Namibia: Between Zambezi and Okavango UT02

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This Self-drive Safari goes through Namibia's Kavango and Caprivi Regions and along the Zambezi, Kwando and Okavango Rivers to the Okavango Panhandle, Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert in north-western Botswana.

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Travel Style: Private tour
Start Location: Windhoek, Namibia
End Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Namibia Tourism Board
Years In Business: 3

This roundtrip through neighbouring regions of northern Namibia and northern Botswana presents the traveller with the unrivalled beauty of both countries' water worlds that are teaming with game and birdlife. Explore the Caprivi Strip, Namibia’s semi-tropical wildlife paradise surrounded by the Zambezi, Chobe and Kwando Rivers. Then follow the road all the way down the panhandle of the famous Okavango Delta into the Kalahari, one of the world's most multi-facetted deserts. Meeting people from different ethnic groups along the route is an integral part of this tours.

Although it is quite possible to do this safari on a camping-only basis, we recommend that first-time visitors interested in this routing consider giving preference to lodge accommodation. A combination of camping and mostly dining in the restaurants of next-door lodges is also a viable option for those unfamiliar with shopping facilities located hundreds of kilometres apart.
The driving is easy though, predominantly on tar roads - ENJOY!


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- Accommodation as indicated above
- Activities indicated as included above
- Meal basis as indicated above
- Vehicle rental from/to Windhoek - 14 days: Chevrolet Aveo - for accommodated safaris ( Incl. unlimited mileage and Incl. full insurance cover)

- Flights & Visa/Permits of any kind
- Sightseeing programme & entrance/park fees
- Optional activities
- Additional meals & all beverages
- Fuel for rental vehicle
- Purchases and expenses of a personal nature

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Windhoek Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, take over your rental vehicle. Traveling through Windhoek en route to your accommodation, you might like to do some sightseeing right away. Your first destination is situated in the middle of the bush, a mere 10km north of town. Immanuel Wilderness Lodge – Windhoek Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 02. Windhoek - Waterberg Plateau Traveling north via Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, you can reach the Waterberg Plateau area within half a day's drive. For sightseeing, a stop at the wood carvers market in Okahandja is recommended, where some very nice wooden and stone figures are on offer. Once at Aloe Grove, you have the opportunity to admire some of Namibia's predatory cat species from close quarters, during an optional guided activity. Allow yourself to be spoilt by your hosts exceptional hospitality and enjoy the magnificent vistas from the lodge. Aloe Grove Safari Lodge – Otjiwarongo
Day 03. Waterberg Plateau - Rundu/Kavango River Today, you are going to enter the water-rich realms of north-eastern Namibia and have your first encounter with one of the world's most unusual rivers near Rundu: The Kavango, - further south, in Botswana, to become the Okavango -, that originates in the highlands of Angola represents the Namibian/Angolan border. Here it is still relatively slow flowing and its opposite banks are still close enough to catch a glimpse of Angola. Although not deep enough for larger boats and ships and treacherous for its crocodile populations, the perennial Kavango is busy with fishermen in traditional dug-out canoes, with locals doing their washing, and motor-boats carrying shopping loads to lodges and villages along this stretch to the east and west of Rundu. The riverine forest surrounding your accommodation is ideal for bird watching on foot, and sunsets over this impressive river are a wonderful backdrop for enjoying relaxing sundowners. Kaisosi River Lodge – Rundu
Day 04. Rundu - Mahango Game Reserve Proceeding in a south-easterly direction, you leave the Kavango River behind, only to re-join it again in the Divundu area. The river by then is heading from north to south, after taking a 90 degree turn, and towards a series of steep rapids named Popa Falls. A short distance further south along the river, towards the border with Botswana, lies the Mahango Game Reserve. Although comparatively small, it is traded as one of the most beautiful game reserves by regular visitors of Namibia and famous for its numerous wildlife, amongst which rare species such as the roan antelope are found. To make your visit convenient without having to sacrifice luxuries, the Mahangu Safari Lodge will be home for two days. Mahangu Safari Lodge – Caprivi
Day 05. As above
Day 06. Mahango Game Reserve - Bwabwata Nat. Park - Kwando River The next leg of your journey takes you through the Bwabwata National Park, formerly named Caprivi Game Park. It covers most of the Caprivi's panhandle, the area between the Kavango and the Kwando Rivers. Originating from Angola, the Kwando divides the Caprivi Strip from the Caprivi Head and flows all along the border shared by Namibia and Botswana. Its name later changes from Kwando to Mashi, and Linyanti and eventually it becomes the Chobe River that joins the Zambezi further to the east. On an island in the Kwando River nests your next destination. Camp Kwando – Caprivi
Day 07. As above
Day 08. Kwando River - Popa Falls Today, you are back-tracking via Divundu to the Kavango River for one overnight near the Popa Falls in order to allow for an early departure to Botswana the following morning. Enjoy an optional excursion by boat for viewing the Popa Falls and for some excellent bird watching or simply take in another stunning sunset over the Kavango River from the comfort of your accommodation. Ndhovu Safari Lodge – Caprivi
Day 09. Popa Falls - Mahango - Shakawe/Botswana - Okavango Panhandle With only the Mahango Game Reserve situated between the lodge and the Namibia/Botswana border, an early departure today provides the opportunity to enjoy some more game viewing in Mahango, before you cross the border into Botswana. Proceed south along the western side of the river whose name changes from Kavango to Okavango River inside Botswana. Here is splits into two main channels that are inter-connected by smaller side-channels in various places and dotted with peaceful scenic lagoons. The main waters pick up speed and the river's flood plains increasingly become wider, before it branches out into a maize of channels further south - this is the Okavango Panhandle that feeds the Okavango Delta. You find your next accommodation near the village of Shakawe. Participation in an optional afternoon boat excursion is highly recommended, as the Okavango Panhandle provides a very special river experience and wonderful bird watching opportunities. A special attraction next to a large Giant Fish Eagle population are the Carmine Bee-Eaters that breed in huge colonies in the river banks.Shakawe Fishing Lodge – Botswana
Day 10. Okavango Panhandle - Maun/Okavango Delta After travelling around the far south-western reaches of the Okavango Delta on a tar road, you reach the thriving town of Maun, starting point of many a safari into the Okavango Delta. How about taking a scenic flight across the Delta with its myriad of palm-tree dotted islands and large wildlife populations that migrate on uncountable criss-crossing game trails across this water wonderland? How about taking in the very special atmosphere of the delta while silently gliding through the glass-clear waters of inter-twined channels lined by 2m tall papyrus and across lagoons covered by water lilies in a Mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe hewn from a single tree trunk? Maun Lodge
Day 11. As above
Day 12. Maun - Ghanzi/Kalahari Heading west from Maun today on a tar road, you soon experience the grip of the Kalahari on the landscapes of Botswana. As soon as you leave the Okavango Delta behind, flat and mostly barren expanses dominate the scenery. You cross the legendary Lake Ngami - first mentioned to the outside world by Dr Livingstone, before he went on to discover the Victoria Falls - on our way to Ghanzi, the only town in western Botswana. Optional afternoon activities are on offer at your accommodation but perhaps you might just like to spend the remainder of the day updating your travel diary in its quiet and relaxing surroundings. Tautona Lodge – Botswana
Day 13. Ghanzi - Gobabis Area/Namibia Say your fare-wells to Botswana and take the road back to Namibia. Via Buitepos border post you enter Namibia and travel westwards through the mostly dry landscape's on the edge of the fascinating Omaheke Desert. Close to the town of Gobabis and yet still away from the crowds lies your next destination. Enjoy the sounds of the bush and Namibia's bright starry skies that seek comparison for another night, before you return to Windhoek and the familiar scenery of civilisation. Kalahari Bush Breaks - Gobabis Area
Day 14. Gobabis Area - Windhoek/Departure A half-day's drive on a good tar road takes you back to Namibia's capital city, Windhoek, and your flight's departure time permitting, with opportunities for some last-minute souvenir shopping and lingering over a drink at one of the cosy street-side cafés. Expect to have falling in love with this part of Africa and to finding it not very easy to return to your daily routines. We would certainly not be amazed to see you again sooner rather than later...