Namibia Self Drive Safari Zambezi Bwabwata Region from £3095 per person - 15 Days

Namibia Self Drive Safari Zambezi Bwabwata Region

Tour Overview

Our Self Drive Safari in the  Zambezi Bwabwata Region   is like no other tour in Namibia. As well as buffalo, hippo and crocodiles this area is a bird lover’s dream with over 450 species including one of the largest colonies of carmine bee-eaters in Africa who nest along the banks of the Zambezi between August and December.

Tour Highlights

Three nights at Zambezi Mubala Lodge near Katima Mulilo
Three nights at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
And Three nights at River Dance Lodge near Divundu
Two nights at Fiume Bush Camp near Grootfontein
Two nights at Okonjima Lodge, home of the Afticat foundation
Zambezi Region
Bwabwata National Park
Mahango National Park

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Day 01:
Day 1 - Zambezi Mubala Lodge - 3 Nights

Overnight: Zambezi Mubala Lodge, near Katima Mulilo

Accommodation Type: Double Bungalow

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( Restaurant on site )

You fly into Kasane in Botswana where you will be met at the airport by our transfer colleagues who will drive you over the border to nearby Namibia. Here you will head for your accommodation for the next three nights, the Zambezi Mubala Lodge. Your 4×4 will be waiting for you there ready for your self drive adventure.
The vehicle comes with standard insurance but other levels of cover are available upon request.

Highlights: On the banks of the Zambezi, prolific birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, sunset cruises, fishing.

Day 02:
Day 2 - Zambezi Mubala Lodge.

Overnight: Zambezi Mubala Lodge, near Katima Mulilo

Accommodation Type: Double Bungalow

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( Restaurant on site )

A bird-lover’s dream, Zambezi Mubala Lodge is home to over 450 species of birds and hosts the springtime visit of one of the largest colonies of carmine bee-eaters in Africa.  These bright and cheerful visitors nest along the banks of the majestic Zambezi between the months of August and December, filling the air with sound, activity and colour as they flash crimson breasts, swooping and rising into the air in an exuberant burst of energy.
The lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi and it is just a short walk to the carmine bee eater colony along the river bank. A sunset cruise is a perfect way to end your afternoon before a sumptuous al fresco dinner in the open air restaurant.

Day 03:
Day 3 - Zambezi Mubala Lodge.

Overnight: Zambezi Mubala Lodge, near Katima Mulilo

Accommodation Type: Double Bungalow

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( Restaurant on site )

The lodge is positioned on the banks of the Zambezi and offer other kinds of activities as well as great birding. Tiger fishing here is excellent and rods can be hired at the lodge and a guide will take you out to the best parts of the river. Sunrise and sunset cruises are also very popular and there is no better way to end a day than slowly floating down the river with a sun downer in your hand watching the sun set.

Day 04:
Day 4 - Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge - 3 Nights

Overnight: Zambezi Mubala Lodge, near Katima Mulilo

Accommodation Type: Tented Bush Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

​Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system.  This unique Namibian wetland paradise in the eastern Caprivi region, is commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Lupala National Park.
The rooms are built on stilts and the decks are a perfect place to watch the elephants that often visit camp . 

Highlights: Situated inside the National Park and in Namibia’s Delta. Surrounded by pristine wetlands full of birdlife, elephants, hippos, lechwe, monkeys, crocodiles etc. Water based activities including boat and mokoro tours

Day 05:
Day 5 - Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Overnight: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Accommodation Type: Tented Bush Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Your days at Nkasa Lupala can be spent exploring the National Park which is one of the most remote and wild National Parks in the country. During the rainy season up to 80% of it is under water but between August and November the tracks are passable once more and the wildlife viewing at its best. Although it is possible to explore the area with your own 4×4 you may get more out of the experience by joining a guided tour from your lodge.

Day 06:
Day 6 - Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Overnight: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Accommodation Type: Tented Bush Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Another great way to explore the wetlands surrounding your lodge is via dug out canoe or boat. Not only is this a great way to see some of the park’s larger mammal species as they come to drink but is a perfect way to look for waterbirds and the areas famous painted reed frogs whose distinctive calls fill the air.
One of the great delights of this lodge is just sitting on your raised deck while herds of elephant graze below you or hurry down to the waters edge to drink and bathe

Day 07:
Day 7 - River Dance Lodge - 3 Nights

Overnight: River Dance Lodge

Accommodation Type: River Bank Tree Top Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner Bed & Breakfast.

​You head west this morning through the Bwabwata National Park until you reach Riverdance Lodge. This lovely lodge is built on the Okavango River and the individual wooden chalets sit amidst the tree top canopy high on the banks of the river.

From here you can drive daily to the Mahango National Park which sits on both sides of the river. The east has vast herds of buffalo on the flood plains and deep riverine woodlands which is home to many species of birds while the western side is known for its huge Baobab trees and rare sightings of wild dogs, roan and sable antelope, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephants and ground hornbills

Highlights: wild dogs, roan, sable and lechwe antelopes, over 500 species of bird including Ground Hornbills and Pels Fishing Owl. River Bank Bungalow

Day 08:
Day 8 - River Dance Lodge.

Overnight: River Dance Lodge

Accommodation Type: River Bank Tree Top Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner Bed & Breakfast

The western section of Mahango has three main roads that meet at the Botswana border. The southern road is the most beautiful and has an interesting mix of habitats that support a diverse number of both mammal and bird species that are not seen elsewhere in Namibia. This includes sable and roan antelopes, wild dog and many more.

Day 09:
Day 9 - River Dance Lodge.

Overnight: River Dance Lodge

Accommodation Type: River Bank Tree Top Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner Bed & Breakfast

On the eastern banks of the Kavango River lies the Buffalo Core side of the park which has vast floodplains full of grazing antelopes and as the name suggests large buffalo herds. There is a whole area of broad leafed woodlands that support many forest species and the wetlands abound with waterbirds.
Riverdance sits on the banks of the Okavango River opposite Angola. Boat cruises are a particular favourite here with the river housing many hippo pods and tiger fishing being ever popular

Day 10:
Day 10 - Tambuti Lodge, Rundu - 1 Night ​

Overnight: Tambuti Lodge, Rundu

Accommodation Type: Double en suite rooms

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( Restaurant on site )

​Tambuti is a small Lodge beautifully perched above the Kavango River overlooking the floodplain.  Conveniently located near Rundu town centre but in lush gardens  this is the perfect stop over en route south.
There is a small restaurant at the lodge which specialises in local traditional and international food and drinks and is popular with the locals

Day 11:
Day 11 - Fiume Bush Camp - 2 Nights

Overnight: Fiume Bush Camp, near Grootfontein

Accommodation Type: Double Tented Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and Bushmen Experience

You drive south this morning along the B1 tar road until you reach the turning for Fiume Bush Camp. From here the gravel road takes you deeper into Bushmanland until you get to the lodge.

Your 2 night stay here is all inclusive and the tented en suite chalets are within an easy walk to a working Bushman village.

Here you will have an opportunity to spend time in the village learning how this ancient tribe has survived over the centuries living off the land in one of the most challenging ecosystems in Africa

You will be accompanied by a translator from the village to help you communicate with the people and better understand their way of life

Highlights: Immersion in Bushman Village life

Day 12:
Day 12 - Fiume Bush Camp

Overnight: Fiume Bush Camp, near Grootfontein

Accommodation Type: Double Tented Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and Bushmen Experience

You will have three opportunities to visit the nearby village today. After breakfast you will learn about how the Bushmen survive in this barren land and the workings of the village before you return for lunch.
After some rest time you return once more to watch traditional crafts including how bows and arrows are made and the art of stalking and capturing the animals that are an important part of the Bushman diet. You will also learn about harvesting the nearby trees and bushes and which fruits and leaves can be used for food and medicine and which are used to poison the arrow tips whilst hunting.
Following dinner you will have the opportunity to join the villagers for a traditional evening of dancing and singing around the fire

Day 13:
Day 13 - Okonjima / Africat Foundation - 2 Nights

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp

Accommodation Type: Standard Double Bungalow

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & 3 Activities per person.

You leave the Bushmen this morning and head back to the tar road and south once more until you reach the gates to Okonjima.  The lodge lies a further 24km into the middle of the mountains and it is here you will spend your last 2 nights searching for some of the Africa’s biggest carnivores.  Options include tracking leopard and both spotted and brown hyena from an open vehicle with the aid of a telemetry and visiting the Carnivore Care Centre, headquarters of the Africat Foundation. With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to spend time out with your specialist guide in 54,000 acres of pristine bush tracking the resident carnivores who live wild and free, hunting for themselves.

Highlights: Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyena tracking in 54,000-acre reserve. Visits to the Africat Foundation’s famous cheetah, night hides and hiking.

Day 14:
Day 14 - Okonjima / Africat Foundation

Overnight: Zambezi Mubala Lodge, near Katima Mulilo

Accommodation Type: Double Bungalow

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( Restaurant on site )Plains Camp ; Standard Room Dinner Bread & Breakfast & 3 Activities per person.

Today you continue your search for Africat’s predators with both a morning and afternoon activity. Mornings are sometimes best for leopard tracking as the cats have often hunted overnight or are in search of prey in the early hours. However, your guides are the experts and will make the decision on the day to maximise your sightings.
A visit to Africat’s Carnivore Care Centre is also a must where you can learn about Africat’s amazing conservation work to save Namibia’s carnivores.

Day 15:
Return to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport.

After Breakfast you leave Okonjima and travel to the airport for your return or onward flight.

Price Includes.

  • Your Safari Self Drive Pack delivered to your home prior to departure
  • Meet and greet at Windhoek Airport
  • 4x4 Double Cab vehicle
  • Standard vehicle insurance
  • 24/7 Breakdown and Assistance
  • En-suite accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Complimentary copy of Kathryn Haylett's book "The Photographer's Guide to Etosha National Park" to help you get the most out of your trip
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance within Namibia
  • Transfer to Windhoek airport on your final day

Price doesn't include

  • International or local flights
  • All park entrance fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Fees for passports, immunisation, visas and insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks unless itemised in the itinerary

We do the work for you:

• Consultation with a member of the Your Safari Team – no obligation
• Your bespoke itinerary is then created by our Founder and Chief Guide; Kathryn Haylett
• We provide proactive advice and guidance during the process
• We work with you to create the individual experience you are looking for
• We book the vehicle and all the accommodation for you
• Remember – this costs no more than if you were to book it all yourself – we just make it a whole lot easier for you. So why not use our 20 years of expertise to help you plan your perfect self drive safari

Before you depart, we send you your Self Drive Pack which contains:

• Your full, detailed, day by day itinerary
• Rip and water proof map with handmade notations of Your Route
• Realistic travelling times between accommodation that factor in tar and gravel driving times
• Emergency Contact Telephone Numbers
• Sunrise and Sunset Times
• Hints and Tips about Namibia
• Self Drive Do’s and Dont’s
• Namibian Immigration Arrival / Departure Forms
• Accommodation, Vehicle and Activity Vouchers
• Accommodation Contact Lists
• Medical Evacuation Insurance

Our clients say:

“The trip was completely tailored to meet our needs as a group of 4 keen amateur wildlife photographers. The brief was – a camping trip to Etosha and Damaraland with a few nights of lodges along the way. The camp sites and lodges that Your Safari arranged were perfect for us. The car was well equipped with all the camping gear we needed and the roof tents were really comfortable. The lodges of course were great too and added a welcome touch of luxury now and again! Self driving in Namibia is very easy as long as you take care on the gravel roads. The pack Your Safari provided us with ahead of the trip including a road map was a really nice touch. We had some lovely wildlife sightings and came home with all our memory cards and hard drives full of pictures! We loved it so much that within a week of being home we had already contacted Your Safari to book another Namibia self drive safari for next year! I would not hesitate in recommending Your Safari – the personal attention and care they give to making sure your trip is perfect for you is second to none!”

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“Thank you again for a perfect holiday”

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/...

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Pam & Paul Boller

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/ unusual to stay. Everywhere you selected was just perfect and we met some lovely people.

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We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we...

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Beryl & Peter Comrie

We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we all enjoyed it. We had lots of fun with Ian ensuring that he caught the front legs of lions in the correct  Kathryn position. The guide - Sam - was excellent. He really loved Super Saturday and will spend for ever telling his mates about it. He was on a huge roll!

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First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now...

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First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now we have done it! Cornerstone: David and Peter had a fun game of golf. A perfect start to the trip (and easy to find). Okakambe: I know I mailed about this but Eddi, Kathrin, the horses and everyone who looked after me made a lasting impression. Erongo: A perfect peaceful place for us to settle into the trip after my riding etc. The trails are a great way to explore. Okaukuejo: Amazing! We did have some fantastic game sightings from here. Namutoni: On the way here we had great sightings of a family of 13 elephants and much more. This end of the pan seemed greener and offered more opportunities for us. Okonjima: This place is a haven and captivating. The enthusiasm of the guides and people are an inspiration. We watched a pangolin being tagged one night and saw three white rhino whilst hiding behind a bush on foot!
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We have been customers of Your Safari before and enjoyed a fantastic experience in Namibia, so when the opportunity came to take a tour with them to India on the quest for wild tigers, we jumped at it. Again the experience was fantastic. In conjunction with local guides we had a fantastic two weeks, taking in the cultural melting pot of Delhi, the elegance of Jaipur - including the imposing Amer Palace and the breath-taking majesty of the Taj Mahal. But of course the prime reason for the tour was the safari drives in the National Parks and this did not disappoint. We had excellent sightings of tigers in all three parks that we visited and took some great photographs. But there was so much more to see than tigers and we spent time in the forests observing the deer, the magnificent Gaur (largest bovines in the world), the fascinating behaviors of the Langur Monkeys and birds of all varieties, including eagles and vultures. As a special bonus, we also had sightings of the elusive Sloth Bear. India is an incredible country and you have to embrace the organised chaos at times. But the people are fantastic and friendly and we felt very safe throughout. All in all, another wonderful experience from Your Safari. (and next stop for us a self drive tour of British Columbia, arranged of course by... Your Safari.

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We have had a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. The baby in the zebra pic had been born on the road less than five minutes before we got there and Bob took this as it got up for the first time. One and a half hours later we saw it running with its mum to catch up to the herd. Magic! There were about 30 of these elephants at the water hole just as we arrived at Okaucuejo – they even came back for another show the next night - a bit before the two rhinos were squaring up for a tussle. We have so many great memories and are just getting 360, (of the 1500+ total we took), printed to make up an album. We absolutely loved walking at both Etendeka and Okonjima. We never thought you could get so close to a cheetah without being eaten alive!!! Bob got some lovely pictures of very relaxed cats! We are saving our pennies so we can go and do it all again.

“It was everything and more than what we expected”

After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and...

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After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and beyond , each one unique and interesting. We couldn't wait for the end of the day to see where we would be next! We toured Namibia plus did an animal safari which will be one of the highlights of our lives. To see wild beasts in their natural environment is truly something to treasure and appreciate. Our guides John and Jules Birch were so helpful from the minute they picked us up until they deposited us at our flight home . John's help and hints with photos enabled us to get some really great shots , his knowledge of the animals and their habits was invaluable in sightings. He and Jules were very caring and we had a lot of fun and laughs, we left as life time friends. I purchased a pair of small binoculars before we left and so happy I did. If you don't mind getting dirty, love adventure and fun and want a small group of people on your trip this is the company for you. When we return to Africa we will definitely be using Your Safari again

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Nick and I both had a fantastic holiday both with you and afterwards on our self drive adventure. Being without a camera on a specialist photographic safari might sound crazy but you, John and Trish, all made me feel happy and comfortable. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional in terms...

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