Cross three countries for an exciting holiday visiting of some of the greatest parks and wonders of the world that Southern Africa has to offer. The tour starts in Namibia with the visit of Windhoek, the largest city in the country, offering a cultural overview of the country’s history, with its old colonial houses and modern buildings of the post-independence Namibia. The journey continues in Namibia with the exploration of Etosha National Park, consisting of 22,270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands. Visitors will be able to go to Rundu before arriving to Bwabwata National Park, where rivers, woodland and typical African savannah forms part of the scenery. The journey ends with the visit of two famous sites - the Chobe National Park in Botswana with its hundreds of bird species and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Meet and greet with your tour guide, departure to Windhoek and check-in at the Safari Court Hotel with a welcome drink. Afterwards, we go on a city tour through Windhoek. The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, including the historic seat of government, also known as the Tintenpalast, which means ‘palace of ink’ in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white-walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country.
After a hearty breakfast, we drive via Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, and Outjo to reach the Etosha National Park. En route, we visit the wood carvers market in Okahandja.
Whole-day game viewing through the Etosha National Park. See vast herds of game with this eerie “great white place of dry water” as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 340 bird species inhabit the park, of which approximately a third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.
Another full-day game viewing as we drive across the park to exit at the east gate. Afternoon check-in at your next overnight accommodation.
After breakfast, we depart via Tsumeb and Grootfontein to Rundu for a tour of the area visiting the Kavango River, the derelict settlement of Calai in Angola and Namibia’s well-known Kavango woodcarvers.
Breakfast and departure through the Caprivi strip to the Bwabwata National Park. En route, we visit the local Popa Falls. The name Popa Falls conjures up images of a raging waterfall, so little wonder that first-time visitors are disappointed when the “falls” turn out to be nothing more than a series of rapids. A quartzite ledge that obstructs the flow of the river across its 1.2km width creates the rapids. Here, the river splits into numerous channels, separated by small islands, to form a series of cascades with a total drop of about 4 m. Arrival at lodge and boat cruise on the Kwando River.
In the morning, we take part in a game drive in open vehicles. 430 species of bird have been recorded in the Mudumu National Park, which is nearly 70% of Namibia’s total. Visitors can expect to see buffalo, elephant, zebra, antelopes, hippopotamus, crocodile and the rare sitatunga and red lechwe.
After breakfast we depart via Ngoma Bridge and Kasane to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Sunset river cruises, photo safaris, swamp safaris, boating, a trip in a mokoro or dugout canoe and game viewing either in 4x4 vehicles or by boat are available for holidaymakers in this region. One boat cruise is included on the itinerary for today.
Another day at Chobe National Park. Today, one game drive is included for the activities.
After breakfast, we depart via Kazangula to the mighty Victoria Falls located in Zimbabwe. For the next two days, we will visit the Victoria Falls where the entrance fee is inclusive only once.
Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is the largest sheet of falling water. In full flood, some 500 million litres of water cascade downwards at a speed of 100 meters per minute, causing a thunderous roar and towering columns of spray, hence the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning the ‘smoke that thunders’.
Transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport and proceed on your return flight home.