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22 Days - Northern Explorer [NXP]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Orange River - Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds - Sossusvlei - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Cape Cross - Brandberg Mountain - Twyfelfontein - Petrified Forest - Kamanjab - Etosha National Park - Kavango Region - Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

Northern Explorer

Experience an amazing African Safari which will take you from Cape Town to Victoria Falls! This camping safari is one of our most popular Safari tours. A small group half-accommodated, semi-participation, safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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

Duration: 22 day(s)

Group Size: minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people

Type of Safari: Adventure Safari

A small group half-accommodated, semi-participation, adventure safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Accommodation:
For clients seeking a little comfort during their adventure safari, we offer half-accommodated safaris. This type of tour offers two different levels of accommodation. Travellers will spend some of the nights camping and others will be spent in lodges, chalets or tented chalets.

Camping nights: We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m. We accommodate two clients per tent. You will overnight on designated campsites either within a national park, on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in your detailed itinerary). Jenman African Safaris tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to the secluded spots, often supported by the local community. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee of € 25 / US$ 30 per sleeping bag for the entire tour.

Accommodated nights: 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 and will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, only a few have only shared ablutions available. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa
On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to The Townhouse Hotel. 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: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar and restaurant)

Day 2: Cape Town to Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa [BLD]  
An early start takes us to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch we head towards the Cedarberg Mountains, where we overnight in Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in the country. On arrival you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits.
Accommodation: Clanwilliam Lode or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant & bar)

Day 3 & 4: Cedarberg to Orange River, Namibia [BLD, BLD]  
Travelling up the West Coast, we pass through some magnificent mountain ranges on our way to the Orange River. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later in the afternoon we will reach the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. 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 5: Ai-Ais and Fish River Canyon, Namibia [BLD]  
Today we head to Ai-Ais, where we stop for lunch. Here thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the hot springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". We then proceed 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: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 6 & 7: Sossusvlei, Namibia [BLD, BLD]  
Moving inland we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park. 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: Sesriem Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)

Day 8 & 9: Namib Naukluft National Park to Swakopmund, Namibia [BL, B]  
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. 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. 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)

Day 10: Cape Cross Seal Colony and Brandberg, Namibia [BLD]  
We follow the barren Atlantic Coast line on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind us, we then head inland across the desert plains for 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 Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11: Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest and Himba Village, 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. 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 of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Accommodation: Oase Garni Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 12: From Kamanjab to Etosha National Park, Namibia [BLD]  
After our cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head to Etosha National Park for three nights. 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: Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 13 & 14: Etosha National Park, Namibia [BL, BLD]  
We fill the next two days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink.
Accommodation (day 13): Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) 
Accommodation (day 14): Namutoni Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 15: Etosha to Kavango River, Namibia [BL]
Our journey continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of 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 Mbanza Museum, a traditional cultural village and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunrise cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.
Accommodation: At Kaisosi River Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 16 & 17: Kavango River to Okavango Delta, Botswana [BLD, BLD]
We leave Namibia 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. 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 Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, bar area)

Day 18: Okavango Delta to Caprivi, Namibia [BLD]  
Leaving Botswana, we drive up the Western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. 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.
Accommodation: Camp Kwando (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 19 & 20: Chobe National Park, Botswana [BLD]  
The next morning we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. After settling in at our campsite, 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, which 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 Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 21: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [BL]
Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. 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”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer.
Accommodation: Lokuthula Lodges or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 22: End of tour [B]  
Our safari ends after breakfast. 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:
- 11 nights in fixed accommodation and 10 nights camping
- 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

 

Extra information

Departure

The Northern Explorer Safari departs from The Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town.

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.

Transport
Fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA-system and air-conditioning are being used. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2x4 vehicles may be utilised.

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation
For clients seeking a little comfort during their adventure safari, we offer half-accommodated safaris. This type of tour offers two different levels of accommodation. Travellers will spend some of the nights camping and others will be spent in lodges, chalets or tented chalets.

Camping nights
We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m. We accommodate two clients per tent. You will overnight on designated campsites either within a national park, on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in your detailed itinerary). Jenman African Safaris tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to the secluded spots, often supported by the local community. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee of € 25 / US$ 30 per sleeping bag for the entire tour.

Accommodated nights
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 with en-suite bathrooms.

Local Payment
A local payment is required on your Safari and will be collected by your guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road.
We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides.

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.

Meals: All meals unless stated, are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group. These meals will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

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: 15 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.

Participation
The Northern Explorer Tour is a semi-participation camping safari. This means, that clients will be responsible for performing and helping with certain tasks, such as setting up and breaking down of overnight camps (tents, chairs, tables), packing and unpacking the vehicle, assisting with preparation of meals and cleaning dishes.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for clients to visit South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe prior to departure. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

Insurance
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. your SA  Tours & Safari agent will be able to assist you