Our route from Victoria Falls to Etosha

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Mosi – Oa – Tunya
The smoke that rumbles

can reach a maximum of 108 metres. An average of 550,000 m3 flows into the fault every minute.

Eight gorges and several islands in the central zone serve as breeding grounds for birds. The site features basalt from ancient lava flows, Kalahari sandstone and chalcedony, including Homo habilis artifacts dating back three million years, and late Stone Age tools indicating occupation by hunter-gatherers (Bushmen).

Prior to their discovery by explorer David Livingstone, the falls were known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, meaning ‘rumbling smoke’. The name hints at the immensity of the falls, which emit a thunderous noise and a thick cloud visible from 30 km away.

The site is naturally protected from the surrounding hustle and bustle by the rainforest that borders the gorge. This fringe of tropical rainforest, surprising in a rather dry environment, is created by the permanent humidity of the air saturated with spray from the falls.

You can stroll the trails of Victoria Falls National Park, winding through rainforest and reaching viewpoints at the edge of the gorge where you’ll be greeted head-on by the glorious main falls as they surge into the rocky chasm below, causing tremors in the ground beneath your feet.

Etosha N.P.

A must-see Namibian environmental challenge

For many, Africa is all about the Big Five. Etosha is an ideal place to discover four of them, the only one missing being the buffalo.

European explorers Charles Andersson (Swedish) and Francis Galton (British) arrived here in 1851, trading with the Owambo. Trade routes were soon developed.

For some thirty years, Cuvelai was marked by clashes between the various peoples. Like the San, the Hai om were marginalized, oppressed, dispossessed of their land, actively exterminated and expelled in 1954.

In 1907, the German governor Friedrich von Lindequist conferred national game reserve status on some 100,000 km² of the cuvelai. In 1967, the South African parliament granted Etosha national park status, and the area was reduced to 22,000 km².

Following this period, due to extreme drought, war and hunting, the variety and density of wildlife was severely depleted. Today, thanks to extensive environmental and ecological management efforts, the rarest species and numbers have been able to thrive. However, the oribi, bushpig and guinea pig have disappeared, as have the buffalo, roan, sable and wild dog.

Chobe N.P.

The northern region of Chobe National Park, known as the Chobe River Front, stretches along the river of the same name. Often referred to as Noah’s Ark, the Chobe River Front boasts a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. Along its banks, huge herds of elephants and buffalo come to drink and bathe… If you’d like to enjoy a wonderful cruise at the end of the day on the Chobe River, you’ll have the opportunity to observe elephants, crocodiles, hippos… in exceptional conditions.

The small town of Kasane, at the gateway to the park, offers a range of facilities: bank, post office, petrol stations and a few stores for supplies.

Chobe River Front

An unforgettable experience on the road to Caprivi

Very different from the rest of Namibia in terms of landscape, population and wildlife, this park is home to an abundance of fauna, as it forms a migration area between Botswana and Angola. Here you can observe large herds of elephant and buffalo, hippopotamus, antelope, numerous bird species and felines such as lions and leopards. The refuge is also home to the largest concentration of wild dogs.

Bwabwata N. P.

An unmissable Safari

One of the world’s most intact reserves in terms of biodiversity. The Bwabwata N.P. is rarely visited by tourists, but offers visitors an extraordinary adventure on a 4 x 4 safari drive, for the pleasure of the eyes, for photography and for observation.

Popa Falls

Where Kavango plunges into Okavango

A charming and peaceful place where the Kavango River in Namibia becomes the Okavango in Botswana.

From Victoria Falls to Etosha: 14 days

Days 1 and 2: Victoria Falls
Day 1: Welcome at the airport and transfer by cab to our Pennywise Cottages accommodation (very simple establishment, exceptional staff).
Dinner at 3 Monkeys.
Day 2: 6:30 am departure on foot for Forest National Park.
Visit Victoria Falls and walk through the rainforest.
Lunch at Brooks Cafe & Deli Vic Falls in Elephant Walk.
12 h : Transfer by cab to Kasane.
Pick-up of rental vehicle.
Check-in at our accommodation, Irène’s (a very friendly cottage), full provisioning in town for 2 days.
Lunch at the cottage (self-catering) or in town (free).
Dinner at the Old House.

Detailed itinerary


Reservations must be made well in advance, due to the small number of pitches at campsites and lodges. It is best to allow 8 to 10 months for this itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory for trips to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Reservation deposit: 30% of invoice amount.

Balance to be paid on the invoice due date, i.e. 2 months before departure.

Guaranteed departure from 2 reserved vehicles.

Price information

Prices are indicative. They include 4 x 4 rental vehicle with standard insurance and camping equipment, selected accommodation and meals, escort, entrance fees to reserves, selected activities.

Not included: flights, drinks, food and beverages not included in the selected accommodations, refuelling and self-catering, fuel, activities not included in those selected, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance.

Quotes on request.