Southern Africa’s Diversity: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
February 14 – March 5, 2019

Overview:

Visit remote, varied, and pristine habitats to observe nature operating as it has since time immemorial and largely undisturbed by man. Explore the winding channels of Botswana’s Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe) in search of the many water-adapted plant and animal species. Photograph the dunes of the Namib Desert, a surrealistic landscape of massive ochre-hued dunes canopied by indigo skies. Search for abundant wildlife in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park—famous for its leopards—where you will find the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, among many other game animals.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01: Depart USA
Day 02: Windhoek, Namibia
Day 03: Windhoek / Serra Cafema
Day 04: Windhoek / Serra Carema
Day 05: Desert Rhino Camp
Day 06: Desert Rhino Camp
Day 07: Desert Rhino Camp
Day 08: Desert Rhino Camp
Day 09: Ongava Tented Camp
Day 10: Ongava Tented Camp
Day 11: Vumbura Plains, Botswana
Day 12: Vumbura Plains, Botswana
Day 13: Vumbura Plains, Botswana
Day 14: Mombo Camp
Day 15: Mombo Camp
Day 16: DumaTau Camp
Day 17: DumaTau Camp
Day 18: Chichele Lodge, Zambia
Day 19: Chichele Lodge, Zambia
Day 20: Chichele Lodge, Zambia
Day 21: Chichele Lodge / Lusaka / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Southern Africa’s Diversity: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
February 14 – March 5, 2019

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Depart USA
Board your independent flight to Namibia.

Day 02 – Friday, February 15, 2019 – Windhoek, Namibia
Arrive in Windhoek and transfer to the Hotel Heinitzburg. This evening gather for welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 03-04 – Saturday – Sunday, February 16-17, 2019
After breakfast, depart for Serra Cafema Camp. Arguably the most remote camp in all of southern Africa, it overlooks the Kunene River—the only permanent water source in the region, creating a lush oasis along its banks, surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes. This region is also home to the Himba tribe, one of the last nomadic people in all of Africa. Enjoy the opportunity to visit with Himba families to learn more about their lifestyle and traditions. Other activities include game drives to view herds of oryx and springbok, boating on the Kunene, hiking, birding, and a visit to the massive sand dunes near the camp.

Day 05-07 – Monday – Wednesday, February 18-20, 2019 – Desert Rhino Camp
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board our chartered aircraft to Desert Rhino Camp. Located in a million-acre reserve, the camp boasts an outstanding wilderness experience in comfortable accommodations. The reserve’s harsh countryside is punctuated with a number of fresh water springs that support healthy populations of desert-adapted black rhinos and elephants, as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, and kudu. Predators can also be found, with the largest populations of lions, cheetahs, leopards, and brown and spotted hyenas found outside Etosha National Park. Many of Namibia’s endemic bird species are found here, as well as succulent plants uniquely adapted for life in this desert. Explore this wilderness on foot and during game drives.

Day 08-09 – Thursday – Friday, February 21-22, 2019 – Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha in a privately owned reserve. Etosha, “the place of dry water,” offers one of the great wildlife experiences remaining in Africa. Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan 80 miles long and is Namibia’s premier game-viewing destination. Ongava is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where you may see both white and black rhinos, as well as healthy populations of lions, eland, mountain zebras, black-faced impalas, a number of other antelope species, and a host of birdlife.

Day 10-12 – Saturday – Monday, February 23-25, 2019 – Vumbura, Plains, Botswana
After breakfast depart Ongava by charter flight to Vumbura Plains, which lies in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. Explore the camp’s flood plains via mokoro (dug-out canoe) guided by polers from the BaYei tribe, who have been using them as their traditional form of transport for hundreds of years. Water levels permitting, boats take you into the larger and deeper areas of water while 4×4 vehicles allow you to get in proximity to animals in the savanna areas. Wildlife sightings may include lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and various species of antelope.

Day 13-14 – Tuesday – Wednesday, February 26-27, 2019 – Mombo Camp
After a morning activity and brunch, depart Vumbura by private charter to Mombo Camp, located on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango. Spend two days exploring the area’s wide, expansive plains, which are famous for their concentration of wildlife. All the major predators—lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs—can be seen close to camp. Elephants are abundant here, and large herds of impala, zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo are common. You’ll see profuse birdlife, including pelicans, storks, and cranes, as well as Dickinson’s kestrels, pink-throated longclaws, and Meyer’s parrots.

Day 15-16 – Thursday – Friday, February 28 – March 1, 2019 – DumaTau Camp
Following morning activities and brunch fly to the Linyanti area and spend two full days at DumaTau Camp, which overlooks a large hippo-filled lagoon, providing a rich backdrop of African wildlife with its resident birds and mammals, which come and go throughout the day. The Linyanti Reserve, 776 square miles of unspoiled wilderness, is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population, which can reach enormous densities. The area is also home to large numbers of lechwe, kudu, impala, giraffe, and buffalo. With this multitude of prey, all of the major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena are regularly sighted in the area. Diverse activities allow you to spend time on the water (water levels permitting) and on land, during day and night game drives.

Day 17 – 19 – Saturday – Monday, March 2 – 4 – Chichele Lodge, Zambia
After brunch and one last excursion in Botswana, depart for your final destination and country—Zambia. Your home base for exploring the impressive variety of terrain and intense concentrations of wildlife is the elegant Chichele Lodge. Excursions bring you into proximity with South Luangwa National Park’s 60 mammal species, including the graceful Thornicroft’s giraffe—endemic to this area—and at least 400 species of birds. The leopard population is the densest in Africa, sustained by antelope species such as bushbuck, puku, and kudu. Search for wildlife during game drives and walks, while nighttime drives give you a chance to spot nocturnal animals such as genet, civet, serval, hyena, and bush baby.

Day 20 – Tuesday, March 5, 2019
After brunch, board our charter flight to Lusaka to connect with your independent homeward flights. Arrive in the USA the next day.

Note: The above itinerary and arranged sightseeing is subject to change. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and goals to confirm your trip.

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Southern Africa’s Diversity: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
February 14 – March 5, 2019

Rates:

February 14 – March 5, 2019

Safari Package Rate:

Double – $25,980 approx. per person sharing

Single – $35,960 approx. per person

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Africa Easy does not book international flights into and out of Africa, however we can put you in touch with our airline partner at if you would like assistance booking your international air.


Charter air transportation beginning on departure from Windhoek on February 16 through arrival in Lusaka on March 5, is included in the cost of this expedition.

Luggage Restrictions: Due to restrictions on the charter flights within this program, baggage is restricted to 33 pounds (15 kilograms) total, per person.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

Charter air transportation beginning on departure from Windhoek on February 16 through arrival in Lusaka on March 5; all excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides; all gratuities; all accommodations; all group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Windhoek and Lusaka/home city; excess baggage charges (see Luggage Restrictions); airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Africa Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% safari package deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Africa Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Africa Easy website, please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

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Wild South Africa
August 24 – September 7, 2019

Lex Hes

Lex Hes, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for the past 30 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a popular freelance nature guide who imparts his wealth of knowledge of Africa’s ecosystems in an easygoing and friendly manner. He is an author and nature photographer with five books to his credit – the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi; a children’s book called Bushschool; Attracting Birds to Your Garden in Southern Africa; The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals; and Wild South Africa, about the biomes of his native country. In addition to time spent in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and guiding visitors around South Africa, Lex has been involved with biological work on the sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam and Marion and has led tours to Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia.


February 14 - March 5, 2019