18 Days
Duration
Max 12
Group Size
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
Location
Accommodated
Accommodated Tours

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Travel over 18 days from the Victoria Falls in Zambia via Botswana to Windhoek in Namibia and end in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Admire the incredible views of Victoria Falls, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, travel with a mokoro in the majestic Okavango Delta, meet the friendly San (Bushmen).  Watch gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest where red dunes & shrub fade into infinity and admire the sunset over the Namib Desert.  Hear the sound of water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall and explore the bustling city of Cape Town.

Transport in a Premium Overland Safari Vehicle fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats – providing each person with a window seat and adjacent private storage space will ensure that you’ll get close to the land and experience all this fascinating region has to offer.

(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$3760.00
Solo Room Supplement: US$542.00

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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Falls, Delta, Dunes & Cape Premium Accommodated Adventure
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Group Size: Max 12
Days: 18
Start: Livingstone
End: Cape Town
Distance: 4299km
Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
Meals: 17 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel (3 nts), Basic Hotel (1 nt), Bungalow/ Lodge (10 nts), Tented Rooms (3 nts)
Entrance Fees: Chobe National Park. Okavango Delta, Namib Naukluft National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, Table Mountain National Park
Activities: Chobe River Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive, Okavango Delta Day Trip – Mokoro Trail & Nature Walk, San (Bushmen) Walk, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei / Deadvlei Transfer, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Game Drives, Augrabies National Park, Africa4us Kids Project, 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

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Tonight, the adventure begins but feel free to explore your surroundings long before your welcome meeting tonight. Your time in the little town of Livingstone can be filled with a variety of activities. Take a helicopter or microlight flight over the Victoria Falls, and let your breath be stolen away by the sight of the largest sheet of falling water in the world, 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). Please be back in time to meet your group at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip. Your Tour Leader will recommend a good selection of restaurants from which you can choose to experience the cuisine on offer in Livingstone.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. You can end the day with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, complete with snacks and refreshments.
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

Day3

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

Day4

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

Day5

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 5: 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

Day6

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 6: 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

Day7

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 7: 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

Day8

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

Day9

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

Day10

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

Day11

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

Day12

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

Day13

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

Day14

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

Day15

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

Day16

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

Day17

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

Day18

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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This Combo Tour is a combination of the following two Core Tours:

Cape, Kalahari and Dunes Premium ACCOMMODATED Adventure
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Delta & Falls Premium Accommodated Tour
Falls, Delta, Dunes & Cape Premium Accommodated Adventure
Etosha National Park
Chobe National Park
Namib Desert
Kgalagadi National Park
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Deadvlei
Zebra
Cape Town
Sesriem Canyon
mokoro-ride
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Chobe National Park

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