Windhoek to Maun 18 Days

  • Destination: Central Kalahari, Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Maun, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Savute
  • Duration: 18 days
  • Runs On: Monday
  • Price: $3500
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Windhoek To Maun 18 Days

Windhoek  is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level. The population of Windhoek in 2012 was 322,500, growing continually due to an influx from all over Namibia.

The town developed at the site of a permanent spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community. However, in the decades thereafter multiple wars and hostilities led to the neglect and destruction of the new settlement such that Windhoek was founded a second time in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von François.

 

Included  

Camping tents with ensuite bush ablutions

All Transfers as per itinerary

All meals (dinner breakfast & Lunch)

Drinks, Wines & mineral Water

Park Fees for activities on itinerary

Professional Guide & Safari Vehicle

Trip Highlights

Namibi Desert

Etosha National Park

Chobe National Park (Game drives & Cruises

Bushmen Walk ( Basarwa Tribe

Savuti (  Game Drives

Okavango Delta

Moremi Game Reserve ( Game Drives

Excludes

• Visas
• Graduities and personal shopping

Notes

• This tour will be 18 days long
• Minimum Pax 2


  Windhoek  to Maun 16 Days

Day  1

Windhoek  is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level. The population of Windhoek in 2012 was 322,500, growing continually due to an influx from all over Namibia.

The town developed at the site of a permanent spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community. However, in the decades thereafter multiple wars and hostilities led to the neglect and destruction of the new settlement such that Windhoek was founded a second time in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von François.

Windhoek is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every Namibian national enterprise, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered there.

The city of Windhoek is traditionally known by two names: ǀAiǁGams, (Khoekhoe: hot springs) and Otjomuise[2] (Otjiherero:place of steam). Both traditional names reference the hot springs near today’s city centre.

Theories vary on how the place got its modern name of Windhoek. Most believe it is derived from the Afrikaans word Wind-Hoek (wind corner). Another theory suggests that Captain Jonker Afrikaner named Windhoek after the Winterhoek Mountains at Tulbagh in South Africa, where his ancestors had lived. The first mention of the name Windhoekoccurred in a letter from Jonker Afrikaner to Joseph Tindall, dated 12 August 1844.[3]

 

 Trip Highlight; City Tour( included )

Accommodation: Hotel Safari

  Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day
 

Excluded: Dinner

 

 WINDHOEK TO SESRIEM

DAY  2

 When we arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking geckos

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a national park of Namibia encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 (19,216 sq mi), the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world.[1] The most well-known area of the park is Sossusvlei, which is the main visitor attraction in Namibia.

A surprising collection of creatures survives in the hyper-arid region, including snakesgeckos, unusual insects, hyenas,gemsboks and jackals. More moisture comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean than falls as rain, with the average 106 millimeters of rainfall per year concentrated in the months of February .

The winds that bring in the fog are also responsible for creating the park’s toweringsand dunes, whose burnt orange color is a sign of their age. The orange color develops over time as iron in the sand is oxidized, like rusty metal; the older the dune, the brighter the color.

These dunes are the tallest in the world, in places rising more than 300 meters (almost 1000 feet) above the desert floor. The dunes taper off near the coast, andlagoonswetlands, and mudflats located along the shore attract hundreds of thousands of birds.

‘Namib’ means open space and the Namib Desert gave its name to form Namibia – “land of open spaces”. The park was established in 1907 when the German Colonial Administration proclaimed the area between the Swakop River and theKuiseb River a game reserve. The park’s present boundaries were established in 1978 by the merging of the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park and parts of Diamond Area 1 and some other bits of surrounding government land.

The park has some of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world, and covers an area of 49,768 km2(19,216 sq mi). It’s an area larger than Switzerland (41,285 km2), roughly the size of the US states New Hampshire andVermont combined. The region is characterised by high, isolated inselbergs and kopjes (the Afrikaans term for rocky outcrops), made up of dramatic blood red granites, rich in feldspans

 

SESRIEM TO SOLITAIRE

DAY 3

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei.    Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currentlyfeatures the only gasoline station, post office, bakery, and the only general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as to the capital Windhoek. Solitaire belongs to the Windhoek Rural electoral constituency.,It is also famous of the Apple Pie .

Solitaire is known in The Netherlands because of the book of the same name by Dutch author Ton van der Lee dealing with his stay in this place.

 

Trip Highlight; Sesriem Canyon,Dune 45,Sossusviel

Accommodation: Camping Sesriem Campsite (inside National Park)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day
 

SOLITAIRE TO SWAKOPMUND

DAY 4

 Swakopmund (German for “Mouth of the Swakop”) is a city[2] on the coast of western Namibia, 280 km (170 mi) west ofWindhoek, Namibia’s capital. It is the capital of the Erongo administrative district. The town has 44,725 inhabitants and covers 193 square kilometres (75 sq mi) of land.[3] The city is situated in the Namib desert and is the fourth largest population centre in Namibia.

Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour forGerman South-West Africa, and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.[citation needed]

Buildings in the city include the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909. The Woermannhaus, built in 1906 with a prominent tower, is now a public library. Attractions in Swakopmund include a Swakopmund Museum,[4] the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River. Outside of the city, theRossmund Desert Golf Course is one of only five all-grass desert golf courses in the world. Nearby lies a camel farm and theMartin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 and abandoned in the desert.

Swakopmund lies on the B2 road and the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. It is served by Swakopmund Airportand Swakopmund Railway Station

 

The Herero called the place Otjozondjii.[5] The name of the town is derived from the Nama word Tsoakhaub (“excrement opening”) describing the Swakop River in flood carrying items in its riverbed, including dead animals, into the Atlantic Ocean. However, Prof. Peter Raper, Honorary Professor: Linguistics, at the University of the Free State points out that the name for Swakopmund is based on the San language, namely from “xwaka” (rhinoceros) and “ob” (river).[6] The German settlers changed it to Swachaub, and when in 1896 the district was officially proclaimed, the version Swakopmund (German: Mouth of the Swakop) was introduced.[7]

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at Moon Lndscape, we stop also at  Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Trip Highlight;

 Accommodation: Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

SWAKOPMUND

DAY 5

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available which a offered here

SWAKOPMUND TO SPIZKOPPE

DAY 6

The Spitzkoppe is a  German word meanig”pointed dome”; also referred to as SpitzkopGroot Spitzkop, or the “Matterhorn of Namibia“), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos andSwakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1,784 metres  5,853 ft  above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700 m 2,300 ft above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1,584 m 5,197 

 

 we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape

Trip Highlight; City Tour( included

 Accommodation: Camping in Spitzkoppe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 100kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1Hr 30min

 

 SPIZKOPPE  TO KHORIXAS VIA PERTRIFIED FOREST

 

DAY 7

 

Welwitschia mirabilis  is the only member in the family Welwitschiaceae and is one of the more bizarre plants on the planet.  It was named after Friedrich Welwitsch, an Austrian naturalist who explored Africa in the 1800’s.  Welwitschia is the most incredible plant that he encountered.  It is native to a strip of land about 50 miles wide and over 500 miles in length along the coast of the Namib Desert.
In habitat, these plants get less than one inch of rainfall per year.  But because of a cold, coastal ocean current, this area also gets a regular fog, adding almost another two inches of precipitation.  As a result, these plants in nature are slow growing and can live to be 2000 years old!!  They are coning plants with male and female cones on separate plants Female cones below; male cones middle right.  They produce only two true leaves in their lifetime and those leaves continually grow from the base, all the while, dying back and drying off at the tips.

 

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.  The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.  There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Trip Highlight; City Tour( included

Accommodation: Camping in Khorixas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 350kms
Approximate Driving Time:

KHORIXAS TO KAMANJAB

DAY 8

The Himba’ (singular: OmuHimba, plural: OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people[1] living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola.[1]There are also a few groups left of the Ovatwa, who are also OvaHimba, but are hunters and gatherers. The OvaHimba are a semi-nomadic, pastoral people, culturally distinguishable from the Herero people in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and speak OtjiHimba (a Herero language dialect), which belongs to the language family of the Bantu.[1] The OvaHimba are considered the last (semi-) nomadic people of Namibia.

Subsistence economy

The OvaHimba are predominantly livestock farmers who breed fat-tailed sheep and goats, but count their wealth in the number of their cattle.[1] They also grow and farm rain-fed crops such as maize and millet.[1] Livestock are the major source of milk and meat for the OvaHimba, their milk-and-meat nutrition diet is also supplemented by maize cornmeal, chicken eggs, wild herbs and honey. Only occasionally, and opportunistically, are the livestock sold for cash.[1] Non-farming businesses, wages and salaries, pensions, and other cash remittances make up a very small portion of the OvaHimba livelihood, which is gained chiefly from their work in conservancies, old-age pensions, and droughtrelief aid from the government of Namibia.[1]

Daily life

Women and girls tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men and boys do, such as carrying water to the village, earthen plastering the mopane wood homes with a traditional mixture of red clay soil and cow manure binding agent, collecting firewood, attend to the calabash vines used for producing and ensuring a secure supply of soured milk, cooking and serving meals, as well as artisans making handicrafts, clothing and jewelry.[1] The responsibility for milking the cows and goats also lies with the women and girls.[1] Women and girls take care of the children, and one woman or girl will take care of another woman’s children. The men’s main task is preoccupied tending to the livestockfarming, herding where the men will often be away from the family home for extended periods, animal slaughtering, construction, and holding council with village headmen.[1]

Members of a single extended family typically dwell in a homestead (onganda), a small family-village, consisting of a circular hamlet of huts and work shelters that surround anokuruwo (sacred ancestral fire) and a central enclosure (kraal) for the sacred livestock. Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their veneration of the dead, the sacred fire representing ancestral protection and the sacred livestock allowing “proper relations between human and ancestor”.[2]

 

 

Himba woman preparing incense, the smoke is used as aantimicrobial body cleansing agent,deodorant and fragrant, made by burning aromatic herbs and resins.

Both the Himba men and women are accustomed to wearing traditional clothing that befits their living environment in the Kaokoland and the hotsemi-arid climate of their area, in most occurrences this consists simply of skirt-like clothing made from calfskins or increasingly from more modern textiles, and occasionally sandals for footwear, with foot soles often found made from old car tires.[citation needed] Himba women especially, as well as Himba men, are remarkably famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment, to cleanse the skin over long periods due to water scarcity and protect themselves from the extremely hot and dry climate of the Kaokoland as well as against mosquitoinsect bites. The cosmetic mixture, often perfumed with the aromatic resin of the omuzumba shrub, gives their skin and hair plaits a distinctive orange or red-tinge characteristic, as well as texture and style.[1] Otjize is considered foremost a highly desirable aesthetic beauty cosmetic, symbolizing earth’s rich red color and blood the essence of life, and is consistent with the OvaHimba ideal of beauty.[3]

Hairstyle and jewelry play a significant role among the OvaHimba, it indicates age and social status within their community.[3] An infant or child will generally have their head kept shaved of hair or a small crop of hair on their head crown, this soon is sculptured to one braided hair plait extended to the rear of the head for young boys and young girls have two braided hair plaits extended forward towards the face often parallel to their eyes, the form of wear being determined by the oruzo membership (patrilineal descent group), the style remains during preadolescence until reachingpuberty.[3] Some young girls, with exception, may also have one braided hair plait extended forwards, which means they are one of a pair of twins.[3]

From pubescence, boys continue to have one braided hair plait, girls will have many otjize textured hair plaits, some arranged to veil the girl’s face, in daily practice the hair plaits are often tied together and held parted back from the face.[3] Women who have been married for about a year, or have had a child, wear an ornate headpiece called the Erembe, sculptured from sheepskin, with many streams of braided hair, coloured and put in shape with otjize paste.[3] Unmarried young men continue to wear one braided hair plait extended to the rear of the head, while married men wear a cap or head-wrap and un-braided hair beneath.[4][5] Widowed men will remove their cap or head-wrap and expose un-braided hair. The OvaHimba are also accustomed to use wood ash for hair cleansing due to water scarcity.[3]

Customary practices

The OvaHimba are polygamous, with the average Himba man being husband to two wives at the same time.[1] They also practice early arranged marriages. Young Himba girls are married to male partners chosen by their fathers, and this can be as early as 13 years of age or otherwise at the onset of puberty.[1] Among the Himba people, it is customary as a rite of passage to circumcise boys before puberty. Upon marriage, a Himba boy is considered a man, unlike a Himba girl who is not considered a fully-fledged woman until she bears a child.

Socially dynamic

Despite the fact a majority of OvaHimba live a distinct cultural lifestyle in their remote rural environment and homesteads, they are however socially dynamic, and not all are isolated from the trends of local urban cultures. The OvaHimba coexist and interact with members of their country’s other ethnic groups and the social trends of urban townsfolk. Especially those in proximity to the Kunene Region capital of Opuwo, travelling frequently to shop at the local town supermarkets for the convenience of commercial consumer products, market food produce and to acquire health care.[1]

Tribal structure

Because of the harsh desert climate in the region where they live and their seclusion from outside influences, the OvaHimba have managed to maintain and preserve much of their traditional lifestyle. Members live under a tribal structure based on bilateral descent that helps them live in one of the most extreme environments on earth.

Under bilateral descent, every tribe member belongs to two clans: one through the father (a patriclan, calledoruzo) and another through the mother (a matriclan, called eanda).[7] Himba clans are led by the eldest male in the clan. Sons live with their father’s clan, and when daughters marry, they go to live with the clan of their husband. However, inheritance of wealth does not follow the patriclan but is determined by the matriclan, that is, a son does not inherit his father’s cattle but his maternal uncle’s instead.

Bilateral descent is found among only a few groups in West Africa, India, Australia, Melanesia and Polynesia, and anthropologists consider the system advantageous for groups that live in extreme environments because it allows individuals to rely on two sets of families dispersed over a wide area.[8]

History

The OvaHimba history is fraught with disasters, including severe droughts and guerrilla warfare, especially during Namibia’s war of independence and as a result of the civil war in neighboring Angola. Between 1904–1908, they suffered from the same attempt at genocide during the Herero Warsconducted by the German Empire colonist government in German South-West Africa under Lothar von Trotha that decimated notably the Herero people and the Nama people during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide.

In the 1980s it appeared the OvaHimba way of life was coming to a close due to a climax in adverse climatic conditions and political conflicts.[9] A severe drought killed 90% of their livestock, and many gave up their herds and became refugees in the town of Opuwo living in slums on international humanitarian aid or joined Koevoet paramilitary units to cope with the livestock losses and widespread famine.[9] OvaHimba living over the border in Angola, were occasionally victims of kidnapping during the South African Border war, either taken as hostages or abducted to join the Angolan branch of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia

Religion

The OvaHimba are a monotheistic people who worship the God Mukuru, as well as their clan’s ancestors (ancestor reverence). Mukuru only blesses, while the ancestors can bless and curse.[10] Each family has its own sacred ancestral fire, which is kept by the fire-keeper. The fire-keeper approaches the sacred ancestral fire every seven to eight days in order to communicate with Mukuru and the ancestors on behalf of his family.[11] Often, because Mukuru is busy in a distant realm, the ancestors act as Mukuru’s representatives.[11]

The OvaHimba traditionally believe in omiti, which some translate to mean witchcraft but which others call “black magic” or “bad medicine”.[12] Some OvaHimba believe that death is caused by omiti, or rather, by someone using omiti for malicious purposes.[13] Additionally, some believe that evil people who use omiti have the power to place bad thoughts into another’s mind[14] or cause extraordinary events to happen (such as when a common illness becomes life-threatening).[15] But users of omiti do not always attack their victim directly; sometimes they target a relative or loved one.[16] Some OvaHimba will consult a traditional African diviner-healer to reveal the reason behind an extraordinary event, or the source of the omiti.[15]

Since Namibian independence

The OvaHimba have been successful in maintaining their culture and traditional way of life.

As such, the OvaHimba have worked with international activists to block a proposed hydroelectric dam along the Kunene River that would have flooded their ancestral lands,[17] 2011, Namibia announced its new plan to build a dam in Orokawe, in the Baynes Mountains. The OvaHimba submitted in February 2012 their protest Declaration against the hydroelectric dam to the United Nations, the African Union and to the Government of Namibia.[18]

The government of Norway and Iceland funded mobile schools for Himba children, but since Namibia took them over in 2010, they have been converted to permanent schools and are no longer mobile. The Himba leaders complain in their declaration about the culturally inappropriate school system, that they say would threaten their culture, identity and way of life as a people

 

Trip Highlight; Himba Tribe

Accommodation: Camping in Kamanjab
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 100kms
Approximate Driving Time:

KAMANJAB TO ETOSHA

DAY 9

The Etosha Pan and the area that would later come to be known as Etosha National Park was first
discovered by Europeans in 1851, when explorers Charles Andersson and Francis Galton came to the
wild region in the company of Ovambo traders. Etosha can be loosely translated as “Great White
Place” in the Ovambo language.

European trade routes to the East and West of the Pan soon began to open up. In 1876, an American
trader by the name of McKiernan who had been drawn to the area commented that “all the
menageries of the world turned loose would not compare” to the wildlife he saw around him. “We
fell in with immense numbers of animals beyond anything I had yet seen. I would scarcely be
believed if I said that there were thousands of them to be seen at a sight” he went on to say.

For the proceeding thirty years, the history of the region was characterized by impermanent
settlement and movement, sporadic confrontation between Europeans and the Hei//om and
Ovambo people that were native to the region, and the increasing threat to animal populations from
over-enthusiastic European big game hunters. In 1896 German troops sent by the German Reich
occupied the Namutoni region and built a fort in 1899. This original fort was raided and razed to the
ground by Ovambos in 1904, but was rebuilt the following year and still stands today as one of the
most distinctive features of the park and a national monument.

With the country firmly under German rule by the turn of the 20 th century, the Governor of German
South West Africa (as Namibia was then called), Dr. F von Lindqvist, proclaimed Etosha a national
game reserve in 1907. At the time the reserve covered over 100,000km 2 of territory, stretching all
the way west to the Skeleton Coast in parts and making it comfortably the largest game reserve
in the world. But after various controversial and much-contested boundary reconfigurations and
political shifts over the years, the park was reduced to its current size of just over 20,000km 2 in 1970.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a vast majority of the wildlife in the park was wiped out either
by severe drought or after being caught in the crossfire of the so-called Border War that engulfed
Namibia, South Africa and Angola at the time. Thanks to brave conservation efforts, many of the
park’s most precious and revered of beasts have had their numbers greatly replenished in recent
years, and today Etosha is once again one of the best places in the world to view Africa’s unique
wildlife, while the still-visible remnants of its turbulent history continue to add another layer of
interest to its mysterious allure.

Trip Highlight; National Park

Accommodation: Camping in Etosha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 250km
Approximate Driving Time: Half

 

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photographics

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO WINDHOEK

DAY 10

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek . Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner

Trip Highlight; City Tour( included

. Accommodation: in Windoek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half

windhoek to ghanzi

DAY 11

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.called Basarwa

Ghanzi is a town in the western part of the Republic of Botswana in southern Africa. At the time of the 2011 census, there were 12,167 people living in the town with another 861 nearby.[1] It is the administrative center of Ghanzi District and is known as the “Capital of the Kalahari”.[citation needed] Ghanzi District measures 117,910 square kilometres (29,140,000 acres) and is bordered by Ngamiland to the north, Central District to the east, and Kgalagadi and Kweneg Districts to the south. Its western border is shared with

Other spellings of Ghanzi include “Gantsi”, which is more consistent with Setswana, the national language of Botswana; “Ghansi”; and “Ghantsi”. It has also been purported[citation needed] that the various renderings of Ghanzi actually stem from the Naro languageword “Gaentsii”, meaning “swollen buttocks”, referring the good health of antelope and, later, cattle that congregated around a pan in the area.

History

The first Afrikaner to settle in Ghanzi was Hendrik van Zyl, who set up a small hunting and trading enterprise in the area around 1870. However, the first substantial Boer migration into Ghanzi began around 1897-1898.

Ghanzi was also first a farm of someone. The place known today as Ghanzi, was first called Kamp. Kalahari Arms Hotel and the Barclays bank in Ghanzi are some of the first businesses established in Ghanzi

Ghanzi is a place of different ethnic groups such as Basarwa, Bakgalagadi and Baherero who all have the spirit of tolerance. In addition to that, residents of this place speak different languages such as Sesarwa, Sekgalagadi and Seherero but their standard language is Shekgalagari.

 

The district’s land surface mainly consists of gently undulating sandveld which lies between 1,100 and 1,230 meters above sea level. The Kalahari is the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covering some 2,500 km2Karoo sediments, covered by younger basalticlavas, underlie most of the Kalahari sands and about half of the country of Botswana. The sands of the Kalahari vary in depth from 5m to 200m.

The climate is semi-arid. Mean maximum daily temperatures are 33-45°C in January and around 22°C in July; mean minimum temperatures are 4 to -5°C in the winter months. The long-term mean annual rainfall is around 375mm although this can vary by up to 50% year by year. Generally speaking, both the climate and the soils are unfavorable for arable farming. Small cultivation is spread over the district but is limited to subsistence crops of maize, sorghum, beans, peas, and melons

Trip Highlight; Bushman Walk

. Accommodation: Camping in Ghanzi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half

In the morning before our Breakfast we have a Nature Walk 1hrs 30mins with the Bush( Basarwa) Into the interior of the  Central Kalahari ,Basarwa Bushman will point out to you different plants with eg  different medicinal properties ,succulent plants and some fruits trees which they eat ,

 

GHANZI TO MAUN

DAY 12

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. As of 2011, it had a population of 55,784. Maun is the “tourism capital” of Botswanaand the administrative centre of Ngamiland district. It is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations who run trips into the Okavango Delta.

Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and has spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges as well as car hire, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell. The community is distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats

History

Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people,[2] it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. However, with the growth of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road from Nata in the early 1990s, Maun has developed swiftly, losing much of its old town character. It is now home to over 30,000 people.

Maun is today a thriving tourist town, infamous for its infestation of donkeys and to a lesser extent goats.

. In the afternoon there is sufficient time available  to do Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL) We a also going to do our shopping for the Delta.

 

Trip Highlight;Scenic Flightover the Delta ( OPTIONAL)
Accommodation: Camping in Maun
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 300km
Approximate Driving :

 

 

MAUN TO OKAVANGO DELTA

DAY 13/14

An early start sees us head off to the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make  the most great of experience We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife.

 Trip Highlight;Mokoro Crossing, MoremiNature walk
Accommodation: Camping in Okavango Delta
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Driving :

 

OKAVANGO DELTA TO MAUN

 

DAY 15

 

 

We have a last opportunity to do the Nature walk in the Game Reserve with our Guides early morning and capture the Sunrise,After our breakfast will drive  to Maun.

On this day will internet friends and relatives  that we a still fit and sound above all about our African experiences

 

 

Trip Highlight
Accommodation: Camping in Maun
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 80km
Approximate Driving

 

 

MAUN TO SAVUTI

DAY 16/17

 The Savuti National Park in Botswana has particularly strong populations of predators and an annual zebra migration, and is the scene for many well-known documentaries and is a prime safari destination in southern Africa.

This famous western corner of Chobe is one of Botswana’s best-known wildlife areas. Savuti covers almost 5,000 square kilometres and includes the Savute Marsh and Channel, the Mababe Depression and Magwikhwe Sand Ridge – each feature fashioned by the tectonic instability of the region.

It’s hard to imagine this area was once at the bottom of an inland sea until one takes a longer look at the desolate landscape. On drying up the lake left the Okavango Delta, the Mababe Depression, Lake Xau, Lake Ngami, Nxai Pan and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Magwikhwe sand ridge in the north represents the ancient shorelines while the road from Maun to Savute follows the edge of the Mababe Depression of which the deepest part is the Savute Marsh. The dead trees on the marsh are the result of the last flooding (the only part to have filled up in recent history), and the drying up of the Savute Channel.

 

This recent picture shows water just outside Savuti Camp. This is unusual as the channel has been dry since 1985!

The Savute Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of rainy seasons and floods elsewhere. The dead trees tell a story of a non-flowing period when the Camelthorn trees (acacia erioloba) had enough time to reach full height. This was followed by a period of flooding and the trees drowned. A possible explanation for the erratic flowing could be tectonic movements which as the area is an extension of the Rift Valley, is perfectably acceptable.

A pride of lions hunting buffalo on the Savuti plains

The lion and hyena and zebra migrations are synonymous with Savute but the area also hosts an excellent diversity of other predators and plains game species. Its pans and waterholes in the dry season sustain a large population of bull elephants.

The scorching sand let off waves of hot air and the animals gather in clumps under any available shade even that cast by a dead tree, to escape the heat. The area forms a sharp contrast to the Chobe river-front giving a wild life experience in sharp contrast to one another and providing a good reason to combine both areas with any visit to Botswana.

Trip Highlight;
Accommodation:Savuti Camp
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 200km
Approximate Driving :

 

SAVUTI TO MAUN

DAY 18

 

 

  • Windhoek City Tour
  • Sossusvlei &Deadviei
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • Okavango Delta (camping)
  • Nature Walk in Moremi Reserve
  • Mokoro Crossing
  • Savuti (camping)
  • Game Drive in Savuti