Leopard laying on African savanna in Namibia

Wonders of Caprivi Safari: Eight Game Reserves in Two Weeks

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Central Highlands, Okonjima Reserve, Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha National Park...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Off the beaten track and brimming with highlights, this unique journey takes you across Namibia to the majestic Victoria Falls. Eight unique national parks and game reserves are included, each unveiling the captivating beauty and dramatic wildlife of the country. You won't see other tourists and it's a truly regal experience. Rugged, wild, and bursting with inimitability, this itinerary symbolizes the very best of Southern Africa.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit eight different national parks and game reserves, each indelibly distinct and thriving with Africa's great wildlife
  • Receive intimate encounters with leopards and cheetahs in the Okonjima Reserve
  • Lace up the boots and walk with endangered white rhinos in Ongava, the serenity and thrill epitomizing this whole Caprivi adventure
  • Game drive to the unexplored corners of Etosha National Park and discover the over 100 mammal species that call it home
  • Hop along the Caprivi Strip, stopping at four inimitable national parks and immersing yourself in the world's greatest elephant migration route
  • Gaze up at Popa Falls, canoe alongside hippos in Bwabwata, and discover the wandering herds of Nkasa Rupara and Mudumu National Parks
  • Helicopter ride above the cacophonous Victoria Falls, and then admire the “smoke that thunders” from eye level 

Detailed Description

The Caprivi is Namibia's panhandle, a long thin strip of land that separates Botswana and Angola. People need passports to pass through it. Elephants and migratory herds do not. National parks cover the Caprivi, havens for the nomadic mammals that continually move between four of five different countries. Elephants, hippos, big cats, zebra reside here, and that's just the start of the fun. This itinerary bursts with highlights, from walking with white rhinos in Ongava to the majestic Victoria Falls, tracking animals with Bushmen to canoeing past hippos. And it's all blissfully away from any standard trail. You're alone in these great swathes of Namibian wilderness, soaking up nature's theater from the only seat in the house. Short distances between destinations ensure no day is wasted, and the reserves' distinctiveness keeps the experience fresh at all times.

You start in the capital city Windhoek, journeying north and then east across the Caprivi. It's just over 1,000 miles to Victoria Falls, and you've got seven different reserves and national parks en route. Forget the stereotypical impressions of African roads, it's good tarmac the whole way, except for when you're exploring the parks. Then it's real off-road adventure. Start with the abundant leopards and cheetahs in the Central Highlights, crafty predators that stalk antelope on the fertile savannah. White rhinos await you in Ongava Game Reserve and you'll be admiring them from ground level, a thrilling walking safari bursting with intimacy and authenticity. Safaris in Etosha National Park are always unpredictable, 100 plus mammal species vying for your undivided attention. Perhaps you’ll spy the prowling lions crossing the salt pan, a dozen antelope species encircling your lodge, or the lonely paw prints of hyenas in the grass.

That's just the northern part of the adventure. On day six you head east, arriving in the Caprivi Strip and acquainting yourself with the picturesque rivers that run through it.  Over the next five days you hop down the Caprivi, stopping at four unique national parks. Start the day with a sunrise game drive, drive an hour or so to the next park, enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a view, then head out for a new safari experience when the sun cools. This is the world's great elephant migratory route, the pachyderms often seen crossing the main road. Explore hidden waterfalls in Popa, discover rare delights in Mahangu, cruise along the river and get intimate with hippos in Bwabwata, and soak up the diverse habitats along this fertile stretch of Namibia. The herds migrate all year round, so there's no bad time to be here.

So why is Caprivi so off the beaten track? It has boutique luxury camps in the heart of the wilderness, a stunning array of wild game, and a delightful impression of Africa's diversity. Here is a sophisticated infrastructure married with raw safari indulgence. But when you're lounging in the serene camp, watching springbok skip past and listening to nature's call, you don't really care why so few tourists visit Caprivi. You are just delighted that they don't. With seven parks down you cross the border to Zambia and gaze at the gushing Zambezi River. Even now elephants and baboons can be seen from your lodge. Follow the river downstream and the thunderous sounds of Victoria Falls provide three days of captivation. Get soaked by the spray, peer down into the abyss, and be overawed by the “smoke that thunders.” Rounding off the adventure in style is a helicopter ride above the falls, a last dramatic glimpse of this unadulterated piece of Africa.

Starting Price

$6,295 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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