Windhoek arrival, Guesthouse in Windhoek
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport, where you will be transferred to Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek. Overnight at a Guesthouse in the city.
Namibia’s capital Windhoek is often described as a city with a “continental” atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its to its architecture – historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule – as well as to its cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. At the same time Windhoek has the colour, sound and tempo of a modern African city. Pavement displays of African drums and woodcarvings from the north contrast with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and Namibian gemstones set in individually designed pieces of jewellery. While some shops display clothing, silver and glassware imported from Europe, others stock casual and colourful cloths from West Africa.
Because of the area’s plentiful hot springs, Windhoek was initially known as Ai-gams (spelt /Ai//Gams to indicate the click sound), a Nama word meaning “firewater”, “steam” or “smoke”, and Otjomuise, a Herero word meaning the “place of steam”. The Nama captain Jan Jonker Afrikaner, gave the town the name it carries today. In the early 1840’s Afrikaner settled where the most powerful spring reached the surface. It is thought that in a moment of nostalgia he named the place after Windhoek, the farm in the Cape where he was born. During the German colonial administration the town called Windhuk, which later became Windhoek.
Public transport consists mainly of taxis, while a bus service takes passengers between Katutura and Khomasdal to Windhoek and its various suburbs.
Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana
After breakfast, your rental vehicle will be delivered at your guesthouse. The type of vehicle will depend on whether you choose either the camping or accommodated self-drive tour.
A long drive today, making use of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The road takes us first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centres of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana. After completing the immigration formalities we continue, through rural Botswana to the town of Ghanzi, located in the centre of cattle farming Botswana. Ghanzi is located almost in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and was almost unknown before the Trans Kalahari Highway.
Ghanzi – Okavango Delta, Guma Lagoon
An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds your arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. Here you turn north for some way before again pointing your wheels west as you enter the Delta proper. You see your first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and you overnight in cabins on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.
Is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman’s paradise and bird watchers haven. Guma offers both self-catering and full board accommodation. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets/cabins, all en suite and located on the edge of the lagoon. Alternatively we have seven campsites under shady trees with private ablutions. With the abundance of fish species in the Okavango Panhandle, Guma Lagoon Camp is the perfect area for spin or fly-fishing.
Okavango Delta, Guma Lagoon
You are in the territory of the River People, so this morning you leave your vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. (Included) Mokoro’s will be your main form of transport. These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow you to travel further into the Delta than if you were using more modern forms of transport. Mokoro’s carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. It really is the only way to travel in this area.
Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.
Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia, Mahango area.
Back on the road today, destination Namibia. Passport formalities completed you go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. Your game drive your way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope the majestic sable antelope. Overnight beside the Okavango River. Activities offered: boat excursions and game drives.
Mahango Area – Katima Mulilo – Botswana, Kasane, Chobe area
You depart and drive towards Katima Mulilo before you crossing back across the border into Botswana. The road takes you directly into the world famous Chobe National Park. Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as we transit through the park to the small town of Kasane. You check in at the Lodge(or campsite) for your overnight. The lodge lies right on the banks for the Chobe River. In the afternoon you can choose an optional sunset Boat Cruise on the Chobe River.
Chobe National Park – Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls,
An early hot drink before we head off on a leisurely game drive (optional extra), exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road. Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.
Depart and drive towards Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls. Spend the next 2 nights exploring the famous Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
This is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. Or you can do other activities (Not include) Helicopter flights, Micro lighting, walk with Lions, Elephant rides and many more.
In the afternoon you can visit the Victoria Falls. (Not Included)
The Victoria Falls – Constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls – Namibia, Caprivi Kwando Area.
Very early in the morning depart Zimbabwe and continue via Katima Mulilo to the Kwando area of Namibia. The Kwando-Linyanti river system is home to a series of private game reserves, known for their exotic animal species and luxury safari options. An abundance of wildlife roams freely between the woodland habitats, ancient floodplains and forests that make up these lush, unfenced reserves. The big game in this area increases dramatically during the dry season when the area hosts large herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo as well as the world’s highest density of elephant. Several packs of wild dog are found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night drives allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an exclusive and remote big game habitat.
Kwando – Rundu
Morning at leisure before driving to the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia. A place so unspoiled that while you are there you will experience nature as it was first created. n’Kwazi is a secluded paradise, tucked away amongst lush riverine vegetation on the banks of the perennial Kavango River. Situated 20 kms north-east of Rundu, n’Kwazi combines the tranquillity of a tropical environment with the comforts of a luxury lodge. n’Kwazi’s much-praised cuisine — a scrumptious buffet in the evenings — is superb. Activities include canoeing, horse-back trails, bird watching, traditional dances and sundown cruises. Our warm hospitality and enthusiastic service will make your stay a special one.
Rundu – East Etosha National Park, Namutoni Resorts
Again an early morning departure to drive south towards Etosha Park, where you enter in the early afternoon and where you can still do some game drive before checking in at Namutoni. Today’s Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop, referred to in the local vernacular as the ‘great white place of dry water’, makes the Etosha game-viewing a unique experience.
Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. Etosha’s current population of more than 700 black rhino represents one of the few growing populations of black rhino in the world. About 340 bird species occur in Etosha, about one third being migratory. For the greater part of the year (the dry season) Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities. During the rainy season, especially the bird life at the main pan and Fischer’s Pan is worth viewing.
Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo Resorts
A full day’s worth of game driving awaits you and you leave early to enjoy the cool morning air, making your way to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. By Lunch time you can have Lunch at Halali (Not Included) you can visit the surroundings of Halali and continue driving to the Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp. Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute, founded in 1974; the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.
After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot. The waterhole has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa” and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.
Etosha Park – Otjiwarongo, Okonjima, Home of Afri-Cat
Time for one more morning game drive before you leave Etosha, but it’s not the end of our game viewing. You aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle of the afternoon, giving you time to check in and to relax in the shade or plunge into the pool. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres it’s operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.
Otjiwarongo – Windhoek area, Naankuse Sanctuary Lodge
This morning you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild. After our educational tour you will return to Windhoek, via Okahandja where you can stop over ant the Wooden Craft Market before driving to the Naankuse Sanctuary Lodge. Located just a twenty minute drive from Windhoek International airport and nestled in the stunning African veld, our Lodge is perfectly situated to start or finish your trip to Namibia. With a range of enjoyable activities, including exciting carnivore feeding tours, available you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable African holiday with us.
Choose our Eco-Volunteer Conservation Safari and combine a few days of luxury at N/a’an ku sê Lodge with the unique hands on opportunity to take part in the conservation of threatened African wildlife and vulnerable communities. As well as helping to feed and care for the animals at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary you will also visit the spectacular NamibRand Nature reserve and track wild big cats through stunning landscapes.
Our Lodge is crafted from ecologically clean material including solid logs and glass to complement N/a’an ku sê’s beautiful wilderness setting. Guests will find six luxurious, individual chalets and a tranquil dining area with stunning views, bar and swimming pool. There are also five beautifully appointed and fully equipped holiday houses available for hire. The Lodge provides a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and conferences.
You can also choose to hire a car from N/a’an ku sê’s fleet to combine your stay at N/a’an ku sê with a trip to some of Namibia’s other breathtaking areas. By visiting our unique Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary you will also help to make a difference in conservation. All revenue from the Lodge, which is a registered charity in Namibia, goes directly to benefit our work with wildlife conservation and supporting the poverty stricken San community.
Depending on your flight departure time you can still do some optional activities in the morning. Depart from the Lodge and continue to the Airport in time for checkingin for your flight back home.