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Kavango - Zambezi - Vic Falls - Safari

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16 day self-drive trip to the northeastern highlights of Namibia

Let yourself be enchanted by Namibia's wildlife-rich and exciting northeast on an adventurous and eventful safari. This intensive tour takes you from Namibia's capital Windhoek through the Etosha National Park and all the way up to the Okavango to the extreme northeastern tip of the country. One of the highlights of this safari is a visit to the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

You travel through beautiful Namibia in a powerful and reliable four-wheel drive vehicle. Whether as a lodge tour or as a combination of camping / lodge safari, you will probably not forget this vacation soon.

Duration: 16 days

But do take care: Once Namibia - Always Namibia!

Safari Overview - "Kavango - Zambezi - Vic Falls - Safari"

  • Day 1: Windhoek - Arrival, city tour through Namibia’s capital
  • Day 2-3: Etosha - Fascinating fauna
  • Day 4-5: Okavango / Rundu - All the way to the north and the pristine Namibia
  • Day 6-7: Kwando River landscape – Wildlife in the bush and in the water
  • Day 8-9: Zambezi / Vic Falls - Zambezi River and day trip to Victoria Falls
  • Day 10-11: Okavango: Top national parks and great lodges around Divundu
  • Day 12-13: Ghaub: Private wildlife reserve
  • Day 14-15: Waterberg - Historic and geological highlight
  • Day 16: Departure - Good-bye Namibia!


From N$ 30.000
From N$ 54.500
(Lodge - Comfort)
From N$ 75.500
(Lodge - Luxury)

Rate example per person during the low season. Here you can find the detailed rates.

Rates in detail

Tour overview- "Kavango - Zambezi - Vic Falls - Safari"

Day 1: Arrival in Namibia ~ 45 km

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport, approximately 45 km east of Windhoek, you will be met by a car rental representative and taken to Windhoek, where you will pick up your vehicle including all necessary instructions and information.

You will then drive to your accommodation, where you can freshen up and rest. In the afternoon you will be picked up by your guide from Bwana Tucke-Tucke for an interesting city tour of Windhoek, where you will get to know historical buildings and the township of Katutura (optional).

In the evening you can go out for a relaxed dinner. We can recommend Joe's Beerhouse, Cape Town Fish Market or The Stellenbosch. Your accommodation can arrange a taxi for you. If you are staying at Heinitzburg you can enjoy an excellent meal at the hotel’s restaurant.

Services included:


Lodge / Camping

  • Pick up at the airport and vehicle introduction.
  • Windhoek city tour
  • Accommodation in B&B Haus Sonneneck

Day 2: Towards Etosha National Park~ 420 km (4h)

In the morning you leave Windhoek in a northerly direction and drive over good tar roads through the wide Namibian farmland. We recommend a visit to the crocodile park in Otjiwarongo for lunch. Apart from the usual menu the garden restaurant also offers some crocodile specialties. Otjiwarongo also has a well-stocked Spar Supermarket, should you still need to do some shopping.

You continue your journey north towards Etosha National Park and your amazing accommodation. Depending on how much time is left, you can take a short excursion into the Etosha National Park for a late afternoon game drive.

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Day 3: Etosha National Park~ 180 km (6h)

Today you should depart very early to cross the Etosha National Park. We recommend driving via Okaukuejo to Halali (lunch break) and continuing via Namutoni to your accommodation near Onguma. It takes around 5-8 hours to cover these 180 km, depending on animal sightings.

The Etosha National Park is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Africa. Etosha was declared a nature reserve in 1907, originally covering an area five times larger than today. The current size of the Etosha National Park is 22,270 km², about half the size of Switzerland.

The national park is home to large herds of springbok, impala, zebra and wildebeest, as well as around 1,500 elephants, 1,800 giraffes, 300 lions, leopards, cheetahs and 300 black rhinos, as well as over 300 different bird and around 110 different reptile species.

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Day 4: Okavango River: Into the “real” Africa~ 430 km (5h)

Today you travel northeast to the Okavango River via the mining town of Tsumeb and Grootfontein to the Mururani Gate. The gate forms part of the veterinary fence which separates the commercial farmland of central Namibia from the communal areas. One could also say: This is where the “real Africa” begins.

Passing many small villages of the local Kavango people with great street stalls where you can buy local fruit, wood carvings or small clay pots, you reach Rundu, the wonderfully chaotic metropolis of northeastern Namibia.

Your accommodation is situated about 15 km west of Rundu and lies picturesquely on the banks of the Okavango River.

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Day 5: Okavango river and culture~ 0 km

After the long journeys of the last few days, you can unwind today at the beautiful lodge and relax by the pool. Enjoy the view of the water and the African sounds of the Okavango.

In the morning, we recommend a walk to the close-by Mbunza Living Museum, next to the idyllic Samsitu Lake. The Mbunza Living Museum is a community project run by around thirty Mbunza people and offers visitors an interesting insight into the original and traditional culture of the Kavango people. The museum consists of a traditionally built farmstead with authentic huts under large trees. All proceeds go directly to the Mbunza.

In the afternoon, a boat trip with the lodge is recommended.

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Day 6: Kwando River landscape – wildlife in the bush and in the water ~ 445 km (5h)

After a day of rest you continue your journey to the east, passing Rundu (here you can visit the traditional market if you find it) and driving to Divundu. Here you are able to stock up your supplies if need be.

The Zambezi region begins about halfway between Divundu and Kongola. Until 2013, this was officially called Caprivi, named after the German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi (1890-1894). The German government originally wanted to use the so-called Caprivi Strip to create a connection through British colonial territories to German East Africa (today Tanzania). The regions dry, sandy forest landscape in the west gives way to a tropical river system further east, which is home to an abundance of wildlife found nowhere else in Namibia.

Depending on which accommodation option you choose, your lodge will be located directly in the Kwando Core Area of the Bwabwata National Park (Luxury - Nambwa Lodge) or just outside the park at the banks of the Kwando River (Comfort/Camping - Namushasha River Lodge). Both accommodations are highly recommendable!

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Day 7: Kwando Core Area ~ 60 km (5h)

Today you have time to explore the Kwando Core Area in your 4x4 vehicle, which, depending on the season, is teeming with elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and many antelopes. Also, a diverse range of bird species can be seen especially along the river.

If you are not sure whether the dusty roads, which often consist of deep sandy tracks and are sometimes not easy to navigate, are the right cup of tea for you, you can alternatively book a guided game drive with your lodge.

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Day 8: Zambezi~ 160 km (2,5h)

Today’s journey leads you to the Zambezi Mubala Lodge near Katima Mulilo, the capital of the Zambezi region. The lodge is located directly at the Zambezi River, the fourth longest river in Africa and is known for its huge colonies of colorful carmine bee-eaters.

You shouldn't miss a boat trip in the afternoon or book a fishing trip and take the challenge to catch the elusive tiger fish (catch and release).

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Day 9: Day Trip to Victoria Falls~ 0 km

Having ventured this far into the north-east of Namibia, you definitely shouldn't miss visiting the world-famous Victoria Falls with their bombastic, raging masses of water. It is advisable to book the tour in advance as a guided day trip. You will be picked up from the lodge at 6am, travel via Ngoma into Botswana, through the elephant-invested Chobe Game Park and across the Kazangula border into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, where you will have enough time to visit the famous falls, before returning back on the same route to your lodge. All you need is a passport, camera, sunscreen and a hat.

If a visit to the Victoria Falls is not an option for you, you can spend another relaxing day at Zambezi Mubala Lodge.

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Day 10: Back to the Okavango~ 370 km (4h)

It’s time to leave the Zambezi region and begin the return journey. You drive back to Divundu, where you will have time to explore this area over the next 2 days.
If you have enjoyed the visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, you might be interested in visiting another living museum on the way just before Divundu:

The Khwe Living Museum offers an interesting and authentic insight into the hunter-gatherer culture of the San (Bushmen). Here you will experience traditional dances, gain an insight into the ancestral world of the Khwe and discover the historical life of the ethnic group from the north-east of Namibia.

You will arrive at your accommodation, once again enjoying a romantic sunset at the Okavango River.

After the many camping adventures, we also recommend that camping enthusiasts take a self-catering bungalow in the beautiful Mobola Island Lodge for the next 2 days.

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Day 11: Buffalo Core Area or Mahango National Park~ 80 km (5h)

Both Buffalo Park (Buffalo Core Area) and Mahango National Park are quite easy to explore on a self-drive day trip. Ask the lodge which park is particularly worthwhile at the moment. The wild- and birdlife in both parks is spectacular. Various antelopes, elephants, African buffalos, hippos and crocodiles frolic in or at the water. With a bit of luck, you might even spot lions in the Buffalo Park.

Optional: The safari can be extended by one day. Both Mobola Island Lodge and the Divava Okavango Resort are paradise. Saying goodbye here is particularly difficult!

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Day 12: Ghaub in the Maize Triangle~ 480 km (5,5h)

Today you will have a slightly longer route back via Rundu to the veterinary border (this time from north to south - you're not allowed to have raw meat in the car) and back into Namibia's commercial farmland.

Your accommodation, the Ghaub Guest Farm, is located in Namibia's so-called Corn Triangle, between the towns of Grootfontein, Otavi and Tsumeb.

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Day 13: Ghaub excursions~ 0 km

You can book some unique activities at Ghaub Guest Farm.

If you have not yet seen rhinos on your trip, you have the opportunity to take part in rhino trekking with qualified rangers in the morning. You can often find white rhinos and learn a lot about the animals' behavior. This excursion takes place in the morning.

Alternatively (also in the morning), you can also embark on a cave excursion. The Ghaub stalactite cave is the third largest cave in Namibia. However, we only recommend this activity for travellers who are reasonably fit and not claustrophobic. This activity is also offered in the mornings.

In the afternoon you can go on the “Rhino Drive”, a farm tour where you can see many animals and most likely the white rhinos.

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Day 14: Cheetah Conservation Fund / Waterberg~ 180 km (2h)

Leaving the Maize Triangle you head south. Passing through Otavi you reach the D2433 just before Otjiwarongo, which takes you to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The Cheetah Conservation Fund is an organization dedicated to Namibia's cheetah population. The visit will bring you close to these elegant predators and provides for beautiful photographic motives.

Continue via the D2440 pass Otjiwarongo to the scenic and historically interesting Waterberg

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Day 15: Waterberg activities~ 0 km

In the morning you can take a fairly easy hike up to the Waterberg Plateau and enjoy the spectacular views. Alternatively, you can also book some of the activities offered by your accommodation, such as game drives onto the plateau!

In the evening it's time to enjoy the last sundowner in this beautiful landscape!

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Day 16: Back to Windhoek – Farewell from Namibia ~ 295 km (3,5h)

Today is the last day of your journey. Time to say farewell to the Waterberg and Namibia. Depending on your flight schedule you can either spend some more time at the Waterberg or you can so some more souvenir shopping in Windhoek.

The journey to Windhoek takes around 3-4 hours. You return your vehicle to the car rental company in Windhoek, which will then transfer you to Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Services included:


  • Breakfast, Airport transfer


  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfer

Good-bye Namibia !

Rates / Info-Namibia price guarantee

As with single bookings, our price guarantee also applies when booking a complete safari, meaning that you pay exactly the same amount as you would when booking the tour yourself (exception goes for campsite bookings).

  • The price indicated is based on bookings for two people.
  • For groups of four the rate will decrease as the rental car costs will be divided by the number of persons. This will be taken into account upon your booking request.

Low season 2024

01.01.2024 - 30.06.2024

From N$ 30.000 (Camping/Lodge)
From N$ 54.500 (Lodge - Comfort)
From N$ 75.500 (Lodge - Luxury)

High season 2024

01.07.20204 - 31.12.2024

From N$ 33.500 (Camping/Lodge)
From N$ 57.500 (Lodge - Comfort)
From N$ 82.500 (Lodge - Luxury)

The standard rates of the tours are approximate costs to give you an idea of the budget you can work with. The price is subject to availability of the accommodation and the rental vehicle and might change slightly if we have to book alternatives. We prefer working with smaller, more personal accommodation facilities and car rental companies, guaranteeing a consistent quality of service. Thus it is advisable to book at least one year in advance, especially when planning to travel during Namibia's touristic high season. Should we need to book alternative accommodation / rental vehicle we try to stick to this policy.

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Services included:

  • Accommodation, activities and meals as per itinerary
  • 4x4 rental vehicle with the lowest excess
  • Airport transfers
  • 24 hour backup support
  • Detailed tour description with insider hints, telephone list for emergencies, vouchers – all sent in advance by e-mail for you to print and to familiarise yourself with.

Services excluded: 

  • International flight
  • Personal travel insurances
  • Fuel costs
  • Park and entrance fees
  • Activities
  • Tipps
  • Drinks and missing meals in the itinerary

Travel information / FAQs

Namibia is a safe country to travel in and with its good infrastructure it is ideal for self-drive safaris. Especially those, who like to get an individual impression of the country a tour in a rented vehicle is highly recommendable. You’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot about the country and people and also to experience a lot off the beaten track.

Here we answer the most important and most frequently asked questions:

Take it easy

To be able to really enjoy your self-drive safari you should be open-minded, serene and patient to a certain extent – in Africa and thus also in Namibia, the clocks often tick a bit differently.

On the other hand, compared to other African countries, Namibia is in many regards nearly European. Not without reason Namibia is seen as the perfect country for introducing novices to the African continent.

Gravel road

With the material and pre-information provided like route descriptions, distances and approximate travelling times you will be well prepared for your safari. However, one should be an experienced driver and should be in the possession of the licence for more than just a couple of weeks. 4x4 experience is not necessary. The tarred and gravel roads are overall in good condition.

The driving routes and distances have been selected in a way that you can have a rather relaxed experience.  

Check road signs

In Namibia you don’t need to be scared (just respectful) of spiders, snakes and lions, but rather of overestimating your own driving capabilities. Every car rental company will tell you that the average travelling speed on gravel roads should not exceed 80 km/h and 120 km/h on tarred roads. However, on some gravel roads 80 km/h is already too fast. Take your time – you are on vacation! And please take note of the road signs.

On arrival, when taking over your vehicle you will receive an orientation on driving in Namibia and on road safety. It is essential that you follow the instructions given by the car rental company:

Here some safety guidelines for driving in Namibia in advance:

  • Namibia has left-hand traffic – Please stick to it.
  • Please avoid driving at night!
  • Off the accelerator on gravel roads – maximum 80 km/h. Especially on gravel roads: reduce speed before entering a bend! Also when the road visibility is not clear. Abrupt reduction of speed can lead to losing control of the vehicle and in the worst case “rolling” the car.
  • Only over-take when visibility is 100%.
  • Always lock your rental vehicle and don’t leave valuables visible from outside in an unmonitored car.

Many rental vehicles are equipped with tracking devices. Should you have an accident and the evaluated data shows that you were speeding your insurance will be nil and void. 

You need your national driver’s licence in connection with an international licence for driving in Namibia.

Individual accommodation

All accommodations described in the itinerary are known to us and classified as good to excellent (service, cleanliness, location, facilities). Most of them only have a limited number of beds though and when fully booked we have to book alternatives. These changes are subject to availability at the time of booking. When having to book alternative lodges, hotels or B&Bs we always strive to find accommodation of the same quality.

In most of the lodges dinner and breakfast are included in the rates. In towns you have the option to visit restaurants of your choice for dinner, thus only breakfast is included.

The campsites have also been chosen with care. All team members of Info-Namibia are dedicated campers and value good campsites.

In the itinerary of a lodge or lodge/camping safari we have chosen locations where you have access to supplies. Camping vehicles are equipped with a fridge for storing perishables up to five days.

It is always advisable to visit the website of your Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling abroad.

Please see the "African Risk Map". Copyright © Control Risks 2019

Riskmap - Copyright © Control Risks 2019

In general, this can be said: Namibia is a politically stable country. Compared to other African countries the crime rate is very low, however as a tourist (and as any inhabitant) there are certain ground rules to adhere to:

  • Don’t do anything, you wouldn’t do at home. For example, don’t let any stranger assist you when drawing money at an ATM.
  • In town and especially in outskirts you should not travel on foot carrying valuables.
  • Avoid walking around in darkness. In Swakopmund one can make an exception when walking to or from a restaurant in the evenings, but please inform yourself at the reception of your accommodation.
  • Should you want to use a taxi service, please use official taxis (CityCab, etc.) or make use of Leva (Namibia-Uber).

Souvenirs in a himba village

Changing money: At the airport in Windhoek you can exchange foreign cash at the teller or you can draw money at the ATM. This goes for all bigger towns in Namibia. Best ATM when using foreign cards are Nedbank (green) or Standard Bank (blue). Draw or exchange about N$ 5000 per person at the beginning of your tour and try to pay with credit card during the rest of your travel. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted.

Costs for provisions during the safari: As mentioned above, dinner and breakfast are usually included in the lodge tour. Lunch and any missing, additional meals in restaurants can usually be paid with credit card.

On the mixed lodge/camping tour the accommodations and campsites are pre-paid.

Costs for supplies in shops are comparable to Europe or the USA. Eating out in restaurants is normally less expensive than in Europe.

Fuel: A large cost factor are costs for fuel. You can calculate with an average consumption of 10 litres on 100 km. One litre of fuel costs about N$ 12 (dated 07.04.2020). For a 2000 km journey you will need about 200 litres of fuel, which will cost you about N$ 2400.

Souvenirs: You can buy beautiful souvenirs relatively cheap all over the country.  Local producers of jewellery and artefacts benefit from this income.

Gratuities: A 10% gratuity for a good service in restaurants is common in Namibia. For services at fuel stations (re-fuelling, washing the windscreen…) a tip of N$ 5 is a guideline. Many accommodation facilities have a general “tip box”, the content of which gets equally distributed amongst all staff members. Tips are normally given once at the end of the stay and are usually about N$ 50 per person per night. Of course, the amount you want to give as gratuity is at your own discretion.

Visa and entry permit

  • You definitely need a passport which is at least 6 months valid and which has two open pages when entering the country.
  • Most Europeans (as well as US citizens and many others) receive a visa free of charge when entering the country. This visa is valid for the duration of the intended stay (make sure!). The maximum given stay is 90 days.
  • It is your responsibility to inform yourself about the visa regulations that adhere to your nationality before travelling to Namibia.
  • Double check the entry stamp at immigrations on the duration of validity of your visa.
  • Should you be travelling with minor children, please let us know as special documents are needed for that. 

Namibia does not prescribe any vaccination, but check with countries where you might be in transit! Malaria is restricted to certain areas of the country. Depending where you want to travel to, we will advise about malaria. As with the visa regulations please always inform yourself at your own Ministry of Foreign Affairs about regulations

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