Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique

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Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique

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Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 8000 to $ 10000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

During this 36 day African safari tour, you will visit many places in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. The highlights of the tour includes the following activities and sightseeing: Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop / Luderitz, Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Cape Cross, Cheetah Farm, Etosha Entry & Game Drives, Namib Desert, 3 Days Okavango Delta, Chobe Game Drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Entry to Victoria Falls (Zambia), Lake Malawi, 3 Day Dhow Sailing, Bazaruto Islands and 2 Mile Reef



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Upington

    Upington (South Africa).
    Bus

    We head to Upington, where we will spend the night.

    Sightseeing

    Upington is the principal town of the North Western Cape on the banks of the Orange River, South Africa’s largest. This area is the heart of an irrigated corridor of intensive wheat, cotton and grape farms on the edge of the Kalahari desert. (D)

  • Day 2 - Namibia

    Fish River Canyon (Namibia).
    Sightseeing

    Making our way to Fish River Canyon we get our first taste of what the arid countryside looks like. After setting up camp we enjoy watching the sunset over the canyon, the second largest in the world. Measuring roughly 160km from north to south and about 550m deep this is an experience to remember as we watch the sunset into the canyon! (B,D)

  • Day 3 - Namibia

    Aus (Namibia).
    Sightseeing

    This morning you have time to explore the canyon further before we take a relaxed drive to Aus, a small town on the edge of the desert.

    Camping

    We camp at Klein-Aus, a farm set amongst the rocky hills.

    Hiking

    There is the opportunity to go horse riding or hiking from here and keep alert for sightings of the famous ‘desert horses’ who have adapted to some of the most arid conditions on earth. (B,D)

  • Day 4 - Luderitz

    Luderitz (Namibia).
    Sightseeing

    Early the next day we make our way to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, near Luderitz, that lost the battle with the sand when its inhabitants left many years ago. This town, once an important part of the lucrative diamond mining industry, was abandoned in the 1950’s. A guided tour gives us an insight into what life was like in this very harsh climate.

    Sightseeing

    We then continue into Luderitz itself, the port town, with its German Imperial architecture. Here you can do a boat trip on the harbour (weather permitting) to see a jackass penguin colony as well as some great sea life including dolphins. We return to Aus for the night. (B,D)

  • Day 5-6 - Sesriem

    Sesriem (Namibia).
    Bus

    We take a drive northwards to Sesriem. The scenery, as we approach the dunes will leave you breathless.

    Sightseeing

    We venture into Naukluft Park for great photo opportunities. The dunes of Sossusvlei are some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Take the challenge and see if you can make it all the way to the top! There is also the opportunity to visit the Dead Vlei, which is close to Sossusvlei for some the most amazing scenery in Namibia. We visit sesriem canyon that is about 30 metres deep where you can see 15 million-year-old deposits of sand and gravel conglomerate. (B,L,D)

  • Day 7-8 - Swakopmund

    Swakopmund (Namibia).
    Bus

    This morning we make the journey through the Namib-Naukluft Park to Walvis Bay.

    Sightseeing

    As we make our way through the pass, you will see spectacular scenery in colours straight from an artists painting. The lunar landscape appears, as we get closer to the coast - have your cameras at the ready. We continue through the desert to the oasis town of Swakopmund. Here there are boundless activities for you.

    Relaxation

    You can relax on the beach or go deep-sea fishing.

    Adventure

    You can also go quad biking, parachuting or sand boarding on the dunes for a close up look at the landscape!

    Nightlife

    The evening brings an opportunity to try some of the increasingly popular nightlife available after the days’ adrenelin rush. (B)

  • Day 9 - Swakopmund

    Cheetah Farm (Namibia).
    Sightseeing

    Making our way up the Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck. We visit Cape Cross, where the Portugese navigator Diago Cao placed a cross in 1486. Here you will have a chance to visit the famous cape seal breeding colony with over 250,000 seals. Leaving the coast behind, we head back inland.

    Camping

    Our overnight stop tonight is the Cheetah Farm where you have a unique experience awaiting you. We camp right next to the cheetah enclosure and have the chance to see many of these majestic animals close up. The brave can get very close as we feed the most effective “watch dogs” in the world at the main house! (B,L,D)

  • Day 10-11 - Namibia

    Etosha National Park (Namibia).
    National Parks

    Continuing northwards we enter the vast Etosha National Park. Centred around the Etosha pan, this park covers an incredible 22,207km and is home to large populations of predators.

    Safari

    One night we camp at Okaukuejo, giving us the opportunity of game viewing at the amazing water hole on the edge of the camp. All night, animals from the smallest to the largest come to the water hole to drink – it’s up to you how long you want to watch! Our days are spent on game drives, spotting some of the animals in the park. Midway we stop at the Etosha Pan after which the park is named. (B,L,D)

  • Day 12 - Windhoek

    Sightseeing

    Exiting Etosha we head to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It is here that you can see the country’s vast ethnic mixture of people, making it a very interesting city, combining that with the strong German influence and architecture.

    Nightlife

    Windhoek has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife, as there are many different restaurants and bars, so go and explore!

    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    There are lots of little stands on the side of the street where you can find crafts made by Herero and San people. (B)

  • Day 13 - Maun

    Adventure

    Crossing into Botswana we make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Delta. The Delta has many wildlife species and you will also learn the culture of the villagers, who will be escorting us during the days to follow.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon, take a look at the massive crocodiles at the Sitatunga Crocodile Farm and we make final preparations for our Delta trip. (B,L,D)

  • Day 14-16 - Botswana

    Okavango Delta (Botswana).
    Sightseeing

    This morning we venture into the wild bush of Africa, far from any form of civilization. Our trip begins by 4x4 landrover. Once in the Delta we join local villagers/ guides on mokoros (2 man dug out canoes). We begin our search for the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the Delta.

    Camping

    Drifting silently through the channels, we set up camp on islands in the Delta. After a breathtaking sunset, relax around the campfire listening to sounds the nights have to offer.

    Safari

    The days are filled with game walks, tracking different species and exploring the waterways of the world renowned Okavango Swamps.

    Shopping

    On the last afternoon we return to Maun, where we shop in the local town and enjoy a well deserved local braai (BBQ). (B,L,D)

  • Day 17 - Chobe

    Chobe National Park (Botswana).
    Safari

    Continuing north, we drive through an area where the game move freely and it’s not uncommon to see wild dogs, zebras, ostriches and elephants on the side of the road then setting up camp in Kasane, on the edges of the Chobe River, where you can relax and enjoy some great game viewing on an optional river cruise. (B,D)

  • Day 18-20 - Livingstone

    Livingstone - Victoria Falls (Zambia).
    Safari

    We start off with a 4x4 game drive into Chobe before crossing via the ferry info Zambia, where we set up camp in Livingstone, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.

    River or Barge Cruise

    We do a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi (Zambian side) and you have the chance to explore Africa’s adrenaline capital, with the variety of extreme sports that it has to offer.

    Rafting

    You may decide to go white water rafting on one of the few commercially rafted, grade 5 rivers in the world or go bungy jumping from one of the highest jumps in the world!

    Adventure

    There is also the choice to go microlighting, gorge swinging, jet boating and of course visit the falls. (B)

  • Day 21 - Zambia

    Luangwa Bridge (Zambia).
    Camping

    Leaving Livingstone and the majestic falls behind, we head northwards and camp at Luangwa Bridge on the banks of the beautiful Luangwa river which also forms the border between Zambia and Mozambique.

    Relaxation

    Here you can relax and have a amazing view of this snaking brown African river as the sun sets over it (B,L,D)

  • Day 22 - Chipata

    Camping

    Today we drive through to the border of Zambia and Malawi where we camp in the small town of Chipata, going past lots of local villages and some amazing forests.

    Sightseeing

    Here you will see how friendly people in Zambia really are and the scenery will yet again leave you breathless. (B,L,D)

  • Day 23 - Lilongwe

    Bus

    Today we depart for Malawi, “the warm heart of Africa” where we spend the night in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.

    Shopping

    Here you can explore the town and shop at the local markets and experience the local culture. This is also where we prepare for our visit to the lake. (B,L,D)

  • Day 24-26 - Malawi

    Lake Malawi (Malawi).
    Camping

    We camp on the shores of lake Malawi.

    Adventure

    We relax on the shores of the lake, explore the area and shop in the markets. There are many water sports available on Lake Malawi including snorkelling, diving, fishing and canoeing.

    Shopping

    You can go horseriding, and have as the opportunity to meet the locals and see their craftsmen, famous for their carved mahogany chairs and other artefacts. (B,D)

  • Day 27 - Blantyre

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast we head southwards to the town of Blantyre, the unofficial commercial capital of Malawi. Established by Scottish missionaries the town is the crossroads to Mozambique. Though not the capital, this city is the commercial capital of the country. Here we will spend our last night in Malawi. (B,D)

  • Day 28 - Chimoio

    Bus

    Today we cross into Mozambique. The former Portuguese colony was devastated by years of civil war and since the 1995 peace accord has made great strides in reconstruction.

    Sightseeing

    See for yourself the evidence as we enter the country and make our way to the camp at Chimoio. This drive is filled with beautiful scenery and forests dotted with giant boabab trees. (B,L,D)

  • Day 29 - Vilanculos

    Beach

    We reach the coast of Mozambique and relax on the beach of this coastal town.

    Sightseeing

    Once a sleepy fishing village, Vilanculos is one of the most scenic spots on the Mozambique coast and the jumping off point to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Here we prepare for our visit to the islands. (B,L,D)

  • Day 30-32 - Bazaruto Island

    Sightseeing

    We spend these idyllic days sailing around the Bazaruto Islands. We board our traditional Arab Dhows, which take us out to the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago, a remote set off islands of the coast of Vilanculos. We stay on Benguerra Island and spend our time exploring the area.

    Snorkeling

    We take our own snorkelling and fishing gear, so we can often stop at any of the reefs. There are also sand dunes and walks. After spending 2 nights on the island, we then return to Vilanculos. (B,L,D)

  • Day 33-34 - Inhambane

    Inhambane - Tofo (Mozambique)
    Beach

    Our beach days are not over yet, as we get back to the mainland and make our way south to Inhambane and the beach of Tofo.

    Camping

    We set up camp in a remote campsite near the beach and town, where we will spend 2 nights.

    Snorkeling

    During your free day you can snorkel, scuba dive, take a walk along the coast or explore the markets of Inhambane. (B,D)

  • Day 35 - Maputo

    Sightseeing

    Leaving the peace and tranquillity of the beach behind, we continue on to the bustling capital city of Maputo. With its attractive tree lined avenues it has a unique almost European feel about it.

    Nightlife

    We spend the night here and you get the chance to sample the capital’s fantastic nightlife. (B)

  • Day 36 - Johannesburg

    Bus

    Leaving Maputo we travel the short distance to the South African border where we make our way back to Johannesburg by late afternoon. (B)

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