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Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved. Swakopmund has several excellent ...

Orange River Holidays

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Cape Point, South Africa

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

One of the many bays around Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains

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.


Day 3: Cederberg Mountains - 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.

Kayaking on the Gariep (Orange) River - photo credit to MauritsV

Day 4: Orange River

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!

The Gariep (Orange) River - photo credit to coda Damien du Toit

Day 5: Orange River - 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.

Waterfall in the Drakensberg Mountains

Day 6: Fish River Canyon - Sesriem

Moving inland we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Quiver tree, Namibia

Day 7: Sesriem

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.

Heading for the top of Dune 45

Days 8-9: Sesriem - Swakopmund

Today 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. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. 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.

Day 10: Swakopmund - Brandberg

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.

Day 11: Brandberg - Twyfelfontein

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.

Day 12: Twyfelfontein - 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.

Desert elephant of Namibia

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.

Rhino at a waterhole in Etosha National Park

Day 15: Etosha N.P. - Caprivi Strip

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.

Day 16: Caprivi Strip

Today is free for optional activities such as horse riding or a sunset cruise; alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of mother nature.

Day 17: Caprivi Strip - 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.

Elephant in a canal in the delta

Day 18: Okavango Delta

Today 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.

Meandering through the delta

Day 19: Okavango Delta - Caprivi Strip

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.

Day 20: Caprivi Strip - Chobe N. P.

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, both the riverboat game viewing experience and the 4x4 vehicle option are popular. 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.

Antelope watching out for predators, Chobe

Day 21: Chobe N. P. - Victoria Falls

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.

The Smoke that Thunders

Day 22: Victoria Falls

We will transfer you to Victoria Falls airport in time for your departure flight.