South West Safari (25 Days)

Tour Code 21SWS25. Adventure Camping Tours
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Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24. Age Group: 18+

Explore the African wilds on this great adventure!

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

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Day 1. Pretoria to Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Pretoria behind, we travel via the dramatic panoramic region with sweeping views of the Mpumalanga province to Hazyview, a green sub-tropical farming town on the outskirts of the central Kruger National Park.

After settling in, we are entertained by the brightly dressed Shangaan tribe as they educate us about their culture through song and dance around an open fire.

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

This morning we are up early and board open 4x4 safari vehicles with resident guides for a full day game driving in South Africa's famed Kruger National Park.

This magnificent park is a whopping 19,485 sq km. Once we enter the gates we spend the day traversing the parks tracks and roads to seek out the Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, along with the other interesting animals, prolific bird species and reptiles that make Kruger their home.

We pause for lunch at a local resort inside the park before continuing our game drive. Later in the afternoon, we return to our camp and enjoy an evening around the open fire.

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

This morning we travel through the countryside dotted with baobab trees toTshipise, a small town in northern Limpopo province. Our campsite for the night is adjacent to the rocky outcrops of the Honnet Nature Reserve.

Home to natural hot springs, this afternoon is yours at leisure to soak in these amazing warm spring pools or partake in a small venture to the mountainous rock pools.

Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo area

Get your passport ready, today we are departing South Africa and cross into Zimbabwe en route to Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe's second-largest city has strong colonial influences and offers wide tree-lined streets (it is said an ox-wagon could easily turn inside on of these) and quaint architecture. Our camp for the evening is situated in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of the city and close to the Matobos area which is famed for its historical, geological and natural heritage.

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

Rising early, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicle with our local guide who will take us to the famous Matobo National Park - known for the Matobo Hills, a range of balancing rock formations created by the erosion of the granite plateau. This park is famed for having the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa and provided the conditions are right, our local guides will lead us on foot in search for these magnificent creatures on a wilderness walk.

Today you have opportunity to relax by the poolside at camp or partake in a full day excursion here to view the ancient bushman paintings and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes perched on the top of World's View an epic 360-degree view of the national park.

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 is included this afternoon.

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - The smoke that thunders due to the spray which reaches over 20km high in peak flow.

In the afternoon we will be briefed on the many optional activities in the area by the camp's booking office. It's here you will purchase your activities of choice for the following day.

Day 7. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Today is a free day to explore this adventure town to it's fullest or opt for an optional activity. Livingstone has something for everyone – adventurers, adrenalin junkies and explorers.

If it's a relaxing time you want, kick back at the camps pool deck overlooking the mighty Zambezi River as it flows to and over the sheer drop of the Victoria Falls.

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, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the 'tourist capital' of Botswana.

After a stop in the town, we make our way to our camp for the night. Take a dip in the camp's pool and enjoy a well-needed sundowner at the open bar.

Tonight we prepare for our overnight journey into the Delta for the following morning.

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

This morning we leave our camp in Maun and make our way by 4x4 open safari vehicle through villages and Mopane tree forests to the Mokoro station. From here we are met by our local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight excursion.

Boarding our Mokoro (dugout canoe) we traverse through the myriads of waterways with swaying grasses and dotted with Lilly pads to our wilderness campsite.

After settling into our tented accommodated, we join the local guides for afternoon educational wilderness walk to learn the in's and out's of this unique place.

When night falls, we relax at our camp listening to the wilderness unfold under an African starry sky.

Day 12. Okavango Delta to Maun

Today, if time allows, we take a morning walk with the local guides before indulging in a scrumptious breakfast - made from the local Tswana team.

Bags packed, we board our mokoros and take a slow-paced mokoro ride through the labyrinth of lagoons of the delta to the polers station. We aim to return to camp for lunchtime which gives you time to do the optional flight over the Delta or simply relax by the pool for the afternoon.

Day 13. Maun to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.

With passports ready, we exit Botswana skirting the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert into Namibia. Our camp is situated a few km from the border in the Omeheke Region. Here in the seemingly barren land, we meet the Kalahari Bushman and join them on a guided walk to learn their unique culture and how they survived over 100,000 years living off the land.

Day 14. Omaheke Region to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Travelling west, we make our way to Windhoek, the largest city and the capital of Namibia. This city is characterised by a proliferation of German-style buildings and eateries.

Tonight we have the opportunity to visit this city's most famous restaurant - Joe's 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.

Entering the gates, keep your eyes peeled for the resident wildlife including lion, rhino, elephants and giraffes as we game drive to our camp located inside the park for the next two nights.

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

At 22, 270 sq km, Etosha National Park is home to over 114 mammal species and over 340 bird species that we eagerly search for on our full day's game drive.

Just before nightfall, 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 the elusive leopard. 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 capital 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 Sossus On Foot camp, Khomas Region Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Continuing south, we traverse down through spectacular sheer rocky cliffs of the Kuiseb and Gaub passes to the Tropic of Capricorn. It's here, we stop for a photo opportunity en route to our bush camp for the evening located in the Khomas region near a small town of Solitaire.

Day 21. Sossus On Foot camp, Khomas Region 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 among 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 Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Today we continue south toward the camp overlooking the Orange River on the Namibian side. This afternoon is free where you can relax by the river or take an optional canoe safari on the Orange River.

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

Today we cross the border to South Africa and head 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.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

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.

Suggested Post-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.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Pretoria early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and 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 Cape Town and the surrounding area.

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 vehicle 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.

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 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.

Meals
24 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 19 Dinners

Accommodation
21 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 1 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room

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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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.

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