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Dunes, Deltas and Falls (Southbound)
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If you want to soak up the colours, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition into southwestern Africa. Experience game drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and canoe game-rich deltas. Our overland adventure vehicle (OAV)s are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights, while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the regions wildlife drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.


Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126616
Starts: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa.

Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Victoria Falls (1B)

Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

Additional Notes:
Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.

Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

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Day 3: Victoria Falls/Kasane (1B, 1L, 1D)

You will stay over just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River - it's your best opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles, and many elephants wallowing in the water.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana)

Transport:
Lando (1.50-2.00 hours)
Lando (0.75 hour(s), 20km)

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Day 4: Kasane/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today we head south from Chobe National Park and travel to Gweta.

When the rain comes, it brings life to the pans, awakening the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from the mud. The surrounding grasslands also teem with life and are home to many antelope, which attract a wide variety of predators.

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 5: Gweta/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to catch a bird's-eye view of the delta on a scenic flight.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today is likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

After leaving some of our luggage in Maun, we begin our exciting excursion into the delta as we drive about 1-2 hrs (depending on which dock we go to) to the "dock". Here, we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, which will take us deep into the delta. After a couple hours in a mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp.

Additional Notes:
Please note that there will be no shower tonight, as our camp is very basic in the wild - you will be compensated by the incredible landscape and wildlife!

Once we are in Maun, you can pick up any supplies and prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend you buy a 5 litre bottle of water to take with you into the Delta; this should be sufficient to use for drinking and cleaning purposes.

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Excursion

Transport:
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)

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Day 7: Maun/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D)

We continue through the western part of Botswana, the heart of the Kalahari, to Ghanzi. Get a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert. Learn fascinating wilderness survival skills by local Bushmen on an optional Bushman walk.

Transport:
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Lando (7.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 8: Ghanzi/Windhoek (1B, 1L)

Opt to explore the city centre of Windhoek after a long drive and a border crossing.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Namibia)

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 580km)

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Day 9: Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle in Etosha National Park. Opt to take an open vehicle wildlife safari night drive.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Lando (6.00 hour(s), 280km)

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Day 10: Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive at Etosha National Park.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

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Day 11: Etosha National Park/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 380km)

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Day 12: Damaraland/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Notes:
Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

Included Activities:
Damaraland Living Museum

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 13: Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

Transport:
Lando (7.50 hour(s), 425km)

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Day 14: Swakopmund

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.

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Day 15: Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where we will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. Opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 16: Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

We will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here you will really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit
Dune 45 Visit

Transport:
Distance excludes drive to Sossuvlei.
Lando (95km)

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Day 17: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

Included Activities:
Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset

Transport:
Duration includes canyon visit, excludes dune 45 sunrise.
Lando (9.00-10.00 hours, 560km)

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Day 18: Fish River Canyon/Gariep (Orange) River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set up camp on the banks of Gariep River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa)

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 19: Orange River/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where we spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

Transport:
Lando (6.50 hour(s), 390km)

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Day 20: Cederberg/Cape Town (1B, 1L)

For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Additional Notes:
Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home.

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 21: Cape Town (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Falls stay
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • Swakopmund stay
    • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (14 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share ), basic bush camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 14 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking, mokoro, safari vechicle
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Track the Big Five
  • Feel the mist of Victoria Falls
  • Cruise the Chobe River at sunset
  • Camp in African wilderness
  • Meet the San Bushmen
  • Get your heart pumping with adrenaline activities
  • Soak up Cape Town's culture


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Jasna S Posted on: 

Overall the tour was great. Jana as a leader couldn't be better and the locations were marvelous.

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Rae A Posted on: 

I have traveled to many countries and done several tours as well as travel alone. This is one of the best experiences I've had so far! Even though it was budget and not easy by far, it was the most rewarding.

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