The Kalahari in Namibia | Africa
FROM: £4,615 pp

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.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Victoria Falls - begin your tour in the Zimbabwean town with a tour of the falls and a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
Etosha National Park - spend three nights in Namibia's premier game reserve and head out in search of lions, elephants and more on numerous game drives
Chobe National Park - search for wildlife on safari and enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River to spot crocodiles and enjoy a magical sunset
Swakopmund - unwind on the sandy beaches or join optional activities including golf, dolphin cruises and fishing
Mahangu National Park - game drive through the small reserve and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, buffalo, hippos and more
Okavango Delta - explore the network of watery pathways through the delta aboard traditional mokoro canoes and enjoy a guided nature walk
Namib-Naukluft National Park - scramble up the giant dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and marvel at the views of the Namib Desert
Fish River Canyon - admire the view over the mighty canyon, which is second in size and impressiveness only to the Grand Canyon
Spitzkoppe - marvel at the beautiful curved granite mountains and go in search of some of the ancient rock paintings to be found in the area
Cape Town - ride the cable car to Table Mountain on a tour of the city and enjoy a Cape Point tour to Maiden Cove, Cape Point and Boulder's Beach

Included

23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 11 dinners
Airport transfers on days 1 and 24
Canoe ride on the Orange River
Okavango Delta Mokoro ride
Victoria Falls tour & sunset cruise
Transport in Quantum minibuses, Toyota Land Cruisers or a 4x4 safari vehicle
Park entrance fees
23 nights mid-range lodges, chalets, tented camps
Game Drives Etosha and Mahangu National Park
Himba Village walk
Chobe River boat cruise
Entrance and tasting at distillery & wine cellar in Omaruru
Services of an experienced local guide/driver

Not Included

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

Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. In the afternoon we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group for a pre-departure meeting.

To partake in some of the exciting optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls we recommend arriving a day or two earlier.

Please note: All departures in 2020 will also include a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls

Days 2-3

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park, Botswana. The morning of day 2 is at leisure to further explore the Falls. A mid-morning departure takes us from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana for the next two nights. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.

On day 3 we rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe 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.
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 4

Chobe - Caprivi, Namibia. 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. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Caprivi - Okavango Delta, Botswana. We leave our camp on the Caprivi 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. En route to camp we 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.

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 guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7

Kavango River

Okavango Delta - Kavango River, Namibia. Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to 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.
Breakfast, Lunch

Days 8-10

Kavango River - Etosha. On day 8 we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting four of the Big Five that are resident in the park - lion, elephant, rhino and leopard, 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. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and 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 and Okaukuejo  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 1

Day 11

Himba Village Tour

Etosha- Kamanjab. We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. In the afternoon we explore a Himba village, which will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Kamanjab - Omaruru. After our cultural experience in the Kamanjab we head southwards to Omaruru. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. We will stop at a local distillery and small wine cellar to taste some of its home-grown produce before arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon.
Breakfast, Lunch

Days 13-14

Omaruru - Swakopmund. We move westwards across the desert plains travelling to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we head towards the coast. We arrive into the charming town of Swakopmund, an oasis set between the expanse of the desert and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

The next day, the afternoon is spent at leisure to partake in optional activities or alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 15-16

Sossusvlei

Swakopmund - 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 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.

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.
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 17

Sossusvlei - 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 18-19

Fish River Canyon - 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!
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 20

Orange River - Cedarberg, South Africa. 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21

Cedarberg - Cape Town. Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. 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.
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22

Cape Town Tour

This morning you will be collected and taken by cable car, up the legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula (weather dependent). Back to the city, you will see the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known Bo-Kaap. In the afternoon enjoy a wine tasting & lunch at a local wine estate in Constantia. We also suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront, situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, offering an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 23

Cape Peninsula

Today we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, we stop at maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. Here you have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal - and not included in the cost). We carry on over Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breath taking coastal drives to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon we travel on to Simon's Town, a village with charming Victoria architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.
Breakfast

Day 24

Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

We recommend extending your stay to see more of beautiful Cape Town and partake in some of the optional activities on offer. A post tour Cape Town Extension package can be arranged upon request.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 12. 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.

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In Brief

Range
Starts
Victoria Falls
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Year Round
Hotel Rating
Mid Range
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 23, Lunch: 19, Dinner: 11
Countries
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