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

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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
With 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 1
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 2
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 3
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 4
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 5
Day 5 - Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Overnight:

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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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. 

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
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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!”

Weather Today

Katima Mulilo32°CPartly Cloudy
SUNRISE05:43
SUNSET18:53 CAT
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