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Itinerary: Desert Tracker - Cape Town to Pretoria

Desert Tracker - Cape Town to Pretoria

Township visit in beautiful Cape Town, stunning Namib Desert, game drives in Etosha, Matobo & Kruger NP. Meeting Bushmen in the Kalahari and mokoro trails on the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta.

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Desert Tracker - Cape Town to Pretoria

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Daily Highlights * covered by Optional Adventure Pass

*01 Depart Cape Town, Township Tour, Citrus Area LD
02 Gariep (Orange) River BLD
03 Fish River Canyon BLD
*04 Sesriem, Namib Naukluft Park 4 x 4 transfer BLD
05 Sossus On Foot Camp BLD
06 Swakopmund B
07 Swakopmund B
08 Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings BLD
09 Etosha National Park, Game Drives BLD
10 Etosha National Park, Game Drives BLD
11 Windhoek BL
12 Kalahari, Bushman Walk BLD
13 Maun, Botswana BLD
*14 Okavango Delta, Mokoro/ Walking Safari Wilderness Experience BLD
15 Maun BLD
16 Nata, Elephant Sands, BLD
*17 Chobe National Park, Game Drive and Afternoon Game Cruise BLD
18 Waterfront, Livingstone B
19 Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambian Victoria Falls Visit, B
20 Zimbabwe border crossing, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BLD
*21 Matobo National Park, Game drive/walk BLD
22 Limpopo Province, South Africa BLD
23 Kruger Private Reserve, BLD
24 Kruger National Park, Game Drives BLD
25 Mpumalanga, Pretoria B

Day 1 – 3
We begin with a cultural tour of Cape Town’s townships and enjoy a traditional lunch before travelling north through the citrus area of the Western Cape to semi-desert of Namaqualand and our camp on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River. Crossing into Namibia our first stop is at one of the natural wonders of Africa - the Fish River Canyon. In some places 500m deep and over 160km long, this almost rivals the Grand Canyon for its breath-taking views.

Day 4 – 7
Continuing north, we arrive at the Namib Naukluft Park. The Namib is the world’s oldest desert and home to the world’s highest sand dunes (up to 300m high). We visit Sossusvlei and (energy permitting) climb to the top for a panoramic view of the sunrise over the vast sea of sand. We continue to the town of Swakopmund, a coastal resort town sandwiched between the desert and the ocean. Relax in one of the town’s many cafes or enjoy one of the thrilling adventure sports on offer, from deep-sea fishing to skydiving and sand-boarding.

Day 8 – 12
We leave Swakopmund and travel into Damaraland to the eerie and spectacular Spitzkoppe then onto Etosha National Park, a reserve of over 20,000 sq. km surrounding a central salt pan, which features 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We take morning and afternoon game drives and camp for two nights near floodlit waterholes for some exciting night viewing. We continue to Windhoek, Namibia’s pleasant capital city.

Day 13 – 15
We skirt the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert and join local Bushmen for a desert walk before crossing the border into Botswana and onto Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a natural wetland, an elaborate world of giant lily pads, labyrinthine channels and swaying grasses. We venture out into the Okavango itself to explore the oxbow lakes and floodplains on foot and by dugout canoe (mokoro). We stay at a tented camp on the grassy islands in the midst of this watery world for an unforgettable wilderness experience!

Day 16 – 20
We turn towards the northern corner of Botswana, passing Elephant Sands, Nata en-route to Chobe National Park which is home to some of the largest elephant populations anywhere in Africa as well as lion and abundant birdlife. We take an afternoon Fish Eagle Cruise in search of elephant and hippo and an early morning game drive. From Chobe, we cross into Zambia and drive to our relaxing riverside camp in Livingstone. Why not try one of the many optional activities around Victoria Falls, including white water rafting, canoeing, bungy jumping, elephant back safaris, horse riding or a scenic flight over the Falls to name but a few. We also visit the ‘Falls’ themselves.

Day 21 – 22
We cross the border to Zimbabwe and make our way to Bulawayo, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Here we enjoy the evening exploring the city and the bustling nightlife. 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 23 – 24
Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region. From here we visit southern Africa’s most famed national park - Kruger. The fences between the private game reserves on the fringes of the park, and the park’s borders with adjoining Mozambique and Botswana have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park’s animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 sq km and is home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered. We spend two nights in the Kruger area and take game drives across the savannah to glimpse some of the wildlife that inhabits the park.

Day 25
On the last day of the tour, we travel via the Panorama region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to Pretoria where our tour ends.

Our tours are designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. If you are older, please enquire and one of our friendly consultants to ensure that you book a tour suited to your expectations

PLUS optional Adventure Pass US$ 570.00 .
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post-2008 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:
Matobo National Park - game drive/walk
Township Tour
Sossusvlei Dunes 4 x4 transfer
Okavango Delta excursion
Chobe National Park game drive and sunset cruise
Matobo National Park game drive/walk

Optional Activities & Excursions:
Wine tasting US$10
Orange River canoe US$45
Quad Biking US $ 75
Tandem Skydive US$ 230
Swakopmund Township Tour US $ 45
Okavango Delta scenic flight US$ 650
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 160
Whitewater rafting US$160
Helicopter/Microlight flights From US$ 185
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 95

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, sleeping mattress, meals as indicated and services of two crew and tour highlights.

Not Included:
Adventure Pass excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.

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