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ITINERARY


DAY 1 - TUE 06 JULY 2010

Having assembled at school for 14.00hrs we will depart by coach for the airport at 16.00hrs.

Outward Journey

Heathrow (Terminal 5) | Johannesburg ~ Flight Time 10hrs 50 mins
BA0057 21.15hrs | *09.05hrs (*next day)


DAY 2 – WED 07 JULY 2010

On our arrival at Johannesburg we will proceed to the transit area for our connecting flight to Namibia.

Outward Journey

Johannesburg | Windhoek ~ Flight Time 2hrs
BA6275 12.00hrs | 13.00hrs

Once in Windhoek we will be met by our guides, Alan and Oriel, who will also have hire vehicles waiting for us at the airport. After stowing our bags, we will drive to Arebbusch Travel Lodge where we will be staying overnight in their self-catering chalets. In the afternoon we hope to visit the centre of Windhoek.


DAYS 3 TO 5 – THU 08 JULY TO SAT 10 JULY 2010

After breakfast we will drive to Waterberg Plateau park. The area is an impressive sandstone plateau and its summit is home to many rare species including black and white rhino, leopard & roan antelope. There are breeding programmes for these endangered species.

We will drive up onto the top of the plateau and establish our camp for the next three nights. During the time on the plateau we will undertake guided game walks with local guides. There will be opportunities to visit some of the hides on the plateau and also to track animals such as white rhino.

The intention of this time is to experience isolation and become close to the wild, with only basic facilities. We have to take all provisions with us and access to the camp is via deep sand roads.


DAY 6 – SUN 11 JULY 2010

After leaving the Plateau we drive North towards Etosha National Park. Our camp site for the night is at Etosha Safari Lodge and this will give us good access to Etosha the following day.


DAYS 7 TO 9 – MON 12 JUL TO WED 14 JUL 2010

Travel to Etosha National Park, where we will spend three nights. The first night will be at Okaukuejo and the other two nights at Onguma, just outside Namutoni. Onguma, when translated, means "the place you don't want to leave."

The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan. Many water holes exist around the edges of the pan and they are joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra, in addition to many antelope and bird species. Black Rhino are almost guaranteed at night at the Okaukuejo Camp waterhole. The best chance of seeing the cats is early morning and we will take game drives as soon as the gates open and again in the afternoon.


DAYS 10 & 11 - THU 15 JUL & FRI 16 JUL 2010

Leaving Onguma early in the morning we take the long drive to Popa Falls. Here we camp by the river for two nights. On the Friday there will be early morning and late afternoon game drives in Mahango Game Park, with an opportunity to relax or do chores in the middle of the day. The park has a variety of both species and habitat as it borders the Okavango River. In particular the rare Roan antelope is successful here and there are opportunities to see reedbuck and red lechwe as well as elephant, zebra and giraffe.


DAY 12 - SAT 17 JUL 2010

From Popa Falls it is another long drive, along the Western side of the Okavango Delta to Maun in Botswana. Here we will spend one night camping just outside Maun.


DAY 13 - SUN 18 JUL

In the morning we travel to the edge of the Okavango Delta, where we will spend one night bush camping. It is our intention to explore the area on foot or by mokoro, with local guides (depending on water levels). This is an interesting wetland area and there should be opportunities to see elephant and a variety of antelope species whilst on foot, as well as hippo in the water channels.


DAY 14 - MON 19 JUL

After a final morning in the Okavango region we return to Maun, where a further night will be spent camping just outside the town.


DAYS 15 & 16 – TUE 20 JUL & WED 21 JUL

In the morning we leave to drive to Chobe River front. Here we will camp for two nights close to the river. On the morning of the second day we will take a game drive in Chobe National Park, whilst in the afternoon a sun downer boat trip will hopefully enable us to see hippo, crocodile and a wide variety of birds, at close quarters.


DAY 17 THU 22 JUL

Today we cross the border into Zambia, via the Kazungula Ferry. It is then a short journey to Livingstone, where we will establish camp at Liyoyelo Farm.

The farm is to be our base during the community project and also for activities in Livingstone. It is situated in 105 acres of bush and fronts onto the banks of the Zambezi, just outside the National Park. The farm is Nomad African Travels base in Africa and we could experience visits by hippo and elephant during our time there.


DAYS 18 TO 27 – FRI 23 JUL TO SUN 01 AUG

During this period of time we will have 10 days to work at Twabuka Community School, undertaking a variety of projects. Equally important will be meeting the local people and the school pupils gaining a valuable insight into African village life in Zambia.


DAYS 28 & 29 - MON 02 AUG & TUE 03 AUG

During our final two days in Livingstone there will be the opportunity to undertake many of the activities available in the area. These include visiting Victoria Falls, game drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, white water rafting, bungi jumping, gorge swing, elephant back safari, horse riding, river boat trips, flights over the falls etc.


DAY 30 – WED 04 AUG

After a final morning in Livingstone we will return the hire vehicles at the airport in time to catch our flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg.

Return Journey

Livingstone | Johannesburg ~ Flight Time 1hrs 45 mins
BA6292 13.30hrs | 15.15hrs

Johannesburg | Heathrow (Terminal 5) ~ Flight Time 11hrs 05mins
BA0056 20.15hrs | *06.20 (*next day)


DAY 31 – THU 05 AUG

Arrive London Heathrow at 06.20hrs where a coach will be ready and waiting to bring us back to school.