Desert Tracker (25 days)

Tour Code 17DTR25. Camping Overland
25 days from
$2'276 USD
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Plus 520 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

Discover deserts, wildernesses and cultural highlights on an adventure of a lifetime...

An overland safari which will take you through the diverse landscapes of southern Africa. Covering some of the best adventure attractions, from the barren desert to the cold Atlantic coastline, from thriving game parks to wild savannah, and the roaring Victoria Falls.

This tour combines with our north-bound routes to Zanzibar or Nairobi. It also runs in reverse starting in Johannesburg.

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

We start this tour with a unique cultural experience, visiting the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Towns townships where you will meet local people and visit community projects in the area. After a traditional lunch we slowly make our way north through the Western cape, making camp in near the stunning Cederberg mountains.

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

Leaving behind the Western Cape we continue north toward the border of South Africa and Namibia, crossing at Vioolsdrift. Tonight we camp on the Namibian side of the Orange river and if time allows you can do an optional canoe safari on the river late afternoon or the following morning.

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

After a relaxing morning alongside the river, we make our way to the stunning Fish River Canyon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, and the second largest canyon in the world, there are ample opportunities to take in this beautiful sight before we make our way to camp for the night.

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

Today we are making our way to the gateway of the Namib Naukluft National park, home to the worlds oldest desert and highest sand dunes.

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

We wake up early this morning and enter the National Park to trek to the top of Dune 45. Some of these dunes are over 300m high but well worth the trek! We later head into the park for a short shuttle ride and walk to the 'Dead Vlei' a spectacular glimpse at the natural environment Namibia has to offer. We leave the dunes and have one more stop at the smaller Sesriem canyon before heading to our camp for the night.

Day 6. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Leaving the desert behind we are making our way to the Atlantic coast for the next two nights. Swakopmund is described as the adventure capitol of Namibia with some incredible activities on offer - quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving etc. If you would prefer to relax this quaint town has some great shopping, museums or simply walk along the promenade and enjoy the towns cafe culture.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

A free day to explore Swakopmund. Enjoy a day out in the giant sand dunes or simply relax in the town seeking out the delicious coffee shops and deli's.

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

After two days exploring Swakopmund we depart early for our next inland adventure to the stunning Damaraland region. Ancient bushman paintings are still visible on the rock formations in the area and giant boulder like rock formations peak at approx 1800m to make up what some describe as the most scenic campsite in Namibia.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Leaving our campsite behind we head north again toward Etosha National Park where we camp inside the park for two nights.

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

Today we enjoy a full game drive, taking in the main attraction which is a vast 20,000 sq km salt pan. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and many grazing animals frequenting the watering holes. One of the best parts of this campsite is the specially managed floodlit waterholes where you can sit and relax watching the a range of night visitors, making this one of the most memorable campsites along the journey.

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

After two exciting days in Etosha, today we make our way to the capitol of Namibia - Windhoek. With free time to explore this German style city be sure to 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.

Today we are making our way to the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. After border formalities we head to camp in the town of Ghanzi where we will meet the San/bushman and enjoy a guided walk to gain some insight into these ancient people's way of life.

Day 13. Ghanzi to Maun

Today we head to the gateway of the Okavango Delta. Maun is still officially a village, it has a mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. We set up camp here for the night and prepare for our trip into the Delta tomorrow morning.

Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

We rise early and an start our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck that takes us to the Mokoro station. We are introduced to our local Tswana Polers who will be guiding us on this excursion. Today is spend gliding through the grasses and channels in search of the resident wildlife on our way to the tented bush camp. On arrival we explore the area by foot on a walking safari and then relax in this incredible natural wetland for the night.

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

This morning we get back into our Mokoro's for an easy paced journey out of the Okavango Delta. We are back at camp in Maun with enough time for an optional scenic flight over the Delta, or relax by the camps pool for the afternoon.

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

Today we make our way to Elephant Sands Lodge in Nata, a famous spot because the campsite has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another. You can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant sands.

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

Today we make our way to Kasane, which is the gateway to Chobe National Park. If you didn't see enough elephants yesterday, Chobe is famous for it's large elephant population. This afternoon we take a 'Fish Eagle' river cruise on the Chobe River - a great opportunity to see the abundant wildlife in this park from lion, buffalo, hippo and birdlife.

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

We rise early to head out on an open 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park before moving on from Kasane. After breakfast we pack up camp and make our way to to the ferry crossing over the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi River into Zambia. After border formalities we make camp at on the banks of the Zambezi River, our home for the next two nights.

Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

Today is a free day in Livingstone. If we didn't visit Victoria Falls yesterday, we will go today. Otherwise, you are free to take part in one of the many optional activities on offer or relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow by.

Day 20. Livingstone to Bulawayo

Get your passports ready, today we leave Zambia and cross the border into Zimbabwe. We will pass through Victoria Falls town and travel via the bushveld countryside on the way to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe's second city.

Day 21. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

This morning we head to the wonderful Matobo National park. A short drive from our campsite in Bulawayo, we board our 4x4 game drive vehicles and join our knowledgeable local guide for a day of game driving and a Wilderness Walk in search of the Black and White Rhino. If conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places so we can spot these incredible creatures.

Day 22. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

Departing early, we are continuing south to the South Africa border. After formalities there we make our way across the Limpopo River which acts as a boundary between South Africa and its neighbours Botswana and Zimbabwe. Our campsite for the night is near the local hot springs and beautiful dense forests, a great spot to relax after a long day driving.

Day 23. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .

Today we are making our way toward southern Africa's most famous reserve, Kruger National Park. We spend the next two nights within the Kruger area, taking part in a cultural tribal dance tonight before we prepare for a full day game driving in the park tomorrow.

This evening we get a taste of the local culture with some Shangaan tribal dancing.

Day 24. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

This morning we have an early wake up to board our 4x4 safari vehicles and get ready for a full day game driving in Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park is a wildlife haven with a number of different ecological areas making homes for a large variety of animals, plants, birds and reptiles. We head out with local experts and seek out not only the famed Big Five, but also many other animals and experiences in this fantastic National park.

We return to camp in the late afternoon for our final night around the campfire.

Day 25. Hazyview to Johannesburg

Driving further south we travel via South Africa's maize-triangle - maize is the staple of most African cultures and grows in abundance throughout this area. Our tour ends on arrival to Johannesburg mid to late afternoon.

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.
MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg

MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.

* 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 Johannesburg 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
24 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 19 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:
Cape Town Township Tour
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*
Intended Itinerary
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide* Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
*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.

520 USD or 570 USD (If prepaid)

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

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