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Elephant herd in Etosha

Northern Namibia self-drive safari to Victoria Falls

17 days from £6,265pp

Elephant herd in Etosha
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Tour highlights

  • Get up close and personal to the big cats at the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima.

  • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and canoe along the Zambezi.

  • View the wonderful riverine birdlife and wildlife of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) bordering Botswana's Okavango Delta.

  • Enjoy a safari in Etosha National Park.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Windhoek.

  • On arrival at Windhoek Airport, your driver will meet you and drive you to your guesthouse in the centre of town. This afternoon, our representative will meet with you to answer any last-minute questions you may have, and your vehicle will be delivered while they're present.

  • Today, you will head to the Central Highlands, where you will stay at Okonjima Plains Camp. It may be worth stopping off at one of the supermarkets in Windhoek to stock up on snacks and water for the journey. While staying here, you will have the opportunity to go on cheetah and leopard tracking drives. If you would like to head out on an afternoon activity, I recommend you aim to arrive early afternoon.

  • Today, your journey continues to the eastern side of Etosha National Park. You will stay at Mushara Bush Camp, outside the Von Lindequist Gate, for two nights.

  • Today, you can either drive into the park yourselves or join one of the guides from Mushara and head into the park (payable locally) — with the expert eyes of your guide, it is likely you will see more than if you were travelling on your own.

  • You will drive onward into the Zambezi Region today — the road is good-quality tarmac so you should be able to make fast progress. Hakusembe has a lovely riverside location just outside Rundu and you might like to take an evening boat cruise (payable locally).

  • Today is a relatively short drive to River Dance Lodge, very close to the border of Botswana. This national park is incredibly varied, combining the aridness of the Kalahari with the lushness of the Okavango.

  • Today, you will have the chance to go on both a river cruise and also a safari drive if you wish (payable locally) or alternatively explore under your own steam. There are more bird species here than any other national park in Namibia, as well as a number of larger mammals.

  • A second day at River Dance Lodge.

  • Today, your journey continues through the Zambezi Region and the Bwabwata Game Park (formerly the Caprivi Game Park) to the Nkasa Lupala National Park. You will stay at Nkasa Lupala Lodge for three nights. After settling into the lodge, you might like to head out on a sunset safari drive with your guide (payable locally).

  • Head out on safari with your guide today. Activities are booked and paid for locally and these include early morning and late afternoon safaris, motorboat cruises, mokoro rides and walking safaris.

  • Head back out on safari with your guide today.

  • This morning, you will leave Nkasa Lupala and drive across the border into Botswana. Leave your car at Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane, and then a driver will pick you up and take you across the border into Zambia. Spend the next three nights at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge. Waterberry Lodge is around forty minutes away from Victoria Falls, located on the banks of the Zambezi River. The location is perfect because you can escape the crowds around the falls, enjoy peaceful river cruises, and visit the falls. This afternoon, you can head out on a sundowner boat cruise.

  • While you are at Waterberry there are a number of included activities. You can enjoy visits to Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or local villages and craft markets. Birdwatching, fishing, picnic cruises and sundowners on the river are also available.

  • A final day at Waterberry Lodge to enjoy Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.

  • This morning you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
The Central Highlands
Etosha National Park
Popa Falls & Mahangu Game Park
Mudumu & Nkasa Lupala National Park
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls

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