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SOUTH AFRICA – NAMIBIA – BOTSWANA – VIC FALLS

CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS

Destinations

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls

From

R 56,000 pp

 

Tour Type

Participation Camping Safari
Guided Safari

 

Duration

22 days/21 nights
Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Highlights

Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Damara Cultural Experience, Himba and Herero Tribes, Etosha National Park, Hobas Meteorite Site, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Moremi Game Reserve,

Makgadikgadi National Park, Elephant Sands Camping, Chobe River Cruise, Mokoro Poling Experience, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, The Big Five, Amazing Scenery, Incredible Wildlife, Campfire Dinners, Great Camaraderie

This is an epic journey that includes one highlight after the other.
If you have 21 days to spend on the road this adventure is for you, and be assured you will remember it for many years to come.

The safari is one of full participation and a team effort is needed to ensure the overall success.

We always find that this leads to fantastic camaraderie and guests love being part of the team exploring Africa, seeing all the amazing animals, enjoying many fireside dinners and having great evenings chatting about it all, under the stars.

The safari kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa, from where we travel all the way to northern Namibia, into Botswana and finally into Zimbabwe where the adventure ends after visiting the mighty Victoria Falls.

Your dedicated safari guide will stay with you for the entire safari and he will be your driver, security guard, medic, wildlife guide, cook and eventually your friend, buddy and confidant.

ROUTE: (CAPE TOWN-VICTORIA FALLS)

The safari kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa, from where we travel all the way to northern Namibia, into Botswana and finally into Zimbabwe where the adventure ends after visiting the mighty Victoria Falls.

Your dedicated safari guide will stay with you for the entire safari and he will be your driver, security guard, medic, wildlife guide, cook and eventually your friend, buddy and confidant.

DAY 1
We depart Cape Town at 6am and hit the road in a north westerly direction towards the Namibia border.
The road is long and we enjoy a roadside picnic and leg stretch at the halfway mark, before heading on to the Goegap Nature Reserve which is a couple of hours short of the Namibia border.
After setting up camp we enjoy the first game drive of the safari, where you might be lucky to spot some of the game that occurs here in their natural habitat.
Our first dinner follows around campfire and we also use the opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of the journey ahead.

DAY 2
After an early coffee and biscuits we pack up camp and depart for the Namibian border where we spend some time at customs doing all the necessary administrative duties before officially entering the country.
Our destination today is the Hobas campsite and we arrive there with ample time on hand to visit the Fish River Canyon, which is the second biggest canyon on earth.
Once back at Hobas we pitch our camp, freshen up and get ready for our second dinner, again around the campfire and under the stars.

DAY 3
We enjoy a lovely coffee and biscuits before packing up camp and departing to the historic small town of Aus, a town rich in history and also famous for the Namibian wild horses which occur in the area.
Our mid morning picnic brunch is at the small mining town Rosh Pina and we also use this opportunity to do a little shopping and buy fuel before heading on to Aus.
Upon arrival at Desert Horse Inn we set up camp before driving to the watering hole frequented by the horses in hope to find some of these wild creatures quenching their thirst.
Back at camp dinner is prepared and we enjoy another great evening under the stars.

DAY 4
Today we are excited as we are traveling to Sossusvlei, the place with the highest sand dunes on earth!
The drive takes us through some of the most scenic parts of Namibia and we arrive at our campsite during the latter part of the afternoon and set up camp before a refreshing swim in the campsite pool.
We round off the day with a splendid dinner under the stars!

DAY 5
After our morning coffee we take an exciting drive into the Sossusvlei Park on our way to experience the great dunes first hand.
First stop is Dune 45 and you have an opportunity to climb it all the way to the top if you are fit and have the stamina…
Next stop is Dead Vlei as well as the Big Daddy which is substantially higher than Dune 45.
Please note that to conquer Big Daddy you need to be in pretty good shape and even then it will take much of your energy for sure.
Upon completion of your dune walks we enjoy a picnic lunch at Sossusvlei before heading back to Sesriem.
The Sesriem canyon is our final stop for today and we spend an hour or so exploring the canyon before heading back to our campsite.
The rest of the afternoon is enjoyed at the pool or at camp where you can have a siesta or just relax until we prepare our last dinner at beautiful Sesriem.

DAY 6
We travel further north this morning and our destination is colonial town, Swakopmund.
Swakop is a coastal town and has a rich German history dating back to 1892 when the town was founded by Captain Kurt von Francois.
Our campsite is right next to the beach and if good weather prevails you are welcome to spend the rest of the afternoon taking a dip and soak up some sun.
Swakopmund has a number of very good restaurants and tonight you have an opportunity to go sit down and be treated to a delightful dinner (own account).

DAY 7
Today is your day at leisure and you are welcome to partake in some of the many optional activities on offer in the town.
Sea kayaking, sand boarding, quad biking, boat rides, desert drives and hot air ballooning are some of the options.
Dinner is enjoyed at our campsite and afterwards you fall asleep listening to the waves breaking, while you drift off into a blissful sleep.

DAY 8
We say goodbye to Swakopmund and head back inland where we will camp at Aba Huab community campsite in Damaraland.
Damaraland is one of my favorite regions of Namibia and the scenic beauty is out of this world!
Upon arrival at our campsite we pitch our tents before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the area.
We visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, which is an UNESCO world heritage site, a Damara cultural village, as well as the Burnt Mountain.
After a full day on the go, we enjoy a lazy fire side dinner under the stars.

DAY 9
An exciting day awaits us as we are traveling to the Etosha pan today via an interesting stop at the petrified forest.
At this attraction you will find a number of petrified conifer tree trunks which were brought down from central Africa in a glazier in the days when southern Africa was positioned at the south pole.
Etosha is the biggest nature reserve in Namibia and the animal numbers are huge, with elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, rhino and many more occurring here.
We camp at Namutoni rest camp for the next three nights and hope to spot many animals during the many game drives we will do.

DAY 10 and 11
The main reason for visiting Etosha is to see as much of the wildlife as possible and we will do 2 full game drives on both days.
Morning game drives will start immediately after morning coffee and last until 11am, when we return to base for a picnic brunch, followed by some off time till 3pm when we enjoy a cup of tea before the afternoon drive that lasts till around 6pm with dinner preparations commencing upon our return.

DAY 12
On we go and today we pack up early and hit the road by 7am as we have the longest drive of the whole safari.
Our destination is Mahangu Safari Lodge, situated on the banks of the mighty Okavango river where it crosses Namibia en route to Botswana from the Angolan highlands.
Arrival is around 4pm and we pitch our camp on rivers edge from where we hope to spot elephants, hippo and a variety of antelope feeding on the opposite river bank.
Dinner follows and afterwards you will fall asleep with the sound of hippo breaking the silence of the night as they advertise their territory as well as exit the river to graze till dawn.

DAY 13
After morning coffee and a light breakfast we depart our beautiful setting and head south to the Botswana border.
We conclude border formalities and head on to Guma Lagoon Camp, our next destination on this epic journey.
Arrival is at 2pm and you are free to spend the afternoon enjoying the fantastic views of the Okavango river from the lodge deck.
With some luck you might spot an elephant or two as well as hippo and crocodile!

DAY 14
We need to rise early today as a 3 hour mokoro excursion at the Okavango Delta is on today’s program…. this will be one of the highlights of your adventure for sure.
The mokoro station is 30 minutes by speedboat from the lodge and after completion you will return to the lodge in time for a late brunch before we depart to Maun, our next destination.
Arrival at Maun is around 6pm and we pitch camp on the banks of the Thamalakane river, where hippos and elephants are often seen.

DAY 15
There is great excitement this morning as we are heading on to Moremi Game Reserve for our first evening of wild camping.
Moremi is known for its abundance of wildlife and this is as good as it gets anywhere in Africa!
After an early arrival we pitch camp and enjoy brunch before going on a short game drive to wet the appetite for what is to follow later this afternoon when we have a 3 hour drive!
Amongst the animals that occur here are elephants, lion, leopard, cheetah, crocodiles, hippo, hyena, giraffe, kudu, impala, hartebeest, zebra and many more.

DAY 16
We are traveling to the Makgadikgadi National Park today, but not before we enjoy a last game drive in Moremi, hoping to find those elusive animals we did not spot yesterday.
Departure to the Makgadikgadi is at 10am and we pitch camp as soon as we arrive in order to enjoy a short late afternoon game drive before our customary fireside dinner.
Our campsite is again in an unfenced area and we may have the likes of elephants wandering through.

DAY 17
After coffee and a early morning game drive we depart to Planet Baobab, our next destination.
The campsite is adjacent to huge baobab trees of more than a thousand years old and we have an opportunity to take some amazing pictures of these giants, as well as enjoy the lodge pool.

DAY 18
One of the highlights of the safari is Elephant Sands, our campsite for this evening.
The lodge has a watering hole which attracts large numbers of elephants from the surrounding areas and here you have the opportunity to get really close to the big boys as they wander through the campsite to the water.
You have the rest of the day to enjoy the ellies, although you are also welcome to use the lodge pool.

DAY 19
After packing up we head further north and our destination today is Kasane, a small tourist town in the north east of Botswana.
After arrival at our campsite, which is on the banks of the Chobe river, we enjoy lunch before boarding a large river boat on a three hour sundowner cruise on the Chobe.
This is one of the most amazing rivers in Botswana and has an amazing selection of wildlife which includes buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocodile and many more.
After a fun filled day we thoroughly enjoy our campfire dinner and afterwards fall asleep, listening to the sounds of the night.

DAY 20
We have yet another exciting day ahead and depart to the Chobe National Park at first light to spend the next few hours on the last game drive of the adventure.
The park has a large number of wild animals as well as an amazing array of birds, and we will do our best to show you as many as possible.
This afternoon is yours to relax at camp or you may want to enjoy the huge lodge pool of you like.

DAY 21
Our second last day has arrived and it is indeed an exciting one as we are crossing the border into Zimbabwe today, en route to the mighty Victoria Falls!
Upon arrival in the small town of Victoria Falls we enter the falls area immediately and spend a couple of hours enjoying this wonderful spectacle that we have come from afar to see.
After lunch you are free to partake in some of the many extra activities on offer in the town eg helicopter flights over the falls, boat rides on the Zambezi river, bungee jumping, sundowner cruises and more.
Our last dinner is on me and we select one of the local restaurants for this somewhat sad occasion, reminiscing the amazing adventure you came to Africa for.

DAY 22
After a hearty breakfast, prepared at camp, it’s time to pack your bags for the 20 minute drive to the airport for your onward flight.

We certainly hope you enjoyed your time with us…!

What Altis says about this safari

An epic overland safari if ever there was one!

We visit the very best attractions that 4 southern African countries have on offer and travel on slow back roads as far as possible.

The adventure is one of full participation, meaning we work as a team and everybody does his or her bit to make things work.
The camaraderie that develops on a venture like this is amazing and you will treasure it for life.

We realize what this safari means to you and we wont stop at anything to ensure that you will leave Africa totally full filled, satisfied and in awe of the place.

Most dinners are made on our campfire and often the most delicious bread is baked to be enjoyed by all.

Evenings around our campfire are really special and all the animal sounds during the night adds an extra element of wonder to the experience as a whole.

We pick the very best campsites and try to include a few nights in the wild where there is no fences keeping animals out… yes we might have an elephant bull or hyena wandering through, but it will all be ok and we will cherish such moments for ever.

What’s Included
All road transport
Public and passenger insurance
All tented accommodation
All meals
Entries into Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Damara Cultural Village and the Petrified Forest
Entries into the Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Sossusvlei, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi National Park, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls
Sundowner boat ride on the Chobe river
A game drive at Goegap Nature Reserve in South Africa
A mokoro poling experience at the Okavango Delta
Membership of Okavango Air Rescue in Botswana
A complimentary glass of wine per occasion
Sundowners after some game drives

 What’s Excluded
Air travel
Visa fees when entering Zimbabwe
Personal and travel insurance
All sweets, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than provided on special occasions
Dinners in restaurants is for own account
Gratuities

Optional extras excluded but available for own account
Hot air ballooning at Sossusvlei
Apple tart at Solitaire or Helmeringhausen
Sea kayaking at Swakopmund
Sand boarding and quad biking in Swakopmund
Scenic flights over the Okavango delta
Boat trips on various rivers
Helicopter flights over the Victoria falls
River rafting
Bungee jumping

Clothing

Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.

The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel

Cooler months – May through August

Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero

days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.

During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves

Thermals

Sarong

Sunhat

Sunglasses

Siking shoes

A travel towel or two

Sleeping bag liner

Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days

At least one nice outfit

 

Warm months-September through April

During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather

Sarong

Sunhat

Swimsuit

Sunglasses

Sandals as well as hiking shoes 

A travel towel or two

At least one nice outfit

 

Medicinal

We recommend you bring some basic items including:

Malaria prophylaxis

Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea 

Sunscreen

Lip balm

Body lotion

Mosquito repellent 

Hand sanitizer 

 

Other items

Binoculars

Camera with spare batteries

A torch or headlamp

A good book to read

A water bottle

A universal power adaptor

A power pack or portable charger with usb cable

A diary to document your travels

Passport

Credit card, visa or MasterCard only as other cards might not be accepted

Some USD

An international driver’s license if you intend doing any driving before or after the safari

Travel insurance-this should be taken out before you arrival in Africa and please ensure that tour curtailment and cancellation is included

 

To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it… 

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