Namibia. Wild Namibia Explorer

Extend Your Stay

Contact our Southern Africa program Director for extension options to Etosha, Kunene, Cape Town, Botswana or Victoria Falls. Serra Cafema Extension - Extend your exploration of Namibia with a visit up to the far northen border of Angola and the beautiful oasis of Serra Cafema. The camp is built under the trees and in the reeds along the Kunene River and faces the mountain range in Angola from which the Serra Cafema gets its name.

Etosha Extension

Boasting a variety of plains species including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, zebra and impala as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, the vast Etosha National Park has been a protected area for over 100 years and has some of Namibia’s best game viewing. A visit to Onguma Tented Camp includes visits to Etosha National Park but more importantly it offers an exclusive game viewing experience on the expansive Onguma Reserve, a private wildlife concession on the Eastern border of the Park with over thirty different species of animals, 300 bird species and a family of black rhino.

2015 price estimate: $3250 per person

DAY 1: Arrival in Onguma

After the completion of your exciting Kaokoveld Safari, you will be transferred to the Twyfelfontein Airstrip where you will be introduced to your pilot for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Onguma Private Game reserve. Upon landing at Mokuti Airstrip you will be met by a representative of Onguma who will transfer you to Onguma Tented Camp in time for lunch. After lunch and freshening up you can embark on an afternoon game drive on the Onguma Reserve.

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha and borders Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 49,500 acres of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now also proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp. [BLD]

DAY 2-3: Etosha National Park and Onguma Game Reserve

You will spend the morning exploring the eastern section of Etosha National Park on a guided game drive before returning to Onguma for lunch. In the afternoon you have the option to join another game drive on the private reserve or you can spend the afternoon at leisure and relax at camp.

Etosha National Park covers 8600 square miles of which approximately 1900 square miles is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at over 1800 square miles in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola to induce floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.

The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Overnight for two nights at Onguma Tented Camp. [BLD]

DAY 4: Departure

Go on one last morning game drive before you depart to Windhoek. You will be transferred to Mokuti Airstrip by a representative from Onguma Tented Camp and board another light aircraft back to Windhoek in time to check in for your ongoing flight. A representative will meet you at the airport to say goodbye. [B]

Onguma Tented Camp consists of seven luxury tents overlooking a water hole

Cape Town Extension: 4 nights / 5 days

Cape Town has so much to offer with beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline along the Indian and Atlantic oceans, a cosmopolitan center and world class wine country only an hour away. This five day itinerary is a suggestion only and we would be happy to customize your days in the Cape to meet your exact interests and travel style. Please review the trip itinerary page for more information about our guide Doug Thomson and custom tours in Cape Town. 

2015 Pricing: From $1995, depending on group size

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred into the city to your accommodations for the next few days.  Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters.

Day 2: Two Oceans Coastline and Kirstenbosch Gardens 

This full day of exploration showcases the Cape Peninsula and the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Begin with a drive down the Atlantic coastline with its stunning mountain and sea views, pausing for photo opportunities along the coastal road. Stop and walk along Noordhoek beach before continuing through the valley to Kommetjie and Scarborough, little hamlets on the Atlantic Coast. At certain times of year, there is a chance to see Southern Right Whales, which come into this bay to mate and calve. A walk to the old lighthouse in the Cape of Good Hope Nature yields spectacular views of False Bay. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the coast before visiting Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins. The last stop of the day is at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where a brief time is spent walking through the magnificent display of flora the Cape has to offer. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [BL]

Day 3: Robben Island and Township Tour

Your morning tour into the Guguletu Township is an eye opening experience that allows you to interact with the African community that lives here. Learn about their lively music and native theologies on this very personalized tour run by the local community. An afternoon ferry ride takes you across the bay to Robben Island. Here you have the opportunity to learn about the history of the island, its native animals and the political prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive. Your guide on Robben Island was one of the political prisoners held captive under the old Nationalist government and shares his memories of the daily life and conditions in the prison. A half hour ferry ride takes you back to Cape Town where you set off on a leisurely hike up Lion’s Head in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]

Day 4: Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with a journey on the new Rotair cable car that takes under 5 minutes to reach the summit of Table Mountain, 1036 meters above sea level. The views of the city and surrounds are spectacular and there is a chance to walk around the top of the table to view various parts of the city. Heading away from the city, you have the rest of the day to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award wining estates that the region is famed for. Enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and a picnic lunch on the immaculate lawns of one of our favorite estates. In the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region is Spier Wine Estate where we have reserved a table for you to enjoy dinner at the Moyo Restaurant, a unique Cape African dining experience. Overnight at the Wild Mushroom Hotel in Stellenbosch. [BLD]

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flights.

Cape Cadogan

A charming 12 room hotel in a converted farmhouse just of Kloof Street which is full of cafes, and restaurants.

More Quarters

A sister hotel to the Cape Cadogan, More Quarters offers small one bedroom apartments 

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Okavango Delta Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Botswana safaris are renowned for their abundant wildlife and isolated adventure camps. Travelers can expect the full spectrum of safari outings from tracking game on foot, mokoro or vehicle. One of the largest inland deltas in the world, the Okavango Delta is fed annually by floodwaters from the far away central highlands of Angola. The slowly seeping water gives life to plants and quiet streams where hippos wallow and crocodiles lie in wait for zebra and antelope to drink along the banks. These plains game keep a watchful eye for hunting lions, hyena, and leopard in this enormous ecosystem spread over 6800 square miles.

Starting in Victoria Falls, fly over the varied land and water landscapes of the Okavango Delta based from private concessions where the number of other travelers is few. Our short Botswana extension itinerary get’s you to the heart of the delta, utilizing small safari camps hosting no more than 14 guests in 7 rooms and expert naturalist guides exceptionally familiar with the rhythms and movements of this unique wilderness environment. 

2015 Pricing: $2375 - 2730 per person based on double occupancy depending on season at Khwai Tented Camp and $3785 - $5185 per person based on double occupancy depending on season at Little Vumbura Camp

Days 1-3: Fly into the Okavango Delta

Depart Victoria Falls by vehicle this morning, crossing the border into Botswana and board a light aircraft flight in Kasane. Fly over the stretching fingers of the Okavango flood as you make your way to an intimate camps setting within the Delta. Enjoy 2 full days of game drives and boating activities within private game concessions in the Okavango Delta. Overnight for three nights at Khwai Tented Camp (Option A) or Little Vumbura (Option B).

Khwai is a private community run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve along the river Khwai. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. The river is the sole source of water for miles around attracting wildlife from afar.  As this is community run all proceeds from tourism go directly to help local people and local projects through the Khwai Community Trust. This being a community concession, guests are privy to night drives which are usually not permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserve. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. There is the added opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and enjoy an up close personal encounter with the varied flora and fauna in the area.  The vegetation here is quite different from the Western section of Moremi where great stands of leadwood and mopane woodlands occur in close proximity to open grasslands and the Khwai River. The camp has the romance of a mobile camp, where there are no permanent structures and everything can be removed to leave the wilderness exactly as we found it, having little or no impact on the environment. You will enjoy spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, with beds and private en-suite bathrooms in this remote wilderness area. This camp is furnished with bucket showers under the stars. Your toilet is also ensuite and is a flush toilet for your convenience.  Wildlife encountered include lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, as well as a multitude of other animals, including elephant, buffalo, zebra, hippo and giraffe to name a few. Overnight for three nights  at Khwai Tented Camp.

 Little Vumbura Camp is located in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta on the private and highly productive Vumbura Concession. Here the vegetation ranges from open floodplains to dense mopane bushveld - offering spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round.The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful treed islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways created both by the summer rains and the annual winter floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. Game drives in this region are incredibly productive, arriving guests often sighting their first game on the trip from airstrip to camp. The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Little Vumbura Camp are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the wild dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the african wildcat.The birding around Little Vumbura Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw. Game drives in open Land Rovers allow you to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Walks (on request) around the islands are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective. Game viewing is consistently good all year round at Little Vumbura Camp with lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango Delta. Overnight for three nights in the six roomed Little Vumbura Camp

Day 4: Fly to Maun, Botswana 

Depart the Okavango Delta today for your flight to Maun, arriving in time to connect to your onward international flight.

Option A Pricing: Khwai Tented Camp
High Season (July – Oct):  $2730
Shoulder Season (April – June):  $2375

Option B Pricing: Little Vumbura
High Season (June – Oct):  $5185
Shoulder Season (April – May):  $3785
Option A: Khwai Tented Camp
Option B:  Little Vumbura

Victoria Falls Extension: 2 nights / 3 days

Discover Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Called Mosi-oa-Tunya in the indigenous language, "The Smoke That Thunders" marks the place when the mighty Zambezi River crashes over an cliff of rock both higher and wider than Niagara Falls. On this two night exploration in Zambia, you embark on a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, sunset river cruises. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include helicopter flights, micro-light flights, canoeing, fishing, walking safaris to see Rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunia National park and white water rafting on the Zambezi River.There are daily flights to Livingstone, Zambia from Johannesburg, the air hub for travel in Southern Africa.

2015 Pricing: From $750 per person based on double occupancy at the Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or $1350-1575 per person based on double occupancy at Tongabezi (deluxe) depending on season. Includes all meals, accommodation, airport transfers and 1/2 day tour of Victoria Falls and sunset boat cruise. 

Day 1: Upper Zambezi River, Zambia

Your African adventure begins as you are met and warmly greeted at the Livingstone airport in Zambia. Transfer to Chundukwa River Lodge, where rooms look out to the Zambezi River. This afternoon take a boat cruise on the upper Zambezi where you can watch the sunset with a drink in hand.  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe) [Dinner included]

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch as the mighty Zambezi River, forced through a fissure, cascades down 300 hundred vertical feet. The spray from the falls can be powerful from May – July so be prepared for getting wet. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or partake in any additional active adventure tours in the area such as a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding (not included, at additional cost, and at your own risk).  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe). [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included]  

Please note: In addition to the above Tongabezi includes the following options: canoeing on the Zambezi, an Island lunch, a sanpan floating candlelit dinner, sunrise boating, guided bush walks, a museum tour, fishing, game drives to see the rhinos in Mosi oa Tunya National Park, and a Maramba Market visit. Of course not all of these activities can be done in one day, so consider extending a day at Tongabezi if you’d like to experience more of the area. 

Day 3: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps see some swimming elephants from the deck before your transfer by road to Livingstone airport for your departure. [Breakfast included]

Accommodation provided at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) orTongabezi (deluxe)

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"I came to see the gemsbok, desert elephant, and the rhinos and was so impressed by the beautiful striping on the mountain zebra. Most parks don't allow walking safaris or night game drives, so this trip was a rare treat in that way. I was absolutely in heaven when we had the whole Skeleton Coast to ourselves. I had a fantastic time and met many wonderful Namibians. Thanks for the life changing experience." - Cathy Egan, WI