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Namibia to Victoria Falls (self-drive)


NCL14W
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
International flights + car hire quoted separately
For those wanting to experience the diverse wildlife of three different countries, this is the perfect self drive holiday. Start your adventure exploring Namibia, continuing through the Caprivi Wetlands to Chobe National Park in Botswana, famous for its elephants & river based wildlife. Complete your holiday at Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Africat activities included.
Namibia Botswana Self Drive Holiday Vacation Victoria Falls
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Windhoek
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Africat
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Cheetah
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Leopard
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Caprivi
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Elephants
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Chobe River
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Victoria Falls
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Windhoek
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Africat
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Cheetah
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Leopard
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Caprivi
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Elephants
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Chobe River
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Victoria Falls
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Today take delivery of your hire car in Windhoek and enjoy the stark beauty of central Namibia on your 3-hour drive northwards to Okonjima.
  
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopard and cheetah. Namibia accounts for 25% of the world’s population of the endangered cheetah, which can be tracked on foot in the rehabilitation area where they roam freely and catch their own prey. Leopards can also be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle.
 
Check in to your lodge and settle in, before enjoying an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
Day 3
Today is free to observe the wonderful work of the Africat Foundation.
 
Game viewing options include open top game drives, as well as tracking cheetah on foot through the reserve and tracking leopard from a vehicle - an amazing 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Day 4
After an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve, drive northwards for 3-hours to one of Africa’s largest and greatest game parks - Etosha National Park.
  
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression called the Etosha Pan. During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over 100 different species of mammals including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
  
Check into your rest camp near the southern entrance to Etosha National Park (park fees are payable locally on each entry).
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Day 5
Today is devoted to self drive game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands. We recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
  
Explore the vast Etosha Pan, which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities including springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik. A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and its “great cats” which are more easily seen on the open pans - including cheetah and leopard.
  
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in Etosha National Park, you can hope to see giraffe, hyena, kudu, springbok, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. Etosha is also a bird watchers paradise, with hundreds of recorded bird species and many migrants during the summer months.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 6
Today spend the whole day exploring Etosha National Park and enjoy spectacular game viewing on the open pans, where game is more easily visible, as well as wonderful viewing at the rest camp waterholes.
 
In the late afternoon leave the park and drive to your lodge situated near the eastern gate.
Day 7
A full day on the road today, as you leave Etosha and drive 6-hours to the lush Caprivi region - a narrow finger of land connecting Namibia to the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, surrounded by Angola and Zambia to the north and Botswana to the south.
 
Pass through the mining centre of Tsumeb, where a rich ore pipe is mined for copper, zinc, lead, silver and a variety of unusual crystals. Also pass Lake Otjikoto where in 1915 the retreating German forces dumped weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of the South African Union Forces. Several of these weapons have been recovered and can be viewed at the Tsumeb Museum.
 
From Tsumeb head north-east through the Maize Triangle to Rundu on the bank of the Okavango River. On the way you can stop in Grootfontein to visit their small museum that offers insight into the cultural, historical and agricultural history of Namibia. You can also detour to view the Hoba Meteorite site, the largest known meteorite in the world which crashed to earth some 80,000 years ago.
 
Continue to the baobabs of the Kavango region, which is famous for its wooden crafts. In the late afternoon check into your lodge in Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River, with the optional opportunity of a sundowner cruise (depending on water levels).
Day 8
Today follow the route of the Okavango River and drive eastwards for 4-hours through the game-rich Caprivi region.
 
The Caprivi has abundant game with hundreds of elephants, large herds of rhino and many other species that migrate to the Kwando Floodplains before the onset of the summer rains. Roan antelope, kudu, impala and zebra also roam these vast plains.
 
Along the way you can stop at Popa Falls for an optional boat ride. Continue to your lodge near BwaBwata National Park and in the late afternoon enjoy an optional game viewing sunset cruise.
Day 9
Rise early, when game viewing conditions are at their best, for an optional open top game drive in Bwabwata National Park - a birders paradise that has the Kwando River as its western border (pay park fees on entry).
 
This park forms part of an ancient migration route for a variety of animals that move between Botswana and Namibia each season, and is renowned for its rich wildlife. It is divided into three different habitats - the Kavango River, the flood plains known as Omurambas, and dense woodlands - which combine to create a habitat for over 400 different bird species.
 
In the afternoon enjoy another optional game drive or sunset river cruise. Optional tiger fishing is also available.
Day 10
There is time for another optional Game Drive before breakfast, with outstanding bird watching also on offer. Afterwards we recommend an optional visit to a traditional Caprivi Village to learn more about their customs and traditions.
 
Then drive eastwards for 2-hours, through kiaat forests and local homesteads, to Katima Mulilo - “the place where the fires were put out” - situated on the banks of the Zambezi River and forming the natural border with Zambia.
 
Continue to your lodge and in the afternoon enjoy an optional sundowner canoeing excursion, silently floating along the lush river with its rich diversity of bird and animal life.
Day 11
After an optional early morning game walk, complete Botswana immigration formalities and enter Chobe National Park - Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet - Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
 
Game viewing opportunities should present themselves immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, wildebeest and other species.
 
Drop off your hire car at your lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Here you can enjoy the river-based wildlife, before dining under the stars in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 12
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive  into the great Chobe National Park. This region is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life.
  
Chobe is home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa! Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool before enjoying an optional game viewing boat ride on the Chobe River to give you a completely different wildlife perspective. Tiger fishing can also be arranged on the river.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Please note: some lodges provide full day game viewing, combining boat rides with land-based game drives.
 
Day 13
Today transfer to Kasane on the Zimbabwe border.
 
After completing border formalities, connect with your 2-hour shared transfer to your hotel near Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
  
Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 14
Today we recommend exploring the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest on foot, with magnificent views (we suggest you take your own raincoat, as those on hire are often well used).
 
Afterwards participate in one of many local optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant-back safari, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
 
In the late afternoon we recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River to see hippos, crocodiles and the abundant bird life.
Day 15
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
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