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8 Days Cruise Safari in Botswana and Namibia

Windhoek - Grootfontein - Divundo - Caprivi Strip, Namibia; Chobe River, Botswana

Amazing Botswana and Namibia Safari

If you are looking for an exceptional safari, joining this 8-day tour with Nali Safaris will be perfect for you. Taking part on this safari will make you regret nothing. This safari will also take you on cruises to enjoy the spectacular game viewing along Kavango, Kwando, and Chobe River. Feel the excitement of the perfect safari cruise experience!

Highlights

  • Game drive in Mahango Game Park
  • Game viewing on cruise on different rivers
  • Visits to Mafwe Living Museum and Hoba Meteorite
  • Complimentary activities while on Zambezi Queen cruise
  • A service of professional and friendly guides / drivers
  • Return airport transfers from and to the airport
  • Daily delicious breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

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6 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

On this retreat you will be staying at Safari Court Hotel or similar, Peace Garden Lodge, Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa, and Lianshulu Lodge for one night each and on Zambezi Queen cruise for two nights.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you are met by a tour guide from Nali Safaris and you will be transferred to your hotel in Windhoek with the remainder of your afternoon at leisure.

  • Accommodation: Safari Court Hotel or similar
  • Meals: breakfast

Day 2: Windhoek to Grootfontein Town

Departing from Windhoek, the journey will take you through Okahandja and one of the biggest woodcarver markets in Namibia before continuing via Otjiwarongo towards your lodge in Otavi. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.

  • Accommodation: Peace Garden Lodge
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Grootfontein to Divundu Area

Continuing north to Rundu, you will stop at the Hoba Meteorite for viewing and photography. The landscape now becomes more rural and lush. Arriving at your lodge near Mahango Game Park, you then freshen up before embarking on a spectacular game viewing sunset cruise on the Kavango River. You will return to the lodge in time for dinner.

  • Accommodation: Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Divundu Area to Caprivi Strip

Today, it will require an early start in order to make the most of the day. This morning, you will drive into the Mahango Game Park early enough to find the game still active along the scenic flood plains. Returning to the lodge, you resume your journey this time to the Popa Falls, a series of rapids formed by the Kavango River.

The route takes you through the Caprivi Game Reserve for a picnic lunch before heading for your lodge near Mudumu National Park. Here, you will enjoy a stunning game-viewing cruise on the Kwando River before dinner.

  • Accommodation: Lianshulu Lodge
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Mudumu National Park

Starting off day four, you have the opportunity to join a cultural tour at the Living Museum of the Mafwe people for an authentic and fascinating insight into the life and traditional culture of this tribe. You will return to the lodge for a relaxed afternoon before joining the afternoon cruise.

  • Accommodation: Lianshulu Lodge
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Mudumu National Park to Zambezi Queen - Kasane / Botswana - Monday / Wednesday

The tour continues to the town of Katima Mulilo on the banks of the Zambezi River where you will stop for lunch before continuing to the Namibia / Botswana border before reaching Kasane via the Chobe National Park. You will stay overnight in a lodge on the banks of the Chobe River from where you will do a late afternoon game-viewing cruise where large herds of elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and an abundance of birds can be seen.

Today, you will board the spectacular Zambezi Queen for the last leg of your journey. Please note that should you arrive at Chobe Marina Lodge before 13:00, you will remain in the comfort of the lodge where you are able to relax in the air-conditioned riverside lounge offering Zambezi Queen clients a complimentary coffee station.

You can also make use of the public areas and use the complimentary Wi-Fi of the hotel before the Zambezi Queen staff collects you from the Riverside Lounge at 13:00 to transfer you to Zambezi Queen. Please note that all drinks and food ordered other than what is on offer at the coffee station will be for your own account to settle before you depart to the Zambezi Queen.

At 13:00-16:00, you will arrive at Chobe Marina Lodge (Riverside Lounge) located close to Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River. You will enter through the reception of the Chobe Marina Lodge and look out for the ZQ sign pointing you to the Riverside Lounge.

The meet and greet staff will meet you and assist you with your immigration forms. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available in the comfort of the Riverside Lounge. Your luggage will be taken by the Zambezi staff and transferred to your Zambezi Queen suite.

  • Boat transfer: Chobe Marina Lodge - Kasane Immigration Office
  • Passport control: Kasane Immigration Office as you are exiting Botswana
  • Boat transfer: Kasane Immigration Office - Namibia Immigration Office
  • Passport control: Namibia Immigration Office as you are entering Namibia
  • Boat transfer: Namibia Immigration Office - Zambezi Queen

Please note that Kasane Immigration Office and Namibia Immigration Office close at 16:30, thus all passengers must arrive before 16:00 at Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River. Passengers embarking before 14:00 will be served a buffet lunch on board Zambezi Queen. Passengers embarking after 14:30 will be served a snack on board Zambezi Queen.

Welcome on board the world-class Zambezi Queen. You will enjoy an afternoon sail on either the main vessel or on tender boats.

At 19:00, you will have a safety briefing by the captain followed by three-course set-menu dinner on-board Zambezi Queen commences at 19:30. The generator shuts down and the inverter system kicks in (only reading lights and LED lighting available) at 22:00. You will enjoy a quiet African night.

  • Accommodation: Zambezi Queen
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Zambezi Queen, Chobe River - Tuesday / Thursday

At 06:00, generator starts up and you are now able to charge your electronic devices. Coffee and tea are available in the dining or lounge area on the upper deck.

At 07:30, breakfast commences on board the Zambezi Queen. After breakfast, you have the option of one of the activities, such as water based game viewing on tender boat, fishing from fishing boat, or local village tour in Namibia.

You will return for lunch on board Zambezi Queen, rest, and relaxation. You will enjoy the pool deck or spend time in the lounge as you view the river and the wildlife around you. In the afternoon, you have the option of one of the activities, such as water based game viewing on tender boat or fishing from the fishing boat.

Traditional African dinner on board the Zambezi Queen, including African singing and dancing, at 19:30. At 22:00, generator shuts down and the inverter system kicks in (only reading lights and LED lighting available). You will enjoy a quiet African night.

  • Accommodation: Zambezi Queen
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Zambezi Queen to Kasane / Botswana - Wednesday / Friday

At 06:00, generator starts up and you are now able to charge your electronic devices. Coffee and tea are available in the dining or lounge area on the upper deck.

At 07:30, you will enjoy breakfast on board the Zambezi Queen. Please note that Kasane Immigration Office and Namibia Immigration Office opens at 07:30. At 08:30-10:30, You will disembark the Zambezi Queen depending on onward arrangements.

  • Boat transfer: Zambezi Queen - Namibia Immigration Office
  • Passport control: Namibia Immigration Office as you are exiting Namibia
  • Boat transfer: Namibia Immigration Office - Kasane Immigration Office
  • Passport control: Kasane Immigration Office as you are entering Botswana
  • Boat transfer: Kasane Immigration Office - Chobe Marina Lodge

You will be escorted to the Riverside Lounge. Please note that should you depart Chobe Marina Lodge after 11:00, you will be taken to the Riverside Lounge where you will be able to relax in the air-conditioned lounge, make use of the public areas, and use the complimentary Wi-Fi of the hotel before your transfer company collects you from the lodge reception.

All drinks and food, other than the Zambezi Queen coffee station items, will be for your own account and need to be settled before your departure. You will then be transferred to Kasane Airport (BBK) for your onward flight to Johannesburg.

Included excursions

You have an option for fishing from the fishing boat or local village tour in Namibia during your tour on Zambezi Queen.

Location

This safari will take place in various locations including Windhoek, Grootfontein Town, and Caprivi Strip in Namibia. You will also be taken to explore Kavango River, Kwando River, and Chobe River.

Food

This package includes 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners. In addition on day 6, if you embark before 2 p.m., you will be served a buffet lunch on board Zambezi Queen. However, if you embark after 2.30 p.m., you will be served a snack on board Zambezi Queen. Should you require special diets, vegetarians, or allergic to any food stuffs, please inform Nali Safaris well in advance prior to your departure from home.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • A cultural tour at the Living Museum of the Mafwe people
  • A morning game drive into the Mahango Game Park
  • A visit to Popa Falls
  • All meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Airport drop off to Kasane Airport (BBK)
  • Complimentary activities while on Zambezi Queen
  • Game viewing on cruise along the Kwando River
  • Late afternoon game viewing on cruise along Chobe river
  • Park and entrance fees
  • Porterage
  • Services of guide/driver
  • Sunset game viewing on cruise along Kavango River
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle

What's not included

  • Any activities not mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips, souvenirs, and personal insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Nali Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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