Victoria Falls to Cape Town
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from $ 2000 to $ 3000
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The 20 day Southern Experience is a overland camping safari which takes you from Victoria Falls to Cape Town including the highlights of four countries: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. This is our most popular safari, and the best way to see the most spectacular features of Southern Africa. Enjoy the scenery, wildlife, culture and natural beauty that cannot be compared. This entire region is magical, and unlike any other part of the world! Highlights include: Victoria Falls/Livingstone, Chobe National Park, Caprivi Strip National Park, Horseshoe Lake, the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Orange River canoeing, the Cedarberg Mountains, several game drives, and walks to see Finger Rock, the White Lady and track the Desert Elephants.
This Trip is Recommended for:
Adventure, Safari, Wildlife, Hot Springs, Wildlife Safari, Namib Desert, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Fish River Canyon, Chobe National Park, Camping Safari, Sossusvlei, Etosha Pan, Bushman Painting, Frican Wildlife, Wildlife Tou,
Day 1 - Livingstone
Depart Victoria Falls for Chobe National Park, Botswana.
A mid morning departure takes you from Livingstone in Zambia by ferry across the Zambezi and onto Botswana (1 hour).
River or Barge Cruise
The afternoon is spent on a sunset cruise game viewing in a part of Africa's unspoilt wilderness, Chobe National Park (3:30pm - 7:00pm). Chobe has an abundance of Game whose distinctive calls can be heard throughout the night. [LD]
Day 2 - Caprivi
Western Caprivi, Namibia.
Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River.
In the afternoon you will go on a game drive to the famous Horse Shoe area. This is the closest water available to the Caprivi National Park so at times can be one of the best places to see vast herds of Elephants and other game. [BLD]
Day 3 - 4 - Botswana
Caprivi to Makwena Lodge River Camp - Okavango Delta, Botswana.
The next 2 days are spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and speedboat. The Delta is a well-preserved gem of Africa with a vast oasis of crystal clear lake lets, lagoons and palm-fringed islands.
We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. From here, 4x4 vehicles and motorboats transfer us to Makwena Camp (1,5 hours), where we spend the night.
Food and Dining
On our last evening at Makwena Lodge we feast with a braai (barbeque). [BLD, BLD]
Day 5 - Rundu
Makwena Camp to N'gepi Camp, Namibia.
Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and onto N'gepi camp where we set up camp and relax in the bar overlooking the Okavango River. [BLD]
Day 6 - Rundu
N'gepi Camp to Rundu and the Kavango River, Namibia.
Leaving N'gepi Camp we head along the Caprivi to Rundu and onto n'Kwazi River Camp, which is on the bank of the Kavango River overlooking Angola.
A sunset cruise, horse riding, traditional dancing in the evening are optional or you can just put your feet up and relax on the banks of the river as the sunsets. [BL]
Day 7 - 9 - Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia.
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park.
We fill the next 3 days with game drives, which includes evening game viewing at floodlit waterholes. In the mornings we have the opportunity to take game drive at sunrise.
At all three camps, Namutoni, Okaukuejo and Halali you can take a swim in the swimming pool or as the sunsets and late into the night the group can watch animals drink at the floodlit waterhole. [BLD,BLD,BLD]
Day 10 - Namibia
Finger Rock, Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Namibia.
We leave the wild animals behind at Etosha and move onto the spectacular scenery of Twyfelfontein. On our way we visit the small German town of Outjo where we relax for a coffee break. Finger Rock and the Petrified Forest are next on the itinerary before reaching our final destination for the day at Aba Huab camp just before Twyfelfontein.
An evening walk gives high hopes of finding the desert elephants, inhabitants of the area. [BLD]
Day 11 - Namibia
Desert Elephants and Brandberg (White Lady), Namibia.
After an early breakfast we set off again in search of Desert Elephants. With the help of the local Damara people we have a good chance of finding them as they have extensive knowledge of their movements.
We visit the ancient bushman's artwork carved and painted into the Twyfelfontein Mountain and, later that afternoon, the famous "White Lady" rock painting in Brandberg. [BLD]
Day 12 - Namibia
Cape Cross Seal Colony and Skeleton Coast, Namibia.
We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Africa's largest seal colony at Cape Cross where zoom lenses and binoculars will definitely not be needed. [BL]
Day 13 - Swakopmund
We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German town by day and night There are a number of activities to enjoy here; sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving and even fishing. You may even dare to brave the icy sea. [BL]
Day 14 - Sesriem
Namib Naukluft National Park and Kuiseb Canyon to Sesriem, Namibia.
Today is spent exploring the barren, arid, and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National park.
Once we reach Sesriem we camp in wide-open space under the countless stars. [BLD]
Day 15 - Sesriem
Sesriem & Sossusvlei, Namibia.
We visit the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. At sunrise these red sand dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck there may even be water in the vlei (lake). [BLD]
Day 16 - Namibia
Fish River Canyon and Hobas, Namibia.
After a long drive we arrive at the Fish River Canyon and set up camp at Hobas.
Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the Canyon. [BLD]
Day 17 - Namibia
The Orange River, Namibia.
We leave Hobas in the morning for Ai-Ais hot springs where we go for a swim and have lunch before departing for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, which makes up the South African - Namibian boundary.
Here you can relax in the water that has supplied the region with its famous diamonds. [BLD]
Day 18 - Namibia
Canoeing on the Orange River, Namibia.
The only traveling today is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream - mind the rapids though! [BLD]
Day 19 - South Africa
West Coast of South Africa and the Namaqualand Flowers, South Africa.
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the coast. If you are traveling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers of the famous Namaqualand region.
Before you know it we reach the Citrusdal Hot Springs where we spend the evening relaxing in the natural hot water and remember the days gone by. [BLD]
Day 20 - Cape Town
Cedarberg Mountains / Cape Town, South Africa.
A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town; we stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the Bay. [BL]
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