Caprivi and Cats Experience

Tour Details

Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 2 Pax
Maximum Participants: 12 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Languages: English and German
Prices: Available on request
Options: Luxury Version
Inclusive: Vehicle
Fuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Exclusive All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Waterberg, Mahango National Park, Bwafata National Park, Mamili National Park, Chobe National Park, Kongola, Rundu, Home of Africat, Na'ankuse

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Arrival in Namibia

Arrival at International Airport, where you will be greeted by your english speaking driverguide.

Cheetah big cat We will pass through Windhoek with the informative sightseeing tour before we proceed via Okahandja to reach an exhilarating Waterberg Plateau. Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and Cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

Upon arrival at the lodge we will have an opportunity to explore this wonderful landscape during our hiking trail on the plateau.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Waterberg Plateau Lodge or similar

 


 

02 Day / Waterberg - Grootfontein

Breakfast and we will depart via Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein to Roy's Camp.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero, Otjiwarongo is said to mean "pretty place" or "place of the fat cattle", as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated about 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. There are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district, information on which can be gained -from the Omaue Information Office in St George's Street. Two interesting features of the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education.

We will visit the Hoba Meteorite en route before proceeding to Roy's Camp.

A historic fort from the German era, built in 1896 houses the Grootfontein Museum. The city, which was built around the fort, is the last center to Rundu and the far northeast. The fountain, which gave rise to the town's name, is closely encircled by the "Tree Park", with its collection of exotic trees, planted by the South West African Company many years ago.

The largest known meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, lies in a shallow depression on the farm Hoba-West about 20km west of Grootfontein. The 50t mass of nickel and iron, which is between 100 million and 300 million years old, crashed on earth some 30 000 to 80 000 years ago. Discovered by Jacobus Hermanus Brits in the 1920s, it was periodically subjected to vandalism.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Roy's Camp or similar

 


 

03 Day / Roy's Camp - Rundu - Ndhovu Safari Lodge

After a hearty breakfast we will leisurely depart via Rundu and Divundu to Ndhovu Safari Lodge.

Rundu, the capital of the Kavango Region, is 248 km northeast of Grootfontein. Situated on a high bank, the town overlooks the Kavango River and the derelict settlement of Calai in Angola. It is also the home of Namibia's well-known Kavango woodcarvers.

En route we will visit Popa Falls and then check-in at our lodge.

The name Popa Falls conjures up images of a raging waterfall, so little wonder that first-time visitors are disappointed when the "falls" turn out to be nothing more than a series of rapids. A quartzite ledge that obstructs the flow of the river across its 1,2 km width creates the rapids. Here, the river splits into numerous channels, separated by small islands, to form a series of cascades with a total drop of about 4 m.

In the afternoon you will enjoy the Okavango breeze on a sundowner cruise. The experienced guides will highlight the magnificent okavango wildlife and offer you a fantastic birding opportunity.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Ndhovu Safari Lodge or similar

 


 

04 Day / Mahango Nationalpark

Today after our delicious breakfast at the lodge we will start our game drive on the open vehicle to Mahango Nationalpark.

Explore the Mahango Game reserve on three hour game drive. The park offers excellent opportunities to view elephant, buffalo, red lechwe and sable antelope, to name a few, in typical riverine and swampland habitat.

Located in the north east of Namibia on the Botswana border, the contrasting vegetation of the 25 400 hectare Mahango Game Reserve is widely considered one of Namibia's most varied and fascinating conservation areas. There are three distinct habitats that can be identified, the river, which offers a blend of trees, reeds and grasses along its banks and on the wetlands. One tree that you will quickly recognize is the baobab. Mahango is home to many antelope, if you are fortunate you may spot; roan, sable, reedbuck, tsessebe, sitatunga, red lechwe, kudu, Chobe bushbuck , Duiker and Steenbok.Apart from antelope you can expect to see Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wildog, Hippo, Crocodile, Warthog Baboon and Vervet Monkey. The large herds of elephant are migrants, moving between Angola and the Okavango Delta, outside the dry season sightings will be fewer. After it rains various trees flower and bear fruit attracting an abundance of insects and creating a birding paradise. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the Mahango Reserve. This area is remote with very little in the way of development. Apart from the main road running through the park, linking Namibia to Botswana, there is only two other "tracks".

The whole of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the swimming pool of the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Ndhovu Safari Lodge or similar

 


 

05 & 6 Day / Divundu - Kongola

Depart through Caprivi Strip to reach your exquisite lodge situated near Kongola.

At the far north eastern extremity of Namibia is the Caprivi Region, gateway to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The area is highly populated, with scattered settlements of subsistence farmers cultivating mahangu and other crops, tending their cattle, or living off freshwater fish, which they catch from mokoro or dugout canoes. The major centre in Caprivi is Katima Mulilo. The curious shape of Caprivi - a finger-like projection, which takes Namibia's borders into the centre of Southern Africa - was the result of negotiations between Germany and other colonial governments at the end of the nineteenth century. It was agreed at the Berlin Conference that the narrow strip of land extending for 450 km from east to west would be added to German South West Africa, as Namibia was called then. This allowed the German colony to gain access to the Zambezi River and the name of the chief negotiator at this conference; Count von Caprivi was given to the region.

Caprivi Zambezi Susuwe Island Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to experience closely a wild and untouched island of Africa. The guided activities is on offer during your stay at the lodge.

Explore the Bwabwata National Park in open 4x4 game drive vehicles. Wonderful game sightings - almost from the lodge deck and surrounds - could include seeing vast herds of roaming elephant and buffalo, lion, hippo, frequent leopard sightings, sable antelope, roan antelope, lechwe, puku, the shy sitatunga as well as wild dogs at times. Game drives at Susuwe offer an even closer insight into the intrigue of the African bush.

The Lodge offers visitors keen on relaxing sedate morning or evening cruises in the slow, meandering Kwando river, during which time one can view game and delight in bird watching within the Bwabwata National Park. Time spent here will leave you with a wonderful insight into the unchartered cradle of rivers which we are privileged to be part of.

Fully Inclusive basis (including all drinks except premiums and guided activities), Susuwe Island Lodge or similar

 


 

07 Day / Kongola - Katima Mulilo - Ngoma - Zovu Elephant Lodge

We will visit the Mafwe Living Museum before we proceed via Katima Mulilo to Zovu Elephant Lodge.

The Living Museum of the Mafwe was opened in February 2008 and is shaping well at the moment. It can be regarded as a highlight for tourism in the Caprivi, in the north of Namibia. The Living Museum offers visitors an interesting insight into the life of the Mafwe. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the Mafwe. They demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into english. Almost every offered program is interactive, because it is also great fun for them when the visitors try to weave a traditional net or taste some of the offered meals.

Katima Mulilo, the administrative capital of the Caprivi Region, is situated on the Banks of the Zambezi River. The towns name is of Lozi origin and means, "to quench the fire". Despite becoming the capital of the Caprivi Region after independence, the atmosphere still resembles more a frontier town with its crowded streets, which are filled with people and cars. At the open-air market, goods range from live chicken and dried fish to colorful material from Zambia and fresh scones.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Zovu Elephant Lodge or similar

 


 

08 Day / Chobe River

Breakfast and you can spend the morning on your own leisure or take part on the activities on offer.

In the afternoon we will have a spectacular game boatcruise on Chobe River.

The infamous Chobe River is the border for Botswana and Namibia and provides an array of lush foliage, bird species, water dependent animals as well as wildlife population. A river cruise is a fantastic way to see the water buffalo, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, baboons and the abundant bird life, one might even see a lion or cheetah come to the river bank for a drink. The green flora surrounding the Chobe River is a refreshing scene particularly if you have come from the dry deserts of Namibia.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Zovu Elephant Lodge or similar

 


 

09 Day / Zovu Elephant Lodge - Nkasa Lupala Lodge

Journey continues direction back to Katima Mulilo and this time we will drive via Kongola to reach our lodge situated in Mamili Nationalpark.

This afternoon we will enjoy a game drive on the open vehicle into Mamili Nationalpark.

elephant Wild - that's the one word that best describes Mamili National Park. It is an extraordinary piece of wilderness, waiting to be explored. Lush marshes, dense savannah and high river reeds mean that travelling through the area is a dream for 4x4 enthusiasts. During the dry winter months, large herds of elephant congregate on Nkasa and Lupala islands. But for much of the year, the park is awash with floodwater. Game drives go through the edge of deep pools and close to rivers where crocodiles lie in wait. Nearby buffalo or elephant may be crossing the river. For anyone who relishes the adventures of raw, real Africa, Mamili National Park is the place to be.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Nkasa Lupala Lodge or similar

 


 

10 Day / Nkasa Lupala Lodge

After we have enjoyed our breakfast at the lodge we will start our village tour to learn new cultural experiences.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Nkasa Lupala Lodge or similar

 


 

11 Day / Kongola - Rundu

Our journey will takes us back in direction to Rundu, where we will spend two nights at lovely Taranga Safari Lodge. Everything at the lodge focuses on relaxation and enjoying the African wilderness at your own pace.

Before the sunset we will enjoy the spectacular sundowner river cruise to end our stressful day.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Taranga Safari Lodge or similar

 


 

12 Day / Taranga River Lodge

This morning we will start the day with sunset cruise on the okavango river and after an hour return to the lodge to enjoy the delicious breakfast.

Once again an adventurous fishing trip is waiting for us to explore this beautiful nature. The Okavango river which is home to crocodile and hippo is flowing from east to west past the lodge on its final journey towards the Okavango delta.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Taranga Safari Lodge or similar

 


 

13 Day / Rundu - Okonjima Main Camp

We will depart through Grootfontein, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to our beautifully situated Okonjima Main Camp, which is the home to Africat.

After you have enjoyed an afternoon coffee, tea and cake at the camp, - "radio-track" Leopards from game-viewing vehicles of the lodge. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000 ha private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

After dinner - another stunning opportunity exist for the nocturnal hide where you may view 'Nightlife' such as porcupine honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others. The following morning - you are welcome to join the Bushman Trail - It constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. You get to learn about the art of making traditional arte facts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed!

OR

You may participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Spotted Hyenas on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail. These rehabilitated carnivores roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000 ha private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

Fully inclusive basis, Okonjima Main Camp or similar

 


 

14 Day / Okonjima Main Camp

After brunch - you are welcome to go on one of our Self-guided Walking Trails, or do some birding - identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including Namibian endemics - Carp's Black Tit, Hartlaub's Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner. Self-guided Walking Trails on the surrounding mountains or in the bush-veldt are free of charge. Walking trails of 4 - 6 km's, for those of you who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness. Walk amongst various game and enjoy glorious views. However, most of the trails do not start from the lodge, but require a short drive with our private vehicle to the start of the trail.

OR

Alternatively Book A Massage - The lodge offer a full-body massage experience, either in bush-tent or in the comfort of your room - (depending on lodge booked).

OR

Book A Cycle or Run - For those of you who love to stay fit on holiday or just need to stretch your legs.

After afternoon coffee, tea and cake - visit AfriCat's 'Information & Carnivore Care Centre', which offers you valuable insight into the work of The AfriCat Foundation. The following morning (day of departure) - you are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated cheetahs / wild dogs on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail. These rehabilitated carnivores roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000 ha private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

Fully inclusive basis, Okonjima Main Camp or similar

 


 

15 Day / Okonjima - Na'ankuse Lodge

Today we will leisurely depart direction to Windhoek via Okahandja to Na'ankuse Lodge, where you will spend the last day of the trip.

Fully inclusive basis, Na'ankuse Lodge or similar

 


 

16 Day / Departure

Until your airport transfer the remainder of the day can be spend at own leisure.

 




Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Waterberg Plateau Lodge D,B Hiking trail in the afternoon
Day 2 Roy's Camp D,B En route visit Hoba Meteorite
Day 3 Ndhovu Safari Lodge D,B En route visit Popa Falls. Sundowner River Cruise
Day 4 Ndhovu Safari Lodge D,B Afternoon Game Drive in Mahango Nationalpark
Day 5 Susuwe Island Lodge D,B All guided activities are inclusive
Day 6 Susuwe Island Lodge D,B All guided activities are inclusive
Day 7 Zovu Elephant Lodge D,B En route to direction of Kasane we will visit the Mafwe Living near Kongola
Day 8 Zovu Elephant Lodge D,B Boat Game drive in Chobe River
Day 9 Nkasa Lupala Lodge D,B Afternoon Game Drive in Mamili Nationalpark
Day 10 Nkasa Lupala Lodge D,B Half day village tour
Day 11 Taranga Safari Lodge D,B Sundowner River Cruise
Day 12 Taranga Safari Lodge D,B Sunrise River Cruise and fishing trips
Day 13 Okonjima Main Camp D,B Activities as per itinerary
Day 14 Okonjima Main Camp D,B Activities as per itinerary
Day 15 Na'aankuse Lodge D,B Full Carnivore Feeding Tour
Day 16 Departure B Drop-off in Windhoek or transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport
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