12 Day - Himba Tribe Etosha & Victoria Falls

tour description

Unique cultural experience with Himba People & adventure with Wildlife of Africa with possibility of spotting Big 5 in African Bush.

Paradise for ethnic & wildlife photography.

This tour can be adapted & tailor made with mix accommodation at mid-range & or luxury standards. 

Guests that wish to make part or the whole tour as fly-in experience are welcome, please contact us for quote.

Small group tour with minimum of 2 participants & maximum of 12, it can depart any day of the week.

Duration
12 Days
Countries
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Categories
4x4 Tours, Birding, Ethnical/Cultural, Geology, Photography, Unesco World Heritage, Wildlife

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Prices

Low Season
1 November to 30 June
High Season
1 July to 31 October
Camping NAD31,099.- EUR~1,680.- NAD38,760.- EUR~2,094.-
Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, D
NAD53,332.- EUR~2,881.- NAD60,049.- EUR~3,244.-
Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water during the tour
NAD59,721.- EUR~3,226.- NAD66,845.- EUR~3,611.-
Mid-range Lodge Single Supplement NAD13,822.- EUR~747.- NAD13,822.- EUR~747.-
Luxury Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water during the tour
NAD100,174.- EUR~5,411.- NAD115,346.- EUR~6,231.-
Luxury Lodge Single Supplement NAD20,332.- EUR~1,098.- NAD20,332.- EUR~1,098.-
Optional Private Tour Supplement NAD32,000.- EUR~1,729.- NAD32,000.- EUR~1,729.-
* 50% discount for children 12 years old and younger.

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

In the morning, we will pick you up from any hotel in Windhoek and on the way to scenic Damaraland, in northern Namibia. 

Road leads through African Bush to earied Damaraland, on the way we will see Damara villages, also chances of spotting Desert Elephants.

Before reaching our lodge, short visit to Petryfied Forest & cultural experience at Damara Village (Living Museum)




Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 480 km on tar and gravel roads.

Early in the morning, visit Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 2000 rock engravings created by Bushmen are found in the rusty rocks and mountains. Engravings picture animals, hunters and hunting, people and their lifestyle.

After visit to Twyfelfontein, on to Kaokoland, region inhabited by world-famous Himba tribe. 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: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Opuwo Country Hotel or similar.

Distance: around 400 km on gravel and tar roads.

Visit at the Himba village. Local guide will explain about their culture, traditions and a nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe 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. Once we cross over to Etosha, your game drives starts, you will start seeing lot's of wildlife, arrival at the lodge late in the afternoon.

 

Etosha is considered to be one of the most-loved national parks of Africa. Closeness of nature and wildlife, open spaces and incredible landscape impresses many 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 like: 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 40 springs, waterholes and view points that provide excellent game viewing and fantastic, wildlife photography! 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: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Halali or similar.

Distance: around 350 km on gravel roads.

Full day unlimited game drive in 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: as selected.

Distance: around 200 km on gravel roads.

Today 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.

 

Optional activities: 

  • Sunset cruise on Okavango River (time permitting)

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at the Nunda River Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 600 km on tar roads.

Early morning departure to Botswana, on the way around 2 hour game drive in Mahango Game Reserve.


After game drive we will cross the border to Botswana and on our way to Maun, 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, black 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.

 

 

Optional activity: Scenic flight over Okavango Delta.

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Maun at Crocodile Camp or similar.

Distance: around 450 km on tar roads.

Today early, you will be taken for your mobile safari into Okavango Delta where you will spend 2 nights in African Bush in the tents on the campsite.

On the way to your camp, you will see lot's of wildlife. Dinner is served in the camping style.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 nights on mobile safari inside Okavango Delta.

Distance: around 150 km on tar & gravel roads.


Today early morning safari inside Okavango Delta, morning & afternoon game drive.


Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.


Early morning packing the camp & returning back to Maun & on our way to Nata, birds sanctuary.


Optional activities:

  • Afternoon sunset drive to Makgadikgadi Pans.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night at Nata Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 450 km on gravel & tar roads.

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 have closer look at big herds of elephants and buffaloes coming to the water.

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Kasane at Thebe River Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 350 km, on tar roads.


In the morning 3 hour game drive in Chobe National Park.

 

After lunch crossing the border to Zimbabwe and arrival at the small town Victoria Falls situated near world-famous Victoria Falls. On arrival 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: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Victoria Falls at Pamusha Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 90 km on tar roads.

After breakfast, ‚farewell’ to Victoria Falls, time for last shopping and scenic photography.

Our guide will drive you to Victoria Falls International Airport.


Meals: breakfast.


Wishing you a safe journey and many returns to Africa with Wild Wind Safaris!

Included

Transport, fuel, 11 nights accommodation and reservations, meals as selected, national park entrance fees, game drives in National Parks in the provided tour vehicle, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, airport transfers within the tour dates.

Not Included

Scheduled, international flights ‚to/from’ Namibia and Zimbabwe, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers (airport transfers beyond tour dates, which we may arrange at euro 20 pp), individual travel and medical insurance, lunches & water if not selected, drinks and alcoholic beverages, optional activities, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe (if required).

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