Southern Experience (22 days)

A small group lodge safari, no participation, from Victoria Falls to Cape Town safari through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Victoria Falls to Cape Town safari Highlights: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Caprivi, Mahangu National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Himba Experience, Rock paintings in Brandberg and Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Cedarberg, Cape Town.

Group Size: minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people
Type of Safari: Lodge Safari

Accommodation: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with private bathrooms.

  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari
    Prices 2018:

    USD 4065 / EUR 3595
    (per person sharing)
    Single Supplement: USD 1060 / EUR 940
    Local Payment: USD 195 / EUR 170

*All rates are per person rates
*If you are a single traveler a single supplement may apply
*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations

Included in the price:

  • 21 Nights in fixed accommodation
  • All transport in fully equipped vehicle
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide.

Not Included in the price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities, all drinks, tips and curios, all personal expenses.
  • Day 1
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.

    Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 2 - 3
    Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

    This morning your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. A mid-morning departure takes you from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana for the next two nights. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.
    The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.

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    Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included on Day 2.
    Breakfast is included on Day 3.

  • Day 4
    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. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.

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    Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 5 - 6
    Caprivi to Okavango Delta, Botswana

    We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. Enroute to camp we will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.

    The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

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    Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms, bar area)

  • Day 7
    Okavango Delta to Kavango River, Namibia

    Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunset cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

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    Accommodation: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar  (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 8-10
    Etosha National Park, Namibia

    The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals as they come to drink. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

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    Accommodation (day 8): Namutoni or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
    Accommodation (day 9 & 10): 
    Okaukuejo or similar

    Breakfast & Lunch are included on Day 8 and 9. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included on Day 10.

  • Day 11
    Kamanjab – Himba Experience, Namibia

    We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. In the afternoon we   explore a Himba village, which will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.

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    Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Restcamp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 12
    Omaruru, Namibia

    After our cultural experience in Kamanjab we head southwards to Omaruru. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. We will stop at local distillery and small wine cellar to taste some of its home-grown produce before arriving out our accommodation in the afternoon.

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    Accommodation: Omaruru Guest House or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, dining room area)

  • Day 13-14
    Cape Cross Seal Colony and Swakopmund, Namibia

    We move westwards across the desert plains travelling to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we head towards the coast. We arrive into the charming town of Swakopmund, an oasis set between the expanse of the desert and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

    On the morning of day 14 we follow the barren Skeleton Coast out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross – the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. The afternoon is spent at leisure to partake in optional activities or alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.

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    Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

    Breakfast & Lunch are included on Day 13 and Breakfast is included on Day 14.

  • Day 15-16
    Namib Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei, Namibia

    The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei.  The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world and sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

    The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.

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    Accommodation: Agama River Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included on Day 15 and Breakfast & Lunch are included on Day 16.

  • Day 17
    Fish River Canyon, Namibia

    Today is a long driving day. We travel south to our accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon.

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    Accommodation: Canyon Road House or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 18-19
    The Orange River, Namibia

    We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, “Ai-Ais” means “burning water”. The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though!

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    Accommodation: Felix Unite Camp Provenance or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar)   

  • Day 20
    Orange River to The Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa

    We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the West Coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in Clanwilliam in the late afternoon, one of the ten oldest towns in the country, nestled at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains.

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    Accommodation: Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar & swimming pool)

  • Day 21
    Cedarberg Mountains / Cape Town, South Africa

    Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. 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.

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    Accommodation: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar and restaurant)

  • Day 22
    End of tour

    Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Cape Town International airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

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