Summary : Heighten your Africa adventure travel experience with one of the finest bush guides on the continent, Lex Hes. Combine three remarkable countries–Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia on this Africa expedition, enjoying a staggering array of wildlife, from desert rhino to Thornicroft's giraffe, via chartered aircraft and 4x4 vehicles. Each Lex Hes tour benefits from his 30 years of experience as a guide at the famous Londolozi Game Reserve and his innate knowledge and instincts about Africa. Personal encounters with the Himba people, driving through rugged Damaraland, and paddling winding river channels–it's all part of this incredible Africa tour.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Depart on your flight to Namibia.
Arrive Windhoek and transfer to the Hotel Heinitzburg. This evening gather for cocktails and dinner.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your chartered aircraft to Desert Rhino Camp. Located in a million-acre reserve, the camp boasts an outstanding wilderness experience in comfortable accommodations. The reserve's harsh countryside is punctuated with a number of fresh water springs that support healthy populations of desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann's mountain zebra, oryx, and kudu. Predators are also numerous, with the largest populations of lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyena found outside Etosha National Park. Many of Namibia's endemic bird species are found here, as well as succulent plants uniquely adapted for life in this desert. While at Desert Rhino Camp you have the opportunity for walks and drives in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia.
After breakfast, depart for Serra Cafema Camp. Arguably the most remote camp in all of southern Africa, it overlooks the Kunene River—the only permanent water source in the region, creating a lush oasis along its banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.
This region is also home to the Himba tribe, one of the last nomadic people in all of Africa. These encounters with the Himba are among the most memorable experiences of your days in Namibia. Himba families live in proximity to Serra Cafema, giving you an opportunity to visit and learn more about their lifestyle and traditions. Other activities include game drives to view herds of oryx and springbok, boating on the Kunene, hiking, and birding. For the more adventurous, one of the highlights of Serra Cafema is guided quad-bike excursions allowing you to visit the massive sand dunes near camp.
The next destination is the ideal location for the activities in Etosha National Park. Ongava Tented Camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha in a privately-owned reserve. Etosha, "the place of dry water," offers one of the great wildlife experiences remaining in Africa. Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan 80 miles long and is Namibia's premier game-viewing destination.
Ongava is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where you may see white and black rhino, and the area holds good populations of lion, eland, mountain zebra, black-faced impala, a number of other antelope species, and a host of birdlife. In addition to your daytime activities, enjoy game walks and nighttime game drives.
After breakfast depart Ongava by charter flight to Vumbura Plains. Vumbura lies in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. Explore the camp’s flood plains via mokoro (dug-out canoe) guided by polers from the BaYei tribe, who have been using them as their traditional form of transport for hundreds of years. Water levels permitting, boats take you into the larger and deeper areas of water while 4x4 vehicles allow you to get in proximity to animals in the savanna areas. Wildlife sightings may include lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and various species of antelope.
After a morning activity and brunch, depart Vumbura by private charter to Chitabe Camp, situated on one of the most beautiful of the Okavango Delta’s islands. Explore open floodplains, wooded islands, and lagoons harboring an outstanding assortment of African wildlife. Game viewing is excellent, and, along with local guides, ride in open 4x4 vehicles or go on foot in search of buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lechwe, zebras, and hippos. Wild dogs are also a possibility here. In addition to morning and afternoon game drives, you may also have the option of night safaris, using spotlights to seek out rare nocturnal species.
Following morning activities and brunch travel to the Linyanti area and spend two full days at DumaTau Camp, which overlooks a large hippo-filled lagoon, providing a rich backdrop of African wildlife with its resident birds and mammals, which come and go throughout the day. The Linyanti Reserve, 776 square miles of unspoiled wilderness, is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population, which can reach enormous densities. The area is also home to large numbers of lechwe, kudu, sable, roan, waterbuck, and buffalo. With this multitude of prey, all of the major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena are regularly sighted in the area. Diverse activities allow you to spend time on the water (water levels permitting) and on land, during day and night game drives.
After brunch and one last excursion in Botswana, depart for your final destination and country—Zambia. Your home base for exploring the impressive variety of terrain and intense concentrations of wildlife is the elegant Chichele Lodge. Excursions bring you into proximity with the park’s 60 animal species, including the graceful Thornicroft’s giraffe—endemic to this area—and at least 400 species of birds. South Luangwa’s leopard population is the densest in Africa, sustained by antelope species such as bushbuck, puku, and kudu. Search for wildlife during game drives and walks, while nighttime drives give you a chance to spot nocturnal animals such as genet, civet, serval, hyena, and bush baby.
After brunch, board your charter flight to Lusaka to connect with your independent homeward flights. Arrive in the USA the next day.
All accommodations and group meals including selected beverages with lunch and dinner as outlined in the itinerary; group transfers; game-viewing activities: guide fees; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; transfers as outlined in the itinerary; services of resident professional naturalist guides in each safari camp and lodge, and while on sightseeing excursions; all gratuities; charter air transportation beginning on departure from Windhoek on Day 3 through arrival in Lusaka on Day 20; emergency medical coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000)*; evacuation coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000)*.
All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges (see luggage restrictions below); airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.