South West Safari (19 days)

Tour Code 17SWS19. Camping Overland
19 days from
$1'540 USD
USDwas 1925 USD
Plus 400 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Explore southern Africa's highlights on this adventure overland...

From Africas premier attraction, Victoria Falls to its most beautiful city Cape Town via the worlds oldest desert, the Namib and the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta, dramatic Fish River Canyon and Etosha and Chobe game reserves this overland safari is a superb introduction to southern Africa filled with adventure travel sights and activities.

This exciting safari combines with a tour starting in Nairobi - ask us how to extend your tour!

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Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

This tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls. The rest of the day here is at your leisure to enjoy some of the local adventure activities, visit the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

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

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.

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

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive before continuing on to Nata where our camp for the night has no fences and animals roam freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the campsite - a very relaxing way to view wildlife! c

Day 4. Nata to Maun Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

We leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon.

Day 5. Maun to 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 in an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented camp.

Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

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

We leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain - we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. Around the campfire at night, you can 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, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.

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

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House'

Day 9. Windhoek to Etosha National Park

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the camp. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole.

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 the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

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

We game drive out of Etosha National Park, and turn south making our way to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. 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.

Day 12. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. 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 13. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer. Try some adventure desert based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture

Day 14. Swakopmund to Solitaire Highlights. Solitaire, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en route to Solitaire - Namibia’s smallest town - for the night.

Day 15. Solitaire to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

This morning we leave Solitaire early and enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. After a well earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon we make our way to our accommodation for the night, nestled between the rocky granite outcrops of the Nubib and Tsaris mountains.

Day 16. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, dotted with quiver trees, to the world’s second largest canyon - Fish River Canyon. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner.

Day 17. Fish River to Orange River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon we travel south to the border of Namibia/South Africa to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the Namibian side. On arrival we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, or simply relax on the water’s edge at camp.

Day 18. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.

We continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). We camp at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region.

Day 19. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.

We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town - without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where our tour ends.

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.
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.

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 before your tour to make the most of this part of Africa. Post-tour 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 Cape Town 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. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorms).

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
18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Accommodation
15 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 1 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room

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
Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
Dune 45
Sesriem Canyon

*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.

400 USD or 430 USD (If prepaid)

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

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