Pygmy Mouse Self-drive Safari

Pygmy Mouse Self-drive: In full

Discover the wildlife highlights of Namibia and Botswana on this 19-day self-drive safari, finishing at the Victoria Falls. From Namibia’s Etosha National Park and Caprivi Strip to Botswana's Okavango Panhandle and Chobe National Park, this trip is a real adventure.


Day 1

1 night at Elegant Guesthouse (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

The Elegant Guesthouse is situated in the residential area of Klein Windhoek.On arrival in Windhoek you'll clear customs before collecting you hire car. It is then a 45-minute drive from the airport into the Namibian capital . During the afternoon, relax at your guesthouse in the quiet suburb of Klein Windhoek or wander around the city before enjoying dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Days 2-3

2 nights at Cheetah View Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

Cheetah View Lodge is the Cheetah Conservation Fund's new lodge situated in the central highlands.This morning, your African adventure begins in earnest as you head north out of Windhoek through the Central Highlands towards Cheetah View Lodge, owned by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). With two nights here you will learn about the CCF's work to protect Namibia's carnivores,,and will have the opportunity for some wonderful up-close encounters with their resident cheetah, which cannot be released back into the wild.

Days 4-5

2 nights at Okaukuejo Camp (bed & breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp is found inside the Etosha National Park.Continuing north you’ll reach your destination, Etosha National Park. The next two nights will spent inside the park at Okaukuejo Camp, the perfect base for driving around the park’s well-marked and easy-to-navigate sand tracks in your own vehicle. The camp also has a fantastic floodlit waterhole, one of the most prolific in the country.

Days 6-7

2 nights at Mushara Outpost (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

The main area at Mushara Outpost has been built in the style of an old farmhouse...Today you have a whole day to drive slowly east through Etosha, perhaps breaking your journey for lunch at one of the other camps within the park. Just outside the Namutoni Gate you’ll find Mushara Outpost, from where you can continue your search for wildlife in the park, either on your own or with one of the lodge’s knowledgeable guides at an additional cost.

Day 8

1 night at Hakusembe River Lodge (half board) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Leaving Etosha behind you'll see a dramatic change in the landscape as you head from Namibia's relatively dry interior towards the more fertile Caprivi Strip, or Zambezi Region. The roads from Mushara to the small town of Rundu are good-quality sealed tar, making progress easy. Tonight you stay at Hakusembe Lodge on the banks of the Kavango River, a good overnight stop before setting off down the Caprivi Strip.

Days 9-10

2 nights at River Dance Lodge (half board) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

River Dance Lodge is nestled in riverine forest on the banks of the Kavango River.From Rundu it is an easy drive to your next stop, River Dance, a charming small lodge that’s also on the banks of the Kavango. From here you can go out on the river with one of the lodge’s guides, or learn more about the birds from Tino, the lodge owner and himself a keen birder. This is also a good staging post to explore both Mahango National Park and the western reaches of the Bwabwata National Park.

Days 11-12

2 nights at Shakawe River Lodge (half board) | North-west Kalahari & Panhandle, Botswana

Each of the Chalets at Shakawe River Lodge has a picturesque views of the river.Today you head south-east, passing the town of Divundu where you could stop off at the Popa Rapids. Continue through Mahango National Park to the Botswana border at Mohembo, then on through the town of Shakawe to Shakawe River Lodge. Your two nights in this exceptional area for birdwatching and fishing.will allow you to explore the Okavango Panhandle by boat and get a feel for the world- famous Okavango Delta.

Days 13-14

2 nights at Jackalberry Tented Camp (full board & activities) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

The main area of Jackaberry Camp is built around a large Jackalberry tree...From Shakawe you cross back into Namibia and follow your tracks back to Divundu before turning east through the Bwabwata National Park. Your destination tonight is Jackalberry Camp in the Nkasa Rupara National Park, close to the Linyanti River. Access to the camp involves some fairly adventurous 4WD tracks, so you will leave your vehicle at the village of Sangwali and be transferred to camp by one of their guides. During your two nights here, you’ll head out with a guide by vehicle and/or boat to discover the highlights of this remote corner of Namibia.

Days 15-16

2 nights at Garden Lodge (half board) | Chobe National Park, Botswana

Garden Lodge a great stop for self-drive travellers wishing to visit Chobe & Victoria Falls.After a couple of nights in the wilderness you will be reunited with your hire vehicle at Sangwali before heading via Katima the Ngoma Border Post. Once back in Botswana it is an easy drive to Kasane, where you'll drop off your vehicle. From here it’s a short transfer to Garden Lodge, from where your guide will take you in search of the wildlife of Chobe National Park by boat and/or game-drive vehicle.

Days 17-18

2 nights at Ilala Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Ilala lodge is situated just 10 minutes walk from Victoria Falls...This morning you will be transferred in a shared vehicle from Kasane to Victoria Falls Town, in Zimbabwe. Two nights here will give you time to take in the majesty of the Falls, as well as to wander round the town, and perhaps take part in one or more activities, from helicopter flights to bungee jumping. Ilala Lodge is ideally located: close to the Falls and the amenities of the town, and a perfect last stop on your African adventure.

Day 19

There's usually time for a leisurely morning before you are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with your own onward arrangements

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