Southern Experience - 22 Days

FROM USD $5,459

Head south from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Africa's 'Mother City' Cape Town. Travel through Botswana and Namibia visiting some of the continent's most spectacular natural wonders including the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park and the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei.

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.

On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to Amadeus Garden Guesthouse. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting. Overnight - Victoria Falls
Mosi-oa-Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders - the mighty Victoria Falls!
This morning 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. A mid morning departure takes you from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana. 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. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. Overnight - Chobe N. P. (B, L, D)
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Day 3: Kwando River
Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over 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 famous 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, D)
Kick back in a mokoro in Botswana on one of our Southern Africa Safaris
Days 4 - 5: Okavango Delta
On day 4 we leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha13, 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)
Days 6 - 7: Kavango River
Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to 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)
A plethora of animals congregate at a waterhole in Etosha National Park - a highllight of our Namibi
Days 8 - 10: Etosha N.P.
On day 8 we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with 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. 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 - Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo (B:3, L:3, D:1)
We leave the wild animals behind at Etosha and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. 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)
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. We continue to 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 coastal town of Swakopmund's famous lighthouse, visit here on our African Safaris.
Days 13 - 14: Swakopmund
We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. 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)
The expansive and stunning dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise - one of Namibia Safaris highlights
Days 15 - 16: Sossusvlei
Day 15 is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei. 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. . This evening we embark on a wild cat walk at the lodge.

The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, 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:2)
The second biggest canyon in the world, Namibia's Fish River Canyon.
Today is a long driving day. We travel south 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)
Kayaking down the Orange River on the Namibia/South Africa border.
Days 18 - 19: Orange River
We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where 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". 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)
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in the late afternoon at the Old Village, in Citrusdal the gateway to the Cedarberg Mountains. Overnight - Cederberg Mountains (B, L, D)
Cape Town and Table Bay
Day 21: Cape Town
A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town; we stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the Bay. Overnight - Cape Town (B, L)
Day 22: Cape Town
Our safari ends after breakfast. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures. (B)

2015 Southern Experience Itinerary Changes

If travelling with us in 2015 there will be a slight change to our 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.

Day 1 – Victoria Falls
Arrive Victoria Falls transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Pre departure meeting in the evening. Overnight - A'Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)

Days 2 & 3 - Vic Falls & Chobe
Victoria Falls - Kasane. Morning tour of Falls then mid morning transfer to Kasane in Botwana, gateway to Chobe National Park. On day 3 we rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe and enjoy an afternoon cruise of the Chobe River. Overnight (2) - Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar). Breakfast (2), lunch (1) & dinner (1).

Day 4 – Caprivi
Kasane - Caprivi. We cross into Namibia and drive through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of Kwando River. Afternoon at leisure to partake in optional activities. Overnight - Camp Kwando. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Days 5 – 6 Okavango Delta
Caprivi - Okavango Delta. We travel to 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. En route to camp we go on a game drive in Mahangu National Park which is rich in flora and fauna. The next day is spent exploring the Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes). We stop at a secluded island to take a 1.5 hour guided walk. Overnight (2) - Guma Lagoon Camp (or similar). Breakfast (2), lunch (2) & dinner (2).

Day 7 – Kavango River
Okavango - Kavango River. Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along Caprivi to Rundu and our camp on the banks of the Kavango River. Afternoon at leisure to partake in optional activities. Overnight - Kaisosi River Lodge (or similar). Breakfast & lunch.

Days 8 - 22 - as per standard itinerary.

2015 Accommodation Change:
Days 15 & 16 - Sossusvlei. We will stay at Agama River Camp (or similar)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Victoria Falls / Ends in: Cape Town
  • Local Payment: ZAR2500
  • Breakfast:21, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 13
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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