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12 Days – Himba People, Etosha and Victoria Falls

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Detailed Itinerary

12 Days – 11 Nights

Low Season 1st of November – 30th of June

High Season 1st of July – 31st October

Camping safari ( minimum of 4 participants) : euro 1650 pp (low season)/ euro 2057 (high season)

Standard Lodge (double rooms): euro 2442 pp (low season)/ euro 2755 pp (high season)

Luxury Lodge (including ‚waterhole-view’ bungalows): euro 4625 pp (low season)/ euro 5352 (high season)

 

Minimum 2 people per tour. 50% discount for children 12 years old and younger.

Day 1

Arrival in Namibia, pick up at the international airport and transfer to Windhoek. Short, drive-through city tour and visit to diamond polishing plant. Afterwards, transfer to the hotel.

Meals: dinner at the local restaurant.

Accommodation: 1 night in Windhoek at Tamboti Guesthouse, River Crossing Lodge or Hilton Hotel

Distance: 70 km on tar road.

Day 2

After breakfast, on route to scenic Damaraland, in northern Namibia. Arrival at the lodge situated at the foot of rusty-orange mountains in the afternoon. Optional activity: visit at the ‚Living Museum’ village of the Damara people. (euro 25 pp)

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Twyfelfontein Lodge

Distance: around 480 km on tar and gravel roads.

Day 3 

In the morning, visit to Twyfelfontein – largest concentration of Bushmen rock engravings in Africa, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Engravings depict scenes from daily life, hunting and animal migration. After visit to Twyfelfontein, on to Kaokoland, region inhabited by world-famous Himba people. Himba are considered to be one of the last, pastoralist tribes on Earth, still living as they did hundreds of years ago. En route break for lunch and arrival in Opuwo in the late afternoon.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Opuwo Country Hotel

Distance: around 400 km on gravel and tar roads.

Day 4

Visit at the Himba village. Local guide will explain about their culture, traditions and a nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic tribe and their customs in an authentic village. Once-in-a-lifetime chance for ethnic photography. Some of the world’s best ethnic photography comes from Himba villages in Namibia.

After visit to Himba village, on our way through newly build Galton’s Gate, to Etosha National Park – sanctuary of nature and wildlife of Africa! 200 km route leads through newly-opened, western regions of the park. Arrival at one of the park’s camps (either Okakuejo or Halali). Time for rest and visit at the camp’s waterhole.

Etosha is considered one of the most-loved national parks of Africa. Closeness of nature and wildlife, open spaces and incredible landscape impresses many a visitor. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in this huge nature reserve. Inhabiting a ginormous area of over 22,000 square kilometers, there is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. Variety of antelope species: Oryx, Kudu, Eland, Wildebeast and Impala live in Etosha. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

In Etosha, 114 mammal species are found, several rare and endangered e.g. black rhino (largest number in the world), cheetah and black-faced impala. Etosha’s elephants are the largest in Africa. Males can reach up to 4 meter at the shoulder and around 6 tons in weight. Blue wildebeest, zebra, hyena, lions, leopard and giraffe and about 340 bird species, as well as various species of reptiles, rodents and snakes are also found in the area.

Etosha features over 60 springs, waterholes and view points that provide excellent game viewing and fantastic, photographic vistas! Visitors should approach and depart from waterholes slowly, with as little noise as possible, as not to disturb the game. There are three most popular rest camps at the park: Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, accommodating the visitors in the luxurious, thatch-roof bungalows, designed in an African style. Each camp features scenic waterhole, as well as a leisure area with restaurants, shops and a swimming pool for guests.

 

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Etosha National Park at one of the resorts:

Namutoni

Halali

Okaukuejo

Distance: around 350 km on gravel roads.

Day 5

Entire day exploring Etosha in search of wildlife: visiting waterholes and natural springs. Break for lunch at one of the camps and in the afternoon wildlife adventure at its best! Arrival at the camp before sunset and closing of the gate.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Distance: around 200 km on gravel roads.

Day 6

‚Farewell’ to Etosha and we are on our way north-east to Divundu in the Caprivi Region. En route visit at the largest iron meteorite on Earth – the Hoba Meteorite. Its weight is approximately 60 tons.  In the late afternoon arrival at the lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at the Kaisosi River Lodge

Distance: around 600 km on tar roads.

Day 7

En route to Maun in Botswana, situated on the outskirts of the Okavango Delta. Wonderful chance to observe wildlife inhabiting this rich region.

Okavango Delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife, species include: African bush elephant, African Buffalo, hippopotamus, lechwe, tsessebe, sitatunga, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, springbok, greater kudu, sable antelope, springbok, sable antelope, black rhino, white rhino, plains zebra, warthog and chacma baboon. Endangered African wild dog still survives in the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta is home to over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich and Sacred Ibis.

The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30,000 beasts are found in the delta.

Lunch en route, arrival in Maun around noon. Checking-in and time for rest, after the journey. Optional activity: Sunset scenic flight over delta (Cessna craft). Price: euro 200 pp.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Maun.

Distance: around 500 km on tar roads.

Day 8

Today choice of optional activities:

Whole-day Mokoro adventure (dough-gout canoe) in the Okavango Delta. Price: euro 170 pp.

Wildlife of Moremi National Park – game drive in an open vehicle. Price: euro 195 pp.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Day 9

After breakfast, heading north to Chobe National Park, famous for largest concentration of African elephants in the world! In the afternoon, Chobe River cruise. Chobe joins with the fourth largest river of Africa – Zambezi. Relaxing moments, while observing wildlife and birds inhabiting river banks. Wonderful chance to watch from the boat, elephants and buffaloes coming to the water.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night in Kasane.

Distance: around 600 km, on tar roads.

Day 10

Morning optional activity:

Game viewing from an open vehicle (at Chobe National Park). Duration: 3 hours. Price: euro 50 pp.

Before noon crossing the border to Zimbabwe and arrival at the small town Victoria Falls situated near world-famous Victoria Falls. After lunch visit to the falls, one of the ‚Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, locally known as Mosi-oa-tunya ‚smoke that thunders’. Victoria Falls was discovered for the first time by the Europeans, by Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who wrote in his journal: ‚No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’

Quick Facts about Victoria Falls:

Since 1989 the falls are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 1708 meters (5604 ft) wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 meters (260 ft) at its western end to 108 meters (354 ft) in the center. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 meters (360 ft) wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Distance: around 70 km on tar roads.

Day 11

In the morning, visit to the falls and to local craft market. Admiring beauty of the falls from Zimbabwean side, considered by many, to be the most spectacular view of the falls. After lunch, optional activities:

Helicopter flight over the falls. Price: euro 300 pp.

Visit at the traditional village. Price: euro 50 pp.

White-water rafting on the Zambezi. Price: euro 150 pp.

Visit at the falls from Zambian side. Price: euro (around) euro 50 pp.

Bush walk with lions. Price: around euro 70 pp.

Sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Price: euro 70 pp.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Day 12

After breakfast, ‚farewell’ to Victoria Falls, time for last shopping and scenic photography and transfer to the airport. Wishing you a safe journey and many returns to Africa with Wild Wind Safaris!

Meals: breakfast.

Accommodation

Select preferred type of accommodation:

  • two/three-star lodges/hotels
  • luxury lodges/hotels
  • camping/tented

Lodge accommodation: double rooms with option of single supplement. All rooms air-conditioned and with private bathrooms.

Included/Not included

Included in the tour’s price

Transport, fuel, accommodation (or tents/camping equipment), meals as per itinerary, entrance fee to national parks, tour guide for the entire tour, transfer ‚to and from’ the airport, pick-up in Windhoek and transfer to the lodge/hotel or directly to airport after the tour.

Not included in the tour’s price:

Visas to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, scheduled flights (bus tickets) ‚to/from’ Namibia, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers, sleeping bags on camping tours, personal travel insurance, mineral water, drinks, all alcoholic beverages, optional activities, snacks, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, personal shopping.

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