Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer

Classic, Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dugout mokoro canoe, marvel at some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert, and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, local lodges, and camps for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Local traditional dinner
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
  • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Marvel at fish river canyon
  • Explore giant sand dunes and victoria falls
  • Track the big five
  • Take wildlife walks and dugout canoe rides.

Itinerary

Day 1 Victoria Falls There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Victoria Falls/Kasane (1B) Drive to the border and cross from Zimbabwe into Botswana. Continue to the Kasane area, outside the gates of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. Opt to check out one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. There are options here for a casual cruise to enjoy the scenery with a cocktail or a photo safari by boat, with the opportunity to capture some great shots with instruction, a professional camera, and zoom lens. Evening is a great time to be on the river. Additional Notes: Travellers have the option to prebook either the Evening Photo Safari on the Chobe River, OR Chobe Sunset Cruise for this evening. Please note that the Morning Photo Safari on the Chobe River is also pre-bookable the following morning at sunrise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Kasane/Nata (1B, 1D) Opt to rise early for a sunrise safari on the Chobe River. Travel to Nata. Opt for a bush walk or sunset wildlife safari drive in the area. Watch elephants drink from the camp's watering hole at night. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 255km)
Day 4 Nata/Maun (1B) Travel to Maun, the biggest town in the Okavango Delta area, pick up any supplies needed, and prepare for the journey into the Okavango Delta. In the evening, watch a traditional dance group performance on the poolside terrace. Additional Notes: If you pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, you will be flying today. Included Activities: Dikgantshwane Performance Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 340km)
Day 5 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) The excursion begins with a drive in customized safari vehicles for about 1-2 hrs to the "dock" to board a mokoro (a dugout canoe) that takes us deep into the delta. After a 1-2 hrs in the mokoro, arrive to the basic bush camp. Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion Transport: 4x4 (1.00-2.00 hours) Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Maun/Kalahari Desert (1B, 1D) Enjoy one last sunrise in the delta before travelling back to Maun by mokoro. Travel along the northern portions of the Kalahari Desert throughout the day – this is a severely arid and barren landscape, though very beautiful. Arrive in the late afternoon and camp close to Ghanzi. Opt for a “bushman walk” and dance. Enjoy a traditional local meal before settling in for the night. Transport: Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours) 4x4 (1.00-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 330km)
Day 7 Kalahari Desert/Windhoek (1B) Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Namibia) Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 470km)
Day 8 Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L) Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park. Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes. After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground. Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 450km)
Day 9 Etosha National Park Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 10 Etosha National Park/Swakopmund Watch the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia. Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or a skydiving. Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Transport: On this route, we pass through a moon landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia in the distance. Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 610km)
Day 11 Swakopmund Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, and a township tour.
Day 12 Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1D) Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 260km)
Day 13 Namib Desert (1B, 1D) Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Included Activities: Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Sesriem Canyon Visit
Day 14 Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B) Continue on to the Fish River Canyon area. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)
Day 15 Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B) Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Continue on to the banks of the Orange River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country. Included Activities: Fish River Canyon Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 16 Orange River/Lambert's Bay (1B) We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa. In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October. Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 17 Lambert's Bay/Cape Town (1B) While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September). Cape Town has many different options should you book extra time to explore after the tour. Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks. Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters. Additional Notes: Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Travelling from Lambert's Bay to Cape Town, with a stop along the way at !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 350km)
Day 18 Cape Town We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.
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