Fascination Botswanas

A cheetah.
A cheetah.
Plains zebra.
Plains zebra.
The Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls.
Herd of elephants.
Herd of elephants.

Experience the great highlights of Southern Africa - in the midst of breath-taking landscapes, the most unforgettable experiences await you! Join us on this unique and exclusive adventure tour which includes a trip through northern Namibia, an encounter of the natural beauty in Botswana and the witnessing of the majestic splendour of the Victoria Falls. The natural paradise of the Okavango Delta and the magnificent Victoria Falls are among the most fascinating destinations in southern Africa – not forgetting, of course, watching the sun set over the largest salt pans in the world, experiencing first-hand the wild and romantic atmosphere of Namibia’s north, as well as visiting the Chobe National Park, which all form part of the incredible backdrop of this remarkably unforgettable experience. Let yourself be inspired by the feeling of boundless freedom, coupled with the friendliness of the people, all while enjoying the beautifully warm sun of Africa.

Highlights

- Visit the peaceful kingdom of the Kavango people
- Follow the tracks of the San Bushmen on the Tsodilo Hills
- Witness the incredibly unique natural paradise of the Okavango Delta
- Let the largest salt pans in the world take your breath away
- Meet the wildlife of the world-famous Chobe National Park
- Experience the awe-inspiring and magnificent Victoria Falls first-hand
…and much more!!!

Price: from EUR 5 295,00 * per person sharing in a double room

Tour Description

Day 1: Departure to Africa
Today your journey will begin with a long-haul flight to Namibia.

Day 2: Arrive at the Waterberg

This morning you will arrive in Windhoek, Namibia, and be welcomed by your English-speaking tour guide. From the airport, we will follow the road north to the Waterberg Plateau, a prominent "Table Mountain" in a stunning national park. After checking into our cosy chalets at the foot of the historic massif, we will journey on a short hike to the plateau in the afternoon. From the top, we will enjoy the most magnificent views of the surrounding plains. This gorgeous day will come to an end with a tasty welcome dinner at the park-owned restaurant. 259 km / D

Day 3: Visit the far north of Namibia

Today, the route will lead us to Rundu in the far north of the country - Rundu forms the beginning of the Caprivi Strip. On our journey through rural areas, we will pass small villages, with their typical thatched cottages. The Kavango people who live here are very warm and friendly. We will stay in a cosy lodge with a homely atmosphere for the next two nights. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Okavango River, opposite the Angola border. Traditional dances and a delicious dinner await us this evening. 413 km / B, D

Day 4: In the realm of the Kavangos
Directly from the lodge, we will explore the rural area by foot, where we will pass through small villages and hut settlements inhabited by the Kavango people - here we will learn more about them and their way of life. The people here make a living mainly through “informal” retail, fishing and agriculture - small, local villages and street markets ensure a flourishing trade throughout the region. If we are lucky, the Kavangos may even sing and dance for us - the joy of each of these people is sincerely overwhelming. Along the peaceful Okavango River, we will walk back to our lodge. In the late afternoon, a short intimate cruise along the river will take us to see the gorgeous sunset over the water. 0 km / B, D

Day 5: From the Bwabwata National Park and the Mahangu Game Reserve

We will continue our journey today by setting off a little to the east, along the wildly romantic Caprivi Strip, and then south to the Bwabwata National Park. This park is characterized by wide wetlands, lovely grasslands, baobab trees and dense forests and the area accommodates a large number of animals. In the early afternoon, we will cross the border between Namibia and Botswana in the middle of the national park. We will then drive the remaining short distance until we reach our very beautiful secluded lodge on the banks of the Okavango, which will be our home for the next two days. Away from the tourist stream we dive into the wonderful world of the upper Okavango River. A boat trip will take us to our lodge, where we will observe innumerable native birds, as well as crocodiles and hippos. 249 km / B, D

Day 6: The mystical Tsodilo Hills

We will take a scenic drive to the nearby Tsodilo Hills, the highest peak in Botswana. Tsodilo, "the rock that whispers", is an area with mystical rock formations, which have been preserved at the age of about one billion years on the surface of the earth. The Tsodilo Hills have a similar meaning to the San Bushmen as the Ayers Rock in Australia has for the Aboriginal people. On a 10 km² area, the highest concentration of rock paintings in the world are found and this is why it is called "the Louvre of the Desert" and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The local population reveres this area as a place where the spirits of the ancestors exist, and our walk will allow us to explore and soak up as much of this historical beauty as possible. We will then return to our beautiful lodge on the Okavango River. 102 km / F, A

Day 7: A flight into the Okavango Delta
After breakfast, we will proceed south through wide bush and flat grasslands where we will once again pass typical African huts - wild animals along the road are rather common in this area. In the afternoon, we will reach Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Here we will continue on to one of the absolute highlights in southern Africa: a flight into the "Pearl of the Kalahari", the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River fanned out here and seeped into the Kalahari Basin. In the midst of the semi-arid Kalahari, you will find one of the largest wetlands in Africa. The short flight in a small-engine aircraft reveals the sheer size and breathtaking beauty of the Delta. We will land on the rolling fields of the lodge in the middle of the breath-taking landscape. Luxuriously equipped tents will be our home in this truly spectacular setting for the next two nights. 390 km / B, D

Day 8: Natural paradise in the Okavango Delta
Today we will spend the day in the Okavango Delta, one of the most beautiful and varied animal reserves in southern Africa. Both the vegetation and the wildlife are overwhelming varied. In the morning, we will sail across the water of the Delta in a traditional Mokoro (a type of canoe) and we will then go on a game drive accompanied by an experienced ranger where we will experience the beauty of the animals in the wild. The wildlife that have settled here is extremely versatile and dense, it includes elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes and numerous other animals which can be seen with a bit of luck while we venture on an unforgettable walking safari! 0 km / B, L, D

Day 9: The largest salt pans in the world
After leaving the Okavango Delta and flying back to Maun, we will proceed east towards Nata, which is located directly on the Makgadikgadi Pans. These giant salt pans are considered to be the largest in the world. We will check in to a beautiful lodge located directly at the edge of the pan. In the late afternoon, we will go on a walk through one of the secluded salt pans and the absolutely incredible expanse will leave you breathless. We will then go on a magnificent hike in this fascinating landscape until the dawn of darkness. The star’s glitter and gleam so intensely in the flawlessly clear night sky – an experience that is almost unobtainable elsewhere. 304 km / B, D

Day 10: To the north of Botswana
Today we will drive north towards Kasane, on the edge of the Chobe National Park. The national park was founded in 1967 as the first national park of Botswana and is known especially for its huge elephant and buffalo herds. The park was named after the Chobe River, which forms the northern boundary of the park. The Chobe River rises from the Angolan Cuando River. It is not uncommon to find pachyderms in this area. This evening will be spent at a beautiful lodge at the legendary Chobe River. 311 km / B, D

Day 11: The animal world of the Chobe National Park
This morning, we will get up early in order to go on a game drive around the Chobe National Park in search of wildlife! The Chobe area is home to numerous mammal species and bird life. In the afternoon, we will go on a truly spectacular boat trip along the Chobe River, offering even more opportunities of watching animals at close range. The fire-red sunset in the African sky will be an unforgettable highlight of this day! 0 km / B, D

Day 12: Over the border to Zimbabwe
After breakfast this morning, our bus will take us to the border crossing from Kazungula to Zimbabwe. Through the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe, we will continue to the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel in the early afternoon where, for the last two nights of this tour, we will have a unique view of the almost 200m long and 128m high Victoria Falls Bridge. As the river here forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge connects both countries and has border posts at both ends, the cities of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. In the afternoon, you can take a short, but magnificent tour of the Victoria Falls in a helicopter (optional, not included in the price). 95 km / B, D

Day 13: Walk to the Victoria Falls
After breakfast, the last great highlight of our trip awaits us: on foot, we will visit the vast Victoria Falls. The incredible water masses of the Zambezi fall here with deafening force, over 100 m deep into a narrow ravine causing dense mist to rise up into the sky, ensuring that we get wet while on our walk in the bright, warm sunshine. The locals call the waterfall Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke that Thunders"). The name refers to the water spray, which rises from the falls up to a height of 300 m and can still be seen up to 30 km away. With a grand farewell, we will allow this really unique trip to sink into our memories. 0 km / B, D

Day 14: Goodbye
This morning, we will travel to the Victoria Falls International Airport, where we will say goodbye to southern Africa. If you would you like to extend your holiday and continue to the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town, or if you would like to journey on to visit the crystal waters of Zanzibar, then simply click on the link to the respective supplementary trips! 25 km / F

Day 15: Return home
Arrival at home.

Prices and Tour Dates

Tour dates: 28.10 - 11.11.2017
Price: EUR 5 295,00 * per person sharing in double room, single room supplement EUR 795,00
Tour dates: 31.03 -14.04.2018 + 27.10 - 11.11.2018
Price: EUR 5 595,00 * per person sharing in double room, single supplement EUR 830,00

* This offer is valid for a group of 6 to 9 participants.
* The minimum number of participants is to be confirmed no later than 28 days prior to departure (see GTC).
* Excluding the travel price are general increases in transport costs and currency fluctuations.
* Prices are subject to the availability of selected accommodation.
* We reserve the right to make short-term changes to the itinerary.
We are happy to provide you with an additional offer for the required international flights! We can also draw up a tailor-made program for a private group with a desired date - as individual as you!

Included in the price:

- Private, local, qualified, English-speaking tour guide from Windhoek Airport in Namibia to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe
- 12 nights in selected, upmarket accommodation
- Flight in the Cessna aircraft to the Okavango Delta and back to Maun
- Meals as advertised excluding drinks (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Excursion and tour program in a modern, local minibus with air conditioning
- All entrance fees, activities and parking fees as mentioned (excluding optional programs)
- Luggage transportation
- Comprehensive travel documents and information packages

Excluded from the travel price:

- International flights to Windhoek in Namibia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
- Optional activities and additional services
- Travel Insurance
- Visa cost for Zimbabwe (currently USD 30.00 single-entry)
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Planned accommodation*:

Namibia Wildlife Resort, Waterberg
Nkwazi Lodge, near Rundu
Xaro Lodge, Shakawe
Gunns Camp, Okavango Delta
Nata Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane
Victoria Falls Hotel
* Subject to availability