Dramatic Wildlife, Caprivi Strip, Traditional San Tribes

Ultimate Namibia and Botswana

Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia

13 Days

From $11,595

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    Overview

    Incredible wildlife, truly secluded parks, and exquisite lodges that don't cater to mass tourism make this safari one of a kind. We explore Namibia's Etosha National Park as few do, from the remote eastern gate, along with private Onguma Game Reserve, home to a family of black rhino as well as lion, leopard, and cheetah. In the land of the Ju/'hoansi (San) people, we'll join San hunters on a bush walk, then head way up to Botswana's pristine northern Okavango Delta, far from the Chobe crowds. Our grand finale is Bwabwata, the new jewel in Namibia's conservation crown, set in the once-forbidden Caprivi Strip of northern Namibia, with a final overnight at Victoria Falls. We cap our group at just six travelers!

    Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia

    Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Highlights

    • Leopard tracking at AfriCat
    • Rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant in eastern Etosha
    • Cultural experiences with San hunter-gatherers on their ancestral lands
    • Safari in the remote Caprivi Strip and pristine northern Okavango Delta

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      From Windhoek, we head to the AfriCat Foundation to track leopards and learn about leopard conservation. In the private Onguma Game Reserve, we search for kudu, giraffe, zebra, impala, as well as lion, leopard, cheetah—and rare black rhino that call this reserve home. The salt pans and savannas of famed Etosha are a vast haven for wildlife, including four of the Big Five—rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant. And with more than 340 species, the birding in Etosha is absolutely fantastic.
      We enter a different world today, that of one of Africa's oldest cultural groups, the San tribe. Our accommodation lies within the ancient area of Namibia's Ju/'hoansi San people. Here we enjoy a fascinating bush walk with San hunters on their own traditional land. After viewing World Heritage rock art in the Tsodilo Hills, we move to secluded Nxamaseri Island Lodge in Botswana's isolated northern Okavango Delta to safari by canoe, a wonderfully quiet way to explore.
      Crossing back into Namibia, we enter the far-flung Caprivi Strip, long off-limits to safari travelers but renowned for its abundant wildlife, navigable waterways, and large stretches of national park. From beautiful Nambwa Tented Lodge in the new Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, our days are filled with game drives and boating on the Kwando River.
      Tour spectacular Victoria Falls, then depart on Day 13 or join one of our extensions.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      100 days prior to departure: Balance
      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and lodges
      • All meals
      • Local beer, wine, and spirits with meals (except for Victoria Falls)
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Galton House

      Windhoek, Namibia

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This welcoming nine-room hotel, just a 10-minute shuttle drive from the center of town, offers a personal and informal atmosphere. Guest rooms are decorated in an inviting modern style, with wildlife photography adorning the walls. Communal areas include a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a small swimming...

      Okonjima Bush Camp

      Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

      Day 2 (1 night)

      Home to the AfriCat Foundation, this luxury bush camp features eight thatched, African-style chalets decorated in earthy tones. The chalets are very spacious, have en suite bathrooms, and can be opened wide during the day for enjoying the views and watching birds in the garden right from your room....

      Onguma Tented Camp

      Etosha, Namibia

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      With only seven tented camps sprawled around a watering hole, Onguma is a peaceful respite that still puts you in the heart of the action in Etosha. An elevated wooden pathway connects the main lobby and restaurant. Tents are wonderfully appointed, with large beds, rock and wooden accents, and spacious...

      Nhoma Safari Camp

      Tsumkwe, Namibia

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      This simple tented camp is situated within the communal land of the Ju/'hoan tribe, and our stay here contributes directly to the community. The camp is spread over a vegetated dune with views over the Nhoma omuramba (dry riverbed) and it's just a short walk to the Ju/'hoan village called...

      Nxamaseri Island Lodge

      Okavango Delta, Botswana

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      Set on a small secluded wooded island in the Okavango Panhandle, Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for seeing hippo, crocodile, and the elusive sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. The birdlife is first class (350 recorded species!) and includes Pel's fishing owl. From the lounge and dining area, wooden decks...

      Nambwa Tented Lodge

      Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

      Days 9-11 (3 nights)

      Set on the banks of the perennial Kwando River, Nambwa Tented Lodge is in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy inside Bwabwata National Park. The lodge gives access to vast areas of pristine and unspoiled wildlife habitat and its well-appointed tented suites are built high up in trees along the...

      Ilala Lodge

      Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

      Day 12 (1 night)

      The family-operated Ilala Lodge is a relaxing hotel with an ideal location just minutes from spectacular Victoria Falls. Perfectly manicured gardens and thatched roofs set the scene as you are welcomed into the open-air lobby. Guest rooms have nice beds and all rooms have access...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle and short walks (during the San tribe portion of the trip) that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and feel comfortable on your feet for up to two hours a day.
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      Namibia has a typical desert climate: hot in the day, and cool at night, mostly sunny and dry. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-70°Fs to the low 90°Fs, with night temperatures dropping to the 40°Fs and 50°Fs. The coastal region is cool and dry throughout the year. In Botswana in June and July, there is minimal rainfall and the bush turns golden brown, so game viewing is easier and animals concentrate around major water sources. Daytime temperatures range from the upper 70°Fs to mid 80°Fs, and nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop to below freezing, so warm layers are necessary. The temperatures at Victoria Falls this time of year are similar with highs in the upper 70°Fs to low 80°Fs, dropping to the mid-40°Fs and low 50°Fs at night.

      Please note that the average road journey between our six lodges takes about five hours, sometimes longer. The Trip Leader will discuss what to expect on the drive and how long the journey might be. Most of the roads are gravel and are in excellent condition but take longer to drive than a paved highway. All the routes are scenic. We will be traveling in comfortable safari vehicles, and driving times may vary depending on sights of interest we come upon, photographic opportunities, or wildlife encounters. Ideally, we will depart for drives after breakfast so as to arrive early enough at the next lodge in time for afternoon game viewing.

      During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everyone's chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

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      Client Testimonials

      "Traveling through the countryside, interfacing with the San people, and the diversity of wildlife and flora was mind altering. We loved it."

      Daniel K.

      Elkins Park, PA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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This region was long off-limits to safari travelers but is renowned for its abundant wildlife, navigable waterways, and large stretches of national park&mdash;and lodges are few and far between, giving it a wonderfully remote feeling. Our lodge is set along the Kwando River in Bwabwata National Park, a sanctuary for more than 35 large and small game species and upwards of 330 bird species. This afternoon we go game viewing by boat along the Kwando River.\r\n\r\nThe riverine landscapes of Bwabwata are part of the new Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (Kaza), launched in March 2012 and connecting 110,833 square miles of protected regions in Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The wildlife here migrates freely across fenceless borders and safari tourism helps local people benefit economically, providing a tangible incentive to protect their wildlife. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Mandatory_Emergency_Evacuation_Insurance":"","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"At time of reservation: $600<br>100 days prior to departure: Balance<em><br><\/em><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}