20-day Transkalahari Adventure

The Kalahari and Namib deserts offer an abundance of scenic, wildlife and cultural attractions. Explore the sights of Cape Town, view the mighty Augrabies Falls and Fish River canyon, see the wild animals of the Kgalagaladi and Etosha National Parks, summit the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib desert, walk and mokoro in the beauty of the Okavango Delta – relax along the Cubango and Chobe Rivers ending at the world-famous Victoria Falls – experience this exciting route Overlanding in style!  This tour is operated in a 16 seater Overland Lodge vehicle.  3/4 star accommodation with en suite facilities.

Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • The West Coast
  • Kakamas
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa)
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha South
  • Rundu
  • Okavango Panhandle
  • Kasane
  • 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 from 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 included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at clients’ own expense.

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Day 3 : The West Coast

Distance: 270kms (4hrs)
Departing Cape Town mid morning 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. There is the opportunity of sampling the local wines of the area during a wine tasting at the Guesthouse (own expense).

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Day 4 : Kakamas

Distance: 480kms (6hrs)
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: 400kms (7hrs)
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 inside the park.

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Day 7 : Fish River Canyon

Distance: 470kms (8hrs)
Leaving the Kalahari region we head west and enter Namibia arriving at our lodge situated in a scenically beautiful area. Afternoon or early next morning we visit the Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe inspiring canyons in the world.

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Day 8 – 9 : Sesriem

Distance: 520kms (8hrs)
Our journey takes us north through ever changing scenery to our accommodation 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)
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 or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

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Day 11 : Damaraland

Distance: 380kms (6hrs)
Departing at lunchtime we drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Spend the late afternoon taking in the incredible setting.

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Day 12 – 13 : Etosha South

Distance: 190kms (3hrs)
Today we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive in the park in the Kiboko vehicle. 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. Day 13 we enjoy a full day game drive in open 4x4 vehicles from our lodge located just outside the park entrance.

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Day 14 : Rundu

Distance: 620kms (9hrs)
We depart Etosha and enter the Caprivi Strip where we spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River and Angola. An optional afternoon boat cruise on the river is available (own account).

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Day 15 – 16 : Okavango Panhandle

Distance: 320kms (6hrs)
Continuing into the Caprivi we cross into Botswana and travel by road to our lodge on the edge of the Okavango Delta. The following day we travel by boat 30 minutes into the delta. We do mokoro & boat excursions in the back channels of the Nxamasire area of the delta. Nature 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: 480kms (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 (3hrs)
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 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

19 nights 3- star to 4-star hotels & lodges with breakfast daily
Entrances and activities as per itinerary.
14 dinners and one lunch as per itinerary.
Airport transfers in Cape Town and Victoria Falls

 

Excluded

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