African Wilderness in Comfort

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African Wilderness in Comfort information and booking

from
$4120
  • Duration
    21 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 21 day trip
  • 20 nights small hotels, lodges and chalets
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots or shoes and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Cape Town, Table Mountain & the Cape of Good Hope
  • Scenic beauty of the Namaqualand region
  • Historic Hantam area of Calvinia
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Game drives in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Walking in the giant dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
  • Visit to a traditional Himba village
  • Game drives in Etosha National Park
  • The Okavango River
  • 2 nights at Victoria Falls
  • Game viewing cruise on the Chobe River

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

At the southern end of the African continent, the countries we visit are packed with adventure, nature, culture and scenery. From the vast dunes of the Namibian desert, to the teeming animal life of Etosha, this itinerary traverses the greatest parks, rivers and landscapes that Africa’s south has to offer. From Cape Town, we head north passing through the Namaqualand region, and witness the Orange River plummet at Augrabies Falls (56m). We travel into the Kalahari, and spend two nights in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, before heading to the boundless Namib Desert, where we marvel at Fish River Canyon and the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Traveling through the Caprivi Strip in the Zambezi region and via the Okavango River onto Botswana we go in search of some of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences along the Chobe River. Victoria Falls are an inspiring backdrop to a multitude of adventurous options and a fitting end to this amazing journey through southern Africa.

What's included

  • 20 breakfasts (there is an option to pre-purchase 13 dinners. please ask for more details)
  • 3 star accommodation
  • English speaking local guide
  • First aid box
  • Nature walk, chobe river game cruise and game drives as per itinerary
  • Private transport in custom built expedition vehicles
  • National park and site entrance fees per itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town
Set against the distinctive Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Please note that there is a group meeting at 18:00hrs the day before Day 1, held in the reception of the Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town. Please ask your Reservations Consultant if you would like to book an extra night here. On Day 1 we depart from Breakwater Lodge promptly at 07:00hrs, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, we visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline to our well situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront with its variety of cafes and restaurants. Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar).
Day 2 Calvinia (Hantam region)
Departing Cape Town we pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region arriving in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the prolific wild flowers of the region. Outside this period, the normally arid landscape is naturally stunning in any case with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Overnight Hantam Huis (or similar)
Day 3 Augrabies Falls National Park
Leaving the Little Karoo we head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park, passing through a lush oasis area en route with an abundance of wineries. The Falls occur 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 the many viewpoints. Overnight Vergelegen Guest House (or similar).
Day 4 to 5 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Leaving Augrabies Falls National Park we head north into 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 maned Lion. From our lodge there is opportunity to discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (own expense) including night game drive, sunset Pan drive, Kalahari nature walk & interaction with the ancient Bushmen. The evenings are spent gazing at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck, enveloped by an endless horizon.Overnight !Xaus Lodge (or similar)
Day 6 to 7 Fish River Canyon
Leaving the Kalahari region we head west and enter Namibia. The drive is quite long but allows an appreciation of the vastness of this region. We are rewarded by the scenic beauty surrounding our lodge where we base for 2 nights. The following morning is free to relax and in the afternoon we visit the Fish River Canyon. Second only to the Grand Canyon in size, it is a truly awe- inspiring work of Nature. Overnight Vogelstrausskluft Country Lodge (or similar).
Day 8 to 9 Sesriem and Sossusvlei
Our journey takes us north through ever changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the phenomenal colours of the world’s highest sand dunes change with the rising sun. We take on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, remarkably beautiful for such a harsh environment. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon, a natural canyon about 1km long and 30metres deep in places. Overnight Desert Camp (or similar).
Day 10 to 11 Swakopmund
We reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding. We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (own expense). Activities available include sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert. Overnight Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar).
Day 12 Damaraland
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. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Overnight Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar).
Day 13 Himba Visit/Etosha National Park
In the morning we visit the Himba tribe, a semi-nomadic tribe, living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterised by their proud yet friendly stature and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. A few hours are spent learning more about these fascinating people. Visiting a Himba village provides a good opportunity to learn about the inner workings of local village life. However, you need to be aware that the commercial reality of permitting this fascinating glimpse of culture necessitates the sale of handicrafts and other items. Of course you are under no obligation whatsoever to purchase these items, however should be aware they will be offered. After our visit we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive. Overnight Halali Restcamp inside Etosha National Park (or similar)
Day 14 Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa. It is centred around a massive salt pan 50km wide and 130km long. Perennial springs and waterholes occur within the park allowing the predominantly desert environment to support an incredible diversity of wildlife such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant. The day is spent on game drive from the western to the eastern side of the Park. Overnight Namutoni Restcamp inside Etosha National Park (or similar).
Day 15 to 16 Okavango River
We enter the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi region) where we spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. Sunset from the deck is sensational. The following day is free for optional excursions (own expense) such as bird walks, game drives, mokoro excursions*. Overnight Ndhovu Safari Lodge (or similar). *Please note that World Expeditions does not operate the optional mokoro trip on Okavango River 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 with other local contractors, you do so against our advice and entirely at your own risk.
Day 17 to 18 Chobe River
Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park 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 Game Drive (own expense). Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar).
Day 19 to 20 Victoria Falls
We travel across the Zimbabwe border to view Victoria Falls - one of the most revered and spectacular sights in Africa. Days are spent at leisure 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, rhino walks, elephant back safaris, and to visit the actual Falls (own expense). Overnight on the banks of the Zambezi river at A’Zambezi River Lodge (or similar).
Day 21 In Victoria Falls, trip concludes.
Tour ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls.