Guided Tour 3 – 17 Days – Kgalagadi – Namibia – Botswana Wilderness Tour

Kgalagadi / Etosha / Popa Falls / Chobe Elephant Park / Victoria Falls / Marekele / Johannesburg

Detailed Program

Day 1

Upington – Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park/ Twee Rivieren. We depart 8h30 from your hotel in Upington to drive toTwee Rivieren. We stop at the San Bushmen and Norokei salt pans. After arrival at Twee Rivieren we game drive until gates close. Optional night drive with rangers. Game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest are common.

Kgalagadi is known for great sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena can be spotted. Enough prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators are numerious. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and suricate.

Overnight: Twee Rivieren
Meals: B L D

Day 2

Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park Game drives in the Twee Rivieren area. Optional night drive.

Overnight: Nossob or Mata Mata
Meals: B L D

Guided Tour 3 - 17 Days - Kgalagadi - Namibia - Botswana Wilderness Tour

Day 3

Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park. Full day’s game drive.

Overnight: Mata Mata
Meals: B L D

Day 4

Kgalagadi – Windhoek
We enter Namibia at Mata Mata Border Post and drive through the Kalahari along the dry Auob River via Gochas to Stampriet. Continue via Rehoboth to Windhoek. Afternoon arrival.

Overnight: Arebusch Country Lodge or similar
Meals: B L D

Day 5

Windhoek – Etosha National Par.
Early departure to Etosha driving through Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo. We stretch our legs at the woodcarvers in Okahandja. We enter the Park at Anderson gate in the southern part. Etosha covers an area of 22 370 square km. Etosha Pan is 120 km long and 70 km at it’s widest. Elephant, black rhino, lion and leopard, are in the Park. The rare black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik, giraffe, red hartebeest, gemsbok, eland, kudu, cheetah, hyena and large herds of wildebeest, springbok and zebra are common. On arrival we do an afternoon game drive, or just sit and watch the wildlife activities at the waterhole at the Camp.

Overnight: Okaukeujo or Halali
Meals: B L D

Day 6

Etosha Full day game drive to Namutoni. Game viewing at Namutoni waterhole.

Overnight: Okaukeujo or Halali
Meals: B L D

Day 7

Etosha Full day game drive to Namutoni. Game viewing at Namutoni waterhole.

Overnight: Halali or Namutoni
Meals: B L D

Day 8

Etosha – Rundu
Today we game drive to Van Lindequist gate near Namutoni. Damara Dik-Dik can be seen on this road. We drive to Rundu through Tsumeb and Grootfontein. We also vsit Lake Otjikoto. Rundu is based on the Okavango River (on the border with Angola.)

Overnight: Kavango River Lodge
Meals: B L D

Day 9

Rundu – Popa Falls
Early drive on the B8 to the POPA FALLS. We stop at the falls, which is not very big, as well as Mahango Game reserve. Mahango Game Reserve is situated in the north-east of Namibia on the Botswana border. Mahango covers an area of about 30,000 hectares and is separated from the Caprivi Game Reserve by the Okavango River. Animals includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, lechwe, sitatunga, buffalo, sable, and roan antelopes. Mahango is a bird lover’s paradise.

Overnight: Popa Falls
Meals: B L D

Day 10

Popa Falls – Namushasha Lodge
Today we drive through the Caprivi game reserve on the B8 to Kongola. This 33km-wide Caprivi Game Park of 5 700km² extends for about 180 km from the Okavango River to the Kwando River. Riverine forests along these rivers attract large numbers of mammals and many species of water birds. Expect to find buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, and roan and other antelopes.

We drive on to Namushasha Lodge on the banks of the Kwando River. Late afternoon drive to MUDUMU NATIONAL PARK where you can enjoy an optional boat ride on the Kwando River. This river runs through the Mudumu National Park. The area is lush with riverine forest, marches, dense savannah and mopane woodland. 430 species of birds can be seen and game like the rare sitatunga and red lechwe, buffalo, elephant, zebra, antelopes, hippo and crocodiles.

Overnight: Namushasha Lodge
Meals: B L D

Day 11

Namushasha – Kasane
We drive through Katima Mulilo to the Ngoma Bridge where we enter Botswana. Depart to Kasane.

Overnight: Kasane area
Meals: B L D

Day 12

Chobe National Park
We enter Chobe, which is known for its Elephants – up to 65 000. A rich bird-life and huge herds of Buffalo can be seen.

Overnight: Kasane area
Meals: B L D

Day 13

Chobe National Par
We game drive in Chobe full day. Optional boat trip on the Chobe river can be done.

Overnight: Kasane area.
Meals: B L D

Day 14

Victoria Falls
Today we do a guided day-tour to Vic Falls. It goes through the Zambezi National Park to Victoria Falls and back in the afternoon. The Vic Falls and Zanbezi National Park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE and the falls is one of the ‘Seven wonders of the world’ The falls are 1,7 km wide and nearly 550 million litres of water drops 108 meters into the river below (every minute ) when the Zambezi River is in flood. Victoria Falls is five different falls, of which 4 are in Zimbabwe: Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls – and The Eastern Cataract, is in Zambia.

Zambezi National Park with Victoria Falls National Park covers an area of 56,000 hectares. The northern border of the Park is formed by the Zambezi River which is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia for much of its length. A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including The Big Five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and white rhinoceros. Also herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. Optional helicopter scenic flights over the Falls and bungee jumping available.

Overnight: Kasane area
Meals: B L D

Day 15

Kasane – Francistown
Today we drive to Nata through Kasane, Kazuma, and Sibuyo Forest reserves. We also visit Nata Sanctuary at Sowa Pan, (which is part of the Makgadikgadi Pans) and one of Botswana’s main birding destinations. Nata Sanctuary is home to 165 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. After good rains, thousands of threatened Lesser Flamingos, and Greater Flamingos, Chestnut-banded Plovers, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans converge on the nutrient-rich waters of the pans. When the pan dries out, the Sanctuary contains the largest number of Lesser Flamingos in Southern Africa. Drive until Francistown.

Overnight: Francistown.
Meals: B L D

Day 16

Francistown – Marekele National Park in South Africa.
Today we proceed to the RSA border post at Groblers Bridge, driving through Francistown, and on to Marekel National Park which is in the centre of the Waterberg Mountains, the border between the dry western and wetter eastern regions of South Africa. Massive mountain landscapes, grassy hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Yellowwood and cedar trees, cycads and tree ferns, are found here. Game such as rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, as well as Cape Vultures can be seen.

Overnight: Marekele
Meals: B L D

Day 17

Marekele – Johannesburg
Last morning game drive, then we depart to Johannesburg. End of the tour.

Included: driver/guide, vehicle, fuel, cross-border fees, accommodation, meals
Excluded: daily conservation fees, optional activities.

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