Discover the Caprivi Strip, a lush region of Namibia defined by its major rivers and abundant wildlife, cross into Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Zimbabwe’s iconic and majestic Victoria Falls
Flight - 1 night
Erindi Game Reserve - 2 nights
Etosha National Park - 2 nights
Rundu - 1 night
Mahango National Park - 2 nights
Kwando River - 2 nights
Chobe National Park - 2 nights
Victoria Falls - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
Sossusvlei? Check! The Fish River Canyon? Check! Swakopmund? Check! Why not explore Namibia’s wildlife from a different perspective.
In northern Namibia lies the Caprivi strip (now known as Zambezi region), a less travelled part of Namibia far removed from the rest of the country. Stretching east along the top of Botswana, the area provides a fascinating contrast to the rest of the country as it has lush vegetation and diverse wildlife. The Okavango and Kwando Rivers snake across the strip giving rise to waterfalls and swamps.
At Rundu on the Okavango River, you can laze on the riverside and spot crocs and hippos doing pretty much the same! Mahango National Park is characterised by riverine forests, flood plains and magnificent baobabs, providing a refuge for water-loving species that can’t survive in other areas of Namibia as well as being rich in game with many antelope species, elephant, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and lion. Neighbouring Bwabwata National Park has extensive savannah, ancient Kalahari woodland, lily studded wetlands and abundant game.
Caprivi is well-known for its birdlife, its habitats supporting over 500 resident and migratory species, including some endemic species. The ruby-coloured carmine bee-eater is a highlight, nesting in great colonies along the chalky riverbanks.
The best time to visit depends on what you want from your time in the Caprivi. The southern hemisphere winter (June-August) offers cooler temperatures and drier days, while the rainy summer months (November-January) are best for birding. Game-viewing is at its best in September and October, when the lack of water elsewhere forces wildlife to flock to the rivers for survival.
The Caprivi panhandle serves as the easiest access route connecting the main body of Namibia with Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Chobe boasts the largest herds of elephants and is one of the great wildlife destinations, and ending this trip at Victoria Falls adds another highlight to this incredible and adventurous journey.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5-Star Historic Hotels
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 3 - 6
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Johannesburg to Windhoek.
Day 2 Transfer to Erindi Game Reserve for two nights at Old Traders Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. (D)
Day 3 Morning & afternoon game drives. (B, D)
Day 4 Travel to Etosha National Park (4 hrs) for two nights at Mokuti Etosha Lodge. Afternoon game drive. (B, D)
Day 5 Full-day game drive in Etosha. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to Rundu (4 hrs). Afternoon boat cruise on the Okavango River. Overnight at Taranga Safari Lodge. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel to Mahango National Park. Sundowner boat cruise. Two nights at Shametu River Lodge. (B, D)
Day 8 Morning game drive at Mahango NP. Afternoon visit to Popa Falls. (B, D)
Day 9 Visit a traditional village and continue to Bwabwata National Park on the Kwando River. Afternoon boat cruise. Two nights at Lianshulu Bush Lodge. (B, D)
Day 10 Morning game drive. Free afternoon. (B, D)
Day 11 Travel to Chobe National Park (3 hrs) and transfer to Chobe Marina Lodge, on the Chobe River. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
Day 12 Early morning open-vehicle game drive in Chobe National Park and afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. (B, D)
Day 13 Travel to Victoria Falls for two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. (B)
Day 14 Morning guided walk of the Falls. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Optional helicopter flight over the falls (12 mins, £150). (B)
Day 15 Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your overnight return flight to London via Johannesburg. (B)
Day 16 Arrive Heathrow.
The group is led by a driver/guide and while distances are long, road conditions are a little bumpy and dusty but generally good.
Travel and game drives by 4x4 land cruiser with open-top option exclusive to Jules Verne for a maximum of 6 guests (Windhoek to Chobe)
An Idyllic retreat at a protected reserve in central Namibia with a prolific amount of endemic species and multiple conservation projects. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 51 air-conditioned rooms with balcony, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV.
As the closest lodge to Etosha National Park, Mokuti is five minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and lies on its own private nature reserve with a common border with the park. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free).106 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located in Rundu, this bush camp is perched on the edge of the Okavango River, situated on stilts amongst tall riverine trees creating great vantage points to experience the sights and sounds of the African bush and views across the river. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 8 air-conditioned chalets with private wooden deck.
Located on the Okavango river, below the Popa rapids offering stunning views of the rapids. Restaurant, bar, pool and 15 tented rooms with balcony and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Lodge is in the East Caprivi overlooking the Kwando River and is situated on a private concession inside the Mudumu National Park. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 8 chalets with safe and hairdryer.
Located on the idyllic water’s edge of the Chobe River, in north-eastern Botswana where the countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia meet. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 66 air-conditioned river facing rooms with balcony, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
On occasion, alternative hotels/lodges on the same standard may be substituted.
Stay inside Hwange National Park at Hwange Safari Lodge overlooking a waterhole. Includes game drive, meals and drinks. The largest and most prolific game reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange is a few hours drive from Victoria Falls. It boasts a variety of landscapes and wildlife such as lion, elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and numerous bird species.
Day 1 Transfer by road from Victoria Falls Hotel to Hwange National Park visiting en route the Painted Dogs Centre. Two nights at the Wilderness Davison's Camp or Little Makalolo Camp. Afternoon game drive. (D)
Day 2 Morning and afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Transfer by road to Victoria Falls airport for your return flight to London. (B)
An older style, 3-star lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool, shop and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with views of the pool, the savannah or the watering hole. All rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, fan and tea/coffee making facilities. Includes half board and a game drive each day. Upgraded accommodation will receive a suite room.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £695
British Airways Club World from £3995
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £150
Extension – Hwange
3 nights £395
Single supplement £125
Add £995 per person
Arrival & departure transfer with group included
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 13 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 dinners, itinerary as described, services of driver/guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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