North Eastern Wilderness

This 14-day safari is a combination of cultural and wildlife experiences and includes a visit to three countries – Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. We will visit some of the last remaining true wilderness areas in Africa, where humans and wildlife coexist without being surrounded by fences. From a cultural perspective we will experience the Bushmen and their vanishing way of life. We will then explore the secluded Khaudum National Park in the Kalahari desert in Namibia, renowned for its remoteness and unique beauty. We will also be spending time in four river systems (Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi) which will be very rewarding in terms of mammal and bird sightings. We will spend time in some of the smaller national parks in the Caprivi strip of Namibia, before crossing the border into Botswana’s incredibly biodiverse Chobe National Park and finally onto Zimbabwe’s legendary Victoria Falls. A wide range of activities are available on this safari, from boat cruises and game drives to scenic flights around Victoria Falls. Your accommodation will range from remote camping, luxury camping to luxury lodges. The activities and accommodation can be personalised according to your specific preferences.

DAY 1: Grootfontein
After meeting your guide for your safari you will depart for Grootfontein. We will head northwards for a stop at the Hoba Meteorite. It is the largest known meteorite on earth and weighs approximately 60 tonnes.  This journey will take about 5 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. It is about an hour drive to get to our final destination for day. Depending on time of arrival, one may take a walking trail or relax by the pool.

DAY 2: Khaudum South
After an early breakfast and coffee we will depart for a 4 x 4 road trip to Ju/’Hoansi Living Museum. We will spend some time to learn more about the traditional culture of the San (Bushmen). Activities will involve bush walks, demonstrations on traps, snares, hunting techniques, traditional beliefs etc. You can join in on the fun by singing and dancing around the campfire. We will then continue our way towards Khaudum National Park. Often referred to as Namibia’s “forgotten wilderness”, the Park is has thick sand and is less visited by people than by Elephants. Various wildlife occurs in Khaudum include herds of Elephants, African Wild Dog, rare Sable and Roan Antelopes and over 320 bird species. Our first stop will be Southern side of the Park, the Sikereti Campsite, where we will camp for the next 2 nights.

DAY 3: Khaudum South
The Khaudum National Park has 12 artificial waterholes and 2 permanent fountains. Due to the sandy terrain that requires 4 x 4 vehicles, only short distances can be covered in one day. One has to travel slow to cover southern waterholes and explore wildlife. Close to one of the southern waterholes, Tsoanafontein, you will find the Tsoana Archaeological Site, which is worth a visit.

DAY 4: Khaudum North
After breakfast we make our way to the Northern part of the Park, taking a slow drive around waterholes, all the way to Khaudum Campsite. We will spend the next 2 nights in this Northern part section. (Sikereti and Khaudum campsites are merely 70 km apart, but takes around 6 hours to drive.)

Day 5: Khaudum North
Today we have the whole day to explore the waterholes in the Northern part of Khaudum. We will use our own game drive vehicle.

DAY 6: Mahango National Park
After breakfast, we will drive further northeast, past George Mukoya Conservancy to the Mahango National Park area. This is a 3 hour drive that will allow us time to relax a bit before enjoying an afternoon sunset Boat cruise.

Day 7: Mahango National Park
After early morning breakfast we will go out for a game drive in the Mahango Game Reserve, come back in time for lunch and relax. An afternoon game drive will then follow afterwards.

Day 8: Kwando Campsite, Mudumu National Park
After a relaxed morning breakfast on the Boat cruise, we will go further east to explore the Kwando river system. This will again bring us closer to nature as we will be camping next to Kwando River for the next 2 days.

Day 9: Camping In Kwando River, Mudumu National Park
We will depart our luxury campsite after breakfast and do a full day game drive around the park. A break in between will allow us to relax before the afternoon drive
Campsite Kwando: This will be wild camping and wild animals regularly visit the campsite bringing you closer to nature. The nights tend to be quite peaceful, away from human noises and only the African bush sounds, a wonderful African bush experience.

Day 10: Nkasa Rupara National Park
After breakfast we will head towards the Nkasa Rupara National Park. This small 320km park is Namibia’s largest formally protected wetland area. The Park is part of a web of 22 protected areas which cover 280 000 km2 and make up the KAZA TCFA in 5 countries. It is one of the most unexplored areas in Namibia, hence accessibility and wildlife sightings mainly depend on the season. Winter is the season when Elephants migrate in great numbers into Namibia from Botswana. The Kwando River flows through the Park. From its source in the Angolan highlands, the Kwando flows for 1 000 km before it changes direction sharply, turning south-west at the border between Namibia and Botswana, to become the Linyanti River. The change in the river’s course results in a dynamic environmental system, hence the whole ecosystem resembles Botswana’s Okavango wetland wilderness but unique in its own style. Birding is awesome around this area, specials include breeding pairs of rare Wattled Crane, Stanley’s Bustard, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Allen’s Gallinule, Black-winged and Red-winged Pranticole, Luapula Cisticola, Coppery-tailed Coucal and Black Coucal. Also found here are crocodiles, rock and water monitor lizards.

Day 11: Camping in Chobe: Chobe National Park
We have 2 options as far as morning activities are concerned on this day. We could either do a guided walking safari in the park or a game drive in the morning.  The walking safari is conducted by a local guide and an armed community ranger. This experience requires a certain degree of physical fitness and is subject to safety conditions. After the morning excursion we will then drive further east into Botswana’s Chobe National Park. We will spend the next two nights camping in the Chobe Area.

Day 12: Chobe Camping, Chobe National Park
After early morning breakfast we will go out for a game drive in the Chobe National Park come back in time for lunch and relax. We will end a wonderful day on safari with a sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River.

Day 13: Victoria Falls
We will have a relaxed morning, and after breakfast we will cross the border into Zimbabwe and head to the Mighty Victoria Falls. After crossing the border we will drive through a wildlife area, the Matetsi Safari Area, all the way to Victoria Falls. Wildlife viewing is still possible around Victoria Falls’ small urban setting as these animals have got used to humans in way that they become part of the traffic without any signs of aggression if not provoked. Elephants and buffalos have been seen from time to time doing their business in town!

Day 14: Depature
After a relaxed morning and breakfast, depending on your flight times, you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport from where you will get your connecting flight home.

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