Self-drive Safari | 15 nights / 16 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Okapuka Game Ranch

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. From here you will continue to the Okapuka Game Ranch. The rest of the day is at leisure and can be used to either relax from the long flight or maybe take part in an optional activity (at own cost).

Overnight: Okapuka Game Ranch including breakfast

(Distance = +-63km)

Day 2: Etosha National Park

Today will take you to another highlight of your tour, the eastern part of the Etosha National Park. 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. Before sunset you will leave the park and drive to the nearby Onguma Bush Camp. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole, a wonderful way to end the day!

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 5000 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 Bush Camp including breakfast

(Distance = +-513km)

Day 3: Etosha National Park

Today you can explore the Etosha National Park for the whole day. You can visit various waterholes where you can relax watching animals drink and play. Different kinds of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, elephants and with a bit of luck even lions, cheetahs and rhinos can be seen. It is also a paradise for bird watchers, over 340 species can be found in the park. Late afternoon you travel out of the park at the Von Lindequist gate in the eastern part of the National Park to your lodge, where you can enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure and reminisce about the day’s exciting events.

Overnight: Onguma Bush Camp including breakfast

Day 4: Rundu surrounds

Leave the Etosha National Park behind you 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

(Distance = +-367km)

Days 5 & 6: Mamili National Park

Set off this morning travelling onto the Mamili National Park and the Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Lush marshes, dense savannah and high river reeds make this an extraordinary wilderness experience! Here you spend two nights, which gives you the opportunity to explore the area in your own vehicle and maybe take part in an optional activity (at own cost), such as a game drive or a boat cruise.

Overnight: Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp including dinner & breakfast

(Distance = +-546km)

Day 7: 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

(Distance = +-283km)

Day 8: Transfer to Ichobezi Safariboat

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 Ichobezi Safariboat at 14h00.

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

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

Overnight: Ichobezi Safariboat including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 9: Ichobezi Safariboat

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: Ichobezi Safariboat including all meals, local drinks and activities

Days 10 & 11: Mahangu National Park

Leave the Mamili Park behind and drive to the Mahangu National Park. 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. The second day can either be entirely used explore the Mahangu National Park (in own vehicle) or you could take part on an optional activity (at own cost), such as a sundowner boat cruise or a village tour.

Overnight: Ndhovu Safari Lodge including dinner & breakfast

(Distance = +-422km)

Day 12: Roy’s Camp

Leave the Caprivi behind you and drive to Roy’s Camp near Grootfontein. After check in you can relax at the pool or explore the surrounding area. You also have the opportunity to take part in one of the activities (at own expense) offered by the camp, such as a trip to the traditional San village (bushmen).

Overnight: Roy’s Rest Camp including breakfast

(Distance = +-415km)

Days 13 & 14: AfriCat Foundation

Your last destination before returning to Windhoek is Okonjima. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to be taken on an optional tour (at own expense) during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the AfriCat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap. The aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp (View Rooms) including dinner & breakfast

(Distance = +-318km)

Day 15: Windhoek

Today you depart the lodge and drive via Okahandja to Windhoek. In Okahandja you can stop over at the Kavango woodcarvers market, have a look around or buy some last souvenirs. You will arrive in Windhoek at around noon. After check-in you have some time to do some shopping in the city centre or explore the city in your own rental vehicle.

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 400 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.

Overnight: Villa Vista including breakfast

(Distance = +-224km)

Day 16: Depart

After breakfast at the boutique hotel you will still have time before heading to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.

(Distance = +-40km)

  • Windhoek surrounds
  • Etosha National Park
  • Rundu surrounds
  • Mamili National Park
  • Impalila Island
  • Mahangu National Park
  • AfriCat Foundation
  • Windhoek

Low Season (01.11.2014 – 30.05.2015)

2 adults:                 N$ 24 170.00 (per person sharing in a double room)

Single supplement = N$ 5 780.00

High Season (01.06 – 31.10.2015)

2 adults:                 N$ 28 890.00 (per person sharing in a double room)

Single supplement = N$ 7 160.00

Please Note:

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 are nett and include VAT.

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