Full day at Onguma participating in schedule activities. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp in an en-suite room on a full board basis.
After a leisurely breakfast, head for the mining town of Tsumeb. Thanks to the wealth generated by the mines, Tsumeb is an attractive town boasting some fine old colonial buildings and a palm lined central park with spreading lawns. Departing from Tsumeb continue to Grootfontein which forms one of the trio towns of the maize triangle. North of Grootfontein you enter the communal lands of the Kavango and on to the town of Rundu for overnight at n’Kwazi Lodge in an en-suite room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
n’Kwazi is a secluded paradise, tucked away amongst lush riverine vegetation on the banks of the perennial Kavango River. Situated 20 kilometres north-east of Rundu, n’Kwazi combines the tranquillity of a tropical environment with the comforts of a luxury lodge. n’Kwazi’s much-praised cuisine – a scrumptious buffet in the evenings – is superb. Activities include canoeing, horse-back trails, bird watching, traditional dances and sun downer cruises.
Today you make for the Popa Falls area and Divava Okavango Lodge for overnight in an en-suite room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa, is a luxury lodge nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Kavango River (it becomes the Okavango when it crosses into Botswana) a few hundred metres from Popa Falls. It is fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru (Little Paradise). The Lodge offers an exquisite view over the River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge is only 14 kilometres from the Mahango Game Reserve, which is celebrated for it’s abundance of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe. Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa offers 20 luxurious chalets, a bush bar, restaurant, swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the River. Enjoy a boat cruise to the Popa Falls to view hippo and crocodiles and game-viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve.
Wedged between Angola and Botswana, the 32 kilometre wide Bwabwata National Park extends for about 180 kilometres form the Okavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. While the park is a sanctuary to 35 large and numerous small game species, visitors with normal vehicles are not likely to see many of these animals, as traffic is restricted to the road between Kavango and Eastern Caprivi. As yet there are no tourist facilities in the Park. Because there is no surface water, most species congregate along the Okavango and Kwando rivers. As many as 339 bird species have been recorded in West Caprivi, which makes a drive through the park especially rewarding to birdwatchers.
Overnight at Lianshulu Lodge in an en-suite room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Lianshulu Lodge in the East Caprivi overlooks the pristine Kwando River and is situated on a private concession inside the National Park. Traditional flair and superb food combine with unobtrusive comfort and personal service. Individually styled chalets afford privacy and uninterrupted views. Experienced guides enhance a great wilderness experience. Cradled between the enigmatic Okavango River to the west and the mighty Zambezi River to the east, Lianshulu Lodge nestles beneath a canopy of shady Jackalberry and Mangosteen trees, on the banks of the meandering Kwando River. Here, in the heart of the Mudumu National Park, dry Mopane woodlands meet the allure of a fragile Kwando wetland ecosystem.
Nature drives in the National Park are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles. Other activities include guided morning walks in the park, bird watching, boat excursions and sunset cruises on the Kwando River. Optional night drives are offered between May and November. Although game populations fluctuate through the seasons, many typical savannah species occur in the area – this including buffalo, waterbuck and specials like Roan and Oribi, with Elephant, Zebra and Hippo being particularly abundant. Activities are conducted by experienced, resident naturalist guides. An optional visit to the Lizauli Traditional Village, a long-standing community tourism project, can be arranged.
Full day in the area at Lianshulu Lodge in an en-suite room on a full board basis including two schedule nature activities
Travel to the town of Katima Mulilo and onwards to the border of Namibia, exit Namibia and enter Botswana, stay for two nights at Mowana Safari Lodge.
Spectacularly sited on the Chobe River, close to Chobe National Park, yet easily accessible, Mowana Safari Lodge stands at the point where four countries meet – and is the perfect setting for any Southern African experience. 104 luxury rooms with full en-suite bathrooms and 4 suites – all rooms are river facing with air-conditioning, mini bars, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and electric insect repellents.
Facilities at Mowana include an outdoor swimming-pool, set in a natural landscape; the Serondela Restaurant offers the world’s best cuisine inspired by the many flavours of Africa and Savute Bar overlooking the ever-changing Chobe River.
Activities at Mowana include swimming, hiking, mountain biking, tiger fishing, bird watching, game viewing on a river cruiser or in open-air vehicles with expert game rangers and trackers, night game drives, breakfast and sunset cruises, and traditional theme evenings at the African Village.
Two overnights at Mowana Safari Lodge in a standard double room with private en-suite facilities inclusive of all meals and game-viewing
Depart Mowana, for Savute Safari Lodge. The Lodge peers out from ancient Camelthorn trees on the banks of the Savute channel, part of the dynamic Savute eco system – known for its large concentration of Elephant and large Lion prides.
Accommodation is in twelve tastefully furnished twin bedded Safari Suites. The unique design of the suites with their spacious interior and large glass sliding doors, which give the feeling of being part of the bush, sets the Savute Safari Lodge apart from typical safari accommodation.
The lounge, library and cocktail bar are situated in the thatch and timber main building, where an upstairs viewing deck allows Savute’s enchanting sunsets to mesmerize guests. A large fireplace downstairs is equally inviting on winter nights, while the delicious aroma of dinner and the prospect of candlelit, silver-service dining beckons the elegant dining room.
The game viewing offered by Savute is an experience not to be missed, especially if you are visiting in the summer months, after November’s first rains when thousands of animals are drawn to the area. Savute Safari Lodge’s highlights are its concentrations of Lion and Hyena, as well as its Leopard, Cheetah, Black-Backed Jackal and the many lone Elephant bulls, usually seen frequenting their favourite watering holes!
Two overnights at Savute Safari Lodge in a standard twin suite with private en-suite facilities inclusive of all meals, all local brand drinks, teas/coffees, snacks, game-viewing and laundry
Depart Savute Safari Lodge for the Moremi Game Reserve staying at Xakanaxa Camp. The Camp is one of the few Okavango lodges which can offer comprehensive year-round boating trips, as well as extensive nature drives into good game country. Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-Kan-A-Ka) is set in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is rated as being one of the finest game viewing areas in Africa, incorporating much of the Delta water and has a vast selection of exotic wildlife.
To the south and east, the reserve offers sanctuary to the most varied herds in southern Africa. To the north and west of the lodge are the permanent lagoons and waterways of the Okavango. The game drives in this sector of Moremi, take one through a large variety of vegetation types, down winding tracks, through mopane forests and across lush grasslands.
The waterways are either forded by vehicle or crossed on rustic log bridges. The camp faces out over the Xakanaxa Lagoon on the Khwai River, where boat trips lead into the sinuous channels of the Delta, one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders.
Birding in the area is excellent, especially in the spring and summer months, when the migrants are breeding. Boat trips and game drives are conducted by a team of experienced, professional game guides. The camp consists of luxury, spacious safari tents, with en-suite facilities. They are fully equipped and tastefully furnished. The dining room is open fronted with reed walls and a thatched roof, and has a fully stocked bar. Centrepiece in the dining room is a dining table, tailor-made in old railway sleeper timber. Wholesome meals, candle-lit dinners and a selection of fine wines will more than satisfy. The service is personalised and of a high standard. A rustic and friendly atmosphere prevails.
Two overnights at Xakanaxa Camp in a standard twin bedded tent with private en-suite facilities inclusive of all meals, all local brand drinks, teas/coffees, snacks, game-viewing and laundry
Depart back to Maun for an overnight at Maun Lodge
One overnight at Maun Lodge in a standard double room with private en-suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis
Travel via Ghanzi to the Namibian border. Travel some 80 kilometres towards the town of Gobabis for overnight at Elandsbult Guest House in an en-suite room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Here you are surrounded by primordial, enthralling savannahs while the ambience of the guest house itself is both natural and luxurious. You can relax in comfort while taking in a unique and unspoilt landscape- certainly the best of both worlds. The garden is shaded by worm-bark false-thorn trees (Albizia anthelmintica) and overlooks a floodlit waterhole where game and birds flock during the day. Natural building materials were used. The colours and patterns have an African feel and traditional Namibian cosiness. You are looked after by a husband and wife team assisted by well trained, friendly staff conversant in various European and African languages. The three-levelled thatched complex and 2 Chalets can accommodate up to sixteen people (plus 2 guides) sharing. There are eight bedrooms, two which are equipped with double beds, and all have en-suite bathrooms. The partly covered lapa can be referred to as the “heart” of the guest house with open fireplace, a kitchen and bar facilities. Activities offered: Game drives, animal tracking on foot, or evening cocktail stops are peppered with fascinating facts and a thought-provoking philosophy on man’s relationship with nature and the universe.
Leave for Windhoek, and Hosea Kutako International Airport in time for your outbound flight.
End of Self-drive Safari
Cost: from US Dollar 4 420 per person sharing
All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
Scheduled activities and excursions as described in the itinerary
Government bed levies
Any items of a personal nature i.e. telephone, laundry and curios
Additional meals and beverages
Gratuities and portages
Optional extra excursions and activities
Any items not mentioned in the itinerary
Visa fees and applications
Personal Travel and baggage Insurance
Change of Itinerary whilst on tour
Vehicle and fuel costs
Park Entrance fees
Rates are quoted subject to change – due to exchange rate fluctuations, and availability of accommodation.