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This customisable, family-friendly itinerary will take you through just some of Namibia's beautiful and diverse areas. By choosing to stay in accommodations that are accredited with Nambias Eco Awards or have outstanding community based tourism and/or wildlife conservation credentials, you can feel assured that your trip to Nambia (along with visiting the famed Victoria Falls) will not only be a visually beautiful experience but one that will have a long lasting impact on the local environment, people and yourself.

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View our video of our Namibia Family Adventure in November, 2013

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Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.

Activity (Activities)

Birding
Local Stay
Hiking & Trekking
Safari
History & Culture
Wildlife
Conservation
Eco Lodge

Green Approach

Eco-Luxurious

Certification

Namibia EcoAward

Why Authentic Ecotourism?

Whether it is staying at not-for-profit eco lodges that donate all profits to charitable projects or directly witnessing (and supporting) the AfriCat Foundation, which is committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards or staying at other conservation-based lodges, this trip is a front row seat to why Namibia is a conservation success story.

Click on our online itinerary which contains many photos of the activities and accommodations described in this package.

 

Day 1: N/a'an ku sê Lodge, Central Namibia

Central Namibia
The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.

Overnight: N/a'an ku sê Lodge
Join us for a luxury break amid the stunning African Savannah. Located just a thirty minute drive from Windhoek International Airport and nestled in the stunning African veldt, our Lodge is perfectly situated to start or finish your trip to Namibia. With a range of enjoyable activities available, including Carnivore Feeding Tours, and Cheetahs Up Close you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable African holiday with us. The only charity lodge in Namibia, N/a'an ku sê Lodge is crafted from ecologically clean material including solid logs and glass to complement N/a'an ku sê's beautiful wilderness setting. Guests will find six luxurious, individual chalets and a tranquil dining area with stunning views, bar and swimming pool. There are also five beautifully appointed and fully equipped holiday houses available for hire. The Lodge also provides a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and conferences. Our Lodge is a not for profit eco-tourism destination, where all profits are directed straight back into supporting our charitable projects.

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 2: Okonjima Plains Camp, Waterberg Region

Waterberg Region
The Waterburg Plateau is a particularly prominent location, elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. Waterburg Park and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The plateau is largely inaccessible so in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species were translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. In 1989, black rhinoceros was reintroduced to the area from Damaraland.

The Waterberg Plateau National Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaur tracks were left there some 200 million years ago. The first human inhabitants were the San people, who left rock engravings believed to be several thousand years old. A small tribe of the San were still living their traditional lifestyle on the plateau until the late 1960s. It was the site of one of the major turning points in Namibia's history. It was at Waterberg, in the foothills, that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against German Colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century.

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp
Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work. MAIN CAMP is the original Hanssen-family farmhouse, reconstructed as a lodge in 1992.

Activities

  • AM Cheetah Walk with N'a/ankuse Lodge- children from 12 years.
  • PM Activity- choose from a variety of activities. Cheetah (Africat) welfare – children from 4 years. Leopard Tracking by vehicle – children from 7 years. Cheetah Tracking on foot – children form 12 years. Wild dog tracking on foot – children from 12 years. Hyena tracking on foot – children from 12 years.

 

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 3: Andersson's Camp, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the parade ground of the beasts, a kaleidoscope of creatures bewildering character and variety. It was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor of German South West Africa, von Lindequist. He demarkated an area of over 100'000 km², creating the largest game reserve on earth and expelling thousands of indigenous people from their traditional and ancestoral dwellings to stay outside the park. Present day Etosha National Park was pared down due to political considerations in the 1960's by the Odendaal Plan and now covers a modest but still very impressive 22'270 square kilometres. Despite the massive size of Etosha, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to casual visitors.

In the central and eastern region there are over 30 water holes - ideal places to sit and wait it out for an unbelievable 114 different game and over 340 different bird species.The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha's notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. At such times it is utterly barren, an austere playground for heat and wind which conjure up their characteristic atmospheric tricks. Glassy mirages dissolve the horizon and tremble over the blindingly flat surface while graceful dust devils carry out their swirling dances over the plains. When the waters do eventually come, the pan undergoes a miraculous transformation. From a vacuous stillness it springs into living paradise awash with life. Out of the blue in their thousands come migrant flamingos, splashing the sky with plumage which eventually condenses on the horizon in undulating lines of crimson, pink and white. Guided by an uncanny faculty for navigation they come to the pan for a short breeding season from as far as Walvis Bay – how they know of the water 500 miles north stays a mystery.

Such thrills are part of the earthy encounters with nature which give Etosha and other Namibian wilderness areas a dimension which goes beyond the simpler interpretations of nature. These sanctuaries have become sources of human well-being, where man can shake off his metropolitan afflictions and can recharge the batteries of sanity and perspective which have run down in the course of powering the locomotive of progress.

Overnight: Andersson's Camp View
Nestled in mopane scrub on white calcrete soils, Andersson's Camp is situated 4.5km from Etosha's Andersson Gate. The camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson – one of the first Europeans to 'discover' Etosha, Africa's largest saltpan. The resurrected former farmstead that stands on the site now forms the centre of a charming camp fronting onto a productive waterhole. The 18 tented en-suite units are raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding plains. The camp is an exciting example of sustainable construction; this model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience for small groups, families and independent travellers to the Etosha region and is easily accessible by either road or air. Activities include morning and/or afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, night drives (on request) and nature walks on Ongava Reserve. Subject to the availability of vehicles and guides, morning and afternoon/evening game drives on Ongava Game Reserve can be arranged at camp at extra cost.

Activities

  • Visit to THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION: AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia. Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.
  • Drive to Etosha National Park
  • Ongava Lodge Guided Walks

 

Included

  • Full Board and Activities
  • Drinks (Local Brands) Included

 

Day 4: Andersson's Camp, Etosha National Park

Activities

  • Game drive in open safari vehicles through Etosha National Park
  • Etosha Pan

 

Etosha Pan
Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.

Included

  • Full Board and Activities
  • Drinks (Local Brands) Included

 

Day 5: Fiume Lodge & Game Farm, Otavi Mountain Region

Otavi Mountain Region
The Otavi Mountain Region is sometimes referred to as the "Golden Triangle", or as the "maize Triangle". Features of interest include the Hoba Meteorite and sink holes and underground lakes. The Hoba Meteorite is the largest meteorite in the world, and the largest naturally occurring piece of iron on the Earth's surface. It is made of nickel-iron and weighs about 60 tonnes. Lake Otjikoto and Lake Guinas are sinkholes the depths of which are not really known and nearby is the Dragon's Breath one of the largest and deepest underground lakes in the world. It was here just outside Otavi that World War I ended in southern Africa on July 1 1915.

Overnight: Fiume Lodge & Game Farm
Fiume is owner managed and situated just 35km north from the town of Grootfontein and 3km from the B8. Fiume Lodge is an ideal stopover for traveller's en-route to the north of Namibia, the Caprivi as well as Botswana and the Viktoria Falls. The lodge´s ideal location also provides easy access to Bushmanland, Khaudom National Park and the Etosha National Park. The lodge is situated on a 1400ha private game farm with more than 10 different big game species and smaller mammal species. Comfortable accommodation is offered in 9 stylish chalets, all equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, twin-beds and built-in cupboards to lock in valuables for peace of mind. All chalets are furnished with rose wood to create that cosy "warm" feeling people appreciate when traveling far from home. Two chalets are slightly bigger and have their own unique cosy feeling and interior. They can be used as a family unit on request. Facilities • 9 stylish chalets • Equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, twin-beds • Built-in cupboards to lock valuables • Laundry service only available on a 2 nights stay • Restaurant, Bar and Pool • Wi-Fi Activities: • Game Drives *pre-bookings only • Bushmen excursions *pre-bookings only • "A day in a life of a Namibian Farmer" excursion *pre-bookings only

Activities

  • Game drive through Etosha National Park with SoA vehicle en route to Fiume Lodge
  • Sundowner Drive at Fiume Lodge (time allowing)

 

Included
Full Board and Activities

 

Day 6: Fiume Lodge & Game Farm, Otavi Mountain Region

Activities
Full day Bushman Excursion. You can expect the most informal, liberating learning experience about these people, their history, lifestyle and culture and can to look forward to: Bush walk, village life, making of tools, jewellery and weapons. You will also be taught how to start a fire, how and what to use as medicines and the different roles of men and women in the community. This activity is the result of a joint community venture between the lodge management and the Ju/Hansi people.

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 7: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Linyanti

Linyanti
Although game is not as abundant as in Namibia's other game parks, the park is home to Namibia's largest buffalo herds and offers visitors a true wilderness experience. Apart from the new Nkasa Lupala Lodge recently built close to the entrance gate of the park, there are no facilities and very few people have discovered this very wild tract of land. Cradled by the V-shaped arms of the Kwando-Linyanti River, the 32'000 hectare park was set aside in 1990 to protect and conserve Namibia's largest wetland, the Linyanti swamps. This is the area that also mostly resembles the Okavango Delta of Botswana further southwest. From its origins in the highlands of Angola, the Kwando River flows in a southeasterly direction for nearly 1000 kilometres. It then quite enexpectantly makes a 90° turn to the northeast to follow the Gumare fault and becomes known as the Linyanti River (further east in Botswana the same river is called the Chobe River!) The annual floodwaters of the Kwando-Linyanti reach the area in August and September, inundating the floodplains and flooding the relic channels. Predators include lion, leopard and spotted hyena, while crocodile and hippo abound in the river. The success for viewing game differs, but the best season to view game is generally June to November.

Overnight: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
Built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando–Linyanti river system, this unique Namibian wetland paradise in the eastern Caprivi Region, commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Lupala National Park. The lodge is located on the northern unfenced park border, in the Wuparo Conservancy that is part of the successful and award winning Namibian conservation program followed by IRDNC and WWF. Nkasa Lupala National Park is famous for its large herds of Elephants and Buffaloes. It has a high population of game that attracts all the major predators. Feasting your eyes on Lions, Leopards and Hyenas is a common phenomenon in this wetland paradise. At times the rare Wild dog even graces us with its presence. The Park has more than 400 recorded bird species, making it a birdwatchers paradise throughout the year

Activities

  • After heading north in to the Zambezi Region finish the day with a 2 hour Boat Cruise along the Kwando River.
  • Caprivi Strip

 

Caprivi Strip
The Zambezi (formerly known as Caprivi) Strip is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that sticks eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where 4 countries meet. Zambezi is almost entirely surrounded by foreign countries. Its only domestic border is a short connection in the west with Okavango. In the northwest, it borders the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola. In the north, it borders the Western Province of Zambia. In the south, it borders the North-West District of Botswana. In the far East, it borders Zimbabwe by a very small strip of land. The Zambezi is a heavily tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December to March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetland, and woodland.
It is also home to 450 animal species, including elephants, making Zambezi a popular game-watching spot. The wildlife is protected by several nature reserves, such as Bwabwata, Mudumu, Lizauli, WestCapriviGamePark, Mahango Game Reserve, and MamiliNational Park; animals travel freely across the unmarked border with Botswana, where the ChobeNational Park lies. The strip is also a prime bird-watching area, with over 430 different bird species (almost 70 percent of bird species found in Namibia) being recorded here.

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 8: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Linyanti

Activities
Start the day with a visit to a local village where you will visit the local school and the Traditional Authority if possible. A real opportunity to interact with the local people to this beautiful area.

Optional
Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy a guided walk in this game rich area.

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 9: The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as 'The Smoke that Thunders' this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Overnight: The Elephant Camp
Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls (approximately 10km) and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 24 guests in 12 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and boast a private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath (with a view), inside and outside shower, mini bar and tea/coffee stations. The lounge, bar and dining area lead out to a sun kissed pool from where the roar of the water rushing over gorges becomes a constant beat and soon settles into the background like an old friend. It is calming and therapeutic to sit back, watch and listen to "the smoke that thunders"... The Elephant Camp offers close interaction with wildlife - in particular elephant at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. All guests staying at The Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephant herd. Selected Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge). Access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls (15 km from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 km from Victoria Falls town), Livingstone and Kasane.

Activities

  • After leaving Namibia you will pass through Botswana where a transfer will pick up the group to move on to Victoria Falls. You will visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where the views are best.
  • Visit the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary that is conmnected to your lodge and meet with the Elephants that they home.

 

Optional
Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, the small town of Katima Mulilo offers lush vegetation, tropical birds and cheeky monkeys. Katima Mulilo is the service centre of the Caprivi. An interesting spot to visit is the street market, where arts and crafts, such as traditional grass-woven baskets, wood carvings, clothes and jewellery, are sold.

Included
Full Board and Activities
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Day 10: Departure

Activities

  • Wild Horizons Tour of the Falls
  • Departure (PM departure required)
  • Victoria Falls

 

Wild Horizons Tour of the Falls
The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It's a truly awe- inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature's Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality...and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, you may be taken past the 'Big Tree before being accompanied through the Rainforest by a Wild Horizons guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.
Victoria Falls

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as 'The Smoke that Thunders' this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

 

Departure City

Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport)

Finishing City

Victoria Falls International Airport

Group Size

Minimum of 6 people

Exclusions

• All expenses of a personal nature
• All optional excursions and activities
• Tips for Tour Guide
• International Flights and Airport Taxes
• Travel Insurance

Inclusions

• All transfers and transport as per itinerary.
• Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Portages during the whole trip
• Entrance Fees at all parks which are visited in Namibia
• Bottled water on the bus
• English Speaking Guide/ Driver including his/their costs for accommodation and meals
• Medrescue
• Air conditioned Coach
• Value Added Tax

Single Supplement Fee

Single Supplement from $750.

Best for:

Little Greenies

Not as good for:

Solo

Other Necessary Information

If your party is larger than 6 people, including children, please contact us for special pricing.  There is also special discounts for children.

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