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This safari journeys through diverse landscapes from the eerie and barren Atlantic coast and open desert to prolific game parks of Botswana and the Victoria Falls (Zambia). This quick overland safari tour traverses across Southern Africa passing through a range of landscapes and natural highlights.
This tour is also available with an extension from Cape Town, or in reverse from Livingstone to Swakopmund.
Day 1. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.From the hustle and bustle in Swakopmund to the calming landscapes and ever changing red shaded rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Explore the area and its ancient bushman paintings this afternoon before spending your first night out under the starry African night. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Day 2. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National ParkWaking with the majestic views over the rock formations we enjoy breakfast before hitting the road north. We travel through a few of Namibia's smaller farming towns before getting to Etosha National Park.
On entering the park we begin our game drive seeking out the resident wildlife as we make our way to the fenced camp within for the night. Tonight you can watch for game at the floodlit waterhole and see if you can spot the animals as they come to drink.
Day 3. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we enjoy a full day game drive within Etosha seeking out a variety of the park’s inhabitants. Etosha is dominated by a vast salt pan at its centre with an array of dirt tracks surrounding the pan for us to explore.
Spend a relaxing evening at one of the waterholes awaiting the nocturnal visitors tonight. 7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia
Day 4. Etosha to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.We head out of the wilderness and back to civilization today as we make our way to Namibia's Capital city - Windhoek.
This evening we have the opportunity to explore the nightlife in town - marvel at the variety of local delicacies at Joe's Beerhouse complete with German style bar or head to the city to explore!
Day 5. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.Heading East, we make our way to Botswana today and on to the northern Kalahari town of Ghanzi.
Amidst a seemingly unfruitful environment we meet the San/Bushman. They will give you some insight into how they have managed to use natural resources to survive the harsh climate and keep their culture alive. 2 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana
Day 6. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.Once a little rural town, Maun has become a thriving community and the starting destination for all wishing to visit the Okavango Delta.
We stock up in town for supplies today preparing for our excursion into the Okavango Delta tomorrow.
Day 7. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.We pack our gear into the 4x4 transfer and head for the wilds, winding our way through the outer settlements around Maun.
As we drive the settlements dwindle and we are in the wilderness. Arriving to the poling station we meet our mokoro guides and get settled in the dug-out canoes for our next adventure gliding across the waters. Our camp is based on an island where we settle in and await the cooler hours of the day to head out and explore the surrounds.
The Okavango Delta is a large, fairly flat basin into which the Kavango River flows and spreads into a multitude of channels creating a wetland in an otherwise dry and desert-like landscape. 4 images Okavango Delta, Botswana
Day 8. Okavango Delta to MaunWaking early, we head out with the morning light on another wilderness walk to see the tracks left around camp overnight, and enjoy the open scenes one last time.
Travelling back to our truck at camp, we have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy a swim, a game of volleyball or head out for an optional scenic flight over the Delta.
Day 9. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.Travelling further through Botswana, we have the opportunity to see the odd-looking Baobab Tree today with its upside-down appearance.
Tonight we spend the evening at Elephant Sands with its waterhole and visiting wildlife. 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana
Day 10. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.The Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephant as well as lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. The Chobe River is a huge watering spot for these amazing animals and this afternoon we head out on the Fish Eagle Boat Cruise to see these. 7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana
Day 11. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.We're up early again this morning and head out by road into the Chobe National Park with a resident guide. Our guide takes us along the dirt tracks to explore and see if we can seek out the predators and other fascinating wildlife here.
After our morning of adventure, we get on board our truck one last time and cross the border to Zambia via the quirky Kazangula ferry. Our camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi with lovely views out onto the water. 5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 4 images Chobe National Park, Botswana 2 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 12. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Explore the world renowned Victoria Falls, visit the David Livingstone Museum or spend the day visiting with the locals and learn more about their history and culture. For the more adventurous this is the time to partake in a myriad of optional adrenaline activities.
Your adventure ends after breakfast but the day is yours to enjoy! 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia 2 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia Show more...
Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund
Amanpuri - 'Place of rest' is in the coastal town of Swakopmund, fffering spacious en-suite single, dorm and twin/double rooms. The rooms are arranged around a sunny courtyard and BBQ area, and just a 10 minute walk to shops and restaurants. The activity desk conveniently offers activities or day tours around Swakopmund that you might want to book.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Swakopmund early on day one. We strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive at least the day before departure for the pre departure meeting at to experience all that Swakopmund has to offer, and 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 Livingstone 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.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, 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 on day 7 we use twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities.
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.
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. These local services are included in the Local Payment.
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.
11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Items of a personal nature