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Cheetahs, Canyons & Coast

33 days  |  Johannesburg to Cape Town  |  from USD $2,189  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Discover the best of Southern Africa with this epic trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Journey through the Kruger and South Africa's canyons and wine regions, encounter the elephants of Botswana's Chobe National Park, get up close and personal with Namibia's cheetahs and explore Zimbabwe's medieval cities.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY BELOW RELATES TO TRAVEL IN 2015. DAYS 10 - 12 WILL FOLLOW A DIFFERENT ITINERARY IN 2016, PLEASE SEE THE TRIP NOTES FOR DETAILS.

Day 1

Tuesday. Welcome to South Africa! Included arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport to our accommodation. There will be a welcome meeting at 17.00hrs when you will meet your guide and the rest of your group.
Overnight: Johannesburg

Days 2-3

Johannesburg - Kruger NP. Leaving Johannesburg we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas, en route to our camp within Kruger National Park. We spend a relaxing evening around the camp fire before our game drive tomorrow, when we explore the amazing Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five.
Overnight: Kruger N.P.  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4
Blyde River Canyon

Kruger - Polokwane. Today we leave the Lowveld and head on the long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. Polokwane, capital of Limpopo, is the largest metropolitan complex in the north and a major economic centre.
Overnight: Polokwane  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Musina

Polokwane - Musina. Today we begin our journey north toward Zimbabwe. We have a long, relaxing drive where we get to sit back and enjoy the ever changing scenery. Tonight we’ll camp near to one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina, at the hot water spring resort – Tshipise. Situated between the rolling hills, the resort is well known for its natural hot water springs. Once we’ve set up camp, you’re free to enjoy the pools, walking trails or various other activities on offer here.
Overnight: Musina  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Musina - Masvingo (Zimbabwe). Today we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Masvingo - on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization. The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means “great stone houses” in Shona. The most notable artefacts found at the ruins were the 8 Statues of stone birds carved out of soapstone. Wander around these amazing ruins, before setting up camp at the foot of the hills.
Overnight: Masvingo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8
Gweru

Masvingo - Gweru. Leaving Masvingo, we continue our journey north to Gweru, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands. Here we stop over at The Antelope Park where a wide variety of game viewing opportunities are available in this area inhabited by lion, elephant, giraffe and obviously numerous antelope! We have the unique option to walk with lions, ride or swim with elephants, view game from horse back or from the back of a vehicle.

Please note: We will not be visiting Gweru and the Antelope Park in 2016. Days 7 - 10 will follow a different itinerary, visiting the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park and spending two days in Hwange National Park. Please see the trip notes for details.
Overnight: Gweru  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 9-10
Matobo NP

Gweru - Bulawayo. Leaving Gweru, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre. The following day we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white rhino. This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. We spend the day exploring this unique geological, ecological and historic area.
Overnight: Bulawayo  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 11-13

Bulawayo - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Leaving Bulawayo, we head to Victoria Falls. 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.
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1

Days 14-15

Victoria Falls - Chobe - Kasane (Botswana). After breakfast we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we have a chance to explore the town before our overnight excursion in the wilds of the Chobe National park. 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.

After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before travelling back to Kasane. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Chobe (1), Kasane (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 16

Kasane - Maun. Heading out early, we cross the western end of the Chobe National Park area along the main route in a south-westerly direction to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun. Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 17-18

Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). From Maun we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Okavango Delta Excursion. From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro (dugout canoes maneuvered through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds). At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘polers’ head out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, our guides find us a place to 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 18, when we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!

For those not opting to explore the Delta, you can stay at the campsite in Maun relaxing by the swimming pool or playing volleyball.

Please note: If you're travelling in 2016, the Okavango Delta 2 night/3 day excursion is included in the trip price.
Overnight: Maun OR optional Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 19-20
Maun & Divundu

Okavango Delta - Maun - Divundu (Namibia). For those on our Okavango Excursion there is a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. 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).

Following the Kavango River, we enter Northern Namibia on day 20. We stop at Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River.
Overnight: Maun (1), Divundu (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 21

Divundu - Etosha. From Divundu, we head to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s northern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.
Overnight: Etosha N.P.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 22-23
Safari in Etosha

On day 22 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, we exit the park through Anderson gate and head to our campsite just 10kms away. The following day takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to a campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.
Overnight: Etosha National Park area  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 24
Brandberg

Etosha National Park area - Brandberg. Today we head down south to the area of the Brandberg. All depending on the time of arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area.
Overnight: Brandberg (UIS)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 25-26

Brandberg - Swakopmund. We travel on to Swakopmund via Spitzkoppe. Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & 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. The following day is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions which include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, horse riding and more!
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 27-28

Swakopmund - Sesriem. Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to the industrial Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. Continuing our journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a great 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. We spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area.
Overnight: Sesriem  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 29

Sesriem - Fish River Canyon. Heading out early, we see the sunrise over this beautiful area before we leave the serenity of the dunes to head south 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. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30
Gariep River

Fish River Canyon - Gariep River (South Africa). This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive, we reach the Gariep River - the natural land border between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. This afternoon we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle.
Overnight: Gariep River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31

Gariep River - Cederberg. This morning we travel south through the Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We spend tonight in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms and have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains. Tonight is our last night under the stars!
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32

Cederberg - Cape Town. We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south towards Cape Town. We travel through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piketberg Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final destination.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast

Day 33

Saturday. This morning we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade

If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Trip Highlights

South Africa:Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city. The scenic Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon. Kruger National Park. The Cederberg Area and the Gariep River. Cape Town - extend your stay to explore the city.
Botswana:Chobe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants. Boat cruise along the Chobe River. Okavango Delta (optional excursion).
Zimbabwe:Masvingo and The Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Musina hot springs. Gweru and The Antelope Park. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's 2nd largest city. Matobo National Park. UNESCO Listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Namibia: Fish River Canyon, the world's 2nd largest canyon. Namib Naukluft National Park - Sossusvlei & Dune 45 (optional). Etosha National Park, Namibia's finest wildlife sanctuary. Swakopmund, a charming colonial coastal town. Damaraland - Spitzkoppe. The lush Kavango region.

Included

Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
30 breakfasts, 26 lunches and 25 dinners
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
Park Entry - The Antelope Park (Gweru). Park Entry & Game drives - Kruger Np, Matabo NP, Etosha NP and Chobe NP
First night accommodation in a dormitory at Mufasa Backpackers (upgrade available) and 31 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
All road taxes & tolls

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - 2015: US$900 / 2016: $1140
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 $2189
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2016
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USD $2599
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $3000
USD $2250
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement 2016
USD $3060
USD $1830

Please note that a portion of this trip may coincide with a Family Departure which welcomes parents with children aged 6 and over.

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camping to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Tour Details
Starts
Johannesburg
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Tuesdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
2015: US$900 / 2016: $1140
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 30, Lunch: 26, Dinner: 25
Extra Tour Info
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling through Africa on a overland safari
Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa

The tour and both guides were excellent. Wildlife viewing was excellent. Would have liked more opportunity for contact with local people and to learn more of local culture.

Neville Williams
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.