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25 Day Southern Africa Adventure Overland

Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia

Starts: Johannesburg, Ends: Cape Town

Group Size: Max 24

Age Range: 18 - 39 Years

Southern Africa Adventure Overland from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then to Kruger National Park.

From: R35,060

+ Optional Activity Package USD 420

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Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg   and Ends in Cape Town

Journey from South Africa's business capital to Africa's premier attraction, Victoria Falls. Then on to the beautiful city of Cape Town - via the world's oldest desert, the Namib-Naukluft. Drift along the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta, experience the Fish River Canyon, and prime game reserves of Etosha, Chobe and Kruger where there is plenty of wildlife to see.

Highlights

  • Kruger National Park Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Matobo National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe National Park Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha National Park Game Drives
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Sesriem Canyon
*Highlights are included in the Activity Package Adventure Pass

Included

  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of two crew
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated

Excluded

  • Activity Package Adventure Pass excursions
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • NB: Lunches and dinners in Swakopmund and Livingstone and dinner in Windhoek are not included in the tour price.

SKU: CAE2509

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Johannesburg – Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Departing today from the City of Gold, Johannesburg, we journey through the scenic area of Mpumalanga that boasts incredible panoramics and dramatic slopes all the way through to the most famous National Park in South Africa, the mighty Kruger. The fences between the borders of the Park and the neighbouring private game reserves were abolished in order to create the Greater Kruger, allowing the animals of the Park to roam freely throughout the entire region. Together, the Kruger and Greater Kruger cover more than 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an abundance of African wildlife, ranging from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s Big Five. There is also a remarkable variety of bird species and vegetation to be found here. We spend two evenings in the Kruger region, where we are treated to Shangaan tribal dancing on our first night and spend a full day game driving through the Reserve the following day in order to make the most of this incredible tour.

Trip Highlights: Johannesburg, Greater Kruger and Kruger National Park game drives, Shagaan tribal dancers
Accommodation: Hotel Numbi- Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Distance Covered: +/-600kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day with Game Drives

Day 3

Hazyview, Greater Kruger – Tshipise, South Africa

Leaving the Greater Kruger we travel up through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the
northern Limpopo province of South Africa.

Accommodation: Forever Resorts – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-380 kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

Day 4

Tshipise, South Africa – Matobo National Park

Leaving Tshipise, we journey North towards the Matobo National Park. Arriving later in the afternoon, we settle at the campsite just outside of the national park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

Day 5

Matobo National Park

Spend the morning game driving in the Matobo National Park with the anticipation of seeing some extraordinary wildlife. Returning back to the camp after the game drive, feel free to spend your afternoon relaxing at camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

Day 6 - 7

Matobo National Park – Livingstone, Zambia

Continuing up north, we pass through the town of Victoria Falls, cross the dividing bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia and travel the short distance to the Waterfront Resort campsite a few km’s from Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2
Distance Covered: +/-120 kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day on day 6

Day 8

Livingstone – Kasane, Botswana

We travel a short distance to Botswana after leaving Livingstone to the town of Kasane – the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for big, breeding herds of elephants as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The puku antelope can only be seen in one place in Botswana, the flood plains. Here, birdlife also thrives. During flooding, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to this area. Today we take in an afternoon game viewing cruise on the Chobe River, which is a fantastic way to spot hippo or elephant, and even sometimes buffalo, who all gather at the river’s edge to bathe and to drink.

Trip Highlights: Ferry crossing the Chobe/Zambezi River confluence, Chobe National Park, Chobe River, Afternoon Game Cruise
Accommodation: Thebe River Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 9

Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata

After an early breakfast, we take a comfortably paced drive towards Nata. We arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the afternoon. Since there are no fences all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see anything during your stay.

Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-260kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 10

Elephant Sands, Nata – Maun

Today we make our way to Maun keeping a sharp lookout for roaming wildlife that populate these parts. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta as well as the fifth largest town in Botswana. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts and, although officially still a village, Maun has developed swiftly from a rural town to a community that has expanded to the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. Red lechwe (a type of antelope) can be seen on these river banks grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Since the founding of Maun in 1915, the town has built a reputation for being hard-living ‘Wild West’, aiding in the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Today, Maun is a thriving tourist town that is infamous for its influx of donkeys and, to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can usually be seen standing around town waiting to transport the wares of their owners (local traders and farmers alike).

Trip Highlights: Maun
Accommodation: Sitatunga Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-360kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 11

Okavango Delta

We head to the Okavango Delta today – a natural wetland spreading over a massive portion of northern Botswana. The Okavango River rises farther to the north in Angola and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to create an intricate floodplain of channels that spreads out into a broad, flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. Amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels, we go exploring here today in search of hippo, crocodile, elephant and a wide variety of birdlife. We travel to our island camp in a Mokoro (dugout canoe) and explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is an extremely well-preserved area that makes camping amongst the bushes and rivers, whilst listening to the soothing sounds of the African night, a truly beautiful and unforgettable experience.

Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, dugout canoe and walking safari
Accommodation: Elephant Camp, twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Okavango Delta – 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. We aim to get back to camp 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 camp’s pool.

Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time US$470

Day 13

Maun – Ghanzi

We leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. 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. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem – something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive.

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 participants and visitors alike.

Accommodation: Ghanzi Trailblazers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-260kms
WIFI: No
Optional Activities: traditional dancing US$15

Day 14 - 15

Ghanzi – Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

We wake up early and leave Windhoek only to make our way north to Etosha National Park, an enormous reserve of over 22,270 square kilometres surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan’. Seasonally, the pan is full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain around 114 mammals and about 340 species of bird. Here, we spend two nights usually setting up camp near a floodlit waterhole. If you keep a lookout, chances are you will most probably witness a range of frequent night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra and even lion and hyena. This makes for one of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a true ‘African’ experience and most definitely a highlight of any trip to Namibia. In the afternoon of our arrival we adventure on a short game drive, followed by a full day’s game drive the next day.

Accommodation: Urban Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities (Windhoek) Okaukuejo/Halai/Namutoni Camp (Etosha)
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1
Distance Covered: +/-450kms (Ghanzi to Windhoek) and +/-420kms (Windhoek to Etosha)
Approximate Driving Time: Full day including game drives

Day 16

Etosha National Park

We game around Etosha National Park, an enormous reserve of over 22,270 square kilometres surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan’. Seasonally, the pan is full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain around 114 mammals and about 340 species of bird.

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

Trip Highlights: Etosha National Park game drives, Floodlit waterhole game viewing
Accommodation:Okaukuejo/Halai/Namutoni Camp
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1
Distance Covered: 250km in the park
Approximate Driving Time: Full day including game drives

Day 17

Etosha – Spitzkoppe

Leaving Etosha we make our stop at Spitzkoppe (a group of granite peaks) to admire ancient bushman paintings that have remained visible on the peculiar rock formations. These formations peak at 1728m above sea level and create a remarkable view. Be sure to take your time exploring the area and its pleasant tranquillity whilst keeping an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rocks, specifically during sunrise and sunset when they take on extraordinary intense and vibrant shades of red. Also, make a point of having at least a short look at perhaps the most impressive rock painting, ‘Bushman Paradise’.

Our campsite for the evening, Spitzkoppe Restcamp, lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to whom all proceeds from our visit here go toward.

Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Community Camp – Camping in twin share tents
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-420km
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 18 - 19

Spitzkoppe – Swakopmund

Leaving the beautiful Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and Swakopmund which is a smaller town reminiscent of Namibia’s colonial past but infused with modern adventure-orientated attractions. Swakopmund is Namibia’s chief seaside resort. Slotted in neatly between the desert and ocean, it is an enchanting coastal oasis. Here, you are welcome to try some adventurous desert-based activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and much more. The choice of what you’d like to do is all up to you after we receive a full briefing of other optional activities that will take place during our stay here. For anyone wishing to take an adventure break, you are encouraged to take some time for yourself and check out what the town has to offer. This includes things such as shopping, restaurants, museums, aquariums and art galleries. Otherwise, you could simply take a stroll along the promenade to admire the ocean and to indulge in the town’s café culture.

PLEASE NOTE: For practicality’s sake, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts only. This allows for you to take on a half or full day of activities (several of which include lunch) without having to rush to be back in time for group meal times. The town of Swakopmund offers a large variety of bakeries and cafes that boast lovely selections of reasonably priced meals. (Allow ZAR50 – 100 per meal.) Unwind and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Trip Highlights: Swakopmund, optional desert-adventure activities
Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge – Dorm bed
Meals included: Breakfast x 2
Distance Covered: +/-150kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day on Day 51

Day 20

Swakopmund – Soltaire

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.

Accommodation: Solitaire Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-280kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

Day 21 - 22

Soltaire – Sesriem – Fish River Canyon

We will wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the tour, climbing up Dune 45 to watch the rising sun. We will get the opportunity to explore Sossusvlei.

We drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, onwards to the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the many natural wonders of Africa, being around 500m deep and over 160kms long. Once again, this area offers wonderful photographic opportunities as we meander around this area and make a visit to the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known famously as ‘Hell’s Corner’.

Trip Highlights: Fish River Canyon
Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities and Canyon Road House (Fish River)
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Distance Covered: +/-280kms, +/- 430kms

Day 23

Fish River Canyon – Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa

Departing from the almighty Fish River Canyon, we continue south to the border of Namibia/South Africa toward the Gariep (Orange) River. Our campsite for tonight is situated on the grassy banks of the river, on the South African side. Here you will have a chance to unwind on the water’s edge, take a relaxing swim or embark on an optional canoeing trip that will allow you magnificent sights of the abundant birdlife in the area.

Trip Highlights: Namibia’s barren landscape, Orange (Gariep) River, optional canoe
Accommodation: Umkulu Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-200kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 24

Orange (Gariep) River – Cederberg Region

Continuing even further south, we pass through Namaqualand – well known for its fruitful display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between the months of August – September). We camp at a charming campsite nestled close to the Olifants River. Here, we have the opportunity to sample some of the most exquisite wines of the region.

Trip Highlights: Cederberg Mountains, optional wine tasting
Accommodation: Highlanders Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-400kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

Day 25

Cederberg Region – Cape Town

Leaving the scenic Cederberg area behind, we continue our southern travels, passing the abundant fruit growing area of Citrusdal as well as remarkable views as we make our way down the Picketberg Pass to the province of the Western Cape. We continue to our final destination – cosmopolitan Cape Town, which is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If time allows, we highly recommend that you spend a couple of days exploring this splendid city and its surrounds. Take advantage of the extensive variety of activities available in this magnificent city, such as visiting one of the current 7 Natural Wonders of the World – the strikingly beautiful and iconic Table Mountain.

Trip Highlights: Cederberg, Cape Town
Accommodation: None
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Activities

Included in Activity Package Adventure Pass Matobo National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide* Chobe National Park Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide* Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari* Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk* *Highlights are included in the Activity Package Adventure Pass


Other Activities

Livingstone

  • Victoria Falls bungi $170
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game drive $80
  • Chief Mukumi Village tour $80
  • Gorge Swing $95
  • Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car $105
  • Half day Canoe Safari $150
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise $115
  • White Water Rafting $190
  • Helicopter /Microlight flight over the Falls $180/$190
Botswana
  • Okavango scenic flight per 5-seater plane $435
Namibia
  • Quad Biking $50
  • Sand Boarding $40
  • Deep Sea Fishing $115
  • Scenic flights $245
  • Tandem skydive $210
  • Swakopmund Township Tour $40
  • Kayaking $65
South Africa
  • Orange River Canoeing $40
  • Wine Tasting $10
Price subject to change

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Highlights

  • Kruger National Park Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Matobo National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe National Park Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha National Park Game Drives
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Sesriem Canyon
*Highlights are included in the Activity Package Adventure Pass

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