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Three Country Safari

Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

These three African countries offer contrasting game viewing opportunities.

In Namibia, Etosha is open, dry and scrubby, a National Park with game concentrated at the waterholes, while Sossusvlei – the huge sand dunes south of Windhoek offer wonderful photographic opportunities.

Chobe National Park in Botswana is known for its very large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo. The river attracts hippo, crocodiles and a myriad of bird species.  Boat and 4x4 game viewing gives great contrasts.

In Zimbabwe we have sole use of ‘The Hide’ tented camp.  Set in acacia woodland with its own waterhole and hidden ‘hide,’ buffalo, elephant, antelope, lion and more come down to drink only a few metres away.  4x4 excursions top off the experience.

Victoria Falls concludes the tour on a high note – always a highlight. 

  • Cheetahs on Safari
  • Lions on Safari
  • Victoria Falls
  • A Giraffe and Zebras on Safari
  • Lilac Breasted Roller
  • Sossesvlei- Namibia
  • Himba Women

Your travel itinerary

Monday 13 August

Auckland - Perth

Mid-morning departure on Air New Zealand to Perth.  On arrival transfer to an inner city hotel.

Tuesday 14 August

Perth – Johannesburg

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After breakfast see the highlights of the city including Kings Park, before travelling south to Freemantle.  Explore the attractive town centre and later, make your way to the boat harbour for a lunch of fresh fish and chips (own expense)

Return to Perth via the coastal road with time to freshen up before a transfer to the airport for a late evening flight. 

Depart for Johannesburg on South African Airways. 

Wednesday 15 August

Johannesburg – Windhoek (Namibia)

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In Johannesburg change planes.  On arrival in Windhoek, transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.  Afternoon at leisure before the Welcome Dinner. 

Thursday 16 August

Windhoek

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After breakfast depart on a city tour of Windhoek with its German architecture and government buildings. Continue out of town to visit a Bushman Village. Return to Windhoek 

Friday 17 August

Windhoek – Sesriem Region

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This morning travel across the desert plains of Namibia to arrive at our accommodation in the magnificent red sand Namib dunes for a two night stay. Afternoon at leisure.

Saturday 18 August

Sossusvlei

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Before sunrise, leave the lodge to enter the park with sun rising behind us.  Part of the day will be in small 4x4 vehicles.  The day will provide wonderful photo opportunities at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Later, return to the lodge with the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Sunday 19 August

Sesreim Region – Swakopmund

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After breakfast, travel through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, taking a scenic route via the Moonlandscape and see the Welwitschia marabilis, before arriving at the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. 

Monday 20 August

Swakopmund

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Drive to Walvis Bay for a morning cruise to see the abundant sea life including seals, pelicans, flamingos and dolphins.  The afternoon is free to take an optional scenic flight along the coastline known as the Skeleton Coast or spend time in the resort town of Swakopmund.

Dinner is at a local restaurant – enjoy the occasion as there are no more towns for the next ten days!!

Tuesday 21 August

Swakopmund – Omaruru

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After breakfast, our morning journey takes us inland into Omaruru Game lodge.   

En-route visit a Bushman Village, Living Museum and see rock art before arriving at the lodge for a two-night stay.

The bungalows and chalets are located around a waterhole frequented by diverse wildlife including rhino, giraffe and zebra. Enjoy the evening soaking up the natural ambience.

Wednesday 22 August

Omaruru

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Morning free to enjoy the activities and game viewing before an afternoon game drive.

Thursday 23 August

Omaruru – Etosha Village (Etosha Park Entrance)

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Today visit a Himba Village on the way to our lodge situated adjacent to the Andersson Gate of the world-renowned Etosha National Park. 

Friday 24 August

Etosha Village – Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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Enter Etosha National Park and commence our game viewing through the south of the vast Etosha Pan.  Continue on to our accommodation in comfortable double rooms and/or bush chalets for two nights. 

Saturday 25 August

Mokuti Etosha Game Lodge

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A full day of morning and afternoon game drives – often a tour highlight. Expect the unexpected. Dinner at the lodge. 

Sunday 26 August

Etosha – Rundu

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Today travel via the mining town of Tsumeb and through the ‘Maize Triangle’ to Rundu on the Kavango River. On arrival enjoy a Sundowner Cruise on the Kavango River. 

Monday 27 August

Rundu – Caprivi Strip

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Travel east to the point where the river joins the Okavango Delta region adjacent to Botswana’s smallest and most diverse National Park – Mahandu.  

Tuesday 28 August

Caprivi Strip

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Enjoy a morning 4x4 game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve viewing trip in the National Park. 

Wednesday 29 August

Caprivi – Katimo Mulilo

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Continue travelling through the Caprivi Strip – a bird watchers paradise. This evening we overnight in a hotel overlooking the Zambezi River. 

Thursday 30 August

Katimo Mulilo – Chobe River Front (Botswana)

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Travel the short journey to Kasane, the border post to Botswana.  Change coaches and guide and continue to a lodge on the banks of the Chobe River and begin with an evening game viewing in Chobe. 

Friday 31 August

Chobe River Front

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Chobe has one of the highest elephant and Cape buffalo concentrations on earth.  Morning and afternoon game viewing which includes river viewing by boat. 

Saturday 01 September

Chobe – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

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Travel via Kasane to Victoria Falls for a two night stay. 

This evening enjoy a sundowner dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. 

Sunday 02 September

Victoria Falls

This morning experience a walking tour of the mighty Falls. The afternoon is free to choose to take a helicopter flight over the Falls, or one of the many other excursions on offer. 

Monday 03 September

Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park

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After breakfast drive to ‘The Hide’ in Hwange National Park.  At the National Park entrance transfer to 4x4 game viewing vehicles and travel to your accommodation deep in the National Park with game viewing en-route.  Arrive in time for lunch.  Settle into your accommodation in tented rooms with en-suites bathrooms, outdoor baths overlooking the waterhole.  Late afternoon game drive. 

Tuesday 04 September

Hwange National Park

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Morning and afternoon game drives with time to relax and enjoy the surroundings in between. 

Wednesday 05 September

Hwange National Park

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Morning and afternoon game drives with time to relax and enjoy the surroundings in between. 

Thursday 06 September

Hwange National Park – Victoria Falls

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After breakfast return to the National Park gate by 4x4 vehicles and transfer to the coach for our return journey to Victoria Falls.  Farewell dinner at the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel.   

Friday 07 September

Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Perth

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A leisurely morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg. 

Change planes and depart for Perth. 

Saturday 08 September

Perth

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On arrival in Perth transfer to your centrally located hotel.  Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. 

Sunday 09 September

Perth – Auckland

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Have a leisurely breakfast and day free to enjoy Perth before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight home. 

Inclusions

  • Economy Airfares Auckland – Perth – Johannesburg- Windhoek//Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Perth – Auckland
  • Twenty-four nights’ accommodation in a mix of hotel, lodge, and tented lodges – all with private facilities.
  • Breakfast daily
  • Most dinners as specified
  • Lunches in Hwange at ‘The Hide’
  • Porterage throughout
  • Bottled water in Namibia & Zimbabwe included on the coach
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
  • Tour of Windhoek and Victoria Falls
  • Sundowner cruise Victoria Falls
  • 4x4 game viewing Caprivi, Etosha, Chobe and Hwange
  • English speaking driver guides in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe
  • Escorted subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $14,849  +$2,334
Land Only (Windhoek – Victoria Falls)  -$2,200  
Business Class Upgrade +$5,575
Early Booking Discount (if deposit paid before 1/12/17 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount

$100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Airline fuel surcharges and airport taxes (approx. NZD 580)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Travel Insurance (Ask us for a quote)
  • Visa for Zimbabwe (currently USD30) – payable on arrival
  • Botswana Tourism Tax (USD30) payable on arrival

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 11 June 2018

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 11 June 2018 – loss of deposit
  • After 11 June 2018 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Weather / Climate – August Max Min
Perth 19◦c 8◦c
Swakopmund 24◦c 7◦c
Caprivi Strip 28◦c 15◦c
Victoria Falls 31◦c 18◦c
Windhoek        25◦c 9◦c
Etosha             35◦c 24◦c
Chobe 29◦c 11◦c
Hwange 27◦c 7◦c

Subdued colours are best for the game viewing and layering will be the order of the day.  The further inland, the greater the range of temperatures, hotter days and cooler nights.  It is very unusual for it to rain in August. 

- Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumentally high dunes.  One of the largest of these star-shaped mountains of sand measured from the base is said to be 325m high!  The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, make the dunes a sought- after topic for artists and photographers.  One of the most attractive sites surrounding Sossusvlei is Dead Vlei, a combination of seemingly never-ending blue skies, deep red dunes above the glare of the white clay pan that is dotted with skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees and carbon-dated between 500 and 600 years old.  The dunes are shaped by strong multi-directional winds, primarily the southwester and have three to five sinuous crests which meet at the highest point to give them their star shape. 

-The Welwitschia is a botanical curiosity and it is restricted to Namib Desert.  The Wilwitschia has characteristics of both flowering and cone-bearing plants and is classified as Gymnosperm, an ancient plant order that includes cycads and conifers.    Average sized specimens are between 500 and 600 years old, while the giant Welwitschia is estimated to be about 2000 years old.  

-Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German Government and is now 22,270km2 – one of the largest game reserves in Africa.  Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5,000km2.  For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which, on most days, shimmers with mirages.  Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop makes the Etosha game viewing experience unique.  Around 114 mammal species and about 340 bird species are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes.  These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities. 

-The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing.  Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land.  This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations. The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a two hour drive from Victoria Falls.  It is one of the greatest game reserves in Southern Africa, famous for its elephant numbers. The Chobe River and Caprivi Flood plains provide a haven for huge herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by lions, hyenas and leopards and the bird life is exceptional. 

-Victoria Falls is 1708m wide and the max drop is 107m - a magnificent sight in an unspoilt environment.  The local name is ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – (Smoke that Thunders) Be prepared to get wet!

-‘The Hide’ has its own waterhole with excellent viewing day and night – a great opportunity to relax and watch a myriad of game arriving for a drink – all taking their turn! Hwange was set aside as a National Park in 1929 and is 14,650km2.  The elephant population is one of the largest in the world and there are more than 100 mammal species and nearly 400 bird species within the park. 

 

Health and Fitness

Health

No special vaccinations are required for the tour Walking is an important part of the tour and the roads in Namibia can be bumpy and dusty. A good standard of fitness is required overall.

 

HIV / AIDS

*HIV / AIDS are prevalent in Namibia and Zimbabwe.  We will ask the group to supply their blood group so in the unlikely event of someone needing blood, we may be able to supply our own.  We have done this during the past 19 years and thankfully we have never needed to use this information.             

Documentation

  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
  • New Zealand passport holders do not require visas for Namibia (an arrival card is completed at Windhoek Airport)
  • A visa for Zimbabwe is required for New Zealand passport holders.  This is completed on arrival (USD30)
  • No visa is required for Botswana for New Zealand passport holders.  However USD30 is required for the Botswana Tourism Levy paid at the border on arrival.
  • All other passport holders please ask


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* Itinerary subject to change

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