Natural History Hobatere, Etosha, Caprivi

Day 1 Arrival at Windhoek International Airport. We will meet you and advise you on exchanging money, shopping, security etc. Windhoek, being the capital of Namibia is by far the biggest city in this country and has many different faces. A thorough city tour takes us through all the historical, colonial, modern and other interesting parts of Windhoek. Obviously you will have some time to relax or to go shopping. In the afternoon we depart for a short gamedrive in an open vehicle to make you feel welcome in Africa. Various species of antelope, some curious giraffe, and numerous species of birds and with some luck even a white rhinoceros might await you in this dry woodland and savannah. Lunch and dinner are enjoyed in the centre of this multicultural city. Since Windhoek has many good restaurants, mostly with German character, it is really worthwhile dining in town. 1 Night Okapuka Game Lodge Accommodation and Breakfast Gamedrive trough Okapuka private game reserve Day 2 An easy drive north takes us past the woodcarvers-market at Okahandja to the place of the baboon Okonjima. The Africat foundation has done excellent work in protecting and doing research on African cats. In Okonjima guests are not only informed about African cats, but also get the chance to see them in their natural environment. Leopard sightings in the wild and a visit to the cheetah rehabilitation program are on the menu. Often the long wait at the nighthide, with porcupine skidding around and the usual honey badger appearing on the scene, can be very rewarding. 1 Night Okonjima Lodge Fullboard with activities Day 3 and 4 To add a bit of geology to today's route, we stop at a rather remarkable limestone pillar, a remnant of a limestone plateau that was formed over 15 mill. Years ago, called the “Vingerklip”. Hobatere, considered one of the last most unspoilt wilderness areas in Namibia, offers game drives with a difference. The endemic Hartman's mountain zebra, a Namibian special, is a guaranteed sighting, along with many other different kinds of antelope. Sometimes even lion and elephant are found in the area. The night drives are mostly very successful, concentrating only on the nocturnals, like polecat, genet, African wild cat, aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine etc. Since the local guides are excellent birding experts, it is a birders' paradise, even at night when the focus is on nightjars. 2 Nights Hobatere Lodge Fullboard with activities Day 5, 6 and 7 Early start to the Etosha National Park. Being a fully registered safari operator, we are able to enter the park at its most western side and enjoy the 200km of publicly restricted game viewing. This is a great advantage for us, since we will be able to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Etoscha without any disturbance by other vehicles. Towards Okaukuejo. Etosha is well known for its large numbers and interesting variety of game. Here we spend our night in the National Park itself. The waterhole near the camp can be spectacular at night. Big herds of elephant, often rhino and sometimes lion, can often be seen here - it's all a matter of luck and patience. The Namutoni area offers a big variety of habitats, from Terminalia-forests, wide grasslands on pan edges and dense Acacia savannahs. Another Namibian special, the blackfaced impala can be found in Etosha. 1 Night Okaukuejo VIP Bungalow Accommodation only 2 Nights Etoscha Aoba Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Day 8 and 9 Today we head for the Kavango River (Okavango). There is a little park, so small some don't even bother to go there, but is one of the best game viewing spots. There is no abundance of game, but the variety makes up for it. Sable and Roan Antelope, Reedbuck, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, Sitatunga, Tsessebe... Often Leopard and Lion are seen here, as well as Giraffe, Elephants etc. Since the Lodge lies directly next to the river, it is an excellent Hippo and bird watching opportunity, let alone the beautiful surroundings. We will also, if anyone feels like it, take a short birding walk in the Popa game reserve - paradise. 2 Nights Mahangu Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Day 10 at night hippos emerge to graze on the lawn and diners are serenaded by an enchanting wetland chorus of hippos, insects and the tink-tink of bell frogs. The Kwando river system is Namibia’s equivalent to the Okavango Delta. The largely forested islands brim with sycamore figs, jackalberry, Leadwood and sausage trees. We take part in a boat trip mainly to experience the atmosphere and do some splendid bird watching. The carmine bee-eater breeds in the sandy cliffs of the Kwando River. Other interesting species like the Nile monitor, African and Lesser Jacana, lesser swamphen and different kingfishers are often spotted here. 1 Night Lianshulu Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Day 11, 12 and 13 From Lianshulu we will depart directly to the Chobe River. The Chobe Riverfront is considered one of Africa’s game hotspots with a practically non-stop “binoculars glued to the eye game” viewing experience. The area is also inhabited Chobe’s two trademark antelope, the water loving red-Lechwe and the very rare Puku. At Kasane we leave the car behind and find ourselves cruising past the Kasikili Island by boat. On the other side of the Chobe River we find the Kings Den Lodge. The Lodge is overlooking the Chobe River and Kasikili Island, a stamping ground for large game like Hippo, Elephant, Buffalo, Crocodiles and numerous birds. All game viewing here is done by boat, an excellent experience... We might be lucky enough to witness some swimming elephants or buffaloes. Additional: A visit to Victoria Falls (Daytrip incl. Entrance fee: U$ 140. 00 pp. - Visa excluded) 3 Nights Chobe Safari Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 2 Boat-cruises 1 Gamedrive Day 14 After a relaxing breakfast you will be taken to Mpacha Airport, from where you will be able to fly directly to Windhoek. A transfer service will await you to drive you to your accommodation. The friendly staff at Haus Sonneneck will see to your preferred dinner arrangements. 1 Night Haus Sonneneck Bed and Breakfast Day 15 Transfer to Windhoek International Airport. Time to say Good bye. Please note: Due to logistical booking problems that might occur, we reserve the right to change the itinerary with short notice. Inclusive: Transfer and Transport as stated in itinerary Accommodation and meals as stated in itinerary Entrance fees as stated in itinerary fully trained and certified English, German and Afrikaans speaking guide Exclusive: Personal expenses Drinks and Tips International and National Flights Price per Person (15% VAT included) with an occupancy of: 2 Passengers: N$ 33. 231, 69 3 Passengers: N$ 26. 860, 91 (single supp. 8%) 4 Passengers: N$ 23. 675, 52 5 Passengers: N$ 21. 764, 29 (single supp. 8%) 6 Passengers: N$ 20. 490, 13 7 Passengers: N$ 19. 580, 02 (single supp. 8%)

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