Southern Africa Explorer

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A classic overland journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Details

Duration: 21 Days
Starts in: South Africa
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive Victoria Falls

The tour starts at 15:00hrs on Day 1 with a pre departure meeting in the hotel reception. On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls or "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (Smoke that Thunders), are one of the most enthralling sights in Africa.The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the Falls or take part in some of the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa. Overnight Sprayview Lodge (or similar).

Chobe River (approx 90 kms/3 hrs drive)

The following day is free to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls and to visit the Falls (own expense). Mid afternoon we cross into Botswana where we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. We relax on a sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Optional morning Game Drive (own account).

Kwando River (approx 300 kms/5 hrs drive)

Leaving Botswana we enter Namibia. Driving through the Caprivi we set up camp on the banks of the Kwando River.

Okavango Delta (approx 310 kms/6 hrs drive)

Continuing into the Caprivi Strip we cross into Botswana and travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere Island in the Delta. The following day we do game walks on the island and a mokoro canoe trip.

Kavango River - Rundu (approx 300 kms/5 hrs drive)

Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. We enter the Caprivi Strip and travel to Rundu where camp is set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Kavango River. *Please note that World Expeditions does not operate the optional mokoro trip on the Kavango River in Namibia and strongly advises against participation on this because of safety concerns, namely the proximity on the river to dangerous wildlife, particularly the hippopotamus. If you choose to undertake this optional activity with other local contractors, you do so against our advice and entirely at your own risk. NOTE - This differs from the Okavango Delta in Botswana where the mokoro experience is necessary to visit the heart of the Okavango Delta, and the local mokoro guides are extremely experienced and have the utmost respect and intimate knowledge regarding wildlife inhabiting the Delta.

Etosha National Park (approx 420 kms/6 hrs drive)

We enter Etosha and travel through the park. Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. Floodlit waterholes at Okakeujo and Namutoni campsite attracts an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing us with many amazing wildlife sightings. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, relaxing in the middle of the day when wildlife is least active (approx 150 kms drive/12 hrs including lunch). Overnight Okakeujo and Namutoni Restcamp inside Etosha.

Spitzkoppe (approx 530 kms - 250 kms tarmac & 280 kms gravel/9 hrs drive)

We drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. We set up camp among the boulders of the Spitzkoppe Mountains. An afternoon walk is conducted in the surrounding area provides opportunity to stretch our legs and explore. The spectacular setting of our remote bushcamp is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Swakopmund (approx 150 kms - 25 kms gravel & 125 kms tarmac/2 hrs drive)

We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town with its tree-lined boulevard and shops and cafes or enjoy one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). There are many local restaurants where you can find dinner. Overnight in guesthouse.

Sesriem and Sossusvlei (approx 380 kms/6 hrs drive)

Our journey takes us south through ever changing scenery to our camp located on the edge of the Namib Desert. We enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding our camp. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt along the way to witness the changing colours of the world's highest sand dunes as the sun strikes them - an absolutely magnificent moment. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei - starkly beautiful in a harsh environment. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through Sesriem Canyon, a natural canyon about 1km long and 30metres deep in places.

Fish River Canyon (approx 520 kms/8 hrs drive)

Today we leave the sand dunes and travel south through Namibia to the Fish River Canyon. After setting up camp we have time to enjoy a walk along the rim of the canyon and watch the glorious hues of sunset over the canyon. Second only to the Grand Canyon in size, Fish River Canyon is a truly awe- inspiring work of Nature.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (approx 470 kms/6 hrs drive)

We travel into the heart of the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane Lion. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Park.

Augrabies Falls National Park (approx 360 kms/5 hrs drive)

We pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms on our way to Augrabies Falls National Park where the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise’. We spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints.

Namaqualand (approx 600 kms/8 hrs drive)

Departing Augrabies we arrive in our campsite in the picturesque Namaqualand region. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region.

To Cape Town (approx 360 kms/5 hrs drive)

Travelling through the Namaqualand region we arrive in Cape Town mid afternoon. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront (own expense). 2018 - Overnight City Lodge V&A Waterfront (or similar accommodation). 2019 - Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).

Cape Town and Peninsula

Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Depart from Breakwater Lodge at 08:00am, for a peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak, we visit the Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to our well situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is optional (own expense). Lunch and dinner today can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at your own expense. 2018 - Overnight City Lodge V&A Waterfront (or similar accommodation). 2019 - Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).

Cape Town, trip concludes

Our tour ends today after breakfast.

Additional Information

The countries that lie at the southern end of the African continent evoke a strong spirit of the wild. From the seemingly empty and endless dunes of the Namibian desert, to the teeming animal life of the Okavango River, this itinerary traverses the greatest parks, reserves and landscapes that Africa’s south has to offer. From Cape Town we head north towards the arid wilderness of Namibia. We marvel at the enormity of the Fish River Canyon, explore the boundless Namib Desert and search for desert elephants in Etosha National Park. In Botswana we enjoy some of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences along the Okavango and Chobe Rivers. The magnificent Victoria Falls provides a backdrop to a multitude of adventurous options and is the end point of this fabulous journey through southern Africa.

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