From Africas premier attraction, Victoria Falls to its most beautiful city Cape Town via the worlds oldest desert, the Namib and the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta, dramatic Fish River Canyon and Etosha and Chobe game reserves this overland safari is a superb introduction to southern Africa filled with adventure travel sights and activities.
This exciting safari combines with a tour starting in Nairobi - ask us how to extend your tour!
Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.This tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls. The rest of the day here is at your leisure to enjoy some of the local adventure activities, visit the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.
Day 5. Maun to 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 in an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented camp.
Day 6. Okavango Delta to Maun Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.This 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. 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 7. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.We leave Maun to make our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain - 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. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.
Day 8. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House'
Day 9. Windhoek to Etosha National ParkWe make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the camp. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole.
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 the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.
Day 11. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.We game drive out of Etosha National Park, and turn south making our way to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades.
Day 12. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore.
Day 13. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer. Try some adventure desert based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture
Day 14. Swakopmund to Khomas Region Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn.Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en route to our bush camp for the evening.
Day 16. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, dotted with quiver trees, to the world’s second largest canyon - Fish River Canyon. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner.
Day 17. Fish River to Orange River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon we travel south to the border of Namibia/South Africa to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite 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, or simply relax on the water’s edge at camp.
Day 18. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.We continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). We camp at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region.
Day 19. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town - without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where our tour ends.
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.
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts in Livingstone on day 1. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra before your tour to make the most of this part of Africa. Post-tour 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.
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, we use tented camp with en-suite facilities. In Swakopmund, we use multi-shared accommodation (dorms).
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.
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, 1 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room
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.