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This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the regions diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dugout mokoro canoe, marvel at some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert, and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, bushmen huts, and camps for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DZDD/126537
  • Starts: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Victoria Falls/Kasane

Cross the border into Botswana, and stay in Kasane, just outside of Chobe NP. Try to spot the elephants, crocodiles, and hippos this region is famous for during an optional river cruise or photo river safari.
Drive to the border and cross from Zimbabwe into Botswana. Continue to the Kasane area, outside the gates of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa.

Opt to check out one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.

There are options here for a casual cruise to enjoy the scenery with a cocktail or a photo safari by boat, with the opportunity to capture some great shots with instruction, a professional camera, and zoom lens. Evening is a great time to be on the river.

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Day 3: Kasane/Nata

Opt for a wildlife safari drive at sunrise before travelling to Nata. Opt for a bush walk or sunset wildlife safari drive in the area. Watch elephants drink from the camp's watering hole at night.
Opt for a photo safari drive at sunrise. Journey to the Nata Area, the last stop before travelling into the Okavango Delta.

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Day 4: Nata/Maun

Prepare for a 1-night/2-day journey into the delta. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.
Travel to Maun, the biggest town in the Okavango Delta area, pick up any supplies needed, and prepare for the journey into the Okavango Delta.

In the evening, watch a traditional dance group performance on the poolside terrace.

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Day 5: Okavango Delta

Enjoy wildlife walks, traditional mokoro excursions, and birding. Learn the ways of the bush from the local polers.
The excursion begins with a drive in customized safari vehicles for about 1-2 hrs to the "dock" to board a mokoro (a dugout canoe) that takes us deep into the delta. After a 1-2 hrs in the mokoro, arrive to the basic bush camp.

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Day 6: Maun/Kalahari Desert

Traverse the Kalahari Desert. Learn fascinating survival skills of the local San Bushmen on an optional walk and choose to enjoy a traditional bushmen dance in the evening.
Enjoy one last sunrise in the delta before travelling back to Maun by mokoro. Travel along the northern portions of the Kalahari Desert throughout the day – this is a severely arid and barren landscape, though very beautiful.

Arrive in the late afternoon and camp close to Ghanzi. Opt for a “bushman walk” and dance. Enjoy a traditional local meal before settling in for the night.

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Day 7: Kalahari Desert/Windhoek

Travel to Windhoek, the German-influenced capital city of Namibia.
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.

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Day 8: Windhoek/Etosha National Park

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Opt to explore more on an open safari vehicle drive.
Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park.

Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes.

After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground.

Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

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Day 9: Etosha National Park

Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife.

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Day 10: Etosha National Park/Swakopmund

Drive to the historical town of Swakopmund.
Watch the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia.

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or a skydiving.

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.

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Day 11: Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, quad biking and a township tour.

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Day 12: Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Travel into the beautiful Namib Desert, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way.
Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.

En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor.

Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert.

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Day 13: Namib Desert

Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

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Day 14: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Continue on to the Fish River Canyon area. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery

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Day 15: Fish River Canyon/Orange River

Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Continue on to the banks of the Gariep River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country.

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Day 16: Orange River/Lambert's Bay

Cross the border into South Africa and continue down the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town.
We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert's Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa.

In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October.

Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques.

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Day 17: Lambert's Bay/Cape Town

Continue on the last stretch of the trip to lovely Cape Town. Opt to enjoy a wine tasting or wander through the vibrant streets of this scenic coastal city.
While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

Stop along the way at a wine farm and opt to taste the local vintage.

Cape Town has many different options should you arrive early or book extra time to explore after the tour.

Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks.

Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters.

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Day 18: Cape Town

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Okavango Delta excursion with entrances, wildlife walks and mokoro trips
    • Local traditional dinner
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
    • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
    • Fish River Canyon entrance
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), bushmen hut (1 nt), lodge/chalet (3 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), adventure tents (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, safari vehicle, walking, mokoro
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at Fish River Canyon
  • Explore giant sand dunes and Victoria Falls
  • Track the Big Five
  • Take wildlife walks and dugout canoe rides.


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Kay W Posted on: 

This was an excellent tour, with opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities and experience a variety of different landscapes.

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Marilyn L Posted on: 

It was a great tour. A challenge to absorb the incredible surroundings, countryside, wildlife and sunsets. It offered a variety of activities and covered many miles. Some days it felt like you were watching a movie that never ended!

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