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21-day Cape to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer

An accommodated journey through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia covering Fish River Canyon, the wildlife in Etosha Pan National Park, the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert and the amazing Victoria Falls.  This accommodated works on a twin share basis, some with en-suite bathrooms and some with communal ablutions. Accommodation varies from twin bed permanent tents in a national park to a hotel a few meters from the beach, all of them comfortable, clean and friendly. With professional guides to lead your safari and a comfortable bed to sleep in every night, you’re sure to have a fantastic holiday – and you won’t find a better value-for-money, quality African safari tour anywhere else.

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From
NZD$5,880
per person sharing*

Highlights

Cape Town – Cape Point day tour
Fish River Canyon – walking
Namib Desert – Sossusvlei dunes
Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
Etosha National Park – game drives
Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
Chobe National Park – river cruise
Victoria Falls – white water rafting

Includes

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excludes

Travel insurance
International flights
Pre and post tour accommodation
Airport Transfers
Gratuities
Visas
Vaccinations
Optional activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Cape Town, South Africa

Ends

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Duration

21 days

Countries visited

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$5,880
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

2 to 3 Star Accommodation

Accommodation:

3 to 4 Star Accommodation

Vehicle

Day 1 CAPE TOWN [guest house - - -]
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Day 2 CEDERBERG [chalet BLD]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
The Cederberg is a massive rock wilderness with giant sandstone boulders that have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. We head north to the Cederberg and explore the rugged landscape on foot before relaxing in chalets for the evening.

Day 3 GARIEP RIVER [lodge BLD]
We make our way into the more arid regions and upon entering Namibia, we stay at a lodge on the Gariep River. Namibia’s southern border river flows quietly and peacefully and the river valley is hardly affected by tourism. The riverbed is sandy, the water clean and clear. Time free for swimming and relaxing or you can adventure down the river in canoes (own expense).

Day 4 FISH RIVER CANYON [lodge BLD]
The Fish River Canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With its depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the canyon and in the afternoon and watch a spectacular sunset as the sun slips over the canyon’s rim.

Day 5 - 6 NAMIB DESERT [lodge or tented lodge BLD]
The parched Namib Desert has endless orange dunes blown into sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind and at Sossusvlei they form a gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and from the comfort of our lodge outside the national park watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes. (If you prefer not to do the 4km walk to Sossusvlei there is an optional own expense 4WD transfer.)

Day 7 - 8 SWAKOPMUND [guest house Bx2 Lx1-]
Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, characterized by numerous colonial buildings. In terms of flora, both the Welwitschias Mirabilis and the Kokerboom grow on the stony plains of the Namib and many beautiful specimens surround the coastal town. Swakopmund is also the adventure activity capital of Namibia. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding (own expense).

Day 9 DAMARALAND [chalets BLD]
Namibia is a land of great contrasts and Damaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massif Mountains.

Day 10 - 11 ETOSHA NP [guest lodge BLD]
Once a vast lake fed by the Kunene River, the pan that is Etosha NP dried up thousands of years ago when the river waters chose a new course. Etosha is big game country. We take game drives around the huge pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. We stay at a lodge on the outskirts of the national park.

Day 12 WINDHOEK [guest house BL-]
This pretty town, beautifully situated in a valley, combines the architecture of a modern city with numerous buildings in the style of the German colonial era. The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).
Cape to Namibia clients end tour +/-08:00 on morning of day 13, please contact Sunway office for details.

Day 13 KALAHARI [chalet BLD]
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in huts in the heart of the Kalahari. The sand masses were created by the erosion of soft stone formations. The wind shaped the sand ridges, which are so typical of the landscape in the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills.

Day 14 - 15 OKAVANGO DELTA [lodge BLD]
The Okavango Delta is the only inland delta in the world: the annual flood of fresh water, spreads over 15000sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. We journey to the western floodplains of the Okavango Delta to our lodge overlooking a permanent lagoon, where we enjoy a game walk, a mokoro excursion and the amazing birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Day 16 MAUN DELTA [lodge BL-]
Making our way around the Okavango we head to Maun where we have an evening meal at a local restaurant (own expense).

Day 17 MAKGADIKGADI PANS [tented lodge or chalet BL-]
The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi are the size of Switzerland and most of the time appear as a glaring, white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as the pans come to life with frantically feeding water birds and great herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Day 18 CHOBE [chalets BL-]
Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo. Our afternoon is spent on an exciting wildlife boat cruise in the Chobe NP.

Day 19 – 21 VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE) [hotel Bx3 - -]
Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 100m, creating a cloud of spray. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, sunset cruises, scenic flights or a 111m bungi jump (own expense). Tour ends at 08:00am.