Trans Kalahari Adventure

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Trans Kalahari Adventure

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Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3890 to $ 4025

Best travel dates to go:

Oct 05, 2008 to Oct 26, 2008; Nov 02, 2008 to Nov 23, 2008; Dec 14, 2008 to Jan 04, 2009; Sep 07, 2008 to Sep 28, 2008;


Detailed Description of this trip:

A non-camping overland safari beginning in Cape Town and traveling through Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls, ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Arrive in Cape Town.

    On arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Breakwater Lodge, or similar, for your overnight.

    Sightseeing

    The evening is free for you to explore the beautiful waterfront area.

  • Day 2 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Depart from the Breakwater Lodge, for a full day peninsula tour.

    Sightseeing

    Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to your well situated waterfront hotel.

    Sightseeing

    A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent).

    Hotel

    Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling waterfront at your own expense. Overnight at the Breakwater Lodge, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Cape Town

    Calvinia (Hantam Region).
    Sightseeing

    Departing Cape Town, pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region arriving in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. From August to October, the landscape is transformed into an explosion of color due to the numerous wildflowers of the region.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Hantam Huis Hotel, or similar.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4 - South Africa

    Augrabies Falls National Park.
    National Parks

    Leaving the Little Karoo you head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise.'

    Sightseeing

    You’ll spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints.

    Camping

    Overnight near Augrabies Falls at the Restcamp chalets, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5-6 - Kgalagadi

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
    National Parks

    Leaving Augrabies Falls National Park, head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

    Sightseeing

    Covering more than 3.6 million hectares, this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area, excellent predator sightings are common, including that of the famous black maned lion.

    Camping

    Overnights at the Kgalagadi Restcamp chalets, or similar. Meals: 2 Breakfasts

  • Day 7 - Namibia

    Fish River Canyon.
    Sightseeing

    Leaving the Kalahari region, you will head west and enter Namibia. Visit Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe inspiring canyons in the world.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Canyon Roadhouse, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 8-9 - Sesriem

    Sightseeing

    Today’s journey will take you north, through the ever changing scenery, to your hotel located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding your camp. Depart early the following morning for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Embark on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

    Hiking

    In the afternoon, you will enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Weltevrede Guest Farm, or similar. Meals: 2 Breakfasts

  • Day 10-11 - Swakopmund

    Food and Dining

    Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding.

    Adventure

    You’ll arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (booked locally). Activities available include sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Dunedin Star Guest House, or similar. Meals: 2 Breakfasts

  • Day 12 - Namibia

    Damaraland - Twyfelfontein.
    Sightseeing

    Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Visit the Twyfelfontein area for walks to the Bushmen paintings and rock engravings as well as the Organ Pipes.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Igowati Lodge, or similar.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 13 - Namibia

    Himba Village Visit - Etosha National Park.
    Sightseeing

    In the morning visit with the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe, living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature and the women are noted for their beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people.

    National Parks

    After your visit, you will proceed to Etosha National Park for your first game drive.

    Camping

    Overnight at the Etosha Restcamp Chalets, or similar.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 14 - Namibia

    Etosha National Park.
    National Parks

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals, such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home.

    Safari

    Floodlit waterholes at Okaukuejo and Namutoni campsites attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing you with many amazing wildlife sightings. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives.

    Camping

    Return to the Etosha Restcamp Chalets, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 15-16 - Okavango

    Okavango River.
    Sightseeing

    Enter the Caprivi strip where you’ll spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. Enjoy the sunset on the deck or a swim in the famous “river pool."

    Relaxation

    The following afternoon you can relax on a sunset mokoro excursion while enjoying the prolific bird and animal life of the Okavango.

    Camping

    Overnights at Ngepi Camp, or similar. Meals: 2 Breakfasts

  • Day 17-18 - Livingstone

    Livingstone - Victoria Falls.
    Sightseeing

    Travel across the Zambia border to Victoria Falls - without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.

    Adventure

    Days are spent at leisure to browse the local markets, and experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenaline capital of Africa, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, micro-lighting, airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls, rhino walks, elephant back safaris, or a to visit the Falls (all activities booked locally).

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Bushfront chalets, or similar. Meals: 2 Breakfasts

  • Day 19 - Chobe

    Chobe River.
    National Parks

    Crossing into Botswana via the Zambezi River pontoon, you will drive to Chobe National Park. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Relax on a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Chobe Safari Lodge, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 20 - Botswana

    Nata (Makgadikgadi Pans).
    Sightseeing

    After arriving in Nata, visit the Makgadikgadi Pans (weather permitting) for a truly unforgettable sunset over what remains of an ancient lake.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Nata Lodge, or similar. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 21 - South Africa

    Limpopo Area.
    Sightseeing

    Travel across the border into South Africa and overnight in this picturesque region of the country.

    Hotel

    Overnight in chalets or a guest house.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 22 - Johannesburg

    Johannesburg - Onward.
    Sightseeing

    Travel to Johannesburg via the ‘Jacaranda City’ of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa and home of the famous Union Buildings.

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast

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