14 Day Namibia / Botswana
Self-drive Camping Safari
PROGRAM SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
Windhoek – Okonjima (300 km) (camping)
Travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where you will have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.
Continuing north, passing through farmland, arrive at Okonjima - home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour 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, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
Okonjima - Namutoni / East Etosha region (300 km) (camping)
An early start and continuing north you pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.
Continuing on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp.
East Etosha region – Namutoni, Etosha National Park (camping)
A full day's game driving, you can break this up into a morning and afternoon excursion, alternatively take a day trip through to Halali, stopping there for lunch before returning for overnight at Namutoni.
Along the way visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.
Namutoni – Rundu (536km) (camping)
Leaving Etosha you begin your journey back to the town of Tsumeb and on to the farming area surrounding Grootfontein. From here you travel northwards entering the communal area of the Kavango Region and on to the northern border with Angola for overnight at a campsite situated on the banks of the Kavango River.
Day five & Day six
Rundu – Caprivi (205km & 200km) (camping)
After a leisurely breakfast leave Rundu and travel to the Bagani area – the start of the Caprivi strip for camping along the banks of the Okavango River. Time enough for a visit to Popa Falls (rapids) and the Mahango Game Reserve.
Continue through the Bwabwata National Park (Caprivi Strip) to Kongola, turning south for a night near the Mudumu National Park on the banks of the Kwando River. You may wish to go on a boat cruise, afternoon game drive and visit the traditional cultural village.
Day seven & Day eight
Caprivi – Botswana Kasane (210km) (chalet)
Travel to the town of Katima Mulilo and onwards to the Botswana Border, after completing customs and immigration formalities proceed to the town of Kasane for the following two nights camping.
The campsite / lodge is located right next to the Chobe National Park so you may do a self-drive game drive or go along with the Lodge on a fully guided drive or boat cruise.
Kasane – Nata – Planet Baobab (380km) (camping)
Leaving Kasane travel down to Nata, this small village at the crossroads for routes north and west provides an important refuelling and stop over service to travellers to Kasane or Maun. Nata is 190km from Francistown and 300km from both Kasane and Maun. Travel onwards to Planet Baobab, welcome to the Baobab capital of the world! The average age of each tree; 4000 years and beyond, the boundless salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, a lunar landscape the size of Switzerland. Planet Baobab is a well known watering hole for travellers of every description and the more colourful characters from Maun. At any one time, locals jostle the cross-continentals who have slogged it through the bush, and worse, to get here. Just a stone's throw from all this beer and bustle is the elephant's paddling pool. Oblivious to Guests crouching in the nearby trees, the elephants and travellers mostly ignore each other.
At Planet Baobab, you can sleep in traditionally styled Bakalanga huts with en suite showers, curl up in a Baobab hut which share the best ablution blocks you'll ever see or pitch your tent, or park your 4 x 4. You can light your own camp fire, or gather round the communal blaze in the lelwapa and enjoy a cool drink. A bar menu is also available and we're vegetarian friendly!
Day ten & eleven
Planet Baobab - Maun (210km) (camping)
After breakfast begin your journey to Maun - almost all tourists entering the Okavango do so through Maun, situated at the gateway to the Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the tourism capital of Botswana and the administrative centre of Ngamiland.
Since the town's establishment in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people, Maun has had a rough and ready reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town servicing the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. But with the growth of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road from Nata in the early 1990s, Maun has developed rapidly, losing much of its old frontier town character. It is now home to over 30,000 people.
Regular supplies of almost everything can be bought in Maun, and the town boasts several good shopping centres, filling stations, a choice of hotels and lodges as well as car and four-wheel-drive vehicle hire. The Maun Airport, which was officially opened in 1996 after extensive renovations, is - if one counts the light aircraft charters to the various Delta camps - one of the busiest airports in Southern Africa.
The name Maun is derived from the San word "maung", which means "the place of short reeds". The village began in 1915 as the capital for the Tawana people. This metropolis is now spread out along the wide banks of the timeless Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.
From Maun you can do a day fly-in safari to the Okavango Delta or visit the Moremi Game Reserve.
Maun – Ghanzi (285km) (camping)
Your journey today takes you to the farming area of Ghanzi for overnight at Trailblazers. Accommodation is in recreated San/Bushman grass huts, which have been suitably modified for your comfort. The huts have stretchers with mattresses, lights and mosquito nets. There are communal ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers. Due to enormous economic and social pressures, the San lifestyle and culture has been all but destroyed. Julian Butler, a local businessman, realizing this, set aside a former cattle ranch in Ghanzi in order to recreate an authentic hunter/gatherer community of the San/Bushman. Ghanzi Trail Blazers caters for visitors wishing to have a genuine glimpse of this fast disappearing unique and ancient culture. We offer a number of activities to interact with the San/Bushman, and to discover how the San/Bushman survived in the Kalahari. The San/Bushman have few educational skills to survive total domination by Western political and social culture. Ghanzi Trail Blazers offers them an opportunity to utilise their own specialised skills in a work environment at which they are totally at home. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive
Ghanzi – Gobabis (240km) (camping)
Today you cross the border back into Namibia. Extending over 10 000ha of bushveld, Zelda Game & Guest Farm offers guests an opportunity to relax on a real Namibian cattle and game ranch close to Gobabis and the Transkalahari Border Post (Botswana border). 5 000ha of the farm have been fenced off to form the game park in which a variety of wildlife roams freely. The resident Nharo Bushmen families, who have lived in the area for hundreds of years, are proud to share their fascinating heritage and traditional knowledge with our guests.
Gobabis - Windhoek (260km)
Return to Windhoek in time for your outbound flight.
June / July / August / September 2015
Price N$ 6 300-00 per person sharing – Campsite only!
June / July / August / September 2015
Price USD 650-00 per person sharing – Campsite only!
1 – 6 Days
7 – 14 Days
15 + Days
Daily fee for reduced excess
2 pax Camping
4 pax Camping
Cross border fees: N$1100-00 – subject to change without prior notice.
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