Desert & Delta Express (Southbound) (Accommodated)

Tour Code 17SDDE12A. Accommodated Overland
12 days from
$2'235 USD
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Plus 380 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Experience the thunder of the falls, the labrinthe channels of the delta and vastness of the desert on this overland tour

This accommodated overland tour will give you an insight into some of Southern Africa's best attractions. Experience the 'Smoke That Thunders' - Victoria Falls in Livingstone and the natural wetland that is the Okavango Delta. Game drive in both Etosha and Chobe national parks, searching for amazing wildlife. This tour will leave you wanting to discover more.

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

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Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

Our tour starts today with a visit to Victoria Falls - the 'smoke that thunders'. There are plenty of optional activities available here, so look at arriving a couple of day prior to your tour beginning to enjoy these fully.

Day 2. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

We depart Livingstone today and make the short trip crossing the border into Botswana. This afternoon we visit Chobe National Park taking a 'Fish Eagle' cruise along the Chobe river spotting the wildlife on the banks.

Day 3. Kasane to Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.

This morning we head out on an open vehicle game drive in Chobe National Park. In the afternoon we arrive in Nata and our accommodation for the evening - Elephant Sands. There are no fences here so you may get to see elephant and antelope roaming freely.

Day 4. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

Today we leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has developed rapidly and is Botswana's fifth largest town.

Day 5. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Today we make our way to the Okavango Delta. We transfer from Maun in an open 4x4 truck until we reach the mokoro (dugout canoe) station. We then travel through the delta by mokoro until we reach our pre-setup camp for the night.

Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun

We make our way back to Maun this morning with an easy paced mokoro ride along delta. If time allows we may arrive back in Maun to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

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

Today we head towards the edge of the Kalahari Desert and the town of Ghanzi. Here we meet the San/Bushman who take us on a guided bush walk to show us their way of life.

Day 8. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.

Leaving Botswana we travel to Namibia and its capital Windhoek. Windhoek is a small capital by global standards with a approximate population of 200,000 people.

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

Today we make our way north to Etosha National Park. Over 20,000 sq km surrounds a central salt pan in the park. We arrive in the afternoon and game drive as we make our way to our accommodation.

Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

We enjoy a full days game driving today, searching for the 114 mammals and 340 bird species that live in this park. There are floodlit waterholes in the Etosha, perfect for some nigh time observing.

Day 11. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

Game driving out of Etosha we make our way south to the Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe. There are spectactular rock formation in Spitzkoppe with ancient bushman paintings still visible on them.

Day 12. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

On our final day we leave Spitzkoppe and make our way to the Atlantic coast and the town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund has some great activities such as sandboarding, quad biking and sky diving to enjoy, so we would recommend booking yourself some additional days here.

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:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (10 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (1 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

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
Accommodation - 9 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 1 night bush camping at Spitzkoppe (equipment supplied).

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress (Spitzkoppe, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

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
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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