Saturday. Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! You will be met at the Cape Town Airport and transferred to our accommodation. At 17.00pm there is a pre departure meeting at the lodge, where you will meet your guide and the rest of the group.
See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its colonial cities and beautiful beaches. Game drive through Chobe and Etosha National Park, opt to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, relax on the beaches of Lake Malawi and end your adventure on the idyllic island of Zanzibar.
Cape Town - Cederberg. Before leaving Cape Town, we depart on a township tour in and around Cape Town. This is an included highlight allowing everyone to experience it. From here we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. We cross the Piekenierskloof Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley.
Cederberg - Gariep River. From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in the small mining town of Springbok, we continue on to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.
Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia). This morning we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River before we cross into Namibia and travel to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.
Fish River Canyon - Sesriem. An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure you look up at the stars tonight; the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!
This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. We take some time to climb to the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Following our once in a lifetime experience you will have the option to take the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area.
Sesriem - Swakopmund. After breakfast on day 7 we cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Namibia’s prime holiday resort - Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenalin for those that are keen! Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of restaurants and bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Optional activities include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more.
Swakopmund - Brandberg. Our departure from Swakopmund takes through the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe. The 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. After our visit to Spitzkoppe we head off to our next destination – Brandberg.
Brandberg - Eldorado. Today’s drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to a farm called Eldorado - a private farm that is home to many free roaming animals. The farm is populated with gemsbok, eland, impala, springbok, steenbuck, duiker, zebra and many more.
Eldorado - Etosha. After stopping briefly in Outjo to stock up on supplies, we head to Etosha National Park. Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! The following day we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. After a full day of game viewing and dinner, why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.
Etosha - Grootfontein - Divundu - Maun (Botswana). After breakfast we head out of the park while doing a game drive. Day 13 is a short driving day to our next destination where we set up camp for the night. Tonight's campsite has a thatched dining area, bar, swimming pool and curio shop. On day 14 we head toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia and spend the night at a campsite on the banks of the Kavango River. On day 15 we enter Botswana and travel east to Maun, the starting point for travel into the Okavango Delta.
Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). The Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. Here we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. Some of the villages in the Okavango are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro (a dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds). We travel by Mokoro, along the waterways of the Delta to our camp, and later in the afternoon we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness. Enjoy rest, relaxation and Delta experiences on day 17. Those who’d prefer not to explore The Delta, will spend 2 days at leisure, at our lovely campsite in Maun.
Okavango Delta - Maun. This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
Maun - Chobe. We travel on to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The next morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. Later, we leave for our Chobe National Park overnight excursion. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife.
Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and driving to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. A 20 minute walk from our campsite takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town.
The following 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions which include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site and the white water rafting on the Zambezi is world class.
Victoria Falls - Chobe (Botswana) - Livingstone (Zambia). We travel back to the town of Kasane and have a second opportunity to take part in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion. For those who’d prefer to stay behind at the campsite in Kasane, there is an option to do an early morning game drive on the morning of day 25 instead. The following morning, we continue to the town of Livingstone in Zambia and in the afternoon we have the opportunity to view The Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River.
Livingstone - South Luangwa - Chipata. An early morning start sees us head north through southern Zambia. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. On day 27 we travel on to South Luangwa National Park where animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc. The following morning we head north east on the old ‘East Road’ to a beautiful little campsite located just 10km before the Zambia/Malawi border.
Chipata - Lake Malawi (Malawi). Leaving Zambia we cross into Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. After stopping off in the capital, Lilongwe, we camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days. Spend days at leisure relaxing on the pristine beaches and swimming in the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school.
Lake Malawi - Iringa (Tanzania). After a relaxing 4 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Iringa where we spend the night in the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Iringa - Dar es Salaam. This morning we make our way to Dar es Salaam. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar (optional). A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. You can explore historic Stone Town or opt to visit the islands famous spice plantations. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as many passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget. Your tour leader can arrange your accommodation for you upon request.
For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.
Sunday. Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland arriving back to camp in the late afternoon, or early evening. On arrival, where we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.