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The Grand Southern Safari

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

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This comprehensive 21-day tour covers the well worn route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, crossing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and ending in Zimbabwe. It’s a truly grand African safari.

Leaving Cape Town, we head north through the Cederberg Mountain Region en route to Namibia. Crossing the border into Namibia our first stop is the Fish River Canyon where we take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. We continue to the Namib-Naukluft Park, which is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000 km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape.

Next we stop at Swakopmund the adventure capital of Namibia, where you can enjoy many fun options such as skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking. From here we head inland to visit the Himba people, semi-nomadic bushmen, easily recognisable by the distinctive red colour of their skin and hair. We continue on to the Etosha National Park, which boast an amazing abundance of wildlife making it one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves. We spend plenty of time wildlife viewing before moving onto Namibia’s capital city Windhoek. After a short tour of the city we wave goodbye to Namibia and cross the border into Botswana.

Our first stop is at Ghanzi for a cultural evening of tribal song and dance from the San community. We then spend the next three days exploring the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km. We have plenty of time to explore this unique inland delta with nature walks and boat cruises on board Mokoro's, traditonal boats used in the Delta. We then visit Bostwana’s second largest wildlife reserve, the Chobe National Park, before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and our final destination the one and only Victoria Falls, crossroads of Africa.

Arrival location:

Cape Town, South Africa

Departure Location:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Included in your experience:

  • 20 night's accommodation
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 15 dinners

Not included in your experience:

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

    None Available for this package
DAY 1 Arrive in Cape Town
We meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or take a look around the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Cape Town Guest House
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

DAY 2 South Africa / Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we visit !Khwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour lunch will be prepared and then we continue to Piketberg for a wine tasting at a local winery. Afterwards we arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
OVERNIGHT
Blommenberg Guest House
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Namibia / Gariep (Orange) River
Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
OVERNIGHT
Felix Unite Cabanas
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Gariep (Orange) River / Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe adventure down the Gariep River (in the summer) or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
OVERNIGHT
Ai Ais Resort
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Namib-Naukluft Park
The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated just outside the park.
OVERNIGHT
Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon. Optional Activities: Transfer to Deadvlei.
OVERNIGHT
Hammerstein Lodge and Rest Camp
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 7-8 Swakopmund
Today we are joined by an expert local guide for a desert walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ecosystem. Afterwards we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way from the Atlantic Coast. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available. Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc.
OVERNIGHT
Stay@Swakop
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 Swakopmund / Khorixas
Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at the Brandberg Mountain, a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman). After a short hike we will reach The White Lady rock painting. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest en route to Khorixas.
OVERNIGHT
Igowati Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Kamanjab / Himba Tribe
Today we journey towards Kamanjab. Driving through Damaraland we will spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress.
OVERNIGHT
Oase Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 11-12 Etosha National Park
We travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular elevated game viewing from the truck whilst on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodations, which boasts floodlit night water holes, is inside the park. Optional Activities: Morning or night game drive with expert Namibian game ranger.
OVERNIGHT
Halali and Okakuejo Lodges
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 Windhoek
En-route to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings. On arrival in Windhoek we take a short driving tour around the city in our truck. Optional Activity: Dinner out.
OVERNIGHT
Arebbusch Travel Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14 Botswana / Ghanzi
We say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community. Optional Activities: Bushman walk.
OVERNIGHT
Ghanzi Trail Blazers
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 15-17 Maun / Okavango Delta
Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for this Delta excursion. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our tented camp. Once in the Delta we take a nature walk with a local expert and a guided afternoon boat cruise. If the water level allows there will also be a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip.
OVERNIGHT
Maun - Delta Rain, Sitatunga & Overnight Okavango Delta - Moremi Crossing
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 Gweta
A second scenic air-transfer will return us to Maun and the truck. This afternoon we drive to Planet Baobab where our evening accommodation is set amongst the majestic Baobab trees.
OVERNIGHT
Planet Baobab
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 Chobe National Park
After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy the included sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful. Optional Activity: Chobe Game Drive (next morning).
OVERNIGHT
Thebe River Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls
After an early morning optional game drive we cross into Zimbabwe where we have a short briefing on all the optional activities available here. Then we enter the much-anticipated Victoria Falls NP where we will experience the might of the great Zambezi River. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Helicopter flight over the falls, and many more.
OVERNIGHT
Elephant Hills Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 21 Victoria Falls / Departure transfer
Free time until your departure airport transfer.
OVERNIGHT
None
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night - post-tour
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