Dunes, Deltas & Falls (Northbound)

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

If you want to soak up the colours, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition to southwestern Africa. Experience wildlife safari drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and explore wildlife-rich deltas. Our Landos (overland adventure vehicles) are an adventurous and affordable way to see the highlights, while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife — drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch, Victoria Falls Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls
  • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe entrance fees
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Experience the culture of cape town
  • Spot wildlife on safari drives in etosha national park
  • Cruise the okavango delta in a dugout canoe
  • Meet the san bushmen
  • Marvel at the fish river canyon and victoria falls

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any.

 Please also note that no visa can be obtained at the border to Namibia. 
 Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cape Town/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D) Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite’s swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. 



 Additional Notes: The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 3 Cederberg/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River. Transport: Lando (6.50 hour(s), 350km)
Day 4 Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) 

We will make our way to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the canyon; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia) Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 5 Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. We arrive in the early evening and set up our camp. Transport: Lando (10.00 hour(s), 560km)
Day 6 Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) 
Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the Lando, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don’t miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen. Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Dune 45 Visit Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L) Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sand boarding or sky diving. Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 8 Swakopmund 


Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, or dune boarding, just to name a few options. Additional Notes: Meals are not included while we are in Swakopmund in order to give our travellers the freedom to try out the many restaurants and bars in town.
Day 9 Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing! Additional Notes: Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water. Transport: Lando (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 10 Spitzkoppe/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D) Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we’ll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.
 Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon. Included Activities: Damaraland Living Museum Transport: Lando (4.00 hour(s), 235km)
Day 11 Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari drive in the Lando to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes. After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night safari in an open vehicle. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 12 Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando
Day 13 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L) Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. Additional Notes: Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour in Windhoek and some new group members may be joining. Enjoy an optional group dinner with both old and new travellers. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Transport: Lando (6.50-7.50 hours, 440km)
Day 14 Windhoek/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave in the morning and continue through the eastern part of Namibia and cross into Botswana, travelling into the heart of the Kalahari.
 
 Arrive at the campsite, approximately 10km (6 mi) outside Ghanzi, in the early evening, just in time for an optional 'Bushman Walk'. 
Around the campfire at night, experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushmen. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - Botswana) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 580km)
Day 15 Ghanzi/Maun (1B, 1L) Drive across Botswana and travel from the Kalahari towards Maun. Leave Ghanzi in the morning and arrive in Maun around lunch time. In the afternoon, opt to get a sneak peek of the Okavango Delta from above on an hour-long flight in a small plane. See a variety of wildlife and marvel at the vast delta basin. Those not opting for the flight can kick back and relax at the campsite. Additional Notes: After arrival in Maun, pick up supplies to prepare for the one night/two day excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend each person brings a 5 litre bottle of water to take into the Delta; this should be sufficient for both drinking water and cleaning purposes. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. Transport: Lando (4.00 hour(s), 280km)
Day 16 Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) After leaving some luggage in Maun, we hop into safari vehicles and travel for about an hour to a river before pairing off and sitting down in mokoros, traditional dugout canoes, that take us deep into the delta. After a couple hours in the mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp in time for lunch. Set up tents and get used to the surroundings. 
In the afternoon, set off on a wildlife walk. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.

 The polers will join us around the campfire tonight and usually love to sing and dance… join in! Additional Notes: Please note that there is no shower and only a dig-out bush toilet, as our camp is very basic and in the wild – but it is all worth it due to the incredible landscape and wildlife! Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion Transport: Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 17 Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the sunrise on an early wildlife walk then return to Maun, first by mokoro, then safari vehicle, and arrive around lunch time. Pack up the Lando, then hit the road to ancient baobab trees of Gweta. We will arrive to our campsite mid- to late afternoon. Have a walk around, take pictures of the baobabs, swim in the pool and enjoy a proper shower after the night in the bush. Transport: Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours) Lando (4.00 hour(s), 240km) Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L) Journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate the area’s thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, is with an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Chobe River Sunset Cruise, you will be cruising this evening. Transport: Lando (6.00 hour(s), 420km)
Day 19 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L) Cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe at the Kazungula border post. Continue on to the town Victoria Falls, a great base to see falls, and take part in some exciting activities. Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. Note that this trip combines with other tours, and some tours will be finishing in Victoria Falls, while others will be continuing on. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with wildlife-viewing, great scenery and an open bar. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch Transport: Lando (0.75 hour(s), 20km) Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 65km)
Day 20 Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise. Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
Day 21 Victoria Falls (1B) Depart at any time.
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