Namibian Eco-Voyage: Lush Gems and Desert Classics
Attention adventurers! Experience Namibia's hiking hotspot with its panoramic views and creature closeups before heading to its choicest wildlife destinations: from stark and dramatic Etosha to the lush, wet and wild Zambezi Region. End your trip in culturally significant Okahandja.
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The Waterberg Mountain forms the centre of the greater Waterberg area and is one of the main attractions in Namibia. This massif rises from the plains and encompasses a national park, trails and several camps.
Waterberg Guest Farm
Sleep amidst wildlife at this private lodge overlooking the majestic Waterberg Plateau
The drive north to Namibia’s star reserve will be a surprisingly short one. Before reaching the park, make a quick stop at Otjikoto Lake, one of the only 2 freshwater springs in Namibia.
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
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.
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 Bush Camp
Immersive game viewing paired with classic safari style rooms
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. 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.
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 Lodge
Luxury bush lodge 24 km south of Kongola in East Caprivi
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.
Shametu River Lodge
On the banks of the Okavango River close to the Mohembo border
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
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
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.