SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI :Travel from Cape Town in South Africa to Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls, taking in the best of Namibia and Botswana en route. Canoe down the Orange River and marvel at the Fish River Canyon. Scale the Sossusvlei dune and safari in Etosha and Chobe National Parks. Take a mokoro through the Okavango Delta and cruise down the Zambezi River. All this and more on an incredible 24 day African adventure.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure and this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at 6pm for a pre-departure meeting, combined with an experimental cocktail experience and dinner.
Overnight: Cape Town | Dinner
This morning we take the cable car all the way up to legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views across the Mother City of Cape Town and the surrounding peninsula. Back to the city, we explore the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known Bo-Kaap. In the afternoon we head to Constantia, where we enjoy a local wine tasting and lunch. Why not head to the V&A Waterfront afterwards situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, offering an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast, Lunch
Today we head over to the Cape Peninsula. We'll journey along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay and stop at Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay where there is an option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal and not included in the cost). We continue over Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. This afternoon we travel on to Simon's Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base with a large penguin colony at the famous Boulder's Beach (Boulder's Beach payable locally).
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast
Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains. After an early start we make our way to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch we continue to the Cederberg Mountains, for an overnight in Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in the country. On arrival you can taste the local Rooibos tea - an indigenous tea to the Western Cape with major nutritional and health benefits.
Overnight: Cederberg | Breakfast, Dinner
Cederberg - Orange River. Today we pass some stunning mountain ranges as we head up the West Coast on our way to the Orange River. When travelling in spring we will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later on we arrive at the Orange River which makes up a natural border between South Africa and Namibia. On day 6 the only travelling we do is by canoe. We can put our feet up and relax as the currents take us downstream on the Orange River – mind the rapids though!
Overnight: Orange River | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1
Orange River - Fish River Canyon. Today we head to Ai-Ais for a lunch stop. Ai Ais is famous for its thermal water which is rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approximately 60°C which gushes forth from the hot springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". We later continue to our accommodation for the night close to 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, Dinner
Fish River Canyon - Sossusvlei. Making our way inland on day 8 we head towards Namib Naukluft National Park. The next morning we have an early start for our visit to the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide fantastic photo opportunities. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We will also stop to view Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Overnight: Sesriem | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Sossusvlei - Swakopmund. On day 10 we drive through the Namib Naukluft National Park en route to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert 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. Wildlife you are likely to see include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Arriving into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, an oasis set between the expanse of the desert and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 11 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.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Swakopmund - Omaruru. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind us, we then head inland across the desert plains 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 continue on to the town of Omaruru where we overnight. In the afternoon we will stop at local distillery and small wine cellar in Omaruru to taste some of its home-grown produce. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries.
Overnight: Omaruru | Breakfast, Lunch
Omaruru - Kamanjab. On our journey today we then head off towards Kamanjab where we explore a Himba village in the afternoon. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Overnight: Kamanjab | Breakfast, Dinner
Kamanjab - Etosha. Today we head to the magnificent Etosha National Park which 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 National Park | Breakfast, Lunch
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 National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2
Etosha - Kavango River, Namibia. Our journey today continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We arrive at our lodge for the evening and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the Kavango River. We also have the optional to 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: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch
Kavango River - Okavango Delta, Botswana. Leaving Namibia we enter Botswana through the western border of the Okavango Delta. 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
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: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch
Caprivi - Chobe NP, Botswana. On day 21 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 National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1
Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of the mighty falls and a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast
Our safari ends after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport.
We recommend extending your stay in Victoria Falls if you want to enjoy the many activities on offer.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 12. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Solo Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Solo Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.
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.
The Townhouse, Cape Town
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 Hotel, Cederberg
Housed within a traditional Cape Dutch building, the Clanwilliam Hotel combines the ambiance of a country lodge with the facilities of a modern hotel. The guestrooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with comfortable furnishings. Hearty country-inspired dishes are prepared at the Leipoldt restaurant while the hotel's location means there's plenty more dining options near by. There's also a small patio pool on the property grounds. The hotel is close by the Clanwilliam Railway Station and just a 10-minute drive from the Cederberg Mountain Catchment Area.
Felix Unite Camp Provencale , Orange River
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 are also internet facilities for those needing to stay connected. Why not head out on one of the many river trips available and see all the Orange River region has to offer. This camp is perfectly located on the banks of the Orange River on the Namibian side.
Canyon Road House, Fish River Canyon
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! This accommodation is located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!
Sossusvei Agama River Camp, Sesriem
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, a restaurant and a refreshing swimming pool for escaping the Namibian heat! The camp lies between Solitaire and Sesriem just a 45 minute drive to the gates of Sossusvlei
Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Mer is a charming accommodation. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent ensuite 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. This accommodation is perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.
Omaruru Guest House, Omaruru
In the quaint town of Omaruru, the Omaruru Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and a friendly service. Guest rooms are stylish with hard wood flooring and excellent modern amenities. The guest house boast from a refreshing outdoor pool, on site restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi. At the front of the property you can find the Bambu Wellness Boutique Spa - a perfect stop for some pampering when in the desert!
Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Kamanjab
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 cool off from the Namibian heat before settling down for a delicious meal in the evening. The camp is situated just outside Kamanjab in northwest Namibia.
Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park
With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is the 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 - you could even take your own beverage and join in with the drinking. Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.
Namutoni Resort, Etosha National Park
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 are 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. This resort can be found on the eastern side of world famous Etosha National Park.
Kaisosi River Lodge, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)
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. The lodge enjoys the perfect position on the Okavango River near the Caprivi Street.
Camp Kwando, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)
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 located on the banks of the Kwando river in the Eastern Zambezi region.
Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta
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 guests can 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 situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta.
Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.
A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls
A'Zambezi River Lodge features imaginative African-style architecture with sweeping curved buildings that are complimented by attractive gardens. Nestled besides the river, the lodge provides a quiet ambience for guests to enjoy nature and the facilities provided from award-wining restaurants to an outdoor pool with its own bar. The tastefully decorated rooms are well-equipped with modern conveniences from air-con to satellite TV. The hotel is minutes from Victoria Falls town (5km) and the mighty falls themselves.