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South West Safari 19 Day

South West Safari 19 Day
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Duration 19 Days
From £2775
Duration 19 Days

Pack your most high-tech camera lens and don your finest khakis – an action-packed African safari is calling! Check out the world’s oldest desert, explore awe-inspiring game reserves, mingle with Kalahari Bushmen and visit Africa’s premier natural attraction: Victoria Falls. On this incredible overland trip, you’ll experience the very best Southern Africa has to offer – and then some!

Tour Itinerary

Livingstone, Zambia

Welcome to Livingstone, where your grand adventure starts with a visit to the almighty Victoria Falls. If you can, book a few days' accommodation pre-trip so you can explore more of the Falls on your own watch (and combat any jetlag!). When you're not indulging in a spot of rafting, canoeing, optional bungee jumping, abseiling and gorge swinging, take advantage of our idyllic campsite surrounded by the Mosi-o Tunya National Park.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Livingstone to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, giraffe and cape buffalo. The bird-watching here is also excellent, so prop your binoculars and keep watch for spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We change it up this afternoon with an exciting game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River - a truly amazing way to see hippo, elephant and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

Included today:
-Fish eagle boat cruise

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Chobe National Park to Nata

We leave Kasane and make our way south, hugging the fringes of the dry and dusty Kalahari Desert and stopping at our campsite Elephant Sands Lodge, located just north of the small town of Nata. Since the camping area is unfenced, wild animals frequently visit the lodge's waterhole to drink so keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe (and possibly the odd lion and wild dog!). Like the other beasts of the land, gravitate to the water (in the form of a swimming pool!) and relax and absorb nature's bounty at its best: up close!

Included today:
-Chobe National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Nata to Maun

Leaving Elephant Sands, we make our way to Maun via Nata keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife which wander freely in these parts. The gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. 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 can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Maun to Okavango Delta

From our campsite in Maun, we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station, where we'll be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who 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 hippo, crocodile and a variety of bird to our island tented camp, before exploring the area on a walking safari. A completely unspoilt area that teems with wildlife, the Okavango is the perfect spot to get amongst nature and listen to the sounds of the African wilderness at night.

Included today:
-Okavango Delta excursion with mokoro/walking safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Okavango Delta to Maun

Returning to Maun, you have the day to unwind at your leisure. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living, wild-west sort of town built to supply local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Today however, Maun is a thriving tourist hub, which plays host to a range of interesting cultural activities.

Included today:
-Okavango Delta excursion with mokoro safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Okavango Delta flight

Maun to Ghanzi

Today we farewell the paradisiacal Okavango Delta and roll onto Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San Bushman and enjoy a guided bush walk, where we learn about this ancient people's way of life. Later on this evening, you'll witness the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushman, which on special occasions, could be a healing or trance dance - expect a truly intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Included today:
-Kalahari Bushman walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek 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 or visit the famous 'Joe's Beerhouse'.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Windhoek to Etosha National Park

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 square kilometres 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, where observers frequently see a range of nocturnal visitors (think: elephant, giraffe, zebra, hyena and even lion!) making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival and a full-day game drive the following day.

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is the ultimate definition of the perfect game-viewing destination. Picture this - a barren landscape teeming with neon flamingos and pelicans and surrounded by nothing but native bush, grasslands, scrubland and saline lakes. Trust us, you'll be in awe of this magical spot. Today we dive straight into the heart of Etosha National Park and enjoy a full day game drive, keeping our eyes peeled for more of the local residents.

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe

Today we head south to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe to admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The rock formations peak at approximately 2,000 metres above sea level and form a spectacular view, so take your time to explore the area and enjoy 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.

Included today:
-Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

Departing the granite-infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to Swakopmund - a small town redolent of Namibia's colonial past but with modern adventure oriented attractions for the visitor. Sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean, Swakopmund is Namibia's main seaside resort and is a delightful coastal oasis.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flights
-Swakopmund township tour

Swakopmund

Take the day to try some adventure desert-based activities - quad biking, sand boarding, or for the real thrillseekers, skydiving (weather permitting). For those without an iron stomach, enjoy the town's shopping, cafes, restaurants and art galleries - or simply stroll along the promenade admiring the ocean.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flights
-Swakopmund township tour

Swakopmund to Solitaire

Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en route to Solitaire - Namibia's smallest town - for the night.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Solitaire to Sesriem Area

Continuing on, we reach the Namib Naukluft Park (aka the world's oldest desert, containing some of the highest sand dunes in the globe). Traversing into the park, we make a stop at the base of Dune 45 - the perfect spot to clamber to the top of one of the most photographed sand dunes in the world and marvel at the vastness of the empty desert as the sun starts to set (hello, perfect photo op!). Tonight we rest our heads at the Sesriem campsite on the outskirts of the national park entrance under the star-filled African sky.

Included today:
-Dune 45 & Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk
-Sesriem Canyon

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon

This morning we prepare ourselves for the beautiful site of Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon (behind the Grand Canyon, of course). Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres 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 Corner'. There is nowhere in the world quite like this remarkable spot. Seriously.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Fish River Canyon to Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon we travel south to the border of Namibia/South Africa to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the South African side, where you have the chance to swim, relax and unwind on the water's edge, or embark on an optional canoeing trip in sight of the abundance of birdlife in the area.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Gariep (Orange) River to Western Cape Citrus Area

We continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August and September). Pitching our tents at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River, we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region. Bottoms up!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Wine tasting

Western Cape Citrus Area to Cape Town

Wave goodbye to the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views, as we meander down the Piketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town, without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful cities, where are tour ends. If time allows, we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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