Southern African Adventure (41 Days)

Tour Code 21SAA41. Adventure Camping Tours
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$4'585 USD
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Group Size: Average 14, Maximum 24. Age Group: 18+

The Southern African tour of legends!

If you're ready for excitement, vast open spaces and an insight into Southern Africa's best highlights then this is the tour for you. See the view from the top of the highest sand dunes in the world, traverse the myriad of waterways of the Okavango Delta, bask in the spray of the Victoria Falls, seek out the Big 5 and follow South Africa's famed Garden Route to legendary Cape Town.

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

The day starts with a tour out into a local township where you'll get to take a look at the township culture and visit some of the local community projects in the area.

From here we hit the road to the Cederberg area where we spend our first night out under the African stars. This afternoon there is an option to taste some of the local wines of the region, or simply relax at camp and enjoy the fab views.

Day 2. Cederberg Area to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Heading north today, we travel through South Africa's Karoo and cross the border into Namibia and the Orange River, which divides the two countries. We camp on the banks of the river and enjoy views of the Richtersveld's burnt red mountainsides and lush river plantations.

Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

This morning there is an opportunity to head out onto the water and paddle a section of the Orange River. On return to camp, we grab our gear and hit the road through rocky outcrops dotted with quiver trees.

Southern Namibia offers great open expanses with rocky hills and a near-Martian landscape. It is here that we see the Fish River Canyon carved out of the rocky countryside. This is the second largest Canyon after America's Grand Canyon.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Tsaris Pass, Namibia.

Making our way north we travel down the Tsaris Pass and and to the Namib Naukluft area where we settle in for the night.

Enjoy the serene stillness of the desert with its yellow grasses and whispering breeze.

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

Heading out early, we make our way to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Climbing Dune 45, we see the view over the surrounding dune-sea as the make-shift waves of sand run off in all directions.

From here it's onto the shuttle to Dead Vlei, an ominous flat pan with ancient old tree relics, surrounded by the mighty red dunes.

We finish our day with a visit to the smaller Sesriem Canyon where we can see the many layers that lie below the desert floor.

Day 6. Sossus On Foot camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Today, we make our way toward the coast and the seaside town of Swakopmund. Along the way, we'll stop off at the Tropic of Capricorn for a photo of the group at the Earth's southern Tropic.

This evening there's an opportunity to head out into town for dinner and explore the local nightlife.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Today you have some free time to explore the surrounding dunes, the town and the many adventure activities on offer here.

Take a quad bike out into the dunes or try sandboarding for an adrenaline rush of note! There's tandem skydiving for a view of the desert like never before, or head out onto the water on a deep sea fishing trip.

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Leaving the coast behind, we head back inland and arrive to the majestic Spitzkoppe where the granite boulders rise out of the surrounding scenery like sentinels over the landscape.

This afternoon we take a walk among the giant boulders and seek out some San paintings depicting the stories of old. Enjoy the sunset over the many shapes the rocks form and a night under the glittering milkyway of stars.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha

Rising to the sun turning the rock faces all colours of red, we pack up camp and head out to northern Namibia and the Etosha National Park.

A vast reserve of over 20,000 square kilometers, Etosha is home to 114 mammal species and over 340 bird species. A central pan dominates the landscape, with a number of roads and pathways crossing the surrounding landscape which can be explored seeking out wildlife.

We begin our adventure by game driving into the park as we make our way to the fenced camp within the boundaries where we spend the night.

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

Waking early, we head out at sunrise to catch the predators that may still be lurking after a night on the hunt. Driving the tracks to the waterholes and viewpoints, we spend the day out in the park experiencing the delights of this desert National Park.

Tonight we're back in camp where we recommend spending time at the floodlit waterhole to see the different animals come down to drink.

Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek

Heading south, we make our way to Namibia's capital city Windhoek. With a strong Germanic influence in the city, you might wish to dine at one of the many German-style restaurants tonight.

Day 12. Windhoek to Omaheke Region Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.

We travel via Gobabis today to our camp just before the Botswana border. The Kalahari has long been home to the nomadic San tribes who have survived the harsh terrain for thousands of years. Today their natural habitat has largely been taken over by farms, mines and wildlife reserves leaving them little space for survival. This afternoon we enjoy a walk with some local San to learn more about this fascinating culture.

Day 13. Omaheke Region, Namibia to Maun, Botswana

Bidding farewell to Namibia, we cross over into neighbouring Botswana and make our way to Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta and start our preparations for our trip into the watery wilderness.

Each year the flood waters from the heavy rains in Angola travel down the Kavango River where the water then hits an even plateau and spreads along rivers, channels and smaller tributaries forming the world's largest inland delta. This wetland is home to a variety of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles who survive purely because of this natural phenomenon.

Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Boarding our 4x4 transfer, we grab our gear and head into the surrounding wilderness passing through the town of Maun, and then the neighboring settlements as we make our way to the wild.

We drive through the drier Mopane woodland and make our way to the poling station where we meet our local guides and their mokoro's. Here we transfer our gear to the skinny canoes and are soon on our way down the waterways and on to our camp on one of the islands.

In the cooler hours, we'll head out for a nature walk to explore our surroundings.

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun

Another early morning greets us as we enjoy a campfire coffee and then head out on a walk. The surrounding wilderness is home to many animals and with some luck, we'll spot some of these on our way.

Walking in the open wilderness is a unique experience and our resident guides tell us their tales of growing up in nature. We return to camp, and after breakfast, it's back into our mokoro's and we make our way back to Maun.

This afternoon there is free time to enjoy the pool, a leisurely game of volleyball, a horseback ride or a scenic flight over the Delta.

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

Today we travel through the open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans to Nata. Our camp for the evening is Elephant Sands Lodge where wildlife can move freely due to there being no fences here.

Day 17. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.

Leaving Elelphant Sands we travel to the northern corner of Botswana to the town of Kasane and Chobe National Park. We take an afternoon river cruise along the Chobe River spotting the wildlife on its banks. Many animals use the Chobe River as a major watering spot so look out for elephants, giraffe, buffalo and more.

Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

This morning we get in an open game vehicle to hopefully spot lion, antelope, elephant, buffalo and other wildlife that live in the park. Leaving Kasane we make the short journey across the border into Zambia and the town of Livingstone. Home to Victoria Falls, one of the worlds biggest waterfalls and Africa's natural wonders. We visit the falls, taking in the size of it whilst feeling the spray from the thundering water.

Day 19. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Today is a free day where you have to opportunity to take part in full or half-day optional activities such as bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swing, canoe trip, sunset cruise, rafting and many more. You can also explore the town of Livingstone or simply relax by the pool at the campsite.

Day 20. Livingstone to Bulawayo

We depart Livingstone this morning and make the border crossing into neighbouring Zimbabwe passing through the town of Victoria Falls onto Bulawayo. Our accommodation is in the Matopos area where we are able to access Matobo National Park.

Day 21. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

We're off to Matobo National Park. This unique park has a high concentration of both black and white rhino. We spend the morning in search of some of these along with the many other wildlife species found here. The surrounding hills are also home to an abundance of birds including the endangered black eagle.

The afternoon is free to relax or opt to take the full-day tour option including a visit to the Bushman paintings and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes at World's view.

Day 22. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

Packing up, we leave Bulawayo and make our way south to the Border at Beitbridge crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa. This is South Africa's busiest land border and we have the chance to see the hustle and bustle while crossing over.

Tshipise is a town in the northern Limpopo province, there are hot springs here surrounded by dense woodland.

Day 23. Tshipse to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening.

Heading further south, we make our way towards southern Africa's premier game park - Kruger. We spend two nights in the Kruger area at Hazyview and tonight enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing to get to know more about the local culture in this region.

Day 24. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

We wake at sunrise and make our way into our 4x4 safari vehicles for a full days game drive. Kruger is home to the 'big 5' as well as over 140 mammal and over 500 bird species.

Driving through Kruger you'll soon see why this wildlife reserve is so well revered. Pick out the giraffe, zebra and antelope from the surrounding bushveld as you go and enjoy seeing the mighty elephants, hippos and rhino.

Day 25. Kruger National Park to Mlilwane, Swaziland

Leaving Hazyview, we travel past many farming towns and Shangaan settlements, through lush citrus farms before crossing the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland, a landlocked country snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa. Arriving at Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’.

Day 26. The Kingdom of Swaziland (Eswatini) Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland (Eswatini).

Waking this morning we take a drive through the sanctuary after breakfast to the Royal Enclosure where we can learn about Swaziland's (Eswatini) culture and history. We meet up with our local Swazi guide who walks us through a traditional village explaining the local rituals and customs.

There is time in Swaziland (Eswatini) to enjoy some optional activities such as game drives, bike riding and guided walks or simply relax and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding wilderness.

Day 27. Swaziland (Eswatini) to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa.

Rising early, we travel through mountainous terrain and quaint villages before we cross the border and re-enter South Africa. We travel to St Lucia to our camp. It's here we explore the idyllic beaches and the tropical estuary on an afternoon river cruise in search of the prolific wildlife of the area.

Day 28. St Lucia to Durban

After a relaxing morning, we make our way to Durban and base ourselves north of the busy port city close to the beaches and mall of Umhlanga.

Day 29. Durban Highlights. Durban City .

Explore Durban's picturesque coast and bustling markets on your day at leisure here. There are many optional activities to sample for the adventurous - uShaka Marine World and the Moses Mabhida Stadium 'big swing', just to name a few.

Day 30 . Durban to Underberg Area

With the coast at our backs, we travel inland via Pietermaritzburg and the forested hills of Kwazulu Natal to our camp at the foot of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains and the Sani Pass. The Sani Pass is the only vehicle access road over the Drakensberg escarpment and offers spectacular views out onto the surrounding countryside.

Day 31. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion.

We meet our local guides today who take us on a guided tour of Lesotho. Boarding our 4x4 vehicles, we wind our way up the steep mountain pass over the Drakensberg. As we make our way further into Lesotho we visit a local Basotho and shepherds village and small household experiencing a local way of life. Before we make our way down we stop off at the highest pub in Africa for some refreshments - truly a bucket list adventure!

Day 32. Underberg Area to Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields, South Africa.

Making our way along the base of the Drakensberg Mountains we pass through the rural towns on our way to the historic KZN battlefields. Learn about the epic battles that took place here on our visit to the historic sites.

Day 33. Drakensberg Highlights. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa.

This morning we make the short trip to the Royal National Park where we can hike and enjoy the scenic views in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

Spend the day out hiking the trails to the caves and overhangs or take a short walk out among the towering hills enjoying a more leisurely experience of the berg.

Day 34. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho

We continue our journey around the Drakensberg and drive around the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Mareru Bridge Gate. Making our way through the busier and more densely populated parts of Lesotho, we wind our way up to our camp in the rural hills high on the mountainside.

Day 35. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities.

Today is a free day to explore this area or take part in the optional activities such as pony trekking, hiking trails and mountain biking.

Our camp is ideally located to explore the local culture and countryside or simply kick back and relax with the exquisite views onto the Maluti Mountains.

Day 36. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP.

Descending the Mountain Kingdom, we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Mountain Zebra National Park, situated on the northern slopes of the Bankberg mountain range, in the Eastern Cape Midlands. Home to over 700 animals including the Lion, Cheetah and the rhino, the highlight of the Mountain Zebra National Park's mammalian fauna is the Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. We game drive into the park in search for these wild animals en-route to our campsite for the night located 12km from the park gate.

Day 37. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo Elephant National Park to Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

Heading off early, we enter Addo Elephant National Park where we spend the day looking out for some of the 600 elephants, lion, rhino buffalo, leopard, hyena, zebra and antelope that can be find in the park.

One of South Africa's most significant National Park's owing to being home to the Big 7, there is also a large conservation focus on the smaller inhabitants like the abundant birdlife and insects like the quirky dung-beetle.

Day 38. Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma Forest to Plettenberg By Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

Today we make our way along the coast to the Tsitsikamma National Park - a great area for water sports and hiking. This reserve forms the top section of the Garden Route National Park filled with coastal scenery, reefs, rivers and forest. Whilst we are here, why not enjoy a walk on the suspension bridges and seek out the abundant birdlife in the overhead tree canopy or take nature hikes to explore the lush terrain.

We camp tonight in Plettenberg Bay, a seaside town on the Garden Route.

Day 39. Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.

After a morning at leisure, we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Here we explore the Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system where we can see the ancient stalactites and stalagmites and other underground rock formations.

Day 40. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.

Journeying across the farmlands of the Cape we stop off at Cape Agulhus, Africa's most southernmost tip and then continue on to the coastal town of Hermanus. This small fishing village has boomed in the past years as a holiday destination for local Capetonians owing to the rich marine life that can be seen in the area. In the winter months, the bay is home to large numbers of Southern Right Whales who seek refuge in the protected bays to calve their young.

Day 41. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Winelands, South Africa.

We enjoy a bit of free time this morning allowing us the opportunity to go on a whale watching tour or explore the town. Leaving Hermanus we make our way along the coastal roads stopping off at a winery on the outskirts of Cape Town. After some wine tasting we complete our journey to Cape Town where our tour ends.

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.
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

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 Cape Town area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

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 and on day 28 and 28 we use twin share en-suite rooms.

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, 4x4 transfer and river boat.

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 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.

40 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 32 Dinners

33 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm, 2 nights tourist class hotel, 2 nights huts with shared facilities, 1 night tented camp

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
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
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
God’s window
Bourkes Luck Pot Holes
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Sani pass excursion *
Royal National Park
Drakensburg Mountains
Mountain Zebra National Park
Addo Elephant NP, Game Drives
Garden Route
Cango Caves, Visit*
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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