A 10 or 18-day adventure taking in the Caprivi Strip, the ancient rock art of the Tsodilo Hills, the Okavango Panhandle, Popa Falls & Linyanti Swamps ending in Victoria Falls with the chance to experience this Natural Wonder of the world. This tour takes in some of the most noteworthy places and areas the enclave has to offer. The Zambezi and Cubango Rivers, Linyanti Swamps, rock art at Tsodilo, the mighty panhandle feeding the Okavango plus the Moremi and Chobe areas of Botswana. the 17-day tour will include the Savuti, Khwai and more exploring in the Chobe and Moremi Game Reserves.
BLD – Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Day 1 – Livingstone
You will be met at Livingstone International Airport by Charles, our driver, and driven to Maramba River Lodge. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing by the pool, exploring the grounds of the lodge or going for a walk. At around 15h00 we will be collected by our transport for the short ride to the Zambezi Waterfront where we will board Lady Livingstone for a 2-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Bring your binoculars and a warm jacket. We will have dinner together where we will get to know one another, Pierre will explain the plans for the next few days. (D)
Day 2 & 3 – Katima Mulilo
With a leisurely start to the day we pack the vehicles and depart Livingstone. Passing through the National Park the scenery is one of local villages and rolling hills with the odd commercial maize farm. Arriving at Sesheke in time for lunch and some final shopping once we cross the border into Namibia and the small town of Katima Mulilo (“Quench the Fire”). Our camp is set on the banks of the Zambezi and there will be time for a sunset boat cruise before dinner. (BLD)
Day 3 to 5 – Linyanti Swamps
Departing the banks of the Zambezi we head South for the famous Linyanti Swamps and Nkasa Rupara National Park. The scenery is somewhat stark – sandy local villages struggle to eke out a living and the wildlife is ever constant. We have had good game sightings driving this road. We will be camping in the Wuparo Conservancy, the campsite is well managed with great ablutions.
Game drives, boat cruises and night drives will ensure we have great sightings. Lion, elephant, buffalo as well as lots of smaller game are abundant. (BLD)
Day 6 & 7 – Popa Falls
Departing Nkasa Rupara after a late morning breakfast will see us driving through Mudumu National Park en route the Caprivi area of Namibia. The site of once fearsome conflict this area is rich in its diversity of plant and animal life. We will stop briefly in Kongola and then West for the Kwando Core Area and the Caprivi Game Park. Once in the Divundu area we will do some exploring in Bwabwata National Park before finding our campsite on the Cubango River. After relaxing with a drink on the banks looking into Angola we will go for a sunset cruise up river to Popa Falls where we will be able to get off the boat and experience the falls. (BLD)
Day 8 – Tsodilo Hills
A morning having breakfast on the banks of the river will complete our stay here. A relaxed day will see us traversing the short distance to the Mohembo Border with Botswana. Once we have completed the border formalities it’s a 2-hour drive to our camp site at the World Heritage Site of the ancient rock art that can be found at Tsodilo Hills. Utilizing and supporting the local guides we embark on an informative tour into the hills to learn the origins of these paintings. After the tour there will be time for some self-exploration before our chef creates another delicious meal and we dine under the stars. (BLD)
Day 9 & 10 – Okavango Panhandle
Time to explore the mighty Okavango Panhandle! We depart Tsodilo and head back East to the main road. It’s a short 120 km drive to the next camp site in our adventure. Here we will camp overlooking a lagoon that is fed by the Cubango river. This water comes all the way from Angola and can number in the billions of liters annually to feed the Okavango and all her tributaries. The birding here is fantastic and for those who would like to snag a Tiger, dedicated fishing guides will help you (fishing excursions for own account). Boat cruises and mokoro trips are included, once again providing a unique perspective on this incredible natural wonder. Pierre will explain how several Graben faults, the Earths subsidence and the specific shape of the sand particles all assist in ensuring the continual flow of life giving water to this ecosystem. (BLD)
Day 11 – Maun
We break camp early for the last day of this exciting adventure. Having visited three countries its now time to rediscover civilization in Maun. We will arrive in Maun mid-morning with ample time for you to be in time for your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. If you have other plans for travel in Africa an additional night in Maun may be necessary, let us know if you would like us to arrange accommodation. (BL)
If you would like further adventure into the Chobe and Moremi visiting Savuti and Khwai….
Day 12 to 14 – Third Bridge
Departing Maun early after having stocked up on food and fuel we will depart in a Northerly direction into the wide expanses of the Moremi Game Reserve. This reserve is teeming with wildlife and sightings are rich in elephant, wild dogs, lion, buffalo, hippo and possibly leopard.
After Second Bridge we are on Mboma South Island where the opportunity of spotting rhino increases dramatically. This area is their ideal habitat. On our arrival at Third Bridge campsite we will set up camp & prepare for the arduous task of another sunset boat cruise into the waterways of the Gogathebe River. We will spend 3 nights camped here, each day exploring a different section – Jackalberry Pools, Motlaba Island, Lions Den Pools and the various pans that support the abundant wildlife. (BLD)
Day 15 to 17 – Khwai
With an early start we will pack the vehicles and set off for Khwai. The roads twist, turn, disappear, flood and get overgrown so we will need to leave enough time for all eventualities as we first make for Xakanaxa where we will have a grief stop for coffee. This route will have taken us past Maya Pools and Wild Dog Plain as well as Sitshi Pools – all great areas for wildlife sightings. Turning South East at Xakanaxa the road turns North East past Xuku Pools and eventually meets up with the main North/South road. Once at North Gate we will set up camp and take some drinks to the look-out point with binoculars and enjoy the sunset.
Over the next two days we will explore Khwai Plain, Segagama, Motswiri Plains and Mochaba. This is an extensive area with hundreds of small tracks that are worth exploring. (BLD)
Day 18 – Livingstone
After three blissful days of relaxation, game drives, delicious dinners by the fire and peaceful sleeps, it’s time to break camp. Breakfast will be pre-packed for us and we will be heading North early. Driving through Savuti, the Chobe Forest Reserve, through the small town of Kachikau where we will re-fuel and finally the Chobe Floodplains will see us to Kasane and the Kazungula border crossing into Zambia once again. Our arrival in Livingstone will be in the late afternoon and after a hearty dinner by the Maramba Lodge staff we can all rest in the comfort of a chalet tonight. (BLD)