Botswana Nambia

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  Botswana Namibia

Price:
2 pax  R 79860.00 pps
Please enquire on our group rates.
 
Duration:
17 days
This tour covers the major highlights of Botswana and Namibia from exploring the Delta in Botswana to the Caprivi Strip in Namibia which offers a greener view of Namibia, then head off to the world renowned Etosha National Park before venturing up into the Skeleton coast and visiting the seal populations at Cape Cross and enjoy a festive feast at a good German Beer House.

Botswana and Namibia

Itinerary

 

Day 1 we collect you from your guest house or the airport (in case of an early enough flight) and head north, into Limpopo province - land of myths and legends. We cross over the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive at Mopane Bush Lodge in the late afternoon, a tranquil bush retreat. Each chalet is situated in it’s own “kraal” with an en-suite bathroom, exclusive verandah and additional outdoor shower. The afternoon is spent at leisure - you may just want to relax in the pool before dinner!

 Day 2 we enjoy an early breakfast and visit the Mapungubwe National Park. This is also a UNESCO World heritage Site, with Mapungubwe Hill being the site of the first African Kingdom which reached its climax in the 13th century, predating the Great Zimbabwe Ruins! The remains of this ancient Iron Age metropolis, ruled by an African King almost a thousand years ago, lay forgotten for more than seven centuries until, in 1933, a local resident revealed its existence. We also take short walk to the awesome view at the confluence of the mighty Shashi and Limpopo Rivers, over 3 countries - Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. We return to Mopane for lunch. In the late afternoon we set off on an unforgettable wild dog encounter. We join a researcher working closely with the wild dog pack of the area. The researcher has spent the morning tracking the pack and by the time we join them, we head straight for where they settled during the midday heat. As we arrive they should be waking up and going through their routine of greeting and grooming. The researcher explains the intricacies and dynamics of the pack. When they start moving, we follow them by radio transmitter on an open safari vehicle - and may be lucky enough to witness them on a kill. This is a unique opportunity to get up close with Africa’s most endangered predator.

 On day 3 we head for the Botswana border. The road passes through stands of mopane woodland before reaching Francistown, where we spend the night. Make sure you have a visa (if required)

We head north, on day 4, to Gweta and book into Planet Baobab, where we will be staying in traditionally styled Bakalanga huts. Planet Baobab lies in a cluster of baobabs on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans - which covers an area the size of Switzerland. W

e enjoy a traditional lunch at a Cattle Post - followed by a village tour. Learn the African handshake from the Batswana and discover how Botswana continues to be one of the most successful and interesting societies in Southern Africa. We return to Planet Baobab for a tasty Pan African dinner.

We set off early for a day trip into the Ntwetwe Pan. Get up close and personal with a resident gang of habituated meerkats; see how these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals interact with each other and their environment. View the desert through the eyes of a meerkat – which, despite the fact that it’s only a foot off the ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage point, and definitely one of the most special and memorable game experiences you will encounter. Meet these amazing Kalahari Kool Kats as they go about their daily routine. You are free to walk around, photograph and observe them at close range. The only rule is that you do not attempt to touch or feed the meerkats, or interfere with them in any way. Of course, the meerkats never got this memo - so do not be surprised if these little guys decide to use your head as a lookout post! We enjoy a picnic lunch before exploring the vast nothingness of the Makgadikgadi.   Search for the stone tools that remain scattered on the surface of the saltpan (and throw them back from whence they came!). We return to Planet Baobab and to what is reputedly the biggest, wettest, coolest pool in the Kalahari!

Day 6 we continue north to Chobe, home to some of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent.  We book into Chobe Safari Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.  Thatched rooms overlook a shaded lawn spread beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees to the river's edge.

Day 7 sees us set off on an early morning game drive in open safari vehicles, into Chobe National Park. There are an estimated 60 000 elephants in the park, thought to be the largest surviving elephant population in Africa.  In the afternoon, we embark on a boat cruise into the park, where we might be lucky enough to witness one of the elephant herds crossing, using their trunks as snorkels!  

 We bid Botswana farewell on our eighth day and enter Namibia and the Caprivi Game Park. The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia. It is the wettest region in Namibia with its high rainfall and a number of major rivers. The abundance of water sustains a large variety of animal and bird species, although not easily spotted through the dense vegetation. There are no fences, so the animals can roam freely across the borders of the neighbouring countries of Botswana and Zambia. We reach the eastern boundary of the Caprivi and spend the night at Namushasha Lodge. We visit Lizauli traditional village, where visitors are guided around the village where traditional arts and crafts are being practised. Aside from the fascination of the actual attractions – an iron forge, a grain store, and various carvers and basket weavers – a visit here gives a good opportunity to sit down and talk to some local people about their way of life. This is just one of several important community projects in this area.  

Please make sure you have a visa. (If required)

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel through the Caprivi National Park, along the Okavango River and the Angolan border, to the riverside town of Rundu.  We book into the Kaisosi River Lodge on the banks of the Okavango River.  The afternoon is spent at leisure. 

 Day 10 we leave Rundu after breakfast and set off to see the Hoba Meteorite.  This is the largest known meteorite in the world.  The 50-ton mass of nickel and iron crashed to earth 30 000 to 80 000 years ago and was discovered in the 1920’s.  From here we head through Tsumeb, and enter the Etosha National Park.  A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000-square kms. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About 2 million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene river. The lake slowly dried up because the river changed its course. The pan is just about always dry. In the southern parts there are water-holes scattered throughout the area and forms the basis of life for countless game.  Be it lion, elephant, giraffe or zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve. We spend the night at Namutoni camp in the park. Namutoni centers around a beautiful old fort in an area dotted with Makalani palms. It dates back to a German police post, built before the turn of the century, and was later used as an army base and for English prisoners in the First World War, before being restored to its present state. 

We continue exploring the sheer vastness of Etosha on day 11, as we make our way to Halali Camp for lunch. We continue south to Okaukuejo Camp, where we spend the next 2 nights.   

 On day 12 we continue exploring the southern sector of Etosha.

 Day 13 we leave the Etosha area and travel south, towards the Skeleton Coast. This is a very nice drive - almost an attraction in itself. The scenery changes from bushveld to mountainous and gradually levels out to sand and dunes. There are quite a few good photo and curio stops en route. The Bushmen called this region "The Land God Made in Anger", while Portugues sailors referred to it as "The Gates of Hell."  The climate is inhospitable and there is a constant, heavy surf on the beaches. In the days of human-powered boats it was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from shore. The only way out was by a march hundreds of miles long and only accessible through a hot and arid desert.  The coast is named for the shipwrecks caused by rocks offshore, and from the skeletons of those who died in the remote desert. More than a thousand vessels of various sizes litter the coast. We spend the night in Henties Bay.

 After breakfast on day 14, we visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony. At any time of year it is an incredible sight. A boardwalk separates you from the seals. There are thousands of seals hauled out on the beach: sleeping, feeding young, squabbling.  Further away are thousands more in the ocean. The seals don't seem to notice their human observers and just get on with their lives.  The black-backed jackal is constantly prowling the edge of the colonies looking for a chance to grab and run, whilst the brown hyena, though seldom seen during the day, is a bolder predator amongst the nurseries and younger seals during darkness. We then head down the coast to Swakopmund. Bavarian spires and elaborate Germanic architecture exudes romance and history; a rich cultural melting pot of old and new. The town is an eclectic mixture of Bohemian and Bavarian, home to artists, hippies, strait-laced descendants of German settlers, stately Herero women in Victorian dress, and hard-bitten miners, game rangers, safari operators and fishermen. Today it is one of the few places outside Europe where a sizeable minority of the population speak German and have German roots. Attractions in Swakopmund include a transport museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and, as the second largest town on Namibia, some excellent shopping opportunities! We book into the Swakop Lodge and you have the opportunity to spend some time at leisure in Swakopmund.

 Day 15, We set off on a “living desert” tour. This half-day desert tour concentrates on discovering the local dune-belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Explore the Namib Desert and discover its many wonders. Namib, which means vast and empty, leaves images of total desolation to the onlooker. This is true to a certain degree, but on the contrary, the life giving fog supports a wealth of fauna and flora. Sidewinder Snakes, White Lady Spiders, Namaqua Chameleons, Dancing Lizards and much more can be seen. Excellent photographic opportunity… We return to Swakopmund and that afternoon go on a Township Tour. Tour to Swakopmund’s Damara, Herero and Ovambo sectors of the township to experience the local Namibian traditional cuisine and culture of these tribes. You will view all the "hotspots" like the art and craft areas, residential areas and the day to day living areas.

After breakfast on day 16, we head inland to Okahandja. The town is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north who sell their carving at the craft markets next to the main road. This is a good place to pick up any wood carving you would like to take home as curios. We then continue to the capital of Namibia – Windhoek. We spend the night at the Hotel Safari. Dinner is at Joe’s Beerhouse, the most famous Beerhouse on the African Continent. Enjoy the atmosphere of this unique pub and restaurant with its very original witty décor - you are sure to be kept busy discovering memorabilia collected by Joe over many years, while enjoying a fine beer or a great meal. The generous portions of excellent Namibian and German food have ensured many happy customers!  

 Day 17 We enjoy breakfast at the hotel before dropping you off at the airport in time for your flight.

 

 

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Price

(About US$ 6945.00pps based on R11.50 to the US$)

This price is based on a private tour for 2 people. For groups of 4, 6 or more please enquire on our group rates.

The price will include all transport, meals, entrance fees, guides and accommodation during the safaris, as indicated in the itinerary. The safaris will be done in an air-conditioned vehicle to ensure your every comfort. 

 

Price:
2 pax  R 79860.00 pps
Please enquire on our group rates.
 
 
Duration:
17 days

 

Exclusions / Optional Extras

 Accommodation before and after the tour
 flights to and from South Africa or flights not specified in the itinerary (Flight from Windhoek to Johannesburg is not included).
 lunches, drinks and curios
 travel insurance
  required inoculations and malaria medications
  visas (if required).
 
 

 
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