Cape Town to Vic Falls - Cape, Kalahari & Delta
South Africa & Botswana & Namibia & Zimbabwe, Wildlife & Safari, 22 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,115 (land only) - from $4,280 (land only)
Day 1: Airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. This is a free day for you to explore the beauty of the Cape!
Day 2: Departing Cape Town at 8.00am, we head for Cape Point Nature Reserve visiting an African Penguin Colony en-route. Spending the rest of the afternoon relaxing on Hout Bay Beach, the wonderful waterfront of Hout Bay provides some of Cape Town's best culinary delights for us to try.
Day 3: Heading North to the Cederberg Mountains, we explore this raw and dramatic landscape on foot before driving onto our chalets to relax and unwind with the tradition of an African sundowner.
Day 4: Crossing into Namibia, we drive to our lodge on the banks of the Gariep River. Although an arid region, the Gariep River provides an opportunity to cool off and relax. Clean, clear and very inviting, there is free time for swimming or an optional canoe adventure down the river at own expense.
Day 5: Fish River Canyon is one of the most impressive natural sites in Namibia. With towering rock faces and deep ravines of up to 550m, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Making our way to one of the outstanding vantage points, we watch the dramatic change of colours as the sun plunges behind the canyon's rim.
Day 6: Sand shifting winds create the iconic sharp-ridged Sossusveli Dunes of the Namib Desert. Argued to be the highest dunes in the world, their ever-changing colours make for wonderful photographic opportunities from sunrise to sunset! Having spent our first day in the desert, we head for our tented lodge where there is an opportunity to cool off with a swim.
Day 7: Depending on conditions we make take a dune walk and if we haven't already, visit Sesriem Canyon. Carved out by the Tsauchab River, Sesriem is Afrikaan for six belts which was given by the settlers who had to knot six belt lengths to reach water from the bottom of the canyon. A place of arid beauty, we return again to our tented lodge for the beauty of African nightskies.
Day 8: Leaving our desert tracks behind, we head for the popular seaside resort of Swakpomund. Cool coastal breezes, palm-lined streets and an ambiance reminiscent of a small German village, Swakopmund offers a distinct and refreshing Namibian experience for us to explore.
Day 9: Known as the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund offers countless adventurous activities, which you may wish to try at your expense. If you prefer to spend your free day at a more leisurely pace, the architecture of this former German colony provides a real flavour of German South West Africa.
Day 10: Continuing our journey through Namibia, this land of great contrasts presents us with stark plains, petrified forests and the peaks of the Brandenberg Massif. Damaraland is ruggedly beautiful, untamed and gives us a real taste of a prehistoric land. Stopping at Twynfelfontein, we walk to view ancient rock engravings before heading to camp.
Day 11: A vast, unforgiving expanse that stretches 4800km, Etosha National Park is by far Africa's most distinct National Park. During the course of the day we seek out elephants, lions and herds of antelope around the waterholes before returning to our accommodation on the outskirts of the national park to our very own waterhole!
Day 12: A full day of game viewing today, we head off into Etosha seeking out game throughout the course of the day. With time to relax and unwind during the day, the timings of your game drives will depend upon local conditions.
Day 13: Winding our way down to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek is located in a basin between the Khomas Highlands and Eros Mountains. More of a charming town than a bustling city, we have time to experience the African and European cultures which gives Windhoek its cosmopolitan twist.
Day 14: Our second border crossing presents the beauty of Botswana. Heading for the heart of the Kalahari, we spend the afternoon walking with the Kalahari Bushmen and learn their fascinating way of life. Prepared for our night in the bush, we overnight in rustic, grass huts.
Day 15: Heading for the largest inland delta in the world, we will spend the next two nights at our tented camp enjoying game walks, optional swimming opportunities and birdlife in this wildlife rich area.
Day 16: With a maze of lagoons and channels to explore, there is only one way to explore this beautiful and remote location and that is by the Mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe. As we are poled along this wild network of waterways, this gentile method of safari provides the ultimate in game viewing and bird watching experiences.
Day 17: Driving out of the Delta we may be lucky enough to encounter some wildlife en-route to the wild-west town of Maun. With an optional scenic flight over the Delta (at own expense), we arrive in Maun at where there is time to relax or enjoy a swim.
Day 18: The size of Switzerland, during rainy season the Makgadikgadi Pans provide a place of refuge for herds of Wildebeest and clouds of Flamingo when these arid pans transform into nutritious grassland. As we travel across this pan, we may encounter some of Africa's smaller creatures, that are vital to the survival of the eco-system.
Day 19: Swapping our saltpan for a safari, we head to the first national park of Botswana, Chobe National Park. Large herds of elephants are the attraction here and as we board our afternoon river cruise, we may be lucky enough to see herds of elephants cooling off in the river.
Day 20: Heading onto our forth and final country we make our way across the border into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The falls tumble 108m creating a cloud of spray that has earned it the title 'The smoke that thunders'. Making our way to superb vantage points to view the falls we have ample time to marvel at this natural wonder.
Day 21: On this free day there are many optional activities to choose from at your own expense. Exploring the local handicraft markets, enjoying a sunset cruise or view the falls from scenic flights. Alternatively you may just like to relax in the hotel gardens and pool.
Day 22: Land only services finish after breakfast. Airport transfers can be arrange on request.