Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you’ll be met and transferred to our centrally located Waterfront hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or head out and explore South Africa’s captivating Mother City. At 18.00hrs this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at our pre departure meeting in the hotel lobby.
Today we enjoy a full day tour of the beautiful Cape Peninsula. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, taking in Table Mountain National Park and Cape Point before returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to our hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up iconic Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). This evening why not sample the wonderful selection of restaurants and bars in Cape Town’s bustling Waterfront.
Cape Town – Namaqualand. Bidding farewell to Cape Town we begin our overland journey, travelling through the beautiful Namaqualand region, which is truly spectacular between August and October when there’s an explosion of colourful wild flowers. We spend the night at a guesthouse which is located the foot of the Van Ryns Pass. At the guesthouse there’s the opportunity to partake in an optional wine tasting session where you can sample the local wines of the area.
Namaqualand – Augrabies Falls National Park. We head north to the beautiful Augrabies Falls National Park today, passing an abundance of lush wine farms en route. Reaching the national park we spend the afternoon admiring the spectacular Augrabies Falls from various viewpoints. At these thundering falls, known locally ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise’, the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge.
Augrabies Falls National Park – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On day 5 we continue our journey north to the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari. This vast reserve covers over 3.6 million hectares and is home to the famous black mane lion. Here we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and the sparse vegetation is ideal for spotting wildlife, particularly predators and the resident black mane lion.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Fish River Canyon (Namibia). We leave the Kalahari region this morning and head west, crossing the border into Namibia where we spend the night at a lodge in an incredibly scenic area. This afternoon (or early tomorrow morning) we visit the famous Fish River Canyon which is the second largest canyon in the world. At its deepest point this spectacular canyon is 549 metres deep.
Fish River Canyon – Sesriem. Our journey on day 8 takes us north through ever-changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Our lodge here is just a few kilometres from the mighty dunes of Sossusvlei. The following morning we head into the desert to appreciate the beauty of the dunes, which are the highest in the world. Enjoy a leisurely 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and a hike through the staggering Sesriem Canyon. Springbok, oryx and ostrich are some of the hardy species you may be able to spot living out in the desert.
Sesriem – Swakopmund. We head to the coast today, stopping for lunch at Walvis Bay where we can see the huge flock of flamingos that gather here to feed. This afternoon we arrive in the German colonial town of Swakopmund. The rest of the day is free to relax or enjoy some of the optional activities available. You could head out to sea on a dolphin-watching cruise, or take to the skies with a scenic flight over the Namib Desert (book and pay locally).
Swakopmund – Damaraland. After a leisurely morning, we continue our journey north through the incredible mountainous terrain of Damaraland. Our accommodation for the night is a lodge located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area, as well as a pool carved out of the natural rock face.
Damaraland – Etosha National Park. On day 12 we travel on to Etosha, Namibia’s flagship national park where we enjoy our first game drive in the park, in our overland vehicle. Dominated by a giant salt pan, it is easy to the spot wildlife that gathers around the few watering holes to drink. Some of the species you may spot in the park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, zebra and giraffe. Our lodge is located just outside the park entrance and this evening you can sit on your private patio and listen to the sounds of the bush. The following day we enjoy a full day game drive in open 4×4 vehicles from our lodge.
Etosha National Park – Rundu. It’s a long drive today as we leave Etosha National Park, travel north and enter the Caprivi Strip, a narrow stretch of Namibian territory between Botswana and Angola. We spend the night at a lodge near the Okavango River and this afternoon there’s an optional boat cruise on the river (book and pay locally) or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Rundu – Okavango Delta (Botswana). On day 15 we travel further into the Caprivi Strip, before crossing into Botswana and arriving at our lodge on the edge of the Okavango Delta. The next day we explore the lush Okavango Delta by boat and on foot. We enjoy a mokoro (traditional canoe) cruise and guided nature walks on land (water levels permitting).
Okavango Delta – Chobe National Park. Heading back into Namibia on day 17 we continue along the Caprivi Strip before crossing back into Botswana via Chobe National Park to our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Not far away is a point where four countries (Namibia, Bolivia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) all converge.
The next day we go in search of wildlife on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park and in the afternoon we enjoy a sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and other animals coming to the river’s edge to drink.
Chobe River – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Today marks the final leg of our journey as we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel on to Victoria Falls. The rest of the day is free for you to browse the local markets, visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and enjoy some of the optional activities on offer. You could take a helicopter ride over the falls, or get up close to the mighty cascade on a sunset cruise.
Today our overland adventure comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out.
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