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This tour offers the budget traveller 19 days from Cape Town, South Africa to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
You have 19 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, journey over the Namib Desert with its splendid red dunes, go on safari in Etosha National Park and visit Windhoek one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world. In Botswana, you can dance with the San (Bushmen), do a mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta, discover wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls.
This tour offers several nights of adventure under the African sky and transport in an Adventure Overland Safari Truck (fitted with 20 Seats), which will ensure that you get an unforgettable camping and accommodated experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and a marvellous choice of included and optional activities to do, you will experience the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.
Africa4Us tours are of an adventurous nature and some activities could require a person to be actively involved, so we require all participants to be "young at heart", in good health and have a flexible outlook on problem-solving and participation in a group setting.
You need to be fit enough to take your own luggage in and out of the vehicle and carry it to and from your tent/room. You need to be able to travel long distances on some days and you must be able to get in and out of an overland safari vehicle with ease and un-assisted.
Serviced Camping (13 nights) with three-star graded hotels and lodges (5 nights)
Predominantly camping, with standard hotel accommodation at your start and end locations of each tour and depending on the itinerary, some nights in between. Tents are 2.5 meters per 2.5 meters dome tents with mesh windows and doors which acts as a mosquito net. Please bring your own sleeping bag or you could pre-purchase one via Africa4us. Two travelers will stay together per tent.
All accommodation is shared between (same gender) members of the tour group unless you booked a single supplement.
Predominantly, overnight in comfort three-star, graded lodges, hotels, and bungalows with twin shared en suite rooms. Most rooms in Southern Africa don’t have mosquito nets, as it is not needed.
Some establishments will have fans instead of air-conditioning.
All meals (breakfast included) will be prepared by your Adventure Crew and served at the vehicle. All accommodation is shared between (same gender) members of the tour group unless you booked with partner/friend/family member or a single supplement. For the camping nights - tents are 2.5 meters er 2.5 meters dome tents with mesh windows and doors which acts as a mosquito net. Two travelers will stay per tent - Africa4us will supply all camping equipment including a sleeping bag.
Please note: All tour related matters i.e. meals and briefings will take place at the vehicle in the campsite and are compulsory to attend. Attending these campsite activities to and from your room would be at your own accord.
There is a possibility to request for a pre and post night accommodation at an additional cost. Please send an inquiry for more details.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of the exquisite seafood restaurants. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
Today you leave behind the delights of Cape Town and depart on the first leg of your journey. The first overnight stop will be on a small vineyard farm in the vicinity of the Cederberg Mountains. Grapes are produced for the local cellars and you have an opportunity to taste and buy some of the local wines in an optional wine tasting activity.
Travel through the Northern Cape’s vast fields of wild flowers (in bloom between August and November) to the Namibian border. End the day with spectacular sunset views over the Gariep River.
Enjoy a slow morning and sleep in or go on an optional canoe trip down the river. Later during the morning, we travel to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. Explore the canyon rim on a short hike as the sun slips over the horizon to end your day of exploration.
Today is an early departure and a long drive north to the Namib Desert. On the way to Sesriem, you pass the small towns of Bethanie and Helmeringhausen and farm settlements, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide-open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon. Admire the lofty red sand dunes in the distance that form a gateway into the Namib Desert, which means "vast place."
An early departure allows you to experience a beautiful desert sunrise over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Driving through the breathtakingly- beautiful landscape you experience the meaning of the name Namib – open space. See how narrow gorges lead up to high plateaus or end abruptly in steep rock faces as you proceed toward your campsite in the region known as the Naukluft.
Today we will travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund. There will be several photo-stop opportunities along the way as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn and drive through the surreal landscapes of the Kuiseb and Gaub passes.
Swakopmund’s variety of attractions and activities cater for all tastes and styles. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilograms. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and the outdoors thrills you, you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more.
Africa4Us travel northeast to Brandberg which is home to Königstein, at 2,573 meters above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. At Brandberg, Africa4Us offers a variety of guided self-drive tours with our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV).
Enabling you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Brandberg area as well as experience the thrill of driving one of these customized vehicles. Tours are led by professional local guides and backup includes satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking.
Africa4Us suggests booking the 4-hour White Lady Ultimate Adventure - a self-drive of fun and adventure. On this trip, you will visit the famous White Lady Bushmen Painting. Around the lodge area, there is a great chance of seeing the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.
Travel through the vast expanse of Northern Namibia to the Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, antelope and lion around various watering holes. Etosha is home to more than 100 species of mammals including the endangered black rhino. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with species such as the famous Kori Bustard, ostrich, several vultures, and eagle species and after heavy rains, you might even find water birds such as flamingos and pelicans.
Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your air-conditioned Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sightings that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon. Fall asleep with the haunting calls of hyena or a lion’s roar in the distance.
Travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. You will have the option to celebrate tonight at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. This tiny capital town has loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.
Windhoek is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo trip. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (Tour Leader and Driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew is committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes, and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.
Depart Windhoek early for a long drive through the eastern part of Namibia, crossing the border into Botswana and traveling into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and who are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.
Enjoy an optional morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation before departing Ghanzi. Arrive in Maun, Botswana's fifth largest town, after lunchtime. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed-wing aircraft (weather permitting). Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will get a fair idea of the magnitude of this massive mix of land and water with its intricate system of channels and islands. You might also see families of elephant, giraffe, and herds of buffalo or even hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge/campsite with bar and pool facilities.
To ensure the best Delta experience for our clients we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique eco system. Due to the changing water levels in the Delta and dry seasons, we will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro (canoe) or on a 4x4 open vehicle game drive.
Mokoro: Today you will experience a unique way of traveling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro. The mokoro is used by local people as a means of transport. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4x4 vehicle depending on the water levels of the Delta.
A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘’poler” standing at the back, maneuvering the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice.
Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to Maun, again in your mokoro enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon.
The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May
4X4 Open Vehicle Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve: Departing from Maun early morning, we are destined for the Blackpools and Xini Lagoon areas in Moremi Game Reserve.
Once past the Buffalo Fence and inside the Delta area, 50km from Maun, we start our Delta experience. You can expect a full day of exploration in the search of wild animals, interesting and varied landscapes in this untamed African bush. Lunch will be done en-route and you will have the opportunity to take exquisite photos as Moremi is well known for teeming bird life, elephants, buffalo, hippo, lion and if you are lucky leopard (including various antelope species).
What makes Moremi unique is that it was the first tribal land to be proclaimed by a local African tribe in 1963 as a wildlife sanctuary.
During the dry season, a congregation of all bird and wildlife species, along permanent rivers and water holes makes Moremi Game Reserve one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences!
This experience will only be conducted if the water levels are too low for our travellers to have a proper Mokoro Delta experience. The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May.
We are deeply committed to protecting the environment and we make sure that our tours reflect this commitment. During the years of conducting tours in the Delta, we have experienced that the human footprint being left behind has a negative effect on this extremely sensitive ecosystem therefore, we do not include an overnight experience in the Delta. We believe that our included Delta experience gives one the same adventure with less impact on the environment.
Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for freshwater. This will most certainly be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot.
Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. (Deleted mention of the optional Pangolin photo safari as availability is almost non-existent).
Cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world's biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it is considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road, and foot traffic. For an adrenaline-filled activity closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half-day or full-day white water rafting adventure.
Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery, and an open bar. Book a day or two extra in Victoria Falls to make the most of your stay.
The last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour. Book an additional day or two in Victoria Falls to make the most of your stay.
Africa4Us recommends booking a post-night to make the most of your stay. Please note - your pre/post-night accommodation might be different compared to the joining or ending establishment that is part of the tour schedule.
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Africa4Us has designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.
Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately, and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.
Africa4Us reserves the right to change or use similar accommodation. Please take note that the Final Rooming List (which will be sent 30 days prior to departure) overrides the website details and Itinerary details.
This multi-country safari will start from Cape Town and will take you to Trawal, Gariep River, South Africa before crossing to Fish River Canyon, Sesriem, Boesman’s Camp, Swakopmund, Brandberg, Etosha National Park, and Windhoek, Namibia. The tour will continue to Ghanzi, Maun, Elephant Sands, and Kasane, Botswana. The tour ends in Victoria Falls, Zambia.
With our mission to tread lightly, we have installed water purifying systems in our vehicles to offer our travellers the opportunity to refill their water bottles and we actively discourage our travellers from purchasing water or other drinks in single-use plastic bottles.
The system consists of a sediment, granular carbon and carbon block filter as pre - treatment and then an Ultra-Filtration membrane which filters down to 0.2 microns to remove bacteria and parasites. The water then flows through an inline carbon polishing filter before flowing to the tap. See pictures in the photo section.
Cape Town International Airport
On arrival in the beautiful Cape Town, you will make your way to the joining hotel. As an added service to travelers, your arrival airport transfer is included. Walk out of the international arrivals area and look for a transfer person holding signage and your name. Ask him/her what hotel he/she will be taking you to (do not volunteer this information). Then present your passport for proof of identity.
The tour departs in the morning of day 2. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in evening on day 1 of your tour at 6 p.m. Upon arrival, the reception will provide information from your Tour Leader regarding the meeting place and time.
NB: As a precondition, Africa4Us will require your arrival flight details no later than four weeks prior to the start date of your tour. Please make sure that you receive your travel voucher confirming the transfer. The transfer in non-refundable if not used.
If you have not met Africa4Us' representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, please call the 24-hour emergency number which will be communicated to you.
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