Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Nata – Gweta – Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms – Maun – Okavango Panhandle – Rundu – Onguma Game Reserve – Etosha South – Spitzkoppe
17 Days / 16 Nights

This tour is available for Low, Mid-Range, Luxury & Exclusive budgets.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONVictoria Falls International Airport
DEPARTURE TIMECheck in at least 2 hours before your flight.
INCLUDED
4×4 Air-Conditioned Vehicle Rental & Delivery FeeAirport Transfers
Accommodation
NOT INCLUDED
Visa Fees
Park Entry Fees & Permits
Border Crossing Fees
Fuel
Non-listed Meals
Guided Activities & Excursions

Things we recommend

  • Make sure to always have drinking water in the vehicle.
  • Wear sunscreen and hats.
  • Do not leave any valuables visibly in the vehicle (cameras, phones, laptops etc.).
  • Make sure to always have both (two) spare tyres.
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Day 1&2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The adventure begins as soon as you touch ground at Victoria Falls International Airport. Our friendly car hire representative will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate.

After vehicle hand-over you will head to your lodge / hotel / B&B.

Day 2

There are also plenty of things to do and see in the area. From scenic flights over the Falls to bungee jumping, white river rafting, zip lining through the forest canopy or an elephant-back ride. There is something fun to do for everyone!

Points of interest: Victoria Falls.

Activities offered in the area: Game & Nature Drives, Boat Cruises, Wildlife, Bird life, Hiking Trails, Scenic Flights, Cultural Visits & Elephant rides.

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Day 3&4: Nata

The road takes you to Nata Lodge today. It is situated right on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – the largest salt pans in the world and the remains of Africa’s largest inland sea. The Lodge is set among Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Day 4

Take the day and visit Nata Bird Sanctuary,  the only protected reserve in Botswana in the northeastern periphery of Sowa Pan, is a community-managed project, with assistance from the Nata Conservation Committee and national and international organisations.

Points of interest: Nata Bird Sanctuary

Activities offered in the area: Guided game & nature drives.

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Day 5&6: Planet Baobab, Gweta

Follow the road pointed out by the giant anteater and you’ll discover the intriguingly named Planet Baobab.

This is the Baobab Capital of the World, where the average age of each tree is more than 4000 years, and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the size of Switzerland.

Day 6

Game drives from Planet Baobab will take you deep into the Ntwetwe Pan, the larger of the two Makgadikgadi Pans, and a vast expanse of sparkling salt that extends as far as the eye can see – and a little bit further!

Remarkably, there is life to be found here and game drives will reveal some of the uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, springbok, kori bustards, and perhaps even the magnificent desert-adapted elephant and lion if Lady Luck is on your side. The arrival of the summer rains in December heralds the arrival of the zebra and wildebeest in the second largest migration of mammals on the continent, and life becomes frenetic as the hooved beasties feed on the fresh, green grass – and the predators have plenty to eat.

Points of interest: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans & Ntwetwe Pan.

Activities offered in the area: Guided game & nature drives.

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Day 7&8: Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms

Welcome to Haina Kalahari Lodge situated on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

Day 8

Join a guided game drive with an experienced and knowledgeable guide and get a chance to see the untamed game and teeming bird life in the surrounding area.

Activities offered in the area: Bird Watching, Morning & afternoon game drives on a 11000 hectare private concession, Spectacular star gazing (on request), Kalahari Sundowners, Night drives & star gazing (on request) & Interactive San Bushmen walks.

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Day 9: Maun

Tshima Bush Camp is a small, intimate camp close to Maun, the iconic safari town of Botswana. It is situated on 30 hectares of natural bush with direct access to the Nhabe river. Our Meru style tents provide comfort and lots of privacy. Walking trails invite guests to explore the area. You may find duiker, aardvark and a huge variety of birds. From time to time, elephants pass by as well and hippos inhabit the river.

The camp is a perfect base for exploring nearby natural treasures such as the world-famous Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Park. Furthermore, the village of Komana is located close by and can be explored to get a glimpse of Botswana village life. The camp also serves as an excellent spot to spend the night while travelling to your next destination in Botswana.

Activities offered in the area: Guided game & nature drives.

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Day 10&11: Okavango Panhandle

Drotsky’s Cabins situated on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, near Shakawe, in the north-western corner of Botswana; is one of the original pioneer lodges in the country and is especially popular with tourist’s keen on fishing and/or birding.

Day 11

A boat cruise from Drotsky’s is the perfect way to witness the feeding frenzy of the Barbel Run, taking place from August to October each year.

Thousands of barbel swim upstream in the Okavango River, slapping their tails to create confusion among the smaller fish species, which soon becomes the barbel’s next meal. The ever opportunistic tiger fish join in the hunt, while hundreds of Egrets, Darters and Cormorant follows suite, and keen fishermen cast their lines and try to hook “the big one”.

Activities offered in the area: Fishing, Bushman Excursions, Guided game & nature drives.

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Day 12: Rundu

Today you will cross the border to Namibia at Shakawe Border Crossing.

The Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7 km East of the north-eastern Namibian town of Rundu. The lodge is set on the banks of the Okavango River, offering lovely views of the river, and is a convenient stopover for visitors on the way to the Popa Falls and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Points of interest: Okavango River.

Activities offered in the area: Fishing, Canoeing, Game & Nature Drives.

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Day 13: Onguma Game Reserve

Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of Etosha Park in Namibia, bordering Fischer’s Pan. The Fort at Onguma is set on this 20 000 ha nature reserve which boasts over thirty different animal species.

Predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos!

Points of interest: Etosha National Park, Onguma Nature Reserve.

Activities offered in the area: Guided Game & Nature Drives.

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Day 14&15: Etosha South

Today you will head to central Etosha National Park. Staying inside the park means you can self-drive your game drives. Alternatively, pre-book guided game drives at extra cost, which are available from all lodges in the area.

Points of interest: Etosha National Park Watering Holes.

Activities offered in the area: Guided Game & Nature Drives.

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Day 16: Spitzkoppe

Today you will head to Spitzkoppen Lodge.

This lodge is situated on the northern periphery of the Spitzkoppe inselberg, between huge granite boulders, which were created more than 150 million years ago, with breath taking views onto the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains.

The stylish, private accommodation consists of 15 spacious, tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and outside viewing deck, which connects the guest with the vast stretches of untouched sand and boulders beyond.

Points of interest: Spitzkoppe Mountain & Rock Formations.

Activities offered in the area: Guided Game & Nature Drives.

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Day 17: Return to Windhoek

Today you will drive back to Windhoek and return the rental vehicle to the car hire depot. An airport transfer will be arranged after vehicle check-in.

This map only corresponds with the listed Itinerary/ Route of this web page. Your map will differ.

Ostriches
Hyena in the water
Mutant Zebra
Giraffe and Zebras at the watering hole
Black Rhino between trees
White back and lepard face Vultures
Elephants in the water
Elephants in Botswana
Duk Duk in the garden
Elephant taking mud bath
Lion cubs
Antelopes grazing
Zebras