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Northern Skies Safari

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $3100
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 15 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Botswana Botswana , Namibia Namibia , Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Parks visited: Chobe, Okavango Delta, Etosha, Victoria Falls, Moremi, Mudumu, Mosi oa Tunya
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
Highlights • Swakopmund • Himba Experience • Rock painting in Brandberg & Twyfelfontein • Etosha National Park • Okavango Delta • Eastern Caprivi • Mudumo National Park • Chobe National Park • Victoria Falls

DAYS 1 - 2; (2 Nights) 
SWAKOPMUND, Namibia  [Lodge]

Swakopmund, NamibiaYou will meet your guide and the rest of the group at the A la Mer Hotel in Swakopmund.

You have the rest of the day to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.


Distance / Time: N/A
Overnight: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms).
Meals Day 1: All meals at your own account.
Meals Day 2: Breakfast at Hotel A La Mer or similar, Lunch and Dinner on own account. 
Optional Activities: Quadbiking, Sandboarding lie – down, Sandboarding stand - up, Living Desert Tour, Tandem Sky Diving, Shore fishing, Boat fishing, Tandem Tour, Township Tour.


DAY 3; (1 Night) 
CAPE CROSS SEAL COLONY AND BRANDBERG, Namibia  [Lodge]

Cape Cross Seal ColonyWe follow the barren Atlantic Coast line on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind we then head inland across the desert plains for Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the "White Lady" one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland.


Departure: 8am 
Distance / Time: 330kms 
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar (Rooms with ensuite bathroom, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Hotel A La Mer or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar.

DAY 4; (1 Night) 
TWYFELFONTEIN, PETRIFIED FOREST AND HIMBA VILLAGE, Namibia  [Guest House]

Visit with the Himba Billage kidsOn our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old.

Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a raditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 350kms
Overnight: Oase Garni Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Overnight Revised 2014: Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Oase Garni Guesthouse or similar.
Meals Revised 2014: Breakfast at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar.


DAY 5; (1 Night) 
FROM KAMANJAB TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, Namibia  [Chalets]

Wildlife in the Etosha National ParkAfter our cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head to Etosha National Park. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907, it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 270kms
Overnight: Okaukuejo or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Oase Garni Guesthouse, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner prepared by the guide.
Meals Revised 2014: Breakfast at Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Okaukuejo or similar.

DAYS 6 - 7; (2 Nights) 
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, Namibia  [Chalets]

Lion in the Etosha National ParkWe fill the next 2 days spent on game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the big five as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink.


Departure Day 6: 8am
Distance Day 6: 150kms
Overnight Day 6: Halali or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals Day 6: Breakfast Okaukuejo or similar, Lunch prepared by guide, Dinner prepared by guide.

Departure Day 7: 8am
Distance Day 7: 150kms
Overnight Day 7: Namutoni or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals Day 7: Breakfast Halali or similar, Lunch prepared by guide, Dinner prepared by guide.


DAYS 8 - 9; (2 Nights) 
ETOSHA TO KAVANGO RIVER, Namibia  [Guest House]

View of Kavango RiverOur journey continues west as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We make our way to N'Kwazi Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as horse riding or a sunset cruise are available; alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of mother nature.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 360kms
Overnight: N'Kwazi Lodge (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Overnight Revised 2014: Kaisosi River Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals Day 8: Breakfast Namutoni or similar, Lunch prepared by guide, Dinner at your own account.
Meals Day 9: Breakfast N'Kwazi Lodge or similar, Lunch at your own account, Dinner at your own account. 
Meals Day 9 Revised 2014: Breakfast Kaisosi Lodge or similar, Lunch at your own account, Dinner at your own account.

DAYS 10 - 11; (2 Nights) 
KAVANGO RIVER TO OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana  [Permanent Tents]

Aerial view of Okavango DeltaWe leave Namibia for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife and will stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 370kms
Overnight: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with ensuite bathroom, bar area).
Meals Day 10: Breakfast at N'Kwazi Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner prepared by the guide. 
Meals Day 10 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Kaisosi Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner prepared by the guide.
Meals Day 11: Breakfast at Guma Lagoon Camp or similar, Lunch packed from Guma Lagoon Camp, Dinner prepared by the guide.

DAY 12; (1 Night)
EASTERN CAPRIVI, Namibia   [Chalets]

View of Camp KwandoLeaving Botswana, we drive up the Western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. In the afternoon you will go on a game drive to the Mudumo National Park. In contrast to the rest of Namibia, the area is lush with riverine forest, marshes, dense savannah and mopane woodland.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 350kms
Overnight: Camp Kwando (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Guma Lagoon Cam or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at your own account.

DAY 13; (1 Night)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana   [Lodge]

Cruise on the Chobe RiverThe next morning we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.


Departure: 9am
Distance / Time: 265kms
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Overnight Revised 2014: Chobe Bakwena Lodge or similar (Tented Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Camp Kwando or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Meals Revised 2014: Breakfast at Camp Kwando or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide, Dinner at Chobe Bakwena Lodge.

DAY 14; (1 Night)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK TO VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe   [Guest House]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweContinuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the might Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- "the Smoke that thunders". The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer.


Departure: 9am
Distance / Time: 90kms
Overnight: Amadeus Garden Guesthouse or similar (rooms with ensuite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar).
Overnight Revised 2014: Cliff Top Lodge (Permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) or Ilala Lodge (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals: Breakfast at Chobe Safari Lodge or similar, Lunch at your own account, Dinner at your own account. 
Meals Revised 2014: Breakfast at Chobe Bakwena Lodge or similar, Lunch at your own account, Dinner at your own account.

DAY 15;   (2 Nights)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe   [END OF TOUR]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweOur safari ends after breakfast. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

 

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