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This small village, situated 180km north of Francistown, is a popular stop-over destination on the way to or from Maun and Kasane (both ~300km away) further north. The white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are a feature of the area around this village.

Due to the number of tourists passing through there are now three filling stations (Engen, Shell and Caltex) close together on the outskirts of Nata at the junction with the Maun road

Shops in Nata are limited with North Gate filling station being the only decent option - there is a Southern Fried Chicken takeaway here as well as a shop selling basic food stuff and cold drinks. The Engen filling station, on the left before the Maun junction, also has a Wimpy fast food restaurant.

Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Nata Sanctuary is only 10km away and self-drive trips here can be rewarding at the right time of year with large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans which breed here each year.

Overnight: Nata Lodge View iBrochure

An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas.

The Nata River delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky. Nata Lodge offers guided tours in open safari vehicles into the sanctuary, not to be missed.


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Nata Lodge, Nata
Nata Lodge, Nata


Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine trees on the bank of the Thamalakane River. The rambling lodge has an idyllic setting and is committed to service excellence.

Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. All chalets and common areas have terraces that take advantage of the serene 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds.

It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.


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Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun
Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun

Mahango Game Reserve

Mahango Game Park is a small park, a short drive south of Popa Falls, on the border with Botswana. As Popa Falls is a natural point to break the long journey between Rundu and Katima Mulilo, Mahango Game Park should be considered for inclusion in the itinerary. Driving the route through the park will take approximately half a day. In order to drive the full circular route, an offroad vehicle will be needed. There is a shorter route which can be drivenby a sedan in the dry season. The effort of visiting the park will be rewarding in terms ofwildlife and bird watching. The Mahango Game Park has a high number of elephants, as well as fair numbers of antelopes which are scarce or not seen in other parts of Namibia. These include the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and the red lechwe. The park is also home to anumber of sitatunga, however these antelopes are very scarce, and sightings will be excellent luck. The best time to see elephants and antelope will be during the dry season. Part of the park borders on the Kavango river, so the possibility of seeing crocodiles exists. In order to see hippos, the traveller should book a nocturnal game viewing trip, as hippos are nocturnal creatures. The best time for game viewing is in the dry months between March and October.The Mahango Game Park is an excellent destination for bird watching. It has three different habitats: the Kavango River, the flood plains, known as omurambas and woodlands, so a wide spread of species can be seen. The best time of year for bird watching is in the rainy months from November to February.

Overnight: Divava Okavango Resort & Spa View iBrochure

Build on the river banks of the Okavango river and right next to Popa Falls, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa is within 20 minutes drive to the Mahango National and Buffalo Game Parks, the perfect doorway to unparalleled adventure and a destination beyond wildlife safaris.

Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Kavango where time stands still, Divava Okavango Resort & Spa really is one of its kind in the region. Experience magical moments in the National Game Parks and the rumbling river that feeds your imagination, leaving you with tales to tell for many days and years to come. After your exhilarating journey, visit the Divava Okavango Spa, a place that evokes the perfect harmony between natural beauty and pure relaxation. All 20 rooms are luxurious with thatched roofs in the wide spread and tranquil gardens. Enjoy the delicacies of the restaurants at Divava Okavango Resort. The Resort offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching and other activities for the young and curious explorers.


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Divava Okavango Resort & Spa, Mahango Game Reserve
Divava Okavango Resort & Spa, Mahango Game Reserve

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Chobe Bush Lodge View iBrochure

Chobe Bush Lodge is a brand new property in Kasane right on the doorstep of the famous Chobe National Park, overlooking the African bush and located within 150m of the Chobe riverfront. This is where four diverse African countries converge, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, which makes the town of Kasane an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls or the Caprivi.

The lodge consists of 38 spacious luxury en-suite rooms, featuring an open plan bathroom with bath and shower, air-conditioning, TV and safe and tastefully furnished in modern-bush style design. Families can be accommodated in one of 4 large exclusive family rooms which consist of two separate bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities. Rooms on the ground floor offer verandas as the perfect place of relaxation - top rooms are provided with balconies and have exquisite views over the Chobe National Park. The varied views of the park and the Chobe floodplains in the distance from the rooms and public areas, is one of the many reasons in making Chobe Bush Lodge your ideal vantage point in exploring this magnificent region


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Chobe Bush Lodge, Chobe River Front
Chobe Bush Lodge, Chobe River Front

Day 12: Departure


Bird watching

Pan Visits

Visit Nata village

Boat Cruise

Sunset Boat Cruise

Scenic Flights


Mokoro Boat Cruise

Namibian village walks

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