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 on Tuesdays

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 head to the Himba people’s homes, who are semi-nomadic bushmen. They are easily recognized by their distinctive red colored skin and hair. 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. The next three days is dedicated to exploring 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. 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.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 19 night's accommodation
  • 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: 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 14 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • 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, South Africa, Cederberg Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±270km
Activity Package: Wine tasting & traditional dinner
| OVERNIGHT:
Citrusdal Country Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Arrival airport transfer in Cape Town, Extra day in Cape Town – pre-tour, Activity Package – The Grand Southern Safari

DAY 2, Namibia, Gariep (Orange) River

Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
| OVERNIGHT:
Felix Unite Cabanas, Norotshama Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Gariep (Orange) River / Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s a chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±250km
Optional activity: Half- Day Canoe Adventure
Included highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
| OVERNIGHT:
Ai Ais Resort or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 4, Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated just outside the park.
Route: Ais Ais to Namib Naukluft ±620km
| OVERNIGHT:
Hammerstein, Taleni Desert/Quiver camp or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.
Route: Betesda Lodge to Sesriem ±150km
Included Highlight: Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45
| OVERNIGHT:
Hammerstein, Taleni Desert/Quiver camp or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Route: Betesda Lodge to Swakopmund ±380km
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional activities: Dinner Out
| OVERNIGHT:
Stay@Swakop, Amampur or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 7, Swakopmund

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
Route: Betesda Lodge to Swakopmund ±380km
Optional activities: Dolphin Cruise 4/5 hours, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking (2 hours), Dinner Out Swakopmund
| OVERNIGHT:
Stay@Swakop, Amampuri or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 8, Swakopmund to Khorixas

Today we head inland towards Khorixas, seeing the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower over the desert and plains beneath them. We’ll take a walk with a local guide to see some examples of rock art which demonstrate how significant this area and these formations were to the San people who lived here in the past. Finally we continue to our overnight stop for the evening.
Included highlight: Guided walk in Spitzkoppe
| OVERNIGHT:
Igowati, Khorixas Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Kamanjab, Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community today where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a zone or an tribe where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you like to purchase anything or not.
Route: Spitzkoppe to Outjo ±340KM
Activity Package: Himba Project Visit
| OVERNIGHT:
Etotongwe or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 10, Etosha National Park

We start early this morning and head to Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s most famous destinations for game viewing with the sparse grasslands allowing great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation.. We have a full day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan on a game drive on our expedition vehicle. The raised height of the vehicle helps with visibility and seeing some of the abundant wildlife in the park. We’ll stop at several waterholes during the way, where concentrations of game can often be seen. An optional night drive is available this evening.
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park ±170km
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT:
Okakuejo or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Etosha National Park

We have another full day in Etosha today, exploring different parts of the park on the truck and searching for animals and birds we may not have seen yesterday. We leave the park late in the afternoon and head to our next accommodation.
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT:
Etotongwe lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Windhoek

After a short morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek we’ll take a short walk through the city centre to see some of its best known landmarks.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±450km
Included highlight: Craft market stop, short walk through Windhoek with your guide
Optional activity: Dinner out
| OVERNIGHT:
Heja Game Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 13, Botswana, Ghanzi

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border into the Kalahari Desert. While very different to the Namib Desert in Namibia, the Kalahari is still dramatic and covers nearly a million square kilometres. The San people have been associated with the harsh desert landscape here for centuries and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community that also provides an insight into the songs and story telling that form part of their culture.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±520km
Included highlight: San Tribal dance in the evening/p>
| OVERNIGHT:
Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Maun, Okavango Delta

An optional walk with San guides is available this morning to learn how they use nature and their environment to survive in this harsh desert. In the afternoon we drive to the outback town of Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Upon arrival your guide will drop you at Maun airport where we board small planes to head into the Delta for our 2 night excursion. After flying over the winding channels of the Delta, a drive to camp sees us arrive at our home for the next two nights. Upon arrival we settle in and prepare for tomorrow’s activities on the waterways of the Delta. Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will remain behind at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion for the next two nights.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±350 km
Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed. The airline requires the individual weight of all guests and their luggage prior to check-in to meet safety regulations for flight into and out of the Okavango Delta. Please take no offense to this as it is done for guests safety only.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta excursion
Optional Activity: Bushman Walk (May take place on the previous day)
| OVERNIGHT:
Mopiri camp or similar (permanent tents)
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Okavango Delta

The Okavango has a strange and unique ecosystem with the annual rains in regions upriver on the Okavango River flowing down and into the delta where they fan out and create pools, streams and waterholes that vary hugely through the seasons. As a result, our program here is flexible to take account of the changing water levels. We normally start with a mokoro ride in the morning and a boat cruise in the afternoon with lunch taken back at the camp.
Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed on flight The airline requires the individual weight of all guests and their luggage prior to check-in as they have recently implemented new safety regulations for the flight into and out of the Okavango Delta. Please take no offense to this as it is done for guests safety only
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion
| OVERNIGHT:
Mopiri camp or similar (permanent tents)
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 16, Okavango Delta to Maun

A short drive to the airport and a flight back to Maun takes us out of the Delta this morning. We’ll reunite with the truck in Maun and spend the rest of the day there.
Optional activity: Tips for Polers
| OVERNIGHT:
Sedia Riverfront hotel or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Nata

Today’s drive carries us across the northern section of the Makgadigadi Pans. Along the way we’ll pass some great examples of the iconic Baobab tree and look out over the pans as they extend to the Suth. If we’re lucky, while we bisect the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Park we may encounter some of the wildlife that make this huge protected area home.
Route: Maun to Nata ±230km
| OVERNIGHT:
Nata Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Chobe National Park

An early start today takes us north to our camp for the night on the banks of the Chobe River. We’ll then spend the afternoon exploring the park on a game safari in 4×4 vehicles which allow us to get up close to some of the many elephants that the park is famous for. The elephants like to spend time in the river in the afternoons and we’ll hope to see them enjoying themselves, splashing and washing. The day ends with a boat cruise looking out for hippos, buffalo and more elephants before dinner is served around the campfire.
Route: Nata to Kasane ±315km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park boat cruiseGame Drive
| OVERNIGHT:
Thebe River Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package, Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 19, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls

We leave Chobe this morning and cross the border into Zimbabwe for the short drive to Victoria Falls. Plenty of time is dedicated to visiting the spectacular falls and watching the mighty Zambezi River crash down into the Batoka Gorge, creating clouds of steam and spray that rise up into the air. However, the town of Victoria Falls is a hub for a wide range of adventurous activities and there is time available this afternoon to take advantage of some of these if you wish (eg. White water rafting, bungee jumps, river cruises or helicopter flights above the falls). If you’d like to take things a bit easier, the town has craft markets and plenty of shops and cafes to browse and relax in.
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100km
Activity Package: Entry to Victoria Falls National Park
Optional activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
| OVERNIGHT:
A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Activity package, Options available while on tour, Activity Package – Namibia & Botswana Uncovered

DAY 20 : Victoria Falls

Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most people will spend the day doing some safaris, white water rafting, taking a helicopter ride over the falls or relaxing after viewing the waterfall. Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.
Note: It is possible to book our 2 day Journey to Johannesburg, either Camping or Accommodated straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Please contact us for more information. Our Big 5 Encounters tour from Johannesburg then also fits well after this trip, providing some great safaris in Kruger National Park.
Optional activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour, Extra day in Victoria Falls – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

DURATION

20 Days

Price

A$4760

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