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Itinerary: 25 days - South West Safari

25 days - South West Safari

Game drives in Kruger, Etosha, mokoro trails through the watery Okavango Delta, huge elephant herds along the Chobe River, Fish River Canyon and giant dunes in Namibia.

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25 days - South West Safari

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Daily Highlights * covered by Optional Safari Pass
01 Depart Johannesburg, Mpumalanga Region, Kruger Private Game Reserve, D
02 Kruger National Park – Game Drives BLD
03 Limpopo province BLD
04 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BLD
*05 Matobo National Park, game drive & game walk Zimbabwe BLD
06 Waterfront, Livingstone B
07 Waterfront, Livingstone, Victoria Falls B
*08 Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Chobe River cruise BLD
*09 Chobe National Park Game Drive to Elephant Sands, Nata BLD
10 Maun BLD
*11 Okavango Delta BLD
12 Kalahari Bushman Walk BLD
13 Windhoek BL
14 Estoha National Park, Game Drives BLD
15 Estoha National Park, Game Drives BLD
16 Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings BLD
17/18 Swakopmund B
19 Solitaire BLD
*20 Sesriem, Namib Naukluft Park 4 x 4 transfer BLD
21 Bethanie BLD
22 Fish River Canyon BLD
23 Gariep (Orange) River BLD
24 Western Cape BLD
25 Cape Town, Township Visit BL

Day 1 – 2
Our tour begins in Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ and one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent. Starting early, we travel east through the Mpumalanga province to the Greater Kruger area. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and connecting with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife! Over dinner we enjoy a Shangaan cultural evening including traditional dance. We enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffe, hippo, zebra, various antelope and a variety of amazing birdlife and reptiles.

Day 3 – 5
Leaving Kruger, we move north pausing the night near the Limpopo River to the Beitbridge Border. Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive though stunning landscapes to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Here we enjoy the evening exploring the city and the bustling night life. The following day we explore Matobo National Park with a local operator by vehicle and foot to view the endangered Rhino's that inhabit the area, the many roaming animals and some bushman paintings which are located in nearby caves.

Day 6 – 7
Today, we cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone and our camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Feed your hunger for adrenaline with white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging and amazing scenic flights (microlight, helicopter or small plane) or enjoy the surroundings on canoeing safaris and horse riding treks. However, don’t leave without seeing the thundering Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep, the Falls produce the world’s largest curtain of falling water in the world. Up close they are formidable and at times of high water, the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence their local name Mosi au Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

NB For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Victoria Falls Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (we suggest you allow US$25-$35/ day).

Day 8 – 9
Before leaving Livingstone we visit the Victoria Falls themselves – depending on season gaze into the 100 metre deep Batoka gorge, or admire the spray as it plumes up from the awesome power of the river as it flows into the narrow canyon below. From Livingstone we return to Botswana and the Chobe National Park for an afternoon game viewing cruise on the Chobe River to watch hippos wallow, kingfishers feed, and the African sun slip below the horizon.
We depart and head south to Elephant Sands where we camp for the night on the edge of a game watering hole.

Day 10 – 12
Further south is the Okavango Delta, a natural wetland where the Okavango River fans out onto the plains to form the largest inland delta of its type in the world. Explore the myriad waterways and wetlands on foot and by dugout canoe (mokoro), catching glimpses of hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant. We stay in a tented camp on a river island and enjoy the peace amongst the swamps, lily pads and swaying grasses of the Okavango Delta.

Day 13 – 16
We cross into Namibia and join the Bushmen for a guided walk before continuing to Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounds a central salt pan. We spend two days in the area mixing vehicle based game-drives with static viewings. From Etosha we turn further south to Damaraland, an area of eerie landscapes and barren rocky outcrops, to Spitzkoppe (sometimes known as the ‘Matterhorn of Africa’) where there is the opportunity to see some Bushman paintings.

Day 17 – 21
We reach the Atlantic coast and sandwiched between ocean and desert is Namibia’s premier coastal getaway, Swakopmund. Relax and enjoy the local cafe culture or try some adrenaline pumping optional activities such as quad-biking, sand-boarding and skydiving! We continue south pausing at Solitaire before reaching the world’s oldest desert at Sossusvlei. Rising early we enter the Namib Naukluft Park before dawn, and (energy permitting) climb one of the massive sand dunes to watch sunrise over the vast sand sea. From here we head on a 4 x4 vehicle to walk through the desert dunes of Sossusvlei & Deadsvlei area.

Day 22 – 25
Further south we visit another natural wonder of Africa – the Fish River Canyon, second-largest in the world. Finally we cross into South Africa and after a night at camp on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River we drive into cosmopolitan Cape Town, one of the world’s most attractive cities before our South West Safari ends.

Price:
GB £ 1965

PLUS optional Adventure Pass US $ 480.00
.
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement

The Optional Adventure pass covers the following:
Chobe cruise
Chobe Game Drive
Okavango Delta - Tented Camp
Sossusvlei 4 x 4 transfer
Matobo National Park game drive/walk

Optional - Activities and excursions as follows:
Quad Biking US $ 65
Tandem Skydive US$ 210
Swakpopmund Township Tour US $ 40
Okavango Delta scenic flight US$ 245
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 170
White water rafting US$190
Helicopter/Microlight flights US$ 155
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 90
Wine tasting US$10
Orange River canoe US$40

Included in Price:
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 and all tour highlights.

Note: This tour can be booked as an accommodated tour. Please request rates at the time of booking. Discounts do not apply.

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