Northern Experience - 22 Days

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An amazing 3 week adventure starting in Cape Town travelling north to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe traversing through 4 countries en route. Experience the remote splendour of the sand dunes in Namibia, the wonderful wildlife of Botswana's Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta before arriving at Africa's adrenalin capital - Victoria Falls!

Travelling in 2015: There will be a slight adjustment in touring for departures in 2015. Please see the Go Guide for details on travelling in 2015.

Day 1: Cape Town
On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure but this evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting. Overnight - Cape Town
An early start takes us to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch we head towards the Cedarberg Mountains, where we overnight in Citrusdal, a rural village set amongst lush green citrus orchards. In the afternoon we go on a walk to see some of the bushman rock art in the area as well as the spectacular views. Overnight - Cederberg Mountains (B, L, D)
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Kayaking down the Orange River on the Namibia/South Africa border.
Days 3 - 4: Orange River
Travelling up the West Coast, we pass through some magnificent mountain ranges on our way to the Orange River. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later in the afternoon we will reach the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though! Overnight - Orange River (B:2, L:2, D:2)
The second biggest canyon in the world, Namibia's Fish River Canyon.
Today we head to Ai-Ais, where we stop for lunch. Here thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". We then proceed to our accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon. Overnight - Fish River Canyon (B, L, D)
The expansive and stunning dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise - one of Namibia Safaris highlights
Days 6 - 7: Sossusvlei
Moving inland we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park. The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. Overnight - Sesriem (B:2, L:2, D:1)
The coastal town of Swakopmund's famous lighthouse, visit here on our African Safaris.
Days 8 - 9: Swakopmund
Day 8 is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world; sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. One can also see the Welwitschia Mirabilis which is an odd-looking desert shrub and one of these ‘shrubs’ is a large, protected specimen estimated at over 1 500 years old. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. Overnight - Swakopmund (B:2, L:1)
We follow the barren Atlantic Coast line on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind we then head inland across the desert plains for Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the “White Lady” one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland. Overnight - Brandberg (B, L, D)
The intricate drawings of the Bushmen in Namibia. Take a visit here on our Southern Africa safaris.
On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. Overnight - Twyfelfontein (B, L, D)
Day 12: Etosha N.P.
After our cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head to Etosha National Park. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907, it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Overnight - Etosha N.P. (B, L, D)
A plethora of animals congregate at a waterhole in Etosha National Park - a highllight of our Namibi
Days 13 - 14: Etosha N.P.
We fill the next 2 days spent on game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the big five as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink. Overnight - Etosha - Halali (1) Namutoni (1) (B:2, L:2)
Days 15 - 16: Kavango River
Our journey continues west as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We make our way to N’Kwazi Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as horse riding or a sunset cruise are available; alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of mother nature. Overnight - Caprivi Strip (B:2, L:1)
Kick back in a mokoro in Botswana on one of our Southern Africa Safaris
Days 17 - 18: Okavango Delta
We leave Namibia for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife and will stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise. Overnight - Okavango Delta (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 19: Kwando River
Leaving Botswana, we drive up the Western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. In the afternoon you will go on a game drive to the Mudumo National Park. In contrast to the rest of Namibia, the area is lush with riverine forest, marshes, dense savannah and mopane woodland. Overnight - Caprivi Strip (B, L)
The stunning sunset on the Chobe river seen on a river cruise on our African Lodge Safaris
Day 20: Chobe River
The next morning we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Chobe is approx. 11 000 km2 of wilderness area watered by the Chobe & Savuti Rivers and thus attracting huge concentrations of game. This includes lion and some of the highest concentration of elephant in Africa – an estimated population of around 25 000 in winter. Game viewing is renowned and in the Northern areas near Kasane, both the riverboat game viewing experience and the 4x4 vehicle option are popular. In addition the spectacular annual summer migrations of plains game, especially Zebra, is a highlight, as well Giraffe, Warthog and numerous antelope including Sable, Roan, Oribi, Reedbuck, Lechwe and the colourful Chobe Bushbuck. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset. Overnight - Chobe N. P. (B, L, D)
Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the might Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the Smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer. Overnight - Victoria Falls (B)
Mosi-oa-Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders - the mighty Victoria Falls!
Our safari ends after breakfast. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures. (B)

2015 Northern Experience Itinerary Changes

If travelling with us in 2015 there will some changes to the Northern Experience itinerary. We will spend one day less by the Kavango River, visit Mahangu National Park instead of Mudumo, include a game drive in Chobe National Park and spend an extra night in Kasane.

Days 1 - 15
as per our standard itinerary.

Days 16 & 17 - Okavango Delta
Kavango River - Okavango Delta. We leave Namibia and travel to Etosha13 on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast. The next day is spent exploring the Delta. Touring as per days 17 & 18 of our standard itinerary. Overnight (2) - Guma Lagoon Camp of similar. Breakfast (2), lunch (2) & dinner (2)

Day 18 - Caprivi
Okavango Delta - Caprivi. We leave Botswana and drive through the Caprivi in Namibia to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. En route we go on a game drive in Mahangu National Park which is rich in flora and fauna. Overnight - Camp Kwando. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Days 19 & 20 - Chobe National Park
Caprivi - Kasane. We cross back into Botswana and travel to Kasane, gateway to Chobe National Park. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy optional activities. The next day we rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park and in the afternoon we enjoy a Chobe River Cruise. Overnight (2) - Chobe Safari Lodge or similar. Breakfast (2), lunch (1) & dinner (1)

Days 21 & 22 - Victoria Falls
Kasane - Victoria Falls. As per standard itinerary. We travel on to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Take a tour of the falls and the rest of the day is free to partake in optional activities. Our tour ends on day 22 with a transfer to Victoria Fall Airport. Overnight (1) - Zambezi River Lodge. Breakfast (2), lunch (1).

2015 Accommodation Changes:
Days 6 & 7 - we will stay at Agama River Camp (or similar)
Day 13 - we will stay at Etosha's Okaukuejo Camp (or similar)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cape Town / Ends in: Victoria Falls
  • Departs: Throughout the year
  • Local Payment: ZAR2500
  • Breakfast:21, Lunch: 17, Dinner: 11
  • Hotel Rating: Mid range lodges & tented camps
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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