Day 1: N/a’ankusê Reserve, Namibia

You will be met upon arrive at Windhoek International Airport and transferred about 30 minutes to N/a’ankusê Reserve for overnight. By visiting this unique lodge visitors can help make a difference in conservation. All revenue from the lodge, which is a registered charity in Namibia, goes directly to benefit their work with wildlife conservation, their Lifeline Clinic for Bushman in Epukiro and the people from the Bushman community that they employ. The lodge itself is on a 7,907 acre wildlife reserve with free roaming giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, oryx, kudu, warthog and many other smaller animals. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy lodge wildlife activities and visit the Wildlife Sanctuary, home to orphaned and injured lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and baboons.

N/a’ankusê Lodge

Overnight at N/a’ankusê Lodge. Dinner included.

*N/a’ankusê Lodge is a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.

Day 2: N/a’ankusê Reserve & Okonjima Reserve

This morning enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the Lodge before meeting some of the animals at N/a’ankusê Reserve. You will play with and feed the baby baboons, see their colorful, precious Wild Dogs, meet some of the beautiful semi-tame cheetahs and have the rare opportunity to walk with tame caracals through the veldt. You will also get to see behind the scenes in the animal food preparation area, learn more about the carnivore conservation project, see the Clever Cubs school and meet the San Bushman community. After lunch at the lodge, you are picked up by a private guide and travel overland about 3 hours to Okonjima and the AfriCat Foundation.

Okonjima Bush Camp

Three nights at Okonjima Bush Camp. All meals included.

Day 3 & 4: Okonjima Reserve & AfriCat Foundation, Namibia

During your time at Okonjima, you have the opportunity to see the rehabilitated animals as well and learn more about the conservation process and even participate in a project such as census or health checks if something are scheduled during your visit. Activities include tracking leopards and other predators by vehicle and on foot, visiting the Cheetah welfare center to see some of the on-going conservation work and spending time in the nocturnal hide on the look-out for some of the shy night time animals.

You may also choose to experience a day in the life of a Bushman. This is an easy walking trail and is highly informative with local Bushman guides. Learn about the art of making traditional artifacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed! There are also self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.

AfriCat Foundation

AfriCat’s main focus is Conservation through Education, Researching Carnivores & Rehabilitating Captive Cheetah. AFRICAT became internationally renowned after featuring in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 &1996. Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms. These large carnivores occasionally prey upon the livestock that roam unprotected in the bush. As a result, carnivores are often regarded as vermin by the livestock and game-farming community and are deliberately trapped and/or killed. AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats / carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena. AFRICAT has saved more than a 1000 carnivores since 1993. 86% have been released back into the wild!

Day 5: Johannesburg

You will picked up after breakfast and one last morning activity for the private road transfer back to Windhoek to meet the evening scheduled flight to Johannesburg. After going through customs and immigration, continue across the street to the complimentary shuttle to your airport hotel.

D'Oreale Grand

Overnight at D'Oreale Grand. Breakfast included.

Day 6, 7 & 8: Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Return by hotel shuttle to the airport this morning to meet the scheduled flight to Polokwane. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by road about 2 hours into Botswana and Mashatu Game Reserve for three nights. Mashatu Game Reserve comprises 25,000 hectares of unspoiled and preserved wilderness in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The seemingly endless plains range from savannah to riverine forests, marshland and sandstone outcrops. This “Land of Giants”, takes it's name from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu tree, and the giants that roam its terrain. As one of the largest private game reserves in Southern Africa, Mashatu is a fitting setting for the world’s largest mammal – the Elephant – and Mashatu is home to the largest herds on privately owned land on earth. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world’s tallest mammal – the Giraffe, the world’s largest antelope – the Eland, the world’s largest bird – the Ostrich, and the world’s heaviest flying bird – the Kori Bustard. Add the lion – the king of the beasts, and the iconic baobab…and you have Africa’s Big Seven.

Mashatu possesses an ecological diversity uncommon in other game reserves. Complementing three members of the Big Five – leopard, lion and elephant – are some surprising species, including the aardwolf (or “earth wolf”), bat-eared fox, African wildcat, honey badger and black-backed jackal. Also reintroduced to Mashatu – as part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – is the endangered wild dog. Mashatu is also an ornithologist’s dream, and plays host to more than 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, whose plumage features no less than seven shades of blue. Explore on day and night game drives as well as walks and visits to archaeological and San rock art sites. Other activities available on your own account are mountain biking, horseback riding and visiting the four photographic hides on the reserve.

Mashatu Main Camp

Three nights at Mashatu Main Camp. All meals included.

Day 9: Johannesburg

You will picked up after breakfast and one last morning activity for the return road transfer back to Polokwane to meet the scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you will return to the D'Oreale for overnight.

D'Oreale Grand

Overnight at D'Oreale Grand. Breakfast included.

Day 10, 11 & 12: Kwandwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Return by hotel shuttle to the airport to meet the morning scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met and transferred about an hour and 45 minutes to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and some time to unpack and refresh before heading out on the afternoon game drive. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a renowned conservation and community success story, offering a sophisticated safari experience for the conscientious traveller. The reserve comprises just 22 rooms split across four small Relais & Chateaux accredited lodges, of which two are sole-use villas, providing understated luxury and one of the highest guest to land ratios in South Africa.

The 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine wilderness is home to the famous Big 5 as well as a diverse number of smaller and more unusual species. Kwandwe flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River, which meanders for 30 km (19 miles) through this pristine, private wilderness where the Big Five once again roams freely. The wide open spaces and tranquil scenery belie the area's turbulent history, and relics of the area's rich historical and cultural legacy can be found both on the reserve and nearby. This is the ultimate historic Big Five safari!

Ecca Lodge

Three nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. All meals, local drinks and laundry included.

Hands On Conservation: Rhino Darting

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve offers guests the opportunity to help preserve endangered species’ on a unique Rhino Darting Program. The program provides an exciting insight into Kwandwe’s black and white rhinos and their differing behavioral patterns. The first day you will explore the reserve by vehicle in the morning and this afternoon the rhino program commences with full briefings that include an explanation of how the dart system works and a summary of the populations and the individual animals that they will be looking to notch and microchip.

The following day your will be introduced to the wildlife vet who will be performing the operation. Taking to the skies in a helicopter, the vet will locate, dart and sedate the rhino whilst the rest of the team travel overland, accompanied by Angus Sholto-Douglas (co-owner and the conservation manager) who will explain the entire procedure, outlining what to look for in a successful rhino anesthesia and allocating specific roles. Once safe to approach the sedated rhino, you may join the specialist ranger team to play your role in administering medication, taking measurements for scientific and medical purposes along with DNA samples for the national database and monitoring the animal whilst under sedation. You will also have an opportunity to drill the rhino horns for the insertion of microchips in the nuchrial hump and perform ear-notching procedures for future identification - both essential tasks to ensure the preservation of these magnificent animals. Once the procedure has been completed, you are invited to explore the 22,000 hectare/ 54,000 reserve by helicopter for a birds eye view of the magnificent landscape!

Day 13: Depart

Enjoy your last breakfast in the bush this morning before your road transfer back to the Port Elizabeth Airport to meet your departing flights.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January-December Please call; pricing depends on dates and group size.
Rhino darting is recommended only during the winter months of May-September and has a minimum age limit of 16 years.
Registered Seller of Travel License # 602 127 852.    •   

All rights reserved. Nothing contained on this website may be reproduced without express written permission. African Safari Company does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the content of this website.