Desert Tracker (Accommodated) (19 Days)

Tour Code 19DTR19A. Accommodated Overland
19 days from
$3'523 USD
USDwas 3915 USD
Plus 480 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 24. Age Group: 18-39

Explore the many highlights of Namibia & Botswana on this exciting accommodated adventure tour

This accommodated adventure tour will take you to some of Southern Africa's best attractions. Starting in Cape Town to the worlds second largest canyon and highest sand dunes, Etosha and Chobe National Parks, a night on the Okavango Delta and finishing up in Livingstone home to the thundering Victoria Falls! This tour will leave you with a great taste for Africa and desire to discover more.

This tour is also available in reverse, starting in Livingstone and ending in Cape Town.

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Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

This tour begins in Cape Town one of the worlds most beautiful cities. After visiting of the city's townships (meeting the local people and see the projects happening in the area), we continue to our accommodation for the evening - in the Cederberg region where we can taste the local wine.

Day 2. Western Cape to Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.

Today we head north and cross the border with Namibia. Our accommodation is based on the Gariep (Orange) River overlooking the South African side of the border. The accommodation provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, swimming pool, bar facilities and the Orange River is safe for swimming! You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. The night sky above camp shows a wide expanse of stars on clear Richtersveld nights – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

After a relaxing morning, we head to the Fish River Canyon. This canyon is the second largest in the world behind the USA's Grand Canyon. A great sight and photo opportunity, especially when the sun sets over the different colored rock layers.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .

Continuing north we head to the Sesriem Area, to the Namib Naukluft National Park - home to the oldest desert and highest sand dunes in the world.

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

We enter the National Park today. You have the opportunity to reach the top of Dune 45 for magificent views over a sea of sand dunes. Afterwards we pick up a shuttle ride and head to 'Dead Vlei' for a nature walk to see the famous 'Deadsvlei' and its ancient fossilized trees. After a stop at Sesriem Canyon, we end the day under canvas - on a stunning farm under the Africa stars.

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

Crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, we head to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. There are plenty of things to do here such as quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, or visiting the aquarium, museums and art galleries.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

The day is yours to take on the optional activities available here, or to just enjoy exploring this seaside town.

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

Heading inland from the coast, we make our way to Spitzkoppe. Here we admire ancient bushman paintings that can be seen on the rock formations - the color of the rocks change to different hues of red during sunset and sunrise.

*Accommodation tonight is under canvas - either in tents or out in the open under the African sky.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Leaving Spitzkoppe, we head further north to Etosha National Park. Etosha is home to over 114 mammal and 340 bird species. On arrival we will have an afternoon game drive.

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to observe wildlife at the waterhole where animals will come and go as they refresh with a drink of water.

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

Today we have a full day of game driving in this incredible national park. See the large pan from which the name Etosha hails and observe the many animals as we traverse the dirt tracks throughout the park. As a dry National Park, there are species that are endemic to drier climates - like the majestic Oryx and the sprightly springbok.

Our game drive is in our Acacia vehicle, which with its elevated seating, allows us views over the bush and into the surrounding flora.

Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.

Today we make our way south to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. Windhoek is a relatively small city with around 200,000 people and we have the evening here to enjoy one of the local restaurants.

Day 12. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.

Travelling west and away from Windhoek, we cross the Kalahari region into Botswana. Here we get to meet the San Bushman, who take us on a bush walk for an insight into their way of life.

Day 13. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

We leave Ghanzi and travel to Maun - a thriving tourist town. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and time permitting, there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Delta before settling in for the night.

Day 14. Maun - Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Travelling by 4x4 vehicle we head to the mokoro station where the local Tswana Polers will meet and then guide us among lily pads to our camp for the night. We can explore the area around the camp on a walking safari.

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

This morning we leave the Delta and head back to Maun. The afternoon can be spent around the pool or choosing the optional scenic flight you might have not had time for on Day 13. Alternatively there is also the option to explore the surrounds on horse back.

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

Today we make our way to Nata and our accommodation for the evening at Elephant Sands, based on the outskirts of the Magkadikgadi Pans reserve. There are no fences here, so you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife roaming to the waterholes.

Day 17. Elephant Sands, Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

Heading north, we make our way to Chobe National Park. We take a 'Fish Eagle' cruise along the Chobe river to spot some of the wildlife in the park and watch the sunset.

Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

Before making our way into Zambia, we go on a open vehicle game drive around Chobe National Park. On arrival in Livingstone, we visit the Victoria Falls, one of the worlds largest waterfalls, before settling in to our accommodation for the night.

Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Today our tour ends after breakfast. There are plenty of activities to enjoy here and we would recommend staying on a couple of days to make the most of these.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

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.

Suggested Post-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.

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 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.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (16 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle 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 vehicle 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 twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp, 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
Accommodation as indicated
Services of two crew
Sleeping bag, mattress + pillow (Khomas Region, 1 night, Spitzkoppe, 1 night)

Included Highights:
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*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit

*Highlight is part of 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.

480 USD or 520 USD (If prepaid)

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

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