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Southern Africa Highlights

Imagine three weeks of discovery in some of sub-Saharan Africa's most incredible attractions. Scan the landscapes of Kruger National Park for elephants and big cats, take in the otherworldly desertscapes of Namibia, and physically feel the power of Victoria Falls. This is an up-close encounter with so many of southern Africa's wonders.


Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 166207
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00 hour(s))

02

Day 2: Cape Town (1B)

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups – the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Included Activities:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour
Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point

Transport:
Private Vehicle

03

Day 3: Cape Town (1B)

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

Additional Notes:
If you are interested in visiting Robben Island - you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.

04

Day 4: Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African “braai” (barbecue) welcome dinner in the evening.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

Enjoy a full day scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park.

Additional Notes:
Today is a very long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 500km)

06

Day 6: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Half day

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Additional Notes:
Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Included Activities:
Carnivore Conservation Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

08

Day 8: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. In our down time, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.

Additional Notes:
Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. Return to the lodge following the game drive for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it's time for the late afternoon game drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it's time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

09

Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

10

Day 10: Johannesburg/Windhoek (1B)

Fly to Windhoek and transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore Windhoek in the afternoon and then meet your CEO and the rest of the group in the evening.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Windhoek/Sesriem (1B, 1D)

Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena.


Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)

12

Day 12: Sesriem (1B, 1D)

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes; considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit
Sossusvlei Dunes Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle
4x4

13

Day 13: Sesriem/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. We also search out the smaller animal life who manage to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Included Activities:
Living Desert Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)

14

Day 14: Swakopmund (1B, 1D)

Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if you're feeling brave, skydiving.

Included Activities:
Mondesa Township Walk

15

Day 15: Swakopmund/Twyfelfontein (1B, 1D)

Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old.

Included Activities:
Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km)

16

Day 16: Twyfelfontein/Etosha National Park (1B)

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Combined with the vast amount of natural waterholes with this diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and heard animals the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds.

Additional Notes:
Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife.

Included Activities:
Visit Petrified Forest national monument
Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 350km)

17

Day 17: Etosha National Park (1B)

Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim or join our CEO for a drive. Our lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner, and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive.

Included Activities:
Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

18

Day 18: Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.

Included Activities:
Cheetah Conservation Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 415km)

19

Day 19: Windhoek/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Transport:
Plane (3.50 hour(s))

20

Day 20: Victoria Falls (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

21

Day 21: Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden visit
    • Orientation drive of Cape Town
    • Excursion to Cape Point and Boulders Beach
    • Panorama Route scenic drive
    • Kruger National Park and private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles
    • Lecture and wildlife safari drive with a researcher
    • Sossusvlei desert excursion
    • Desert excursion with a local
    • Township cultural walk and dinner
    • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
    • Visit the petrified forest
    • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Etosha
    • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • Traditional dinner at a family home
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), hotel/lodge (14 nt), comfortable safari camp (2 nt), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts)
    • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle, plane, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take in dramatic landscapes of Namibia's coastal deserts
  • Discover the thunderous wonder of Victoria Falls
  • Meet a researcher from the Carnivore Conservation Programme
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along South Africa's Panorama Route
  • Stroll through magnficent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden