Cape Town to Johannesburg overland safari tour, 25 days

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USD1000 local payment required

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Transport: Overland Safari Vehicle
Group Size: Average - 16, Max - 24

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Cape Town to Johannesburg overland safari tour, 25 days

Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari TourThe 25 day South West Safari between Johannesburg and Cape Town is a popular very overland safari. Highlights include an overnight stay at Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park, the vibrant Namibian resort of Swakopmund, seeing elephant herds in Chobe National Park, a game drive in Kruger National Park and of course Africa's most famous attraction, Victoria Falls. See the best of southern Africa…

 

Prices

R17900 - R19500 per person (twin share)

 

USD $1000 is also required as local payment. This is paid directly to your trip leader at the start of your trip to cover the cash only costs of the trip to ensure you pay current local prices at the time of travel.

 

Includes:

  • 24 breakfasts; 19 lunches; 19 dinners
  • 24 nights in campsites and hostels
  • Two-person dome tents with mattresses
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Services of two crew
  • Fish Eagle cruise, Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Visit Cheetah Park
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • Walk with Kalahari Bushmen
  • Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Shangaan cultural evening
  • Victoria Falls entry
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings

 

Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour Departure Dates:

1st Feb, 15th Feb, 1st Mar, 15th Mar, 29th Mar, 12th Apr, 26th Apr, 10th May, 24th May, 7th Jun, 21st Jun, 5th Jul, 19th Jul, 2nd Aug, 16th Aug, 30th Aug, 13th Sep, 27th Sep, 11th Oct, 25th Oct, 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec, 20th Dec

 

Johannesburg to Cape Town Tour Departure Dates:

13th Feb, 27th Feb, 13th Mar, 27th Mar, 10th Apr, 24th Apr, 8th May, 22nd May, 5th Jun, 19th Jun, 26th Jun, 3rd July, 10th July, 17th July, 24th July, 31st July, 7th Aug, 14th Aug, 21st Aug, 28th Aug, 4th Sep, 11th Sep, 18th Sep, 25th Sep, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 6th Nov, 20th Nov, 4th Dec, 18th Dec, 

 

 

Cape Town to Jogannesburg overland safari tour mapCape Town to Johannesburg Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Western Cape Citrus Area

Our overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town. Overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic, Cape Town is one of the world's most picturesque cities. Before we leave we take a tour of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town's intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area. The townships illustrate both South Africa's tumultuous history and its hope for the future, which make for a fascinating visit. 

Leaving the city we head north through South Africa's Western Cape and through the fruit-growing regions of Citrusdal. Our campsite is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. 

 

After setting up camp there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy our first night under the huge African sky.

 

Day 2: Gariep (Orange) River

Continuing north the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the Namibian border. We set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, which makes for a stunning backdrop. Our camp provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites and even a bar. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. There is also the option to hike to the lookout above the campsite and the Orange River is safe for swimming. The camp by night is illuminated by the stars of the Richtersveld - a wonderfully tranquil experience.

 

Day 3: Fish River Canyon

This morning we take an optional canoe safari on the river if we didn’t get the chance the previous evening, or simply relax on the water’s edge before entering Namibia via Vooilsdrift Border post and arriving at the awesome Fish River Canyon by mid-afternoon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and considered the second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of opportunities for amazing photos this afternoon, especially when the sun begins to set over the sharp bend in the river known as ‘Hells Corner’ Corner’ - a great opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

 

Day 4: Sesriem

After a night near the canyon we continue north until we reach Sesriem, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km² it’s larger that Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

 

Day 5: Solitaire

 

Day 6: Swakopmund

This morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45 in time to watch the sun rise over the open desert. A spectacular sight but be warned, it's an energy sapping climb to the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-deserved breakfast we continue deeper into the park for an optional nature walk in Sossusvlei, amidst the giant sand dunes: a real glimpse of Namibia's unspoilt natural environment. Be sure to bring your camera; the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photo opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we head for the Atlantic coast for two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting adventure options to be enjoyed!

 

Cape Town to Johannesburg 25 day tourDay 7: Swakopmund

A small town redolent of Namibia's colonial past but with modern adventure oriented attractions for the visitor Swakopmund is Namibia's main seaside resort, sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean - a delightful coastal oasis. Try some desert-based adventure activities, such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not that way inclined you can enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping; restaurants; museums; an aquarium; art galleries - or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean and indulge in the town's café culture.

 

Day 8: Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe to admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The rock formations peak at approximately 2000m above sea level, and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and enjoy its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. One of the most impressive rock paintings to look out for is called the 'Bushman Paradise'. 

 

The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain. It is owned and maintained by the local community and all proceeds from our visit go directly to the community.

 

Day 9: Cheetah Park

From Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park, the family who own and run the private reserve have been introducing visitors and locals alike to the plight of the Cheetah, hoping that close encounters with them will help make a difference to attitudes and understanding of this threatened cat. We get up close to cheetahs that have been hand-reared since birth, providing us with great photo opportunities. We then jump into the back of an open-bed truck to go out into the reserve to see some of the more than twenty wild cheetahs that are protected here. This is a unique experience and one that won’t be forgotten. Back at camp enjoy a swim and a sundowner before dinner and bed.

 

Day 10: Etosha NP

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000km² surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan’. The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We make camp near a floodlit waterhole and have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival. At night at the waterhole observers frequently see a range of nocturnal visitors, including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia.

 

Day 11: Etosha NP

Etosha National Park is the ultimate definition of the perfect game-viewing destination. Picture this - a barren landscape teeming with neon flamingos and pelicans and surrounded by nothing but native bush, grasslands, scrubland and saline lakes, trust us you'll be in awe of this magical spot. Today we dive straight into the heart of Etosha National Park and enjoy a full day game drive keeping our eyes peeled for more of the local residents - elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and hyenas.

 

Cape Town overland tourDay 12: Windhoek

Heading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German-style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joes Beer House'.

 

Day 13: Ghanzi

Leaving Windhoek we travel west into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in the midst of this (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San Bushman and have a guided bush walk, a genuine cultural experience learning about this ancient people's way of life. We learn how they harness nature and manage the resources around them to their maximum without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intensely spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

 

Day 14: Maun

Our entrance to the Okavango Delta, Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living, wild-west sort of town built to supply local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Today though, Maun is a thriving tourist town, and in fact infamous for its infestation of donkeys and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the roadside.

 

Day 15: Okavango Delta

We make our way out of the Okavango Delta and return to Maun and Sitatunga Camp for an afternoon of leisure. There is an opportunity this afternoon to participate in an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta – a breathtaking option that enables you to experience a view which puts into perspective the vastness of the wilderness area just visited. If you choose the to go on the flight keep a look out for hippos in the waterways and elephant and buffalo in the shade of the trees. Observe how the water channels meander their way through the delta in an ever-changing dynamic path. For those not taking the flight relax at our campsite bar, enjoy the swimming pool facilities or enjoy a game of volleyball.

 

Safari Tour from Cape TownDay 16: Gweta

Leaving the magical Okavango Delta over our shoulder, we begin an easy paced mokoro (dug out canoe) ride out of the delta back to the station, back to Maun then towards Gweta, the gateway to the massive Makgadikgadi Pans. We camp at Planet Baobab which is known worldwide for its famous giant baobab. When we arrive in this peaceful spot, you'll have bucket loads of time to explore the area at your own pace by foot or to just kick back and relax at our lodge accommodation.

 

Day 17: Kasane

Today's African agenda includes making our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the one and only Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is home to the most diverse creatures - elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. Today we experience a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen too. Bird-lovers will be more than happy at Chobe National Park as when in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

 

Day 18: Livingstone

Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia. Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia took its name from the Zambezi River when it gained independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi au Tunya’, the ‘smoke that thunders’. So don't forget a raincoat to protect your camera!

 

Our campsite itself is fabulous and we enjoy a full briefing that provides information on all activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises and more besides!), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next few days.

 

Day 19: Livingstone

The next few days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer for worthwhile day with a local project, go on a day-trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our campsite is surrounded by the Mosi au Tunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species.

 

Day 20: Chobe NP

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The bird-watching here is also excellent. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We have a bit of a change this afternoon and get to enjoy a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River – a truly amazing way to see hippo or elephant, and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

 

Day 21: Nata

We leave Kasane and make our way south, hugging the fringes of the dry and dusty Kalahari Desert stopping at our campsite Elephant Sands Lodge, located just north of the small town of Nata. The camping area is unfenced so wild animals frequently visit the lodge's waterhole to drink. If we are lucky we might see elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra and giraffe and possibly the odd lion and wild dog! Like the other beasts of the land we also gravitate to water with the swimming pool also a focal point! Relax and absorb nature's bounty at its best: up close!

 

Day 22: Polokwane

Leaving Elephant Sands, we travel through many local villages and bustling trading towns, including Francistown and Palapye, a once thriving gold mine. We complete our road trip arriving at our campsite ‘Kwa Nokeng’ situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. The second largest river in South Africa, the Limpopo acts as an important source of water for this dry and arid region. It serves as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighboring countries, Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique and out into the Indian Ocean. Tonight you can enjoy a sun downer at the cool ‘Mokoro’ (dug out canoe) bar and later hang out around the campfire under the vast and star-filled African night sky, listening out for the myriad noises of nature as it plays out in the night - especially the wild animals that make the nearby river their home!

 

Kruger National Park Safari TourDay 23: Greater Kruger

From Kwa Nokeng we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve: Kruger. The fences between the park’s borders and surrounding private game reserves have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park’s animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered.

 

We spend two nights within the Kruger area. On our first night we are treated to a display of tribal Shangaan dancing and singing followed by a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day.

 

Day 24: Kruger NP

 

Day 25: Johannesburg

We leave the Kruger behind today and make our way to South Africa’s biggest city and commercial centre, Johannesburg, where sadly our fabulous Africa adventure comes to an end late afternoon. 

 

Remember of course that there is much to explore in Johannesburg and if you would like a few nights here, we can help out with post-trip accommodation.

 

 

Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour ItineraryJohannesburg to Cape Town Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger

From Johannesburg - South Africa's biggest city and commercial centre - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga, with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, towards South Africa's most famed national park: Kruger. The fences between the park's borders and surrounding private game reserves have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park's animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa's 'Big Five' (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered. 

 

We spend two nights within the Kruger area. On our first night we are treated to a display of tribal Shangaan dancing and singing followed by a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day.

 

Day 2: Kruger NP

 

Day 3: Palapye

After our fantastic adventure hunting big game in Kruger National Park (though with only the intention of shooting with our cameras), we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Botswana. Our campsite, ‘Kwa Nokeng’, which means ‘at the River’ is situated along the banks of the Limpopo River in the province of the same name. The second largest river in South Africa, the Limpopo acts as an important source of water for this dry and arid region as well as acting as a serving as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighbouring countries, Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique and out into the Indian Ocean. Tonight you can enjoy a sundowner at the cool ‘Mokoro’ (dugout canoe) bar and later hang out around the campfire under the vast and star-filled African night sky, listening out for the myriad noises of nature as it plays out in the night - especially the wild animals that make the nearby river their home!

 

Day 4: Elephant Sands

Rain is a valuable commodity in Botswana and correspondingly the local currency is made up of pula and thebe, which mean 'rain drops' in the local Setswana language. Today we drive through vast open savannahs passing many local villages and bustling trading towns, including Palapye and Francistown, a once thriving gold mine. We complete our road trip by travelling into wilder habitats where elephants roam freely and, if we are lucky, we will see many along the side of the road. We arrive at the tranquil yet rustic setting of Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. Here we spend the night surrendering to Africa with hope to glimpse the daily spectacle of all the surrounding wildlife coming into drink at the local waterhole.

 

Southern Africa Month Overland SafariDay 5: Chobe NP

Today we make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The bird-watching here is also excellent. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We have a bit of a change this afternoon and get to enjoy a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River - a truly amazing way to see hippo or elephant, and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

 

Day 6: Livingstone

Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia. Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia took its name from the Zambezi River when it gained independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi au Tunya’, the ‘smoke that thunders’. So don't forget a raincoat to protect your camera!

 

Our campsite itself is fabulous and we enjoy a full briefing that provides information on all activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises and more besides!), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next few days.

 

Day 7: Livingstone

The next few days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer for worthwhile day with a local project, go on a day-trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls. Our campsite is surrounded by the Mosi au Tunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species.

 

Johannesburg to Cape Town overland tourDay 8: Kasane

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The bird-watching here is also excellent. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We have a bit of a change this afternoon and get to enjoy a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River – a truly amazing way to see hippo or elephant, and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

 

Day 9: Gweta

It's an early start after breakfast this morning as we begin an easy-paced drive towards Gweta, the gateway to the massive Makgadikgadi Pans. Driving south we might be lucky enough to encounter huge elephant and buffalo walking along roadside as there are no fences in this area to let the migratory herds walk at will in their search for richer pastures and water. We make our way towards Gweta, the gateway to the massive Makgadikgadi Pans and to our camp at Planet Baobab, famous for its giant baobab trees. Here you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or get to explore the area at your own pace on foot. There is nothing quite like the African wilderness!

 

Day 10: Maun

We leave Planet Baobab and make tracks for Maun, the gateway to the incredible Okavango Delta. Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and traditional native huts. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hardliving 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side. Soak up Maun's way of life and if time permits you might even have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over this area of outstanding natural beauty. 10/10 views of the Okavango Delta are guaranteed!

 

Day 11: Okavango Delta

Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4 x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of hippo, crocodile and a variety of bird to our island tented camp and explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta - the only one of its kind in the world. The Okavango is a very unspoilt area and spending time out amidst the wilderness and the rivers listening to sounds of the African night is an unforgettable experience!

 

Day 12: Ghanzi

Leaving the African paradise of the Okavango Delta behind us we hit the road via Maun to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San Bushman and have a guided bush walk, a genuine cultural experience learning about this ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they harness nature and manage the renewable resources around them to their maximum, without damaging the fragile balance found in this unique ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Later on this evening you'll witness the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

 

African Desert TreckDay 13: Windhoek

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German-style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous Joe's Beerhouse.

 

Day 14: Etosha NP

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000km² surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan’. The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of nocturnal visitors, including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival and a full-day game drive the following day.

 

Day 15: Etosha NP

Etosha National Park is the ultimate definition of the perfect game-viewing destination. Picture this - a barren landscape teeming with neon flamingos and pelicans and surrounded by nothing but native bush, grasslands, scrubland and saline lakes, trust us you'll be in awe of this magical spot. Today we dive straight into the heart of Etosha National Park and enjoy a full day game drive keeping our eyes peeled for more of the local residents - elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and hyenas.

 

Day 16: Cheetah Park

We game drive out of Etosha National Park hoping to spot any animals we may not have seen in the previous days, and turn south making our way to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park, home to Save the Cheetah Project. Since 1994, the family who own and run the private reserve have been introducing visitors and locals alike to the plight of the Cheetah, hoping that close up encounters with them will help make a difference to attitudes and understanding of this threatened cat. We get up close to cheetahs that have been hand-reared since birth, providing us with great photo opportunities. We then jump into the back of an open-bed truck to go out into the reserve to see some of the more than twenty wild cheetahs that are protected here. This is a unique experience and one that won’t be forgotten. Back at camp enjoy a swim and a sundowner before dinner and bed.

 

Day 17: Spitzkoppe

We head south to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe to admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The rock formations peak at approximately 2000m above sea level, and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and enjoy its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. One of the most impressive rock paintings to look out for is called the ‘Bushman Paradise’.

 

The Spitzkoppe Restcamp lies at the base of the mountain. It is owned and maintained by the local community and all proceeds from our visit go directly to the community.

 

Day 18: Swakopmund

Departing the granite-infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, which is a small town redolent of Namibia’s colonial past but with modern adventure oriented attractions for the visitor. Swakopmund is Namibia’s main seaside resort, sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean, and is a delightful coastal oasis. Try some adventure desert-based activities if you wish – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! A full briefing of optional activities will take place then the choice is yours! For those not so adventure-minded enjoy what the town has to offer, shopping, restaurants, museum, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean and indulge in the town’s café culture.

 

African Safari Adventure TourDay 19: Swakopmund

A small town redolent of Namibia's colonial past but with modern adventure oriented attractions for the visitor Swakopmund is Namibia's main seaside resort, sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean - a delightful coastal oasis. Try some desert-based adventure activities, such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not that way inclined you can enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping; restaurants; museums; an aquarium; art galleries - or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean and indulge in the town's café culture.

 

Day 20: Sesriem

Continuing south we reach the Namib Naukluft Park in the afternoon. This is the world’s oldest desert and containing some of the highest sand dunes in the world – some over 300m high! We drive into the Namib Naukluft National Park and stop at the base of Dune 45. This is an ideal spot to clamber to the top of one of the most photographed sand dunes in the world and see the vastness of empty desert as the sun starts to set. The changing colours and length of dune shadows offer brilliant photographic opportunities. Tonight we camp at the Sesriem campsite on the outskirts of the national park entrance under the star-filled African sky.

 

Day 21: Bethanie

We kick today off with an early start as we drive south enjoying the ever-changing barren spaces, rocky landscapes and scattered quiver trees that appear in front of us. Next stop: our camp situated near Bethanie, a small village in southern Namibia, ranked as one of the oldest settlements in the country.

 

Day 22: Fish River Canyon

This morning we prepare ourselves for the beautiful site of Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon's infamous sharp river bend known as 'Hell's Corner. There is nowhere in the world quite like this remarkable spot.

 

Day 23: Gariep (Orange) River

Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon we travel south to the border of Namibia/South Africa to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the South African side. Here you have the opportunity to relax and unwind on the water’s edge, swim or embark on an optional canoeing trip in sight of the abundance of birdlife in the area.

 

South Africa Safari TourDay 24: Western Cape Citrus Area

We continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). We camp at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region.

 

Day 25: Cape Town

We leave the scenic Cedeberg area and travel south passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town, without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where are tour ends. If time allows we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings. Take advantage of the variety of activities normally available here.