Personalised Namibia Safari - Special Frontline Workers Package 2020/21
Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Brandberg - Etosha South - Outjo - Kalahari North - Windhoek
11 Days / 10 Nights
This amazing 11 Day Personalised Namibia Safari will take you to many of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders. We will visit the vast Namib Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes iconic Sossusvlei, home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move onto the quaint town of Swakopmund where the desert and the Atlantic coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. After visiting Etosha National Park, we will spend some time at local clinics, townships and communities in Outjo, Gobabis and Windhoek.
Day 1: Arrival and Sossusvlei
Welcome to Namibia! Your guide will meet you at the arrivals hall of the airport or at your Windhoek hotel, after which you will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert.
Day 2: Sossusvlei and Swakopmund
We will be up before the sun rises to get ready for our Sossusvlei visit. We will enjoy a quick cup of coffee/tea and then wait for the entrance gates of the park to open. (The gates open at sunrise) We will drive for about 30 minutes while appreciating the beauty of the sun that is rising over the amazing red dunes. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provides opportunity to capture wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Day 3: Swakopmund
After an early breakfast we will make our way to Swakopmund for a Living Desert Experience, a unique adventure indeed! We will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert with the help of a local expert. We will look for geckos, scorpions, snakes, lizards, birds and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh and seemingly inhospitable environment.
Day 4: Swakopmund to Damaraland
Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. This bleak and evocatively named area is one of the most unusual coastal wildernesses on the planet, protecting about a third of Namibia’s long coastline.
Day 5: Damaraland to Etosha National Park & Himba Village Visit
After breakfast we will make our way north and visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (UNESCO World Heritage site) and the organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest en route to Etosha National Park where will spend the next 2 nights. We will stop at a Himba Village and spend some time here to learn more about their everyday way of life.
Day 6: Etosha National Park
We will explore the southwestern side of world famous Etosha park today, going for a morning drive in our own vehicle after breakfast and returning to our lodge for lunch and a break in the heat of the day. In the drier months of the year, almost all the animals tend to congregate around the waterholes dotted around the massive park.
Day 7: Etosha National Park and Outjo Community Visit
After breakfast we will make our way south to the town of Outjo, we will head straight for our lodge where we will join one of the local volunteers and we will spend the afternoon at a local village where we will spend some time with the women and children of the village. We will learn more about their everyday way of life and their daily program and challenges.
Day 8: Outjo to Kalahari North
This morning after breakfast we will make our way to our next destination Gobabis. This will mainly be a travel day but we will make regular stop to stretch our legs and enjoy the beautiful countryside. If time allows we will do a short visit to visit a local village close to our lodge.
Day 9: Lifeline Clinic
Early this morning we make our way to the town of Epukiro where we will visit the Lifeline Clinic. The Lifeline Clinic based in Epukiro provides free primary health care services to more than 3,500 patients every year – through both clinic-based healthcare and our outreach around the region. More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen.
Day 10: Windhoek
This morning after breakfast, we will make our way back to Windhoek where we will spend the full day at a local health clinic. We will spend our last night in Windhoek after a wonderful Namibia experience.
Day 11: Windhoek City and Township Tour & Departure
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we will do a Windhoek City Tour and Windhoek Township Visit. Afterwards you will be dropped off at the airport for your onwards flight home.
Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa National Park and North Luangwa National Park
This unique, peanut-shaped country, once known as Northern Rhodesia, offers visitors an authentic African experience complete with adrenalin pumping adventure sports, a variety of fascinating cultural activities, and an abundance of indigenous wildlife, which finds refuge in Zambia’s vast national parks. Spend your evenings enjoying the spectacular site of the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, while sipping on sundowners after an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River. If that sounds a little too adventurous for your taste, take a houseboat cruise along the exquisite Lake Kariba while watching wild elephants drink at the riverbank as you try your hand at catching the elusive tiger fish. However you choose to spend your time in this unique country, you are bound to leave with a heavy heart and a desire to return again soon to this exceptionally beautiful Southern African country.
16 Days / 15 Nights
MUSEKESE CAMP | KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Zambia, On arrival, you will check-in for the scheduled flight to Kafue and begin your adventure in Zambia’s largest national park, with few lodges and far between but boasting abundant wildlife. You will be met by the expert guides at Musekese take you on an adventure through the untouched forests and plains of the animal territories for the next 2 nights!
BUSANGA BUSH CAMP | KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
This morning your will be transferred to the airstrip and be flown up to the game-rich plains of Busanga to stay in the wild yet luxurious Busanga Bush Camp for some spectacular prime views of the unique landscape and wildlife for the next 3 nights. For even better views, why not float up in their hot air balloon for a truly unforgettable experience
INSIDER'S TIP: Special sightings to look for include lion, cheetah, roan antelope and puku to name a few.
OLD MONDORO CAMP | LOWER ZAMBEZI
This morning you will be transferred to the Busanga Airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Jeki Airstrip. Head south to Lower Zambezi for a mix of wildlife on and off the river. Try a spot of fishing or simply relax in your alfresco tub as the elephants do the same on your doorstep. You will be met by a drive from Old Mondoro Camp and transferred through the park to spend the next 3 nights here.
TAFIKA CAMP | SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be transferred to Jeki airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Mfuwe Airport. Here you will be met and transferred to the famous South Luangwa, well known for its excellent leopard, lion and wild dog populations. Stay in one of the oldest and most remote lodges in the valley while you explore the park, Tafika Camp for the next 3 nights.
CHIKOKO TRAILS | SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Head to their sister camps just north of the park where you can enjoy uninterrupted game walks, following elephant pathways and learning to interpret the calls and signals of the bush. You will spend 2 nights at Chikoko Trails.
TAKWELA CAMP | NORTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Take a short scenic flight to North Luangwa, one of the few places you can find the elusive rhino. Here you will stay for the next 2 nights at Takwela, set on a beautiful river bend, popular with explorers and a huge hippo pod for prime game viewing on your doorstep.
This morning you will be flown to Mfuwe Airport to take the scheduled flight to Lusaka, where you will check-in for your onward travel.
INCLUDED / EXCLUDED
- Accommodation - All meals - All activities - All transfers - Internal flights - Park fees
- All drinks - Visa Fees - Any items of personal nature - Activities not mentioned - Travel Insurance - Airport departure taxes - Tips
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
FAR AND WILD HONEYMOON
South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi and Likoma Island
DAYS 1 – 2
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Africa. On arrival in Lusaka you will for your scheduled flight to Mfuwe Airport. On arrival, you will be met and transferred into South Luangwa to explore the bush, famous for its numerous cat sightings. Head south to the Kapamba Bushcamp for the next 2 nights to get away from the crowds and into the action!
DAYS 3 – 4
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Your guide will take you on a bushwalk, exploring the area and following old elephant pathways through the bush this morning as you make your way to your next camp. Enjoy seeing the smaller animals, birds and plants of the bush learning to track and look for clues before spending 2 nights at Zungulila.
DAYS 5 – 7
Today you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport to check-in for the scheduled flight over Malawi to Likoma Island, then take a boat to the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi. Enjoy white sandy beaches, magical seclusion and incredibly clear blue waters all to yourself! You will spend 3 nights at Nkwichi Lodge with rooms built into the rocky outcrops on the shores it is a piece of undiscovered paradise.
DAYS 8 – 10
Today you will have a boat transfer to Likoma Island for your last few nights of island paradise, soaking in the Malawian sunshine and enjoying island life. You will spend the next 3 nights at Kaya Mawa. Each unique room is built into and dotted around the water’s edge. Relax with a cocktail, soak in those views, have a massage, or take to the lake and the island to explore the underwater world and Malawian culture with a little more vigour!
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Likoma Airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Lilongwe, where you will check-in for your onward travel.
INCLUDED / EXCLUDED
- Accommodation - All meals - All activities - Airport transfers - Internal flights - Park fees
- All drinks – Detours - Any items of personal nature - Zambian visa fees - Malawian visa fees - Activities not mentioned - Travel insurance - Airport departure taxes
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Etosha, Caprivi, Chobe & Vic Falls
Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia/Zimbabwe
UPCOMING GROUP SAFARI DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2021:
14 September 2021 ITINERARY
This is one of our most popular safaris. It provides a great combination of some of Southern Africa’s biggest attractions. We will start in Windhoek and after a four-day visit to Etosha National Park which is Namibia’s and one of Africa’s biggest and best-known parks, we will continue up to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.
Here we will explore the lesser-known Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks as well as the big rivers in the Caprivi, the Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi Rivers. Finally, we will move on to Chobe National Park in Botswana and finish off in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We will do lots of game drives and boat cruises and stay in top quality lodges along the way. We can extend this safari to include Sossusvlei and Damaraland in Namibia as well as the rest of Botswana and/or Zimbabwe.
DAY 1 - 4
Windhoek to Etosha National Park
After breakfast at your hotel in Windhoek, your guide will load your luggage into the vehicle, and we will set off northwards towards our exciting first destination of this safari; Etosha National Park!
Etosha is also a photographer’s dream, with the contrasts in light, colour and textures particularly dramatic. Many a guest’s “lifer shots” of African animal and bird species were taken in this park. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly spectacular, so better get those cameras and phones ready!
After another fantastic day in the park, we will return to our lodge and freshen up. We will then enjoy dinner and a good night’s rest. Tomorrow we are off to the Caprivi!
The Okavango River
We will leave Etosha relatively early this morning after breakfast, making our way northeast. We are heading for the Caprivi, one of Namibia’s (and southern Africa’s) hidden secrets. The Caprivi with its lush green woodlands and big wide rivers is completely different from what we have experienced in Etosha, and a further illustration that Namibia is not all dust and sand!
The area is incredibly rich in wildlife, and has become an ecotourism hotspot, with massive growth potential still to be realised. Within Namibia the Caprivi Strip provides by far the most significant habitat for the critically endangered African Wild Dog. It is also an important corridor for African Elephant herds moving from Botswana and Namibia into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Apart from wildlife viewing, other Caprivi activities include angling for Tiger Fish, boat cruises and canoe trips on the rivers, while other attractions include Popa Falls and Impalila Island.
Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks
After breakfast this morning we will do a mixture of game drives in Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks, as well as a boat cruise on the Okavango River if we didn’t do one yesterday afternoon.
It is a flat region of grassland, swamps, shrubland, floodplains and riverine woodland, with a few sand dunes on the horizon. The deciduous woodlands are dominated by trees such as wild seringa, false mopane, camelthorns and Zambezi teak.
The parks are home to almost 100 large and numerous small mammal species, including African Elephant, big herds of African Buffalo, plenty of Hippopotamus, the rare Roan and Sable Antelopes, Greater Kudu, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, the vulnerable Spotted-necked Otter and many more.
Between game drives, we will have lunch back at the lodge while enjoying more stunning views of the Okavango River. We will also return to the lodge for dinner and another night under the great African sky.
The Kwando River
We start the morning with breakfast after which we proceed further east along the Caprivi Strip.
After a drive of about 3 hours, we will reach our next lodge and have lunch. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful Kwando River. The Kwando, also spelt Cuando sometimes, is 731 km (454 mi) long and runs from the central plateau in Angola into the Linyanti swamp in the north of Botswana. Below the swamp, the river is called the Linyanti River and, farther east, the Chobe River, before it flows into the mighty Zambezi River.
We will return to the beautiful lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest. Tomorrow we cross the border into Botswana!
DAY 8 - 9
Chobe National Park
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Kasane, driving through Katima Mulilo, the unofficial capital of the Caprivi Strip and a town that played a vital role in the South African Border War (1966 to 1990) and the Caprivi Conflict (1994 to 1999). Katima, as the locals call it, is located on the banks of the Zambezi River in lush riverine vegetation, and is a haven for an incredible amount of bird species, as well as naughty monkeys!
You will enjoy another great dinner at the lodge and fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush; listen for the “good Lord deliver us” of the Fiery-necked Nightjar and the “who who, who-are-you” of the African Wood Owl. Africa is special indeed.
Chobe is also famous for being the base for many world-renowned wildlife photographers. Many award-winning photos, videos and documentaries have been captured here.
You will be returned to your lodge in Kasane for dinner and a good night’s rest.
After breakfast and a final activity, you will cross into Zimbabwe, the third and final country on our fantastic ECCVF safari. It is a short drive of about 80 km from Kasane to Victoria Falls, and remember to keep an eye out for wildlife as this road is famous for some incredible roadside sightings.
After arriving in the town of Victoria Falls you have the option of going straight to the falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Smoke that Thunders” (the falls visit is an optional extra). It is the largest waterfall in the world by volume, A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. After settling into your lodge or hotel in the town itself, you will have the afternoon open for relaxing, shopping at one of the curio markets, or any of the following additional (optional) activities:
• Helicopter flights over the falls and surrounding area (highly recommended)
• Bungee jumping
• Sundowner boat cruise on the Zambezi river
• Half-day birding trip around town and the falls
Dinner tonight is for your own account, but we can gladly assist in suggesting one of the many excellent hotel restaurants in town.
After a relaxing final breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearby Victoria Falls International Airport for your homeward flight, or for your connecting flight to another southern African safari destination (please arrange your transfer directly with your lodge or hotel – this is for your own account).
We can easily extend this safari to include some of the fantastic parks in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana or South Africa. Please enquire and we will gladly assist.
DISCOVER Amazing Zambia
9 Nights – 1 June – 31 October
Discover Zambia’s off-the-beaten-track safari gems – South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park and Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park. Walking safaris, day and night drives and boat cruises are all part of this diverse itinerary. For the adrenaline junkies we recommend extending by two nights at the beautiful Toka Leya in its magical Zambezi River setting close to Livingstone.
DAYS 1, 2 & 3:
Arrive at Mfuwe International Airport (under own arrangements) and transfer by road to Time + Tide Luwi or Nsolo for three nights.
DAYS 4, 5 & 6:
Road transfer to Mfuwe International Airport for a Proflight air transfer to Lusaka, and onward connection with Procharter to Royal airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. Road transfer to Time + Tide Chongwe Camp for three nights.
DAY 7, 8 & 9:
Road transfer to Royal airstrip for a Procharter air transfer to Lusaka, and onward connection with Wilderness Air to Busanga Bush Camp for a three night stay in the Kafue National Park.
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Matusadonha National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Gonarezhou National Park
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, painted dogs, lions and birdlife.
15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS
DAYS 1 – 2
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
On arrival in Livingstone Airport where you will be met and transferred to The Elephant Camp to stay for the next 2 nights. Discover the majestic Victoria Falls, with exciting activities and plenty to see and explore. Take an adventure to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
DAYS 3 – 5
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Today you will have a road transfer to spend 3 nights in the famous Hwange National Park, from the huge herds of elephants, sable and plains game, to the majestic hunting predators. The Hide is the perfect place to nestle yourself in and watch the action of the bush, you will spend the next 3 nights here.
DAYS 6 – 8
MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip and fly to Lake Kariba to experience Zimbabwean wildlife on and off the land. Try a spot of tiger fishing and watch the endless hippo pods honking as they take cover in the cool waters of the lake. You will spend 3 nights exploring this aqua wilderness at Change.
DAYS 9 – 11
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip to take the scheduled flight to the famous Mana Pools, with its gorgeous winter thorn backdrops and majestic stretching elephants, this is prime wildlife spotting territory and John’s Camp is the perfect riverside retreat to explore the park from, you will spend the next 3 nights here.
DAYS 12 – 14
GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK
Explore one of Zimbabwe’s lesser-known parks, from ancient rock formations to incredible birding and game viewing. Today you will be transferred to the airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Chilo Gorge, via Harare, to stay at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge for the next 3 nights. If you are looking for off the beaten track you can’t get wilder then Gonarezhou National Park.
END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you will check-in for your onward journey.
INCLUDED / EXCLUDED
Accommodation-Meals as stated-Transfers-Internal Flights-Activities-Park fees
Drinks-Detours-Any items of personal nature-Visa fees-Activities not mentioned-Airport departure taxes-Travel Insurance
FB+: Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities