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  • Discover Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Encounter wildlife on game drives in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Journey to the spectacular Fish River Canyon
  • Walk among the giant dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
The Southern Africa Explorer tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls. The Southern Africa Explorer is a wildlife safaris and game drives tour that takes 21 days taking you from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and through other destinations in Africa.

A classic overland journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The countries that lie at the southern end of the African continent evoke a strong spirit of the wild. From the seemingly empty and endless dunes of the Namibian desert, to the teeming animal life of the Okavango River, this itinerary traverses the greatest parks, reserves and landscapes that Africa’s south has to offer. From Cape Town we head north towards the arid wilderness of Namibia. We marvel at the enormity of the Fish River Canyon, explore the boundless Namib Desert and search for desert elephants in Etosha National Park. In Botswana we enjoy some of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences along the Okavango and Chobe Rivers. The magnificent Victoria Falls provides a backdrop to a multitude of adventurous options and is the end point of this fabulous journey through southern Africa.
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The tour starts on Day 1 with a pre departure meeting at 18:00 in the lobby of the hotel. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, recently selected as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at your own expense. Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).
This morning we leave our hotel at 08h00, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, we visit the Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to our well-situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is option as well (at your own expense). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at your own expense. Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).
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  • Breakfast
After breakfast we depart Cape Town travelling north and pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region. We overnight at the foot of the Van Ryns Pass. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Leaving the Little Karoo we head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. We pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise’. We spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane Lion. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Park.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Leaving the Kalahari region we head west and enter Namibia. After setting up camp enjoy a walk along the rim of the canyon and watch the changing colours of sunset over the canyon. Second only to the Grand Canyon in size, Fish River Canyon is a truly awe-inspiring work of Nature.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our journey takes us north through ever changing scenery to our camp located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei - starkly beautiful in a harsh environment. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Heading north we reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding. We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town with its tree-lined boulevard and shops and cafes or enjoy one of the numerous optional excursions (at own risk and own expense). Accommodation in a Guesthouse.
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  • Breakfast and Lunch
Leaving Swakopmund after lunch we set up camp among the boulders of the Spitzkoppe Mountains. The afternoon is free to explore the stunning surrounding area on foot. The spectacular setting of our remote bushcamp is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We enter Etosha and travel through the park to Okakeujo Restcamp. Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. Floodlit waterholes at Okakeujo and Namutoni campsite attracts an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing us with many amazing wildlife sightings. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, relaxing in the middle of the day when wildlife is least active (approx 150 kms drive/12 hrs including lunch). Overnight Okakeujo and Namutoni Restcamp inside Etosha.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After a morning game drive we exit Etosha and travel to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River. Our camp is set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Kavango River.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
In 2019 - Continuing into the Caprivi Strip we cross into Botswana and travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. We transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere Island in the Delta. The following day we do game walks on the island and a mokoro canoe trip.

In 2020 - Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel by road to our campsite on the edge of the Okavango Delta. The following day we do mokoro and boat excursions in the back channels of the Nxamasire area of the Delta. Game walks are also done on the smaller islands in the area subject to water levels of the delta.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Departing the Delta by boat we return to our vehicle and we cross back into Namibia. Driving through the Caprivi we set up camp on the banks of the Kwando River.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Continuing through the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel through the Chobe National Park, and set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe National Park is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets, abundance of wildlife and myriad of birdlife. The following day we relax on a game viewing cruise on the Chobe River where we have opportunity to get close to riverine creatures such as crocodiles and hippos. A morning game drive in Chobe National Park is optional (own expense).
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today we travel across the border into Zimbabwe to view Victoria Falls or "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (Smoke that Thunders), one of the most enthralling sights in Africa. The afternoon and following morning is at leisure to explore the Falls or take part in some of the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa. Free to browse the local markets, simply relax, visit the Falls another time or to experience some of the many optional activities including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls (all at own expense). Overnight Sprayview Lodge (or similar).
Meals
  • Breakfast
Our tour ends today after breakfast.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Meals
  • 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners
Transport
  • Private vehicle transport in custom built vehicles designed for African conditions, with fridge, forward-facing high back seats and ample storage
Guide
  • English speaking local guide and 2 camp assistants/cooks
Others
  • National Park and permit fees
  • All camping gear (including sleeping bag & pillow) spacious 2 person safari tents, camp bed and comfortable safari folding chair
  • Group camping equipment, reference library and first aid box
  • Game drives and boat cruise per itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Optional activities where indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner where not indicated on the itinerary
  • Entrance into Victoria Falls National Park
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, souvenirs etc
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • For 2018 dates - Local payment of 2500 South African Rand payable to tour leader on day 1
  • For 2019 dates - Local payment of 3000 South African Rand payable to tour leader on day 1
Tour details
Duration 21 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Cape Town, South africa/ Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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A deposit of 1020 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 30 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southern Africa Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Southern Africa Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern Africa Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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