Namibia's Caprivi Region – African Fish Eagle Tour

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Namibia's Caprivi Region – African Fish Eagle Tour

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Experience the unique wilderness area of the Caprivi Region! You will explore this area, which is in stark contrast to the rest of Namibia with its great abundance of wildlife and lush vegetation.

Day 1: Airport – Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek. Spend the day at leisure by visiting the historical features like the ‘Christuskirche’ the most prominent church in Windhoek and the parliamentary building or go shopping in the lively city center of Windhoek.

Overnight at Casa Piccolo

Casa Piccolo: A cold drink at the pool while watching Namibia's impressive starry sky in the quiet restful garden of our sixteen-bedroom pension in one of Windhoek's oldest suburbs - what better way to relax after a hectic day at work, a long flight or an unforgettable journey through Namibia. A healthy, scrumptious breakfast will have you geared for an eventful day. Our large, tastefully furnished rooms for up to 4 people, some of them handicapped accessible, with bathroom en-suite (shower and toilet) are all equipped with: air condition, safe, mini bar, coffee and tea facilities, television (English and German channels), telephone with direct line, Wi-Fi connection (free of charge), laundry service on request at extra charge, free of charge safekeeping of your luggage on the premises.

Day 2: Windhoek – Frans Indongo Lodge

The journey leads you to the Frans Indongo Lodge just north of Otjiwarongo. Depart from Windhoek and drive via Okahandja to Otjiwarongo. You might want to participate on an optional game drive at the Frans Indongo Lodge which gives you a good introduction to the area you are visiting.

Overnight at the Frans Indongo Lodge

Frans Indongo Lodge: The lodge is your ideal stop when travelling between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. The lapa, a thatched terrace with a fire-place, is just the right setting for a leisurely ending to an eventful day. Relax and watch a succession of Sable Antelope, Black Springbok and Nyala quench their thirst at the nearby water hole. Frans Indongo Lodge exudes the sense for life of northern Namibia’s people in a most charming way. The complex is modeled on traditional Ovambo homesteads. Inside the complex a palisade separates the restaurant and swimming pool area from the guest chalets and thereby provides more privacy. A variety of beautiful building materials like natural stone, wood and reed were used for the houses. Items of daily use in Ovambo – earthen pots, voluminous storage baskets or original wooden figures – serve as decoration to emphasize the African theme, and lend a very special charm to the lodge. The lodge provides over 2 double rooms, 2 family units and 8 generously proportioned chalets. All the rooms have their own bathroom, air-conditioner, fridge, hairdryer, telephone, TV and an electric kettle for tea and coffee. The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. You can have a refreshing dip into the swimming pool, and when the sun starts to set just before dinner you can retreat to the large wooden veranda at the bar or the little observation tower. The gourmet kitchen whips up a variety of venison dishes served with farm-fresh vegetables and salads seasoned with aromatic ingredients from our herb garden.

Activities:

- game drive

- excursion to the Cheetah Conservation Fund

- Waterberg

Day 3: Frans Indongo Lodge – Etosha National Park

Depart for the Etosha National Park after breakfast and drive via Otavi and Tsumeb, a mining town, to the eastern entrance of the National Park. Before entering the park you can visit the Otjikoto Lake near Tsumeb. On your first game drive you will get to know some of the abundant wildlife Namibia has to offer.

Overnight at the Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge: The lodge is located just 8 km from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is an ideal overnight stop for visitors to the game reserve. The lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, a triple room and two single rooms. The name Mushara is derived from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree which grows abundantly on the lodge grounds and in the surroundings. The thatched public area includes a small library with a selection of good books, a bar with an extensive wine cellar, an airy lounge complete with welcoming fireplace for winter evenings, a dining area and a well stocked curio shop. Great attention has been paid to the décor, which is an eclectic blend of traditional African and modern works of art mixed with original older paintings. Ten well-spaced thatched chalets are arranged in horseshoe shape around the swimming pool. All the chalets and individual rooms are extremely spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito net, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee station, sockets for charging storage batteries and direct telephone connection. The bathrooms are en-suite with separate toilette. The chalets and single rooms have a shower, whereas the triple room and the family house have a shower and bath. One of Mushara’s prominent features is its large bright blue swimming pool, surrounded by green lawns which are kept.

Activities:

am and pm game drives into the Etosha National Park

Day 4: Etosha National Park

Spend the day with game-viewing in the Etosha National Park.

Overnight at the Mushara Lodge

Day 5: Etosha National Park – Rundu

Today you will reach the northern border of Namibia. Travel to the eastern part of Rundu to arrive at the Kaisosi River Lodge. Late in the afternoon you can enjoy sundowner cruise on the river to view some hippos and the abundant bird life.

Overnight at the Hakusembe River Lodge

Hakusembe River Lodge: Entering the lodge at the end of the winding gravel track, you are greeted with a refreshing image of green lawn, large trees, a collection of thatched chalets and a strip of sparkling river. Instantaneously the fresh balm of beauty soothes your weary soul. You have reached the verdant Hakusembe river oasis. A feeling of calm descends. And it remains present for the time of your visit. River birds fly up between the reeds, people row their dugout canoes on the river and soft muted sounds float over the waters from the villages on the far bank. As you sit on the floating deck, legs up, book in hand absorbing the peace to the accompaniment of bird calls and the gentle splashing of water, all worldly worries float away.Those who can muster the energy to move can cool off at the pool in the luxuriant garden, try their luck at catching the elusive tiger fish, take a stroll to the Mbunza cultural village and hop aboard the Hakusembe River Queen. Situated 16km from Rundu in the Kavango region, this gem of a lodge (with campsite) provides that necessary break from the road. It's one of the Caprivi accommodation treasures to discover - and frequent - when in the northern reaches of the country. It will soon be etched into itineraries, breaking the long haul from Windhoek and Etosha to the Zambezi and Vic Falls. Excitement builds up as you turn onto the entrance road and relief washes over you as you reach Hakusembe River Lodge

Day 6: Rundu – Mahangu National Park

Drive along the Trans-Caprivi-Highway to the Mahangu National Park. En route you can visit the Popa Falls. The lodge is close to the boarder of this National Park, one of Namibia’s most diverse and interesting conservation areas and on the shores of the Okavango River.

Overnight at the Mahangu Safari Lodge

Mahangu Safari Lodge: The lodge is a lodge in the Caprivi Region of Namibia just next to the Mahango National Park. The word "Mahangu" means "food of the local people". The Mahangu Safari Lodge lies 22 kilometers south of the town Divundu, at the western bank of the Okavango River, en route to the Mahango National Park. The lodge comprises of 10 bungalows and 6 safari tents. All units are air-conditioned and have 220V electricity 24/h. There is a main lapa, dining and lounge area, bar and a sparkling swimming pool with a picturesque view over the Okavango River as well as 2 big sunset decks on the riverbank.

Activities:

- spectacular bird and game viewing by boat

- excellent tiger and bream fishing

- game drives into the 2 national parks near by

- a visit to the Popa Falls

- game drives

Day 7: Mahangu National Park

Today you have the opportunity to go on a full day game drive through the park. If you are lucky you might see elephants and hippos amongst may antelopes.

Overnight at the Mahango Safari Lodge

Day 8: Mahangu National Park – Kasane

Today you are reaching the eastern part of Namibia. The journey will take you through the charming landscape of the Caprivi Strip whilst driving via Katima Mulilo to Botswana. You will experience a rich wildlife appearance during your stay at the Chobe Safari Lodge.

Overnight at the Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Chobe Bakwena Lodge: The lodge is an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. Botswana is safari country and Bakwena is ideally positioned, 1.5kms form the meeting place of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. They are surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve, some 90km’s from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, 300 km’s West of the Okavango Delta and North of the Makgadigadi Salt pans. Bakwena, from Setswana meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ one of the largest tribes in Botswana; embraces the surrounding culture and country as inspiration for its style and hospitality. Whether you have come to unwind or to have a safari adventure, we are your destination. Activities include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe, fishing trips, bird watching, nature walks, cultural tours and visiting Impalila Island with its giant baobabs.Bakwena Lodge comprises 10 rondavel style chalets, 2 of which are family units, all situated under the shady canopy of Acacia trees, each site has been selected for its river view and is surrounded by indigenous riverine bush. Built around both ecological and traditional African principles, each chalet offers laid-back luxury with its own raised deck overlooking the river. Built-in daybeds offer ample opportunity to absorb the changing moods of the Chobe.

Day 9: Kasane

You will have the opportunity to participate on the activity offered by the lodge e.g. a boat trip on the river or exiting game drives.

Overnight at the Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Day 10: Kasane

You may want to fill another day with activities or visit the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Overnight at the Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Day 11: Kasane - Namushasha

The next leg of your journey will take you via the vibrant Katima Mulilo and Kongola to the beautiful surrounds of the Mudumu National Park. The lodge is situated just outside of the park.

Overnight at the Namushasha River Lodge

Namushasha River Lodge: As the evening sky turns into a red glow you sit back, high above the river, enjoying a chilled drink while listening to the deep grunt of hippos – this experience awaits you on the sundowner deck of Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi. Situated 24 km south of Kongola, it is the perfect stop-over en route to the Victoria Falls. Apart from 24 rooms in chalets the lodge consists of a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. Watch elephant, hippo, buffalo or sable antelope on our excursions by boat or off-road vehicle, visit a traditional village in the vicinity or take time to observe the colourful birdlife (more than 400 species). A camping site for 16 tents pitched on lawn is also available at Namushasha.

Activities:

- Game Drive into the Bwabwata National Park - approx. 3 hour

- Boat Trip

- Guided Walking Trail

- Fishing Trip

Day 12: Namushasha Lodge

You may visit one of the traditional villages of the region near Namushasha. In the afternoon you may want to take part on an optional guided game drive in the Bwata Bwata National Park.

Overnight at the Namushasha Country Lodge

Day 13: Namushasha - Rundu

After breakfast you will be returning to the Kaisosi River Lodge via Kongola and Divundu. Experience one of the most beautiful landscape settings enroute.

Overnight at the Hakusembe River Lodge

Day 14: Rundu - Waterberg

Today you drive back towards the south passing through Grootfontein, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to the Waterberg Mountain. Get to know the surrounding area of the Waterberg and time permitting, take a hike.

Overnight at the Waterberg Guest Farm

Waterberg Guest Farm: Situated at the foot of the majestic Waterberg Plateau in northern Namibia is the magnificent Waterberg Guest Farm, a 42 000 hectare paradise of natural African savannah. Our concept is simple… a small luxury guest house, accommodating a limited number of guests, set in the midst of a wildlife haven with personal attention, spectacular surroundings and exceptional cuisine. The original 1930's manager's house was converted into guesthouse with 4 double and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have toilets, showers and basins (one of the rooms also has an additional bathtub). Guests at Waterberg Guest Farm can choose from a wide variety of activities such as spectacular nature hikes, a visit to the neighboring Cheetah Conservation Trust as well as an early morning or sundowner drive to the so-called “Little Serengeti” or peruse our extensive library.

Day 15: Waterberg - Windhoek

Drive back to the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. You might want to visit the woodcarvers market in Okahandja.

Overnight at the Casa Piccolo

Day 16: Windhoek - Airport

Depart from Windhoek to the Windhoek Airport for your flight home.

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