The 21-day journey though four Southern African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by traditional mokoro canoe, marvel at some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert, and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Explore one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders, the majestic Victoria Falls.
The day starts with a tour out into a local township where you’ll get to take a look at the township culture and visit some of the local community projects in the area.
Private guided tour of Cape Point National Park, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The scenic day tour takes you past Hout Bay, where you can add a short boat trip to view a seal colony on a nearby island, Chapman’s Peak Drive which is cut into the mountain and winds its way along the coastline, Boulders Beach, with its resident penguin colony, and the scenic coastal towns of Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek.
From here we hit the road to the Cederberg area where we spend our first night out under the African stars. This afternoon there is an option to taste some of the local wines of the region, or simply relax at camp and enjoy the fab views.
We travel through South Africa’s Karoo and cross the border into Namibia and the Orange River, which divides the two countries. We camp on the banks of the river and enjoy views of the Richtersveld’s burnt red mountainsides and lush river plantations.
Southern Namibia offers great open expanses with rocky hills and a near-Martian landscape. It is here that we see the Fish River Canyon carved out of the rocky countryside. This is the second largest Canyon after America’s Grand Canyon.
Heading out early, we make our way to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Climbing Dune 45, we see the view over the surrounding dune-sea as the make-shift waves of sand run off in all directions.
From here it’s onto the shuttle to Dead Vlei, an ominous flat pan with ancient old tree relics, surrounded by the mighty red dunes
Head to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, passing a classic African craft market on the way where indigenous Namibian people sell authentic handmade arts and crafts. Take a short driving tour through the capital city and spot the European looking buildings that are reminiscent of its history as a German colony.
Visiting the Himba people which are source of attraction to anyone who has seen the captivating photographs of red clay-covered Himba women with their elaborate hairstyles, decorative copper and iron jewellery, and animal-skin skirts. A unique group of indigenous people adhere to their traditional way of living.
Etosha is among the world’s premier places to view wildlife. A wide range of southern Africa’s wildlife roams here, including all the big carnivores and the five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik.
We will be exploring the south-western portion of this region along one of the Okavango’s main waterways which runs all the way south to the Thamalakane River in Maun which goes on to become the Boteti River which runs down into Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Caprivi is very different from the rest of Namibia; wetlands, dense forest, very green, many birds animal and insects as well.
Continue your trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp with its (usually) hot showers and small bar. Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide. This is a great chance to discover the beautiful natural surrounds, gain some insight into the history of the local area and look out for animals such as giraffe, zebra and elephants.
Guided Tour of Victoria Falls experience the incredible beauty and mesmerising strength and power of the mighty Victoria Falls and enjoy the afternoon boat cruise on the Zambezi River a way to relax at the end of fun filled day.
A transfer to the airport after breakfast will mark the end of our safari.