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Cape Town, Falls & Kruger Adventure

Like action, adventure, and wildlife documentaries? Then youre going to flat-out love this trip. The itinerary reads like a special double-issue of your favourite travel mag: towering sand dunes, impossibly deep canyons, game drives in Etosha, Kruger, and Matobo National Parks, the bone-shaking roar of Victoria Falls, Shangaan village tour, campouts under a sprawling blanket of stars and thats just the start! With expert CEOs and loads of optional activities available, youll run out of time before you run out of things to do, see, and experience.


Duration: 28 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127132
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will visit
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any.

 Please also note that no visa can be obtained at the border to Namibia. 


Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cape Town/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite's swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. 





Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 3: Cederberg/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.50 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 4: Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)



We will make our way to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the crater; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia)
Fish River Canyon Visit

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

We arrive in the early evening, set up our camp, then continue driving for a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (10.00 hour(s), 560km)

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Day 6: Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)


Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the truck, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don't miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen.

Included Activities:
Dune 45 Visit

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 8: Swakopmund




Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, dune boarding, or quad biking, just to name a few options.

Additional Notes:
Meals are not included while we are in Swakopmund in order to give our travellers the freedom to try out the many restaurants and bars in town.

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Day 9: Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Notes:
Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 10: Spitzkoppe/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)

Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we'll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.
 Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon.

Included Activities:
Damaraland Living Museum

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (4.00 hour(s), 235km)

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Day 11: Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a game drive in our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes.

After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night game drive in an open vehicle.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 12: Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive in our overland adventure vehicle. Opt to take an open safari vehicle game drive in the afternoon/night.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

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Day 13: Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B)

Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.

Additional Notes:
Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour in Windhoek and some new group members may be joining. Enjoy an optional group dinner with both old and new travellers.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.50-7.50 hours, 440km)

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Day 14: Windhoek/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave in the morning and continue through the eastern part of Namibia and cross into Botswana, travelling into the heart of the Kalahari.
 


Arrive at the campsite, approximately 10km (6 mi) outside Ghanzi, in the early evening, just in time for an optional 'Bushman Walk'. 
Around the campfire at night, experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushmen.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - Botswana)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 580km)

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Day 15: Ghanzi/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive across Botswana and travel from the Kalahari towards Maun. Leave Ghanzi in the morning and arrive in Maun around lunch time.

In the afternoon, opt to get a sneak peek of the Okavango Delta from above on an hour-long flight in a small plane. See a variety of wildlife and marvel at the vast delta basin.

Those not opting for the flight can kick back and relax at the campsite.

Additional Notes:
After arrival in Maun, pick up supplies to prepare for the one night/two day excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend each person brings a 5 litre bottle of water to take into the Delta; this should be sufficient for both drinking water and cleaning purposes.

Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (4.00 hour(s), 280km)

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Day 16: Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

After leaving some luggage in Maun, we hop into safari vehicles and travel for about an hour to a river before pairing off and sitting down in mokoros, traditional dug-out canoes, that take us deep into the delta.

After a couple hours in the mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp in time for lunch. Set up tents and get used to the surroundings. 
In the afternoon, set off on a game walk. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.

 The polers will join us around the campfire tonight and usually love to sing and dance… join in!


Additional Notes:
Please note that there is no shower and only a dig-out bush toilet, as our camp is very basic and in the wild – but it is all worth it due to the incredible landscape and wildlife!

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Excursion

Transport:
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)

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Day 17: Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy the sunrise on an early game walk then return to Maun, first by mokoro, then safari vehicle, and arrive around lunch time. Pack up the truck, then hit the road to ancient baobab trees of Gweta. We will arrive to our campsite mid- to late afternoon. Have a walk around, take pictures of the baobabs, swim in the pool and enjoy a proper shower after the night in the bush.

Transport:
Mokoro (2.00 hour(s))
Safari vehicle
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (4.00 hour(s), 240km)

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Day 18: Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate the area's thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, is with an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may instead opt to embark on a game drive in search of lions, antelope, and of course, elephants.

Additional Notes:
We arrive to Kasane around lunchtime and the optional sunset cruise starts in the late afternoon. It's best to book the optional sunset cruise on the day of our arrival and then save the optional game drive for the morning of the following day.


Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s), 420km)

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Day 19: Kasane/Livingstone (1B, 1L)

Cross the border from Botswana to Zambia at the Kazungula border post.

Cross the Zambezi River by ferry to enter into Zambia and continue on to Livingstone. Livingstone is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities.

Additional Notes:
Note that this trip combines with other tours, and some tours will be finishing in Livingstone, while others will be continuing on. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, great scenery and an open bar.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Zambia)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (0.75 hour(s))
Ferry (0.25 hour(s))
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 20: Livingstone (1B)

Livingstone is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view.

Additional Notes:
Be sure to stop by the G Adventures help desk at your accommodation for advice, tips or help booking any local activities.

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Day 21: Livingstone (1B)

Livingstone is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Additional Notes:
Be sure to stop by the G Adventures help desk at your accommodation for advice, tips or help booking any local activities.

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Day 22: Livingstone/Matobo National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to visit Victoria Falls town or the falls from the Zimbabwe side before we continue to Matobo National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s), 600km)

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Day 23: Matobo National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk with rhinos and enjoy an open vehicle game drive in Matobo National Park.

Included Activities:
Guided Rhino Walk
Open Vehicle Game Drive

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Day 24: Matobo National Park/Tshipise (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border into South Africa, and relax in the hot springs at our campsite.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - South Africa)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 600km)

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Day 25: Tshipise/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Welcome to big game country! The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Search for lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other animals in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas on a full-day game drive.

Included Activities:
Kruger Game Drive

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 26: Kruger National Park/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy more spectacular wildlife on a game drive in the overland adventure vehicle.

Included Activities:
Kruger Game Drive
Shangaan Dinner and Dance

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.50 hour(s), 80km)

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Day 27: Manyeleti/Johannesburg (1B, 1L)

We visit and interact with the local community of the Planeterra volunteer project , Hope Africa Children's Day School, in the Shalati village outside of Manyaleti. We will have an early breakfast in order to spend enough time at the project before driving back to Johannesburg.

Continue to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa and the largest city in the country.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 28: Johannesburg (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fish River Canyon and Spitzkoppe entrances
    • Etosha and Kruger National Parks with game drives
    • Visit to Damaraland Living Museum
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • Guided rhino walk and open vehicle game drive in Matobo National Park
    • Traditional Shaagan dinner and dancing
    • Visit to the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (21 nts), simple hotel (1 nt), hostel (1 nt, multi-share), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camps (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 19 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), mokoro, open safari vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the Okavango Delta in a dug-out canoe
  • Meet the San Bushmen
  • Marvel at Fish River Canyon
  • Spot the Big Five in Etosha and Kruger National Parks
  • Witness Shangaan traditional dancing
  • Discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.