Great Trans African Lodge Safari

21 day Adventure Tour - from £4029

Spend 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Marvel at Victoria Falls, discover the breath-taking magnitude of Namibia’s dunes and enjoy big game interaction – this tour combines the home comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience.

Highlights:

  • Visit to the Victoria Falls
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Game drives in Chobe, Etosha & Hwange National Parks
  • Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Okavango Delta mokoro excursion
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge for your pre-departure meeting.

Hotel: Terra Africa Guest House or similar
Meals: none

Day 2 - Namib Naukluft National Park

Moving south we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park and our accommodation for the next two nights, Agama River Camp. The park contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world.

The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the TsauchabRiver.

Hotel: Agama River Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 4 & 5 - Swakopmund

The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of these unique fauna and flora are a must on a Namibian safari. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. We can also spot the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an odd-looking desert shrub of which one is a large, protected specimen estimated to be over 1,500 years old.

En-route we make a stop in the small town of Walvis Bay where you may spot a variety of birds including flamingoes in the lagoon. We arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund in the late afternoon, where you will have the opportunity soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.

Hotel: Alte Brücke Resort or similar
Meals: 2 Breakfast and 1 lunch

Day 6 - Etosha National Park

Continue our journey towards Namibia’s best-known highlight – Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at our lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rock and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool or take a stroll through the natural bush and gardens. Optional game drives are also available.

Hotel: Toshari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 & 8 - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, we enter Etosha via the Andersson gate where the next two days are filled with game drives that seek out the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino as well as giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes or viewpoints encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Hotel: Namutoni Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Bushmanland

Departing from Etosha we drive into Bushmanland and take a guided visit to the Living Museum of the Ju’Hoansi-San, a local bushmen community who offer us the opportunity to partake in their daily activities. The Living  Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San people. A walk is taken in the vicinity of the village with the hunters to search for bush food, watch them prepare snares and ropes and start a fire the Ju/’Hoansi-way. After lunch, the journey continues to the town of Rundu and to the lodge for the night.

Hotel: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Caprivi

This morning we travel eastwards onto our camp in the western Caprivi region, Nunda River Lodge. Continue to your lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a sunset cruise to Popa Falls.

Hotel: Nunda River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Mahangu National Park

In the morning we drive to Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, which is situated next to the Okavango River. Enjoy a morning game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.

In the afternoon return to your lodge and spent the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Nunda River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Caprivi & Maun

We leave the Caprivi and travel south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Hotel: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast.

After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in close proximity to the famous Khwai River. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Hotel: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Greater Moremi

Today will be spent in the Greater Moremi area. We will embark on a full day game drive, hopefully spotting the variety of animals that frequent the region. Moremi is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. Enjoy a further day viewing the wildlife of this region.

Hotel: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Makgadikgadi Pan

We leave the bush behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake, however the pans are now saline and empty. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we get the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels, as well as time constraints.)

Hotel: Nata Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16 & 17 - Chobe National Park

This morning we head north 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. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or to relax by the pool.

The next day you will get to see the wildlife of the Chobe National Park on a morning game drive, with the hope of spotting big game up close and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. 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 animals as they come down to drink, as well as the spectacular African sunset.

Hotel: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: 2 Breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinner

Day 18 & 19 - Hwange National Park

Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto Hwange National Park where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. A full day game drive is included on the park on the second day.

Hotel: Sable Sands or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20 - Victoria Falls

Continuing our trip, we turn northwards to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In the afternoon we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities on offer.

Hotel: Ilala Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21 - Farewell

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Meals: Breakfast

21 day Adventure Tour - from £4029

With flights from £4739

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information. Accommodation may need to be substituted on occasion for alternative properties of a similar standard. Please note luggage restriction of 15kg.

Your Touring Experience

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your tour includes:

  • Comfortable lodges or hotels
  • Most meals
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Expert guide throughout tour
  • 4WD vehicles
  • Max 14 passengers
  • Park fees

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