GEMS OF NAMIBIA AND BOTSWANA

13 Night / 14 Day Lodge Safari

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Namibia is without a doubt one of the most fascinating countries in southern Africa, while Botswana is known for superb wildlife sightings. On this exciting lodge safari, you will travel off the beaten track. Experience the vastness and solitude of Namibia and the diverse wildlife of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. From Windhoek, you travel through Bushmanland to the Khaudom National Park, making a stop at the Waterberg Plateau. Along the Panhandle you reach the breath-taking Okavango Delta. Making a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Tsodilo Hills, you reach the Zambezi Region, formerly known as the Caprivi Strip, rich in diverse vegetation. Chobe National Park promises safari at its best, being home to plenty of wildlife. Your journey ends at Victoria Falls visiting the gigantic waterfalls. Experiencing such rich diversity in landscapes as well as fascinating wildlife encounters make this safari one of a kind.

Highlights

Day 1-5 | Namibia

  • Windhoek: city tour
  • Waterberg Plateau: nature tour and hike to the high plateau
  • Bushman land: visiting a village of the Ju/‘Hoansi-San
  • Tsumkwe: exploring and wildlife sightings in Khaudom National Park

Day 6-7 | Botswana

  • Okavango Delta: boat tours and bush walks
  • Tsodilo Hills: hike to rock paintings

Day 8-10 | Namibia

  • Zambezi Region: Visit to Popa Falls, scenic river landscapes at Okavango and Kwando
  • Linyanti Region: Safaris in Mudumu National Park und Mamili National Park

Day 11-12 |Botswana

  • Chobe National Park: boat safari and game drives looking for big game

Day 13-14 | Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls: visiting the waterfalls

Facts

Lodge Safari:
Gems of Namibia and Botswana
Tourcode: ET14WDHVFA
From: Windhoek
To: Victoria Falls
Min number  to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private Safari
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price:
from 75,000 NAD (6 pax)
to 135,000 NAD (2 pax)
Single Supplement: 5,750 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 h

Your transfer driver will welcome you at Windhoek airport and take you to Vondelhof Guest House. Depending on your arrival time in Namibia, you have some time to relax and freshen up before you meet your guide in the afternoon. You spend the afternoon on a city tour, exploring Windhoek: Christ Church, Alte Feste and museum, Tintenpalast and Independence Avenue, formerly known as Kaiserstraße. Dinner will be served at Joe’s Beerhouse (optional). You will overnight at Vondelhof Guest House.

Day 2 | Windhoek, Namibia – Waterberg Plateau, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4 h

After breakfast you leave Windhoek, making your way to the Waterberg Plateau. This giant table mountain, with its more than 45,000 hectare large nature and game reserve, is an important water reservoir for Namibia and home to many wild animals. Once you have arrived at the lodge, you have some time at your leisure. Enjoy the magnificent view across the high terraces. In the afternoon, you embark on a game drive and with a little bit of luck you can spot roan and sable antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, buffaloes and leopards. You will spend the night at Waterberg Plateau Lodge.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Waterberg Plateau, Namibia – Grootfontein Region, Namibia

Distance approx. 230 km; driving time approx. 4 h

After an early breakfast, you take off to the Waterberg Plateau Park. Embark on a two-hour hike to the high plateau together with your guide. Be prepared for a little work-out hiking through diverse bush and rock landscapes. You will be rewarded with a spectacular view across the savannah. After the descent and a snack at the restaurant (not included in the tour price), you travel north-east. Close to Grootfontein you see the Hoba meteorite, the world’s largest meteorite ever found to date. You spend the night at Fiume Lodge.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 | Grootfontein Region, Namibia – Tsumkwe, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h

You continue east through the bushman land, home of the San. On your way to Tsumkwe you visit a traditionally built village of the Ju/’Hoansi-San. You can look forward to an interesting excursion with your Ju/’Hoansi-San guide. On a tour through the village, you get an extensive idea about the way of life of these hunter gatherers and first people of Namibia. You have the chance to learn the traditional craft of making bow and arrow. In the afternoon, you leave the village making your way to Tsumkwe. Your home for the next two days is Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 | Khaudom National Park, Namibia

Distance depends on the route of the game drive in the national park

After sun rise and a nutritious breakfast, you embark on an exciting safari far away from civilisation. Together with your guide and a local guide of the lodge, you go on a tour of several hours through the Khaudom National Park, one of the most important parks for big game. Besides antelopes, the park is home to rare African wild dogs, hyenas, lions, leopards and more than 1,500 elephants. Its location off the beaten track has left this national park in a very pristine condition. This also means, the wild animals are not as accustomed to vehicles as they are in other parks. You can expect an “African bush massage” when driving over the bumpy bush roads. In the late afternoon and after many safari adventures, you return to Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge where you will spend another night.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 6-7 | Tsumkwe, Namibia – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Distance approx. day 6: ca. 280 km; driving time approx. 5 h

Today, you will cross the border to Botswana. Start the day with an early breakfast, leaving Tsumkwe behind and crossing over into Botswana near Dobe. On a bumpy 4×4 road you make your way to Nokaneng, continuing on a paved road along the Okavango Panhandle until you reach Etsha 6. Be on the look-out for elephants who frequently pass this way. A local guide of the Mopiri Camp is expecting you at Etsha 6. In a transfer vehicle, you are driven through untouched bush landscapes to a jetty. On a boat, you cruise along the Okavango until you reach Mopiri Camp, your home for the coming two nights. Upon arrival, you have a light lunch and time to relax or take a dip in the refreshing pool. Your time in the Okavango is spent with the fourth element, water. In the morning and afternoon, you go on boat cruises exploring the canals of the delta, discovering stunning and diverse flora and fauna. On bush walks you learn about vegetation and go on tracking expeditions. The Okavango Delta is a captivating place and paradise for all bird and nature lovers. With a little luck, you can spot crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephants, various kinds of antelopes and fascinating birdlife. In the evening, enjoy delicious dinners and a romantic atmosphere around the nightly campfire. You will spend two nights at the Mopiri Camp.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Activities | Local drinks

Day 8 | Okavango Delta, Botswana – Zambezi Region, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h

After a rich breakfast, you leave the Okavango Delta, continuing north together with your guide. Your next destination is Tsodilo Hills – the hill that whispers – which is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage site. These ancient rock formations impress through their sheer size and multitude of well-preserved rock paintings. On a two-hour walk, a local guide will teach you all about the pristine surrounding and some of the rock paintings. Enjoy a picnic in the outdoors before you continue north. You now leave Botswana, returning to Namibia and its Zambezi Region, formerly known as Caprivi Strip, travelling to Mobola Lodge right at the Okavango River. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the Island Bar or go on an optional sunset cruise on the river. For dinner look forward to a traditional braai – a barbeque southern African style – and a crackling campfire. You will spend the night at Mobola Lodge.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 | Zambezi Region, Namibia – Mudumu National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 330 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h (excl. driving time in the park)

Start your day with a stop at the Popa Falls before you continue through the Zambezi Region towards Mudumu National Park. On the way, you pass by villages which survive mainly on the selling of fish and on agriculture. With a little luck, you can also spot some big game. You can now look forward to a game drive through Mudumu National Park. The southern part of the park is rich in water making it an attractive area for elephants, zebras, different kinds of antelopes, buffaloes, hippos and crocodile. In the late afternoon you leave the park, driving to Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Here you will spend the next two nights.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 | Linyanti Region and Mamili National Park, Namibia

Accompanied by a local guide of the lodge, you visit the untouched and wild Mamili National Park. Wetlands, marches and dry savannah make for very diverse and scenic views. The park is home to elephants, different kinds of antelopes, hippos and big cats. Mamili National Park is off the beaten track and not as developed as other parks. Be prepared for some bumpy roads. After an exciting game drive, you return to your lodge where you can spend the afternoon at your own leisure. Optionally, you can go on a boat cruise. You will spend another night at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11-12 | Linyanti Region, Namibia – Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Distance on day 11 approx. ca. 260 km; driving time approx. 4 h

You leave Namibia to return to Botswana for more wildlife adventures. Once you reach Kasane, you check into Chobe Bakwena Lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch. It is now time to say your goodbyes to your guide who has accompanied you to Kasane all the way from Windhoek. You spend the remaining days with an experienced guide from the lodge. In the coming two days, you get to know the diverse wildlife of the Chobe National Park. With more than 40,000 elephants, this park his home to one of the largest elephant populations compared to its size in southern Africa. On a boat cruise on the Chobe River be on the look-out for crocodiles, hippos and animals that come to the river to quench their thirst. On 4×4 safaris, look for buffalo herds, prides of lions, leopards and other big game. You will spend two nights at Chobe Bakwena Lodge.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | 3 safari activities in Chobe National Park

Day 13 | Kasane, Botswana – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer Kasane – Victoria Falls; driving time approx. 2 h

Today, you will see the majestic and thundering waters of the Victoria Falls. After breakfast, your transfer driver will take you across the border to Victoria Falls. Together with your guide for this day you have lunch at the Lookout Café (lunch not included in the tour price). On an extensive walk, you visit the “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the smoke that thunders – also known as Victoria Falls. If time allows, you will visit a souvenir market in town. Dinner is served at a restaurant in town (not included in the tour price). You will spend the night at Batonka Guest Lodge.

Breakfast | Transfers

Day 14 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your adventure across three countries of southern Africa has come to an end. With memories of spectacular landscapes, vegetation and wildlife encounters, your transfer driver will take you to Victoria Falls airport. From here you fly home or continue your travels.

Breakfast

Includes

  • Guided lodge safari as per the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English or German-speaking guide
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, rest camps and lodges as indicated in the itinerary (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary; safari activities in Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls are done with a local guide.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All national park fees

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Optional activities, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Tourism Development Levy for Botswana (at the moment 30 USD p.p.)
  • Visa fee for Zimbabwe (at the moment 35 USD p.p.)
  • Visa fee for Victoria Falls (at the moment 30 USD p.p.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

A lodge safari is a journey along a well-planned route, through the wide expanses of Namibia on tar and gravel roads. You will get to see impressive landscapes, experience game viewing and gain an insight into the different cultures. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances are inevitable. On a lodge safari, all accommodations offer rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a comfortable atmosphere and personal service.

A guided lodge safari is suitable for individuals who want to feel Africa and experience its splendid nature and wildlife while travelling in comfort and ease. The groups consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of six people. Not only couples and friends, but also solo travellers join our guided lodge safaris. Clocks tick differently in Africa and unexpected hurdles can arise on the way. Flexibility, patience, an open mind as well as a good sense of humour are the key to an enjoyable trip and an unforgettable experience.

Your qualified and registered guide is also your driver. Our guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. Our guides have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country.

Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks. All lodges serve a full breakfast, most include a 3-course dinner as well. In some towns there is the option to have supper at a restaurant (own account).

When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.

A normal day will start with breakfast at around 8am and end with supper at around 8pm. It might happen that you have an early morning activity planned, so breakfast might be slightly later or a packed breakfast will be provided. In general, departure times are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide and the rest of the group. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. You will either travel to your next destination or explore the surroundings on excursions. You arrive at the overnight accommodation in the afternoon, with some time to relax and freshen up before supper. After supper, you might want to chat and enjoy a night cap before you go to bed.

We use specially designed and customised Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows and pop-up roofs for great game viewing and vistas. The passenger compartment comprises six individual and comfortable seats which provide great comfort while travelling. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest.

You will overnight in guesthouses, guestfarms, lodges or permanent tented camps. While guesthouses, guestfarms and lodges consist of permanent buildings, tented camps provide accommodation in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, including washbasin, shower and toilet. The standard is 3-star to 4-star. Most accommodations are nestled in beautiful scenery and offer spectacular views.

Passport:

You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.

Visa:

Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.

If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.

Other:

You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.

Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.

Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks.

Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. Normally you can add 10% to a restaurant bill. For lodge staff, there is generally a communal tip box. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we recommend 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.

 

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.

You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.

In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips. Also have cash for tipping as some accommodations will not add the tips onto your service bill.

Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.

 

The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.

Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).

Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.

 

Here is a rough checklist for clothing:

  • Warm jacket, warm pullover
  • Wind jacket or rain jacket
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 pair of long trousers
  • 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4-6 T-shirts
  • Sufficient underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Base cap, sun hat

Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals. Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.

Other equipment:

  • Sun glasses
  • Torch, preferably headtorch
  • Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
  • Photo equipment
  • Adapter
  • Alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
  • First-aid kit
  • Water bottle

It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.

Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.

No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the rooms. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.

For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.

Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.

When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.

Different safety measures apply when on a game drive in the bush. Always stay in the vehicle and only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.

During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.

Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.

Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.

Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.