05 – 20 March 2018
Diverse verdant green landscapes, dramatic skies, unspoilt wilderness with game, bird-life, insects attracted by the fruiting trees and lush vegetation. We visit Northern Namibia, the Etosha National Park and the Zambesi region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Kwando/Linyanti delta continuing to Botswana, the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Namibia and Botswana are two of the last adjoining unpopulated wildernesses and are very safe destinations. Both countries aim for low density, high quality tourism. We have included a day to visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, now with its infrastructure and economy improving.
The Okavango Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa. These waters fan out into the Delta, forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands which support a rich diversity of fauna and flora. The waters eventually disappear in the Kalahari Desert.
Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at a lodge to enjoy the activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia and is a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of the flora and fauna is excellent.
The group is small, maximum ten guests. We travel in a coach well-built for the terrain and comfortable. Flights are with South African Airways and the local private charter, Moremi Air, for the Delta.
The climate is very pleasant in March, the days are warm (about 24°C) and the nights cooler. Frequent short-lasting rainfall early in the evening.
Insect repellent is essential though it is low season for mosquitoes. Malaria protection is highly recommended (Malarone has been tried and tested by Susan: no side effects and full protection). The tented lodges have insect screens and ceiling fans.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner).
Lunches in the form of brunch are provided on return from a game drive or boat ride on days when we are based in the Lodge. Tea and cakes are often served in the afternoon followed by dinner. When we are travelling between lodges we stop for a light snack en route (not included).
Wifi is available in the lodges though not always reliable; but no connection, nor telephone use, is possible in the Delta at Rra Dinare Camp.
Both Namibia and Botswana are very safe; the indigenous people are most friendly and helpful. English is spoken everywhere. Zimbabwe is returning to a friendly, tourist-orientated country.
Dry daytime heat, cooler at night. Travel days quite extensive in comfortable, air conditioned vehicle. Some walking.