Safari in Southern Africa - From Cape Town to Victoria Falls (camping)

Safari in Southern Africa - From Cape Town to Victoria Falls (camping) 2650 , 20 Days

Experience the contrasts of southern Africa's landscape on this unforgettable camping safari.
Imagine kilometres of sand stretching as far as the eye can see – ancient, enigmatic and remarkably unchanging. Making our way in Namib Desert we have the feeling of haunting sparseness and intriguing desolation while actually it supports a thriving eco-system of fauna and flora. Humans have occupied Namib since the Stone Age, with evidence of their existence still tangible in the vivid rock paintings in Spitzkoppe. Visiting Himba and San Bushman tribes we can see the way these people continue to live in such a harsh environment. In contrast, at Okavango Delta we emerge in an abundant waterworld with labyrinths of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels taming with wildlife. We cruise past elephants and birds at Chobe National Park and at the end, we admire the thundering of the mighty Zambezi plunging into the gorge - the spectacular Victoria Falls. This journey is a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime!

Please note that the listed price is for tent accommodation at specificly designed camping sites. You can also book an accommodated version (in double room bungalows) of the tour as you can check the supplement payment in the additional expences section listed below after the itinearay !

Highlights:

Namib Desert - one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world famous for its huge red sand dunes
Etosha National Park - the amazing abundance of wildlife makes it one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves.
Okavango Delta - certain areas of the Delta provide some of the best predator action seen anywhere in the world
Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a truly beautiful world heritage site


Day 1. South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. -L/D

Day 2. Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel. B/L/D

Day 3. Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp. B/L/D
Optional Activity Half-day canoe trip

Day 4. Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other - creating rock formations and a series of mazes. B/L/D

Day 5. Namib-Naukluft National Park

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko. B/L/D

Day 6. Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4x4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. B/L/D

Day 7. Swakopmund

On our final day in the desert, we have the privilege of joining a local expert for an enlightening desert excursion. While bidding a reluctant farewell to the Namib, we make a stop to commemorate our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn. Having taken in the wonders of the Namib Desert we turn west and head into the sunset to our next destination, the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund where adventure awaits along with a welcome touch of civilization. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.Tonight we'll enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant. B/L/D

Day 8. Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land. B/L/D

 Day 9. Swakopmund to Khorixas

Our exploration of the desert continues with a trip up north, where the hot desert sands meet the cold waves of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll stop at seaside holiday town of Wlotskabaken for a photo opportunity before heading to the Lichen Fields for a viewing and talk by your guide on the Lichen Colonies. We then visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross, known as the largest in the world with over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals hugging the shore. Cape Cross marks the spot where the first European explorer set foot on the coast of Namibia in 1486, and was erected in honour of the then king of Portugal by explorer Diego Cao. (Please note that the Cape Cross Colony may be inaccessible at times which means that we will not be able to visit the seals.) The road then continues away from the coast and takes us towards the Khorixas area.B/L/D

Day 10. Khorixas to Etosha National Park

This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region with a local guide. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San. These inhabitants used the site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process, 2500 rock paintings were created. This site displays one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. Also on route, we visit the Petrified Forest, a national monument, comprising of prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands, creating this relic. We leave Twyfelfontein for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa’s finest game parks. At 18 000 sq km, it is one of the biggest Parks in Southern Africa. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park. We will spend the afternoon exploring the park in the Nomad Truck. B/L/D

Day 11. Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occur in the park. B/L/D

Day 12. Etosha National Park

We will head out of camp this morning to explore the surrounding plains in search of the many species that call Etosha home. After enjoying our lunch back at camp, we will once again board our truck and enjoy an afternoon game drive as we head towards our next overnight camp. B/L/D

Day 13. Etosha to Divundu

We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our overnight stop in Divundu.B/L/D

Day 14. Divundu to Maun

Prior to departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River. We then cross the border into Botswana and head towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. We overnight in Maun before heading for our next adventure – The Okavango Delta. B/L/D

Day 15. Khwai Conservation Area

You will be separated from your Nomad truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart for Maun today as there is limited time in Maun for re-packing and storing. Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights. This morning we rise early and make our way towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari type vehicles. Our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta. B/L/D

Day 16. Greater Moremi Game Reserve Area

Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains. Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4×4 vehicles. Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible. This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari.  B/L/D

Day 17. Khwai to Nata

Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. You will pack up camp and depart at first light on the open 4×4 safari vehicles before meeting the Nomad truck in Maun. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination in Nata. This afternoon, after our arrival in Nata, we enjoy a guided drive to the Nata pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands (birds dependant on seasonal migratory patterns). B/L/D

Day 18. Nata to Kasane – Chobe National Park

We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. B/L/D

Day 19. Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls 

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. B/L/D

Optional Activity Vic Falls National Park Entry

Day 20. Victoria Falls

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls. B/-/-

Visas: Please note that visas are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. Check this locally with the authorised consulate. Note: This tour will be entering Namibia twice.  If you require a visa to enter Namibia, please ensure that you obtain a multiple entry visa.  Please consult your local Namibian Consulate for further details on visa requirements.
This tour will be entering Botswana twice.  If you require a visa to enter Botswana, please ensure that you obtain a multiple entry visa.  Please consult your local Botswana Consulate for further details on visa requirements.

Vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination is not required on this trip. Malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. There is very low risk of malaria in northern Namibia, but the risk increases to high as we travel north to Zimbabwe.

Practical information: ►Meals: all meals are prepared and served at the adventure truck ►Climate: The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route ►Arrival / Departure: Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends ►Onward travel: This tour can be extended with the Journey to Johannesburg transit, Kruger National Park, Best of Zimbabwe and the East African Adventure tours ►Currency & Banking: South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring small notes. In Botswana, the Pula is the local currency. You can change your Rand or Dollars to Pula when you enter Botswana. ATM’s do not always work in Botswana.


Price Includes:
19 overnights at camping accommodation in double tents
meals according to the itinerary
registered English-speaking guides
transport by adventure truck
activities mentioned in the program
entrance fees to National Parks

Not Included:
international flight tickets
all items of personal nature such (alcohol,snacks,souvenirs)
tips
all activities listed as optional in the program
pre-and post-tour accommodation
transfers from and to the airport
insurance
visa expenses

Additional Services:
Accommodated option supplement: 4 070 EUR (Single room supplement for accommodated option: 420 EUR) accommodation before and after the tour: on request
transfers from/to the airports: on request


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2650 EUR
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2650 EUR
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
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2650 EUR
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Price based on the exchange rate 1 EUR = 19.93 ZAR as per November 2023
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
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130 EUR
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
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130 EUR
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20 Days
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130 EUR
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20 Days
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130 EUR
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
Single Supplement
130 EUR
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Departure every Tuesday and Saturday Price based on the exchange rate 1 EUR = 19.93 ZAR as per November 2023
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
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130 EUR
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20 Days
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20 Days
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2650 EUR
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20 Days
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20 Days
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20 Days
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20 Days
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2650 EUR
Duration
20 Days
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