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Highlights of Southern Africa
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When you put the word highlights in the name of a trip, you better be confident that it lives up to the hype. This trip does. Across 30 epic days, youll go round-trip to Cape Town via Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia a new spin on one of our most popular routes taking comfortable touring vehicles as well as staying in a mix of hotels and campsites for a well-rounded experience. Wildlife sightings and cultural moments come standard here everything from searching for the Big Five in national parks to enjoying meals with local families and once you add in a visit with the cheerful kids at the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool, youve got memories made for a lifetime.


Duration: 30 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145001
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will visit
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cape Town (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with options to visit Robben Island or Table Mountain. Choose to explore Cape Point or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. In the evening, experience an authentic meal in a local home in a nearby township.

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Day 3: Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B)

Take a short flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the afternoon, travel to Soweto for a bicycle tour and learn more about its important history and significant role in bringing the issues of segregation to the forefront. Opt to visit Nelson Mandela's home and the Apartheid Museum.

Included Activities:
Soweto Bicycle Tour

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 4: Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1D)

Take the scenic route between Johannesburg and Shalati, in the Greater Kruger Area.
Later, enjoy a traditional dance on the lodge grounds, learning more about the local culture. Opt to go for a swim or sit by a fire in the evening.

Included Activities:
Traditional Dance Experience

Transport:
Enjoy sights along the Panorama Route en route to the Greater Kruger Area.
Private Vehicle

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Day 5: Manyeleti (1B, 1D)

Enjoy visiting the G Adventures-supported preschool in Shalati. Meet the kids and learn more about how the project is contributing positively to this small community. With free time, opt for a game drive in Manyeleti Reserve in an open safari vehicle. In the afternoon, head out in our touring vehicle to Kruger NP to try to spot Africa's famous animals in the wild.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Kruger Game Drive

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Day 6: Manyeleti/Punda Maria (1B)

Start early for a long day driving straight up the middle of Kruger National Park. While transferring to the northern part of the park there will be ample opportunity to spot animals from the van.

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 7: Punda Maria/Beitbridge (1B)

Enjoy a free morning, and opt to take a game drive in the northern region of Kruger NP. Travel to Mashovela Lodge for the night.

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Day 8: Beitbridge/Great Zimbabwe Monument Area (1B)

Get an earlier start and cross the border into Zimbabwe. Continue on to the Great Zimbabwe Monument Area and spend the afternoon enjoying free time to explore the surrounding area.

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Day 9: Great Zimbabwe Monument Area/Matobo National Park (1B)

Start the day with a visit to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Africa's most significant ruins site south of Cairo. Learn the history of the ruins and climb to the citadel for a view over the site. Continue on to Matobo National Park.

Included Activities:
Great Zimbabwe National Monument Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours)

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Day 10: Matobo National Park (1B)

Enjoy an included rhino walk, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with this endangered species. In the afternoon, opt to explore ancient cave paintings, visit the grave of Rhodes, hike the unique and stunning landscape, or hang out by the pool.

Included Activities:
Guided Rhino Walk

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Day 11: Matobo National Park/Hwange National Park (1B)

Travel to Hwange National Park for an opportunity to spot more wildlife. Opt to enjoy an evening game drive in an overland vehicle.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

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Day 12: Hwange National Park/Livingstone

Opt for more game viewing in the morning before continuing on to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy the spectacular falls before crossing the border to Livingstone, Zambia.

Additional Notes:
Our accommodation here in Livingstone is ideally located, with a gorgeous setting and easy access to Victoria Falls and the many activities in the area. We stay in well appointed Chalets or Safari Tents, with en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets. There is a central dining area and bar overlooking a beautiful pool.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Zambia)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle

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Day 13: Livingstone (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

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Day 14: Livingstone/Kasane

Drive 1 hr to the border and cross the Zambezi River by ferry (10 mins). 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.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here has en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and a restaurant/bar.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Botswana)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Ferry (0.25 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 15: Kasane/Nata (1B, 1D)

Journey to the Nata Area, the last stop before travelling into the Okavango Delta.

Additional Notes:
Accommodations here are chalets with en suite bathrooms. There is a pool and restaurant/bar.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 255km)

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

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.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a hotel with en suite bathrooms. There is air conditioning, a pool, and a restaurant/bar.

If you pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, you will be flying today.


Included Activities:
Dikgantshwane Performance

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 340km)

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Day 17: Okavango Delta (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Excursion

Transport:
4x4 (1.00-2.00 hours)
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)

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Day 18: Maun/Kalahari Desert (1B)

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” after getting settled.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in traditional-style bushmen huts, made to similar specifications of the real thing. In each hut there are cots with mattresses, lights, and mosquito nets. The campground has shared ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers. There is also a gift shop and bar area. There is no internet access here.

Transport:
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
4x4 (1.00-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 330km)

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Day 19: Kalahari Desert/Windhoek (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Namibia)
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 470km)

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Day 20: Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B)

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

Visit Etosha National Park on a game 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 game drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is camping in Etosha National Park. It will be similar to the camping on Days 5 and 6, though no meals will be provided. The campground offers a restaurant and shop, which are great places to grab a meal. The CEO will provide options for campfires and barbecues (braais) under the stars with the whole group, splitting the cost of food between everyone. This campsite also offers a swimming pool to relax in after your days exploring the area.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 450km)

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Day 21: Etosha National Park

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

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Game Drive

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Day 22: Etosha National Park/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 dune boarding or a dolphin cruise.

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

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a lodge with en suite bathrooms. It's in walking distance to shops, restaurants, beaches, and dunes. The lodge offers laundry service, wifi, and a restaurant/bar.

Transport:
On this route, we pass through a moon landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia in the distance.
Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 610km)

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Day 23: Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer.

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Day 24: Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1D)

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.


Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is at a campsite. Spend the night in pitched dome tents with shared ablutions (bathrooms).

At the campgrounds, there are sites with their own shared ablution block, including toilets, sinks, hot and cold showers, barbecues, kitchen facilities, and electricity. There's a shaded veranda and swimming pool to relax in, and an internet café adjacent to the campgrounds.

All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. Assembly and disassembly of the tents takes only 5 minutes (your CEO will show you how to erect your tent). All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available (approximately 4cm/1.6 in thick) and are warm and comfortable. Your CEOs will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask our travellers to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 260km)

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Day 25: Namib Desert (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Sossusvlei Dunes Visit
Sesriem Canyon Visit

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Day 26: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B)

Continue on to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a hotel with en suite bathrooms, a pool, and a bar area.

Included Activities:
Fish River Canyon Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 27: Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B)

Arrive at the scenic Gariep (Orange) River in the afternoon. After getting settled near the riverbank, enjoy some swimming, relaxing, or canoeing.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is a lodge with en suite bathrooms, a restaurant and bar, a pool, and internet access.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s))

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Day 28: Orange River/Lambert's Bay (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation here is at a small guesthouse with en suite bathrooms. There is air conditioning, laundry, and internet access available.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 450km)

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Day 29: Lambert's Bay/Cape Town (1B)

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 Robben Island, 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.

Additional Notes:
Our hotel is in a neighbourhood called Gardens and is walking distance to some popular streets for cafés and shopping. There is free wi-fi in the lobby.

Transport:
Travelling from Lambert's Bay, stop along the way at a wine farm for the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting.
Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 30: Cape Town

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cape Town orientation walk
    • Traditional meal in a local home
    • Soweto township tour
    • Panorama Route drive
    • G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool visit
    • Kruger National Park game drive (half-day)
    • Traditional dance experience
    • Kruger transfer (full-day)
    • Great Zimbabwe National Monument visit
    • Rhino walk (Matobo National Park)
    • Victoria Falls visit (Zimbabwe side)
    • Livingstone stay
    • Maun sunset boat cruise
    • Okavango Delta excursion with entrances, game walks, and dug-out canoe trips
    • Kalahari Desert visit
    • Etosha National Park entrance with game drives
    • Swakopmund stay
    • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
    • Fish River Canyon entrance
    • Border-crossing support
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), bushmen hut (1 nt), lodge/chalet (7 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), adventure tents (2 nts), participation camping (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, safari vehicles, mokoro, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for the Big Five across five countries
  • Savour a local meal with a family
  • Visit the kids at the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool
  • Walk with rhinos in Matobo National Park
  • Explore giant sand dunes and Victoria Falls
  • Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.