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22 Day Southern Experience - Victoria Falls/Livingstone to Cape Town [SE]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zambia - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Kwando River - Mudumu National Park - Okavango Delta - Rundu - Etosha National Park - Kamanjab - Petrified Forest - Brandberg Mountain - Cape Cross - Swakopmund - Namib Naukluft Park - Kuiseb Canyon - Sesriem and surrounding area - Sossusvlei - Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds - Orange River - West Coast - Namaqualand Area - Cederberg - Cape Town - City

Southern Experience

Come on this fully accommodated safari from Victoria Falls to Cape Town. This 22 day adventure is fully accommodated and takes you through Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and other wonderful Countries! A small group lodge safari, no participation, from Victoria Falls to Cape Town through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Highlights: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Caprivi, Mahangu National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Himba Experience, Rock paintings in Brandberg and Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Cedarberg, Cape Town.

Duration: 22 day(s)
Group Size: minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people
Type of Safari: Lodge Safari

Accommodation: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, whilst others have shared ablutions available. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.
Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge, llala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 2 & 3: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana [BLD,B]     
This morning your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. A mid-morning departure takes you from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana for the next two nights. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities. The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) 

Day 4: Caprivi, Namibia [BLD]  
Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.
Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 5 & 6: Caprivi to Okavango Delta, Botswana [BLD, BLD]  
We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. Enroute to camp we will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.
The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.
Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathroom, bar area)

Day 7: Okavango Delta to Kavango River, Namibia [BL]  
Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunset cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature. 
Accommodation: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 8, 9 & 10: Etosha National Park, Namibia [BL, BL, BLD]  
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals as they come to drink. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Accommodation (day 8): Namutoni or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Accommodation (day 9): Okaukuejo or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Accommodation (day 10):
Okaukuejo or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11: Kamanjab – Himba Experience, Namibia [BLD]  
We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 12: Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest and Brandberg, Namibia [BLD]  
On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. We continue to Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the “White Lady” one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland.
Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 13 & 14: Cape Cross Seal Colony and Swakopmund, Namibia [BL, B]  
We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered, over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Days 15 & 16: Namib Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei, Namibia [BLD, BL]  
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world and sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Accommodation: Agama River Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 17: Fish River Canyon, Namibia [BLD]  
Today is a long driving day. We travel south to our accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon.
Accommodation: Canon Road House or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 18 & 19: The Orange River, Namibia ! [BLD, BLD]  
We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though
Accommodation: Felix Unite Camp Provenance or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar)

Day 20: Orange River to The Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa [BLD]  
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the West Coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in Clanwilliam in the late afternoon, one of the ten oldest towns in the country, nestled at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains.
Accommodation: Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar & swimming pool)

Day 21: Cedarberg Mountains / Cape Town, South Africa [BL]  
Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the bay.
Accommodation: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar and restaurant)

Day 22: End of Tour [B] 
Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Inclusions & Exclusions

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations

Included in the price:

- 21 nights in fixed accommodation
- All transport in fully equipped vehicle
- Game drives and activities as mentioned
- Meals as per itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Experienced local guide

Not included in the price:
- Travel insurance
- Flights
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- All drinks, tips and curios - All personal expenses

Meal Key:
B
– Breakfast     L – Lunch      D – Dinner

 

 

Extra information

Departure:
The Southern Experience Safari departs from A’Zambezi River Lodge in Victoria Falls.

Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.

On the evening of day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00 at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.
 
Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Insurance

It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours and Safaris can assist you with your travel insurance, please enquire with our consultants for further information.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations*

Should you require alternative accommodation or transfers to different points, please contact our reservation office, who will gladly assist you.

Transport
Fully equipped Toyota 4x4 land cruisers or appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system are being used.  An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen.  All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, water and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Pound Sterling, South African Rand and Botswana Pula are the most practical and convenient currencies.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit.  Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited. 

Visas:
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for clients to visit Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa prior to departure.

Local Payment
On most of our Safaris a local payment needs to be paid to the guide before the tours starts. Your local payment covers on-the-road expenses, such as National Park entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as the use of local guides. This provides your guide with sufficient funds on the road and ensures that your money goes directly to the African communities.