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Itinerary: Cape Town to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer

A variety filled journey covering the must see highlights of Cape Town to Victoria Falls and one of the classic “overland” routes for Southern Africa. The safari includes the Namib Desert, Etosha NP and the Okavango. Your perfect affordable accommodated adventure...

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer

The Cape Town to Victoria Falls is the full 21 day Safari
You can choose to trvel Cape Town to Windhoek (13 day) which offers a complete Namibia safari with a Cape Town start and Windhoek finish and leaves the full tour on day 13.

Overnight: 17 nights on safari we stay at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities, and 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. 1 night chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.

Meals: 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 11 dinners are included. Of which 7 breakfasts are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle & eaten around the campfire or at the boma.

Transport: For the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 seats and air conditioning.

Limited participation: An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. There are some long days with early starts so we need all to get involved to make the trip run efficiently. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up (the local polers will assist in the delta to make things easier).

Day 1: CAPE TOWN
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Includes: Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point
Overnight: Sweetest Guesthouses – is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. The group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en-suite facilities (or similar guest house). WiFi available
Distance/time: Full day Cape Peninsular tour is 160km which takes between 6 and 8 hours.

Day 2: CEDERBERG
The Cederberg is a massive rock wilderness with giant sandstone boulders that have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. We head north to the Cederberg and explore the rugged landscape on foot before relaxing in chalets for the evening.

Includes: Entrance fees, and walk in the Cedarberg
Overnight: Western Cape Nature Conservation – 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 250kms, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Day 3: GARIEP RIVER
We make our way into the more arid regions and upon entering Namibia, we stay at a lodge on the Gariep River. Namibia’s southern border river flows quietly and peacefully and the river valley is hardly affected by tourism. The riverbed is sandy, the water clean and clear. Time free for swimming and relaxing or you can venture down the river in canoes (own expense).

Day 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Gariep River, twin share cabanas with en suite facilities. Bar, restaurant, telephone. Internet cafe available
Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: Half day canoe safari

Day 4: FISH RIVER CANYON
The Fish River Canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With its depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the canyon and in the afternoon watch a spectacular sunset as the sun slips over the canyon’s rim.

Includes: Entrance fees to look out point at Fish River Canyon
Overnight: Canon Mountain Camp – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 5 – 6: NAMIB DESERT
The parched Namib Desert has endless orange dunes blown into sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind and at Sossusvlei they form a gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes. (If you prefer not to do the 4km walk to Sossusvlei there is an optional own expense 4WD transfer)

Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Overnight: Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km). For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$50 each way) and is optional.

Day 7 – 8: SWAKOPMUND
Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, characterized by numerous colonial buildings. In terms of flora, both the Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Kokerboom grow on the stony plains of the Namib and many beautiful specimens surround this coastal town. Swakopmund is also the adventure activity capital of Namibia. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense).

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Hotel d’Avignon - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in main building
Distance/time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more

Day 9: DAMARALAND
Namibia is a land of great contrasts and Damaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massif Mountains.

Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Cross Seal colony, San Rock Art
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 350kms ± 6 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 10 – 11: ETOSHA NP
Once a vast lake fed by the Kunene River, the pan that is Etosha NP dried up thousands of years ago when the river waters chose a new course. Etosha is big game country. We take game drives around the huge pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. We stay at a lodge on the outskirts of the national park.

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, full day game drive in Etosha NP
Overnight: Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha). WiFi not available
Distance/time: 400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing + full day game drive in Etosha NP

Day 12 : WINDHOEK
This pretty town, beautifully situated in a valley, combines the architecture of a modern city with numerous buildings in the style of the German colonial era. The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available
Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Cape to Namibia tour (CWa13) ends at +/-08:00am on morning of day 13.

Day 13: KALAHARI
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in rustic, grass huts in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills.

Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman
Overnight: Dqae Qare San Lodge – en-suite rooms. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 14, 15, 16: OKAVANGO DELTA
The Okavango Delta is the only inland delta in the world. Instead of flowing into the sea, the annual flood of fresh water, spreads over 15000sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. We journey deep into the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugouts). We have 2 nights at our tented camp and enjoy game walks, swimming, the
birdlife and game in this pristine wilderness area.

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight: 1 night Maun, Island Safari Lodge – standard twin rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer ± 3 hours each way
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

Day 17: MAKGADIKGADI PANS
The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi are the size of Switzerland and most of the time appear as a glaring, white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as the pans come to life with frantically feeding water birds and great herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge,– twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone). WiFi not available / internet café available
Distance/time: 320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 2 hour 4WD transfer out of delta

Day 18: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on an exciting wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP.

Includes: Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available
Distance/time: 300kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 19, 20, 21: ZIMBABWE/ VICTORIA FALLS
Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 100m, creating a cloud of spray. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, scenic flights or a 111m bungi jump (own expense). Tour ends at 08:00am at the hotel.

Day 19: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 19: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 19: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Day 20: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 20: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 20: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Day 20: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 20: N/A
Day 20: N/A

Includes: Entrance fees to Vic Falls
Overnight: Rainbow Hotel, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. WiFi available
Distance/time: 70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops! That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: See magnificently dressed Herero women whose traditional dress is reminiscent of the early German colonisation of German South-West Africa. Herero Dolls made in this fashion can be bought as curios and make wonderful gifts.

Sustainable Tourism: During our stay in Damaraland a local guide takes us to visit a San Bushman Rock Art site. Our entrance fees go towards ensuring that the area remains protected for future generations, and that the local community benefits directly from tourism.

SOS trees project – Okavango Botswana:
• For hundreds of years, the local communities in and around Botswana's Okavango Delta have used the wood of the sausage tree to craft their traditional mokoro (dugout canoes). The knowledge and skill have been passed down from generation to generation and, up until recently, has been a sustainable practice. With increasing numbers of people visiting the Delta each year, more mokoro are needed and as a direct result, more and more sausage trees are being felled and the sausage tree is sadly disappearing from the region. A traditional wooden mokoro will have to be replaced every five years, thereby placing increased pressure on the dwindling sausage tree supply.

We have established a project to encourage polers in the local communities to buy replica fiberglass mokoro’s, which have a lifespan of approximately ten years, are more stable and are produced without any negative affect to the environment. As such, sponsorship for each fiberglass mokoro is needed, and a portion of the tour cost will be donated to the project, but we also will offer our clients the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Please feel free to contact us office for more information on the SOS trees project or if you would like to make any contributions towards this project. It is something that is close to all of our hearts and we hope that it will be successful.

Local Payment:
• There is no local payment required on this safari.

Participation:
• An essential part of your safari is participation – from helping around the camp fire, to packing away in the morning, to helping with cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Shopping:
• Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

Food:
• We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except where shown in itinerary, when we try out local restaurants.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty:
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean.
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of the tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time helping then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know:
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Bring a daypack for walks. You will need to bring your own towel.
• We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in South Africa and Namibia Euro and US$ will need to changed into Namibian $ or South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept N$ and ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswna Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Livingstone can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour.

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