The ultimate African Safari. Spend 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, experiencing the wildlife, culture and scenery only Africa can deliver. From your first day marvelling at the Victoria Falls to the breath-taking magnitude of Namibia's dunes and big game interaction - this tour combines the home comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience.
Day 1 - Windhoek
On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge for your pre-departure meeting.
Overnight at Terra Africa Guesthouse
Day 2 - 3 Namib Naukluft
Moving south we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park and our accommodation for the next two nights, Agama River Camp. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world.
The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the TsauchabRiver.
Overnight at Agama River Camp
Day 4 - Swakopmund
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of these unique fauna and flora are a must on a Namibian safari. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra. We can also spot the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an odd-looking desert shrub of which one is a large, protected specimen estimated to be over 1,500 years old.
En-route we make a stop in the small town of Walvis Bay where you may spot a variety of birds including flamingo's in the lagoon. We arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund in the late afternoon, where you will have the opportunity soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Overnight at Alte Brucke Resort
Days 5 - Waterberg
Today we leave the coast behind us and drive to the Waterberg Plateau Park close to Otjiwarongo. On arrival we go for a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the mountain. The plateau was first envisaged as a conservation area for eland, Africa's largest species of antelope. In 1972 it was proclaimed a reserve and has since become a sanctuary for several rare animals.
Overnight at Waterberg Camp
Day 6 - Waterberg
We leave Waterberg National Park and travel via the Cheetah Conservation Foundation at Otjiwarongo to Etosha. The CCF is an internationally recognised centre for research and education on cheetah and their ecosystem. It boasts an extensive visitor centre which encourages tourists to learn more about these beautiful cats.
Continue our journey towards Namibia's best known highlight - Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at at our lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rock and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool or take a stroll through the natural bush and gardens. Optional game drives are also avaialble.
Overnight at Toshari Lodge
Days 7 - 8 Etosha National
After breakfast we enter Etosha via the Andersson gate where the next two days are filled with game drives that seek out the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino as well as giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes or viewpoints encountering the park's various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight at Namutoni Camp
Day 9 -Bushmanland
Departing from Etosha we drive into Bushmanland and take a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju'Hoansi-San, a local bushmen community who offer us the opportunity to partake in their daily activities. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San people. A walk is taken in the vicinity of the village with the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and ropes and start a fire the Ju/'Hoansi-way. After lunch the journey continues to the town of Rundu and to the lodge for the night.
Overnight at Kaisosi Lodge
Day 10 - Caprivi
This morning travel eastwards to the camp in the western Caprivi region. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the greater Bwabwata National Park which extends from the Kavango river in the west to the Kwando river in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen.
Overnight at Mahangu Lodge.
Day 11 - Okavango Delta
We leave the Caprivi and travel south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word "maung", which means "the place of short reeds". The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Overnight at Thamalakane River Lodge
Day 12 - Okavango Delta
After breakfast we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast.
After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in close proximity to the famous Khwai River. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive - a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
Overnight at Khwai Bedouin Camp
Day 13 - Khwai
Today will be spent in the Khwai area. We will embark on a full day game drive, hopefully spotting the variety of animals that frequent the region. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
Overnight at Khwai Bedouin Camp
Day 14 - Makgadigadi Pans
We leave the bush behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake, however the pans are now saline and empty. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we get the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels, as well as time constraints.)
Overnight at Nata Lodge
Day 15 - 16 -
Chobe National Park
This morning we head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or to relax by the pool.
The next day you will get to see the wildlife of the Chobe National Park on a morning game drive, with the hope of spotting big game up close and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the animals as they come down to drink, as well as the spectacular African sunset.
Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge
Day 17 - 18 -
Hwange National Park
Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto Hwange National Park where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. A full day game drive is included on the park on the second day.
Overnight at Sable Sands
Day 19 - Victoria Falls
Continuing our trip, we turn northwards to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - "the smoke that thunders". The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities on offer.
Overnight at Ilala Lodge
Day 20 - Farewell
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Price includes accommodation, all transport in 4x4 safari vehicle, game drives as mentioned, most meals, park fees, local payment and experienced local guide. Please note luggage restriction of 15kg. Flights not included. Discounted flights available from most UK airports.