Journey through the Caprivi, 15 nights

Our Journey through the Caprivi itinerary highlights the lush, green Zambezi (Caprivi) region in the far North of Namibia. Utilising a 4×4 double cab vehicle, perfect for our rugged terrain, this adventure starts in Windhoek and ends in Victoria Falls, with the hire vehicle being dropped off in Kasane, Botswana. You will have the opportunity to explore Okonjima/ AfriCat, Etosha National Park, the meandering Kavango River, Nkasa Rupara National Park, the Chobe River, and Victoria Falls.


Day 1

You will be met in the arrivals hall of Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport by one of our chauffeur drivers who will transfer you into town in an ATI luxury vehicle. After taking some time to shower, relax (and maybe have a quick nap), your hire car will be delivered to your guest house or hotel around 4pm. If you’re landing late in the day, it will be delivered around 8am the following morning. One of our representatives will meet you at the same time to offer a thorough briefing of your whole holiday and go through your marked road map, vouchers, and itinerary with you. We’re also on hand to book a restaurant for tonight, should we not have already done so.


Day 2

After breakfast you will set off on your self-drive journey to the next destination, Okonjima Lodge and the AfriCat Foundation, following our detailed road directions and map. During your briefing we will have shown you the best places to stop off for lunch or a break, as well as any highlights which are worth visiting along the way.


Day 3

The Leopard ‘experience’ will take you out into the Okonjima Nature Reserve and will allow you to spend more time with the experienced guides whilst participating in the research data collection for the long-standing leopard project and newly introduced brown hyaena program. Some of the adult leopards are radio collared which enables the guides to track them with a specialised telemetry device. Although this significantly increases the chance of an excellent sighting, it cannot ever be guaranteed as they are wild free-roaming predators.

Morning activities (seasonal times): Departure 06:00 / 06:30 AM; Return 09:30 / 10:00 AM

Afternoon activities (seasonal times): Departure: 15:30 / 16:00 PM; Return 19:00 / 19:30 PM


Day 4 – 5

Today you will drive onwards to the Ongava Reserve bordering Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime wildlife area. During your time here you can enjoy inclusive guided game drives into Etosha and on the private Ongava reserve, guided walks, wildlife viewing at the lodge waterhole, and perhaps a visit to the fascinating Ongava research centre to learn more about the important scientific work being done here.


Day 6

After breakfast you will depart on your journey through Etosha, perhaps stopping at the central Rest Camp of Halali for some lunch and a break. The Park opening and closing times vary depending on sunrise and sunset, and your lodge will be able to advise on the current time. You will need to complete a form at the Park entrance, and pay Park fees at the closest Rest Camp. Park Fees cost N$150 per adult per 24-hour period, N$100 per child aged 9-16, no cost per child aged 0-8, plus N$50 per vehicle. Allow a whole day for this drive as you will want to make the most of the wildlife viewing.


Day 7

You will leave Etosha behind today, driving northwards past roadside villages to the town of Rundu on the Kavango River. There are a handful of beautiful lodges overlooking the river, situated outside the hustle and bustle of Rundu. The drive should take you around 5 hours excluding stops.


Day 8 – 9

Make your way further east today, driving along what used to be called the Caprivi Strip and is now known as the Zambezi Region of Namibia. Riverdance is a hidden paradise on the banks of the Okavango River. During your two nights here you can relax or take part in optional activities including sunrise or sunset boat cruises, village visits, or guided walks.


Day 10 – 11

From RiverDance you will continue your meandering journey through the Caprivi, arriving at Nkasa Lupala Lodge. This eco-friendly community joint venture tented lodge is built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system. This unique Namibian wetland paradise in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi), is commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Lupala National Park. Enjoy game drives and boat cruises in this wildlife-rich wetland ecosystem.


Day 12 – 13

You will leave your car in Katima Mulilo this morning and take a guided transfer across the border to Kasane in Botswana. Chobe National Park is located in northern Botswana within a couple of hours drive of the mighty Victoria Falls. It is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo which converge along the Chobe Riverfront, pods of hippo and lazy crocodiles. Impressive predators including lion, leopard, hyena and even wild dog are found in this area, in addition to the many  antelope species, giraffe and zebra. Birding is fantastic, especially along the riverfront. Enjoy two nights to explore on optional guided game drives and boat cruises.


Day 14 – 15

Take a guided transfer across the border into Zimbabwe today. The mighty Victoria Falls is one of Southern Africa’s most famous landmarks, located at the junction of Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe. This vibrant small town has a rich cultural history and offers many activities to enable guests to explore. Guests can visit the Victoria Falls National Park themselves, or take a guided tour. Adventure activities include bungi jumping, gorge swinging, white water rafting, and helicopter scenic flights. Sundown boat cruises on the Zambezi River are a wonderful end to a busy day.


Day 16

You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport today, in time to connect with your onward flight.


Transfers as specified

4×4 vehicle hire as specified

Accommodation on the meal & activity basis specified

Tourism levies, VAT, Park Entry fees, & community conservation contributions

24/7 on the ground support


International flights

Vehicle fuel

Personal insurance

Any drinks, meals, or activities not specified in the itinerary

Any visa costs

Gratuities and personal items