20-day Great Trek Adventure

This tour offers an abundance of scenic, wildlife and cultural attractions. Explore the sights of Cape Town; view the mighty Augrabies Falls and Fish River Canyon; search for wild animals of the Kgalagaladi and Etosha National Parks; walk the highest sand dunes of the world in the Namib Desert; walk and mokoro in the beauty of the Okavango Delta; enjoy sunset and wild animals along the Chobe River ending with the unforgettable sight of Victoria Falls – experience this exciting route on a comfortable fully serviced camping safari!  Tour is operated in a 16 seater overland vehicle.  This tour is a fully serviced camping tour where our 3 staff take care of all camp duties. We supply a camp bed, mattress, sleeping bag and small pillow.

Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa)
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha South
  • Rundu
  • Okavango Panhandle
  • Kasane
  • Etosha National Park
  • Namaqualand
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 – 2 : Cape Town

The tour starts on day 1 with a pre departure meeting at 18h00 in the lobby of the hotel. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Day 2 depart 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 optional for clients’ own expense. Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at clients’ own expense.

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Day 3 : Namaqualand

Distance : 250kms (4hrs)
Departing Cape Town we 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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Day 4 : Augrabies Falls National Park

Distance : 600kms (8hrs)
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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Day 5 – 6 : Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa)

Distance : 350kms (5hrs)
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 & afternoon game drives in the Park.

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Day 7 : Fish River Canyon

Distance : 470kms (8hrs)
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.

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Day 8 – 9 : Sesriem

Distance : 520kms (8hrs)
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. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.

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Day 10 : Swakopmund

Distance : 380kms (6hrs)
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 morning exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (own expense). Activities available include dolphin cruises, scenic flights over the vast Namib and many more.

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Day 11 : Spitzkoppe

Distance : 150kms (3hrs)
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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Day 12 : Etosha South

Distance : 500kms (7hrs)
This 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. We enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the afternoon.

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Day 13 : Etosha National Park

Enjoying a full day game drive we visit the Etosha pan, travel to the Eastern end of the park and set up camp at Namutoni Rest camp inside Etosha park.

 

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Day 14 : Rundu

Distance : 400kms (6hrs)
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.

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Day 15 – 16 : Okavango Panhandle

Distance : 350kms (5hrs)
Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel to our campsite on the edge of the Okavango Delta. The following day we do mokoro & 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 the water levels of the delta.

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Day 17 – 18 : Kasane

Distance : 530kms (8hrs)

Travel through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia and cross back into Botswana via the Chobe National Park, we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Day 18 we relax on a morning game drive & a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.

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Day 19 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Distance : 100kms (2hrs)

After breakfast we travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls, without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. The afternoon and following morning is spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls and to visit the Falls (own expense).

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Day 20 : Departure

Tour ends after breakfast with transfer to the airport.

Included

16 nights of fully serviced camping with all meals and entrance fees
Two nights hotel accommodation in Cape Town
One night hotel accommodation in Swakopmund
One night hotel accommodation in  Victoria Falls
Camp bed, mattress, sleeping bag and small pillow
Airport transfers

Excluded

International flights
Travel insurance
Optional activities
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel