This adventure tour will take you through the diverse landscapes of southern Africa highlighting the barren desert to the cold Atlantic and warm Indian Ocean coastlines, to thriving game parks, wild savannah and the roaring Victoria Falls.
Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.Today starts with a visit to the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town intriguing townships where will interact with the locals at one of the community projects before having a traditional lunch. After this great introduction to South Africa’s history, we head north through the Western Cape to our campsite overlooking the Cederberg mountains.
Day 2. Cederberg to the Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Leaving the Cederberg region, we head north via Namaqualand - famous for the flowers that bloom between August and September - to the Gariep (Orange) River, where our accommodation is located across the border on the Namibian side of the river.
Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.Rising early, today we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari, swim or simply relax and soak in the beauty of this area.
Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.After a night spent near the canyon, we head north through rugged, but scenic terrain to the Sesriem area - the gateway to the Naukluft National Park.
Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Today is a free day to explore 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 8 . Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.Today we head inland to the Damaraland region to explore Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia's iconic landmarks. This mammoth rock formation stands out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains with the highest peak of 700m above the floor of the desert.
Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National ParkToday we turn north and make our way to Etosha National Park, where we camp in the park for the next two nights.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We rise early to enjoy a full day of game driving. We take in the salt pan (which can be seen from space) in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffe and many other grazing animals. Back at camp, we spend one more night around the floodlit waterhole, getting a great view of these animals close-up.
Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.Today we are making our way to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. An extremely small capital by global standards and characterised by the German influence from early colonial history - make sure to try the local restaurants famous for its local beers and braai (BBQ.)
Day 12. Windhoek to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.We leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head east via Gobabis to our camp for the night.
Day 13. Omaheke Region, Namibia to Maun, Botswana Highlights. Maun, Botswana.We're off to Botswana! After border formalities, we head to Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Still considered a village, Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and a thriving tourist spot. We arrive at camp mid-afternoon, set up and prepare for our overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world.
Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.We leave our campsite in Maun and jump into 4x4 safari vehicles to begin our excursion into the Delta making our way to the Mokoro station.
Day 15. Okavango Delta to MaunWe have the morning to take an easy-paced mokoro ride back out of the Delta to the polers station and then back to camp in Maun. We aim to be back around noon and if time allows, we recommend that you take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic flight over this incredible UNESCO heritage site.
Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.Rising early, we make our way towards the open wildlife corridor between Naxi and the Makgadikgadi. Our final stop is Elephant Sands in Nata after a stop to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees - the Baobob. Elephants Sands is well known for its free-roaming elephants that venture in to drink from camps central-located watering hole. Sit back and enjoy this incredibly unique experience from the camp bar.
Day 17. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.We're off to Kasane and Botswana's famed Chobe National Park. On arrival, we set up camp and embark on the ‘Fish Eagle’ river cruise on the Chobe River. With binoculars and camera at hand, we view the incredible wildlife this park has to offer - lion, leopard, elephants, buffalo, wild dogs, kudu and wallowing hippo along the river's edge.
Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana.Chobe National Park is locally known as ‘The Land of The Giants’ - home to over 15,000 elephants in a 11,000sq area. We explore the landscapes with its abundance of wildlife and birdlife on a 4x4 open vehicle
Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Today is yours at leisure to explore the Victoria Falls area. You will have been briefed on all of the optional activities on arrival so can choose to have a day to yourself relaxing by the pool or get involved in some of the many activities in the area.
Day 20. Livingstone to Victoria Falls, ZimbabweLeaving Livingstone, we cross the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. After border formalities are done we set up camp in close proximity of the falls themselves and get acquainted with our new group and tour leader.
Day 21. Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.We depart the Victoria Falls area this morning and make our way to Hwange National Park. At 14, 651 sq km, this magnificent park is home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs. We meander the game park roads with our eagle-eyed driver at the wheel in search of these animals and much more.
Day 22. Hwange to Bulawayo Highlights. Bulawayo.Bidding our farewells to Hwange, we head south to Bulawayo, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe and well known for the jacaranda tree-lined avenues.
Day 23. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Rising early we meet our local guides and make tracks for our half-day adventure into the famous wind sculptured Matobo Hills. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. peeled high and low for these creatures.
Day 24. Bulawayo to Masvingo Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.Heading east of the country we make our way to Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage and archaeological sites in Southern Africa dates back to 1200AD: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. We camp nearby and explore the ruins at leisure with a local guide who will give you basic information about the area.
Day 25. Masvingo to Bandula area, MozambiqueToday, we pass the spectacular Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough) and one of many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe en-route to the border. Crossing into Mozambique, we travel a short distance to our camp set on the beautiful banks of the Chicamba Dam in a 550-hectare conservancy in the Manica province. Explore the area and relax at the dam’s edge with a cool drink to watch the sun as it sets.
Day 26. Bandula area to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.It’s beach time! Leaving early, we make our way to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast and the quaint town of Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. On arrival, we board our dhow safari boat to our camp which is located 10km from the town. Relax in the afternoon is this tranquil setting.
Day 27. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.Rising to the sweet sound of the ocean, we board an Arabic dhow boat and set off to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy the island at leisure. Snorkel the vibrant and colourful reefs, swim in the warm turquoise waters, or simply relax on the white powdery beach. A delicious lunch will be served under the shady palms before setting sail back to our camp for the evening.
Day 28. Vilanculos to Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.From one beach to another, we travel via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights.
Day 29. Inhambane Highlights. Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.If the delights of the ocean are your forte, then head out and explore the reefs and colourful marine life found in this warm water haven on this free day. Alternatively explore the town of Inhambane with its rich history and the dune-coconut palms forest, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga people to supply the thriving copra trade. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area - sample the local seafood the area is most famed for and the local beer (called ‘2M’).
Day 30 . Tofo, Inhambane to Bilene Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.Heading further south today, we stop for our last night on the coast at the small town of Bilene in the Gaza province. Our camp is nestled on a hill overlooking the Uembje lagoon. Once camp is set, enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the warm Indian ocean.
Day 31. Bilene to Hazyview, South Africa Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .Leaving the warm azure waters behind, it is time to cross the border into South Africa where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, ‘Kruger’. Our campsite for the next two nights is outside of the reserve and it is here we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.
Day 32. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles and lead by a local expert guide, for a full-day game drive. Kruger is home to over 505 bird-species, 148 mammal- and many reptile species - which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. We return to our campsite outside of the park gates and celebrate our game viewing experience with a nice dinner around an open fire.
Day 33. Hazyview to PretoriaToday we make our way to Pretoria where the tour ends in the late afternoon.
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.
Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
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 Pretoria 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 vehicle with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers; 12 Seat adventure vehicle, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicles and dhow sailing 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. These local services are included in the optional Adventure pass, payable to the tour leader.
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 Acacia 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.
32 Breakfasts, 26 Lunches, 26 Dinners
29 days camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm, 1 night tented camp with en-suite facilities
Every adventure 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.