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22 Day Northern Experience - Cape Town to Victoria Falls/Livingstone [NE]
Cape Town - City
Ais - Ais and Fish River Canyon Surrounds
Sesriem and surrounding area
Namib Naukluft Park
Etosha National Park
Mudumu National Park
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zambia
This accommodated Africa safari takes you from Cape Town to Victoria Falls on a 22 day African wildlife adventure.
A small group lodge safari, no participation, 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: 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. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
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 at 18h00. 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 Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar and swimming pool)
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 & 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 Road House or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 6 & 7: Sossusvlei, Namibia [BLD, BL] 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: Agama River Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
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 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, 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 or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathroom, 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 the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar (Chalets 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. 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 or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 13 & 14: Etosha National Park, Namibia [BL, BL] We fill the next 2 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 Accommodation (day 13): Okaukuejo or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) Accommodation (day 14): Namutoni or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, 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 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 (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 16 & 17: Kavango River to Okavango Delta, Botswana [BLD, BLD] We leave Namibia for Etsha13, 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 Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathroom, 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 you 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 (permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 19 & 20: Chobe National Park, Botswana [BLD, B] 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 to our lodge, 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 or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, 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: A’Zambezi River Lodge, llala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 22: End of tour [B] Our safari ends after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Victoria Falls 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.
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.