Discover the Zambezi: Namibia’s Secret Eden in 14 Days
From lions to hippos, enjoy an in-depth exploration of Namibia's best-kept secret! Experience Namibia's desert-scape and lush wilderness. Enjoy intimate wildlife sightings in desolate and dramatic Etosha and the wild rivers of the Zambezi Region.
Best time to travel
Arrival: Windhoek Airport
1Etosha 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.
3Mudumu 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.
Sharwimbo River Camp
Sustainable stay found high on the banks of the Kwando River
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!