Great Trans-African Lodge Safari

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Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe – 20 days: This is the ultimate African lodge safari where you get to spend 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Experience the full range of wildlife, culture and scenery only Africa can deliver from marvelling at the Victoria Falls to the breath-taking magnitude of Namibia’s dunes and of course the big game interaction. This lodge safari starts in Windhoek and ends in Victoria Falls, combining all the comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience.

Overview

Small-group Lodge Safari through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe – 20 days
Lodge safari starting in Windhoek and ending in Victoria Falls.

Tour Highlights:

  • Namib Desert – The world’s highest dunes and the remarkable landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Explore the coastal German town of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay lagoon
  • Walking in the Waterberg Plateau
  • Etosha National Park – Game viewing in one of Africa’s unique wildlife settings
  • Educational visit with the Himba tribe in their traditional village
  • Discover the Okavango Delta during a traditional mokoro experience
  • Afternoon game viewing and sundowners on a tranquil sunset cruise on the Chobe River
  • Day and night game drives in the Khwai area
  • Full day game viewing in Hwange National Park
  • Guided afternoon tour of the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 12 (Guaranteed departures with no minimum group size are available.)


    Local Payment: On this safari, a fixed local payment needs to be paid to the guide before the tour starts. The local payment is part of your tour price. It covers on-the-road expenses, such as national park entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as the use of local guides. This provides your guide with sufficient funds on the road and ensures that your money goes directly to the African communities.


    Vehicle: Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.


    Meals: Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a campfire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.


    Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance: 15 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 washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


    Travelling Time & Distances: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.


    Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana prior to departure. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

  • Included

    • Meals: 19 x Breakfast, 16 x Lunch, 15 x Dinner
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • All transport
    • Game drives & activities as mentioned
    • Park entrance fees
    • Experienced guide

    Excluded

    • Travel insurance
    • Flights
    • Pre and post tour accommodation
    • Optional activities
    • All drinks
    • Tips and curios
    • All personal expenses.
    • Local payment: USD 330

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    Day 1 Windhoek, Namibia

    On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. 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 for your pre-departure meeting.

    Day 2 – 3 Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Heading south, we travel towards the Namib Naukluft National Park, which contains the presumed oldest desert in the world, the Namib. The follow morning an early start takes us to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, reaching heights of over 300 m, are an absolute sceptical and a fantastic photo opportunity. We also visit the Sesriem Canyon, forged millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.

    Day 4 Swakopmund, Namibia

    We drive through the Namib Naukluft National Park to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world, including oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. En-route we stop in the small town of Walvis Bay where you may spot a variety of birds including flamingo’s in the lagoon. Late afternoon we arrive in the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you can soak up the atmosphere of this quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches or depending on the time, enjoy an optional half-day activity.

    Day 5 Waterberg Plateau, Namibia

     

    We head inland to the Waterberg Plateau Park close to Otjiwarongo. On arrival we enjoy a short hike in the reserve to view the mountain wildlife. The plateau began 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.

    Day 6 Etosha National Park, Namibia
    We leave Waterberg National Park and travel via Cheetah Conservation Foundation at Otjiwarongo to Etosha. The CCF is an internationally recognised centre for research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems. It boasts an extensive visitor’s centre, which encourages tourists to learn more about these beautiful cats and the efforts being made to save them. We continue our journey towards Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at our lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool, or take a leisurely stroll through the natural bush and gardens. Optional game drives are also available.
    Day 7 & 8 Etosha National Park, Namibia

    After breakfast we enter the Etosha National Park via the Andersson gate, named after Karl Johan Andersson, one of the first European explorers to come across the Etosha pan, which means “Great White Place” in the Ndonga dialect of the Ovambo tribe. We fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino 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.

    Day 9 Grootfontein, Namibia

    Departing Etosha we drive deep into Bushmanland where we take a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju’Hoansi-San, a local bushmen community. Join the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and start a fire the Ju/’Hoansi way.

    Day 10 Mahangu, Namibia

     This morning we travel eastwards onto our camp in the western Caprivi region, Mahangu Lodge. Before departure however, there will be time for optional activities such as an early morning boat cruise at the lodge or a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people. We then continue to Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, which is situated next to the Okavango River. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.

    Day 11 Maun, Botswana
    South of the Caprivi we reach Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, meaning “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or for some excitement, book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. 

    Day 12 Okavango Delta & Khwai, Botswana
    Start the day with a drive to the mokoro station. We will float in these traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife, before making our way to camp, situated in the Khwai region. Here we embark on a night game drive to spot nocturnal animals seldom encountered during the day.
    Day 13 Khwai, Botswana

    In our open 4×4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai River area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game. Renowned for its large concentrations of mammals this area is a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs.

    Day 14 Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

    Once a large river fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans are now saline and empty. Here 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.)

    Day 15 & 16 Chobe National Park, Botswana

    We head to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, the second largest national park in Botswana covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found in Africa. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool. The next day you will see the wildlife of the Chobe National Park on a morning game drive, with the hope of spotting big game up. Then an afternoon cruise on the Chobe River, an unforgettable experience viewing the animals as they come down to drink, as well as the spectacular African sunset.

    Day 17 & 18 Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Today we cross the border into Zimbabwe and onto Hwange National Park where we spend two nights. Hwange National Park is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and a large concentration of giraffe. It is also hosts many predators and endangered species which can be seen on a full day game drive on the second day.

    Day 19 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    We turn northwards to Victoria Falls. Here 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 remainder of the day is at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities available.

    Day 20 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    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. 

     
  • 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.

    Day 1: Terra Africa Guest House or similar
    Day 2 & 3: Agama River Camp or similar
    Day 4: Alte Brücke or similar
    Day 5: Waterberg Camp or similar
    Day 6: Toshari Lodge or similar
    Day 7 & 8: Namutoni Camp or similar
    Day 9: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar
    Day 10: Mahangu Lodge or similar
    Day 11: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
    Day 12, 13: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar
    Day 14: Nata Lodge or similar
    Day 15 & 16: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Day 17, 18: Sable Sands or similar
    Day 19: Ilala Lodge or similar

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