See the incredible highlights of Southern Africa on this accommodated overland tour. Starting with the famed Victoria Falls, then travel the water ways of Botswana's Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta wilderness before heading to the Kalahari Bushmen. In Namibia visit the best highlights of Etosha, Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon. Ending at South Africa's iconic Table Mountain - this accommodated tour has it all!
Extend this tour by starting in Johannesburg - see South West Safari 25 Day tour for more.
Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.This tour starts with a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world by volume. 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’.
Day 2. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.Leaving Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park.
Day 3. Kasane to Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.This morning we further explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to view the many elephants, buffalo and roaming antelope of the area. Moving on from Chobe we continue south to Elephant Sands. This magnificent place has no fences so wildlife can roam freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the accommodation - at the central waterhole. 5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana 4 images Elephant Sands, Nata
Day 4. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Departing Elephant Sands, we travel via the southern outskirts of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the impressive baobab trees that dot the side of the road, to the rapidly developing town of Maun. We stop off in the town allowing time to explore the interesting architecture of traditional rondavel homesteads and stock up on supplies. We arrive at our accommodation on the early afternoon allowing plenty of time to pack for the Delta excursion the following day and relax by the pool. 6 images Sitatunga Camp, Maun
Day 5. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely.
Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.After our night in the wilderness we take a casual Mokoro ride back to the polers stations where our 4x4 vehicle collects us again for our trip back to Maun. Saying our farewells to our local guides, we board our vehicle and traverse the sandy roads back to Maun.
Day 7. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.Today, we make our way to the outskirts of the Kalahari Desert and the quaint town of Ghanzi. Our camp is situated a short drive from the town and in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain. It is here that 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. 3 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana 5 images Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi
Day 8. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.Leaving Botswana behind, we cross into Namibia and travel to the capital, Windhoek. This city is a small capital city compared to many others around the world with an approximate population of 200,000 people living here. Take the opportunity to explore the town and enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House'. 6 images Urban Camp, Windhoek
Day 9. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Heading north, we make our way to Etosha National Park. At over 20,000 sq km, this magnificent park hosts over 114 mammals and 340 bird species. Entering the gate, binoculars and camera at hand, we game drive to our accommodation for this evening stopping along the way at the local waterholes where animals congregate to drink.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Waking early, we spend a full day game driving in this diverse animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan that fills with water in the wet months and hosts prolific birdlife including flamingos. Keeping our eyes peeled, we traverse the limestone roads and visit the various water points in search of the many animals wandering the terrain. Seek out elephants, rhino and numerous antelope species including the majestic looking Oryx - Namibia's national animal.
Day 11. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.This morning, we game drive out of Etosha National Park and make south to the picturesque Damaraland region and the granite boulders at Spitzkoppe. Home to ancient bushman paintings and giant boulder-like rock formations reaching a peak at some 1800m above sea level, we explore the area on foot and soak up the true beauty of this magical place.
Day 12. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Waking to the amber morning light reflecting off the rock formations, it is certainly worth getting up early to find a quiet spot to enjoy the sunrise. Departing the dramatic Spitzkoppe, we make our way across the barren desert to the Atlantic coast and Swakopmund.
Day 13. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today is a free day to enjoy Swakopmund either by visiting the town's sights or enjoying the optional activities on offer.
Day 14. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.Leaving the coast behind, we traverse the rugged mountainous passes with their varying rock types shifting in layers from years gone bay. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing for a photo opportunity at the southernmost circle of direct sunlight.
Day 15. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .Today we drive to the Namib Naukluft National Park and trek to the top of Dune 45 for spectacular views over the rolling desert. After a well-earned breakfast, we join a shuttle ride to 'Dead Vlei' which lies amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offering some brilliant photographic opportunities.
Day 16. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Tsaris Pass, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.Rising early, we travel though barren and rocky landscapes dotted with camel thorn and quiver trees to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. At 550m deep and over 160km long, we spend time exploring the majestic area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner'. 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia 5 images Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon
Day 17. Fish River to Orange River, Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Today we journey south to the Orange (Gariep) River. Our accommodation lies on the banks of the river on the Namibian side. On arrival, we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, swim or simply relax on the water’s edge admiring the view. 3 images Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia 4 images Felix Unite
Day 18. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.Leaving the Orange River, we cross the border into South Africa and continue south through the spectacular scenery of the Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). Our accommodation for the night overlooks the Olifants River in the Cederberg region. Here, try the local wines of the area on an optional wine tasting. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa 4 images Highlanders Camp, Cederberg
Day 19. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.We leave the picturesque Cederberg area and travel south through the Citrus region at Citrusdal, over the Piekenierskloof Pass to Cape Town, where our tour ends.
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* 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 ACCOMODATION:
This tour starts in Livingstone on day 1. 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.
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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (16 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some camps may have 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.
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.
18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
15 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 2 night bush camping at [Khomas Region and Spitzkoppe] (equipment supplied).