Group Size: 4-12 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
This is the ultimate African lodge safari where you get to spend 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Experience the full range of wildlife, culture and scenery only Africa can deliver from marvelling at the Victoria Falls to the breath-taking magnitude of Namibia’s dunes and of course the big game interaction. This lodge safari starts in Windhoek and ends in Victoria Falls, combining all the comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience.
Day 1 - Windhoek
On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, Terra Africa Guest House. 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 at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.
Guesthouse Terra Africa is situated in Windhoek, the modern capital of Namibia, and is the first guesthouse in the country to operate as an art gallery as well as serving as a gateway to the country of the golden dunes. The guesthouse boasts beautiful views of the southern valleys of the city and, combined with our rich Namibian and African art collection, boutique wine selection and warm hospitality; we give the assurance that you will treasure the memories of your stay with us forever.
Day 2 to Day 3 - Sossusvlei
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. 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 Tsauchab River. (BLD)
Agama River Camp began as a campsite but has recently expanded to include comfortable rustic bungalows. The bungalows have the option of sleeping on the roof under the Namibian sky where guests can watch the colours change on the Naukluft Mountains when the sun bids farewell to another stunning day. The camp is situated around a dry riverbed on the valley floor, with the Naukluft Mountains to the east looming proudly above everything. Despite being so remote, the camp is able to provide all the comforts of home and a surprising range of facilities for relaxation when not exploring the surrounding area. Not least amongst these is the stunning swimming pool and a very practical shelter from the sun, while the main building houses the cosy bar, an excellent restaurant and a large viewing deck.
Day 4 - 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 the 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. En-route we make a stop in the small town of Walvis Bay where you may spot a variety of birds including flamingo’s 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. Depending on the time of arrival, half day optional activities can be arranged. (BL)
Alte Brücke Holiday Resort offers 31 self catering chalets and 36 camping caravanning sites. If you are looking for a great location, Alte Brücke Holiday Resort can offer you exactly that. We are situated 200m from the beach, in the older part of Swakopmund, 1.2 km from the centre of town as well as within easy walking distance from many popular restaurants, pubs, local shops and attractions. Our action desk can give you information on activities available at the coast and will book any activity offered in town for you, at no extra cost to you. Hope to see you soon!
Day 5 - Waterberg Plateau
Today we leave the coast behind us and drive to the Waterberg Plateau Park close to Otjiwarongo. On arrival we go for a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the mountain. The plateau was first envisaged as a conservation area for eland, Africa’s largest species of antelope. In 1972 it was proclaimed a reserve and has since become a sanctuary for several rare animals. (BLD)
The Waterberg Camp underwent extensive upgrading in 2007. It nestles along the base of the cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, inside the National Park of the same name. It towers some 200m above the surrounding landscape, and the plateau with its sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations, serve as a breeding area for endangered animal species.
Day 6 - Etosha National Park
We leave Waterberg National Park and travel via Cheetah Conservation Foundation at Otjiwarongo to Etosha. The CCF is an internationally recognised centre for research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems. It boasts an extensive visitor’s centre, which encourages tourists to learn more about these beautiful cats and the efforts being made to save them. We continue our journey towards Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at our lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and overlooking a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool, or take a leisurely stroll through the natural bush and gardens. Optional game drives are also available. (BLD)
Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge, in Namibia, offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions. A warm welcome awaits you complimented by a refreshing cold drink on arrival. Absorb the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush as you amble through a blend of manicured lawns and rustic bush gardens to your private room. Take a refreshing dip in our sparkling pools and enjoy the tranquillity of our striking African lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Situated only 25 kilometres from Andersons Gate at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park and close to the main road between the towns of Outjo and Okaukuejo; Toshari Lodge is ideally positioned for day visits into the park; on your own or on our expertly guided tours.
Day 7 to Day 8 - Etosha National Park
After breakfast we enter the Etosha National Park via the Andersson gate, named after Karl Johan Andersson, one of the first European explorers to come across the Etosha pan, which means “Great White Place” in the Ndonga dialect of the Ovambo tribe. We fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino as well as cheetah, 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. (BLD)
Built into an old German Fort Namutoni Camp has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort you will find ample facilities and a variety of accommodation. From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is hardly a better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colours of the setting sun.
Day 9 - Okavango River
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 participate 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 in the shade of the trees, our journey continues to the town of Rundu as we make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge on the banks of the Okavango River. We will arrive in the late afternoon to relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature. (BLD)
The Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7 kms 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 makes the Kaisosi River Lodge a must for all travellers.
Day 10 - Mahangu, Namibia
This morning we travel eastwards onto our camp in the western Caprivi region, Mahangu Lodge. Before departure however, there will be time for optional activities such as an early morning boat cruise at the lodge or a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people. We then continue to Mahangu, meaning ‘food of the local people’, which is situated next to the Okavango River. Enjoy an afternoon 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. (BLD)
The comfortably-styled, thatched Mahangu Safari Lodge is a new lodge in the Caprivi Region of Namibia, next to the Mahango National Park. The word “Mahangu” meaning “food of the local people”. The Lodge comprises of 10 Bungalows, 6 Safari Tents and 3 guide bungalows with shared facilities. All units are air-conditioned and have 220V electricity 24/h. Activities include spectacular bird and game viewing by boat, excellent Tiger and Bream fishing and game drives into the 2 National Parks next to us as well as the Popa Falls close by.
Day 11 - 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. (BL)
Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. En-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. Chalets, public areas and our swimming pool take advantage of the 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl, and birds and the occasional hippo. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.
Day 12 - Khwai River
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 these traditional 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 the Khwai River region. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the private concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day. (BLD)
The Khwai Bedouin Camp is located in the heart of Botswana, overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession a 2 hour drive from Maun – your gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River area is known as one of the most beautiful and wildlife rich areas in Africa. Listen to the amazing sounds of the bush at night or watch one of the many elephants strolling around the camp at daylight. This basic camp is a true gem in the bush and most of the travellers unanimously agreed upon one thing: They want to go back! This Tented Camp is nestled deep in the bush and the river is frequently visited by animals such as elephant, impala, kudu, warthogs, lion and many more. By far the biggest highlight of this camp is that once you step into a vehicle, the game drive already begins. There’s no need to drive further than the concession because all the beautiful animals the Khwai concession offers are at your door step. With eight comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms positioned privately under big Acacia trees (covering an area of approximately 5000 m2) guests can relax in the privacy and the authenticity of the area while enjoying the astounding Botswana bush. Each river facing tent is equipped with twin beds, soft pillows and duvets and plenty of room to unpack your suitcase and store your most needed items on shelves and hangers.
Day 13 - Khwai River
We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4×4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai River region area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. (BLD)
Day 14 - Nata
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.). (BLD)
An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas. 22 luxury chalets, 10 luxury custom-designed en-suite Meru style tents and camping.
Day 15 to Day 16 - 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. (BLD) & (BD)
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. 46 luxury safari rooms, 22 luxury river rooms, 8 standard rondavels, and camping. Family rooms available.
Day 17 to Day 18 - 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. (BLD)
Built on a rich cultural and artistic legacy, and sheltered by the stunning Sikumi forest, on the edge of the world-famous Hwange National Park, on a private concession with stunning views over the Dete Vlei, stands the beautiful photographic safari ‘village’ known as Sable Sands. Sable Sands has 11 traditionally thatched rondavels. Part of the ancient royal hunting grounds of King Lobengula, the lodge was later visited in 1991 by her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip…so it’s no wonder the designed bedrooms have added luxury complete with private terrace, and en-suite bathroom, making your rondavel the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience.
Day 19 - Victoria Falls
Continuing our trip, we turn northwards to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities on offer. (B)
Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. The hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The National Park borders the front of property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. The rooms at Ilala Lodge Hotel are located on two separate floors and are designed to create a feeling of privacy and to minimise disturbance from other guests. The rooms on the upper tier open out onto a balcony, while the lower tier rooms have double French doors leading onto the lush, manicured gardens that offer charming proximity to the warthogs, and sometimes hippos, which often graze on the hotel grounds. All the rooms are spacious and are decorated with teak furnishings made from railway sleepers. This décor enhances the African ambience and laid-back lodge atmosphere of this boutique hotel. Muted tones and soft furnishings in creams and browns mirror this uncomplicated, restful atmosphere. Combined with comfortable beds and tranquil views, expect to leave Ilala Lodge well and truly rested.
Day 20 - End of Great Trans African Lodge Safari
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. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 18 Sep 18 $4,445 $5,480
- 27 Oct 18 $4,445 $5,480
- 10 Nov 18 $4,445 $5,480
- 14 Nov 18 $4,445 $5,480
- 08 Dec 18 $4,445 $5,480
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. Price excludes local kitty payment of US$330 per person.