South West Safari (25 days)

Tour Code 17SWS25. Camping Overland
25 days from
$2'418 USD
USDwas 2845 USD
Plus 480 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

Explore the African wilds on this great adventure!

View the great elephant heads of the Chobe River, the worlds oldest desert, the Namib-Naukluft, the diverse Okavango delta and have cultural exchanges with Kalahari Bushmen in this superb introduction to Southern Africa.

This tour runs in reverse starting in Cape Town, it also connects with our northbound trips to Zanzibar or Nairobi.

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Day 1. Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

We rise early to beat the traffic out of Johannesburg on our way to Hazyview, just outside Kruger National Park. Travelling via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga you won't be disappointed by the stunning views while we slowly make our way to South Africa's famed national park.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

This morning we are up early and change from the overland truck to open 4x4 safari vehicles. Today we have a full day game driving in Kruger National Park with residents guides who know this part of the world like the back of their hands.

Spend the day seeking out the Big 5, along with the other interesting animals that make Kruger their home.

Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

This morning we travel through the countryside to Tshipise, a small town in northern Limpopo province. Our campsite for the night is located near some natural hot springs and is adjacent to the Honnet Nature reserve. A great place to relax for the afternoon.

Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo area

Get your passport ready, today we are departing South Africa and crossing into Zimbabwe en route to Bulawayo. Our campsite is located in the Matobos area which is famed for its historical, geological and natural heritage.

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

Matobo National Park is a short drive outside of Bulawayo where we will spend the morning game driving. After changing to our 4x4 safari vehicles our local guides will take us to this beautiful national park which is famed for having the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa. Provided the conditions are right, our local guides will lead us on foot in search for these magnificent creatures on a wilderness walk.

Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

Another border crossing today, moving on from Bulawayo we continue north passing through Victoria Falls town before crossing into Zambia. Once we are in Livingstone, a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls in the Mosi-ou-Tunya National Park is included this afternoon.

Day 7. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Today is a free day to explore some of the many adventure activities in the area. You will be briefed on the list of options the night before and can book activities then. Spend your day exploring these activities or relax poolside at the Waterfront.

Day 8. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.

Have your passports ready again, today we leave Zambia behind and travel the short distance across to Botswana. After border formalities we make our way to Kasane town, the gateway to Chobe National Park. We take a sunset 'Fish Eagle' river cruise on the Chobe River this afternoon - a great opportunity to see the many elephants and possibly hippo and buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.

Day 9. Kasane to Elephant Sands, Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

We rise early to head out and explore Chobe National Park in an open safari vehicle for a morning game drive. If you missed anything on the river cruise, here is your chance before we make our way to Elephant Sands campsite in Nata. This campsite is famous for its visitors as there are no fences and the wildlife roam freely. Many groups are lucky enough to see the elephants come right into camp.

Day 10. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

Today we are making our way to Maun, which is the closest town to the Okavango Delta. We camp here for the night an get ready for our journey into the Delta tomorrow morning.

Day 11. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

This morning we leave our camp in Maun to make our way by 4x4 open truck to the Mokoro station. From here we are met by our local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight excursion. We travel by dugout canoe (Mokoro) through the tall grass channels, slowly making our way to the wilderness campsite. We will do an afternoon wilderness walk with our local guides and then relax taking in the beauty of this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 12. Okavango Delta to Maun

This morning we get back into our Mokoro for an slow paced ride out of the Okavango Delta and back to the polers station. We aim to return to camp for lunch time which gives you time to do the optional flight over the Delta, wonder into near by town or relax by the pool for the afternoon.

Day 13. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.

Tonight is our last night in Botswana. We leave Maun behind and make our way to Ghanzi which is just outside the Kalahari desert. We will meet the San/Bushman and do a guided walk with them for a unique cultural experience to see these ancient people's way of life.

Day 14. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

With passports ready, we are leaving Botswana and crossing into Namibia today. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and is characterised by a proliferation of German styled buildings. Tonight we will take an opportunity to visit a famous beer house.

Day 15. Windhoek to Etosha National Park

Heading north from Windhoek we are making our way to Etosha National Park. Famous for its salt pan, which is seasonally full of water but also for the specially managed waterholes that sustain hundreds of mammals and birdlife throughout the year. We stay inside this park for the next two nights.

Day 16. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

This morning we rise early to start a full day of game driving in the park. At the end of the day we return to camp, make sure you get a good spot at the floodlit watering hole, where you may stand a chance of seeing a range of night visitors including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, lion and hyena. Some say this is the highlight of their trip to Namibia.

Day 17. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Departing Etosha National Park, game driving as we exit, we turn south and head toward Damaraland region. We camp at the eerie Spitzkoppe with giant boulder-like rock formations that create a spectacular view. The rock changes colour at sunset to a deep, intense red colour which makes for some incredible photography.

Day 18 . Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

We spend the next two nights on the Atlantic coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is described as the adventure capitol of Namibia, offering some great desert based optional activities. Anyone not keen on seeking adventure, this town has some great shops, restaurants, museums or simply walk around and enjoy the old german architecture and enjoy the cafe culture this town has to offer.

Day 19. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

A free day to Swakopmund. Why not try the sandboarding, quad biking, deep sea fishing, sky diving or a township tour to explore the unique cultural side of this quaint seaside town.

Day 20. Swakopmund to Solitaire Highlights. Kuiseb Canyon, Namibia. Solitaire, Namibia.

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

We wake up early this morning and head inside the national park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. After breakfast we continue deeper inside the park for a nature walk to ‘dead vlei’ which lies amoung the giant sand dunes - an incredible glimpse into Namibia’s natural environment. The shifting colours of the desert sun offer incredible photographic opportunities.

Day 22. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes  to   the   world’s   second   largest   canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long.

Day 23. Fish River Canyon to Orange River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa.

Today we continue south toward the South African border. After formalities at the border, we set up camp on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River which divides South Africa and Namibia. This afternoon is free where can relax by river or take an optional canoe safari on the Orange River.

Day 24. Orange River to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.

Today we are heading through the Namaqualand to our picturesque camp based near the Olifants River. A wine tasting option activity is must for our last night on tour together.

Day 25. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.

This morning we are making our way toward the mother city - Cape Town - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our tour ends on arrival mid afternoon.

Suggested Pre-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.

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

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 groundsheets, 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 twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorm).

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, & 4x4 safari vehicles.

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
24 Breakfasts, 19 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
Services of two crew
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
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.

480 USD or 520 USD (If prepaid)

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