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20 Day Great Trans-African Lodge Safari - Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls [TA]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Kwando River - Rundu - Etosha National Park - Damaraland - Kamanjab - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Namib Naukluft Park - Kuiseb Canyon - Sossusvlei - Windhoek - Waterberg Plateau Park - Bushmanland - Okavango Delta - Khwai River - Makgadikgadi Pans - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

Great Trans African Lodge Safari

Our Great Trans African Lodge Safari allows you to experience Namibia and Botswana on a comfortable African Safari which starts at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy the comforts of lodgings after an exciting day in the African bush with Jenman Safaris.

A small-group lodge safari, no participation, from Windhoek through Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe, ending in Victoria Falls.

Highlights: Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay Lagoon, Swakopmund, Waterberg, Damaraland, Himba Tribe, Etosha National Park, Bushmanland, Caprivi, Greater Khwai Region, Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.

Group Size: minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people
Type of Safari: Non-participation Lodge Safari
Duration: 20 day(s)  

Accommodation: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia
On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, Terra Africa Guest House. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.
Accommodation: Terra Africa Guest House or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei, Namibia [BLD]  
Moving south we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park and our accommodation for the next two nights, Agama River Camp. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Accommodation: Agama River Camp or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 4: Namib Naukluft National Park to Swakopmund, Namibi [BL]  
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of the unique fauna and flora are a must on a Namibian safari. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. En-route we make a stop in the small town of Walvis Bay where you may spot a variety of birds including flamingo’s in the lagoon. We arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund in the late afternoon, where you will have the opportunity soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. Depending on the time of arrival, half day optional activities can be arranged.
Accommodation: Alte Brücke Resort or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 5: Waterberg Plateau, Namibia [BLD]  
Today we leave the coast behind us and drive to the Waterberg Plateau Park close to Otjiwarongo. On arrival we go for a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the mountain. The plateau was first envisaged as a conservation area for eland, Africa’s largest species of antelope. In 1972 it was proclaimed a reserve and has since become a sanctuary for several rare animals.
Accommodation: Waterberg Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 6: Kamanjab, Namibia [BLD]
We leave Waterberg National Park and drive north to Kamanjab, which is the gateway to Damaraland. We visit a Himba village to find out more about their traditions and lifestyle and experience the milking ceremony and smoke bath. Learn about their beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. Himba jewellery and hairstyles imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children.
Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Rest Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 7 & 8: Etosha National Park, Namibia [BLD, BLD]  
After breakfast we make our way to Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. We enter the park via the Western Corridor, a previously restricted part of the park, which boasts some of the highest numbers of wildlife. We fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes or viewpoints encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Accommodation Day 7: Dolomite Camp or similar (tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Accommodation Day 8: Namutoni Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 9: Grootfontein, Namibia [BLD]  
Departing from Etosha we drive deep into Bushmanland and on to Roy’s Rest Camp, an ideal stopover in northern Namibia. This afternoon we will take a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju’Hoansi-San, a local bushmen community who offer us the opportunity to partake in their daily activities. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San people. A walk is taken in the vicinity of the village with the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and ropes and start a fire the Ju/’Hoansi way.
Accommodation: Roy’s Rest Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 10: Mahangu, Namibia [BLD]  
This morning we travel north-west towards the Caprivi and onto our camp in the western Caprivi region, Mahangu Lodge. Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, is situated next to the Okavango River. Spend the afternoon relaxing next to the pool or on the sundeck bird watching or take an optional sunset boat cruise to explore this magnificent area.
Accommodation: Mahangu Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11: Maun, Botswana [BL]  
We leave the Caprivi and travel south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant

Day 12: Khwai River, Botswana [BLD]  
After breakfast we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in these traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Greater Khwai region. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 13: Khwai River, Botswana [BLD]  
We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Khwai River area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. This area is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 14: Khwai to Nata, Botswana [BLD]  
We leave the bush behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake, however the pans are now saline and empty. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we get the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.)
Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (safari tent with en-suite bath-rooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 15 & 16: Nata to Chobe, Botswana [BLD, B]  
This morning we head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or to relax by the pool. The next day you will get to see the wildlife of the Chobe National Park on a morning game drive, with the hope of spotting big game up close and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the animals as they come down to drink, as well as the spectacular African sunset.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Bush Lodge or similar (tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 17 & 18: Chobe to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe [BLD, BLD]  
Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto Hwange National Park where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. A full day game drive is included on the park on the second day.
Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (tented chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

Day 19: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [B]  
Continuing our trip, we turn northwards to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities on offer.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 20: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [B]  
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Inclusions & Exclusions

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations

Included in the price:

- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- All transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle
- Game drives as mentioned
- Meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Experienced local guide

Not included in the price:

- Travel insurance
- Flights
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- All drinks, tips and curios
- All personal expenses

Meal Key: 
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner

 

Extra information

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Should you require alternative accommodation or transfers to different points, please contact our reservation office, who will gladly assist you.

Transport

Fully equipped Toyota 4x4 land cruisers or appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system are being used.  An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen.  All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Accommodation
We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Acccommodation is sutated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic drinks and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Pound Sterling, Botswana Pula, South African Rands and Namibian dollars are the most practical and convenient currencies.

Meals

All breakfasts are included during your safari. Lunches and dinners are only provided on the days as indicated above. Lunch will be a picnic-style. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit.  Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are laundry opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited. 

Insurance
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Please contact your SA Tours & Safari's consultant for assistance

Participation
The Great Trans African Safari is a non – participation lodge safari.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana prior to departure.