22-day Trans-Kalahari Adventure

Experience the popular and exciting Cape Town to Victoria Falls route on our accommodated 21-day Trans-Kalahari Adventure. You will traverse the Kalahari Desert and the Namib Desert which both offer an abundance of scenic, wildlife and cultural attractions. Explore the sights of Cape Town, enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings in the Okavango Delta, 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, meet ancient Bushman tribes and relax along the Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers ending at the world-famous Victoria Falls.  This tour uses three to four star lodges, all with private en-suite facilities. One staff member takes care of the driving and guiding and hosting the clients while on tour. All breakfasts and dinners are enjoyed in the lodges.

Highlights

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Cape Town
  • Chobe River Front
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha East
  • Etosha South
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kakamas
  • Karoo
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa)
  • Kwando River
  • Okavango Panhandle
  • Rundu
  • Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe

Tour Summary

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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 the 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. Overnight Protea Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation).  (Accommodated – B. Dinners own account)

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Day 3 : Karoo

Distance: 450kms (6hrs)
Departing Cape Town we pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region with spectacular views from the Van Ryns Pass. We arrive in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region. Overnight Hantam Huis (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B. Dinner own account)

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Day 4 : Kakamas

Distance: 430kms (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. Overnight Vergelegen Guest House (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B. Dinner own account)

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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. Overnight Kgalagadi Lodge (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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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. Overnight Canyon Village (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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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. Overnight Desert Quiver Camp (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 10 – 11 : 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 day 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. Overnight The Delight (or similar accommodation).( Accommodated B only - dinner own account)

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Day 12 : Damaraland

Distance: 380kms (6hrs)
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 afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool. Overnight Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 13 : Etosha South

Distance: 200kms (3hrs)
Today we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive in open 4x4 vehicles from our lodge situated just outside the park entrance. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes. Overnight Etosha village (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 14 : Etosha East

Distance: 150kms
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. The day is spent on game drive in our Overland vehicle through the Park from the Western to the Eastern side of the Park. Overnight Mokuti Lodge (or similar accommodation).  (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 15 : Rundu

Distance: 420kms (6hrs)
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). Overnight Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 16 – 17 : Okavango Panhandle

Distance: 300kms (4hrs)
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. Game walks are also done on the smaller islands in the area subject to the water levels of the delta.  Overnight Swampstop chalets. (Accommodated – B, L, D)

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Day 18 : Kwando River

Distance : 350kms (5hrs)
Departing the Delta we cross back into Namibia. We continue to the Eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. There is an opportunity for a late afternoon game drive in the Kwando Flood Plains (own account). Overnight Namushasha River Lodge (or similar accommodation).  (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 19 – 20 : Chobe River Front

Distance: 300kms (6hrs)
Crossing 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. We relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Optional morning Game Drive (own account). Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar accommodation).  (Accommodated – B & D)

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Day 21 : 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 are 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). Overnight at Cresta Sprayview hotel (or similar accommodation). (Accommodated – B. Dinners own account)

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Day 22 : Departure

Tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Included

19 nights, hotel, lodge,rest camp with breakfast daily
2 nights fixed meru style tents with en suite facilities – in the Okavango delta
Entrances and activity as per itinerary
14 dinners and 1 lunch as per itinerary

Excluded

International flights
Pre/Post Tour Accommodation
Pre/Post Airport Transfers
Travel insurance
All lunches and dinners where not specified
Optional excursions, drinks, mineral water, gratuities and personal expenses
Visas
Vaccinations
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel