Desert & Delta Express (Southbound)

Tour Code 17SDDE12. Camping Overland
12 days from
$918 USD
USDwas 1225 USD
Plus 380 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Capture the delights of southern Africa's desert & delta highlights on this epic adventure holiday...

From Livingstone/ Victoria Falls to the Atlantic coast, visiting the tranquil wilderness of the Okavango Delta, and prime game reserves at Etosha and Chobe and skirting the Kalahari - this is a superb insight into southern Africa. Marvel at the thundering Victoria Falls, sublime Chobe and waterways of the delta before heading to Namibia and the wonders of Etosha - a truly epic Desert and Delta adventure tour.

This tour can be combined with our 7 Day African Insight tour departing from Johannesburg.

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Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Explore the world renowned Victoria Falls, visit the local craft markets or spend the day visiting with the locals to learn more about their history and culture. For the more adventurous Activities available in the region include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises.

Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful camp deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.


Day 2. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana.

Today we board our overland safari truck and head for the border of Botswana. Once we've crossed over, we drive the short distance to Kasane town on the outskirts of the Chobe National Park.

Home to large herds of breeding elephant as well as lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. The Chobe River is a huge watering spot for these amazing animals and we explore it this afternoon on the Fish Eagle Boat Cruise.

Day 3. Kasane to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

Rising early we head out on game drive in the Chobe National Park and see which animals have been most active overnight.

From here it's back on the road to the small village of Nata on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans area. Watch a variety of antelope and wild elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat at our camp tonight.

Day 4. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

Once a rural little town, Maun has become a thriving community. The ideal tourist destination and starting point for all wishing to visit the Okavango Delta.

We stop off and stock up on supplies need on our Delta overnight excursion before heading to our camp where we have some free time to enjoy the pool, play some volleyball or simply chill out at the bar area.

Day 5. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

A mokoro excursion into the world renowned Okavango Delta by local Tswana polers is an opportunity not to be missed. Traverse the complex waterways of the Delta while learning about the amazing flora and fauna in this area.

We head out today on our 4x4 transfer and wind our way through the sandy bushveld to the poler's station, where we transfer to our dug-out canoes and travel further into the wilderness. We spend the night at Elephant Camp - a set mobile camp within the delta in tents with stretcher beds and basic en-suite facilities. We explore the surrounds on foot - learning all about what makes the Delta such a unique, and noteworthy place.

Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun

Departing on our early morning mokoro ride we make our way back to Maun and have an opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Delta or just relax and catch your breath until your next adventure.

Day 7. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.

We continue on to the small town of Ghanzi on the edge of the great Central Kalahari where amidst a seemingly unfruitful environment we meet the San/Bushman. They will give us some insight into how they have managed to use natural resources to survive the harsh climate and keep their culture alive.

Day 8. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Leaving Botswana today we make our way across the border and into Namibia. Arriving into Windhoek, we have the opportunity to view the German style architecture in the capital city of Namibia. Explore the surrounding areas and catch a small glimpse into the early colonial history.

Day 9. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Travelling north today, we head through the farming towns on the main route north to the famed Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

As we check through the gate we game drive on the small pathways to seek out wildlife as we slowly make our way to the fenced camp within the park. Spend a relaxing evening at one of the waterholes awaiting the nocturnal visitors.

Day 10. Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day game drive with a local guide pointing out a variety of the park’s inhabitants.

Etosha National Park, is a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km 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 throughout the rest of the year.

Day 11. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Leaving the wilderness behind, we continue through the Namibian countryside to the calming landscapes and ever changing red shaded rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Explore the area and its ancient bushman paintings on a tour this afternoon and tonight you have the opportunity to sleep out under the stars.

Day 12. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Known as the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund has a myriad of optional adventure activities on offer.Visit the local markets for souvenirs of your amazing African adventure and delve into the adventure activities on offer. Today we bid farewell to our overland truck and crew with memories of an amazing adventure.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund

Amanpuri - 'Place of rest' is in the coastal town of Swakopmund, fffering spacious en-suite single, dorm and twin/double rooms. The rooms are arranged around a sunny courtyard and BBQ area, and just a 10 minute walk to shops and restaurants. The activity desk conveniently offers activities or day tours around Swakopmund that you might want to book.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION
This tour starts in Livingstone on day 1. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Livingstone area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta we use tented camp with en-suite facilities.).

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), 4x4 safari vehicle.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

TOUR STYLE:
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Meals
12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Accommodation
Camping in 2-person dome tents

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

380 USD or 420 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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