36 Days
Duration
Max 12, Max 20
Group Size
Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Location
Accommodated
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Journey over 36 days from Kenya, Nairobi via Tanzania & Malawi to Victoria Falls continue through Botswana to Namibia to end in Cape Town, South Africa

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THIS TOUR ALSO LEAVES FROM CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Overnight in several National Parks to better appreciate Africa’s natural beauty from lush gardens to secluded beaches. Explore the bazaars and shops of Stone Town and savour the views of Victoria Falls. Travel the rugged terrain of Africa’s unspoiled landscapes and meet its people. Visit natural landmarks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa and the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In Windhoek, Namibia one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world you can treat yourself to the famous locally brewed beer, the Windhoek Lager. Admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, journey over the Namib desert with its splendid red dunes and go on safari in Etosha National Park. End your tour in the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and one of the most widely recognized mountains in the world. Flat as a table on top, and often with a tablecloth of cloud, it remains one of the most exquisite views to behold at the southern end of Africa. The city’s architecture traces the influence of Dutch and English occupants, alongside settlers from France, Germany and the East. Cape Town is also home to the South African Parliament and a host of outstanding museums, the South African National Gallery and the National Library of South Africa.

This southbound tour is a combination of several tours. The first leg starting in Nairobi is done in a 20-seater Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle designed to withstand the harsher road conditions of Eastern Africa. From Livingstone we travel in luxury with a 12-seater Premium Overland Safari Vehicle.

Accommodation in Eastern Africa is best described as rustic, mostly with shared ablution facilities but still comfortable. We include 3 nights sleeping under the African sky and camp in Arusha, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. All camping equipment is provided for. From Livingstone your overnight accommodation upgrades to 3-star providing more comfort and less shared facilities.

(On this tour, you will have the option to go on a 2-night fly-in Okavango Delta Safari. Please note that this is an optional activity and it is not included in the tour price. Included in the tour is a day excursion into the Delta but no overnight in the Delta.)

Tour Price: US$7773.00
Solo Room Supplement: US$2068.00

Optional Extra:
Fly-in 2 Night Delta Pack– Low Season: US$1068.00
Fly-in 2 Night Delta Pack– High Season: US$1254.00 (01/06 – 31/10)
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Group Size: Max 12/20
Days: 36
Start: Nairobi
End: Cape Town
Distance: 9730km
Transport: Adventure/Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
Meals: 35 Breakfasts, 29 Lunches, 22 Dinners
Accommodation: Participation Camping (3 nts), Comfort Hotel (4 nts), Basic Hotel (2 nts), Tented Rooms (6 nts), Bungalow/Lodges (20 nts)
Entrance Fees: South Luangwa National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Chobe National Park. Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, Table Mountain National Park
Activities: South Luangwa Game Drive, Village Visit – Malawi, Ferry to Zanzibar, Spice Tour, Game Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle down into Ngorongoro Crater, Game Drives in Serengeti with 4×4 Safari Vehicles, Chobe River Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive, Okavango Delta Day Trip –Mokoro Trail & Nature Walk, Game Drives Etosha National Park, Authentic Himba Settlement, Sossus on Foot – Desert Experience, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, Fish River Canyon including Sunset, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Game Drives, Augrabies National Park, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Hike to Heerenlogement Cave.
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

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Day1

Nairobi

Arrival day and welcome meeting at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip and answer any questions. Explore the city of Nairobi, which highlights include The Nairobi National Museum, The Railway Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, The Village Market, Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya and much more. But perhaps the most famous tourist attraction is Carnivore, an open-air restaurant featuring an all-you-can-eat meat buffet.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: DeluxeTented Room
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Nairobi NP Game Drives, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Nairobi to Arusha

Depart early for Arusha, a bustling city located on the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley. If you are lucky you might just get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, usually veiled behind clouds. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and the highest free-standing mountain in Africa. This is one of those days where you will enjoy the journey just as much as the destination, if not more. Watch how the landscapes change into open savannah and acacia trees. Your overnight stay will be at Meserani Snake Park, a truly community oriented campsite. All the proceeds of the bar and campsite go towards the free clinic for the Masai and to take care of snakes, birds and other animals that are injured or would have been killed. Drink an ice-cold Kilimanjaro beer or soda with the knowledge that you are contributing to the community.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Snake Park, Masai Museum
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day3

Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a long scenic drive to the Serengeti. The Serengeti Migration was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. Serengeti NP is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We use 4×4 safari vehicles for the duration of the Serengeti / Crater excursion, as they are better adapted to the terrain. The Serengeti is one of the best places to observe a pride of lion in their natural environment. You might also spot blue wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and buffalo. Tonight, you will be sleeping in the wild in an unfenced camp in the middle of the Serengeti. Listen to all the sounds the night offers while you doze off. You might just fall asleep to the sound of a lion roaring, calling for his females, the haunting call of the hyena or the lonely cry of a jackal. We spend one night, camping in the central Seronera area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drive through Ngorongoro Area and into The Serengeti in 4×4 Safari Vehicles
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Serengeti National Park

Day4

Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Enjoy an early breakfast before your safari begins. We will do game drives in the Serengeti until around lunch time, before crossing over to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, unfilled and intact volcanic caldera. The crater is home to roughly 25,000 large animals, of which you will try to find some on your morning game drive the next day. On the way to your campsite on the crater rim, you will stop for a panoramic view of the whole crater below. Put up your tent under the enormous sausage tree in the middle of the camp and be on the lookout for buffalo, zebra, or elephant which might just wander into the campsite looking for the soft, juicy grass you are camping on. On a lucky evening, you will wake up to the sound of zebra or buffalo chomping away on the grass around your tent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drive in Serengeti with 4X4 Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day5

Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi

Enjoy a final early morning game drive into the Crater in search of that perfect photo shoot. Descending 600 metres from the crater rim to the bottom of the crater will feel like entering an ancient world. Massive candelabra cacti stand watch along the slopes and inside the crater, you will find a mini-world with a lake, a swamp, a river, grassland and forest. Have cameras ready for endangered black rhino, an elephant with long, white, curved tusks, spotted hyena, herds of wildebeest clowning around, skittish zebra or the jackpot of any game drive, the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah. Return to Karatu and the comfort of the Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle and continue onwards to Moshi, a small town on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive into Ngorongoro Crater with 4×4 Safari Vehicles
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day6

Moshi to Bagamoyo

Rise early for a long drive to Bagamoyo. Situated approximately 50km north of Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo was the most important trading post of Eastern Africa in the 19th century. A small fishing village, Bagamoyo is rich in history. Ruins of German-era colonial buildings and alleyways with a beautiful beachside backdrop of the Indian Ocean make this small village well worth a visit. Enjoy some freshly caught fish cooked to your delight at the fish market situated on the beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore Town & Fish Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Day7

Bagamoyo to Zanzibar (Nungwi Beach)

Today you have a short ferry trip on the ocean from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. On arrival at the harbour, you will hop into a private transfer vehicle that will first take you on a spice tour before continuing to Nungwi Beach. On the spice tour, you will come to understand why Zanzibar is also named the Spice Island. On this guided tour, you will learn how spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg vanilla and peppercorns are grown and harvested. Inhale deeply the fragrance of a fresh piece of cinnamon bark or an open vanilla pod while wandering through the crops. After a tasty Swahili lunch, you continue to the holiday resort of Nungwi Beach. With white beaches, tropical waters and amazing sunsets, this beautiful beach resort is the perfect way to recharge after long distances travelled the past few days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Spice Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Sunset Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

Nungwi Beach

Enjoy a relaxed day exploring this historic town, simply relax at your hotel next to the pool or enjoy Nungwi Beach’s white sandy beaches, stage-set palm trees, turquoise sea and the sunshine. Take part in activities like snorkelling, scuba diving or guided walks. Your Tour Leader will assist in booking if needed.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Sunset Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day9

Nungwi Beach to Stone Town

Enjoy a private transfer back to Stone Town, and explore this historic town with its maze of alleys lined with houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. Wander through the narrow streets filled with the fragrance of incense and spices, and add the distinct “Zanzibar smell” to your memories. The incredible architecture and enormous brass-studded wooden doors offer endless photo opportunities and although the Zanzibarians in their long, elegantly flowing garments are tempting to take pictures of, please be sensitive to the fact that they don’t like to be photographed. If you don’t want to walk the streets on your own you can go on a guided city tour and if towns are not your thing, you can always go on a boat trip to a nearby island like Prison Island. For lunch and dinner, the opportunities available will make it very hard to choose. Be adventurous at the evening food market and try a Zanzibar pizza or have a spicy meal at one of the many Indian restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Stone Town Tour, Prison Island Tour, Explore Stone Town, Jozani Forest Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day10

Stone Town to Dar es Salaam to Mikumi

Depart from Zanzibar Ferry terminal early morning and then get on to your Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle in Dar es Salaam for the journey to your overnight stay at Tan-Swiss Lodge in the small town of Mikumi. On the way, you will drive through Mikumi National Park. Although this is not a game drive and just a passing through, you might spot wildlife such as giraffe, zebra and elephant right along the highway.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day11

Mikumi to Iringa

Today is a shorter journey to Iringa through incredibly beautiful scenery, for example, the winding road through Baobab Valley – which is exactly what the name promises – a valley filled with baobab trees of all shapes and ages. Iringa is a region famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. We overnight at Kizolanza Farmhouse, a working farm with sheep, cattle and a variety of crops of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Kisolanza is the perfect halfway travellers haven on the way to Malawi. It will be hard to find a place where elegance, ambience and practicality meet in a more charming way. Old ruins of the farm had been converted into The Mud Ruins Bar and Restaurant while keeping the original 70-year-old structures intact. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared with produce from the farm while candles and lanterns lit up this charismatic ruin with natural ambience and rustic elegance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day12

Iringa to Lake Malawi (Chitimba)

The next few days will offer a total change of scenery and a new country when you camp right next to Lake Malawi. Explorer David Livingstone nicknamed this expanse of water The Lake of Stars because of the flickering lights of fishermen on the lake at night. Nestled between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, the shores of Lake Malawi are lined with picturesque thatched roofed huts and colourful washing fluttering on washing lines. You will drive past self-sufficient crops of maize, banana and paw-paw trees, racks loaded with small fish drying in the sun, chicken and piglets scattering across the road, women in brightly coloured wrapped skirts with buckets balanced on their heads and waving children. After a long day’s driving, you will finally be able to plunge down on a comfortable couch, handmade by the owner of Chitimba Camp or sit in the early evening on the beach to enjoy the cool breeze blowing from the lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

Chitimba Beach

Today is a relaxing day on which you can take an optional hike to the Livingstonia Museum or try your hand at wood carving, go on a guided hike, optional village tours or challenge one of the locals at one of their most popular games called Bao which is the Swahili name for a board game. There is a curio market just outside the camp where you can test your negotiation skills and bargain for that perfect souvenir, that is often made right there on the spot. Marvel at the craftsmanship needed to carve the intricate designs out of wood to decorate anything from three-legged Malawi chairs and tables, wooden bowls, chess boards, wall decorations and hundreds of other things big and small.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Hikes, Craft Market, Village Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day14

Lake Malawi: Chitimba to Kande Beach

Today we continue driving south all along Lake Malawi to our next destination Kande Beach near the town of Chintheche. En route you will drive through a rubber tree forest. Your adventure crew will show you the process of rubber tree tapping and how the farmers collect the latex from these trees. Stop for shopping in Mzuzu which is the third largest city in Malawi and the centre of the agricultural region. It is a short drive to Kande and you will have the afternoon and next day to do some of the exciting activities Kande offers. You can experience the novelty of diving in fresh water with a PADI accredited diving centre. Or just bask in the sun on the beach, take a swim in the fresh water, or take a kayak or pedal boat out on the water. For horse lovers, there is an opportunity to do some horse riding and take your horse for a swim in the lake at the end of your ride.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day15

Kande Beach

The day begins with a taste of local life when you go on a village tour after breakfast with one of the local guides. You will learn more about the culture and daily life of the friendly local people on this tour and soon you will be surrounded by children eager to show off their English and speak with a foreigner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Village Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Fishing, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day16

Kande Beach to South Luangwa National Park

Today brings a border crossing into Zambia and a long, but worthwhile drive in a western direction to the jewel of Zambia, South Luangwa National Park. Savour Africa’s natural beauty from the comfort of your Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle. You will overnight next to the Luangwa River on the border of South Luangwa National Park. A brave night guard will be on the look-out for hippo, elephant or lion that might wander into the camp. You will truly feel part of Africa at South Luangwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day17

South Luangwa National Park

We do a morning game drive with 4×4 safari vehicles to see how many of the 60 different animal species in the park we can find. South Luangwa is the southernmost national park in the valley of the Luangwa River and regarded by many experts as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Be on the lookout for elephant lazily going about finding food, search for the well-known red lion nicknamed Ginger by the game rangers, stop at towering Thornicroft giraffe, the tallest animals in the world, great herds of buffalo, puku, zebra, pods of hippo and much, much more. Get lost in a spectacular world with majestic trees such as mopane, tamarind, sausage tree and marula tree and watch the rising sun turning the dust into swirling red-golden clouds. You also have the option to book an afternoon or night game drive as an optional activity.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Morning Game Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Afternoon and Night Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Entrance Fees Included: South Luangwa National Park

Day18

South Luangwa National Park to Lusaka

Take the Great East Road for a long day’s drive to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. You have ample time to relax and soak up the scenery of unspoiled nature and traditional settlements en route. You will cross an important landmark about halfway, namely the Luangwa Bridge across the Luangwa River. If time allows you might make a quick stop at the market town straddling the highway and taste dried fish or buy a straw hat or basket.  Your rest camp is just outside the capital situated on a private game farm, where you can linger in the swimming pool or enjoy refreshments in the bar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day19

Lusaka to Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Continue to your destination, Livingstone. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the World’s biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it’s considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day20

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

You have the day free to explore or enjoy a selection of optional activities. Take a helicopter or microlight flight over the Victoria Falls, and let your breath be stolen away by the sight of these magnificent falls, cascading across two countries into a narrow gorge. Make sure to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. When you stand in front of the Victoria Falls you will understand why the indigenous tribe the Tonga gave it the beautiful and descriptive name of Mosi-Oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders).
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day21

Livingstone (Victoria Falls) to Chobe River (Kasane)

Get an early start to the day to and cross into Botswana heading to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. An afternoon sunset boat cruise is included. Take a sundowner with you and go and look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe and sable are commonly seen along the river’s edge and birdwatching is incredible during the summer months.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Chobe River Boat Cruise
Activities Optional: Pangolin Photo Safari
Entrance Fees Included: Chobe National Park

Day22

Chobe River (Kasane) to Elephant Sands

Start the day with an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its wildlife watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Watering Hole at Camp
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Chobe National Park

Day23

Elephant Sands to Maun

Head south-west on the famous elephant highway, known for its big elephant population in the surrounding area. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a peek of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Observe a diverse array of wildlife and marvel at the vast Delta basin. If you skip the flight, you’ll have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Okavango Delta Flight PM
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day 23: Elephant Sands to Okavango Delta
Today we leave early morning for a long drive south-west across the Botswana interior towards Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to go on a 2-night fly-in safari into the Okavango Delta. This camp is accessible by light aircraft only, a 20-minute flight from Maun. On arrival, you will be met by your personal guide and welcomed to the island. Your camp for the next 2 nights is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Bush Camp Rooms
Activities Included: Flight from Maun to Delta Camp, Mokoro Trails, Nature Walks
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta

Day24

Maun

Today you will experience a new way of travelling – to go into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro in the same way as the local people do. A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. Your engine is a human being called a poler. The first part of the journey is in a 4×4 vehicle to the “polling station” where the mokoros and polers are waiting. Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take stunning pictures of your surroundings. How long the mokoro journey will take, will depend on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to Maun again in your mokoro enjoying a last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Okavango Delta Day Trip – Mokoro Trail, Nature Walk
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta

Day 24: Okavango Delta
Rise early for a nature walk with your own professional guide (a maximum of two guests per guide), returning for a late breakfast. Relax at camp reading a book or cooling down from the midday heat in the fresh waters of the Delta (under the watchful eye of your guide). In the afternoon after the midday heat has dissipated you will venture out again into nature in search of birds and possibly some wildlife. Should you wish to explore for the whole day, we’ll be happy to pack you a picnic lunch. You will also get a chance to go to the nearby islands in a mokoro, the traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. Your engine is a human being called a poler. Spend your last night in the heart of the Delta and African bush and fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting. Early the next morning you will fly back to Maun to meet up with your group.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Bushcamp Rooms
Activities Included: Mokoro Trail, Guided Nature Walks
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta

Day25

Maun to Ghanzi

Continue the journey to Ghanzi, for your last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and who are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. Join the San for a nature walk as they display their survival skill’s that’s been passed on from generation to generation. In the evening enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: San (Bushmen) Walk
Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Dance
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day 25 Maun to Ghanzi
After an early breakfast, you will catch your flight back to Maun where you will meet up with the rest of the group. Continue the journey to Ghanzi Trail Blazers, for your last night in Botswana. Ghanzi Trail Blazers is the farm where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and who are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. Join the San for an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: San (Bushmen) Walk
Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Dance
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day26

Ghanzi to Windhoek

Leave Ghanzi early for a long drive through the western parts of Botswana and across the border into Namibia, a country famous for sand, sea and sun. Enjoy dinner at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants (at your own expense). If you have not yet tried game meat then this is a great opportunity to treat your taste buds with something new like kudu, ostrich, impala or even crocodile. This trip combines with other tours, and some tours will be finishing in Windhoek, while others will be continuing the next tour. Windhoek is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo tour. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (tour leader and driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew are committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of adventure crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Market & Museums
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day27

Windhoek to Sesriem

Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert.  The name Sesriem means “six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers.  It is said that they had to tie together 6 belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in sedimentary rock.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day28

Sesriem

An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes.  Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert. The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is coloured red due to the high levels of iron oxide.  These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon walls.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Sesriem – Namib Naukluft National Park

Day29

Sesriem to Seeheim

On the way to Seeheim you will pass the small towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen and a farm settlement here and there, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. In the early 20th century the sole purpose of this small town was that of a junction station between Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Karasburg. This rustic oasis in the desert built from stone is where you will be spending your last night under the Namibian starlit sky.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Basic Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day30

Seeheim to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Today we will be entering South Africa, heading towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This unique park is an amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, bordering Namibia to the west. The park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. South Africa consists of nine provinces and for the next couple of days, we will be travelling through the Northern Cape Province, the largest province in the country but with the lowest human population.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day31

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A day for photo opportunities – full day game drives with our Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. This is a land of contrast and unique beauty. Red sand dunes with a backdrop of deep blue sky. Here you find straight-horned Oryx wandering in the waving yellow-gold dune bushman grass. Majestic camel thorn trees on open plains give home and shade to many of the Kalahari’s dwellers.  The sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds show antelope and predators off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Keep cameras ready for the famous black-mane Kalahari lions.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Game Drives with Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Day32

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Augrabies National Park

Our next stop is the Augrabies National Park.  This place was named by the local Khoi residents “Aukoerebis” – meaning “Place of big noise” in Nama. The most spectacular feature of this National Park is the Augrabies Falls, after which the park was named. Here the Orange River, when in flood, thunders 56 metres down over rocks and then continue in a narrow gorge for another 18 kilometres before spreading out and continuing its journey to the coast. As this is a very arid environment, vegetation is hardy and includes succulents, aloes, acacias and the Namaqua fig.  Augrabies is ideal for self-hikes, birdwatching and is also home to 46 mammal species. Animals and birds to look out for are Broadley’s flat lizard known as the Augrabies flat lizard, rock hyrax (dassie), klipspringer, Verreaux’s (Black) eagle and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Augrabies Falls Visit
Activities Optional: Hikes / Mountain Biking
Entrance Fees Included: Augrabies National Park

Day33

Augrabies National Park to Strandfontein

Today we head south to the West Coast of South Africa. Strandfontein, a popular tourist attraction with a picturesque shoreline, offers tranquillity and have a pleasant and carefree nature.  Watch as Sandpipers, Gulls and Oystercatchers scavenge for food.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day34

Strandfontein to Cape Town

Continue to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, one of the world’s most picturesque cities.  En route we stop at the Heerenlogement Cave, an 18th Century “stop-over” and one of South Africa’s oldest and historical caves.  The 17th Century and beyond, San and Khoi guides have exposed colonial travellers to this refuge, their names still cover the cave walls.  Originally the cave was used by the indigenous San Bushmen and Khoi people.  It was discovered again in 1685 by Simon Van der Stel and his party on his way north in search of copper in 1685.  We journey further through South Africa’s Western Cape Region. Overnight close to the V&A Waterfront, where you will have easy access to the wide variety of activities and attractions offered by this culturally rich and historic city. You can take a sailboat or catamaran trip out to sea, or browse through the colourful and innovative crafts at the Waterfront’s Watershed Craft Market where 150 tenants offer over 360 different products.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Hike to Heerenlogement Cave
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day35

Cape Town

After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.  Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level.  Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floristic Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up with Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the south-western corner of South Africa.   Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The elegant protea flower is probably the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things penguins do every day.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront PM
Entrance Fees Included: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach – African Penguins

Day36

Cape Town

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Make sure to book extra days in Cape Town to make the best of all the delights this cosmopolitan city offers. Cape Town offers a staggering variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic delights, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. You can take a boat to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go up Table Mountain with a cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

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We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

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