Inspirational Trips Discover the Zambezi: Namibia’s Secret Eden

Discover the Zambezi: Namibia’s Secret Eden

From$3,946/per person
14 nights




This courageous journey from dramatic salt pan scenery in Etosha to the wet and green oases of the Zambezi Region promises unparalleled wildlife sightings. Experience a diversity of animals, including the Big 5 and others that are unique to these regions.

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Trip route

Windhoek Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Windhoek Airport
Windhoek AirportEtosha National Park East
576km | 7h 22min

1Etosha National Park East
3 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.

3Mudumu National Park
3 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 ParkChobe River
198km | 3h 26min

At just under 3 hours, this trip will likely be one of the most scenic ones you’ll ever take. You’ll be travelling on the B8 for most of the trip, taking you through several small towns worth exploring.

4Chobe River
2 nights

The Chobe River, also known as the Cuando and Linyanti, flows from Angola, crossing through the neck of the Zambezi in Namibia before becoming the border with Botswana. This river system supports considerable wildlife and is incorporated into six national parks.

Chobe River Camp

Settled on a boundary between Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Zambezi region

Chobe RiverNkasa Rupara National Park
178km | 3h 5min

You’ll find yourself journeying between lush conservancies and national parks along this jagged 2-and-a-half-hour drive. Have your camera at the ready - the scenery and wildlife will make for stellar photographic opportunities.

5Nkasa Rupara National Park
2 nights

This is the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia and has 320 km2 of unspoilt waterways, lakes, islands, and channels, centred around the Nkasa and Rupara islands in the Kwando River. The park can only be accessed during the dry season when the roads are not underwater, but it’s worth it.

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Positioned on Lupala Island along the Wuparo Conservancy in Caprivi

Nkasa Rupara National ParkDivundu
276km | 4h 14min

This 3 hour westwards trek will see you passing some of the Zambezi Strip’s greatest gems, before finally rolling into Divundu. Take some time to stop regularly along the way, you’ll be surrounded by some of Namibia’s most beautiful sights.

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.

Olive Exclusive

A boutique hotel with an eco-friendly approach nestled in a serene corner of Windhoek.

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