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Epic Wildlife of Namibia & Beyond

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta
  • Swakopmund
  • Rovos Rail
  • Etosha National Park
  • Windhoek

19 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 29 Jun 2019

By way of Rovos Rail, chartered plane and 4WD safaris, discover the wildlife and landscapes of Namibia and South Africa.

Epic Wildlife of Namibia & Beyond 2019 Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Johannesburg and at The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, we are sheltered well away from the city’s commotion. Once settled in, enjoy a tour of Johannesburg, embracing the vast plains and endless skyline that mark our temporary home. The first Your World experience on offer is a tour to the township of Soweto.

At Livingstone, gateway to Victoria Falls, we spend two nights at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Doctor Livingstone, the first European to see Victoria Falls, named his discovery in honour of his monarch, Queen Victoria. However, it is also known by its indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘the smoke that thunders’. Take advantage of the Your World experience here – a helicopter flight offering a bird’s-eye view of the falls.

Chobe Game Lodge, the only residence within the park, sees us immersed in the wild bushland of Botswana. Cruising the waterways in the warm glow of sunset, we secure front-row seats to the pageantry of Africa. In open-air 4WDs we rattle away from the banks of the river in search of elephants and hippos. Back at our lodge, we kick back and enjoy the view or join our Your World experience – another game drive, by 4WD or boat.

By private charter, we land in the midst of the Okavango Delta, an intricate web of palm-fringed channels, lagoons and lush islands. At our luxury residence within the wetland, dinner is served among the delightful setting. For the next two days, we search for wildlife each morning and in the late afternoon. Open-air 4WDs take us along the island’s floodplains where leopards stalk through thick thorn scrub. Hippos bellow from faraway lagoons.

By air, we reach the windswept Skeleton Coast and spend the evening in Swakopmund, where banks of sand rush to meet the thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. In the morning, the well-appointed Rovos Rail welcomes us. On board, the pleasures of South Africa and Namibia unfold before our eyes.

We stop in Tsumeb and disembark to explore Etosha National Park. Here, nestled between camel thorn and mopani trees, Mokuti Etosha Lodge welcomes us. Etosha is one of the few places that the endangered black rhino resides, and it will be a privilege to spy the wrinkly creatures on 4WD game drives. The shimmering surface of the saline desert creates an eerie effect, the animals seemingly floating in pools.

Further south is Windhoek, where a light aircraft is waiting to carry us to Sossusvlei. From our home here, Sossusvlei Lodge, we take thrilling drives up and down the ancient dunes, and enjoy a bush dinner at our lodge’s private reserve. After a return flight to Windhoek, it’s back to our train and the settlement of Keetmanshoop. A detour takes us out to the Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground, before stopping at Fish River Canyon.

Shrouded in stories of diamond smugglers, horse rustlers and highway robberies, we get to know Upington during a stroll along Date Palm Avenue. Rolling onwards, we clamber towards the windows of our train to see the flamingos of Kamfers Dam. In Kimberley, a city tour includes the Big Hole and the Mine Museum. Our journey then draws to an end in Pretoria. From here we take a coach to Johannesburg and meet our flight home.

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