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Across 30 epic days you’ll go round-trip to Cape Town via Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia, taking comfortable touring vehicles and staying in a mix of hotels and campsites for a well-rounded experience. Wildlife sightings and cultural moments come standard here — everything from searching for the "big five" in national parks to enjoying meals with local families. You’ve got memories made for a lifetime.
Duration: 30 Days
Arrive at any time, as there are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with the option to visit Table Mountain and take the five-minute cable car trip to the top and explore the summit. This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the peaks of surrounding mountains, and the rest of Table Mountain National Park. Alternatively, choose to explore Cape Point, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch.
Take a short flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the afternoon, travel to Soweto for a bicycle tour, taking you through the vibrant streets and giving you the opportunity to meet some of its diverse residents, seeing the sights, hearing the music and even tasting a local ‘home-brewed’ beer. Popular stops include the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street, where Nelson Mandela used to live.
In the morning we will leave Johannesburg and take the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner and dance experience.
The following day, enjoy a full day wildlife safari drive in the Kruger National Park. Hop in a 4x4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African National Park.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
On day 6, Head north to the Letaba Ranch. There are many ways to experience a wildlife safari, but doing it on foot is one of the most exciting ways to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Go for a guided nature walk along the Great Letaba River, which is unfenced from the Kruger National Park and known for its large herds of giraffe, elephant and buffalo. At night, listen to the sounds of the animals as they move along the banks of the river and through the camp.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Opt for a morning safari drive, or soak up the atmosphere in the camp, before traveling to the next lodge, in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve. Free afternoon to relax by the pool, or opt to explore and investigate the diverse fauna and flora of this lush area on foot. Marked trails take you across scenic valleys, along sparkling streams, and through various indigenous forests. You also have the option to set off in an open safari vehicle. Be on the lookout for wildlife, particularly the African wild dog this reserve is known for.
Get an earlier start and cross the border into Zimbabwe. Continue on to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, settling in and scanning the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Start the day with a visit to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Africa's most significant ruins site south of Cairo. Learn the history of the ruins and climb to the citadel for a view over the site. Continue on to Matobo National Park.
Wake up early and opt to explore ancient cave paintings seeing some of the best examples and learning about the history behind them and the culture of the native people. Visit the grave of Rhodes, a British businessman and mining mogul who set up the funds for the world-famous Rhodes Scholarships, which award funds for exceptional students to engage in postgraduate studies at the prestigious University of Oxford. Alternatively, hike the unique and stunning landscape, or hang out by the pool. In the afternoon, enjoy an included rhino walk, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with this endangered species.
Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest, and home to elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. Get your cameras ready and keep an eye out for Africa's "big five," as well as other predators, and over 300 bird species.
Continue on to Victoria Falls. Marvel at the spectacular falls from the Zimbabwean side, then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore further.
The following day, spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to take a helicopter flight over the falls, watching the Zambezi River make its way toward the gorge and form the largest waterfall in the world. During your ride, you will have time to take in the incredible views over the falls, Livingstone Island, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while snapping as many pictures as you like. You may be lucky enough to see some giraffes and elephants in the surrounding landscape and even catch a rainbow over the falls. Alternatively, take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River while Victoria Falls roars above, navigating through the canyon that forms the famous falls. The dramatic rapids will fill you with excitement and complete your experience. The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. For the more adventurous, bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi River, hearing the rush of Victoria Falls as you enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Drive to the border and cross from Zimbabwe into Botswana. Continue to the Kasane area, outside the gates of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. There are a number of optional activities you can choose to participate in.
Get a fantastic perspective of one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Bring a few drinks and a camera, sit back, and enjoy the view. You can also opt to join a wildlife photo safari where you're set up with a camera, a window seat, and the instruction required to take incredible safari photos. Choose to enjoy a drive along routes that overlook the beautiful Chobe River, keeping an eye out for the remarkable variety of animals that are drawn to this permanent water source.
Opt to rise early for a sunrise safari on the Chobe River before travelling to Nata. Opt for a bush walk keeping your eyes open and your binoculars ready to spot eagles, bustards, flamingoes, and blue-cheeked bee-eaters or head out for a wildlife safari drive to see the flora of the Nata region up close and personal. At night, watch elephants drink from the camp's watering hole at night.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Prepare for a 1-night/2-day journey into the delta. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta. Travel to Maun, the biggest town in the Okavango Delta area, pick up any supplies needed, and prepare for the journey into the Okavango Delta. In the evening, sit back and enjoy as a group performs traditional welcome dances on the poolside terrace. The performance will include an introduction and explanation of the meaning of the songs performed.
Enjoy wildlife walks and viewing, mokoro trips (occasionally unavailable due to seasonality), and birdwatching in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. The excursion begins with a drive in customized safari vehicles for about 1-2 hrs to the "dock" to board a mokoro (canoe) that takes us deep into the delta. After a 1-2 hrs in the mokoro, arrive to the basic bush camp. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals, or simply unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Traverse the Kalahari Desert. Spend the night at the G Adventures supported Dqae Qare San Lodge, and meet the local San Bushmen. Get a glimpse of how the San tribe adapted to the Kalahari Desert and learn about their fascinating wilderness survival skills. The gatherer life of the San/Bushmen has all but disappeared; there are few remaining who retain the survival skills of their ancient way of life. During the walk the guides will share their knowledge on mastering this harsh environment, helping us learn about the botany of our surroundings. Enjoy the sunrise in the delta before travelling back to Maun by mokoro. Travel along the northern portions of the Kalahari Desert throughout the day – this is a severely arid and barren landscape, though very beautiful. Arrive in the late afternoon and camp close to D'kar. Enjoy a traditional local meal before settling in for the night.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Travel to Windhoek, the German-influenced capital city of Namibia. You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, which works with women from the Katutura township, and surrounding rural communities, by helping them develop livelihoods through working in their handicraft workshops and cafe. Penduka trains and employs women disadvantaged through poverty, disability, ill-health, or lack of education, empowering them to develop skills in textiles, beading and pottery. Continue up to Etosha National Park. Enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle, where over 100 species of mammals call home, including elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and hyenas. After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground. Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Today, enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Opt to set off in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.
Today, drive to the historical city of Swakopmund, watching the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia. Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such the Living Desert Tour, hopping into a 4x4 vehicle and setting out into the desert. An expert guide will point out signs of animal life and emphasize survival in the harsh desert landscape for both humans and animals.
The next day, optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving or a guided cultural tour. On this tour, learn about the history of Swakopmund, its housing and other various topics to get a better understanding of local life. Visit a woman from the Herero ethnic group and also a Nama Medicine Woman, who will host a 'click' lesson in the local Daman language. Finish at a local pub called a 'shebeen' with the opportunity to try the local bush delicacy of Mopani worms and a drink.
Travel into the beautiful Namib Desert, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way. You will get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert.
Today, visit Sossusvlei Dunes, an area famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel. Continue on to visit Sesriem Canyon a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei. Today you will also have the option to venture out into Deadvlei. These drylands boast incredible contrasts of black dead trees amidst the white clay soil, surrounded by red sand dunes reaching up to 300 meters high. This is a must for any traveller to Namibia.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Continue south through the Namib Desert to the Fish River Canyon. Enjoy the beautiful view from the canyon lookout point, before finishing the day at the Ai-Ais, a sulphur rich mineral spring at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. Ai-Ais is also a part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, covering a large piece of land in northern South Africa, and southern Namibia. The hot springs resort is a popular gateway to Namibia from the south, and the end point of the gruelling five-day Fish River Canyon hike. The spring water is piped to a number of indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis.
After a relaxing morning in the hot springs, continue on to the banks of the Orange River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country.
Cross the border into South Africa and continue down the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town. We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa. In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October. Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques.
Continue on the last stretch of the trip to lovely Cape Town. Stop at the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre along the way, then get ready to explore the vibrant streets of this scenic coastal city. While travelling towards Cape Town, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September). Cape Town has many different options should you book extra time to explore after the tour. Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks. Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters.
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