Wildlife of Southern Africa

Our 16 days Southern African tour is one of our round trips around Southern Africa that gives you a very good glance at its beautiful landscape, diverse culture, prolific wildlife as well as a proper knowledge of Southern Africa’s governance, history and geography.

This tour covers mainly three areas of the countries visited: the people, fauna& flora and different landscapes. This includes the unique region of Damaraland with its volcanic geology, the breath-taking monumental red dunes of the Namib Desert, the Okavango Delta, the renowned Chobe as well as the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

From the monumental red dunes of Namib Desert, said to be among the oldest deserts in the world, through the abundant wildlife of Etosha, Bwabwata and Chobe national parks, through the traditional Himba people and the coastal town of Swakopmund, with its Germanic architecture, to the majestic Victoria Falls, one has covered a complete tour of Southern Africa. The diversity of the landscapes, the ever-changing colors and features of the countries are just marvelous to any visitor of any kind of interest.

The departure will be guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants, and can be conducted as an English or French speaking tour; the maximum number of participants per vehicle is 12. Please note, this departure can also be run occasionally as a camping safari on request.

Included:

  • 11 nights accommodation in lodges on DBB basis (Dinner, Bed& Breakfast) and 4 nights accommodation in lodges/guestshouse on B&B (Bed&Breakfast) only, in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Victoria Falls.
  • Excursions and entry fees in Etosha national parc, Twyfelfontein, Sossusvlei and Waterberg.
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 16 of the safari.

Non-included:

  • Flights, airport taxes, visas, drinks, mineral water, lunch and dinners in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Victoria Falls, optional activities, gratuities and any other item of personal use (e.g. toiletries, etc.)
  • Entry fee to the Victoria falls (30$) and visa into Zimbabwe (30$).

Day 1: Windhoek

With its Germanic heritage in its architecture and atmosphere, Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia since 1990 and can be visited throughout the year. Most Namibians are concentrated in Windhoek and surrounding areas (about 250,000 people out of a population of about 2.1millions). We are met by our local guide at the hotel for a briefing; dinner own account, accommodation at safari hotel or similar (B&B basis)

 

Day 2 – 3: Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is surely one of the oldest deserts in the world. Its monumental dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei have no match with any other sand dunes worldwide. The day is spent among these red sand dunes, a short excursion into the Sesriem canyon as well as a sunset hike on top of Elim dune are enjoyed. Accommodation at Weltevrede guestfarm or Namib Desert lodge or similar, all meals.

 

Day 4 – 5: Swakopmund 

Our journey today takes us to the relaxing coastal town of Swakopmund, the second biggest city of the country after Windhoek. En route, we have an opportunity to drive through the southern part of what is known as “the skeleton coast”, an amazing coastal area for the natural beauty of its scenery. It is also renowned by the presence of numerous ship racks of more than a century old, of which the remaining ‘skeletons’ can still be seen. It was named after numerous skeletons of both humans and Wales were discovered here and figuratively the remains of the ship rocks are also assimilated to skeletons.

The afternoon is free to allow each participant to undertake any of the activities in option (scenic flight, sand boarding, township tour, etc.).

The following day is the discovery of the marine life through a splendid boat cruise aimed at finding out the Benguela dolphins as well as the bottle-nose dolphins in their natural state. After enjoying a light lunch onboard at the end of the cruise, we will be taken in a 4-wheel drive for the Sandwich-harbour excursion, a visit that will allow us to discover life in the desert, prolific landscape with the encounter between the desert and the sea, salt-pans, to mention but a few. Accommodation at Hotel d’Avignon or similar (B&B); Lunch and dinner at own account for these 2 days.

 

Day 6: Damaraland – Twyfelfontein

On our way to Etosha we visit the Himba people to learn more about their way of living. The Himbas are among the last African tribes to continue living theor traditional life until today. The women cover their body with the red ochre to protect them against sun burn as well as bug’s bites.  After this visit, we proceed and enter Etosha national parc. With its size of about 23,000 km², Etosha National Park is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Here, we have the opportunity to observe lions, elephants, Rhino (black and white), leopards, and many different species of antelopes like gemsboks, also known as Oryx, both the mountain and plain zebras, wildebeests, springboks, to mention but a few, as well as more than 300 different species of birds inventoried. Its numerous waterholes, both inside the park and at the edge of its three resorts, give an unprecedented wilderness experience that we have never seen before. The beautiful landscape, its salty pan and camel thorn trees, are all breath taking. We enjoy our morning and afternoon games drive to observe this unique fauna and flora. Accommodation at Okaukuejo and Namutoni, all meals.

 

Day 7 – 8 – 9: Kamanjab – Etosha National Park

On our way to Etosha we visit the Himba people to learn more about their way of living. The Himbas are among the last African tribes to continue living theor traditional life until today. The women cover their body with the red ochre to protect them against sun burn as well as bug’s bites.  After this visit, we proceed and enter Etosha national parc. With its size of about 23,000 km², Etosha National Park is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Here, we have the opportunity to observe lions, elephants, Rhino (black and white), leopards, and many different species of antelopes like gemsboks, also known as Oryx, both the mountain and plain zebras, wildebeests, springboks, to mention but a few, as well as more than 300 different species of birds inventoried. Its numerous waterholes, both inside the park and at the edge of its three resorts, give an unprecedented wilderness experience that we have never seen before. The beautiful landscape, its salty pan and camel thorn trees, are all breath taking. We enjoy our morning and afternoon games drive to observe this unique fauna and flora. Accommodation at Okaukuejo and Namutoni, all meals

 

Day 10 – 11: Okavango river – Bwabwata National Park

Driving through the Caprivi Strip, we spend our nights on the banks of the Okavango River. We enjoy our sunset on the deck or a swim in the famous ‘river pool’. The next morning, a game drive through the Mahangu Game Reserve in the Bwabwata National Park and a boat cruise ride in the afternoon will help us appreciate the sight of animals like buffalos, hippos, red lichwes, Sable antelopes and crocodiles of the Okavango River. We can also choose among other many optional activities that are available, including bird walks and boat cruise. Tented camp accommodation or tree houses at Ngepi camp or similar, all meals and afternoon mokoro (traditional canöe) on the Okavango River + morning game drive in the Mahangu National Park.

 

Day 12: Kwando river

Proceeding the discovery of the Caprivi strip, our journey today takes us into the Bwabwata national. We lodge at Namushasha lodge or similar and enjoy an afternoon game drive with the safari 4×4 vehicle of the lodge. All meals.

 

Day 13 – 14: Chobe National Park

Our lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. We are taken on a game drive the following morning into the Chobe National Park to view the amazing wildlife that this park has to offer. In the late afternoon, sunset is enjoyed on a relaxing game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Accommodation at Chobe safari lodge or similar, all meals, boat cruise on the Chobe river, morning and afternoon game drives in the Chobe National Park on day 14.

 

Day 15: Victoria Falls

After breakfast, we continue our journey into Zimbabwe through the Kazungula border post to view the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Our afternoon guided walk along the falls will take us through the numerous view points of this magnificent natural beauty. Accommodation at Rainbow lodge or Victoria falls restcamp or similar, lunch and dinner at own account.

 

Day 16: Victoria Falls

Our journey ends after breakfast and we are transferred to the Victoria Falls airport on time for our flight. Accommodation with B&B only.

Wildlife of Southern Africa Package