Desert Tracker (19 days)

Tour Code 17DTR19. Camping Overland
19 days from
$1'443 USD
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Plus 440 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Discover the secrets of Southern Africa...

This 19-day overland safari will take you through the diverse landscapes of southern Africa. From the barren Namibian desert to the cold Atlantic coastline at Swakopmund and on to Cape Town. Then to the thriving game parks of Etosha, the Okavango Delta and Chobe as well as the wild savannah and the roaring Victoria Falls.

Join us for an unforgettable African adventure!

This safari is also available in reverse if you wish to start in Livingstone and end in Cape Town

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Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa.

Our overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town with a tour of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships. We'll visit some of the local people and community projects in the area. From here we head north through South Africa’s Western Cape and through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Our campsite is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up camp there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy our first night under the African sky.

Day 2. Cederberg to the Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Continuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the border, crossing over to Namibia. We set up camp tonight on the Gariep (Orange) River, which has a stunning backdrop to take in. There is the option of a canoe safari, a hike to the lookout above the campsite or a swim in the Orange River to choose from before the sun sets.The camp is showered with the stars of the Richtersveld at night.

Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

This morning we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river or simply relax on the water’s edge. Next, we arrive as a group at the majestic Fish River Canyon in the mid afternoon. It's the perfect time for a great photographic opportunity or a chance to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the setting.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.

After a night near the canyon, our overland truck continues north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. It contains the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

Day 5. Sesriem to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

This morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. After a well deserved breakfast we continue deeper into the park on a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon before making our way to our camp for the night a short distance from Solitaire - Namibia’s smallest town.

Day 6. Solitaire to Swakopmund

Leaving our camp, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer. For the daring there are desert based adventure activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Leaving the coast we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades.
The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from our visit go directly to this community.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

From Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Upon entering the park we enjoy a short afternoon game drive as we head to the camp.

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

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in Etosha National Park's main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space. After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit water holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Our overland journey heads south where we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants.

Day 12. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.

Leaving Windhoek we travel west into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi where we meet the San/Bushman and enjoy a guided bush walk with them. This cultural experience gives insight into these ancient people’s way of life. Around the campfire at night, we watch and experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night long, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Day 13. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

Leaving Ghanzi behind we make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. From here we prepare for our excursion into the Delta the next day. If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on day 15 on our return from the Delta excursion.

Day 14. Maun to the Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta on an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and then delight in listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool.

Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

Today, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. Along the way we stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees, the Baobab, and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The camp has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and we can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during our stay at Elephant Sands.

Day 17. Nata to Chobe Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Our overland safari continues to Kasane in the northern corner of Botswana. The town is the gateway to Chobe National Park. This is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming down to the river to bathe and drink.

Day 18. Chobe to Livingstone Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls National Park.

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive. Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. We visit the Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on earth and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. We set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone.

Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Our overland tour ends after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Ashanti Lodge Green Point, Cape Town

Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. 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.
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.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

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 on day 14 we use twin share pre-erected tents 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 and river boat.

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
18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Accommodation
15 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 3 nights in pre-erected en suite tented camp

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:
Cape Town Township Tour*
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit

*Highlight is part of 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.

440 USD or 480 USD (If prepaid)

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