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20 Day Southern Africa Safari [CVP20]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Cederberg - Orange River - Fish River Canyon - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Etosha National Park - Rundu - Kongola - Chobe National Park - Botswana - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe

20 Day Southern Africa Safari
20 Days Cape Town to Victoria Falls
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Overview
A fantastic lodge based safari through Southern Africa consisting of a small group of travellers. Starting off with the impressive views of Table Mountain in Cape Town, we make our way to the sun drenched dunes of Namibia via the tranquillity of Fish River Canyon. Swakopmund will allow us to explore our adventurous side with all the activities on offer. We go search for the big 5 in Etosha National Park after which we enjoy some time to relax at one of the famous floodlit waterholes. We explore all the different alley ways of the Okavango Delta before heading to the mighty Victoria Falls. From wildlife to tribal encounters, this is definitely a tour of contrasts, which also makes it the most popular tour out there. Memories that last a lifetime will be created.

Included Highlights
- Lunch at Kwhattu Village
- Bushman Tour
- Fish River Canyon Entry
- Sossusvlei Entry
- Guided walk in Sossusvlei
- Entry to Etosha National Park
- Cape Cross
- Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings
- Himba Visit
- Okavango Houseboats
- Chobe Overnight Safari
- Victoria Falls Entry & Boma Dinner

Trip Code: CVP20
Accommodation: Lodge
This trip departs from Cape Town early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your agent.
Departure Point: Inn on the Square
Departure Time: To be announced upon meeting the crew
Group Size: 4 – 12 Travellers

 

Itinerary:

Please Note: This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All activity prices are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the trip. Please ensure you’ve received a copy of our pre departure information document with information on what to expect on this overland safari.

A fantastic lodge based safari through Southern Africa consisting of a small group of travellers. Starting off with the impressive views of Table Mountain in Cape Town, we make our way to the sun drenched dunes of Namibia via the tranquillity of Fish River Canyon. Swakopmund will allow us to explore our adventurous side with all the activities on offer. We go one search for the big 5 in Etosha National Park after which we enjoy sundowners at one of the famous floodlit waterholes. We explore all the different alley ways of the Okavango Delta before heading to the mighty Victoria Falls. From wildlife to tribal encounters, this is definitely a tour of contrasts, which also makes it definitely the most popular out there. Memories that last a lifetime will be created.

Included Highlights: Lunch at Kwhattu Village, Bushman Tour, Fish River Canyon entry, Sossusvlei entry, Guided walk in Sossusvlei, entry to Etosha National Park, Cape Cross, Twyfelfontein Rock engravings, Himba Visit, Okavango Houseboats, Chobe Overnight Safari, Victoria Falls entry & Boma dinner.

Day 1: Cape Town (NM)
There are a wide range of activities available in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, including day trips, short tours and longer tours travelling up the picturesque coast of South Africa.

Day 2: Cape Town to Cederberg (B/L)
Leaving Cape Town, we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. Today allows us the opportunity to visit the !Khwattu San Education and cultural centre where we can learn more about the San themselves. We enjoy a tasty group lunch before continuing our journey. We cross the Piketberg Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast Elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley. Our first night is spent in a picturesque setting with a view of the surrounding wine farms.
Included Highlights: Morning visit to !Khwa ttu san village & group lunch

Day 3: Cederberg to Orange River (B / L / D)
From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in the small mining town of Springbok, we continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, also known as the Orange River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. Our site for the night is known as paradise by the river.

Day 4: Orange River to Fish River Canyon (B / L / D)
This morning we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch we cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, we reach the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon.
A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas. Our accommodation for tonight is surrounded by mass amounts of granite, where we can relish the peace and quiet of the natural environment.

Included Highlights: Entry to Fish River Canyon

Day 5: Fish River Canyon to Namib Nauklift area (B / L / D)
An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves 5km from Sossusvlei, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure you look up at the stars tonight; the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!

Day 6: Namib Nauklift area (B / L / D)
This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. View the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Following our sunrise experience you will be taken to the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area. After this we return to our accommodation for the night where we will enjoy a cooked meal.
Included Highlights: Entry to Sossusvlei Guided Walk

Day 7: Namib Nauklift area to Swakopmund (B / L)
This morning after breakfast we head off in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our drive takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn – the ‘imaginary line’ that shows the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. From Walvis Bay, we follow the coast for some 35 km to arrive at Namibia’s prime holiday resort - Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenalin for those that are keen!

Day 8: Swakopmund (B)
Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly!

OPTIONAL excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund (see price guide at the end of this document).

Day 9: Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein (B / L / D)
After breakfast we head to our next destination – Twyfelfontein, via the Cape Cross Seal colony. We spend some time at the reserve viewing one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. After viewing these seals, we head towards Twyfelfontein.
Included Highlights: Cape Cross & rock engravings

Day 10: Twyfelfontein (B / L / D)
Today is a relaxing day that will bring us to the Viewing of the Twyfelfontein rock paintings and rock engravings and the burnt mountain – a testimony to Namibia’s very early and eventful human habitation. If time allows we can also stop at the rock formation named the Organ Pipes.

Day 11: Twyfelfontein to Etosha Area (B / L)
Departing early from Twyfelfontein we make our way towards the famous Etosha National Park, but first we stop for a brief Himba visit. The Himba people are indigenous peoples of about 30 000 who live in the northern region of Namibia. They are semi nomadic people who farm cattle and goat. Once we have got to know more about the Himba tribe, we continue onto Etosha National Park area. Included Highlights: A visit to the Himba People

Days 12: Etosha National Park - Halali (B)
Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options.
Included Highlights: Entry to Etosha National Park

Day 13: Etosha National Park – Namutoni (B)
After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings. Included Highlights: Entry to Etosha National Park

Day 14: Etosha National Park to Rundu (B / L / D)
From Etosha, we head in a north-easterly direction toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. We stop at the border town of Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River – Watch the sun go down from the deck over the river, but keep a watch for the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!

Day 15: Rundu to Okavango Delta (B / L / D)
Following the Kavango River south, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.
Tonight we will be staying on the *houseboats of the Okavango Delta. * The houseboats on the Okavango delta are intended for small groups of people. There are different cabins onboard and the houseboat does include toilet facilities. The groups will sleep in the cabins on the houseboat for the duration of your Okavango Delta visit. During the day you will partake in activities such as cruises down the waterways on the mokoros.
Included Highlights: Okavango Excursion and Flight

Day 16: Okavango Delta (B / L / D)
Today you will spend the day cruising the waterways of the Okavango Delta, and relaxing in this unique serenity. The hushed silence of this area and natural habitat makes it all more peaceful. By being on the houseboats you can experience this wetland paradise in comfort and enjoy every second of it.

Day 17: Okavango Delta to Kongola (B / L / D) The leave the comfort of our houseboats this morning as we head to the village of Kongola which is situated on the Caprivi strip.

Day 18: Kongola to Chobe National Park (B / L / D) This morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. When we are packed and prepared, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane, and Victoria Falls.

Included Highlights: Mobile Overnight safari Entry to Chobe National Park

Day 19: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (B / D)
Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.

A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing (see price guide at the end of this document for options), the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

Included Highlights:
Entry to Victoria Falls
Boma Dinner

Day 20: Victoria Falls – Tour ends (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions available at Victoria Falls.

OPTIONAL Excursions include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s not included? International flights, Airport departure taxes, Departure transfer, Visas, Meals unless otherwise stated, Travel Insurance, Laundry, Personal Items, and Tips.

 

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