Highlights of Southern Africa

Classic, Cape Town to Cape Town

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

When you put the word “highlights” in the name of a trip, you better be confident that it lives up to the hype. This trip does. Across 30 epic days, you’ll go round-trip to Cape Town via Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia — a new spin on one of our most popular routes — taking comfortable touring vehicles as well as staying in a mix of hotels and campsites for a well-rounded experience. Wildlife sightings and cultural moments come standard here — everything from searching for the "big five" in national parks to enjoying meals with local families. You’ve got memories made for a lifetime.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Dqae Qare San Lodge & Camp, Dekar Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund Your Wellness Moment: Ai-Ais Hot Springs visit, Ai-Ais Hot Springs
  • Cape Town orientation walk
  • Soweto township tour
  • Panorama Route drive
  • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in our vehicle (full-day)
  • Traditional dance experience
  • Nature walk in Letaba Ranch
  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument visit
  • Rhino walk (Matobo National Park)
  • Victoria Falls visit
  • Okavango Delta excursion with entrances, wildlife walks, and traditional canoe trips
  • San/Bushmen walk
  • Traditional dinner (Kalahari)
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
  • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
  • Traditional meal in a local home
  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Search for the "big five" across four countries
  • Walk with rhinos in matobo national park
  • Explore giant sand dunes and victoria falls
  • Meet the san bushmen of the kalahari desert.

Itinerary

Cape Town Arrive at any time.
Cape Town Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with the option to visit Table Mountain, choose to explore Cape Point, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. In the evening, opt to join your group for meal at one of Cape Town's many great restaurants.
Cape Town/Johannesburg Take a short flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the afternoon, travel to Soweto for a bicycle tour and learn more about its important history and significant role in bringing the issues of segregation to the forefront.
Johannesburg/Greater Kruger Area Take the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner and dance experience.
Kruger National Park Enjoy a full day wildlife safari drive in the Kruger NP (own vehicle). Keep an eye out for elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo—Africa's famed Big Five.
Greater Kruger Area Head north to the Letaba Ranch, for a guided nature walk along the Great Letaba River.
Greater Kruger Area/Morning Sun Nature Reserve Opt for a morning safari drive, or soak up the atmosphere in the camp, before traveling to the next lodge, in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve. Free afternoon to relax by the pool, or opt to take one of the hikes in the surrounding Soutpansberg Mountains.
Morning Sun NR/Great Zimbabwe Monument Area Get an earlier start and cross the border into Zimbabwe. Continue on to the Great Zimbabwe Monument.
Great Zimbabwe Monument Area/Matobo National Park Start the day with a visit to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Africa's most significant ruins site south of Cairo. Learn the history of the ruins and climb to the citadel for a view over the site. Continue on to Matobo National Park.
Matobo National Park Wake up early and opt to explore ancient cave paintings, visit the grave of Rhodes, hike the unique and stunning landscape, or hang out by the pool. In the afternoon, enjoy an included rhino walk, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with this endangered species.
Matobo National Park/Hwange National Park Travel to Hwange National Park for an opportunity to spot more wildlife. Opt to enjoy an evening wildlife safari drive in a safari vehicle.
Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls Continue on to Victoria Falls. Marvel at the spectacular falls from the Zimbabwean side, then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore further.
Victoria Falls Spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.
Victoria Falls/Kasane Cross the border into Botswana, and stay in Kasane, just outside of Chobe NP. Try to spot the elephants, crocodiles, and hippos this region is famous for during an optional sundowner cruise or photo river safari.
Kasane/Nata 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.
Nata/Maun Prepare for a 1-night/2-day journey into the delta. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.
Okavango Delta Enjoy wildlife walks, traditional mokoro excursions, and birding. Learn the ways of the bush from the local polers.
Maun/D'kar Traverse the Kalahari Desert. Spend the night at the G Adventures supported Dqae Qare San Lodge, and meet the local San Bushmen on a walk to learn their desert survival skills.
Dekar/Windhoek Travel to Windhoek, the German-influenced capital city of Namibia.
Windhoek/Etosha National Park Visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, just outside of Windhoek, to pick up a tasty packed lunch, then continue up to Etosha National Park. Enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle, then opt to explore more on an open vehicle night drive.
Etosha National Park Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife.
Etosha National Park/Swakopmund Drive to the historical city of Swakopmund.
Swakopmund Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, and a township tour.
Swakopmund/Namib Desert Travel into the beautiful Namib Desert, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way.
Namib Desert Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon Continue south through the Namib Desert to the Fish River Canyon. Enjoy the beautiful view from the canyon lookout point, before finishing the day at the Ai-Ais.
Ai-Ais/Orange River After a relaxing morning in the hot springs, 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.
Orange River/Lambert's Bay Cross the border into South Africa and continue down the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town.
Lambert's Bay/Cape Town Continue on the last stretch of the trip to lovely Cape Town. Stop at the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre along the way, then get ready to explore the vibrant streets of this scenic coastal city.
Cape Town Depart at any time.
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