A Journey from Windhoek to Victoria Falls

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Cox and Kings

This journey across Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe takes in a wide variety of remarkable landscapes and wildlife. In Namibia, visit the rocky landscapes of Damaraland, the shimmering white saltpan of Etosha National Park and the Caprivi Strip, criss-crossed by Africa's mighty rivers. Continue to Botswana's Chobe National Park to spot elephants and end the trip at the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Highlights
  • A guided tour of Spitzkoppe in search of bushmen paintings
  • Guided drives from waterhole to waterhole in Etosha National Park
  • Evening sunset boat cruise on the Okavango river
  • Explore the birdwatchers’ paradise, River Dance
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 7 people (max 11)
Accommodation

Hakusembe River Lodge, Rundu

Hakusembe River Lodge is picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango river, 16km west of Rundu. The property has 20 en suite air-conditioned thatched chalets with magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife. There is a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Acitivities include a cultural village visit and a boat trip aboard the Hakusembe River...


Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge is ideally situated close to Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Zambezi National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. Each of the 30 rooms is spacious and equipped with a satellite television, air conditioning, and coffee and tea-making equipment. Each has an en suite bathroom with both a bath and shower. The impressive swimming pool has a large wooden sundeck overlooking the national park and is a welcome oasis from the bustling town of Victoria Falls. The Palm restaurant offers both European and African cuisine and is an ideal place to dine alfresco under the stars. The lodge can organise numerous activities in and around Victoria Falls and has its own exclusive cruise boat, the Ra-Ikane, with daily excursions (payable locally) along the Zambezi...


Mushara Bush Camp, Etosha National Park

Mushara Bush Camp is located just 8 km from the Eastern Park gate, which leads into the world famous Etosha National Park. It accommodates 32 guests in 16 custom-made en suite tents built from canvas, wood and local limestone and offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience. Each tent has its own private veranda as well as floor to ceiling windows and stone walls to help keep the tents cool from the afternoon sun. A coffee station, safe deposit box, mosquito net, hair drier and fan are available in every tent. In the early evening sit around the campfire and exchange stories of the day's wildlife sightings and then move to the main Bush Camp House for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are served on the thatched veranda overlooking the African bush. The lodge is extremely child friendly offering complimentary child minders, a children's pool, and a kiddies corner where children can...


Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park

Mushara, the Oshidonga name for purple-pod terminalia tree, which abounds in the area, is a luxury lodge offering its guests a unique experience. It is located approximately 8km from the Lindequist gate which is the eastern entrance to Etosha. Accommodation at Mushara consists of 10 spacious and luxuriously furnished double-bed bungalows, 1 family unit and 2 single rooms all with bathroom en suite, telephones and air-conditioning and a mini-bar in every room. A sumptuous buffet-style breakfast and excellent cuisine at dinner, complemented by a comprehensive wine list, is served by dedicated staff in the air-conditioned dining room or on the terrace overlooking a large swimming...


Mushara Outposts, Etosha National Park

The Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guest in beautiful custom made tent like structures, of wood and canvas which are nestled on the banks of an ancient dry river bed known to the locals as an " omaramba". The Mushara Outpost is all about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, friendly and personalised service just 10 kilometres from the Von Lindequist gate of the magical Etosha Pan National Park. The lodge house is styled on an old farmhouse, tall walls, and corrugated iron roof with a large wrap around...


Okaukuejo Rest Camp, Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo is located 17km from the southern entrance of Etosha National Park and famous for its floodlit waterhole, where you can observe a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting at close quarters. Accommodation comprises premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole, bush chalets and double rooms. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. The camp is operated by the park authorities and facilities are generally of a lower standard than those of a privately run...


Okutala Etosha Lodge, Etosha National Park

Located 25km from the Anderson Gate of Etosha National Park, Okutala Etosha Lodge is set on a hillside and offers luxury lodging. Each room is different to the next in terms of style and decoration and all feature a thatched roof, providing a pleasant room climate. From the lodge it is possible to take part in wildlife drives into Etosha National Park as well as horse riding, mountain biking and hiking excursions around the area. Features: 11 rooms, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, kiosk. Room amenities: Mosquito nets, thatched roof, en suite...


River Dance Lodge, Caprivi Strip

River Dance Lodge is located on the banks of the Okavango river in the Kavango region of Namibia's Caprivi Strip. Wood and glass guest chalets are located on the waterfront among the trees. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the river, birds and frogs from their private deck. Food is prepared where possible with local produce. The lodge has strong links to the local community and traditional land owners, who share in the lodges proceeds. There is a wide variety of activities on offer, including fishing, river trips, birdwatching, wildlife sightings and...


The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls

The historic Edwardian-style Victoria Falls Hotel is located amongst lush tropical gardens inside the Victoria Falls National Park, just a ten minute walk away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Established in 1904, this original railway hotel is full of nostalgia of a bygone colonial era and is noted for the splendid views across the manicured gardens to the Victoria Falls Bridge. There are 161 en suite rooms, comprising 37 standard rooms, 58 traditional rooms, 48 de luxe rooms, seven junior suites, four honeymoon suites, six executive suites and the royal suite. The latter was occupied by Queen Elizabeth during a royal visit in 1947. The corridors to the rooms are lined with historical artifacts, with particular reference to the building of the railway from Cape Town to what is now Zambia. Inside, the rooms retain their old world charm, but are now fitted with...


Villa Vista Guesthouse, Windhoek

Villa Vista Guesthouse is set in quiet neighbourhood not far from Windhoek's central business district, with several bars and restaurants nearby. Family owned, managed and designed, the rooms are decorated individually combining the use of wood, glass, candles and other natural elements. The hotel's terrace looks out over the garden, town and the mountain, offering great sunsets in a peaceful setting. Breakfast at the hotel offers something slightly different every day, adding an element of surprise to the...

Destinations visited
  • Windhoek
  • Etosha
  • Johannesburg
  • Chobe National Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Victoria Falls
  • Victoria
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Africa
Tags
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Wildlife
  • General interest
  • group
  • Safaris

Days 1-2: Fly to Windhoek, Namibia, via Johannesburg

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Windhoek, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. Arrive the next day and transfer to Villa Vista / Windhoek Gardens (or similar) for 1 night. Day at leisure or optional township excursion. Evening welcome drinks. (N)


Day 3: Spitzkoppe, Damaraland

Morning drive to Damaraland. Stay 2 nights at Spitzkoppen Lodge (or similar) in an incredible desert location and a place of cultural and spiritual significance to the San Bushmen. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)


Day 4: Spitzkoppe, Damaraland

Rise early and join a guided walk catching the first rays of sunlight on the Spitzkoppe (German for ‘pointed dome’), the granite inselberg. There are many examples of Bushmen artwork painted on the Spitzkoppe rocks. Bushmen paintings can be found at 40 different sites including the National Monument site called ‘Bushman’s Paradise’. Afternoon optional gemology tour to observe the local miners and their lifestyle (organised by the lodge and payable locally). (B, L, D)


Day 5: Etosha National Park (Central)

Drive north and enter Etosha via Anderson’s Gate. Overnight at Okaukuejo Rest Camp / Etosha Safari Lodge / Okutala Etosha Lodge (or similar). Afternoon wildlife drive in Etosha National Park, home to elephants, reputed to be the largest in Africa, as well as rare black rhinos. (B, L, D)


Day 6: Etosha National Park (East)

Full-day wildlife drive through Etosha National Park to Namutoni Gate in the eastern sector. Spend 2 nights at Mushara Bush Camp / Mushara Outpost / Mushara Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)


Day 7: Etosha National Park (East)

Full-day wildlife drive in Etosha National Park. Lunch at Namutoni Rest Camp. (B, L, D)


Day 8: Kavango region, Caprivi Strip

Drive north to the beginning of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. With higher rainfall than the rest of Namibia, this landscape is a mosaic of waterways, bushveld and floodplains. Stay 1 night at Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar), a verdant oasis positioned on the southern bank of the Okavango river. Evening sunset boat cruise. (B, L, D)


Day 9: Kavango region, Caprivi Strip

Drive west along the Caprivi to River Dance Lodge / Nunda River Lodge (or similar). Stay 2 nights. Afternoon island nature walk. River Dance is part of an area known internationally as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Look out for the swallow-tailed bee-eater, brown hooded kingfisher and the African fish eagle. Elephants, hippos, crocodiles, snakes, otters, water monitors and amphibians may also be spotted. (B, L, D)


Day 10: Kavango region, Caprivi Strip

Day at leisure or optional excursion such as a wildlife drive in Mahango National Park or a visit to Popa Falls. (B, L, D)


Days 11-12: Zambezi riverbank, Caprivi Strip

Continue east along the Caprivi Strip to Zambezi Mubala Lodge. Stay 2 nights. The lodge is located on the Namibian riverbank of the Zambezi river where Carmine bee-eaters nest (Sep-Nov). Days at leisure or optional safari activities. (B, L, D)


Day 13: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cross the border into Botswana and drive to Kasane. Spend 2 nights at Chobe Bakwena Lodge, situated on the banks of the Chobe river. Activities include wildlife drives, boat cruises, guided village visits and cycling. Cycle to the world’s only ‘quadripoint’ where the borders of the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe come together. (B, L, D)


Day 14: Chobe National Park

Morning and afternoon inclusive activities. (B, L, D)


Days 15-16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cross the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe. Continue to Victoria Falls and stay 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel (Ilala Lodge Hotel on 13 April departure). Afternoon guided tour of the falls (park fees not included). Day at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)


Days 17-18: Fly to London via Johannesburg

Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Johannesburg with British Airways, arriving the next day. (B) (N)


Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Important information


Group tour manager

The tour is fully escorted until day 13, when the guide leaves the group at Chobe Bawenka Lodge and returns to Namibia.


Accessibility

This tour involves some long drives over some rough terrain and is better suited to the hardier traveller.


Discovery tour

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.


Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be taken on a self-drive basis, or tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.

What's Included
• 3- & 4-star accommodation
• Flexible - room & flight upgrades available
• Average group size - 7 people (max 11)
• International flights via Johannesburg
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local tour manager
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
• Welcome drink to meet the group & guide entrance fees (except Victoria Falls)
• Porterage at airports

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
07-Sep-2018 for 17 Nights Standard Flight Included
12-Oct-2018 for 17 Nights Standard Flight Included
09-Nov-2018 for 17 Nights Standard Flight Included

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