The waterhole is the place. All is equal here. Hunter and hunted, bird or mammal, herbivore or carnivore. They all must drink so all must come. So sit quietly and let them approach. This is the Africa of David Attenborough and countless TV shows. And yet here it is, just in front of you.
Travel in a comfortable and robust overland truck and start this incredible adventure in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Across the Zambezi we enter Botswana to spend the afternoon on a sunset cruise, game viewing in the unspoilt wilderness of Chobe National Park.
The next day begins with a game drive in Chobe before crossing into Namibia. We drive through the Caprivi to our lodge the banks of the Kwando River.
Heading back into Botswana and onto the Okavango Delta, we camp for two nights and spend our day exploring the water pathways by speedboat and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe). We take a bush walk to spot elephants, waterbuck and other animals in this watery paradise.
Returning to Namibia we make our way along the Caprivi to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River, overlooking Angola. From here it’s on to Etosha National Park for two days filled with game drives, in search of the big five as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. (We cannot always guarantee accommodation inside the Park.)
Moving on, we head for Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. We visit the Bushman paintings at Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest, where the trees are estimated to be 250 million years old.
We then head for the coast to Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast and visiting Africa’s largest seal colony. Still heading south we visit the Namib Naukluft National Park and overnight at Maltahohe (Sesriem) before setting off early the next day to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. A wonder to behold, these dunes can reach a height of 300m.
Next we head off for Fish River Canyon, a chasm 100 miles long and up to 17 miles wide. We have time to explore before moving onto Orange River which forms the South African - Namibian boundary.
Saying ‘hello’ to South Africa, we make our way along the coast through the Namaqualand region and Clanwilliam area for one night before completing our journey in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse cities. With three days here we include a full day Cape Peninsula tour, a chance to really stretch our legs and climb Table Mountain (weather permitting), and a trip to the famous winelands area. We sample their glorious goods and make a toast to an unforgettable journey.
Please note: This is a pioneer holiday and the itinerary and other arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. To enable us to include so many highlights in one trip, the distances travelled during this journey will be vast. Some days will mainly be travel days, but we will make sure that we stop regularly to see the sights and stretch our legs along the way.
Depart from London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg with British Airways.
On arrival in Victoria Falls, we transfer to our accommodation where we can relax before meeting up at the restaurant for dinner.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and in the evening, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River followed by dinner.
We travel by road 90km (56 miles) to Chobe. At Chobe National Park we will enjoy an afternoon cruise and spend one night in chalets on the banks of the Chobe River.
We start the day with a morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park before leaving Botswana and crossing into Namibia. We drive through Caprivi to our camp (chalets) on the banks of the Kwando River.
We make our way to our camp situated on one of the most pristine areas in the Northern Okavango Delta. We will spend the next two days enjoying Mokoro trips and bush walks. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe which we will explore the network of water pathways, hoping to spot elephant, waterbuck or other wildlife living in this water filled paradise
Leaving Botswana we make our way back into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu approximately 350km, (220 miles) where we stay 2 nights on the banks of the Kavango River overlooking Angola. We will have the opportunity if you wish to visit a local village. The following day we have time to relax before an optional sunset cruise in the evening.
Today we have a long but varied drive to Etosha. Our two days here will be filled with game drives and wildlife viewing in a hope to spot the Big Five! The game viewing opportunities here are fantastic, both on the drives and from the camp waterhole (should we stay inside the park), and our previous groups have had some very lucky sightings. We will stay inside or very close to the Park.
Our next destination is Brandberg; Namibia’s highest mountain, where we will stay for two nights. During the journey we will take a stop to observe the ancient Bushman paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest; the trees are estimated to be 250 million years old. The following day we will visit the “White Lady”; one of the most famous rock paintings in the area.
Heading westwards across the flat desert plains we reach the cold Atlantic coastline and follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross. We will cover around 300 km (180 miles) We stay in Swakopmund (two nights). Dinner is not included today, but you will find many local restaurants to choose from.
We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German town, or try one of the many local excursions (at your own account) that they have on offer here. Lunch and dinner are not included today, however there is a great variety of cafes and restaurants to suit every budget.
We drive to the barren, arid and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park. We spend the next two nights situated in a superb setting surrounded by panoramic landscapes. We’ll see outcrops of massive granite boulders and hopefully wildlife in its natural habitat.
Today we visit the world’s highest sand dunes, at Sossusvlei. These red sand dunes are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. You can even climb one.
This is a long driving day through the semi-desert. We head for Fish River Canyon where we take a short walk to view it, and stay for one night.
We leave our lodge in the morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River where we can relax in the pool or take a riverside walk. The region is famous for diamonds and grape-growing in vast irrigated vineyards.
Saying goodbye to Namibia, we make our way into South Africa. We end our day at our lodge in Clanwilliam at the foot of the majestic Cederberg Mountains which offer some of the finest scenery in the Cape.
We drive to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at Blouberg Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain and Robben Island across the bay and then visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dinner is not included today.
Today we embark on a full day Cape Peninsular Tour. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headlands known as Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, penguins, historic and picturesque coastal villages are all to be seen along the way. Dinner is not included today.
After and for the energetic there is an opportunity to walk up Table Mountain (above grade). For those who prefer an easier approach to the mountain there is the cable car (own expense). This walk is however depended on local conditions and may be moved to day 22 if necessary, or not attempted at all if the weather conditions are unfavourable on both days. During the afternoon you are free to explore the Waterfront or visit the historic heart of the city. Lunch and dinner are not included.
Any visit to Cape Town is not complete without a trip to the beautiful winelands, so today we head for Stellenbosch where we will include a cellar wine tasting tour. After lunch we will say our farewells and head for the airport for our return journey to the UK taking with us our lifelong memories of all that Africa has to offer.
Arrive at London Heathrow.
See where this holiday travels to.
On the banks of the Kwando River, that separates Namibia and Botswana, we stay at Kwando Camp on the Namibian side. The Camp takes advantage of the beautiful location, with thatched ‘island tents’ built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. These bungalows are more like huts or chalets than tents, and come with en suite facilities and mosquito nets. The thatched roof provides thermal regulation, cooling the rooms in summer and keeping them warm in winter. Electricity is provided at the most required times by a generator.
The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations. All rooms have ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and electronic safes for safekeeping of valuables.