Okavango, Victoria Falls, Caprivi: Diverse Southern Africa

18 days – EUR 3,796.00 pp in dbl-room1
Okahandja, Waterberg Nord, Rundu, Mudumu National Park, Chobe-Kasane, Victoria Falls, Nata, Okavango Delta, Buitepos, Windhoek

One of the most exciting animal paradises in Africa is surely where the Okavango River seeps away into the endless Kalahari: the Okavango Delta. This delta and the Victoria Falls are just two of the many highlights that await you on this tour from Windhoek to the legendary Zambezi.


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1st day: Okahandja

They have Lion feedings
They have Lion feedings
Arts and crafts from Caprivi, Angola and Zimbabwe
Arts and crafts from Caprivi, Angola and Zimbabwe
Arrival at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar
Pick-up location: Windhoek, Airport

Distance: 80km    Time: 1:00h

The short drive along the B1 leads you through charming scenic area in the seemingly uninhabited Namibia.

Accommodation: Okapuka Ranch

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
From a distance the 16 thatched roof rooms at the edge of the park are hardly visible, thanks to careful architectural planning to make them blend in with the surrounding bush. The comfortable rooms are decorated with murals by the famous artist Aschenborn and with Karakul carpets. In addition the spectacular view of the African landscape towards the horizon is impressive.

A number of activities are on offer, such as hikes with or without guide, helicopter flights and attendance at the feeding of the lions.

Details: Okahandja
Okahandja (meaning "the place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide river") is a small town in central Namibia, north of Windhoek on the B1 road. It was founded around 1800 by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama.
A German pastor, Heinrich Schmelen, became the first European to visit the town in 1827. In 1844, two missionaries were permanently assigned to the town, and a church dates from this period. A military base was established in Okahandja in 1894, and it is this date that is officially recognized as the town's founding.

A large open-air curio market attracts tourists, and the town serves as the administrative centre for the Herero people.
Willem Maherero, Jan Jonker, Hosea Kutako and Clemens Kapuuo are buried in the town.

Near Okahandja is the renowned Gross Barmen resort with its thermal spring that supplies water to the indoor thermal hall and the outdoor swimming pool. The fountain or "eye" which feeds the two pools has been walled in and is covered with a metal dome symbolising the bubbling spring that flows at about 6,700 litres per hour. The water rises from the earth at a temperature of around 65 degrees Celsius and is then cooled off to 40 degrees Celsius for the indoor thermal bath.
Map: 1st day: Okahandja

2nd day: Waterberg Nord

Waterberg - table mountain on the edge of the Kalahari
Waterberg - table mountain on the edge of the Kalahari
North Central Namibia
Distance: 300 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Frans Indongo Lodge

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Frans Indongo Lodge exudes the sense for life of northern Namibia's people in a most charming way. The complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads: palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. Inside the complex a palisade separates the restaurant and swimming pool area from the guest chalets and thereby provides more privacy. A variety of beautiful building materials like natural stone, wood and reed were used for the houses. Items of daily use in Ovambo - earthen pots, voluminous storage baskets or original wooden figures - serve as decoration to emphasise the African theme, and lend a very special charm to the lodge.
The luxurious character of the lodge is complemented by the interior decoration and colour scheme of the chalets. All the rooms have their own bathroom, air-conditioner, fridge, hairdryer, telephone, TV and an electric kettle for tea and coffee.

The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. It attracts the Shaft-tailed Whydah, the strikingly coloured Crimson-breasted Shrike, the Pied Barbet and many other feathered friends. You can have a refreshing dip into the swimming pool, and when the sun starts to set just before dinner you can retreat to the large wooden veranda at the bar or the little observation tower. Both are fabulous places for savouring the enchanting hour of dusk - and keeping an eye on the watering place which is illuminated at night. The rare Nyala, Black Springbok and White Blesbok, Sable and Roan Antelope regularly put in an appearance.
Activities range from watching Cheetah sprinting and learn more about the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund. Observe hundreds of vultures spiralling down from the sky - at the feeding site of the Rare and Endangered Species Trust which works for the protection of Namibia's last Cape vultures. Or explore Waterberg Plateau Park, where water is plentiful, and visit the OvaHerero cultural centre in Okakarara.

Details: Waterberg
The Waterberg plateau reflects a red glow during sunsets that can be observed from many kilometres away. It is the most important sanctuary for endangered animals in Namibia. White and black rhino, buffalo and shy antelope species roam on top of the nearly inaccessible plateau of the mountain. 200 bird species and a great variety of reptiles and amphibians are also part of this biosphere of Waterberg. Game drives are offered, but the best way to discover the area is on foot. A network of walking trails is laid out, offering an opportunity to take short walks or up to 3-day hikes across this huge plateau.
A cemetery is situated at the foot of the mountain with numerous graves of soldiers, killed during the clashes between the Herero tribe and the German army. The Hereros fled to the north-eastern area of Namibia, a very arid part of the country.
Map: 2nd day: Waterberg Nord

4th day: Rundu

The tropical Namibia
The tropical Namibia
 Distance: 430 km    Time: 5:30 h


Accommodation: Hakusembe River Lodge

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 12 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge makes for the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife. The swimming pool invites to cool off on hot summer days. Experience the river world on a boat trip or join an excursion to the cultural village nearby. Relish the enchanting atmosphere during dinner in the restaurant and with a drink at the bar.

 

Details: Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi Strip derived its name from the German Chancellor Graf von Caprivi who obtained the corridor in the German colonial era. He wanted to make a path-way to link the German colonies: Southwest Africa and Central Africa. It is 460km long and only 32km wide in the west.
The vegetation is lush and tropical, a contrast to the remainder of Namibia, which is arid, and has abundant water (malaria area!). The Okovango that flows through the strip in the west and ends in a swamp in Botswana as well as the Zambezi that forms the border along Zambia both have extended swamps and rainforests along the riverbanks.
80% of the rain falls between December and March. The humidity rises to over 70% with temperatures around 35 degrees. The winter months therefore are better suited for travelling to this region. 60% of the Namibian elephant and buffalo herds are at home in the Caprivi Strip as well as numerous antelope and lions that roam the area, disregarding fences
Map: 4th day: Rundu

5th day: Mudumu National Park

Boat ramp at the camp
Boat ramp at the camp
the Namibian Caprivi
Distance: 440km    Time: 5:00h


Accommodation: Namushasha River Lodge

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Namushasha is situated at the entrance to Mudumu Park in the northern tropical part of Namibia and shows many similarities of landscape with the Okavango Delta. In this area there are over 400 bird species. The lodge has a pool, bar and its own landing strip and offers game drives by open Jeep or boat.


Details: Mudumu National Park
The Mudumu National Park is a park in Namibia, created in 1990 out of 1009.59 square kilometers. The Kwando River runs through the Park and offers a true African wilderness experience. In contrast to the rest of Namibia, the area is lush with riverine forest, marshes, dense savannah and mopane woodland. Many animals can be found in the park including sitatunga, red lechwe, as well as elephants, buffalo, kudu, impala, roan antelope, and Burchell's zebra. Its waterways are inhabited by spotted-necked otter, hippo, tiger fish, and crocodile.
Unusually for a National Park there has one private lodge within its boundaries - Lianshulu Lodge - which offers guided walks, nature drives, boating and bird watching. South of Lianshulu the river breaks up into a labyrinth of channels to form the Linyati Swamp.
Map: 5th day: Mudumu National Park

7th day: Chobe-Kasane

Chalet
Chalet
A typical room
A typical room
Chobe has the largest elephant herds in the world
Chobe has the largest elephant herds in the world
To Kasane and the Chobe Park
Distance: 300 km Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Kubu Lodge

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Kubu Lodge is idyllically set beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees, on the banks of the Chobe River. Comfortable thatched chalets on stilts overlook a shaded lawn and have panoramic views. They offer excellent home cooking in a centrally located thatched restaurant, with a bar and wine cellar. A private secluded swimming pool is available.

There are a number of activities, amongst others, game drives or boat cruises into the Chobe National Park, for a variety of big game and birdlife. A nature trail that meanders through some pristine indigenous riverine habitat on the Chobe.

Details: Chobe National Park
This 12,000 km park is situated to the east of Kasane in Botswana. The dirt roads in the park are only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. The best way to view game in the reserve is by boat or game drive, which can be booked at the camps inside the park. To the north Chobe National Park borders on the Chobe River, which regularly floods large parts of the reserve. There is an abundance of game in Chobe. Among other animals, the park is home to lions, cheetah, giraffes, many antelope species, warthogs, crocodiles, hippos, baboons and monkeys. It is especially renowned for the enormous elephant herds that roam the planes and migrate to the river in the evenings to bathe and drink. There is also an abundance of bird life in Chobe National Park.
Map: 7th day: Chobe-Kasane

9th day: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Kubu Lodge - transfer to Vic Falls
You will be transported to the Vic Falls or Vic Falls Airport or the accommodation in Vic Falls as per your requirement.


Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The perfect base for exploring all the Victoria Falls has to offer, Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is ideally situated and is closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.


Details: Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are approximately 1.6 km wide with a maximum drop of 128 m. They are situated in the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are the widest and most spectacular falls in the world, formed as the Zambezi River drops from a relatively flat plain into a narrow chasm about 120 m wide in a fracture zone in the earth's crust. Numerous islets at the crest of the falls divide the water to form a series of falls. The thick mist and huge roar produced are perceptible from a distance of about 40km, and locals named it Mosi-oa-Tunya ("smoke that thunders"). A 198 m long bridge spans the Boiling Pot, the beginning of a winding gorge of about 80 km in length through which the river flows below the falls. David Livingstone, the British explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. The falls are part of two national parks.
Map: 9th day: Victoria Falls

12th day: Nata

Oasis in Botswana
Oasis in Botswana
On the edge of the saltpans: Baobab trees
On the edge of the saltpans: Baobab trees
Transfer: Hotel to Kasane

Central Botswana and the Pans
Distance: 310 km    Time: 4:15 h


Accommodation: Nata Lodge

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Set amongst large monkey thorn, marula and mokolawane palm trees, at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Nata Lodge offers breathtaking landscapes and a wonderful variety of bird life. The area, the last vestiges of Africa's largest ancient Inland Sea, exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery.
The multitude of salt pans and vast plains, dotted with palm islands, comprise the largest area of pans in the world, linking ecologically and geographically to the Okavango Delta system. Nata lodge has a long standing relationship with the Nata Sanctuary, located in the northern tip of the Sowa Pan. The Nata River Delta feeds this pan, and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the African sky.
Small game share the vast expanses of the pan, creating an ideal setting for the Lodge's sundowner excursions.


Details: Nata - Magkadigkadi Pans
The Makgadikgadi saltpan is a part of the once huge prehistoric lake in the Kalahari basin. When the rains arrive between November and May, the pan fills with water and attracts thousands and thousands of flamingos, pelican, duck, geese and other waterfowl as well as enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. In contrast the pan dries up during winter and presents a glittering white saltpan in the semi desert. Thousand year-old baobab trees surround the pan
Map: 12th day: Nata

13th day: Okavango Delta

Spectacular views over the Delta
Spectacular views over the Delta
The chalets
The chalets
Typical room
Typical room
The Aeroplane - best travel method in the delta
The Aeroplane - best travel method in the delta
Directions to the region:
From Nata west on the tarred road to Maun

A charter flight from Maun to the camp
The impressive Flight takes approximately 30 min to the landing strip of the Camp. If affords the opportunity to view the expanse of the Okavango Delta from above and see great herds of Antelope, Elephant and Giraffe.


Accommodation: Camp Okuti

2 Nights, All meals with activities
This delightful camp lies alongside the Maunachira River which flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon within the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Offering a welcome touch of comfort, Okuti is built amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana's prime game viewing regions. The twin-bedded units, each with en-suite bathrooms, shower and bath, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. They also have spacious curved 'tents' which are located on raised teak decks, and each feature a balcony with a river views, and an outside, completely private, bath for the chance to luxuriate under Botswana's azure skies.

Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, guests can experience unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles. Moremi Game Reserve is rich in wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for the first time visitors to Botswana. Guests can also explore the Okavango Delta waterways by motorboat, and the areas open lagoons and winding channels make it a birder's paradise, complete with herons and storks in the breeding season.

Details: Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is one of the most spectacular locations in the world. It is an impenetrable swamp area in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango River, which originates in Angola spreads out into the delta through untold channels and rivulets and eventually seeps into the sand of the desert.

During the months of July and August, the water table rises and water reaches the south of the delta. Untold numbers of water animals and game as well as an amazing variety of vegetation can be seen here where the desert and swamp regions meet.

The delta has only been inhabited for approximately 200 years, and is still preserved in its original unspoiled state. Today though, since the Tsetse fly was eradicated, the southern part of the delta suffers from overgrazing. Tourism is restricted to the outskirts of the delta. Restrictions prevent the erection of permanent buildings and tourists are accommodated in tents. Once the tents are lifted the vegetation regenerates itself very quickly. Luxury tents are available in the heart of the delta and can only be accessed by plane from Maun
Map: 13th day: Okavango Delta

15th day: Buitepos

Oasis in the Kalahari
Oasis in the Kalahari
A charter flight from the camp to Maun
The r eturn flight at the end of your stay takes place around midday and gives enough time to travel to the next destination in the afternoon.

Into the Kalahari
Distance: 500 km    Time: 5:30 h


Accommodation: Zelda Guest Farm

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The farm is located between Windhoek and Maun in close proximity to the Botswana border in the Kalahari Desert. Horse riding or hiking across the private game farm are two exciting ways to learn more about the area. A Bushman village can be visited and is situated close by.


Details: Kalahari
The Kalahari is a flat and dry semi-desert and stretches over 1,2 million km², covering a large part of Southern Africa. It stretches from South Africa through Namibia and into Angola as well as a large part of Botswana. In the east it reaches Zimbabwe and Zambia. The best features are the pans, in which the rare rain accumulates and then evaporates soon after. A well-known example of such a pan would be the Etosha pan in Namibia.
Map: 15th day: Buitepos

17th day: Windhoek

Namibia's Capital
Distance: 310 km    Time: 4:00 h
Distance: 260 km    Time: 3:30 h (to airport)


Accommodation: Olive Grove Guest House

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The small upmarket guesthouse is located in a quiet area of Windhoek near the city centre. Every room has a veranda with tables and chairs. The open-air lounge, spa bath, plunge pool and tranquil garden all invite the visitor to unwind and relax under Namibiaopen skies. While each of the 11 rooms provides such comforts as air-conditioning and a minibar, the emphasis remains on simplicity and elegance.
Map: 17th day: Windhoek

18th day: Windhoek

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Windhoek, Airport

Additional Services

Avis Permit - Botswana
The Avis Permit to enter Botswana must be picked up at the Avis depot when collecting the vehicle. It is vital that this permit be collected, otherwise the vehicle will not be allowed to enter Botswana.

Climate Compensation
For more information on our project, please refer to our website:
www.umfulana.com/about-umfulana/projects/climate-compensation

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS Namibia
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar (Group C)

Accessories: Manual transmission, 4 Door, Radio/CD, Airbags, Air-conditioning, ABS, Electric Windows, Power Steering, Central Locking
Capacity: 4 persons, 2 medium bags, 1 small bag

max excess: nil
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 4,739.001
(EUR 3,796.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
February – November

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