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Africa Experience Three Countries
NAMIBIA / BOTSWANA / ZAMBIA
16 Days / 15 Nights
Arrive: Windhoek
Return: Livingstone - Johannesburg


INTRODUCTION
Namibia is a vast country with a surface area of 824 268 km2, it is about four times the size of the United Kingdom and 27 times the size of Belgium. Blessed with bountiful sunshine, an abundance of wildlife and an intriguing variety of flora and fauna. Attributes that make it a country to which visitors return again and again are the friendliness and cultural diversity of its people, and above all, the pristine quality and extraordinary beauty of its landscape. The country derives its name from the Namib Desert, a unique geological feature renowned for the unusual and haunting quality of its landscape. Far from being lifeless and barren, this narrow strip of moist coastal desert features an unusual variety of desert-adapted flora and fauna.

The country can be divided into four distinct topographical regions. Of these the most definitive is possibly the Namib Desert, which consists of a 50 km – 140 km wide coastal plain extending along the entire coastline, interspersed with dune belts, dry riverbeds and deeply eroded canyons. The central plateau, which runs from north to south, has an average altitude of between 1,000 m and 2,000 m. This plateau gradually falls away towards the east, where a sandy strip of land merges into the level expanse of the Kalahari Desert. Dense, bush covered plains to the north-east of the Etosha Pan included the high-rainfall areas of Okavango and Caprivi, typified by woodland savannah and riverine vegetation. With a dry climate, typical of a semi-desert country, droughts are a regular occurrence. Average day temperatures in the summer vary from 20◦C - 34◦C and average night temperatures in the winter from 0◦C - 10◦C. The Benguela Current is also the prime determinant of the climate of the Namib, as it reduces rainfall and causes the omnipresent fog typical of the coast.
Day 1: Hosea Kutako Airport – Windhoek
A representative from Africa Experience will meet you at Hosea Kutako Airport. We transfer to our overnight accommodation at Safari Court Hotel.

The four star Safari Court Hotel is situated on 13 hectares on the outskirts of Windhoek. The hotel offers the largest local selection of first class accommodation and catering with a difference.
Accommodation: SafariCourtHotel
Meal arrangements: Dinner  
Day 2: Windhoek – Waterberg Plateau Park
The wildlife at Waterberg is as big a draw here as the scenery, as the high cliffs of Waterberg have long been used to protect its population of rare and endangered animals. White rhino, roan and sable antelope all have good populations here, thriving for some years, whilst they were rare or absent from elsewhere in Namibia. There's a colony of fairly rare Cape vultures here, and a really good mix of birdlife – about 200 species are on record. Visiting on a short 1-2 night visit, we will be struck by the number of diminutive steenbok who seem to live around the rest-camp – along with the rather less welcome troops of baboons. Although the game drives can sometimes be productive here … we advice visitors to come in search of the scenery – and let any wildlife sightings here be a bonus. Activities at Waterberg vary; there's quite a choice. Daily guided 4WD game drives are offered to the plateau. These use normal safari 4WD vehicles, and are led by a park ranger. There are a number of shorter walking trails around the camp that we can explore by ourselves, in a morning or afternoon. If we are relatively fit, then they recommend one that goes up to a look-out point on the top of the plateau; the view is magnificent!
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner 
Day 3: Waterberg Plateau Park
Birding in the park. Game drive on top of the plateau as an optional extra activity.
Accommodation: WaterbergPlateauPark.
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner  

Day 4:Waterberg Plateau Park - Etosha National Park
We arrive at the enormous 22,000sq km Etosha National Park in the late afternoon. Herds of Burchell's zebra, springbok and numerous other antelope species provide continual hunting opportunities for the lion prides. Etosha is famous for its elephants and also boasts healthy populations of black rhino, Damara dik-dik and black-faced impala. Strategically located halfway between Okaukuejo and Namutoni, Halali is situated at the base of a dolomite hill, amongst shady Mopane trees, and provides an ambiance of tranquillity and space. It is surrounded by some popular waterholes in the park. A flood – lit waterhole which is viewed from an elevated vantage point within the camp provides exceptional wildlife viewing throughout the day and into the night.
Accommodation: Halali Resort
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5: Halali Resort
Game drives in Etosha.
Accommodation: Halali Resort
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6: Halali Resort
Game drives in Etosha.
Accommodation: Halali Resort
Meal arrangements:  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7: Etosha National Park – !Uris Lodge
!Uris Safari Lodge is located 20 kilometres west of the town of Tsumeb - a legacy of being a mineral fascination... Surrounded by the ancient Lake Otjikoto and the famous wildlife conservation area, Etosha National Park, !Uris Safari Lodge also attracts tourists en-route to the Kunene-, Kaokoland and Southern Angola. For visitors with an interest in gemstones and minerals !Uris Safari Lodge borders a number of historic German and Artesian mines namely Alt Bobos, Karavatu, Omeg II and Uris. They resemble trails "in the footsteps of the diggers" who, over one hundred and twenty years ago spent their days in the relentless Namibian sunshine exploring the possibilities of mining precious minerals to satisfy the needs of Europe. As one drives through this raw and unspoiled land one can see the remains of stripped mine headgear and other remnants relating to the old mining operations on lime rock and dolomite formations, established in days gone by. Modern day Bushmen will greet us from their homes, inquisitive of intruders in their quiet lives.
Accommodation: !Uris Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 8: !Uris Lodge – Kaisosi River Lodge
The Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7 km East of Rundu, in the North East of Namibia on the banks of the perennial Okavango River and on the route to Popa Falls and the Caprivi. We offer you complete relaxation and a true African experience. This peaceful oasis, which can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle, is an ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers to spend a few fulfilling days. Rundu is one of Namibia’s most beautiful landscapes and is a unique spot to visit. Spectacular sunsets, friendly people, comfortable accommodation and fine cuisine make the Kaisosi River Lodge a must for all travellers.

Accommodation: KaisosiRiver Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner 
Day 9: Kaisosi River Lodge – Nunda River Lodge
After breakfast we depart to Nunda River Lodge.
This newly established lodge is situated on the Okavango River between Popa Falls and Ngepi Camp, near Divundu. Nunda River Lodge is in close proximity to two game parks, Mahango and the newly proclaimed Bwabwata, previously the Caprivi Game Park and Buffalo Park.
Extra Optional activities at Nunda include: Boat cruises, angling expeditions and traditional Mokoro canoe trips down the river.
Accommodation: NundaRiver Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 10: Nunda River Lodge
Game drives in the parks. Take part in extra optional activities at the lodge.
Accommodation:  NundaRiver Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 11: Nunda River Lodge – Caprivi River Lodge
Caprivi River Lodge invites us to join them on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
On offer are beautiful river views, bird life and comfortable accommodation set in a tranquil garden under the shade of tall indigenous trees. Meals are served under a thatched lapa, from where we can enjoy a Sundowner while watching the river life and the spectacular sun-sets for which the Caprivi is famous.

It has been said that the Caprivi “Namibia’s Wetland Paradise” is Namibia’s best kept secret. From its’ majestic rivers and rich cultural customs to the vibrant green reeds swaying along the waters’ edge; full of life. The Caprivi region is an area steeped in wildlife and tradition and as yet undisturbed by western influences. A magical place, Caprivi River Lodge is proud to be part of this wetland paradise.
Accommodation: CapriviRiver Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
INTRODUCTION TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers some 11 700 square kilometres, has some of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent, not least of which are the 120 000 head of elephant. The Park is surprisingly diverse, as it has the perennial Chobe River as its Northern border, and it touches the Linyanti marshes to the west, is home to the well-known Savute Channel, and connects with the Moremi Wildlife Reserve to the South West.

The idea of a National Park in the Chobe area was first put forward in 1931, and the following year an area of some 24 000 square kilometres was declared a non-hunting zone. By 1933 the area had increased to 31 600 square kilometres. Unfortunately tsetse fly problems caused the park to be shelved, until 1957, when proposal were made again. This time the area proposed was merely 21 000 square kilometres. It was only in 1960 that an even smaller area was gazetted as a Game Reserve. It was only in 1967, that the Reserve was declared a National Park – the first one in the newly independent Botswana. Minor expansions of the park took place in 1980 and 1987.

Chobe is most often associated with its elephant population – which covers much of Northern Botswana, and the north-west of Zimbabwe. The elephant population is migratory, making seasonal moves of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers (their dry season home) to the pans in the south east of the Park, where they disperse to in the rainy season. The Chobe elephants are known for their extreme site, although they don’t tend to have large tusks.
Day 12: Caprivi River Lodge – Kubu Lodge
Kubu Lodge is a small, privately owned and run lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, in Botswana's warm tropical climate. Comfortable thatched chalets on stilts overlook a shaded lawn that spreads beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees to the river's edge. On the doorstep of the world famous Chobe National Park, and only an hour away from the mighty Victoria Falls. Kubu Lodge is an ideal place from which to explore this fascinating region. Boat cruise included for today.
Accommodation: Kubu Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 13: Kubu Lodge
Two activities included for today.
Accommodation: Kubu Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
INTRODUCTION TO LIVINGSTONE
David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary and one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the 'Scramble for Africa'. David Livingstone was born at Blantyre, south of Glasgow on 19 March 1813. At 10 he began working in the local cotton mill, with school lessons in the evenings. In 1836, he began studying medicine and theology in Glasgow and decided to become a missionary doctor. In 1841, he was posted to the edge of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. In 1845, he married Mary Moffat, daughter of a fellow missionary.

Livingstone became convinced of his mission to reach new people in the interior of Africa and introduce them to Christianity, as well as freeing them from slavery. It was this which inspired his explorations. In 1849 and 1851, he travelled across the Kalahari, on the second trip sighting the upper Zambezi River. In 1842, he began a four year expedition to find a route from the upper Zambezi to the coast. This filled huge gaps in western knowledge of central and southern Africa. In 1855, Livingstone discovered a spectacular waterfall which he named 'Victoria Falls'. He reached the mouth of the Zambezi on the Indian Ocean in May 1856, becoming the first European to cross the width of southern Africa.
Returning to Britain, where he was now a national hero, Livingstone did many speaking tours and published his best-selling 'Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa' (1857).
Day 14: Kubu Lodge – Maramba River Lodge
Welcome to a personalised experience, set on the banks of the Maramba River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
Ideally located just 4km from the Victoria Falls, Maramba River Lodge provides a most attractive all-year-round base in a shaded woodland setting. The Lodge is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on a bluff overlooking the Maramba River. They are often visited by the resident wildlife with elephant wandering through the grounds at certain times of the year.
Extra optional activities: Railway Museum, Booze cruise, Game drives and walking safaris, David Livingstone Museum & sunset cruises.
Accommodation: MarambaRiver Lodge                        
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner 
Day 15: Maramba River Lodge
Take part in extra optional activities and explore the area with our guide.
Accommodation: MarambaRiver Lodge
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 16: Maramba River Lodge – Livingstone Airport
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Livingstone Airport to be in time for your flight.
Meal arrangements: Breakfast