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Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Kalahari to Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls through Zimbabwe, and Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. The tour offers you several nights under the African sky and transport in a premium overland safari vehicle, fitted with 12 luxury seats, which will ensure that you will get an unforgettable experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and optional activities, you will soak up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.
During this safari, you will stay in bungalows or lodges for 17 nights, tented rooms for one night, and hotels for six nights. All the overnight points are chosen for their great location or special setting. For the most part, those tend to be smaller establishments that cater to your needs and allow for more focus on personal service. Generally, Africa4Us uses establishments with a three-star rating.
At a few remote establishments, you will stay in basic, comfortable, and clean twin rooms. Most of the time, you will have en-suite bathroom facilities but there might be exceptions where you will share with more than one person. Your itinerary will specify the type of accommodation and the level of comfort.
Solo travelers will be paired in twin or multi-share accommodation, depending on the style of your tour, with someone of the same sex for the duration of the tour. A solo person supplement is payable if you require single-occupancy rooms or tents and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that in certain locations, single occupancy is not available due to the nature of the camp.
Furthermore, Africa4us Pty Ltd reserves the right to change or use similar accommodation. Accommodation is subject to availability. You will stay at the following places on the respective nights of your safari.
You will have 25 magnificent days to explore the bustling city of Cape Town, view gemsbok, springbok, eland, and blue wildebeest where red dunes and shrubs fade into infinity. You will also admire the sunset over the Namib Desert. The tour will deliver an unforgettable experience as you enjoy the opportunity to dance with the San (Bushmen).
You will also have the chance to do a Mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta. More importantly, you will discover wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls. You will visit one of the biggest and most famous game reserves in Africa, Kruger National Park.
When you arrive in Johannesburg, you will make your way to the joining hotel. As an added service to the travelers, your arrival airport transfer will be included. You will walk out of the international arrivals area and look for a transfer person holding an Africa4us sign and your name. Ask him or her what hotel he or she will take you to. Do not volunteer the information.
Then, you will present your passport for proof of identity. The tour will depart on day two in the morning. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in the evening on day one of your tour at 06:00 p.m. Upon arrival, the reception will provide information from your Tour Leader regarding the meeting place and time.
Note that Africa4Us will need to receive your arrival flight details not later than four weeks prior to the start date of your tour. Please e-mail your flight details to them and make sure that you receive your travel voucher confirming the transfer. The transfer in non-refundable if not used.
You can explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your tour leader in the evening at 06:00 p.m. 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 at the V&A Waterfront.
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.
You will depart Cape Town early on your way to Springbok, in the heart of Namaqualand. Springbok is set in a narrow valley bisecting the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge. The area is called “The Garden of the Gods” and is famous for the wondrous display of spring flowers that explode into bloom every August and September.
You will travel onwards to Fish River Canyon and take in the sights. The hiking trail is one of the most unique trails in Africa. The canyon is the second largest in the world, being surpassed by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado. It has a length of 180 kilometers approximately stretching south from Seeheim down to the Orange River which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.
The adventure will continue on day four to Helmeringhausen, a settlement made up of little more than a homestead, hotel, and petrol station. It is located in the southern part of Namibia, between Fish River Canyon and Sesriem. Orange and red desert sands surround the settlement. On arrival, you can relax and take in the tranquillity surrounding you.
Sesriem is a small settlement found in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means “six belts” and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together six belts, made of oryx hide, to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in sedimentary rocks.
An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert.
The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand there is color red due to the prominent levels of iron oxide. The dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.
You will continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences, and options for some extreme adventures like quad biking, sand boarding, four-by-four safaris, skydiving, if the weather permits, and more.
The only meal that will be provided on day seven is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine. Swakopmund offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals. You can have a budget of approximately five to 12 USD per meal.
Swakopmund’s wide variety of things to see and do caters for a wide scope of tastes and styles. You can take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Krystal Galerie which boasts with the largest quartz crystal cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilograms.
You can also browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing, then, you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, four-by-four safaris, and skydiving, if the weather permits, and more.
You will depart for Outjo which leads to Etosha National Park. The quaint town was founded by German colonial Schutztruppe. That will be your stay overnight before heading into Etosha National Park the following day.
After breakfast, you will depart for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. You will head out for an afternoon game drive to search for the elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to.
In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes, with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to the temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes close to the campsites and that will offer you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you.
The fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. Floodlights give you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.
You will enjoy a full day’s game drive in a premium overland safari vehicle. Gather memories of unique sights 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.
You will stay overnight at another beautiful camp inside Etosha National Park and maybe you will just be lucky enough to fall asleep with the haunting call of a hyena or a lion roaring in the distance.
You will travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. You will spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. At night, you will have the option to celebrate tonight at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants. The 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. There, you can take pictures and touch the extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive-resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. There will be shopping opportunities abound.
For the historically inclined, there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in the town center. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church built in the Gothic revival style. Windhoek will be 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 of your 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 is very experienced in dealing with the 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, and more, having a change of crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.
You will 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. Ghazni is the farm where the San (Bushmen) live.
They still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you will enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, you can enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghazni is famous.
You will enjoy a morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation. After lunchtime, you will depart Ghazni and arrive in Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town. 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, if the weather permits.
Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will get a fair idea of the magnitude of the 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.
On day 15, you will experience a new way of traveling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro, the same way as the local people do. A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. Your engine will be a human being called a poler. The first part of the journey will be in a four-by-four vehicle to the “polling station” where the mokoros and polers are waiting.
Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into the delta will begin. Gliding along on the quiet water, you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take stunning pictures of your surroundings. How long the mokoro journey will take, will depend on the time of year and water levels of the delta.
You will stop for lunch on an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then, you will head back to Maun again in your mokoro, enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts and you head for the horizon.
You will have the option to go on a one-day fly-in safari into the Okavango Delta. That is accessible by light aircraft only, a 20-minute flight from Maun. On arrival, you will be met by your personal guide and welcomed to the island, situated on the edge of Chief’s Island and deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.
You will 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. There, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species, and of course, elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water.
That will probably be the closest you will get to those wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.
You will continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park and 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.
It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. You will have an opportunity to go on an optional photo safari at your own expense, however, you would forfeit the included afternoon sunset boat cruise.
On day 18, 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. The bridge is constructed to carry railway, road, and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half-day or full-day whitewater rafting adventure. Victoria Falls will be the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo trip.
On day 19, you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Many of the 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.
On day 20, you will continue to Gwango Heritage Resort which is situated just outside Hwange National Park, named after a local chief. The park is the largest in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometers.
You will look forward to an included afternoon open vehicle game drive on the Gwango Estate. After dinner, you will have the opportunity for an optional night game drive in the estate to discover nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civet cats, genet, and the leopard.
You will head south towards Matobo National Park which is at the Matobo or Matopos Hills, a scenic area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. Banff Lodge, in the leafy suburb of Ilanda, Bulawayo, will be your home for the next two nights.
You will enjoy a day full day game drive in Matobo National Park. Visitors to Matobo National Park regularly spot the white and black rhino, sable antelope, and impala, among other wildlife.
You will cross the Zimbabwe-South Africa border and stay overnight at Bolayi Game Lodge. Klein Bolayi Game Lodge is set in the Limpopo Valley, in the heart of the world`s largest concentration of Baobab trees, surrounded by fascinating granite outcrops in pristine bushveld vegetation.
On day 24, you will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, also known as Egoli, or “The City of Gold,” referring to the gold mining history of the fast-paced city. Book a day or two post tour to explore the city. You may visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park, and museum built on an old mine shaft.
That will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-meter drop. For the historically inclined, there is the ever-popular Soweto tour.
You can also just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. At night, you will have the opportunity to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants the city offers.
Your last goodbye to your holiday, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.
This tour will take place in four countries, namely, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana where most of the activities will take place, and Zimbabwe. You will explore Cape Town, Springbok, Musina, and Johannesburg in South Africa as well as Fish River Canyon, Hobas, Helmeringhausen, Sesriem, Namib Naukluft Park, Swakopmund, Outjo, Etosha National Park, and Windhoek in Namibia.
You will also travel to Ghazni, Maun, Okavango Delta, Nata, Kasane, and Chobe National Park in Botswana as well as enjoy the journey to Victoria Falls, Hwange, Bulawayo, and Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe.
During this safari, you will be provided with 24 breakfasts, one lunch, and 17 dinners. African Adventure Tours are known to stir quite an appetite, far more than extraordinary sights. There is no doubt that plenty of traveling and activity will increase your cravings for delicious food. If you have special dietary requirements, please let Africa4Us know at the time of your booking to give your adventure crew enough time to do the necessary planning and shopping.
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