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$ 5370

Southern African Adventurer (Accommodated)

min $ 5370
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Destinations: Cape Town, Fish River Canyon, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Citrusdal
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 5370
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Southern African Adventurer

This exciting adventure tour offers you an insight into Southern Africa's best highlights. Visit the magnificent and highest dunes in the world, traverse the myriad of waterways of the Okavango Delta, seek out the mighty 'Big 5' game parks, bask in the spray of the Victoria Falls and follow South Africa's famed Garden Route to legendary Cape Town all on this African adventure.

This route is also available departing from Johannesburg, see our 46 Day Southern African Explorer for more

Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

Our overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Before we leave the city we take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area.

From here we head north through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Our accommodation is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains where we will have the option to sample some of the local wines of the region. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa 3 images Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa 4 images Highlanders Camp, Cederberg

Day 2. Cederberg Area to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.

Continuing north, we head to the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River. Our accommodation provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets and bar facilities. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. There is also the option to hike to the lookout above the Orange River which is safe for swimming! The accommodation by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience. 3 images Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia 4 images Felix Unite

Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

This morning we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge before entering Namibia via Vioolsdrift Border post, arriving at the majestic Fish River Canyon this afternoon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world. Here we have the opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of this picturesque natural wonder. 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia 5 images Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .

After a night in the quiet southern desert, we continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it’s larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world.

Our accommodation tonight has a waterhole at which we have the opportunity to see Gemsbok and other desert species as they come to drink the fresh water. 4 images Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia 4 images Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft

Day 5. Sesriem to Solitaire Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Solitaire Country Lodge, Solitaire.

This morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. A spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high!

After a well-deserved breakfast, we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight into what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to Solitaire - Namibia’s smallest town for the night. 3 images Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia 4 images Sossusvlei, Namibia

Day 6. Solitaire to Swakopmund Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Leaving Solitaire, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilisation and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore.

2 images The Tropic of Capricorn 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer - from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.

Be daring and try some desert based adventure activities – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventures enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture. 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

Leaving the coast, we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia 2 images Spitzkoppe Community Camp

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

From Spitzkoppe we travel north making our way to the Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species.

We spend two nights here, usually near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the accommodation. 6 images Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which is so large it can be seen from space. We search for elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the numerous water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.

After a full day game driving, we return to the accommodation, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.
7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia 6 images Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.

Heading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants 6 images Urban Camp, Windhoek

Day 12. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.

Leaving Windhoek we travel east into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions, this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.
3 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana 5 images Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi

Day 14. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side. 6 images Sitatunga Camp, Maun

Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Leaving Maun, we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station on the water's edge. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition.

We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp. We have some 'down time' to relax and settle in to our surroundings before we head out on our nature walk in the cooler hours of the afternoon.

The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. We enjoy an afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience! 4 images Okavango Delta, Botswana 5 images Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to Maun around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the pool. 6 images Sitatunga Camp, Maun

Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.

Today, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees - the Baobab along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The accommodation has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana 4 images Elephant Sands, Nata

Day 17. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

We make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.

7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana 4 images Chobe National Park, Botswana 7 images Thebe River Lodge

Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park further on an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to spot elephant lion, and different antelope species.

Leaving Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

We set up at the Waterfront on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. We will give a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly.
5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia 8 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia 8 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Day 20. Livingstone to Bulawayo Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

Departing Livingstone, we cross the border to Zimbabwe and pass through Victoria Falls town and head to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. The area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site which we will have a chance to explore more fully tomorrow. 2 images Burkes Paradise

Day 21. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe 2 images Burkes Paradise

Day 22. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.

Leaving Bulawayo, we travel south to the Beitbridge border post to cross into South Africa. After completing formalities at this busy border, we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province.

Our accommodation is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppjes set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are natural hot springs supplying the resorts pools with divine warm water. 3 images Tshipise, South Africa 4 images Forever Resorts, Tshipise

Day 23. Tshipse to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

From Tshipise, we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24,000 sq km.

We spend two nights within the Kruger area, enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing on our first night and take a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day! 2 images Shangaan tribal dancing 3 images Hotel Numbi

Day 24. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem among explorers from all over the world who visit this park.

Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (over 145 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 500 species) and over 330 varieties of trees.

We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night. 6 images Kruger National Park, South Africa 3 images Hotel Numbi

Day 25. Kruger National Park to Mlilwane, Swaziland Accommodation. Mlilwane.

Leaving Hazyview, we travel south along the edge of the Kruger crossing the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland. The winding road takes us over lush, green mountain passes through this landlocked kingdom snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa to the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights. Milwane is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’. 3 images Mlilwane

Day 26. The Kingdom of Swaziland Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

Waking early, we take a short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about the little kingdom. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch.

This afternoon we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, game drives, mountain bike riding, and guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. 2 images Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland 3 images Mlilwane

Day 27. Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.

Leaving this wonderful haven, we travel through the heart of Swaziland before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa. Our next stop is a small coastal town of St Lucia, nestled among the wild beaches and a tropical estuary, one of the largest in Africa at 85km in total length. We join a late afternoon river cruise to witness some incredible wildlife species of the area - hippo, crocodiles and the prolific birdlife.
1 images St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa 3 images Monzi

Day 28. St Lucia to Durban Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

After a morning of exploring the vibrant town of St. Lucia, we then drive to one of South Africa's most well-known seaside cities - Durban where we stay north of the city. The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy the beach and warm Indian Ocean waters. 6 images Road Lodge, Umhlanga

Day 29. Durban to Underberg Area Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

Heading inland, we drive via Pietermaritzburg and the lush mountainous countryside to our accommodation for the next two nights at Sani Lodge. This magnificent place is situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. This afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views and the many optional activities on offer – hiking, mountain biking, abseiling, fishing, rock art tours and horse riding, just to name a few. 5 images Sani Lodge

Day 30. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

Today, we meet our local guides and join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass (2874 m). Travelling in 4x4 vehicles, we head through the rugged cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains and further into Lesotho where we will visit a small household and a shearing shed in a shepherd’s village.

Next on the agenda, we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest road pass in Lesotho rising 3240m for a picnic lunch overlooking the majestic views. After lunch, we meet the shepherds of the area before returning to our accommodation for the night stopping en-route for a beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge. 4 images Sani Pass Excursion 5 images Sani Lodge

Day 31. Underberg Area to Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Today we take in some history and take a drive to the Battlefields. Soaked with the blood of thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers, the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here.

We retire to our bush lodge in the late afternoon where we suggest an early night in preparation for a day of hiking tomorrow.

1 images Battlefields - South Africa 3 images Amphitheatre Lodge

Day 32. Drakensberg Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

We pack up our day packs ready to go, and travel the short distance to the Royal National Park entry gate. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face. We also get to visit an ancient cave dwelling and witness bushman rock art sights.

Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner. 5 images Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa 3 images Royal Natal National Park, South Africa 3 images Amphitheatre Lodge

Day 33. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

Departing the Drakensberg this morning, we drive around the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Maseru Bridge Gate. We drive south over the rolling mountain ranges via the narrow passes to Malealea Lodge, high in the mountainside. Situated in the Mafeteng District of remote Western Lesotho, Malealea Lodge offers many optional activities to get to know the local culture amidst breath-taking scenery. 3 images Malealea Lodge

Day 34. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities. Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

Today you have a free day to explore this beautiful mountainous country. Venture out on a mountain bike into the mountains climbing and descending the narrow paths with spectacular views. Enjoy a hike at leisure and mingle with the local Basotho people as they tend to their day to day duties. But most of all, no visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek. Trails traverse hair-raising narrow mountain tracks and visit some of Lesotho’s amazing waterfalls. 5 images Malealea Activities 3 images Malealea Lodge

Day 35. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP. Accommodation. Mountain Zebra National Park.

Getting an early start, we leave the highlands and cross back into South Africa and through stunning diverse country to the Mountain Zebra National Park. At 284km², this park is home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino and the bat eared fox, not to be missed! However, the highlight of the park's fauna is the over 700 Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. With a camera and binoculars at hand, we game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our accommodation nestled 12km inside the park gates. 3 images Mountain Zebra NP

Day 36. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo Elephant National Park Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth.

We continue our journey today to the famed Addo Elephant National Park where we spend the afternoon exploring the park for some serious animal spotting. This wonderful park is sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here!

After an enjoyable day’s safari, we return to the accommodation, which is situated on the outskirts of the park where we enjoying stillness with sun downers on a river bank at our peaceful holiday resort. 2 images Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa 4 images Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth

Day 37. Addo to Knysna to Tsitsikamma Forest Highlights. Knysna, South Africa. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Island Vibe Travellers Lodge.

We rise early and make our way over to the exciting adventures within the Tsitsikamma forest. Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-faceted destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. A hiking and birders paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park.

On entry you have various options to choose from depending on your energy and interests. From boat cruises and canoe trips to nature hikes and bird watching, the forest has something to offer for most visitors’ curiosity and exploration desires. After visiting Tsitsikamma, we head to the famous Bloukrans Bridge where we could be tempted to a jump off the highest bungee jump.

Then we continue to the quaint holiday town Knysna, which is renowned for its lagoon, buzzing cafe life and seafood. 1 images Knysna, South Africa 1 images Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa 2 images Island Vibe Travellers Lodge

Day 38. Knysna to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa. Accommodation. Kleinplaas.

After breakfast we continue on to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains travelling via the scenic Outeniqua Pass.

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the surrounding Karoo. This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains. Here we find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves, we enjoy the night in the old settlers’ town. 3 images Cango Caves, South Africa 3 images Kleinplaas

Day 39. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa. Accommodation. Hermanus Backpackers.

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we board our vehicle and head south across the farmlands of the Cape to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings.

En-route we stop off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, lying at the southernmost tip of Africa. We visit the lighthouse built as early as 1848 before enjoying a lunch break.

The afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, inhaling the cool breeze. 6 images Hermanus Backpackers

Day 40. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Winelands, South Africa.

A free morning in Hermanus gives us ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour (seasonal) or explore the town’s variety of shops and boardwalk on foot, or visit the Old Harbour Open-Air Museum that is a provincial heritage site.

We hit the road before lunch and follow the rough coastal route taking a leisurely drive through small fishing towns. We visit a winery on the outskirts of Cape Town where we participate in a tour of a winery and enjoy wine tasting. The tour draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. 2 images Cape Town, South Africa 2 images Cape Winelands, South Africa

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

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This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

Twin share accommodation with facilities (36 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), 4x4 safari vehicle and river boat.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.

Includes & Excludes

40 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 32 Dinners

37 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected tented camp (Delta); 1 night bush camping at Spitzkoppe and Khomas region (equipment supplied).

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Sleeping bag and mattress (Khomas Region, 1 night, Spitzkoppe, 1 night)

Included Highlights:
Cape Town Township Tour*
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei shuttle*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Panorama Route
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Sani pass excursion *
Royal National park
Drakensburg Mountains
Mountain Zebra NP, Game Drive
Addo Elephant NP, Game Drive
Garden Route
Cango Caves, Visit*
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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