Inspirational Trips Discover Namibia’s North: Wildlife & Wetlands in 11 Days

Discover Namibia’s North: Wildlife & Wetlands in 11 Days

From$2,753/per person
10 nights




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.

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Trip route

Windhoek Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Windhoek Airport
Windhoek AirportEtosha National Park South
462km | 5h 57min

1Etosha National Park South
2 nights

Etosha National Park South 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

Etosha National Park SouthEtosha National Park East
187km | 4h 12min

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
2 nights

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

Etosha National Park EastRundu
448km | 6h 2min

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.

1 night

Home of the famous Kavango woodcarvers, Rundu sits on the banks of the Okavango River in the north of Namibia. 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

RunduMudumu National Park
498km | 7h 2min

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
2 nights

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

Mudumu National ParkDivundu
281km | 4h 2min

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.

1 night

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

463km | 5h 47min

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.

1 night

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.

Fiume Lodge

Safari lodge situated on a 1.400 ha private game farm

458km | 5h 34min

1 night

Balancing tradition and modernity, Windhoek is a great stop for travellers visiting Namibia. Maintaining its German colonial character, this neat capital treats you with vibrant architecture, varied cuisine and delicious Namibian beer.

The Elegant Guesthouse

Small, eco-friendly guesthouse close to Windhoek’s bustling city centre

WindhoekWindhoek Airport
44km | 48min

Going to the airport typically signifies the end of the journey, but it certainly won’t be the last. Look out of the window and take in the surroundings before you take off.

Departure: Windhoek Airport