Day 1: Arrival Windhoek, Namibia
On your arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, private transfer to the beautiful Olive Grove Guesthouse to refresh and relax prior to meeting your tour leader and fellow traveling companions for drinks and dinner.
Overnight accommodation: Luxury room at the Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek
Day 2: Windhoek - Kulala Desert Lodge, Namib Desert
On arrival you will be met by a Lodge guide and transferred the short distance to
the Lodge. In the afternoon enjoy a nature drive in the private reserve. Kulala Desert Lodge is
situated within the arid Namib Desert on the private 37 000ha Kulala Wilderness Reserve, closest to the iconic Sossusvlei. The lodge comprises 15 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (“to sleep” in shiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas.
Accommodation for the next two nights: Kulala Desert Lodge.
Day 3: Kulala Wilderness Reserve
Early morning enjoy a guided excursion to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei through a private
gate on the Tsauchab River. World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the
famous red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. The ‘vlei’ itself only fills after
rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake.
Day 4: Kulala Desert Lodge – Swakopmund – Walvis Bay – Damaraland
After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight over the Namib Desert and along the coast to Swakopmund Airport. On arrival at the yacht club, guests embark on a boat cruise that promises exceptional viewing of masses of international wetland bird life. The Walvis Bay Lagoon offers one of the best places to see the lesser and greater flamingoes. The tour takes you to the lighthouse at Pelican Point where a large colony of Cape Fur Seals have established themselves. The waters around Pelican Point are also the home of such creatures as the Heavyside Dolphin, a social animal that rides the bows of the boat as you explore the area for Sunfish, Leatherback Turtles and whales, which often frequent the shores. Return to the yacht club for transfer to a seated lunch on the beach and thereafter a short transfer back to Walvis Bay airfield and fly to Doro Nawas in the remote Damaraland.
Accommodation for the next two nights at your luxurious oasis in the desert, Doro Nawas
Day 5: Doro Nawas, Damaraland
Spend the day game viewing in the area searching for elusive free roaming black rhino and desert elephant, hiking, visiting the art engravings or simply taking in the sensational view from the comfort of your private unit or the main lodge area. The area is also abundant in birdlife.
Day 6: Doro Nawas - Okonjima
After a morning nature drive rejoin your aircraft for the scenic flight to Okonjima, once on the ground you will be transferred to Okonjima’s secluded Bush Camp. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation who work hard to preserve and nurture the ‘big cats’ of Africa. This lends itself to some unforgettable encounters with leopards and cheetahs. Also at Okonjima you can join a local Bushman Tribe for a walk, seeing the landscape through their eyes is something very special indeed.
Accommodation for the next two nights is at Okonjima’s Luxury Bush Camp.
Day 7: Okonjima
A full day exploration of the region, accompanied by the care and expertise of your team of local guides.
Day 8: Okonjima - Kalahari Plains, Botswana
After breakfast return to your waiting aircraft and depart Namibia, cross the border into Botswana clearing customs along the way. Once on the ground, the friendly staff from your lodge will welcome and transfer you to your accommodation in time for lunch and time to relax, enjoying the comfortable camp environment. This part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers year round viewing of key desert-adapted wildlife.
Accommodation for the next two nights is at the Kalahari Plains Camp.
Day 9: Kalahari Plains
This is a premium desert experience throughout the year. General herbivores species easily seen are gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, grey duiker and steenbok. Other big game includes the sensational black-maned Kalahari lion, as well as one of the highest concentrations of cheetah in southern Africa, leopard, brown hyena and even caracal. Small predators include meerkats, Cape fox, honey badger, black-backed jackal and many mongoose species. Over 220 bird species can be seen in the area. You will be shown around the area with the care of your local guides and drivers.
Day 10: Kalahari Plains - Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta
After an early start, transfer to the airstrip to continue your air safari to Grootfontein and Tsumed, then to Maun Airport, Botswana, and on to the Okavango Delta. Your guide from Little Vumbura will transfer you the short distance to Little Vumbura Camp, situated on an island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. It is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango Delta forest. Each tent is large and roomy and has en-suite facilities. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining area. Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a focus at Little Vumbura Camp with mokoros traversing the floodplains under the guidance of experienced polers.
Accommodation for the next two nights at Little Vumbura Camp.
Day 11: Little Vumbura
A full days exploration of this vast private concession in the Okavango Delta.
Day 12: Little Vumbura - Duma Tau
After your morning game viewing activity and breakfast, you will be transferred by a Little Vumbura Camp guide to the airstrip. On arrival you will transfer the short distance by private charter to the Linyanti Wetlands. Duma Tau Camp sits in a private 125,000 hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana and is close to the source of the Savute Channel. The entire camp is built on raised boardwalks under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon on the Linyanti waterways.
Accommodation for the next two nights is at Duma Tau Camp.
Day 13: Duma Tau
Within this private concession predator sightings of lion, cheetah and wild dogs are good. Elephant viewing is amongst the best anywhere, especially in winter. Plains game viewing should reward you with zebra, giraffe and hippo. Night drives on the Channel are superb, and bird watching opportunities abound.
Day 14: Duma Tau - Victoria Falls - Toka Leya, Zambia
After your morning game viewing activity and breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for the scenic flight to Livingstone, Zambia via the thunderous Victoria Falls. Once on the ground you will be met by your guide and transferred by road the short distance to Toka Leya Camp located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Spacious en-suite safari-style tents are linked by wooden walkways which snake between the units and main area. The islands in front of camp are intriguing and form part of the braided channel of the Zambezi River with several rapids, a main channel and dense vegetation. Lodge activities include a tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, tour of Livingstone town and the David Livingstone museum with the local curio shops and village school included.
Accommodation for the next two nights is at Toka Leya Camp, Zambia.
Day 15: Toka Leya
Spend the day enjoying the many activities on offer. Visits to Mkuni Market and Simonga Village
are all outstanding ways of learning about the people and culture of this part of Zambia. A private group sunset cruise on the Zambezi River will be arranged to say farewell to Africa.
Day 16: Toka Leya - Livingstone
After breakfast you will be transferred a short distance by road to Livingstone Airport for your onward flights, either extending your time in Africa or homeward bound.