Beginning from the mighty Victoria Falls, this 14-day overland tour takes us into Botswana and the Chobe National Park, where we hope to see some of the thousands of elephants that the park is famous for. We then have the opportunity to spend a couple of nights camping in the wilderness of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta.
We cross into Namibia where our next stop is the Etosha National Park. Etosha's waterholes attract a host of African animals. We end the trip in Namibia's seaside town of Swakopmund where you can explore the desert on a number of activities.
Day 1: Victoria Falls
Today is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. At 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on this African safari. All year round, flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters. Back on the ground, the falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls National Park with its many viewing points or from the Zambian side. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities.
White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats', where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Optional excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris, horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats', where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Day 2: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (B / L / D)
After breakfast we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Listen out for the resident hippos! The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia. This National Park is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds.
For the adventurous spirits, there is the option for the Chobe National Park Sleep-out - an overnight experience in the Chobe National park. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife en-route to the set camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. In the morning we continue our exploration and after stopping off at the camp for lunch, we meet the rest of the group for the sunset boat cruise.
Day 3: Chobe National Park (B / L / D)
For those not on the Sleep-out, today offers the option of an early morning game drive in the Chobe National Park. An early start sees us spend the morning observing the large herds of wildlife. After our game drive we return to camp for lunch. The late afternoon sees us take a boat cruise along the Chobe River. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the boat while we watch another glorious African sunset.
Day 4: Chobe National Park to Maun (B / L / D)
Today we travel in a south-westerly direction to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun. It is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta.
Day 5: Maun to Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.
Here we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In/Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler's station. Mokoros are traditional dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who 'pole' them through the reeds. After our guides find us a place to camp, we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness.
For those who'd prefer not to explore The Delta, you can stay at the lovely campsite relaxing by the swimming pool or challenging each other to a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm nearby that has it's feeding times open to campsite visitors.
Day 6: Okavango Delta (B / L / D)
A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming (dependant on area & water levels), game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!
Day 7: Okavango Delta to Maun (B / L / D)
This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. We arrive back in the early afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over The Delta.
Day 8: Maun to Rundu (Namibia) (B / L / D)
Following the Kavango River, we enter Northern Namibia. We stop at Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River - complete with 'open air' facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!
Day 9: Rundu to Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
From Rundu, we head towards Etosha National Park. Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia's premier nature reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a wide variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park.
Day 10: Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for Etosha's large herds of desert antelope such as Springbok and the famed Oryx. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp.
Day 11: Etosha National Park to Cheetah Park (B / L / D)
Today's drive is to the Cheetah Park - a private farm dedicated to conserving Namibia's cheetah population. We get to meet the resident cheetahs, a photo opportunity not to be missed!
Day 12: Cheetah Park to Spitzkoppe (B / L / D)
Our departure from the Cheetah Park takes us to the 'Matterhorn of Namibia' - Spitzkoppe. The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia's most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings. Tonight we bush camp under the African stars.
Day 13: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund (B / L)
Today we head for Swakopmund. Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Accommodation will be in dormitories. Upgrades are possible, but depend on room availability.
Day 14: Swakopmund (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced an overland safari of a lifetime!
Optional excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.
|START: Victoria Falls||END: Swakopmund|
|16 August 2015||29 August 2015|
|30 August 2015||12 September 2015|
|13 September 2015||26 September 2015|
|27 September 2015||10 October 2015|
|11 October 2015||24 October 2015|
|25 October 2015||07 November 2015|
|08 November 2015||21 November 2015|
|22 November 2015||05 December 2015|
|06 December 2015||19 December 2015|
|20 December 2015||02 January 2016|
The following Optional Activities are available on this overland safari.
Please Note: Prices are approximate and can change at any given time. Please use as a guideline only.
|Entry to Vic Falls National Park||USD 35|
|Microlight over the Falls (15 mins)||USD 170|
|Helicopter over the Falls (15 mins)||USD 155|
|Zambezi River Rafting (full day)||USD 140|
|Full Day Adrenaline (min 10 pax)||USD 160|
|Rafting and Boarding Combo||USD 180|
|Bungee Jumping (111m)||USD 150|
|Elephant Back Safari||USD 150|
|Chobe National Park Game Drive||USD 70|
|Okavango Delta Mokoro Excursion (2 nights)||USD 170|
|Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta||USD 100|
|Township Tour||USD 80|