Discover Namibia’s North: Wildlife & Wetlands in 11 Days
Experience the best of Namibia's wildlife in two dramatically different settings: seek out the Big 4 in the arid and white Etosha National Park before finding the elusive number 5 — buffalo — in the green wetlands and woodlands of the Zambezi Region.
Best time to travel
Arrival: Windhoek Airport
1Etosha National Park Central (South)
Central Etosha National Park sets the scene for Namibia’s foremost wildlife showcase. Here, a series of waterholes guarantee spectacular game viewing, flanked by mystical, open grasslands along the edges of the inhospitable Etosha Pan.
Etosha Safari Lodge
Breathtaking sunset views and elegant decor close to Etosha National Park
The drive from the Anderson Gate in Etosha South to the Von Lindequist Gate is slow and meandering and warrants you taking your time. About halfway, stop at the Etosha Pan lookout point, where you have a fantastic view over the pan and surroundings.
2Etosha National Park East
Eastern Etosha National Park is one of the quieter areas of the park, where visitors are few and game viewing is excellent! Expect typical Etosha landscapes of stark, white pans interspersed with patches of grassland.
Onguma The Fort
Exclusive scenery and stylish suites complimented with modern functionality
It’s about a 4 hour drive from the Von Lindequist gate near Namutoni in Etosha East to Rundu up near the border with Angola. The quickest way is to drive through Tsumeb and then Grootfontein, both large towns where you can fill up on the essentials.
Home of the famous Kavango woodcarvers, Rundu sits on the banks of the Okavango River in the north of Namibia. Though not the most exciting of towns, it is the most northerly town on the B8, which then goes on to head east into the Zambezi. Rundu is a good stopover spot to fill up on groceries and fuel.
Hakusembe River Lodge
An enchanted destination found along the Okavango River
This nearly 5 hour trek eastwards deep into the Zambezi Strip will see you passing a handful of game reserves and conservancies. Stop at Divundu for a break before tackling the last stretch towards Mudumu.
4Mudumu National Park
East of Bwabwata, Mudumu National Park is a 737 km2 park bordered on its western side by the Kwando River. Its mopane woodlands and dense savannahs are a haven for various animal species and a few exceptional bird species.
Namushasha River Villa
A floating oasis moored on a private channel on the Kwando River
From the Ngenda Park Gate, take the C49 heading north to Kongola for about 20 minutes. Turn left onto the B8, traversing the Zambezi Region’s stem before reaching its boundary at the Okavango River, across which is Divundu.
At the base of the Kavango-Zambezi arm sits a tiny settlement called Divundu, which is essentially the springboard for exploration east into the area. The town is perched on the B8 road, with the bridge that crosses the Chobe at its side and is a short distance from Bwabwata National Park and Popa Falls.
Divava Okavango Resort & Spa
Nestled among trees on the Okavango River just downstream from Popa Falls
This 4-and-a-bit hour journey will take you straight west from Divundu to Rundu, the perfect place to stop and top-up on fuel and essentials. From there, it’s an easy drive south-west on the B8 through farmlands and rural Namibia.
Grootfontein is the last centre on the road to Rundu from central Namibia and is an excellent stopover in its own right. Nearby is the world’s biggest meteorite, Hoba, and the largest underground lake, Dragon’s Breath cave. There’s also a giant baobab outside the town, a national monument owing to its size.
Safari lodge situated on a 1.400 ha private game farm
Take the B8 out of town but before you leave, visit the Hoba Meteorite, the largest meteorite in the world. From Grootfontein, it’s about a 3.5 hour drive, but we recommend that you stop halfway in the town of Otjiwarongo, where you can buy phenomenal steaks at the Spar to barbeque later.
Known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja is a green retreat that oozes culture and relaxation. Admire the red dresses of the Herero or stroll around the famous Woodcarvers Craft Market.
Rural, family-run charm on a farm in Okahandja
The drive from Okahandja to Hosea Kutako International Airport can easily take 1.5 hours, but we recommend leaving as early as possible, since traffic can be severe at certain times of the day. The route through Windhoek isn’t too difficult, just stay on the B1 and then turn right onto the B6 where they cross, which will then take you all the way to the airport. Watch out for baboons frequently crossing the road!