2024 Eco Safari Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
Your adventure begins! Your host will meet you at the Walvis Bay Airport and escort you to the Strand Hotel. Set on an historic site surrounded by ocean on three sides, its architecture reflects deep roots in Namibian-German history in a tasteful and contemporary style. After time to relax and settle in, we’ll meet for a relaxed “Welcome!” dinner before tucking in for a well-deserved sleep.
Day 2 - SWAKOPMUND STRAND HOTEL
SWAKOPMUND: Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding other-worldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 by German settlers, it is now a seaside resort town, with a relaxed atmosphere and cool sea breeze. After enjoying an opulent breakfast buffet, we will head out to the desert for some amazing scenic desert views and adrenaline-pumping fun Sand Boarding, which can be done either lying down or standing up.
After lunch, we will enjoy a delightful Dolphin Cruise to see marine and bird life of this region.
Day 3 - Mowani Mountain Camp
Mowani Mountain Camp: Today, we start our cross-country journey on our 12-seat, luxury overland truck to Twyfelfontein, a fascinating, scenic area of northwestern Namibia, including the Spitzkoppe, a group of bald granite peaks forming one of Namibia’s most recognizable and dramatic landmarks. This area features one of the largest and most important concentrations of Stone Age rock art in Africa, created over 6,000 years ago.
Keeping a sharp eye out, we may see black rhino, desert elephant, mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, klipspringer other indigenous animals.
You’ll delight in the magnificent view from your enchanting thatched-roof room at the Mowani Mountain Camp lodge and end the evening with dinner under the stars.
Day 4 - BRANDBERG WHITE LADY LODGE
Brandberg White Lady Lodge: Today we’ll travel to the Brandberg, meaning “Fire Mountain”, which is the highest peak in Namibia at nearly 8,500 feet. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries and the Tsisab Ravine at its base has over 45,000 San rock paintings. We’ll take a hike to see the famous “White Lady”, said to be over 2,000 years old, and other ancient rock art. Both lunch and dinner will be served al fresco from our truck. The area’s untouched, natural beauty and its free-roaming wildlife such as mountain zebra, kudu, springbok and desert-adapted elephant will make this a day to remember.
Day 5 - ETOSHA SAFARI LODGE
As we journey on, today we will reach the southern boundary of the wild paradise called Etosha National Park where the landscape is dotted with a variety of wildlife, including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.
After settling into your charming, private chalet at the Etosha Safari Lodge, we’ll take an afternoon game drive with abundant wildlife sightings in this unique setting.
A candlelit dinner under the stars is the perfect time to sip on a drink while watching the ruby sun dip into the woodland. Perched on a hill with expansive views, this stylish lodge provides a peaceful base from which to spend today and tomorrow exploring the animal bounty of the nearby park.
Day 6 - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Be prepared for an unforgettable experience with a full day’s game drive in this magnificent park, stopping for a picnic lunch. The park is home to 144 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. The abundance of wildlife sightings and the sheer beauty and power of nature will awe and inspire you.
Today we’ll continue our travels up the Garden Route to Mossel Bay. After lunch in Albertinia, a settlement at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, we’ll tour the Point of Human Origins, the archaeological site of the earliest known artifacts of modern humans.
You’ll enjoy the sunset from a charming beach restaurant and spend the night in the Diaz Strand Beach Hotel, named in honour of famous Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias, who landed in Mossel Bay in 1488.
Day 7 - Heja Game Lodge, Eros Mountains
Heja Game Lodge is 6,200 feet above sea level, situated to the east of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and enclosed by the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland and Eros mountains to the north and west. The lodge overlooks the oldest man-made lake in Namibia and sits on a 50,000-acre reserve. A large variety of birds can be found there and over 2,500 head from 13 species of game roam freely. Its tranquil setting provides the perfect base from which to explore the city of Windhoek.
Our guide will lead us on an educational tour through the town with its fascinating history.
Day 8 - TAUTONA LODGE
Today we cross the border into Botswana and visit the small town of Ghanzi, sometimes referred to as the “Capital of the Kalahari”. it serves as the administrative center of the Ghanzi district which covers a vast area of cattle ranches and farmland in the west of Botswana. Here you’ll experience the fascinating world of the San bushmen as we take a walk with San people while they explain how they forage, hunt and find water in this harsh environment.
At the end of the day, we’ll settle into our accommodations at the Tautona Lodge, a private game reserve located 5 minutes away from the outskirts of Ghanzi. The lodge is situated in the Kalahari with an abundance of wildlife including an extensive variety of bird life. The lodge is secluded and tranquil, with waterbuck and eland that graze peacefully among the chalets.
Day 9 - Magotho Khwai Community Campsite
Today will be a primarily travel day. We’ll transfer to the town of Maun and depart for the extraordinary Okavango Delta. The Khwai Community Area has unfenced boundaries allowing a wide array of wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season.
We’ll be overnighting at the Magotho Khwai Community Campsite, in tents that are permanent with ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds. The site is surrounded by towering Acacia Erolba or Camel-thorn trees that provide shade. Guests can enjoy the thrilling experience of observing elephants up close as they quietly wander through the campsite.
Day 10 - OKAVANGA DELTA
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, alive with vibrant bird species and wildlife. In comparison to the vast Kalahari Dessert, the delta is lush and green. We’ll be up early to explore this breathtaking and magical World Heritage Site by traditional dugout canoes, called mokoro, allowing us to view game drawn to the life-giving waters with no mechanical motor sounds to scare them away.
After lunch, we’ll take a game drive into the Khwai River region. This river is the northern-most overflow of the Okavango Delta, pushing water far into the dry lands of Botswana and attracting a multitude of wildlife. It is known as one of the most dramatic wildlife experiences in the country.
Day 11 - Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the scenic little town of Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana next to the spectacular Chobe National Park. There are no boundary fences separating the village from the park and game such as elephant and hippo are often spotted roaming around the town. Be prepared for an exciting game drive in Savuti Game Reserve in open 4X4 vehicles.
Tonight, we’ll stay at the Chobe Safari Lodge. Situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River where four African countries come together – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia – every room of this recently-renovated, charming lodge has beautiful viewsof the river and flood plains.
Day 12 - CHOBE SAFARI LODGE, KASANE
Undoubtedly you will have been awakened by the “bush chorus alarm clock” of birds, monkeys and other animals welcoming the new day. After a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll head out into the park to explore more of the local flora and fauna.
After lunch, we’ll board the Chobe Boat Cruise – a wonderful way to experience the Chobe National Park. Herds of elephants can be seen crossing the Chobe River into the nearby island as well as other animals such as hippos, warthogs, and crocodiles lounging by the riverside.
Day 13 - Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today we’ll cross the border into Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. Set on the Zambezi River, it creates a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the falls can be most easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfall, it measures over one mile in width with dramatic
columns of spray as the falls drop over rugged cliffs at least 300 feet down. The small town of Victoria Falls lies adjacent to the waterfalls and serves as a great base from which to explore.
We’ll enjoy one of the best possible ways to experience the magnificence and true perspective of the falls by taking a helicopter flight over the area. The sheer size and grandeur of the spectacle becomes even more clear from above.
Shearwater Explorers Village is a lodge near the Falls with easy access to restaurants, curio shops, and other local activities like kayaking, bungee jumping, and more.
We’ll enjoy our last evening together sipping traditional cocktails on the 2-hour Zambezi River Dinner Cruise sharing the extraordinary adventures of our journey together!
Day 14 - TRAVEL DAY
After breakfast and fond farewells to new friends made on this spectacular adventure, we’ll transport you to the nearby airport for your flight home or on to other destinations, with memories to treasure and share for a lifetime!
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