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Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Tour: Africat + Etosha + Caprivi + Chobe Safari Holiday

Namibia: Etosha + Caprivi + Victoria Falls - Private Guide
NPD14W
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Namibia Botswana Victoria Falls Tour Africat Etosha Caprivi Chobe Safari Holiday

This Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls tour is ideal for wildlife viewing, birding & photography, as you will travel with your own private guide throughout. We visit the Africat Foundation & Etosha National Park, before continuing via the Caprivi and Okavango River to Chobe. Safari holiday ends at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. English speaking guide, all specified activities & park fees included.

Namibia Botswana Victoria Falls Tour Africat Etosha Caprivi Chobe Safari Holiday
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Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls
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Windhoek
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Africat Foundation
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Etosha National Park
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Game Drives
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Okavango River, Caprivi
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BwaBwata Safari
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Chobe Safari Holiday
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Boat Ride
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Victoria Falls Tour
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Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls
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Windhoek
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Africat Foundation
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Etosha National Park
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Game Drives
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Okavango River, Caprivi
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BwaBwata Safari
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Chobe Safari Holiday
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Boat Ride
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Victoria Falls Tour
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport by your guide and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Today your guide will introduce you to the stark beauty of central Namibia on your 3.5-hour drive north to Okonjima.
  
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopards and brown hyena. Leopards can be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle. Check in to your lodge before enjoying an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
 
Note: Ensure you arrive at your lodge in good time, as they stop serving lunch at 2 pm.
Day 3
Today is free to observe the wonderful work of the Africat Foundation.
 
Game viewing options include open top safari drives searching for rare species such as rhino, brown hyena and pangolin, as well as tracking leopard from a vehicle - an amazing 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Day 4
This morning we travel northwards for 3-hours to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa (picnic lunch included).
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
 
Check into your rest camp situated near the southern entrance to the park.
Day 5
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, which surrounds an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
As you will have your own driver/guide, you have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day (with picnic lunch included). However we recommend setting off early each morning as the park gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season) to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, with all game drives taken in his vehicle.
 
A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and predators, which are more easily seen on these open plains. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 6
Enjoy another superb day of game viewing in the great Etosha National Park as we enter through the southern gate and travel through the park towards the eastern gate (picnic lunch included).
 
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in the park, you can hope to see elephant, giraffe, hyena, kudu, warthog, baboon, roan antelope and many other interesting animals. Waterholes along the southern edge of the pan frequently offer rewarding game viewing experiences, including sightings of rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
Etosha also offers rewarding bird watching, with over 350 different species recorded including migrants that visit during the summer months. At the end of the day we check into our rest camp situated near the eastern gate.
Day 7
A full day on the road today, as we leave Etosha and drive 6-hours to the lush Caprivi region - a narrow finger of land connecting Namibia to the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, surrounded by Angola and Zambia to the north and Botswana to the south (with picnic lunch included).
 
We pass through the mining centre of Tsumeb, where a rich ore pipe is mined for copper, zinc, lead, silver and a variety of unusual crystals. We also pass Lake Otjikoto where in 1915 the retreating German forces dumped weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of the South African Union Forces. Several of these weapons have been recovered and can be viewed at the Tsumeb Museum.
 
From Tsumeb we head north-east through the Maize Triangle to Rundu on the bank of the Okavango River. On the way we can stop in Grootfontein to visit their small museum that offers insight into the cultural, historical and agricultural history of Namibia. We can also detour to view the Hoba Meteorite site, the largest known meteorite in the world which crashed to earth some 80,000 years ago.
 
We continue to the baobabs of the Kavango region, which is famous for its wooden crafts. In the late afternoon we check into our lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River, with the opportunity of a sundowner cruise (depending on water levels).
Day 8
Today we follow the route of the Okavango River, travelling eastwards for 2-hours through the game-rich Caprivi region.
 
The Caprivi Strip (or Zambezi Strip) is a narrow finger of land connecting Namibia to the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, surrounded by Angola and Zambia to the north and Botswana to the south. The region has abundant wildlife, with hundreds of elephants, large herds of rhino and many other species that migrate to the Kwando Floodplains before the onset of the summer rains. Roan antelope, kudu, impala and zebra also roam across these vast plains.
 
We drive through the Kavango region, which is famous for its woodcrafters, towards the western edge of Bwabwata Game Park. Check into your lodge situated on the lush banks of the Kavango River.
Day 9
Rise early, when game viewing conditions are at their best, for an open top game drive with a lodge ranger in Bwabwata National Park - a birders paradise that has the Kwando River as its western border.
 
This park forms part of an ancient migration route for a variety of animals that move between Botswana and Namibia each season, and is renowned for its rich wildlife. It is divided into three different habitats - the Kavango River, the flood plains known as Omurambas, and dense woodlands - which combine to create a habitat for over 300 different bird species. There many rare species here and in the Mahango Game Reserve sector - including puku, letchwe, roan and sable. These attract a large variety of predators such as lion, leopard and even the endangered wild dog.
 
In the late afternoon enjoy a game viewing Sunset Cruise on the river, or optional tiger fishing.
Day 10
Enjoy another game drive this morning, with outstanding bird watching also on offer.
 
We then visit a traditional Caprivi Village to learn more about their customs and traditions, before driving 2-hours to Katima Mulilo - “The place where the fires were put out” - on the banks of the Zambezi River and forming the natural border with Zambia.
 
We continue to our lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River and in the afternoon enjoy a sundowner canoeing excursion, silently floating along the lush river with its rich diversity of bird and animal life.
Day 11
This morning we cross the border into Botswana. After completing immigration formalities, you will be dropped off at your game lodge near the Chobe River.
 
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve and is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Chobe River is the life-giving force of this region and provides a border between Botswana on the southern banks and Namibia on the northern banks. The river has extensive grassy floodplains on either side, which disappear under the annual floodwaters, making boats the best way of getting around.
 
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy a boat ride on the Chobe River, which is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife today. Afterwards dine in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 12
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive with a lodge ranger.
  
Chobe National Park is home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa. This migration of wildlife is possibly due to the creation of protected wildlife corridors, which allow the elephants to travel between the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park (KAZA) countries safely. Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
Bird life along the river is also plentiful and you can hope to see a Fish eagle, Tawny eagle, African openbill stork, Marabou stork, Sacred ibis, Pied kingfisher, Cattle egret, Great egret, Spur-winged goose and much more, including Botswana's national bird - the glorious Lilac-breasted roller.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy another game-viewing boat ride on the Chobe River.
Day 13
Today transfer to Kasane on the Zimbabwe border. After completing border formalities, connect with your 2-hour shared transfer to your hotel situated near Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
 
Located in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), where the borders of five African countries converge, the sheer scale of this vast international conservation project is difficult to comprehend. It encompasses a bewildering range of experiences, ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the lifeforce of the region, the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers.
  
Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 14
Today we recommend exploring on foot the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest.
 
Afterwards you may wish to visit Elephants Walk, a small crafts complex across the road from The Kingdom hotel, where you can see talented local artists and sculptors at work and support them by buying one of their items. Alternatively you can participate in various optional activities, such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant interaction.
 
In the late afternoon enjoy an included cruise on the Zambezi River where you may see hippos, crocodiles and abundant birdlife.
 
Note: We suggest you take your own raincoat for walking in the rainforest, as those on hire are well used.
Day 15
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.