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
Day 2. Cederberg to the Orange River (Gariep) River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Continuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the border and cross 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 before sunset. The night sky above camp shows a wide expanse of stars on clear Richtersveld nights.
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. The park contains the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.
Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Today is a free day to enjoy all that 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, simply relax or 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 color of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red hues. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp is located 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 ParkFrom 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 campsite.
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 central salt pan - which can apparently be seen from space! After a full day game driving we turn to 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 provides insight into this ancient culture's nomadic way of life. Around the campfire at night, we watch and experience the ancient dance rituals and story telling 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 permits, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon, or on day 15 when we return from our 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 where 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 - a truly unforgettable experience!
Day 15. Okavango Delta to MaunThis 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 to see one of Africa’s most iconic tree-types - the Baobab, also locally known as 'upside down trees' - 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.
Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Our overland tour ends after breakfast, however we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full.
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
15 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm, 1 night in pre-erected en suite tented camp
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.
This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.