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Depart Cape Town and head north through the wine growing regions and cross the Piketberg pass into the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal. You will camp tonight in the area of Citrusdal or Clanwilliam, both towns being shadowed by the beautiful Cederberg Mountain range. (L, D)
Depart Ceres region and travel north through the region known as Namaqualand. This region is well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in Springbok we will continue onto the Orange River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. Camp tonight at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. (B, L, D)
This morning you have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Orange River. The canoe trip provides the opportunity for some bird watching as well as a scenic and relaxing ride. After lunch we cross into Namibia and have a short drive to Hobas campsite and the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world although reputed to be the most spectacular. 161km long, up to 27 kms wide and about 550m deep, the outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity whilst the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road running near the eastern rim gives access to several viewing points with spectacular views across the rift. (B,L,D)
After a leisurely morning at Fish River Canyon we head north into the southern farming area of Namibia. We will stop for supplies in the small, former missionary town of Bethanie. From there we will choose our camp for the evening – no matter where we camp here it will be a remote experience. (B,L,D)
Heading north we enter the Namib – Naukluft Park, considered to be one of the oldest deserts in the world, and a major tourist destination. Sesreim is a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300m high.
The afternoon will be spent exploring this amazing area. An optional and must do excursion is to walk in this area with the highly specialised local guides of Sossus on Foot. The guide will bring the amazing history, geology, flora, fauna and cultural legacy of the Bushman to you. Tonight we will view the sunset from the top of Dune 45 – a truly memorable experience. (B,L,D)
After watching the sunrise across this beautiful area we leave the serenity of the dunes and head in a north, easterly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Following the coast for some 35kms, we arrive at Namibia’s prime holiday resort – Swakopmund where we will enjoy 3 nights of rest and relaxation. (Brunch) Accommodation will be in dormitories. Upgrades are available.
Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved. Swakopmund has several excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian rural art. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit.
Optional excursions include fishing trips, quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, desert flights, watersports, golf and 4WD hire. (B included both days)
Our departure from Swakopmund will see us follow the Atlantic Coast north to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony. Of the 23 breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals along the coast of South Africa and Namibia, Cape Cross is the largest. Seals are present through out the year and numbers fluctuate between 80 000 and 100 000 individuals, rising to around 200 000 during the breeding season. It was here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1846, becoming the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia. Continuing north we travel through the Skeleton Coast National Park. The Skeleton Coast evokes images of desolation and a visit to this area shows why those unluckily enough to be shipwrecked on this piece of coast had so little chance of survival. From there it is across to Palmwag. (B,L,D).
Palmwag is a beautiful conservation area in Damaraland and is known as the home of the desert elephants and rhino. Two nights here give plenty of time to explore the surrounding area as well as take optional excursions such as a game drive to search for the elusive desert elephants and rhino or go on patrol tracking the black rhino with the “Save the Rhino Trust” or visit a traditional Himba village. The Himba are one of Namibia’s indigenous people and one of the most distinctive. The Himba or ‘red’ people retain a largely traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, dependant on the seasons. (B,L,D)
Leaving Palmwag we make our way to The Cheetah Park, a private farm where you will learn about the conservation of the cheetah population in Namibia and have a chance to meet the resident cheetah’s up at the house. A photo opportunity not to be missed! (B,L,D)
Stopping briefly in Outjo to get supplies, then it is on to Etosha. We will game drive our way into Okaukuejo rest camp before setting up camp and heading out for an afternoon game drive. Etosha is the major nature reserve of Namibia, covering over 20 000 square kilometres with a large variety of animal and bird species. The park is situated around the Etosha Pan, and has an extensive network of gravel roads that enable us to get to remote areas of the park. A feature of the park is the floodlit water holes at both Okakuejo and Namutoni. Evenings can be spent sitting on the specially constructed viewing benches watching the game as it comes in to drink. (B,L,D)
Another full day of game driving as we make our way the 150kms across the park form west to east. After a full day of game driving you will then have another opportunity to spend the evening watching the game at Namutoni’s floodlit waterhole. (B,L,D)
Departing Etosha, we head in a northeasterly direction towards the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. We will stop at Rundu for supplies before reaching our nearby campsite. This campsite is spectacular and located right on the banks of the Kavango River complete with “open air” facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn. (B,L,D)
Continuing along the Kavango River, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination of Maun. It is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. (B,L,D)
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the World.
Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa.
Here you have the opportunity to take one of the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta. One option is the drive in/Mokoro excursion whilst the other option is the fly-in/Mokoro excursion (at an extra cost). (B,L,D)
For the drive in option we travel approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro polers station. From there we hire mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. Your guides will select a place to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness.
For the fly-in option we depart from Maun airport for a 45-minute flight into Bush Camp in the inner delta. After settling into your tented camp the afternoon is spent on a mokoro cruise or a game walk before returning for dinner at camp and a night under the stars.
A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today both groups will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! (B,L,D)
A final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region. (B,L,D)
We travel east and then north through Botswana to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia as well as Botswana and Zambia. Listen out for the resident hippos! (B,L,D)
This morning we depart on an early-morning game drive into Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. Returning to camp we have a brunch before packing up and departing for our final destination, Victoria Falls. Leaving Botswana we enter Zimbabwe and drive to the nearby Victoria Falls where we set up camp in the municipal town campsite. Afternoon at leisure to explore the many sights and delights of this town! (Brunch).
The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight of any African Safari. All year round, flights can be taken in fixed wing aircraft, micro lights, ultra lights or helicopters. On the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls National Park with its many viewing points, or from the Zambian side. Each offers fantastic photographic opportunities.
White water rafting on the Zambezi is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the “floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zimbabwe and Zambia. There is also the option abseil in the Batoka Gorge, neither activity are for the feint hearted!
The other optional activities around Victoria Falls include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, horse riding, a visit to the crocodile ranch, golf at Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, elephant safaris, the Falls craft village and the sunset cruise.
Tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)