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19-Day South West Safari Overland Tour from Livingstone

ItineraryDay 1: Livingstone, Zambia Stop At: The Waterfront LodgeThis tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls, at various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! We highly suggest booking a few days pre tour accommodation in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our campsite is surrounded by the Mosi au Tunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone ZambiaDay 2: Livingstone – Kasane, BotswanaStop At: Thebe River CampingMoving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse - home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, and various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Camp, Kasane, BotswanaDay 3: Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, NataStop At: Elephant SandsThis morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we may have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion and different antelope species. Moving on from Chobe we continue south and may still encounter elephant and buffalo alongside the road. We arrive to our camp in the afternoon. There are no fences and wildlife roams freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the campsite - a very relaxing way to view wildlife! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Sands Camp, Nata, BotswanaDay 4: Elephant Sands, Nata - MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampWe leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has spread along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 5: Maun - Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta SafariLeaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta in an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented camp. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels, which spread out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 6: Okavango Delta - Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers’ station from where we will drive back to Maun. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 7: Maun - GhanziStop At: Ghanzi Trail Blazers. ReceptionWe leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain - we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem - something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi, BotswanaDay 8: Ghanzi – Windhoek, NamibiaStop At: Urbancamp.netToday we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Situated in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek (population approx 200,000) is small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House' Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Urban camp, Windhoek, NamibiaDay 9: Windhoek – Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionWe make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan. The pan is seasonally full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the camp. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 10: Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionToday, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 11: Etosha National Park – SpitzkoppeStop At: Spitzkoppe, DamaralandWe game drive out of Etosha National Park and turn south making our way to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. The giant boulder-like rock formations reach a peak at some 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. NB: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Spitzkoppe Bush Camp, NamibiaDay 12: Spitzkoppe - SwakopmundStop At: Amanpuri Travellers LodgeDeparting the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Try some adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, NamibiaDay 13: SwakopmundStop At: Amanpuri Travellers LodgeToday is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer - from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, NamibiaDay 14: Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot CampStop At: Solitaire Desert FarmThis morning we leave our desert camp early and enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. It’s a spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to our camp for the night.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Sossus On Foot Desert Camp, Khomas Region, NamibiaDay 15: Sossus On Foot Camp – Sesriem areaStop At: Namib Naukluft National ParkThis morning we leave our desert camp early and enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. It’s a spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to our camp for the night.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Little Sossus Lodge, Sesriem Area, NamibiaDay 16: Sesriem area - Fish River CanyonStop At: Fish River Canyon, Ais-Ais, Karas RegionToday we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, dotted with quiver trees, to the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s CornerDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon area, NamibiaDay 17: Fish River Canyon – Orange (Gariep) River, NamibiaStop At: Felix Unite Provenance CampLeaving the mighty Fish River Canyon, we travel south to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the Namibia side. On arrival we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, or simply relax on the water’s edge at camp. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Felix Unite, Orange River, NamibiaDay 18: Orange (Gariep) River – Cederberg RegionStop At: Highlanders Campsite and LodgeThis morning, we cross the border into South Africa and continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). We camp at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Highlanders Camp, Trawal, South AfricaDay 19: Cederberg Region – Cape TownStop At: Ashanti Lodge GardensWe leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town - without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where our tour ends. If time allows we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings. Take advantage of the variety of activities normally available here. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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12-Day Desert and Delta Express Overland Tour from Swakopmund

ItineraryDay 1: Swakopmund – SpitzkoppeStop At: Spitzkoppe, DamaralandLeaving the coast, we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The giant boulder-like rock formations peak at approx. 1800m above sea level and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from our visit go directly to this community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Spitzkoppe Bush Camp, NamibiaDay 2: Spitzkoppe – EtoshaStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionFrom Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the camp. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 3: Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionToday, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space - in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 4: Etosha – WindhoekStop At: Urbancamp.netHeading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Urban camp, Windhoek, NamibiaDay 5: Windhoek – Ghanzi, BotswanaStop At: Ghanzi Trail Blazers. ReceptionLeaving Windhoek, we travel east into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi, BotswanaDay 6: Ghanzi – MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampMaun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on Day 8 on our return from the Delta excursion. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 7: Maun - Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictLeaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 8: Okavango Delta - Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 9: Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata Stop At: Elephant SandsToday, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide-open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees - the Baobab along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The camp has no fences, so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behaviour at such close proximity.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Sands Camp, Nata, BotswanaDay 10: Elephant Sands, Nata - KasaneStop At: Thebe River CampingWe make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Camp, Kasane, BotswanaDay 11: Kasane – Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaStop At: The Zambezi WaterfrontThis morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion, and different antelope species. Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia took its name from the Zambezi River at independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’.We set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. We will give a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone ZambiaDay 12: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaStop At: The Zambezi WaterfrontOur tour ends after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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12-Day Desert and Delta Express Overland Tour from Livingstone

ItineraryDay 1: Livingstone, Zambia Stop At: The Zambezi WaterfrontThis tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls, at various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! We highly suggest booking a few days pre-tour accommodation in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our campsite is surrounded by the Mosi oa Tunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone ZambiaDay 2: Livingstone – Kasane, BotswanaStop At: Thebe River CampingMoving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse - home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, and various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Camp, Kasane, BotswanaDay 3: Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, NataStop At: Elephant SandsThis morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we may have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion and different antelope species. Moving on from Chobe we continue south and may still encounter elephant and buffalo alongside the road. We arrive to our camp in the afternoon. There are no fences and wildlife roams freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the campsite - a very relaxing way to view wildlife! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Sands Camp, Nata, BotswanaDay 4: Elephant Sands, Nata - MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampWe leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has spread along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 5: Maun - Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictLeaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta in an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented camp. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels, which spread out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 6: Okavango Delta - Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers’ station from where we will drive back to Maun. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 7: Maun - GhanziStop At: Ghanzi Trail Blazers. ReceptionWe leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain - we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem - something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi, BotswanaDay 8: Ghanzi – Windhoek, NamibiaStop At: Urbancamp.netToday we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Situated in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek (population approx 200,000) is small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House' Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Urban camp, Windhoek, NamibiaDay 9: Windhoek – Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionWe make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan. The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the camp. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 10: Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionToday, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 11: Etosha National Park – SpitzkoppeStop At: Spitzkoppe, DamaralandWe game drive out of Etosha National Park and turn south making our way to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. The giant boulder-like rock formations reach a peak at some 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. NB: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Spitzkoppe Bush Camp, NamibiaDay 12: Spitzkoppe - SwakopmundStop At: Amanpuri Travellers LodgeDeparting the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Your tour ends on arrival, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the town and partake in the many adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1240.62 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

9-Day Okavango Wilderness Trail Small-Groups Tour from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

ItineraryDay 1: Victoria Falls, ZimbabweStop At: Cresta SprayviewYour guide will meet you at the hotel reception at approximately 3pm where you will be offered the opportunity to enjoy an activity briefing and book activities for your free time in Victoria Falls. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River, a few kilometres above the mighty Victoria Falls themselves. With binoculars and cameras at the ready we have a good chance of spotting hippo, crocodile, various species of antelope as well as elephants that come down to the water’s edge to drink before sunset. The cruise starts between 3pm–4pm (you will be collected at the hotel), so if you are arriving on this day, please ensure that your flight arrives in plenty of time to enjoy this experience!Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, ZimbabweDay 2: Victoria Falls, ZimbabweStop At: Cresta SprayviewToday we visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights. Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve - the Falls are almost 100 metres deep and the drops are sheer! The afternoon you have the choice of joining activities or simply relax in our beautiful surroundings. Popular activities include scenic flights for a birds-eye view of the falls, bungy jumping off the Livingstone Bridge, gorge swinging, jet boating, game drives and cultural excursions to name a few.Note: The pre-departure meeting will be held this evening at 18:00 for all joining passengers on the Okavango Wilderness Trail – 7-day tour. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, ZimbabweDay 3: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, BotswanaStop At: Thebe River CampingFrom Victoria Falls we travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to our lodge. This afternoon we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system which attracts much of the wildlife of the region especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River. We take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of river-side wildlife. This evening we relax and overnight at the lodge. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Lodge, Kasane, BotswanaDay 4: Chobe National Park – Gweta Stop At: Gweta LodgeFollowing breakfast, we depart for Gweta. Driving south we may be lucky to encounter elephant or buffalo alongside (or on) the road, often strays to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. We stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta. Try the optional Baobab Forest tour to see these great natural giants. The night is spent at the lodge. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Gweta Lodge, Gweta, BotswanaDay 5: Gweta - MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampAfter an early breakfast we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something of the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. We then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre. Options here include scenic flights, but our first priority is to prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse/ lodge/hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 6: Maun – Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictHeading out early after breakfast we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by 4x4 over rough sandy paths to the ‘mokoro’ station, where the river level reaches. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and transfer our luggage and equipment to the makoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we venture out on guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. The whole area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana offering a perfect habitat for the wildlife that roams here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (far to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and swamps which then spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and for many people the feeling of being at camp overnight is an unforgettable experience.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 7: Okavango Delta – Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush we enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto our mokoros, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Returning to our 4x4 and bidding our polers farewell, we return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view of the wilderness you have just explored by makoro and on foot. Prices depend on number of people interested but seeing the vastness of the Okavango from the air gives a further appreciation of the beauty of this part of Africa. We return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 8: Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary Stop At: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Serowe, Central DistrictAnother early rise for our long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where we may glimpse in the distance the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which we normally reach by late afternoon. In 1989 a group of local people wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabited the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its rhino-friendly habitat (and for its proximity to the Botswana Defence Force base for 24-hour protection against poachers). Khama is a prime habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe and with its community-based wildlife project, allows the local people to benefit from tourism. We take a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Our last night on safari is spent at the Stevensford private nature conservancy situated on the Limpopo River in Botswana’s Tuli Block. At 3500 ha, this reserve is home to many species of antelope, crocodile, hippo, zebra, giraffe and a plethora of bird species. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Stevensford Game Reserve, BotswanaDay 9: Martins Drift – Pretoria, South Africa Stop At: Sentinel Luxury Suite HotelsOur last morning sees us joining the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, we take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure and populated areas. We arrive in Pretoria where our tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$3682.06 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

19-Day Desert Tracker Accommodated Overland Tour from Cape Town

ItineraryDay 1: Cape Town – Western Cape, South AfricaStop At: Highlanders Campsite and LodgeOur overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Before we leave the city we take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area. The townships illustrate both South Africa’s tumultuous history and its hope for the future which makes for a fascinating visit. From here we head north through South Africa’s Western Cape and through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Our accommodation is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy our first night under the African sky.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Highlanders Camp, Trawal, South AfricaDay 2: Western Cape – Gariep (Orange) RiverStop At: Felix Unite Provenance CampContinuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the Namibian border crossing at Vioolsdrift. We set up camp tonight on the Namibian side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. Our camp provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites, swimming pool, bar facilities and the Orange River is safe for swimming! You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Felix Unite, Orange River, NamibiaDay 3: Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, NamibiaStop At: Fish River Canyon, Ais-Ais, Karas RegionThis morning we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge before making our way to the majestic Fish River Canyon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers this afternoon especially at the canyons infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hells Corner’. A great opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon area, NamibiaDay 4: Fish River Canyon – Sesriem AreaStop At: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sesriem, Hardap RegionAfter a night near the canyon we continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it’s larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here we set up for the evening under the starry Namibian sky. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Little Sossus Lodge, Sesriem Area, NamibiaDay 5: Namib Naukluft National Park – Sossus On Foot CampStop At: Solitaire Desert FarmThis morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. A spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-deserved breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way via Namibia’s smallest town, Solitaire to our camp for the night. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Sossus On Foot Desert Camp, Khomas Region, NamibiaDay 6: Sossus On Foot Camp - SwakopmundStop At: Amanpuri Travellers LodgeLeaving our desert camp, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore Be daring and try some desert-based adventure activities – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Swakopmund town offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (allow ZAR 80-150 per meal). Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, NamibiaDay 7: SwakopmundStop At: Amanpuri Travellers LodgeToday is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer - from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, NamibiaDay 8: Swakopmund to SpitzkoppeStop At: Spitzkoppe, DamaralandLeaving the coast we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The giant boulder-like rock formations peak at approx 1800m above sea level and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Spitzkoppe Bush Camp, NamibiaDay 9: Spitzkoppe to EtoshaStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionFrom Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the accommodation. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 10: Etosha National ParkStop At: Etosha Pan, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto RegionToday, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space - in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.After a full day game driving we return, or onto the next accommodation and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, NamibiaDay 11: Etosha to WindhoekStop At: Urbancamp.netHeading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterized by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Urban camp, Windhoek, NamibiaDay 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, BotswanaStop At: Ghanzi Trail Blazers. ReceptionLeaving Windhoek, we travel east into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi, BotswanaDay 13: Ghanzi to MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampMaun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on day 15 on our return from the Delta excursionDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 14: Maun - Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictLeaving Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 15: Okavango Delta - Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to Maun around lunchtime to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the pool. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 16: Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata Stop At: Elephant SandsToday, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide-open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees - the Baobab along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The accommodation has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behaviour at such close proximity.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Sands Camp, Nata, BotswanaDay 17: Elephant Sands, Nata - KasaneStop At: Thebe River CampingWe make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the areaDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Camp, Kasane, BotswanaDay 18: Kasane – Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaStop At: The Zambezi WaterfrontThis morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion, and different antelope species. Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia took its name from the Zambezi River at independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’.We set up at the Waterfront on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. We will give a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone ZambiaDay 19: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaStop At: The Zambezi WaterfrontOur tour ends after breakfast but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$3520 Kid Friendly

7 Days Botswana Dream Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictOn arrival at Maun International Airport you will be welcomed by your tour guide & driver. You will proceed to your overnight accommodation where you will be briefed on your tour and your adventure into the Okavango Delta. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictAfter an early breakfast you catch a scenic charter flight into the Okavango Delta, giving you an aerial view of the majestic waterways & wildlife. An experience filled short flight takes you into the heart of the Okavango where you will be spending the next two nights at a secluded luxury lodge. Your time there will be spent cruising the waterway channels in a mokoro (dugout canoe), bush walks in untouched wilderness, five star dining and relaxation. Duration: 2 daysStop At: Nata Bird Sanctuary, Nata, Central DistrictOn arrival back in Maun from the delta, we depart by road to the village of Nata where we visit an area of the magnificent Magadikgadi Pans, which is also home to a Natural Bird Sanctuary. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Chobe National Park, Kasane, Chobe National Park, North-West DistrictToday we head to the most northern part of Botswana, an area where four countries come together along the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe area is a wildlife extravaganza, of which you can look forward to a full day safari game drive and a sunset boat cruise.Duration: 2 daysStop At: Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North ProvinceToday you cross over into Zimbabwe, where a short drive will take you to the town of Victoria Falls. Here you will explore the pleasant vibe of the town and experience the thunder and spray of the mighty Victoria Falls.Duration: 1 day