Tour

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NAMIBIA • BOTSWANA • VICTORIA FALLS

If you want to do more than just watch... this is your tour.
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Massive herds of elephant... Game Parks... and adventure-based activities, including bungy jumping, helicopter flights, micro lite flight, white water rafting and more.
14
days

From $ 4490 US pps*

Day 1- New clients arrive at Windhoek- international airport, upon which a Mara and Serengeti Expeditions Ltd's transfer driver will be in hand to receive you and transfer you to your City hotel with a brief city tour. Overnight, (Bed and breakfast)

Day 2- Windhoek- Etosha National Park

Your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel at 7.30am  for a brief  talk where you will briefed  your trip before setting off for the drive to Etosha National Park.   Armed with lunch packs,We shall depart the city via the B1 to the north, embarking on an adventure to the world famous Etosha National Park. We have a long drive today. On our way we will have brief stops in Otjiwarongo and for if there will be need for a cup of coffee at Outjo, depending on the time. We arrive at our destination late in the evening and after settling into our rooms either in Etosha village or Ukaukuejo camp, in the afternoon we will have time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the swimming pool .

Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full day in Etosha National Park

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll leave for a full day game drive in the park whereby we will visit various waterholes looking for the Big Five till evening when we’ll exit the park back to Etosha Village for an overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 4: Full day and overnight in Etosha National Park

After breakfast, we’ll check out of our lodge and enter the park for a full day game drive. We’ll visit various waterholes looking for the Big Five till evening when we check in to our lodge inside the park for an overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 5: Etosha to Windhoek {533km}

Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level, almost exactly at the country's geographical centre. The population of Windhoek in 2011 was 325,858, growing continually due to an influx from all over Namibia.

The city developed at the site of a permanent hot spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community. In the decades following, multiple wars and armed hostilities resulted in the neglect and destruction of the new settlement. Windhoek was founded a second time in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von François, when the territory was colonised by the German Empire.

Windhoek is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every Namibian national enterprise, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered there. Tonight you will visit Joes beer house for a classy dinner at your cost, let your guide book this early for the group.

Breakfast & lunch included

 

Day 6: Windhoek to Kalahari {526km}

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and regions of South Africa. Today the drive is long and there is also border crossing

It is not to be confused with the Angolan, Namibian and South African Namib coastal desert, whose name is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means "vast place".

 

Crossing into Botswana we overnight in a lodge in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a nature walk  this evening with the local Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills and in the evening there will be a bushmen's dance.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

Day 7: Kalahari to Maun {285km}

Maun is the fifth-largest town in Botswana. Maun is the "tourism capital" of Botswana and the administrative centre of Ngamiland district. Francistown and Maun there are linked by the A3 highway. It is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations who run trips into the Okavango Delta. Arriving on time for lunch we check into our lodge and after lunch spend time on leisure till mid evening when we are driven to town for some shopping in preparation for the overnight in the delta the following day.

Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and has spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges as well as car hire, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell. The community is distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

 

Day 8: Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Grassland) in Botswana is a swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Some flood waters drain into Lake Ngami. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that had mostly dried up by the early Holocene.

The Okavango Delta is the only inland delta in the world: the annual flood of fresh water, spreads over 15000sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. We journey to the western floodplains of the Okavango Delta to our lodge overlooking a permanent lagoon, where we enjoy a game walk, a mokoro excursion and the amazing birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

 

The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the Eastern side of the Delta. The Delta was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on 11 February 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. On 22 June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 9 : Maun

After breakfast in Okavango Delta, we’ll sail back downstream and upon landing, transportation vehicles will be waiting to pick us up and drive back to Maun arriving on time for lunch. We’ll spend the evening attending to optional activities among them scenic flights over the Okavango Delta, then afterwards we’ll have some time for shopping and visit various restaurants till evening when we’ll be driven back to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 10 : Maun to Nata (Elephant Sands)

After breakfast, we’ll check out from Maun armed with lunch packs. We will drive to Nata’s elephant sands lodge for an overnight. This lodge is famous for clients close encounter with elephants at a man-made water hole at the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 11: Nata to Chobe National Park (Kasane) 

Today after an early morning breakfast, we’ll leave for Chobe National Park arriving in Kasane mid-morning for a brief shopping in preparation for an overnight in the park.

Chobe National Park is Botswana's first national park, and also the most biologically diverse. Located in the north of the country, it is Botswana's third largest park, after Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Gemsbok National Park, and has one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa. The park is noted for having a population of lions which prey on African elephants, mostly juveniles or subadults but occasionally adults.

We explore the national park on an evening game drive. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 12- Chobe National park,

Today you will leave for an early morning game drive coming back mid morning for your breakfast, then relaxing for the rest of the day till twelve noon  when you will have an optional boat cruise on Chobe river, and remember the best boat rides in the region are witnessed on this river. mid day boat ride coincides with majority of the animals more so the elephants as they come to drink, and swim, and it's a scene like no other on the world. Remember the largest herd of elephants is found in Botswana and the bigger percentage of them in this park. This three hour of entertaining boat ride with very skilled guides ends at three when you will jump on to the jeeps and continue with your evening game drive, till sunset. Overnight- Chobe game lodge, (breakfast, lunch dinner)

Day 13: Chobe to Victoria Falls

After an early morning breakfast we head to Victoria Falls arriving on time for lunch. Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855, from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls near the Zambian shore. Livingstone named his sighting in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, but the indigenous Lozi language name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—"The Smoke That Thunders"—continues in common usage as well. The World Heritage List officially recognizes both names. Livingstone also cites an older name, Seongo or Chongwe, which means "The Place of the Rainbow" as a result of the constant spray. The nearby national park in Zambia is named Mosi-oa-Tunya, whereas the national park and town on the Zimbabwean shore are both named Victoria Falls (Source: WIKIPEDIA- the free Encyclopaedia)'

The Falls are the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, scenic flights or a 111m bungy jump (own expense) 

In the evening, you will have your end of trip closing ceremony at dinner time with your driver guide, whereby memorable moments will have been made. 

Breakfast included and a single entry ticket to the falls

Day 14: Departure for those ending their tour here.

 After an early breakfast at the hotel, the tour ends with your driver guide bidding you farewell as he might also be with another group in the waiting to start the trip on reverse.

Breakfast included

 

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Parks & Reserves: 

Etosha National Park and Namib Naukluft Park

Game Drives: 

Two full day Game Drives 

 

Trip Highlights: Etosha and Chobe National Parks for the big 5, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls for adrenaline optional activities. 

 

ACCOMMODATION:

All our stays are with some of the most respected accommodation providers in Southern Africa region including Etosha Village, Mokuti Lodge, Arebbusch Pizzeria, NWR Lodges, Tautona Lodge, Elephant sands Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Thebe River Lodge, Swamp Stop Charlets, Cresta Sprayview hotel, Shearwater Explorers Village