View the great elephant heads of the Chobe River, the worlds oldest desert, the Namib-Naukluft, the diverse Okavango delta and have cultural exchanges with Kalahari Bushmen in this superb introduction to Southern Africa.
This tour runs in reverse starting in Cape Town, it also connects with our northbound trips to Zanzibar or Nairobi.
Day 1. Johannesburg to Kruger National ParkWe rise early to beat the traffic out of Johannesburg on our way to Hazyview, just outside Kruger National Park. Travelling via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga you won't be disappointed by the stunning views while we slowly make our way to South Africa's famed national park.
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.This morning we are up early and change from the overland truck to open 4x4 safari vehicles. Today we have a full day game driving in Kruger National Park with residents guides who know this part of the world like the back of their hands.
Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.This morning we travel through the countryside to Tshipise, a small town in northern Limpopo province. Our campsite for the night is located near some natural hot springs and is adjacent to the Honnet Nature reserve. A great place to relax for the afternoon. 3 images Tshipise, South Africa
Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo areaGet your passport ready, today we are departing South Africa and crossing into Zimbabwe en route to Bulawayo. Our campsite is located in the Matobos area which is famed for its historical, geological and natural heritage.
Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Matobo National Park is a short drive outside of Bulawayo where we will spend the morning game driving. After changing to our 4x4 safari vehicles our local guides will take us to this beautiful national park which is famed for having the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa. Provided the conditions are right, our local guides will lead us on foot in search for these magnificent creatures on a wilderness walk. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Another border crossing today, moving on from Bulawayo we continue north passing through Victoria Falls town before crossing into Zambia. Once we are in Livingstone, a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls in the Mosi-ou-Tunya National Park is included this afternoon. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 7. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Today is a free day to explore some of the many adventure activities in the area. You will be briefed on the list of options the night before and can book activities then. Spend your day exploring these activities or relax poolside at the Waterfront. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 8. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.Have your passports ready again, today we leave Zambia behind and travel the short distance across to Botswana. After border formalities we make our way to Kasane town, the gateway to Chobe National Park. We take a sunset 'Fish Eagle' river cruise on the Chobe River this afternoon - a great opportunity to see the many elephants and possibly hippo and buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. 7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana
Day 9. Kasane to Elephant Sands, Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.We rise early to head out and explore Chobe National Park in an open safari vehicle for a morning game drive. If you missed anything on the river cruise, here is your chance before we make our way to Elephant Sands campsite in Nata. This campsite is famous for its visitors as there are no fences and the wildlife roam freely. Many groups are lucky enough to see the elephants come right into camp. 5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana
Day 10. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.Today we are making our way to Maun, which is the closest town to the Okavango Delta. We camp here for the night an get ready for our journey into the Delta tomorrow morning.
Day 11. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.This morning we leave our camp in Maun to make our way by 4x4 open truck to the Mokoro station. From here we are met by our local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight excursion. We travel by dugout canoe (Mokoro) through the tall grass channels, slowly making our way to the wilderness campsite. We will do an afternoon wilderness walk with our local guides and then relax taking in the beauty of this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. 4 images Okavango Delta, Botswana
Day 12. Okavango Delta to MaunThis morning we get back into our Mokoro for an slow paced ride out of the Okavango Delta and back to the polers station. We aim to return to camp for lunch time which gives you time to do the optional flight over the Delta, wonder into near by town or relax by the pool for the afternoon.
Day 13. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.Tonight is our last night in Botswana. We leave Maun behind and make our way to Ghanzi which is just outside the Kalahari desert. We will meet the San/Bushman and do a guided walk with them for a unique cultural experience to see these ancient people's way of life. 3 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana
Day 14. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.With passports ready, we are leaving Botswana and crossing into Namibia today. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and is characterised by a proliferation of German styled buildings. Tonight we will take an opportunity to visit a famous beer house.
Day 15. Windhoek to Etosha National ParkHeading north from Windhoek we are making our way to Etosha National Park. Famous for its salt pan, which is seasonally full of water but also for the specially managed waterholes that sustain hundreds of mammals and birdlife throughout the year. We stay inside this park for the next two nights.
Day 16. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.This morning we rise early to start a full day of game driving in the park. At the end of the day we return to camp, make sure you get a good spot at the floodlit watering hole, where you may stand a chance of seeing a range of night visitors including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, lion and hyena. Some say this is the highlight of their trip to Namibia. 7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia
Day 17. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.Departing Etosha National Park, game driving as we exit, we turn south and head toward Damaraland region. We camp at the eerie Spitzkoppe with giant boulder-like rock formations that create a spectacular view. The rock changes colour at sunset to a deep, intense red colour which makes for some incredible photography. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Day 18 . Spitzkoppe to SwakopmundWe spend the next two nights on the Atlantic coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is described as the adventure capitol of Namibia, offering some great desert based optional activities. Anyone not keen on seeking adventure, this town has some great shops, restaurants, museums or simply walk around and enjoy the old german architecture and enjoy the cafe culture this town has to offer.
Day 19. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.A free day to Swakopmund. Why not try the sandboarding, quad biking, deep sea fishing, sky diving or a township tour to explore the unique cultural side of this quaint seaside town. 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia
Day 20. Swakopmund to Solitaire Highlights. Kuiseb Canyon, Namibia. Solitaire, Namibia.Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en route to Solitaire - Namibia’s smallest town - for the night.
Day 21. Solitaire to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.We wake up early this morning and head inside the national park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. After breakfast we continue deeper inside the park for a nature walk to ‘dead vlei’ which lies amoung the giant sand dunes - an incredible glimpse into Namibia’s natural environment. The shifting colours of the desert sun offer incredible photographic opportunities. 3 images Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia 1 images Sesriem Canyon, Namibia 4 images Sossusvlei, Namibia
Day 22. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes to the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long. 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Day 23. Fish River Canyon to Orange River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Today we continue south toward the South African border. After formalities at the border, we set up camp on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River which divides South Africa and Namibia. This afternoon is free where can relax by river or take an optional canoe safari on the Orange River.
Day 24. Orange River to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.Today we are heading through the Namaqualand to our picturesque camp based near the Olifants River. A wine tasting option activity is must for our last night on tour together. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa
Day 25. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.This morning we are making our way toward the mother city - Cape Town - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our tour ends on arrival mid afternoon. 2 images Cape Town, South Africa Show more...
Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* 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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and 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 Cape Town and the surrounding area.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
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.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorm).
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, & 4x4 safari vehicles.
GAME PARK VISITS:
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.
24 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 19 Dinners
21 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 1 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room