge at 14h30 until sunset.
DAY 16 : KASANE
DAY 17 : VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBAWE
DAY 18 : END OF ITINERARY
All good things have to come to an end and so today bid farewell to this natural wonder called Mosi-oa-Tunya and transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.
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Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa - Kalahari Namibia
Our spacious, air-conditioned Standard Rooms are connected to the main building of the lodge. The rooms have an en-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower, a lounge, desk, mini-bar & coffee/tea facility. Outside terrace overlooking the Kalahari Desert
Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Desert hills lodge - Sossusvlei
All the chalets are built in such a way as to ensure total privacy and tranquility for each and every of our guests.
24-hour Security, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Tea / Coffee
Casa al mare - Swakopmund
True hospitality at the West Coast now has a name: CASA AL MARE. This quaint little but exclusive guest house only two minutes from the beach offers a warm and passionate welcome to the weary traveller who wants to rest his head after a long journey under the scorching sun through the barren wide open spaces of the Namib Desert. And here, where the desert meets the Ocean, two hearts have amalgamated to offer their guests something really special: Unrivalled exquisite and precious Namibian – Italian hospitality.
This is choice if you want friendly, warm Namibian reception with Italian “allegria”, a cosy relaxing and inspiring atmosphere with the sound of the ocean waves only a few steps away and truly feeling at home. Because here is where your heart is HAPPY.
Guests really do enjoy Italian-Namibian hospitality in five Italian-styled cosily equipped sea facing bedrooms with satellite TV, a sea facing lounge and breakfast restaurant that also offers dinner on demand – obviously with World Heritage Quality pizzas on the Mediterranean menu and many other passionately prepared and home-made dishes that leave the palate lingering for more. And a sun terrace for that healthy seaside tan to the envy of your neighbours complete the service
Room has 2 Single beds that can be converted into a double bed. Equipped with a shower ,desk,toilet,DSTV,TV, and a safety deposit box.
Twin room upstairs
Oasis twin luxury rooms with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar and coffee & tea facilities
Family room upstairs
Family room has 3 x Single beds in it. Room equipped with shower, desk, Safety box, bidet, DSTV,and a TV.
Communal Dining, Internet Access (Complimentary), Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Secure Parking.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Okaukuejo rest camp - Etosha national park
Onguma bush camp - Etosha east
Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for families who would like to have a base from which they can explore Etosha National Park. Upon your return, relax and cool off around the swimming pool while watching a spectacular sunset... and the children can run around on the lawns as this is an enclosed camp.
Dinner is served in the dinning area overlooking a large waterhole. Here you will be treated to an excellent combination of European and traditional African cuisine while watching the game coming to drink.
The new water-level hide will provide hours of game viewing opportunities for guests.
Onguma Nature Reserve now offers an opportunity to start a safari from the moment guests touch down at the private airstrip!
Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German
Nº rooms : 18
Special interests : Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
These twin bedded Waterhole or Pool side rooms have stunning views over the surrounding bush. Each room has a large en-suite bathroom and small patio from which to admire the view.
Standard - Loft room
Standard/ Loft rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens, with extra loft beds for children.
The three rondawels are part of the original lodge buildings and are built in the traditional circular style with thatched rooves. They offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens.
The 1 Family Units has two inter-leading bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom.
Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Internet, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower
Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Onguma sundowner drive
Onguma Nature Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness & is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species and even 4 of the Big 5. The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not always easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions and Cheetahs are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen and heard.
Etosha game drives
Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, and refers to a flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ (overlooked by the Onguma Reserve) provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.
Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush by conducting an early morning leisurely walk accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers.
Children on Safari
Namibia can offer a truly memorable and interactive experience in the wilderness for families travelling with children by offering children's accommodation, specially designed game drives for children, activities and meals.
Johan, our resident therapist, is a professional massage therapist with over 15 years experience, having lived and worked at renowned Wellness Centres in Asia and Africa. His passion for and dedication to massage therapy originated in the East, where he was trained and educated from the best teachers in their respective fields. Having the opportunity to spend considerable time with monks in Thailand, has also led him to incorporate focused awareness into his massage therapies.
Fiume bush camp - Bushmanland
All tented rooms are fitted with twin beds, a coffee/tea station, en-suite bathroom and a hair dryer. The price includes 2 nights stay with breakfast, lunch and dinner including a Bushmen Excursion.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Pool
Balcony / Deck, Shower, Tea / Coffe
N'kwazi lodge and camping site - Rundu
Garden view bungalows
Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
En-Suite, Fan, Shower
Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service
Nunda river lodge - Divundu
Nxamaseri island lodge - Okavango Panhandle
Nxamaseri Island Lodge is an exclusive lodge, set on an island in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas in the world. As one of the oldest lodges in the Delta, it has a unique charm and atmosphere. The lodge has 7 double chalets and 2 family chalets. Being owner-run Nxamaseri prides itself on creating an experience that is personal and intimate. The lodge offers water-based activities, including boating and mekoro trips among the network of channels that make up the area. Nxamaseri is one of the top bird-watching and fishing destinations in the country and specialises in both, with expert and enthusiastic guides guaranteed to make your experience a memorable one. Nxamaseri is also close to the magical Tsodilo Hills, a world heritage site and one of Botswana’s greatest treasures. The lodge offers guided day trips to Tsodilo Hills, where one can view some of the 2000 ancient San paintings.
Nº rooms: 9 rooms
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, French
Special Interests: Birding, Fishing, Flora, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture - Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife
NKASA RUPARA NATIONAL PARK
Nkasa Lupala tented lodge - Nkasa Rupara national park
Built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando–Linyanti river system, this unique Namibian wetland paradise in the eastern Zambezi Region, commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Rupara National Park.
The lodge is located on the northern unfenced park border, in the Wuparo Conservancy that is part of the successful and award winning Namibian conservation program followed by IRDNC and WWF.
Nkasa Rupara National Park is famous for its large herds of Elephants and Buffaloes. It has a high population of game that attracts all the major predators. Feasting your eyes on Lions, Leopards and Hyenas is a common phenomenon in this wetland paradise. Even Fish Eagle graces us with its presence. The Park has more than 400 recorded bird species, making it a birdwatchers paradise throughout the year.
Spoken languages : English, Italian
Nº rooms : 10
Special interests : Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Fishing, Flora, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife.
Each on stilts with en-suite bathroom facilities (shower only) strategically placed for privacy with a deck overlooking the water channel.
Each on stilts with en-suite bathroom facilities (shower only) strategically placed for privacy with a deck overlooking the water channel. The family tents offers 1 Dbl & 2 single beds
24-hour Security, Bar, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, Internet Access (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower
Sundowner boat cruises
Departs approximately at 16:30 in Summer time and 15:30 in Winter Time - duration approximately 2 hours.
Summer Time: Departs at approximately 06:00 in the morning and at 16:30 in the afternoon - duration approximately 2.5 hours
Winter Time: Departs at approximately 07:00 in the morning and at 15:30 in the afternoon - duration approximately 2.5 hours
Includes park entrance fees, soft drinks/water, local beer and snacks
Departs approximately at 09:00 in Summer time and 09:30
Winter Time - duration approximately 4.5 hours
Includes park entrance fees, soft drinks/water, local beer and a bush lunch (not lunch pack)
We conduct village tour for our guest to visit a homestead part of the Wuparo Conservancy. We also go to the local school and if possible we visit the local Traditional Authority. This should be a real experience and we change homesteads every visit.
Guided walks are conducted through the exclusive zone of the Wuparo conservancy with Minimum participants of 2 and 6 as maximum.
With Italian touch, Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge Restaurant ensure adventure is experience on a healthy diet.
Chobe safari lodge - Kasane
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi.
The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge has been recently renovated; matching a magical lodge experience to the spectacular game viewing.
VICTORIA FALLS - ZIMBABWE
A'Zambezi river lodge - Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
A'Zambezi River Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Nearby points of interests include the Crocodile Farm, Kalundu Island and the David Livingston Statue. The accommodation features a selection of rooms and suites, which are equipped with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, hairdryer and a safe. Guests may enjoy delicious meals at the on-site open-air restaurant and refreshing drinks at the hotel bar.