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22 Days  |  Cape Town to Victoria Falls  |  from USD $5,569  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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!

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Day 1

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.

To experience all that Cape Town has to offer we highly recommend arriving a day or two earlier.
Overnight: 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 Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in the country. On arrival you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-4

Cedarberg - 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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

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 hot 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Days 8-9

Sossusvlei - 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 and 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. 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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 10

Swakopmund - Brandberg. We follow the barren Atlantic Coast 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Twyfelfontein - Etosha. Today we head to Etosha National Park. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight: Etosha N.P.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-14

We fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four 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 park’s various nocturnal animals as they come to drink.
Overnight: Etosha N.P.  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2

Day 15

Etosha - Kavango River, Namibia. Our journey continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 16-17

Kavango River - Okavango Delta, Botswana. We leave Namibia 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 floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We 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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 18

Okavango Delta - Caprivi, Namibia. 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. Enroute to camp you will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.
Overnight: Caprivi Strip  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 19-20

Caprivi - Chobe NP, Botswana. On day 19 we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. After settling in to our lodge, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.

The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, which has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. 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.  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 21

Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22

Our safari ends after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

We recommend extending your stay in Victoria Falls if you want to enjoy the many activities on offer.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

The Townhouse, Cape Town
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and intimate, the Townhouse is a luxury hotel in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed, have luxury en suite facilities and are provided with Free WiFi. The in house 'Trees' restaurant offers an exciting menu from a Michelin-trained chef. Being in such a great location, why not grab a complimentary walking map and head out to explore Cape Town - right on your doorstep! Well located in down town Cape Town, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary Precinct.

Clanwilliam Lodge, Cederberg Mountains
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Founded in 1732, the Clanwilliam Lodge is a colloquial gem ensconced in the magical Oliphant's River Valley. Guest rooms vary from standard rooms to superior suites. All are tastefully furnished, bright and modern. The inviting outdoor pool is a great way to cool down and relax in the afternoons. Why not grab a drink in the evening in the classy sunken lounge and bar or for those wishing to pamper themselves head to the luxury spa. Well located just a 5 min drive from the Clanwilliam Dam - a key haven for watersports and angling.

Felix Unite Camp Provencale , Orange River
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

On the banks of the Orange River, the Feliz Unite Camp Provencale offers an array of accommodation. The popular chalets or cabanas afford stunning views of the river and include en suite facilities. The camp includes an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. There is also internet facilities for those needing to stay in touch. Why not head out on one of the many river trips available and see all the Orange River has to offer. Perfectly located on the banks of the Orange River on the Namibian side.

Canyon Road House, Fish River Canyon
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Littered with old car relics, some beautifully restored, the Canyon Road House is fast becoming one of Namibia's most iconic places to stay. With a beautiful bar in the middle of a museum of old vehicles, it really gives a feeling of the olden days. Rooms are designed in a beautiful bright style with stylish wooden furnishings. Take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool overlooked by an authentic farm windmill making you feel like you are in the heart of the Wild West! Located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!

Sossusvei Agama River Camp, Sesriem
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

When the owners of Agama River Camp first entered the property the Agama lizard was the first animal to show their face, hence the name! This beautiful camp offers both rustic camping and air conditioned chalets. The chalets have excellent amenities including an open deck - perfect for sleeping under the stars if you wish! There is also a cosy bar, restaurant and a refreshing swimming pool for escaping the Namibian heat! Located between Solitaire and Sesriem just a 45 minute drive to the gates of Sossusvlei

Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Meris a charming accommodation in popular Swakopmund. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. This warm and friendly pension offers a number of excellent activities including dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights - so be sure to enquire about them. Perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.

Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Open since 2004, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge is a warm and hospitable lodge at the foot of Namibia's highest mountain. Choose from chalets or rooms, all are well furnished with en suite facilities and a private patio/veranda. There are 2 large outdoor pools perfect for cooling down in. The famous 'White Lady' Bushman painting is a popular half-day excursion from here - which is not to be missed! Located near the Ugab River Valley and Brandberg Mountains.

Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Twyfelfontein
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

An oasis in the desert, oppi Koppi Rest Camp is the ideal place to stop when visiting Namibia's northwest. Bungalows are well furnished with fans in every room and tea and coffee making facilities. The camp prides itself on it's friendly bar, which serves a good range of cold beers, other alcoholic beverages and ice cold Jagermeister. The out door pool is a great place to refresh in the Namibian heat before settling down for a delicious meal in the evening. Located just outside Kamanjab in northwest Namibia.

Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha N.P.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is a perfect place for relaxing and game viewing. Guest rooms range from Bush Chalets to Premium Waterhole chalets (which overlook the animals drinking place) Evenings are a great time to relax at the waterhole and watch the amazing wild life come down for their evening drinks - why not take a couple drinks of your own with you? Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.

Namutoni Resort, Etosha N.P.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Refurbished in 2007, Namutoni Rest Camp offers a luxury camp within Etosha National Park. Rooms are tastefully decorated all with private terraces to the front and rear. Namutoni is home to the famous German fort which overlooks the King Nehale waterhole. There is also a number of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On an evening why not head up the wooden walkway to the water hole and watch the animals come down to drink. Located on the eastern side of world famous Etosha National Park.

Kaisosi River Lodge, Caprivi Strip
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

On the banks of the Okavango River, Kaisosi River Lodge consists of a number of beautiful thatched chalets. All chalets are comfortable with en-suite facilities and have private terraces or balconies. There are two outdoor pools to enjoy as well as a friendly bar area. Delicious meals are served in the restaurant or for that special occasion why not take advantage of the floating breakfast on the river option? Perfectly position on the Okavango River near the Caprivi Street.

Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set in shade gardens, Guma Lagoon Camp offers beautiful canvas chalets each with their own private view of the water. Each chalet contains beautiful teak beds and en-suite bathrooms. In the mornings why not take a walk down to the main decking area to watch the sun rise over the lagoon with a steaming hot cup of complimentary tea or coffee? The lodge is is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta.

Camp Kwando, Caprivi Strip
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

A beautiful African style camp, Camp Kwando has thatched island tents and chalets on stilts. All rooms are well appointed including en suite facilities and a private deck. Meals are served just by the river and it is possible to see resident crocodiles and hippos pass by. Jump in the outdoor pool for a refreshing dip between game drives! The camp is on the banks of the Kwando river in the Eastern Caprivi.

Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe N. P.
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Caprivi. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Baris a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sunsets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.

A'Zambezi Lodge, Victoria Falls
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A'Zambei has an African-style design, curvy lay-out and distinctive thatched roof. Likewise, its accommodation follows the same theme, with thoughtfully decorated river-theme rooms in a variety of options.

Trip Highlights

Cape Town - 'the Mother City'
Orange River - South Africa/Namibian border
Sossusvlei and Sesriem - beautiful sand dunes
Brandberg and Twyelfontein - rock painting & the Himba people
Okavango Delta - world's largest inland delta
Mahangu National Park - lots of exotic birds and mammals
Chobe River - crocodiles, hippos and elephants
Cedarberg - rural village and bushman art
Fish River Canyon - world's second largest canyon
Swakopmund - adrenalin capital of Nambia
Etosha National Park - plethora of wildlife and floodlit water holdes
Eastern Caprivi - place where four countries meet
Chobe National Park - home to Africa's largest amount of elephants
Victoria Falls - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Included

21 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 12 dinners
21 nights mid-range lodges, chalets, tented camps
Services of an experienced local guide/driver
Bushman Art Walks including the White Lady
Canoe ride on the Orange River
Okavango Delta Mokoro ride
Victoria Falls Guided Walk
Airport transfers on days 1 and 22
Transport in Quantum minibuses, Toyota Land Cruisers or a 4x4 safari vehicle
Park entrance fees
Game Drives Etosha and Mahangu National Park
Himba Village Walk
Chobe River boat cruise.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

Local payment - ZAR2500
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
2015
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USD $5569
USD $1429
 
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2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
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USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
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This tour is guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers and has a maximum group size of 12.

Tour Details
Starts
Cape Town
Ends
Victoria Falls
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Mid Range
Local Payment
ZAR2500
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 21, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 12
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