The Ultimate Adventure

34

Days

For this tour you would need to book your international flights to arrive in Cape Town and depart from Johannesburg.

Your tour highlights:


  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

  • West Coast

  • Fish River Canyon

  • Sossusvlei Dunes, Dead Valley & Sesriem Canyon

  • Swakopmund

  • Walvis Bay

  • Skeleton Coast National Park & Cape Cross

  • Damaraland - Brandberg White Lady

  • Etosha National Park

  • Okonjima Private Nature Reserve

  • Africat Foundation

  • Central Kalahari

  • Okavango Delta - Moremi & Savuti

  • Chobe National Park

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls

  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

  • Marakele National Park

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

  • 1 Night - Lambert’s Bay

  • 2 Nights - Fish River Canyon

  • 2 Nights - Namib-Naukluft National Park

  • 3 Nights - Swakopmund

  • 1 Night - Uis

  • 3 Nights - Etosha National Park

  • 1 Night - Okonjima

  • 1 Night - Windhoek

  • 1 Night - Ghanzi

  • 4 Nights - Okavango - Moremi & Savuti

  • 2 Nights - Kasane

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

  • 1 Night - Nata

  • 1 Night - Serowe

  • 2 Nights - Marakele National Park

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations / 4X4 Camp: 32 Nights

  • 41 Meals: 26 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 9 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       Cross border permit

                       One-way drop-off fee

  • Boat cruise in Walvis Bay

  • Okonjima:

                       Tracking leopard on safari

                       Africat Foundations

  • Okavango Delta:

                       Game viewing activities

  • Chobe:

                       Early morning open vehicle safari

                       Sunset cruise on the Chobe River

  • Victoria Falls:

                       Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Nata:

                       Open vehicle safari to

                       Makgadikgadi Pans

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Our representative will meet you upon your morning arrival at Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City”. He / She will hand over your travel documents (vouchers) and assist with the collection of your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport. Drive to your hotel located in the city. Beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant V & A Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  None


Day 3:


Today you can take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After your stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, you continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). You can then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here you start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline. Lunch can be had en-route. After lunch you can visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On your return to the city you head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 4 & 5:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why we recommend a couple of days at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 6:


Today you can tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350-year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. You can also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 7:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning or weather permitting an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula", you depart for the beautiful quaint west coast seaside town of Lambert’s Bay. Enjoy lunch en-route and dinner in town. This little town has some excellent seafood restaurants all within a safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Lambert’s Bay.


Accommodation:  Lambert’s Bay

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town


Day 8 & 9:


Drive via the town of Springbok and through Namaqualand to Namibia’s Fish River Canyon. Lunch can be had en-route. This spectacular canyon is the largest in Africa and the second largest in the world, after the magnificent Grand Canyon. The Fish River, the longest interior river in Namibia, has eroded over millions of years a gigantic ravine which now stretches 160 km (100 miles) long, 27 km (17 miles) wide and 550 meters (1804 feet) deep. The next morning you can visit Hell’s Bend and other canyon viewpoints before returning to the lodge. Spend the day relaxing in the coolness of your room or just take it easy by the swimming pool. Lunch can be had at the lodges’ restaurant. Return this afternoon to the lip of the canyon, as there are not many places better to see the sun setting over Africa than at the Fish River Canyon. Overnight near the Fish River Canyon.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Fish River Canyon

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 10 & 11:


Travel to the Namib-Naukluft National Park located in the southern region of the true Namib Desert, Africa’s largest conservation area. Its barren landscape, deep gorges and continually shifting barchans’ dunes leaves one with an awe-inspiring sense of space. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day you could join an early morning escorted 4 X 4 tour to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by soaring red sand dunes. The name Sossusvlei is of mixed origin meaning “dead end marsh”, as it is here where the Tsauchab River flows into a drainage basin without outflow. Within the Sossusvlei conservation area one also finds Dead Valley, which is surrounded by the 350 meter (1150 feet) high “Big Daddy” dune, as well as Sesriem Canyon which has been shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years and is one of the few places in the Namid Desert that holds water throughout the year. A combined visit to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon is probably Namibia’s most spectacular and best known attraction. On this memorable morning, if early, you could witness a dramatic sunrise over the Namid Desert, walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes or Dune 45, visit Dead Valley and explore Sesriem Canyon. Overnight near Sossusvlei.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Escorted 4 X 4 tour to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon


Day 12, 13 & 14:


Travel via Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Arrive early so that you have the rest of the afternoon to explore this seaside town with its beautiful beaches, arts & crafts markets and curio shops. The next morning, you take a short drive to the port city of Walvis Bay, where you embark on a marine educational sightseeing tour in search of the “Marine Big 5”, namely whales, dolphins, Mola Molas (fish), Leatherback turtles and Cape fur seals. Every year, between July & November, the majestic Southern Right whale and other whale species grace the shores of western Namibia. The initial cruise takes you past oyster farms and Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse. The dolphins love to swim alongside the boats and the seals & pelicans are cheeky enough to come aboard to get their daily feed. Coffee / tea will be served once on board and a scrumptious lunch with delicious platters, savoury snacks, oysters & sparkling wine is also served to round off a perfect morning. You then have the afternoon and the next day at leisure. Try book an exciting guided “Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour” in search of creatures endemic to the Namib Desert. Hidden in this apparently barren landscape and amongst the dunes are Peringuey’s or Sidewinder adders, Palmato geckos with their beautiful colours and transparent skin, large Namaqua chameleons, sand-diving lizards, fish moths, beetles, FitzSimon’s burrowing skinks and dancing White Lady spiders. Evenings at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at any one of several restaurants or excellent seafood restaurants found within a short safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.


Accommodation:  Swakopmund

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch (Day 13)


Included Activity:


  • Day 13 - Morning - Dolphin & Seal Cruise in Walvis Bay


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour


Day 15:


Today you travel up the Skeleton Coast National Park to Cape Cross and across the Namib Desert. Cape Cross is now a protected area and is known as the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home to one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. You then continue on through the Namib Desert to the southern Kunene region, an area formerly known as Damaraland. This area, found in the northwestern Namib Desert, has its own unique landscape with unusual mountain and rock formations. The Brandberg Mountains are surrounded by flat Namid gravel plains allowing “Königstein” or King’s Stone, Namibia’s highest mountain standing at 2573 meters (8442 feet) above sea level to be seen from great distances. Deep within the Brandberg Mountain range there are KhoiKhoi (Bushmen) paintings dating back thousands of years. These fascinating people of the Great Kalahari and Namid Desert left their life stories on the rocks in the form of paintings & drawings. You can view some of this art and see the Brandberg White Lady painting on a guided walking tour. The origin of this famous painting has long been an archaeological dilemma. Overnight near the Brandberg.


Accommodation:  Uis

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Guided walking tour to the Brandberg White Lady rock art paintings


Day 16, 17 & 18:


After breakfast, you depart for Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks of Southern Africa. Enter Etosha to the west via Galton Gate at a good time of the day for some game spotting. Etosha National Park, found in the northwestern region of the country, was first proclaimed a game reserve in 1907 when Namibia was still known as German South West Africa. The reserve that spreads over an area of 22 270 km2 (8 600 miles²) got its name from the Etosha Pan, Etosha meaning “The large white place”. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino. Spend the next couple of days in Etosha in search of four of the “Big 5” animals namely rhino, lion, elephant and leopard, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. All meals can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. After dinner each night you could relax with a drink around your campfire and listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush. There is no better way to get close to nature than to stay within the boundaries of a national park such as Etosha. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Etosha National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 16)


Day 19:


Another exciting adventure lies ahead. Depart after breakfast for the 22 000 hectare (55 000 acre) Okonjima private nature reserve located in the Omboroko Mountains in central Namibia. It is home of the Africat Foundation, as well as the world’s largest cheetah and leopard release program. Arrive in time for lunch and a thrilling sunset safari, where you actually track that illusive leopard while searching for other threatened and endangered species. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Evening at leisure. Overnight at one of the lodges found on this massive family owned private nature reserve.


Accommodation:  Okonjima

Meals:  Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Sunset open vehicle safari tracking leopard with the camp ranger


Day 20:


After breakfast and your visit to the Africat Foundations’ cheetah & leopard enclosure at Okonjima you drive to Windhoek. After checking in at your lodge, you can depart on an afternoon city tour of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Visit on the way the “Christuskirche” or Christ Church, a significant landmark that was built after the wars between the Germans and the Khoikhoi, then with the Herero and Ovambo people. Continue to the “Tinterpalast” or “The Ink Palace”, the current seat of both the National Council & National Assembly. Take a stroll through Parliament Gardens before visiting the Rider Memorial that honours the soldiers and civilians who died on the German side in the Herero and Namaqua Wars. Also visit the Old Fort which served as the headquarters of the imperial German Schutztruppe during German colonisation. You will find that most of the city’s architecture has been influenced by the German colonisation. End your tour with a visit to the historic Cape Dutch style Railway Station, another impressive building found in this charming city with its blend of African and European cultures. Windhoek was developed at the country's geographical centre, on the site of a permanent hot spring situated in the Khomas Highlands. You could enjoy dinner at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant found in town. Overnight in Windhoek.


Accommodation:  Windhoek

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Visit to Africat Foundation cheetah & leopard enclosure


Day 21:


Depart early, after breakfast, and drive to the town of Ghanzi situated in the heart of the Central Kalahari. You cross the border from Namibia into Botswana at the Buitepos Border Post. Lunch can be had en-route and dinner at your hotels’ restaurant. Overnight in Ghanzi.


Accommodation:  Ghanzi

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 22, 23, 24 & 25:


You have the next few days for some serious "4 x 4 ing" through Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti is known for its mysterious vanishing river, the Savuti channel and is home to nearly 500 species of bird from water birds to forest dwellers, as well as animals such as lions, hyenas, Cape buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dog. The vast remoteness of this region, its magnificent beauty and unpolluted environment, as well as the natural silence and the spectacular night sky where you find stars so bright that you feel you can reach out and touch them, makes for a truly revitalizing and soul searching experience.


Accommodation:  Moremi & Savuti

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Day 23, 24 & 25) & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Various game viewing activities


Day 26:


Depart after breakfast for the town of Kasane which overlooks the Chobe River and a stretch of land in Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip. This area is recognized for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, as well as its prolific birdlife and the abundance of game such as hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, red lechwe and puku antelope. Lunch can be had en-route. Arrive late afternoon at your destination, which will still give you some time at leisure to relax or just take it easy by the pool. Overnight on the fringe of the Chobe National Park.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 27:


Discover the Chobe National Park and “Big 4” animal country on an early morning open vehicle safari. Return for breakfast where you then have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge, with its beautiful setting along the Chobe River or join an optional excursion. This afternoon you head back into the Chobe National Park on a sunset river cruise which will allow you the possibility to get “up close and personal” with an array of animals and birds. Overnight in Kasane - Botswana.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Early morning open vehicle safari into the Chobe National Park

  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River

  • Visit a cultural village in Namibia


Day 28 & 29:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning you cross the border at Kazungula into Zimbabwe. Check-in at your lodge where you can then enjoy lunch, before you join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast you get to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The falls is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, it was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls


Day 30:


Depart after breakfast for the Kazungula Border Post and Botswana. Drive to the village of Nata for an early afternoon check-in at your lodge. After lunch you depart on a guided open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary known for its plentiful birdlife and Sowa (Sua) Pan which is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² (97 m²). Dinner will be served at the lodges’ restaurant under the stars and the cover of a huge acacia tree. Overnight near the village of Nata.


Accommodation:  Nata

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Afternoon open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


Day 31:


Depart after an early breakfast. Drive through the heartland of Botswana towards South Africa via the towns of Francistown, Palapye and Serowe. This afternoon you could take a drive around the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. A reserve established in 1992 to protect Botswana’s dwindling rhinoceros population. This 8585 hectare (21 000 acre) reserve is found in south eastern Botswana within the Kalahari Sandveld vegetation biome, providing prime habitat for both the black and white rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 bird species. Overnight near the village of Serowe found near the Khama Rhino Sanctuary or stay within the reserve (depending on availability of accommodation).


Accommodation:  Serowe

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 32 & 33:


Travel to South Africa, where you cross the border at the Martin’s Drift / Groblersburg border post. Drive to Marakele National Park via the towns of Lephalale and Thabazimbi meaning “The mountain of iron”. Marakele National Park is found in the heart of the malaria free Waterberg Biosphere a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. This reserve with its vast savannah plains and soaring mountains has become a place of sanctuary to an impressive variety of wildlife. Lunch can be had along the way. Food supplies, etc, can also be purchased en-route as you would need to do all your own cooking at your comfortable self-catering tented chalet located in a picturesque spot within the park on the banks of a large reservoir. This waterhole is frequented by an abundance of wildlife throughout the hot African days and cool nights.


Accommodation:  Marakele National Park

Meals:  None


Day 34:


Enjoy a relaxing morning in the park, before driving back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at O R Tambo International Airport. There will be time for some last minute shopping before your departure. Catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  None