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.

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, 11 lunches and 15 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package, Okavango Delta upgrade 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, 2019 - South Africa, Cederberg Mountain Region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
Note – our Overland tours are offered with an optional ‘Activity Package’ which includes a set of activities and visits that we recommend but that are not included in the main tour price. The itinerary below is written with the Activity Package items included. Please check our website or contact us for more information and prices.
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit
| OVERNIGHT:
Citrusdal Country Lodge or similar
| MEALS:
Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Arrival airport transfer in Cape Town, Extra day in Cape Town – pre-tour, Activity Package – The Grand Southern Safari

DAY 2, 2019 - Namaqualand, Gariep (Orange) River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.
Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
| OVERNIGHT:
Felix Unite Cabanas, Bundi or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, 2019 - Namibia, Gariep (Orange) River, Fish River Canyon

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop.
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais
Optional activity: River canoe adventure
| OVERNIGHT:
Ai Ais Resort or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, 2019 - Gariep (Orange) River / Fish River Canyon

We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.
Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
| OVERNIGHT:
Schutzenhaus Guesthouse or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, 2019 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.
Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
| OVERNIGHT:
Namib Naukluft Habitat or Desert Camp
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, 2019 - Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.
Included Highlight: Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
| OVERNIGHT:
Namib Naukluft Habitat or Desert Camp
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, 2019 - 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: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
| OVERNIGHT:
Stay@Swakop, Amampur or similar
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Activity Package

DAY 8, 2019 - 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 9to Brandberg
Our day starts as we head inland towards Khorixas, seeing the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres 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
Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe) (250km)
| OVERNIGHT: Brandberg Rest Camp or similar
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
Day 10, 2019 – Brandberg White Lady rock painting
This morning we will take a hike of around 1 hour to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. The terrain is rough and follows the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River, with the Brandberg (Burning Mountains) which are regarded as the highest in Namibia, surrounding us.
Following our hike, we continue our journey to the Kamanjab area.
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike
Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab (220km)
| OVERNIGHT: Toko Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11, 2019 – 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 then have the afternoon to explore the edges of Etosha Pan on a game drive on our expedition vehicle as we head to our accommodation for the night. The raised height of the vehicle helps with visibility and seeing some of the abundant wildlife in the park. We’ll aim to stop at several waterholes during the way, where concentrations of game can often be seen.
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park (200km)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT: Halali or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12, 2019 – Etosha National Park
We have a full day on safari in Etosha today, exploring different parts of the park on the truck and searching for animals and birds we may not have seen yesterday.
Included highlight: Full day game drive in the truck
| OVERNIGHT: Okaukuejo or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13, 2019 – Windhoek
We leave Etosha this morning and drive towards Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city and also the cultural, social and economic centre of the country. On arrival in Windhoek we’ll take a short walk through the city centre to see some of its best known landmarks. We’ll then return to our accommodation for the night which is normally situated half way between the city centre and the airport.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek (420km)
Included highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide
| OVERNIGHT: Heja Game Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast
Day 14, 2019 – Botswana, Ghanzi
After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and travel east, crossing 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 (500km)
Included highlight: San Tribal dance in the evening
| OVERNIGHT: Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15, 2019 – To the Okavango Delta
We’ll take a walk with local San guides this morning to learn how they use nature and their environment to survive in this harsh desert. We’ll then drive to the outback town of Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Here you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta (subject to arrival time and weather conditions). This evening we’ll talk to our guide in peparation for our full day excursions into the Delta tomorrow.
An upgrade package is available which will fly into the Delta upon our arrival in Maun and then rejoin the group in the morning of Day 9. Luggage restrictions apply of 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.
Please contact us for more details of this Delta excursion
Route: Ghanzi to Maun (300km)
Included highlight: San guided walk
Optional activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Upgrade package: Okavango Delta Upgrade
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Okavango Delta Upgrade
Day 16, 2019 – Okavango Delta Excursion
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, programs here are flexible to take account of the changing water levels.
One of the most rewarding and enjoyable ways to explore the waterways and lagoons is by mokoro. We’ll leave Maun early and transfer by safari vehicle to the poling station (approx. 1 hour). Our polers will then steer us through serene reed-lined channels that open out into beautiful lagoons. A nature walk may be taken with your poler on one of the many islands, before we return by mokoro through the channels to the poling station. Mokoro trips like this are not primarily game viewing activities but a variety of animals and birds may be spotted on the way, including elephants, zebra, kudu and impala.
Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Upgrade package: Okavango Delta Upgrade
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Okavango Delta Upgrade
Day 17, 2019 – Nata
We leave Maun this morning after re-joining any people in the group who chose the Delta upgrade package. Today’s long drive carries us past the northern section of the Makgadigadi Pans en-route to Nata. Along the way we’ll look out for 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.
If you add the Activity Package then a guided afternoon game drive is arranged to the Nata Sanctuary which is famous as the breeding ground for thousands of water birds, especially pelicans and flamingos.
Route: Maun to Nata (300km)
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
| OVERNIGHT: Nata Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019
Day 18, 2019 – Chobe National Park
It’s another early start today for the drive north to the banks of the Chobe River. If you choose the Activity Package then 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 (300km)
Activity Package: Chobe National Park boat cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive
| OVERNIGHT: Thebe River Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019
Day 19, 2019 – Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
We leave Chobe and its elephants today and cross the border into Zimbabwe for the short drive to Victoria Falls. Plenty of time is allowed for 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 Victoria Falls (100km)
Optional activities: Visit to the falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
| OVERNIGHT: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Okavango Delta Upgrade
Day 20, 2019 – Victoria Falls
Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, many 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 a 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 Activity: Visit to the falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Victoria Falls – post-tour, Okavango Delta Upgrade, Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls
2020 ITINERARY

DAY 9, 2020 - 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 10, 2020 - 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 11, 2020 - 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 12, 2020 - 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 13, 2020 - 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 14, 2020 - 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 15, 2020 - 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 16, 2020 - 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 17, 2020 - 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 18, 2020 - 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 19, 2020 - 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 20, 2020 - 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 21, 2020 - 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 22, 2020 - 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 23, 2020 - 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
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 24, 2020 - 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
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge
| MEALS: mBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25, 2020 - 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 26, 2020 - 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 27, 2020 - 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 28, 2020 - 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$3530

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