12 Days Budget Zambia and Namibia Safari

  • Windhoek - Namutoni - Rundu - Kongola - Grootfontein

Overview

Wildly Magnificent Safari in Zambia and Namibia

Wild Wind Safaris warmly invites you to an African adventure of a lifetime and encounter an exotic experience at the exceptionally beautiful and attractive destinations in sun-filled Namibia and Zambia. You will experience unspoiled nature, sense of the wild and closeness to nature, magnificent deserts, and majestic landscapes. Just listen to the music of the savanna, watch the star-studded sky, dance to the songs of the rolling dunes, and you will find the sense of adventure infusing the heart with passion and unearthly amazement.

Highlights

  • Safari trails
  • Tour around Windhoek
  • Tour to Etosha National Park
  • Tour guide for the entire tour
  • 10 breakfasts & dinners
  • 11 nights' lodging
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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River Crossing Lodge

River Crossing Lodge consists of 20 guest chalets divided into 14 twin chalets and 6 double chalets. All chalets have en-suite bathrooms with showers, loos, and basins. Two of the chalets have been designed with honeymooners in mind and have baths instead of showers. All rooms have the feather duvets wrapped in 100% cotton, the environmentally friendly guest amenities, and the unparalleled service and hospitality to consider too. 6 chalets offer views of Windhoek and 14 face east offering superb sunrise views of the Moltkeblick Mountain.

Namutoni Resort

Namutoni Resort has 20 bush chalets with 2 beds, 24 double rooms, and camping. Other than that, you will also encounter African Fusion Restaurant, a steakhouse, bar, curio shop, jewelers and bookstore, and swimming pool.

Roy's Rest Camp

There are 5 standard rooms and 2 family rooms all with en-suite facilities and private braai areas. All rooms have air conditioning and mosquito nets. Roy's Rest Camp also offers 16 camp sites with braai facilities and hot water at the ablution block and bush kitchen. Within walking distance, there is a swimming pool, thatched dining area, bar, and curio shop.

Kaisosi River Lodge

Accommodation at Kaisosi RIver Lodge consists of thatched chalets, which are available as single, double, or family units. There are 8 twin rooms with showers and air conditioner, 4 triple rooms with a double bed plus 1 single bed, bath, and TV, as well as 4 family rooms with double bed plus 2 single beds, with bath, air conditioner, and TV.

All the bathrooms are en suite. Mosquito nets are also provided. You will also encounter 16 campsites with private shower and toilet, electricity, warm and cold water, braai area, on grass, and under trees. The camping site caters for groups of campers and caravaners, as well as for individuals and groups who require their own ablution facilities. Kaisosi River Lodge has a swimming pool and bar area, just what you need to recharge your batteries after a long tiring journey.

Day 1

Upon arrival in Namibia at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you will be taken to a drive-through tour around Windhoek. During the tour, you will see Kristus Kerk, Lutheran church, Tinten Palace, meteors at the walking street, and a settlement area called Katutura inhabited by local people. After that, you will be transferred comfortably to your safari lodge near Windhoek. You will then be able to have dinner, rest, and relax.

Day 2

You will travel 500 kilometers north to one of the most magnificent national parks of Africa, Etosha National Park. You will be immediately surrounded by the African savanna and rich, abundant wildlife. Your time spent at the waterhole will be a meditation of nature. You can observe elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, rhinos, jackals, hyenas, and zebras coming for a drink of water.

The abundance of game in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected, showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino, and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation.

Birders will love the rainy season in Etosha. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a cloud of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. Among the migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.

Day 3

On the safari trails of Etosha, you will search for wildlife freely roaming the area of the park. You will be on the look out for the big game deep into the savanna. With the eye of camera, you can capture the theater of nature. You will encounter some kinds of antelopes, such as springbuck, wildebeest, kudu, impala, gemsbok, hartebeest, oryx, and steenbuck.

You will also find magnificent African elephants, exotic giraffes, shy rhinos, playful jackals, curious warthogs, and cheeky hyenas. The display of nature will overwhelm and more than surpasses your expectations. Traveling through vast savanna, you will look for the big cats of Etosha including lion, leopard, and cheetah. After that, you will return to the camp before sunset and closing-up of the main gates of the park. Your time at the waterhole will be spent in quiet stillness of the African evening.

Day 4 - 5

From Etosha, you will travel northeast towards a small town of Grootfontain with a short visit to the largest meteor on earth, Hoba meteorite. The meteorite lies on the farm Hoba West, not far from Grootfontein, in the Otjozondjupa Region. It has been uncovered but, because of its large mass, has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at more than 60 tons, making it the largest known meteorite as a single piece and the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known at the earth’s surface.

After day’s adventures, you will rest at the lodge. On the fifth day, there will be a warm invitation to a cultural visit to Bushmen Village. You will be welcomed by these friendly and humble people. In the village, you will encounter fascinating discovery of Bushmen’s customs and their traditional way of life.

Day 6

You will be on your way to Rundu, a small town in the north of Namibia, situated at the banks of the Okavango River, bordering with Angola. You will find hippos, crocodiles, and the famous tiger fish plentifully inhabiting the waters. You will spend the night at the lodge situated by the river, in the heart of nature.

Day 7 - 8

In the morning, there will be birdwatching opportunities around the lodge. From Rundu, you will go to a small town of Kongola, traveling through lush and green Caprivi Strip, in the far northeast part of Namibia. You will arrive at the safari lodge in Bwabwata National Park in the late afternoon. The next morning, you will set out on a safari trail to track wild animals. You can encounter huge African buffaloes and gentle giant elephants inhabiting and freely roaming through this region.

Day 9

From Bwabwata National Park, you will travel to a small border town of Katima Mulilo, situated in the farthest northeast of Namibia, bordering with Zambia and Botswana. Crossing the border to Zambia, you will then travel to a small town of Livingstone to admire one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Day 10 - 11

The next two days, you will be charmed by the incredible beauty and scenery of Victoria Falls. You can admire the falls from the bridge, hiking paths, and several view points located nearby. You will then take a tour of Livingston to learn about its interesting history.

Day 12

On the final day of your safari, you will bid goodbye to the fascinating Victoria Falls. There will be plenty of time for last shopping for souvenirs at the local open-air craft market. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the Livingstone Airport (LVI) to catch a flight to a larger airport for your connecting flight.

During this safari, you will visit some places including Etosha National Park, Hoba meteorite, Bushmen Village, Okavango River, Caprivi Strip, Bwabwata National Park, Livingstone, and Victoria Falls.

Your safari will take place in Zambia and Namibia, including Windhoek, Namutoni, Grootfontein, and Rundu.

Windhoek

Your first stay will be at Tamboti Guesthouse in Windhoek. It is situated in a quiet residential area, within walking distance to the city center.

Namutoni

Your next stop will be Namutoni Resort located in the eastern side of Etosha National Park, in close proximity to the Fisher’s Pan, a hot spot for birders. It centers on an old German Fort, overlooking the King Nehale Waterhole from which visitors can enjoy views of wildlife without leaving the camp.

Grootfontein

Roy’s Rest Camp is perfectly situated on the B8 main road from Grootfontein to Rundu, 55 kilometers north of Grootfontein. It is an ideal stop over to Northern Namibia, Caprivi, and Bushmanland. The San Village is a community project in Bushmanland and is situated 86 kilometers from Roy`s on the C (44), just past the Rooidag veterinarian checkpoint.

Rundu

The Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7 kilometers east of Rundu, in the northeast of Namibia. It is situated on the banks of the perennial Okavango River and on the route to Popa Falls and the Caprivi. Rundu is one of Namibia's most beautiful landscapes and is a unique spot to visit.

During this safari, you will be served 10 breakfasts and dinners, including a dinner on the first day, breakfasts and dinners on the second to eleventh day, and a breakfast on the last day. On your second day, your buffet dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant. At Kaisosi River Lodge, your delectable meals will also be served at a thatched restaurant. You will be taken on sundowner cruises every evening and they will be happy to arrange a floating breakfast on the river if required.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • A visit to a crocodile farm
  • A visit to a historic fort
  • Bungee jumping
  • Experiencing a floodlit waterhole
  • Guided morning and afternoon game drives
  • Guided night drives
  • Helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
  • Observing crocodiles and hippos
  • Okavango River sunset cruise
  • Sundowners’ boat-cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River
  • 10 breakfasts and dinners
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • A tour guide for the entire tour
  • Namibia and Zambia safari tour
  • National park entrance fee
  • Pickup in Windhoek
  • Transport / fuel
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to the lodge after the tour
  • Additional transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Compulsory insurance
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Individually extended accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • Personal shopping
  • Scheduled flights to and from Namibia
  • Sleeping bags on camping tours
  • Snacks
  • Trip extensions
  • Visa to Namibia and Zambia
  • Water and soft drinks

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight and arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Wild Wind Safaris will pick you up. The pickup is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Hong Kong

    "Our week tour included Sossusvlei (Deadvlei is amazing!), Swakopmund and Etosha and we were really happy with the pace, coverage and accommodations at all 3 places. The drives were long, yet comfortable and stops were made to take in the scenery and for stretching our legs etc. Raymond was accommodating in every way, friendly and knowledgeable."

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  • Review by Papinek from Budapest, Hungary

    "If you prefer friendly, attentive, and up-to-the-smallest-detail elaborate tour in the southern part of Africa, go nowhere else than to Wild Wind Safaris. Not only were they professional in preparing every particular segment of our Namibia-Botswana journey, but they also paved our way to be the smoothest in all parts. Following up any eventual upcoming needs during the trip, this is what I mean under taking a good care of someone! We also made good friendship, thanks to their obliging attitude towards us. Thanks Martha and Philip."

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  • Review by Al M. from Maputo, Mozambique

    "Martha and her team at Wild Wind Safaris surpassed our expectations in planning our 8-day excursion in Namibia. They worked with our researched points of interest, paid extra attention to dietary needs, and restrictions while communicating seamlessly from initial inquiry through our departure. Our guide and driver (cheerful companion) for these eight days was Seven. He was safe and knowledgeable. We had great conversation as well as quiet moments in the expanses that make up Namibia his home. I would not hesitate to recommend Wild Winds Safaris to family and friends."

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  • Review by Jeffhail from Indiana, USA

    "From the first phone call to the handshake goodbye, Philip and Martha took care of everything I needed to have the experience of a lifetime. It was very personal and tailored to fit your needs. Philip is the best guide in Namibia."

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