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Namibia

Regional Attractions

Windhoek:

Windhoek, which is also known as the city of many faces, is Namibia's capital and only city. This small bustling city is situated in the central Khomas region of Namibia and is surrounded by the Auas and Eros Mountains in the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west. With the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport only 45 minutes from the City and a wide variety of accommodation options and world class restaurants, Windhoek is the perfect base from which to start your Namibian safari. There are hospitals, banks with 24H ATM's, pharmacies, other medical facilities and shopping centres (Wernhill Park, Maerua Mall and Town Square) of international standard.

The central area of the city is great for buying local curios and crafts and to experience the local mixture of Namibia's many cultures. Places of interest include the Christuskirche, Tintinpalast (parliament buildings), Alte Feste, Heroes Acre and Independence museum to name a few. With the various city and cultural tours that can be arranged, Windhoek is definitely worth a 1 or 2 night stay.

The Caprivi Strip:

The hidden gem of Namibia. With its tropical lush vegetation, high rainfall and 5 perennial rivers - Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Linyanti- the Caprivi Strip is completely different from the rest of the Namibia. The Caprivi area are situated between Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and with the main town Katima Mulilo within 200km of Livingstone (Zambia), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Chobe National Park (Botswana), the Caprivi is the perfect base from which to explore Namibia's neighbouring countries. The Caprivi is known for its wildlife and with Bwabwata, Mudumu, Mamili, Mahango and Chobe National Parks in the area, there's plenty of opportunity to explore one of the last true wilderness areas of Southern Africa.

The Caprivi holds the highest Elephant concentration in Namibia. Other game found in the Caprivi includes hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, lechwe, reedbuck, sitatunga, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, zebra and giraffe. More than 400 species of birds can be found in the area. In the Caprivi you have the added bonus of fewer visitors than some of the regions other main attractions and most of the accommodation options are situated on the banks of the one of the major rivers in the area.

Etosha National Park:

Etosha is one of Africa's biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912km2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000km2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season the park the dry grassland is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find baby animals in huge numbers. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino.

Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. One of the highlights of the park is flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set. Both Day and Night drives also offered in Etosha.

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert:

The Namib is the oldest desert and has the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows but in years of exceptional rainfall.

The neighbouring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn Trees is one of the best photographic sites in good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit on the way back from Sossusvlei. There are several lodges and campsites in the area and desert adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals calls this place home. Sossusvlei is a must see for any visitor to Namibia.

Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast:

Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination for many Namibians and will probably be the only place besides Windhoek that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere has something for everybody. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping opportunities and fascinating architecture.

For the adventurous there's quad biking, sand-boarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific birdlife. Further north along the coastline the Cape Cross Seal Reserve was formed to protect the biggest and best known of Namibia's seal colonies. A few hundred thousand of these animals can be found here at times.

Damaraland:

Considered by most to be the most scenic and dramatic landscape in Namibia. Damaraland, home to the Damara people, is known for its amazing geological rock formations which include the Finger Rock, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest where the Namib's living fossil plant the Welwitschia mirabilis are plentiful. Twyfelfontein which is Namibia's only World Heritage Site, famous for the thousands of rock engravings is well worth a visit.

Damaraland is also home to the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. The famous White Lady rock painting can found at the foot of one of the eastern slopes. The famous desert adapted elephant and black rhino can also be found in Damaraland.

Kaokoland:

The home of the Desert Elephant. These amazing giants that can move more than 200km in search of food and water and can go for days without water. They are often found in the dry riverbeds of the Hoarusib, Hoanib and Khumib Rivers. Other attractions in Kaokoland which is home to the Himba people include the Kunene River with the Ruacana and Epupa falls, the Hartmann Valley and the untouched part of the Skeleton Coast.

Waterberg Plateau National Park and surrounds:

This 405.39 km2 Waterberg Plateau National Park is unique in that is on a mountain plateau 200m higher than the surrounding woodland. It was proclaimed to help protect endangered wildlife and some of the wildlife found in the park include black and white rhino, buffalo, tssesebe, sable, roan, eland, giraffe, kudu and oryx. This is the only place outside of the Caprivi where you find buffalo in Namibia.

Other attractions in the region include the Hoba Meteorite, the dinosaur footprint and Lake Otjikoto. Further to the north-east you find Bushmanland, home of the San people and Khaudum National Park.

The South:

The main attraction of Namibia's south is the Fish River Canyon. It is the second largest canyon on earth and is 161 km long, 27 km wide and 550 m deep. Around Keetmanshoop you find the Quiver Tree Forest and the Giants Playground. The famous wild horses of the Namib can be found around Aus. The ghost town of Kolmanskop and the capital of Namibia's diamond mining industry, Luderitz are also well worth a visit.

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Zambia

Zambia has it all. From Lake Tanganyika in the north to Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls in the south, from Liuwa Plains and the Zambezi in the west to the Luangwa Valley in the east. With a size of 752610 km2 and 19 National Parks and 34 Game Management areas, Zambia has one of the most prolific animal populations in Africa.

Zambia is perfect for guided, walking and fly-in safaris so let Nature Travel assist you in organizing the perfect Zambia safari for you according to your budget and personal preference. Zambia is perfect as a destination on its own or as an extension option to one of the other Southern African countries. Join us on one of our yearly Zambia expeditions.

Please see section under guided safaris or enquire for more information.

Zambia highlights:

Liuwa Plains National Park:

This isolated park in the remote western province of Zambia is well known for the annual wildebeest migration which is the second biggest on earth after the Serengeti migration. In November every year this park is transformed into a wildebeest heaven as thousands of them congregate on the short grassy plains. Besides the wildebeest lion, wild dog, hyena, buffalo, lechwe, zebra, waterbuck, roan and cheetah are also found in the park. The birdlife is spectacular with thousands of water birds found here as the floodwaters reside. Join us on the adventure of a lifetime every November to experience the migration in full force either as a self-drive or a guided safari. This is an experience you will never forget.

Kafue National Park:

Kafue is Zambia's biggest and one of the world largest National Parks - it is the size of Wales. Kafue holds the greatest diversity of antelope species of any National Park. Besides elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena and giraffe other game include defassa waterbuck, tssesebe, roan, sable, zebra, oribi, lechwe, wildebeest, puku and kudu. Kafue is perfect for self-drive, guided or fly-in safaris with accommodation options ranging from campsites, luxury tented camps to upmarket lodges.

South Luangwa National Park:

This is where the now famous walking safaris started. South Luangwa is another one of Africa's famous parks and the huge concentration of wildlife around the Luangwa River is one of the biggest on the African continent. The riverine area is especially well known for its huge concentration of leopard and hippo. Other game found here include elephant, buffalo, Thornicroft giraffe, lion, wild dog, zebra, Cookson's wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, impala and roan. The birdlife is prolific with over 400 species recorded in the park. Accommodation options range from luxury upmarket lodges to campsites. South Luangwa can be explored as a self-drive, guided and fly-in safari. South Luangwa is one of the highlights in our yearly Zambia expeditions. The nearby and more remote North Luangwa National Park is truly wild and untouched and is a must for the adventurous traveller.

Lower Zambezi National Park:

This beautiful park is located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the game rich Zambezi Valley. It offers a similar wildlife experience to the famous Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The lodges in and around the park offer excellent canoe and boat safaris on the Zambezi, walking safaris, day and night game drives and brilliant fishing opportunities.

Kasanka National Park and the Bengwelu Swamps:

Kasanka is probably one of Zambia's most beautiful parks with a wide variety of habitats ranging from grassy plains, miombo woodland, mushitu forests, riverine forests and papyrus swamps. It is one of the best places to see the elusive sitatunga antelope and every year in November and December millions of straw-coloured Fruit-bats congregate here and this wildlife experience is truly spectacular. The Bengwelu swamps are best known for the Shoe-bill stork which is probably one of the most sought-after birds in the world. From a wildlife point of view the huge number of Black Lechwe found on the floodplains are truly spectacular.

Victoria Falls:

'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - The Smoke that Thunders. It is one of the most beautiful and most majestic waterfalls in the world and it is not difficult to see why the Victoria Falls are one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The falls are one of Zambia's prime tourist attractions and no trip to Southern Africa is complete without spending a few days here. Besides visiting the falls other activities in and around Victoria Falls include: • Scenic helicopter flights
• Bungee jumping & Bridge swinging
• Game drives
• Bird watching
• White water rafting
• Elephant back safaris
• Walking with lions
• Golf
• Jet boats
• Fishing etc.

Lake Kariba:

After the Zambezi River falls down the Victoria Falls and flows through the Batoka gorge for more than 100 km it opens up into one of the largest manmade lakes in the world - Lake Kariba. It is more than 100 km long and about 40 km wide at the widest point. The fishing is the lake is excellent and staying on a houseboat for a few days is another great way to explore Kariba.

The rest of Zambia:

There are more to this great Country than the few parks and attractions mentioned above. Besides the Victoria Falls is home to other truly spectacular waterfalls like Ngonye, Kabweluma, Chipoma, Lupupa, Nkundalila, Kalambo (second highest in Africa) and Chipembe to name a few. They are all situated in remote areas of the country which offers the adventurous tourist a unique and exclusive safari. Lake Tanganyika in the north is the longest freshwater lake and the world which Zambia shares with Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC. It hosts more than 350 species of fish and sports fishing are very popular with Nile Perch and Goliath Tiger the main targets. Kalambo falls and Sumbu National Park are close by. Lochinvar National Park in the south is a wetland paradise with over 420 recorded bird species. It is home to more than 30000 Kafue Lechwe.

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Zimbabwe

Although Zimbabwe has been in and out of the news for the wrong reasons over the last few years, it is still one of Africa's most beautiful countries and it has been described as one of the countries with the best climate in the world. Zimbabwe is landlocked between Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique. With its small size of 390580 km2 and brilliant game parks and game viewing, it is a wonderful safari destination and a great extension to your Namibian Safari.

Zimbabwe Highlights:

Victoria Falls:

'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - The Smoke that Thunders. It is one of the most beautiful and most majestic waterfalls in the world and it is not difficult to see why the Victoria Falls are one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The falls are Zimbabwe's prime tourist attraction and no trip to Southern Africa is complete without spending a few days here. Besides visiting the falls other activities in and around Victoria Falls include:
• Scenic helicopter flights
• Bungee jumping & Bridge swinging
• Game drives
• Bird watching
• White water rafting
• Elephant back safaris
• Walking with lions
• Golf
• Jet boats
• Fishing etc.
Victoria Falls is the perfect destination from where to start or finish a Zimbabwean safari.

Hwange National Park:

Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest National Park and is home to more than 100 game and 400 bird species. It is only 200km from Victoria Falls which makes it a perfect safari destination in Zimbabwe. Big herds of elephant and buffalo congregate around Hwange's waterholes in the dry season. Other game found here include rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, sable, roan, zebra, wildebeest, impala, warthog and kudu. Accommodation options range from camping at the one of the hides at the waterholes to exclusive safari lodges.

Mana Pools National Park:

Mana Pools is one of the great wilderness parks in Africa and is known for its remoteness and brilliant game viewing. There are large numbers of elephant, buffalo, lion, wild dog, leopard, hippo, zebra, waterbuck and crocodiles. The elephants are known to be very relaxed and often pass straight through the middle of the campsite. Mana Pools is known for the walking and canoeing safaris offered here. Accommodation options range from camping to luxury tented camps and upmarket lodges.

Lake Kariba:

After the Zambezi River falls down the Victoria Falls and flows through the Batoka gorge for more than 100 km it opens up into one of the largest manmade lakes in the world - Lake Kariba. It is more than 100 km long and about 40 km wide at the widest point. Matusadona National Park on the shores of Kariba offers brilliant game viewing that includes the big 5 and an amazing array of bird life. The fishing is the lake is excellent and staying on a houseboat for a few days is another great way to explore Kariba.

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Botswana

Botswana must be one of the best African countries when it comes to wildlife and nature. It has a size of 581730 km2 and has a vast network of unfenced national parks and nature reserves with about 38% of the Country set aside for wildlife. This makes it the perfect destination for a combination with or an extension to your Namibian safari. We offer guided, camping, fly in and houseboat safaris in Botswana depending on your preference and budget.

Botswana highlights:

The Okavango Delta:

The largest inland Delta in the world and one of the most famous Wildlife Destinations in Africa. As the Okavango River flows inland and drains into the Kalahari Desert it forms the Delta and creates one of the best wildlife areas on the planet.

Most of the Delta falls under the protection of the Moremi Game Reserve and it is home to large numbers of elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, hyena, red lechwe, impala, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, roan, sable and reedbuck. Rhino have recently been introduced and with the incredible birdlife present it is a birder's paradise. Activities offered include game viewing, bird watching, mokoro trips, scenic flights, boat cruises and walking safaris.

Chobe National Park:

The Elephant capital of the world. Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants on earth with about 100 000 of these giants calling it home. The huge numbers of game that congregate along the river and on the floodplains can only be described as spectacular.

The Chobe Riverfront offers brilliant game viewing by boat while the big cats are frequently seen on the game drive. Besides the elephants, Chobe is also home to huge buffalo herds, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, puku, red lechwe, roan, sable, impala, warthog, hippo and crocodile.

Further south away from the river you find the Savuti Marsh which is known for its predators with large resident populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. The Linyanti area offers brilliant game viewing with the added bonus of fewer tourists around. The birdlife in Chobe is incredible with over 430 species recorded in the park.

The Makgadikgadi and Nxai National Parks:

It was formed around a series of huge salt pans surrounded by grass and woodland. During the wet season the pans are transformed into shallow lakes which support an incredible number of water birds.

During the dry season game congregates around the last remaining waterholes. So there will always be something to see during any part of the year. Game found in the area include elephant (seasonal), oryx, kudu, red hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbok, lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. A group of 7 big Baobab trees are called Baines Baobabs and is definitely worth a visit. Further south you find the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi National Park which forms a trans frontier park with South Africa.

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