We love everything about Africa but, if forced at spear-point to reveal what the absolute highlights are, we would have to go with the glorious Okavango Delta, the mighty Sossusvlei sand dunes and the soaring Victoria Falls. And surprise, surprise – it just so happens that this sensational overland trip takes in all three of these destinations plus a whole lot more!
This 21-day adventure emphasizes the raw prosaic quality of southern Africa as you explore barren deserts and untamed wilderness, camp in the wild, sail along inland deltas and walk through stark landscapes. This is adventure at its wildest!
The Fish River Canyon is seen as the largest canyon in Africa and second largest canyon on earth - after the Grand Canyon in the US. Just as impressive is the period of time during which it was formed: 350 million years ago a fault with a width of 20 km appeared and the river meandered through it in wide loops. When the ancient continent of Gondwana disintegrated 120 million years ago, the Fish River started to dig deep into the ground and create its system of gorges.
In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
The Okavango Deltas was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance, uniqueness and splendor. Although there are two inland deltas in Africa that rival and possibly surpass Okavango Delta in size, they have been diminished with poaching and war. Okavango Delta is a protected area with an investment to protect the wildlife and her uniqueness for all to experience.
Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
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Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.
Arrive into Cape Town at any time and feel free to explore. Trek to the top of Table mountain, check out Nelson mandela’s former cell on robben island or simply wander the historic tree-lined streets. A pre-departure group meeting will be held this evening by your tour leader.
Travel north through dry and remote swathes of South Africa to overnight in Cederberg, a wilderness area famed for its bizarre sandstone formations and ancient rock art. The following day set up camp at the scenic gariep river, the natural border with Namibia. enjoy a late afternoon swim or go canoeing on the river and don’t forget to look out for washed-up diamonds.
Travel to Fish river Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and second-largest in the world. You’ll spend some time at the Canyon walking its rim and, in the early evening, you can witness the spectacular sunset slipping beneath the horizon. Spend the night in the surrounding area.
Continuing along remote, dusty roads, you’ll pass the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen on the way to the Namib Desert – now you’re really in the middle of nowhere! Arrive in the area in the late afternoon where the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. The next day you’ll head towards the incomparable Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300m high! rise in time for sunrise from the top of the mighty Dune 45. The site of the blazing orange sand coming to life will stay with you forever. Spend a full day exploring the dunes and the natural wonders of this bizarre environment.
Get a feel for the Namib Desert as you traverse this empty desert area, crossing many a dry mountain pass as you go. Before arriving in Swakopmund, you’ll drive past Walvis Bay, known for its prolific flamingo population. Spend two nights in the beach resort of Swakopmund with its mind-boggling lunar landscape, unforgettable sunsets and seaside cafés. You can also try some of the numerous optional activities available such as dune
boarding and a dolphin cruise.
Begin moving north into the wilderness and set up camp near Twyfelfontein, whose name is derived from ‘doubtful spring’. In the afternoon, check out the famous rock engravings and fossil forests.
Etosha is locally described as ‘the great white place of dry water’ or ‘white place of mirages’. One of Africa’s major highlights, etosha National park offers a huge variety of wildlife and phenomenal natural beauty. With thousands of zebra and elephants and hundreds of giraffe and lion, exploring is a rewarding and exhilarating experience. explore the pans and the park on game drives, with excellent opportunities to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals. Find elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. Watch animals after sunset at a waterhole near to your campsite, lit with flood lights. There may be the option to experience a night game drive at an additional cost.
Waterberg Plateau Game Park
Enjoy one last morning game drive in search of etosha’s incredible wildlife and begin moving south to Waterberg plateau game park, where you can absorb the stunning natural beauty of the area with a scenic forest walk. if you’re up for it, you can get your hiking shoes on and hike up to the Waterberg plateau for amazing views over the plains of Namibia.
Head south through the countryside to Namibia’s historic and strongly german-influenced capital, Windhoek. enjoy a good shower and a break from camping, with time for some shopping and relaxation. This small, friendly city enjoys clean, dry air thanks to its highland elevation at 1,660m, and sights include the art nouveau-style Christuskirche, the Tintenpalast parliament building and panoramic views over the city from the Hofmeyer Walk. There’s also plenty of opportunity for a few drinks with your group in this lively city.
Continue through the eastern part of Namibia, cross into Botswana and travel into the heart of the Kalahari Desert – you’ll stay in the intriguing farming town of ghanzi. Take this opportunity to walk with a local San Bushman and learn fascinating bush survival skills.
As you travel from the Kalahari towards maun, you will notice the landscape change slightly as you approach more fertile lands. After arrival in maun, you can pick up supplies and prepare for your overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta.
Set off from maun, the gateway to the Okavango, on a once-in-a-lifetime overnight excursion into the Delta. You’ll travel deep into its watery depths in a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) spotting wildlife as you go. Arriving at your destination, the team will set up the basic bush camp that will be your home for the night. Spend the day enjoying game walks and cruising in mokoros spotting birdlife and game viewing in the pristine wilderness. When you’re not out with the animals you can relax around camp, read a book or have a nap. in the evenings count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire.
Wake up to the African sun rising over the beauty of the Delta. Jump back in your mokoro before continuing to the village of gweta, on the edge of the impressive makgadikgadi pans. Here you’ll enjoy a unique campsite under ancient baobab trees.
Head towards Chobe National park in the morning and set up camp just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This is where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet and is home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa, estimated at around 120,000. Take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe river which will be your best opportunity to view hippo, crocodiles and wallowing elephants.
Cross the Zambezi river and continue to Livingstone where you’ll spend the last few days of your tour. There’s plenty to do! get up close (and a little wet) while checking out the immense victoria Falls, raft the white water of the mighty Zambezi, or for the more adventurous – bungee jump off a very high and scary bridge with the Falls in view. victoria Falls, which straddle the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, were first sighted by the explorer David Livingstone in 1855, and named after Britain’s Queen victoria. They are 1.7kms wide and up to one million litres of water per second tumble down the five main cataracts. Though their character changes between the rainy and dry season, the sight of the Falls is never less than awe-inspiring.
The tour ends this morning after breakfast, and you’re free to depart at any time.