The Grand Southern Safari tour

The Grand Southern Safari tour

Tour Experience

Comprehensive 3 week tour starting in Cape Town and ending at Victoria Falls

Available

All year round

Location

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana

The 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls route is a comprehensive tour where you cross from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and wrapping up the tour in Zimbabwe. It is a simply grand safari!. This is an 'accommodated' tour, staying in hotels and lodges rather than camping.
As we leave Cape Town we go into a northern direction towards the Cederberg Mountain Region en route Namibia. As we cross the border, our first stop in Namibia is the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the rim of this large natural phenomenon. Next the Namib- Naukluft Park which is 50,000km2, and one of the largest parks in Africa. It is here in the Sossusvlei desert where you will find giant sand dunes and remarkable, ever changing landscapes.

In Swakopmund we stop to enjoy skydiving, sandboard, quad biking to name a few adventure sports. We then continue to the Etosha National Park for some abundant wildlife viewing in Southern Africa’s finest game reserve. We get to spot plenty of wildlife before continuing to Namibia’s capital of Windhoek. A short city tour makes way for crossing to Botswana. Our first visit here is Ghanzi to experience a cultural evening of tribal singing and dancing performed by the San community. Next we explore the Okavango Delta, which is the largest inland delta in the world. The lagoons, lakes, hidden channels and watermasses cover over 17,000km2 and we will be exploring as much of this in cruises on traditional Mokoro’s sailboats. An upgrade is available to fly in to a water based lodge inside the Delta for a more in depth experience. We also visit the second largest wildlife reserve in Botswana. Here in the Chobe National Park we wrap up sightseeing and head over to the border where we find ourselves in Zimbabwe. This is our final destination and what better way to end a 20-day tour than to stand in the mist of the Victoria Falls – the crossroads of Africa.

The tour is available either based mainly on camping in traditional 2-person tents (which we provide together with camp beds), or as an upgraded 'accommodated' version where you sleep in lodges, hotels, or permanent camps (with proper beds & facilities). Details of each night's stay are given in the Facilities section of the daily itinerary. Pricing shown is based on camping - please contact us for prices to upgrade to the accommodated level.

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INCLUDED

  • 19 night's accommodation either camping or in hotels/lodges/guesthouses/permanent camps (supplement applies)
  • All transport in 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Okavango Delta upgrade and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • 'Accommodated hotel upgrade' (hotels/lodges/permanent camps instead of camping)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Cape Town to the Cederberg

The grand southern safari starts in the Cape Town city centre, where we’ll all gather before heading off towards the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, which boasts spectacular mountain ranges and orange farms.
The Cederberg is also the home of the Rooibos bush, which is indigenous to the slopes of the Cederberg mountains. The leaves of this tree are used to make a herbal beverage which has international acclaim as a healthy and refreshing option to regular tea.
We’ll have dinner together at our accommodation in Citrusdal for the evening, which offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the rest of the travelling group whilst enjoying some South African hospitality.
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Marcuskraal
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2 - Namaqualand to the Gariep River

From Citrusdal, we make our way to Namaqualand, which provides the first view of the desert vistas which will be a regular occurrence in the days ahead. We travel north, stopping in Springbok to refuel before we make our way to our camp located on the banks of the Orange River – the longest river in Southern Africa.
If you are lucky enough to be travelling during the South African spring months between July to September – you will be greeted with colourful expanses of wildflowers that are unique to the region.
Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (July – September)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Fiddlers Creek Campsite / Accommodated – Felix Unite Cabanas or Bundi
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 - Namibia: Gariep (Orange River) to the Fish River Canyon

The Orange River may have been named after the Dutch Royal House, but it has also recently been referred to by its original name – Gariep – which means river in the KhoeKhoe language.
The Orange River starts its journey in the mountains of Lesotho and flows through the desert landscape which surrounds it. One of the best ways to experience the river is by getting into its waters and we have the opportunity to do that today by joining an optional canoe trip on the river.
After lunch, we travel inland to our overnight accommodation at Ais Ais, where you will get the chance to soak in its mineral and sulphur-rich hot spring waters.
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (camping) / Ai-Ais (accommodated)
Included Highlight: Hot springs (pool)
Local Options: Canoe trip
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – NWR: Hobas Campsite / Accommodated – NWR: Ai Ais Resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

We start the day early as we make our way to the edge of the Fish River Canyon to marvel at the sun rising over the canyon. We’ll then make our way west as we travel to Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon is spent exploring the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground – which is named after the towering dolerite boulders which are stacked on each other, creating unique rock formations and mazes.
Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Seeheim Hotel / Accommodated – Schutzenhaus Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

We’ll spend most of the day travelling today as we head deeper into the Namib Desert, until we reach the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. You will get a good glimpse into rural Namibia we pass expanses of sparse, dry farmland. We’ll spend the night camping on the edge of the dune fields as we fall asleep listening to the cry of the elusive Barking gecko.
Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon (camping departures)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – NWR: Sesriem campsite / Accommodated – Namib Naukluft Soft Adventur
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

We start the day early as we spend time in the Namib-Naukluft National Park and climb up the famous Dune 45, which offers a spectacular vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert.
We’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before we hop into a 4×4 to Sossusvlei & Deadvlei, where we’ll explore its vast salt pans before we settle in at our campsite in the Namib-Naukluft National Park for the rest of the day. Camping departures spend the afternoon joining a local expert for an educational excursion into the desert.
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon (accommodated departures), Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert (camping departures)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Boesman’s Camp / Accommodated – Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Swakopmund

Accommodated departures finish their time in the desert this morning taking an excursion into the desert with a local expert this morning. The tour now leaves the Namib Desert, stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn to stretch our legs.
We’ll then make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund – the adventure capital of Namibia. We’ll stop briefly at the Walvis Bay lagoon to see the flamingos which frolic in its shallow waters. Once we arrive in Swakopmund, you have the day free to book some of the adventure activities on offer, from sandboarding to quad biking and various other water sports.
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Highlight: Guided desert walk with local expert (accommodated departures), Walvis Bay Lagoon, Tropic of Capricorn
Facilities – Camping: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation / Accommodated – Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Swakopmund

Swakopmund may be Namibia’s adventure capital, but it’s much more than just adrenaline filled fun. You have the day free to explore the town on your own. Be sure to visit one of its famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a variety of German-inspired treats.
Local options: Dolphin cruise, skydiving, sandboarding, quad biking
Facilities – Camping: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation / Accommodated – Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison
| MEALS: mBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

We say goodbye to Swakopmund today as we make our way to the huge granite formations at Spitzkoppe, which towers at 700m high. Most notably, the presence of rock art on the boulders show the importance of these natural wonders to the San people who lived here many years ago.
Led by a local guide, we get to see the San rock art before we make our way to our accommodation for the evening.
Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or Uis White Lady
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - The Brandberg White Lady

The Brandberg Mountains is one of the highest mountain ranges in Namibia, but its popularity stems from the famous White Lady rock painting, which is estimated to be 2000 years old. We’ll spend some time exploring the area before we make our way to Kamanjab.
Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Camping – Toko Lodge / Accommodated – Etotongwe
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Etosha National Park

We start the day early once more as we make our way to the Etosha National Park, which is famed for offering some of the most unique game watching experiences in Africa. We will reach Etosha in the afternoon, where we’ll enjoy our first game drive before heading to the rest camp.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Second day in Etosha

We will spend most of the day exploring the Etosha National Park, searching for the wildlife that call this wildlife sanctuary home. No day on safari is ever the same, so keep your eyes out for any special sightings.
Route: Etosha National Park Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Windhoek

Today we make our way to Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, which was officially founded in 1890 when the Germans built a fort and started to occupy the area permanently. Upon arrival, we will take a short walk through the city, viewing some of its most popular landmarks.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide
Facilities – Camping & Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Heja Game Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - From Namibia to Botswana

We make our way east today, crossing the border into Botswana and the Kalahari Desert, one of the homes of the San people. This afternoon, we’ll head out on a guided walk with the San community, which provides great insight into their way of life. Tonight, we enjoy an evening of dance, song and story-telling – key components in the Sans’ way of life.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San Guided Walk (could take place the next morning) / San Tribal dance in evening
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - Okavango Delta

We start the day early as we make our way to Maun. Upon arrival, you have the chance to go on an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (time and weather permitting). Tonight, our guide will give us a breakdown for tomorrow’s full day safari.
Those guests who have pre-purchased the 2-night package – will board the flight into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 17. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Upgrade option: 2-night fly-in Delta Upgrade
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 - Exploring the Delta

One of the best ways to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta is in a dugout canoe called a mokoro. We head out early today until we reach the poling station, where we’ll meet the polers who will guide our mokoros through the delta.
Once we reach one of the many islands in the delta, a nature walk can be taken with your poler. Whilst the mokoro ride may not primarily be a game viewing activity, there is a variety of game that can be spotted here, including, elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.
Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Upgrade option: 2-night fly-in Delta Upgrade
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 - Nata

We say goodbye to Maun (reuniting with the travellers who chose the upgrade package) and make our way to the town of Nata. We’ll spend most of the day travelling and once you reach Nata, you’ll have the chance to book an afternoon guided game drive to the Makgadigadi Pans, which serves as a breeding ground for many water birds such as pelican and flamingo.
Route: Maun to Nata Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 - Chobe National Park

We rise early today as we make our way north to our camp at on the banks of the Chobe River, which is home to some of the highest concentration of African elephant on the planet. We’ll have some time to settle in before we head out on a 4×4 game drive this afternoon, giving you a good opportunity to get up close and personal to these gentle giants.
We end the day with a relaxing boat cruise on the Chobe River and dinner around the campfire.
Route: Nata to Kasane
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park game drive
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Thebe River Safaris
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 - Victoria Falls

We say goodbye to Botswana today as we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel towards the Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the major waterfall on the Zambezi River in Africa.
You have the day free to explore this natural wonder at your leisure. There are a range of optional adventure activities to enjoy as well if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush. If you’re looking to relax, there are various craft markets and coffee shops to enjoy.
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
Facilities – Camping & Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 - Victoria Falls

The tour comes to an end after breakfast. With the variety of activities on offer in Victoria Falls, feel free to try some of them at your leisure.
Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
| OVERNIGHT: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked
| MEALS: Breakfast

DURATION

20 Days

Price

A$3483

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