Wilderness, woodlands and wildlife are the backdrop for this superb safari, from Namibia’s famous National Parks to its lush, less travelled Caprivi strip, to huge herds of elephants by Botswana’s Chobe River, and the fabulous finale of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
Flight - 1 night
Outjo - 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
Wildlife-watching by road, river and rough tracks, and bringing a whole new perspective to Namibian discovery, this eye-opening journey begins in the 13,000 hectares of wilderness of Kifaru Reserve. A private retreat, committed to rhino conservation, its name means ‘Rhino’ in Swahili – and the conservation of these critically endangered animals is at the heart of the Kifaru ethos.
With everything from lions and leopards to rhinos and flocks of flamingos, Etosha National Park boasts birds and beasts in abundance. And then the road takes you to the incomparable Caprivi strip. Now known as the Zambezi region, this is Namibia’s remote northern reaches, running eastward to, and beyond, the Botswana border; where flood plains and waterfalls punctuate the snaking flows of the Kwando and Okavango rivers; hippos and crocs rendezvous at Rundu; Mahango is home to magnificent baobabs; and the region is renowned for its birdlife, with clustered colonies of carmine bee-eaters among the 500+ indigenous and migratory species
Claiming the world’s largest population of elephants, the award-winning Chobe National Park is known as ‘the land of giants’ – and is aptly followed on this tour by a giant among natural wonders, the breathtaking cascade of Victoria Falls.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5-Star Historic Hotels
Local Expert Guides
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Johannesburg to Windhoek.
Day 2 Transfer to Kifaru Luxury Tented Lodge for two nights, a natural idyll enhanced by its ethos of eco-tourism. Afternoon at leisure. (D)
Day 3 Morning Rhino Tracking to introduce you to the protected wildlife of the reserve, where rhinos are the focus of conservation projects. Afternoon at leisure or optional activities can be booked locally. (B, D)
Day 4 Travel to the southern gate of Etosha National Park, and traverse through the park on a game drive to Etosha King Nehale Lodge for two nights. (B, D)
Day 5 Morning Game drive through the park in open game drive vehicles. Afternoon Game drive to the private waterhole of King Nehale Lodge situated in the Etosha National Park. (B, D)
Day 6 A 4-hour road trip to Rundu marks your entry to the long pan-handle of the lush Caprivi Strip. Take to the water for an afternoon cruise on the Okavango, sharing the river with hippos and crocodiles. Overnight at Taranga Safari Lodge. (B, D)
Day 7 Continue eastward to Mahango National Park, where wetlands and riverine forests give refuge to water-loving species which could not survive elsewhere in Namibia. A sundowner river cruise makes a leisurely end to the day. Two nights at Shametu River Lodge. (B, D)
Day 8 A morning game drive within Mahango, perhaps spotting cranes, kingfishers and African fish eagles among the myriad birdlife; and buffalo, wildebeest and impala on the plains. Afternoon visit to Popa Falls on the Okavango River, where rocky rapids form a series of cascades. (B, D)
Day 9 Visit a traditional village and enter Bwabwata National Park, its broad savannah, lily- studded wetlands, and ancient Kalahari woodland lining the riverbanks. Afternoon boat cruise on the Kwando River. Two nights at Nkasa Lupala Lodge. (B, D)
Day 10 Morning Game Drive with the Lodge in the Nkasa Lupala National Park and Wuparo Conservancy. Afternoon we undertake a relaxing cruise through the Kwando-Linyanti system. (B, D)
Day 11 Travel (3 hours) to Chobe, Botswana’s first National Park; considered to be one of Africa’s great wildlife parks for its concentration of game and unrivalled population of elephants. Afternoon at leisure. Two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge (B, D)
Day 12 Spread around the banks of the Chobe River, the park’s floodplains and mahogany forests are home to waterbuck, zebra herds and 450 species of birds. An early morning, open-vehicle game drive is followed by an afternoon river cruise. (B, D)
Day 13 The last leg of this awe-inspiring safari takes you to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Zambezi River’s 110m high cataract which forms the fantastic Victoria Falls. Two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. (B)
Day 14 More evocatively known as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘the smoke that thunders’, this is the widest cascade of water on earth; its constant spray creating a thriving rainforest. With a morning guided walk of the Falls and a sunset Zambezi River cruise, there is also a bird’s-eye-view option of a helicopter flight (12 minutes, £150). (B)
Day 15 Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your overnight return flight to London via Johannesburg. (B)
Day 16 Arrive London 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 with a prolific number of species and rhino conservation project. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free). 6 air-conditioned rooms with balcony, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Strikingly set on the Andoni plains, one kilometre from Etosha National Park’s King Nehale gate and with its private access to a secluded waterhole reserved for Etosha King Nehale guests. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with private plunge pool, hairdryer, safe 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 built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system. This unique Namibian wetland paradise in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi), is commonly known as Nkasa Lupala National Park. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 10 rooms with safe.
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, adjoining and sharing facilities with Chobe Bush Lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool and 76 air-conditioned rooms with safe and 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 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 Hwange Safari Lodge. 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
Lufthansa/Airlink from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £695
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £150
Extension – Hwange
2 nights £395
Single supplement £125
Extra nights – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel
(per night) £245
Single supplement £195
Departure transfer add £20
Add £995 per person
Arrival transfer add £145
Departure transfer add £20
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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