From Windhoek to the Victoria Falls

16 days – EUR 1,941.00 pp in dbl-room1
Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha Park-Süd, Etosha Park-Ost, Rundu, Bagani, Mudumu National Park, Chobe-Kasane, Victoria Falls

Discover northern Namibia on this tour from Etosha Park through the Caprivi Strip to Chobe National Park in Botswana and on to Victoria Falls. The tour could easily be extended to include the Okavango Delta.


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1st day: Windhoek

Lutheran Church overlooking Windhoek
Lutheran Church overlooking Windhoek
Arrival at the airport.

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


Details: Windhoek
The approach to the airport will give you a first impression of the vast and desolate landscape of Namibia. Windhoek itself seems more like a town than a capital city. The importance of Windhoek will be understood only on the return journey through Namibia, as the vastness and emptiness of the country becomes evident. Only then will Windhoek's status as a world city be revealed.

The city is characterised by a mixture of old German colonial architecture and modern functional buildings. Places of interest include the landmark Lutheran Church (Christuskirche) and the old Germany fort built in 1890.

There is yet another side to Windhoek: Kattutura ("where nobody wants to live"), a township of Windhoek. Even though it is not one of the worst slums, it is a reminder that Namibia is both a first and a third World country. This contrast will be apparent throughout the journey around the country.
Map: 1st day: Windhoek

2nd day: Waterberg

Waterberg - table mountain on the edge of the Kalahari
Waterberg - table mountain on the edge of the Kalahari
North Central Namibia
Distance: 320 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: A historical pioneer farm

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The guest farm is located at the foot of Waterberg Mountain among thick bush. Giant bamboo and other tropical vegetation attract countless bird species to the area. More than 200 species have been catalogued. Drives and walks to the Otjosongombe gorge and the Waterberg Plateau can be organised from the guest farm. Outstanding meals are prepared in the farm kitchen. A swimming pool is available.


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

4th day: Etosha Park-Süd

Water holes - meeting places for animals
Water holes - meeting places for animals
Protecting one another at a water hole
Protecting one another at a water hole
Age-old Animal sanctuary
Distance: 270 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Okaukuejo is located at the southern entrance to the park. It is the best and quietest of all the Etosha camps. A waterhole in close proximity to the camp attracts game, especially in the winter months. Game can be viewed during the night as permanent floodlights illuminate the waterhole. The camp has a Restaurant.


Details: Water holes
In Southern Africa water plays a vital role in the survival of animals. If it rains in the game reserves, water is available at most water holes and rivers and animals are able to spread out and manage to stay out of one another's way. The opposite happens in the semi-arid areas and drier months. The surface water is restricted to fewer holes and pools and attracts game from far and wide. Now animals have to interact that otherwise choose not do so. Pecking orders are established and tolerance of other species becomes easier as they are forced to drink side by side.

Etosha Park has many such water holes, some of which are located close to rest camps. There one can easily spend as much as half a day (or night) observing elephant mothers protecting their little ones from attacks by hyenas, or zebra that are chased away by lions, etc.

Details: Etosha National Park
The 5,000 km² park is a part of the Kalahari trough, a huge inland lake area where water has nowhere to go. The Kunene River used to feed this lake but changed its course around 80,000 years ago, turning it into a salt-pan. The lake is mostly dry, unless exceptional rains occur. Temperatures are quite pleasant in the winter months between April and September but the summer months are usually extremely hot.

To the south of the Pan, where the camps are situated, waterholes attract game in numbers. The park has approximately 1,500 elephants, 300 lions, black rhinos, leopards, and many antelope species. Although the park is reasonably large, its area is not adequate for the elephants, as they travel thousands of kilometres in their lifetime and keep knocking down the fences. There are plans to increase the size of the park, but as yet no specific decision has been taken.

The entrance fees have to be paid at the gate: N$15.00 per car and N$120.00 per person/day (unchanged since 2008).
Map: 4th day: Etosha Park-Süd

5th day: Etosha Park-Ost

Bush experiance close to the Etosha Park
Bush experiance close to the Etosha Park
Bush experiance close to the Etosha Park
Bush experiance close to the Etosha Park
Protecting one another at a water hole
Protecting one another at a water hole
Etosha Park
Distance: 150 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: A bush lodge

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The lodge is situated on a 7,000 hectare game reserve adjoining Etosha National Park. In order to maintain the excellent service, the owners decided to keep the facility small and exclusive. The lodge has thatched huts with en-suite bathrooms and offers excellent German cuisine.

Please fill up with petrol at Namutoni or Tsumeb.

Details: Etosha National Park
The 5,000 Km² Park is a part of the Kalahari trough, a huge inland lake area where water has nowhere to go. The Kunene River used to feed this lake but changed its course around 80,000 years ago, turning it into a salt-pan. The lake is mostly dry, unless exceptional rains occur. Temperatures are quite pleasant in the winter months between April and September but the summer months are usually extremely hot.
To the south of the Pan, where the camps are situated, waterholes attract game in numbers. The park has approximately 1,500 elephants, 300 lions, black rhinos, leopards, and many antelope species. Although the park is reasonably large, its area is not adequate for the elephants, as they travel thousands of kilometres in their lifetime and keep knocking down the fences. There are plans to increase the size of the park, but as yet no specific decision has been taken.
Map: 5th day: Etosha Park-Ost

7th 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: 7th day: Rundu

8th day: Bagani

Wilderness and African villages
Distance: 210 km Time: 2:40 h


Accommodation: Ndhovu Safari Lodge

1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Ndhovu Safari Lodge is situated just behind the Popa Falls. It is a peaceful riverine retreat situated on the western banks of the Okavango River, overlooking the well-known Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park).
In true safari tradition, Ndhovu Safari Lodge offers luxury tented accommodation, each tent being fully equipped with its own en-suite bathroom facilities. For the adventurous type, we offer a River tent on the water. The charming thatched lapa overlooks the banks of the river, where elephants and hippo sometimes congregate, providing residents outstanding game and bird-viewing opportunities whilst enjoying sundowners at the bar and delicious three course meals.

Facilities offered at the lodge includes sundowner cruises, fishing excursions, village tours and game drives whilst the birdlife in the area will satisfy the most ardent bird-watcher - over 400 different species have been recorded in the surroundings.
Your hosts at Ndhovu Safari Lodge - will do everything within their powers to ensure that your stay at the safari lodge will be a truly memorable African bush experience.

Details: The Okavango River
The Okavango River is a river in southwest Africa. It is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running south-eastward for 1,600 km (1,000 miles). It begins in Angola, where it is known as the Cubango River. Further south it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve.
Before it enters Botswana, the river drops four meters, across the full 1.2 km-width of the river, in a series of rapids known as Popa Falls, visible when the river is low, as during the dry season.
Discharging to an endorheic basin, the Okavango does not have an outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties into a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, known as the Okavango Delta or Okavango Alluvial Fan.
Map: 8th day: Bagani

9th day: Mudumu National Park

the Namibian Caprivi
Distance: 250 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Camp Kwando

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Camp Kwando is situated on the Kwando River in the Caprivi. They have different accommodations, Island Tents which are built on poles with a terrace overlooking the river. These Bungalows will even allow you to do some fishing from the deck. Then they have Bungalows that are built on poles on higher ground, made of wood canvas and thatched roofs, allowing for an incredible view on the Botswana plains. The Camp also has a Swimming pool and a Restaurant overlooking the river offering wonderful views of the hippos and crocodiles passing by.

 

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: 9th day: Mudumu National Park

11th 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

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Kasane

Kubu Lodge - transfer

 The Lodge will transfer you from the Kasane airport or Avis Depot depending on your requirement.

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: 11th day: Chobe-Kasane

13th day: Victoria Falls

Dramatic view into the Gorge
Dramatic view into the Gorge
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: Gorges Lodge

3 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Only flying is better! The view from Gorges Lodge is indescribable: A deep, wide gorge, 200m deep with the roaring Zambezi rushing past. The bungalows are all positioned along the edge of the gorge, and from the terrace one can enjoy the beautiful landscape. Jack and Marie provide much information about the country and its people and can arrange many activities: from a relaxed sun-downer cruise on the Zambezi to wild-water rafting, or even a visit to the local villages in the area to see how the Ndebele customs and traditions are maintained.


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: 13th day: Victoria Falls

16th day: Victoria Falls

Gorges Lodge - Airport transfer

The lodge will transfer clients to the Victoria Falls 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 2,459.001
(EUR 1,941.00)1




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