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Southern Africa Explorer

The countries that lie at the southern end of the African continent evoke a strong spirit of the wild. From the seemingly empty and endless dunes of the Namibian desert, to the teeming animal life of the Okavango River, this itinerary traverses the greatest parks, reserves and landscapes that Africa’s south has to offer. From Cape Town we head north towards the arid wilderness of Namibia. We marvel at the enormity of the Fish River Canyon, explore the boundless Namib Desert and search for desert elephants in Etosha National Park. In Botswana we enjoy some of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences along the Okavango and Chobe Rivers. The magnificent Victoria Falls provides a backdrop to a multitude of adventurous options and is the end point of this fabulous journey through southern Africa.

Inclusions

20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners
National Park and permit fees
English speaking local guide and 2 camp assistants/cooks
All camping gear (including sleeping bag & pillow) spacious 2 person safari tents, camp bed and comfortable safari folding chair
Group camping equipment, reference library and first aid box
Game drives and boat cruise per itinerary
Private vehicle transport in custom built vehicles designed for African conditions, with fridge, forward-facing high back seats and ample storage
Hightlights
Discover Augrabies Falls National Park
Encounter wildlife on game drives in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Journey to the spectacular Fish River Canyon
Walk among the giant dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional canoe (mokoro)
Sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River
Camp along the lush Okavango River
Marvel at the spectacular Victoria Falls
Game drives in Etosha National Park
Explore Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $4,360
Start Location
Cape Town, South Africa
End Location
South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,360
01 Jun 201921 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,360
29 Jun 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
27 Jul 201916 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
31 Aug 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
07 Sep 201927 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
21 Sep 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
28 Sep 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
19 Oct 201908 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,480
09 Nov 201929 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,360
14 Dec 201903 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $4,360
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
The tour starts on Day 1 with a pre departure meeting at 18:00 in the lobby of the hotel. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, recently selected as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at your own expense. 2018 - Overnight City Lodge V&A Waterfront (or similar accommodation). 2019 - Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).
Day 2
This morning we leave our hotel at 08h00, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, we visit the Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to our well-situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is option as well (at your own expense). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at your own expense. 2018 - Overnight City Lodge V&A Waterfront (or similar accommodation). 2019 - Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).
Day 3
After breakfast we depart Cape Town travelling north and pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region. We overnight at the foot of the Van Ryns Pass. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region.
Day 4
Leaving the Little Karoo we head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. We pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukrebis’ or ‘place of great noise’. We spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints.
Days 5-6
We head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane Lion. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Park.
Day 7
Leaving the Kalahari region we head west and enter Namibia. After setting up camp enjoy a walk along the rim of the canyon and watch the changing colours of sunset over the canyon. Second only to the Grand Canyon in size, Fish River Canyon is a truly awe-inspiring work of Nature.
Days 8-9
Our journey takes us north through ever changing scenery to our camp located on the edge of the Namib Desert. We enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding our camp. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei - starkly beautiful in a harsh environment. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon
Day 10
Heading north we reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding. We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town with its tree-lined boulevard and shops and cafes or enjoy one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). Accommodation in a Guesthouse.
Day 11
Leaving Swakopmund after lunch we set up camp among the boulders of the Spitzkoppe Mountains. The afternoon is free to explore the stunning surrounding area on foot. The spectacular setting of our remote bushcamp is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Days 12-13
We enter Etosha and travel through the park to Okakeujo Restcamp. Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. Floodlit waterholes at Okakeujo and Namutoni campsite attracts an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing us with many amazing wildlife sightings. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, relaxing in the middle of the day when wildlife is least active (approx 150 kms drive/12 hrs including lunch). Overnight Okakeujo and Namutoni Restcamp inside Etosha.
Day 14
After a morning game drive we exit Etosha and travel to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River. Our camp is set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Kavango River. *Please note that World Expeditions ds not operate the optional mokoro trip on the Kavango River in Namibia and strongly advises against participation on this because of safety concerns, namely the proximity on the river to dangerous wildlife, particularly the hippopotamus. If you choose to undertake this optional activity with other local contractors, you do so against our advice and entirely at your own risk. NOTE - This differs from the Okavango Delta in Botswana where the mokoro experience is necessary to visit the heart of the Okavango Delta, and the local mokoro guides are extremely experienced and have the utmost respect and intimate knowledge regarding wildlife inhabiting the Delta.
Days 15-16
Continuing into the Caprivi Strip we cross into Botswana and travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere Island in the Delta. The following day we do game walks on the island and a mokoro can trip.
Day 17
Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. Driving through the Caprivi we set up camp on the banks of the Kwando River.
Days 18-19
Continuing through the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel through the Chobe National Park, and set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe National Park is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets, abundance of wildlife and myriad of birdlife. The following day we relax on a game viewing cruise on the Chobe River where we have opportunity to get close to riverine creatures such as crocodiles and hippos. A morning game drive in Chobe National Park is optional (own expense).
Day 20
Today we travel across the border into Zimbabwe to view Victoria Falls or "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (Smoke that Thunders), one of the most enthralling sights in Africa. The afternoon and following morning is at leisure to explore the Falls or take part in some of the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa. Free to browse the local markets, simply relax, visit the Falls another time or to experience some of the many optional activities including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls (all at own expense). Overnight Sprayview Lodge (or similar).
Day 21
Our tour ends today after breakfast.