This 11 day self-drive trip incorporates a rich diversity of both landscapes and game-viewing.
Your tour will take you to the no 1 destination of Namibia, Etosha National Park, to the waterways of the Okavango Panhandle, the Victoria Falls and back through the Kalahari Desert to Windhoek. The tour is set together for clients that want to see wildlife and birds. Etosha is the no 1 game reserve, where you will be able to see Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, variety of antelope and so much more…
Etosha National Park is a well worth drive, you are visiting one of the world’s most exciting game viewing destinations. You will start seeing wildlife as you enter the park. You will enter the park on the eastern side and exit it on the western side. The habitat differs immensely. Driving from waterhole to waterhole will offer you to see all that Etosha offers.
At the waterways you’ll see Hippo, Buffalo, Crocodiles and so much more. The bird life is also spectacular.
You will then travel to the Kavango, Caprivi Strip, Botswana and a quick tour over to Zambia where you will enjoy game viewing and river cruises. Here you will experience the flood plains, lush vegetation and river forest.
In contrast to the lush and verdant landscape typified by the Okavango Panhandle, the final part of your journey is once again to a more arid environment, that of the Central Kalahari. Thakadu is situated just south of Ghanzi amongst shady trees and looking on to a waterhole that attracts a surprising amount of game.
The final day of your trip is heading back to Windhoek where you can either catch an evening flight or stay in Namibia’s capital city, a chance to pick up a few last souvenirs before heading home.
All our itinerary’s is customizable to suit your self-drive safaris. Days could be added of deleted. Accommodation is 100% your choice. You can browse the area and also suggest where you would like to stay instead. We strive to make your stay as memorable as possible.
ETOSHA – KAVANGO – CAPRIVI – KASANE – NATA - MAUN – GHANZI - WINDHOEK
|Day 0||Arebbusch Travel Lodge||Windhoek||BB||1 Night|
|Day 1||Okaukuejo Resort||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 2||Halali Resort||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 3||Namutoni Resort||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 4||Hakusembe River Lodge||Kavango||BB||1 Night|
|Day 5||Popa Falls Resort||Kavango||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 6 & 7||Chobe Safari Lodge||Kasane||BB||2 Nights|
|Day 8||Nata Lodge||Nata||BB||1 Night|
|Day 9||Sitatunga Camp||Maun||BB||1 Night|
|Day 10||Thakadu Camp||Ghanzi||BB||1 Night|
The following is included:
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The following is excluded:
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Leaving Windhoek you will have 430 kilometers to travel to Okaukuejo, entering the Park at the Anderson gate, which is the western gate into Etosha. The drive will take you around 4.5 hours.
On your way to Etosha you will pass the towns called Otjiwarongo and Outjo. As you enter the park you will start to see wild life. Your next three days will be driving around and trying to see as much animals as you can. We do hope you get to see our rhinos.
There is a variety of lodges to choose from our map ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, to stay outside the park. Inside we would suggest a night’s stay at Okaukuejo Resort, a night at Halali Resort and the last evening at Namutoni Resort. Due to the size of the park, the habitat differs from the eastern side to the western side.
Okaukuejo Resort will be our choice of accommodation. If you prefer another choice, please see our map ETOSHA, and we will book accordingly.
You will exit the park at the Von Lindequist gate and traveling through the towns called Tsumeb and Grootfontein to reach Rundu. Between Grootfontein and Rundu you will go through a vetenary border at the Mururani gate. Your drive will be 440 kilometers that will take around 4.5 hours to drive. As you get to Rundu you will see a sign to your left with Hakusembe River Lodge 16kilometres.
Arriving at the lodge you will be greeted with a refreshing image of green lawn, large trees, a collection of thatched chalets and a strip of sparkling river. Instantaneously the fresh balm of beauty soothes your weary soul. You have reached the verdant Hakusembe river oasis. A feeling of calm descends. And it remains present for the time of your visit.
River birds fly up between the reeds, people row their dugout canoes on the river and soft muted sounds float over the waters from the villages on the far bank. As you sit on the floating deck, legs up, book in hand absorbing the peace to the accompaniment of bird calls and the gentle splashing of water, all worldly worries float away.
Those who can muster the energy to move can cool off at the pool in the luxuriant garden, try their luck at catching the elusive tiger fish, take a stroll to the Mbunza cultural village and hop aboard the Hakusembe River Queen.
Hakusembe River Lodge will be our choice of accommodation. If you prefer another choice, please see our map KAVANGO, and we will book accordingly.
It is about 220 kilometers drive that will take you around 2 H 15. The Popa Falls is very well know. Here you are also surrounded by 2 beautiful parks, Buffalo Park and the Mahango Park. Definitely a great drive. You can also enjoy a sundowner boat cruise.
Popa Falls Resort is a gateway to the north-eastern corner of Namibia and home to perennial rivers, magnificent indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains and reed-lined channels. The resort is located on the Kavango River, and the falls are accessible by foot from here. The falls, in fact, are not falls as one may expect from its name. Instead, they are a series of cascades created naturally over time by the running river, which splits the rock and forms a vast network of river channels.
Popa Falls Resort will be our choice of accommodation. If you prefer another choice, please see our map KAVANGO, and we will book accordingly.
The drive today will be 440 kilometers that will take you around 5.5hours. You will also be crossing the border at the Ngoma border post to reach the town of Kasane in Botswana.
Chobe Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, is the best destination for serious game viewers. Situated in Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge is close to where the borders of four African countries meet - Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. If you are planning to visit the Chobe area, the majestic Victoria Falls or the Caprivi region, then Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal choice of accommodation. Booking a boat cruise is definitely a must do, as it’s a whole new experience you will have.
Chobe Safari Lodge is definitely the place to stay.
Victoria Falls! Today you should definitely do the day trip to the Victoria Falls. Other options is boat cruises or to explore the parks.
Visit the legendary Victoria Falls from Chobe. On this day trip guests will explore the mighty Victoria Falls and pass by the big tree (estimated to be 1000 years old) on a guided tour, have lunch at the Rain Forest Café or Mama Africa and later visit the Falls curio market for their shopping.
Vic Falls Day tour itinerary
8.30AM: Guest are pickled in the morning from Chobe lodges and transferred to Kazungula border for their transfer to Victoria Falls.
10.00AM: Your Victoria Falls day tour begins with a visit to the Big Tree (estimated to be 1000 years old) on your way to the legendary Victoria Falls. Your experienced guide will advise you on the best spots to view the falls, assist you with pictures and educate you on the flora and fauna, the formation of Victoria Falls and the cultures that surround the Victoria Falls.
11.30AM: After the Falls tour you will have opportunity to explore other activities in Victoria Falls. The activities that you can do before your lunch are bridge tours (Bungee, slide, canopy tour, bridge tour etc), helicopter flights over the Falls (coined the Flight of Angels), Croc Farm sanctuary tour, township tour etc. Other activities are at the guest’s expense.
13.00PM: Lunch is served at the finest Victoria Falls Rainforest Cafe set in the Victoria Falls rain forest lush forests. After lunch you will Visit the curio market and other souvenir shops for your shopping.
15.30PM: You depart Victoria Falls and proceed to Kazungula to end you tour or to Victoria Falls Hotel for your high tea. The Victoria Falls Hotel is the only Hotel with view of the Victoria Falls Bridge.
If there is one place that many birdwatchers have on their bucket list it is the Makgadigadi Pans. The ideal place to stay if you want to explore the pans is Nata Lodge. The lodge is conveniently close to the pans and bird sanctuary which is a breeding ground for various species of birdlife. This includes the majestic flamingo and pelican. In the dry season the vast salt pans and grass plains speckled by palm islands, are an impressive sight. An excellent restaurant, pool and elegantly appointed chalets make this an ideal destination for visiting the pans or an ideal stopover on your way to the Chobe or the Okavango Delta. .
Your drive will be 310 kilometers and will take you around 3H45. Activities here include bird watching, a village visit and morning or evening pan drives in 4x4 vehicles. The Pan drives is definitely recommendable.
Nata Lodge is definitely the place to stay.
Today you will be driving from Nata to Maun. Your drive will be 300 kilometers and will take around 3 hours. Island Safari lodge is located on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Island Safari Lodge is a cool and welcoming oasis in the heart of Maun. Shaded under a huge canopy of large trees, the lodge overlooks the river and floodplain beyond. Island Safari Lodge is set on a 300 acre private island reserve. Here you can enjoy Bird watching, Mokoro Excursions, Boat Cruises or game drives.
Sitatunga Camp is the place to stay.
Today we head to a town called Ghanzi, some 350 kilometers away. Thakadu Camp's comfortable Meru-style tents are built on wooden decks and are set amongst ancient Leadwood trees, providing much needed shady in the hotter months. The main area overlooks a pan and floodlit waterhole which attracts game such as eland, kudu, impala, wildebeest and other animals suited to this area of the Kalahari. Game drives can be arranged or you may prefer to learn about the traditional skills of the Bushmen who in the past have lived so effectively in this harsh environment.
It is around 550 kilometers that will take around 5.5 hours’ drive back to Windhoek. The road is normally in good condition. You will be leaving Botswana to Namibia through the Buitepos Boarder. You will then get a town called Gobabis. This town is the only place where you will be able to have lunch before you travel the last part.
If you are not flying out today, we could recommend you accommodation, see our map WINDHOEK REGION, and book it for you.
We have a wide option of vehicles to rent on our site. We will also be able to advise you on the best possible vehicle for your tour, and to arrange the rental for you.
ETOSHA – KAVANGO – CAPRIVI – KASANE – NATA - MAUN – GHANZI - WINDHOEK
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