Self-drive Safari | 13 nights / 14 days

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. Check in at the guesthouse and the rest of the day is at your own leisure. You have time to explore Windhoek and visit the famous landmarks of Windhoek or shop in the vibrant Independence Avenue.

Windhoek

Namibia’s capital Windhoek is often described as a city with a continental atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its architecture, cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. Historic sites to visit in the town centre are the ‘Christuskirche’, ‘Alte Feste’ (Old Ford), ‘Tintenpalast’ (Parliament Buildings), Zoo Park, ‘Reiterdenkmal’, Museum and the Craft Centre.

With 280 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.

Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse including breakfast

Days 2 & 3: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

After breakfast you will start your trip via Okahandja – where you have the opportunity to visit the woodcarver’s market – to the Waterberg National Park area. Here you will be staying the next two days. The establishment offers the following activities (at own expense):

  • Guided Plateau hike
  • Rhino Drive
  • Game trakking on foot

Overnight: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 4: Etosha National Park

Today you will make your way to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park. Here the dense stands of Mopane forests support a large variety of antelopes and predators such as leopards, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites. With a bit of luck you will also be able to spot some lions. Your accommodation is situated outside of the park. which gives you the opportunity to experience the Etosha nightlife at a floodlit waterhole.

Etosha National Park

Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22,000 km². At a stage it covered a vast area of 93,240 km² and was the largest game reserve in the world. For various political reasons, the park was progressively diminished in size until by 1975 it had been reduced to its current size.  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 two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. Today the pan is a shallow depression and has an approximate size of 5,000 km².

Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black Rhino and cheetah. Etosha’s current population of +- 600 Black Rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world.

The National Park has three Rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. These all have restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the Andersson Gate at Okaukuejo in the south and the Von Lindequist Gate in the east near Namutoni.

Overnight: Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge including breakfast

Day 5: Etosha National Park

The entire day can be used to explore the park. Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan. These conditions make the game viewing in Etosha so special and exclusive. You can visit various waterholes where you can relax and watch the animals as they drink and play. Etosha is famous for excellent game viewing and game, such as giraffe, impala, springbok, zebra and wildebeest can be seen in vast numbers.

Overnight: Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge including breakfast

Day 6: Rundu surrounds

Today you leave the Etosha National Park and travel to the western part of Rundu to arrive at the Hakusembe River Lodge. Late in the afternoon you can join a sundowner cruise (at own expense) or just relax on the banks of the river.

Overnight: Hakusembe River Lodge including breakfast

Day 7: Mahangu National Park, Popa Falls

Drive along the Trans-Caprivi-Highway to the Mahangu National Park. En route you can visit the Popa Falls. After you have reached the lodge you can explore the area in your own vehicle. In the evening you have the opportunity to take part on a boat cruise (at own expense) around sunset and enjoy the tranquillity of this area.

Overnight: Nunda Safari Lodge including breakfast

Day 8: Bwatabwata, Mudumu National Park

Set off this morning travelling onto the Mudumu National Park via the Bwabwata National Park. On your way there, you might encounter Elephant herds and various other animals with a bit of luck. The Kwando River is known for it vast birdlife, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your camp.

Overnight: Camp Kwando including breakfast

Day 9: Mudumu National Park

Today is open to explore the Mudumu or Mamili National Park or take part in the optional activities (at own expense) offered at the lodge. You also have the opportunity to join a cultural tour at the Living Museum, fishing tour or take part on a game drive on open 4×4 vehicles. (All activities are optional and at own expense.)

Overnight: Camp Kwando including breakfast

Day 10: Impalila Island

Continue to the Kasane border, where you will be met and taken by boat to the lodge.

After arrival at the Ichobezi River Lodge you can settle into your safari tents and then enjoy a light lunch.  You will then have the opportunity for an afternoon activity. This could be an evening game cruise within the Chobe National Park on a tender boat with your own guide and a few sundowners to appreciate the spectacular beauty of a Chobe sunset.

Dinner is served at 20h00 and this will give you the opportunity to meet your hosts and to leave the table with a greater understanding of the area, the history, the local people and the importance of this very unique part of Africa. It will also hopefully give you the chance to enjoy a superb meal with a selection of wines and spirits.

Overnight: Ichingo Chobe River Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 11: Transfer to the Chobe Princess Houseboat

You will have your breakfast at 08h30.

Then you will take part in a morning activity of your choice whether it be going with your guide and a tender boat to explore the various waterways around, bird book, binoculars or even fishing rod in hand; or getting your guide to take you on a walk on Impalila Island to learn about its history, meet the local villagers or even to climb our very old and very big Baobab tree which has spectacular views as the reward.

A light lunch will be served at 13h30, after which you will be transferred to the Chobe Princess Houseboat at 14h00.

Spend the afternoon on board the Houseboat enjoying the incredible scenery around you that the elevation of the Houseboat brings.  Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope will provide a never ending sense of wonder, and the feeling of cruising on the Houseboat will be an experience you never forget.

After docking of the Houseboat , dinner is served at 20h00 with the sounds of the African bushveld providing the evenings entertainment.

Overnight: Chobe Princess Houseboat including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 12: Chobe Princess Houseboat

The day is entirely yours and you are free to spend it as you like.  You can laze around the sun deck just watching the constant coming and goings of the wildlife and birds around you.  You can take a tender boat with a guide and go looking for up close and personal sightings of the game and get extraordinary photo opportunities.  Or you can go off fishing to try and catch (and then release) the elusive Tiger fish.

Generally breakfast is served at 08h30 and lunch at 13h00 but we are very flexible so if you would like to re-arrange these times to suit you better you would just need to let us know at dinner the night before (i.e. if you want to get up really early and then come back for brunch at 10h30 or 11h00 this would be perfectly fine with us).

Overnight: Chobe Princess Houseboat including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 13: Victoria Falls

A representative of Wild Horizons will meet you at the Kasane border today, for your transfer to Ilala Lodge, which is also known as the closest lodge to the falls. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven world wonders, offers the opportunity to do some adventurous activities, such as water rafting and bungi jumping. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven world wonders, offers the opportunity to do some adventurous activities, such as water rafting and bungi jumping. There are several paths that you can follow and make some amazing pictures.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge including breakfast

Day 14: Depart

Today you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls airport in time for your home- or onwards flight. This tour ends here.

  • Windhoek
  • Waterberg National Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Rundu surrounds
  • Mahangu National Park
  • Bwatabwata National Park
  • Mudumu National Park
  • Impalila Island
  • Victoria Falls

Prices:

High Season (01.07 – 31.10.2017)

  • 2 adults:
    • NAD 10,405.00 (per person sharing in a double room)
    • USD   1,435.00
  • Single supplement = NAD 1,440.00 + USD 430.00

Please Note:

  • The NAD portion mentioned above is for the Namibian part of the tour.
  • The USD portion mentioned above is for the Victoria Falls & the Zambezi protion of the tour.
  • The rates are calculated according to the current US$ exchange rate. These rates may decrease or increase, depending on the exchange rate at time of booking.

Prices include:

  • 10 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 03 x overnight on Full board basis including activities and drinks
  • Transfer from Kasane Immigration to Ilala Lodge
  • Transfer from Ilala Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport
  • Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers

Entrance fees included:

N/A

Prices exclude:

  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Drinks and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car Hire (Please see vehicle rates)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance