South West Safari (19 days) (Accommodated)

Tour Code 17SWS19A. Accommodated Overland
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$3'405 USD
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Visit some of Southern Africa's best natuaral wonders on this overland tour

Explore the incredible highlights of Southern Africa on this accommodated overland tour. Starting with the famed Victoria Falls, travel the water ways of Botswana's Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta wilderness before heading to the Kalahari Bushmen and Namibia's best highlights of Etosha, Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon. Ending at South Africa's iconic Table Mountain - this overland tour has it all!

Extend this tour by starting in Johannesburg - see South West Safari 25 Day tour for more.

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

This tour starts with a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the largest curtains of waterfalls in the world. At various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘smoke that thunders’. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to sample some of the many optional activities on offer including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises).

Note: We highly recommend booking a few day pre tour in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the fullest and to partake in all the activities on your bucket list.

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

Leaving Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is home to some of the largest elephant herds in Africa; as well as lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife. We take a boat cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to view the prolific wildlife coming into drink and if you are lucky, spot elephants swimming across to the Sedudu Island.

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

This morning we explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to view the many elephants, buffalo and roaming antelope of the area. Moving on from Chobe we continue south to Elephant Sands. This magnificent place has no fences so wildlife can roam freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the accommodation - at the central waterhole.

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

Departing Elephant Sands, we travel via the outskirts of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the impressive baobab trees that dot the side of the road to the rapidly developing town of Maun. We stop off in the town allowing time to explore the interesting architecture of traditional rondavel homesteads and stock up on supplies. We arrive at our accommodation on the early afternoon allowing plenty of time to pack for the Delta excursion the following day and relax by the pool.

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

The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely.

We pack up our gear and travel out of Maun in a 4x4 truck to the poler station, where we meet our local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) among the giant lily pads, tall swaying grasses and labyrinthine channels and lagoons. We view resident wildlife along the way to our tented camp. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night for an unforgettable experience!

Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After our night in the wilderness of this remarkable Delta, we take a casual Mokoro ride back to the polers stations where our 4x4 vehicle collects us again for our trip back to Maun. Saying our farewells to our local guides, we board our vehicle and traverse the sandy roads back to Maun. We aim to get back to Maun around lunch time to allow time for an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the pool and bar area.

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

Today, we make our way to the outskirts of the Kalahari Desert and the quaint town of Ghanzi. Our camp is situated a short drive from the town and in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain. It is here that 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.

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

Leaving Botswana behind, we cross into Namibia and travel to the capital, Windhoek. This city is a small capital city compared to many others around the world with an approximate population of 200,000 people living here. Take the opportunity to explore the town and 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 Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Heading north, we make our way to Etosha National Park. At over 20,000 sq km, this magnificent park hosts over 114 mammals and 340 bird species. Entering the gate, binoculars and camera at hand, we game drive to our accommodation for this evening stopping along the way at the local waterholes where animals congregate to drink.

After a refreshing break and a nice dinner, visit the camp's floodlit watering hole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia.

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

Waking early, we spend a full day game driving in this diverse animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan that fills with water in the wet months and hosts prolific birdlife including flamingos. Keeping our eyes peeled, we traverse the limestone roads and visit the various water points in search of the many animals wandering the terrain. Seek out elephants, rhino and numerous antelope species including the majestic looking Oryx - Namibia's national animal.

As the sun starts to set, we return to our accommodation and spend our last evening at the floodlit watering hole, observing natural animal behavior at its best.

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

This morning, we game drive out of Etosha National Park and make south to the picturesque Damaraland region and the granite boulders at Spitzkoppe. Home to ancient bushman paintings and giant boulder-like rock formations reaching a peak at some 1800m above sea level, we explore the area on foot and soak up the true beauty of this magical place.

Tonight you'll sleep a night under canvas to experience Spitzkoppe to the fullest.

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

Waking to the amber morning light reflecting off the rock formations, it is certainly worth getting up early to find a quiet spot to enjoy the sunrise. Departing the dramatic Spitzkoppe, we make our way across the barren desert to the Atlantic coast and Swakopmund.

With a free afternoon to explore, there are shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries to entertain or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean and the quaint German-style architecture.

Day 13. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today is a free day to enjoy Swakopmund either by visiting the town's sights or enjoying the optional activities on offer.

Quad bike over the towering dunes or glide down the steep slopes on a sand board. Alternatively seek out the most daring of activities on a tandem-skydive to enjoy the best views over the desert.

For those wishing to relax, spend some time on the beach or enjoy the local 'stube' coffee shops.

Day 14. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.

Leaving the coast behind, we traverse the rugged mountainous passes with their varying rock types shifting in layers from years gone bay. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing for a photo opportunity at the southernmost circle of direct sunlight.

Journeying further south we make our way to our camp for the night. Here we enjoy a night in the stillness of the desert where the stars light up the skies.

Day 15. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .

Today we drive to the Namib Naukluft National Park and trek to the top of Dune 45 for spectacular views over the rolling desert. After a well-earned breakfast, we join a shuttle ride to 'Dead Vlei' which lies amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offering some brilliant photographic opportunities.

We finish our visit with a trip to the Sesriem Canyon to see the interesting 'underground' layering of the desert before we head to our camp for the night.

Departing from the dunes, we via the Sesriem Canyon, a remarkable place not to miss, before making our way to our next accommodation for the night.

Day 16. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Tsaris Pass, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

Rising early, we travel though barren and rocky landscapes dotted with camel thorn and quiver trees to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. At 550m deep and over 160km long, we spend time exploring the majestic area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner'.

Day 17. Fish River to Orange River, Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.

Today we journey south to the Orange (Gariep) River. Our accommodation 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, swim or simply relax on the water’s edge admiring the view.

Day 18. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

Leaving the Orange River, we cross the border into South Africa and continue south through the spectacular scenery of the Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). Our accommodation for the night overlooks the Olifants River in the Cederberg region. Here, try the local wines of the area on an optional wine tasting.

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

We leave the picturesque Cederberg area and travel south through the Citrus region at Citrusdal, over the Piekenierskloof Pass to Cape Town, 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 ACCOMODATION:
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 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:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (16 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some camps may have 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.

Meals
18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Accommodation
15 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 2 night bush camping at [Khomas Region and Spitzkoppe] (equipment supplied).

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Accommodation as specified and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Tent, sleeping bag, matress and Pillow for Khomas Region and Spitzkoppe (2 nights)

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
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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