During the month of April this year , I ventured out on a Trans African Safaris with Jenman Safaris.
It was a soul “finding” experience and I have kept some very special memories from the trip.
We began our journey in Vic Falls -Zimbabwe, and slowly made our way to Windhoek Namibia over the duration of 11 days with many stops that involved heart-warming cultural experiences.
The open wildlife was amazing and we managed to see the BIG 5! …even being as lucky as to have seen a Black Rhino!
This accommodated tour was pure luxury- African style and truly an experience of a lifetime!
Day 1: Vic Falls –Meeting the clients
Clients were accommodated at the beautiful Ilala Lodge in the heart of Vic Falls.
Our Guide of the year , Chantel Van Der Linde, met with the group for the tour debriefing and got everyone excited for the adventure that was soon to begin!
Myself and a group of guests went on an open-bar sunset cruise on the Zambezi river where we saw plenty birds, hippo and the first of many magnificent African sunsets.
A great way to start our trip!
Day 2: Vic Falls to Camp Kwando Namibia, 399km
>We had an early morning start at 7am, made our way to our clients and Chantel took control of packing ADANA ( the name of the land cruiser used for this tour)
>Our group quickly molded into a family type pack and we began our journey!
>We made our way to Camp Kwando after crossing the Zambezi River and entered Namibia.
>After checking into our lodge, we departed at 4h30pm for our evening Game Drive in the Mudumo National Park
>Driving through the park, we had great up-close sightings of monkeys, zebra, elephants, an African Python & Lion tracks…
>We headed back at 7pm and had a top class dinner at the Camp Kwando Lodge
Day 3: Rundu – Nkwazi Lodge , 432kms
>8am breakfast , departed at 9am to Rundu 432 kms
>We drove West along the Caprivizipfel to the Town on Rundu and arrived at N’Kwazi Lodge at 3h30pm
>The Lodge was still emerged in water from the floods so we parked the vehicle and took a ferrie to the lodge- which looked like a moving dinner table setting! (10 chairs on a canoe)
>At 6pm we participated in the optional activity which was watching the local traditional dancers& singers- the energy from this group was truly heart felt & was it was a moving performance.
>7pm we headed back to the main area and enjoyed a full buffet of an assortment of meats , vegetables , salads and desserts!
Day 4 : Cultural Experience in Rundu- 5kms
>We departed the lodge in a ferrie and then drove to the local refugee camp accompanied by a local guide.
>We were able to visit the flood victims and we got to see their living conditions and daily routines.
>It was touching to see and feel what happy people they are, whilst having close to nothing and only basics needed to survive.
>That afternoon we also went on an optional activity which was a sunset cruise on the Kavango Rover, overlooking Angola- the sunset was magnificent!
Day 5: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK 420km
>We took a scenic drive to Etosha , having the chance to stop at banks and shops along the way to stock up for the days ahead
>On arrival, we checked into Namutoni Lodge, and went on an afternoon Game drive in the famous and well known Etosha National Park
>We saw plenty game including Giraffe, Zebra and even a Black Rhino!
Day 6:OKAKUEJO IN ETOSHA – 180 km
>We had an early departure at 6am, and made our way to Okakuejo Lodge
>After checking into our lodge, we went on another exciting Game Drive!
>We saw Lion, Leopard, Vultures, Giraffe, Zebra & Ground Squirrels! (who are very popular in these parts due to their special hiding place for their nuts…)
Day 7:ETOSHA to KAMANJAB& KHORIXAS, NAMIBIA -380km
>We left Etosha National Park, through the Main Gate and drove to Kamanjab ( which is the gateway to Damaraland.
>We visited the Himba Village and were given a guided tour by one of the local guides.
>We were able to speak with the Himba’s and learnt a lot about their special culture.
>This was yet another heartwarming and special experience that will not be forgotten.
>We then headed to Khorixas Lodge where we were able to relax in the dining area and share some red wine, stories and laughs!
Day 8: SWAKOPMUND 300km
>We left Khorixas early, and went to see the petrified Forrest, organ pipes and burnt mountain
>We then headed South West out of the dry interior of Namibia and made our way to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast
>The salt roads were washed away and the Atlantic Ocean was a dark brown colour from the river s running into it.
>They haven’t had rains like that for about 10 years!
>When arriving in Swakop, Chantel took us to the Extreme Sports Offices where we were greeted by an energetic crowd and they showed us a dvd on the optional activities for the following day-
This included sand boarding , a boat trip with the dolphins, quadbiking , a township tour or even a hot air balloon ride!
Day 9: SWAKOP- DAY OF LEISURE
Clients opted for the extreme sport of sand boarding! We managed to get a great workout at the same time walking the dunes!
Day 10: NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK & KUISEB CANYON to SOSSUSVLEI 390km
>We departed Swakop and made our way to Hammerstein Lodge
>We drove through the rocky , beautiful landscape of Naukluft National Park
Day 11: SOSSUSVLEI and WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA 350km
We left early before sunrise and travelled to the highest dunes in the world in Sossusvlei, reaching 300m!
They were absolutely spectacular and made a fantastic photo opportunity!
*I would like to say a big thank you to Garth and Jenman Safaris for giving me this opportunity to experience our country in such a special way!*
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