This 42 day Southern Explorer tour begins in Cape Town, South Africa, and travels through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, Zanzibar before ending in Nairobi, Kenya.
Pre-departure meeting: 17h00 at the departure point the day before you depart
Departure point: Ashanti Lodge and Travel Centre, 11 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Group size: Max 30 passengers
Safari vehicle: Overland truck
What you can expect from this 42 day Southern Explorer (Cape to Kenya) Safari Tour:
Journey through the wild continent, from South Africa to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya. See Africa at its best - a true journey of discovery.
You will be entertained by mokoro (traditional dug out canoes) excursions in the Okavango Delta, Zanzibar excursions and excursions in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorogoro Crater. In Sossusvlei, Namibia, explore the Sesriem Canyon and watch spectacular sunsets over the world's highest sand dunes.
Day 1: Cape Town to Cedarberg Area, South Africa
Leaving the beautiful city of Cape Town, you head north through the wine growing regions. You cross the Piketberg Pass into the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal. Your first night is spent in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms.
This afternoon you have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding scenic Cederberg Mountains. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 2: Cederberg Area to Orange River, South Africa
From the Cederberg Mountains you travel north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of colourful Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring (September-October) after rainfall.
After stopping for supplies in Springbok, you continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Orange River (Gariep River), the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. Here, you overnight at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 3: Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia
This morning you have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the Orange River, affording you the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch you cross into Namibia. After a short drive, you reach the Fish River Canyon.
At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it‟s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving you access to several viewing points from where you can take in the spectacular vistas. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Helmringhausen Area, Namibia
After a leisurely morning at the Fish River Canyon, you head north through Namibia‟s farming area. You stop in Bethanie, a small, former missionary town, for supplies. You head to your overnight camp from where you have the opportunity to star gaze at the magnificent Milky Way. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Page: 2 Day 5: Helmringhausen Area to Sesriem, Namibia Heading north you enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. You pitch up camp at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dram ...
Page: 4 Day 16: Okavango Delta, Botswana (Optional) A day of rest, relaxation and Okavango Delta experiences await. Today you have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming (dependant on area and water levels), game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance t ...
Page: 5 Days 21 & 22: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of your fellow passengers will leave you in Victoria Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining you for the next leg of your trek.
Page: 6 Days 26 - 30: Chipata to Lake Malawi Beaches, Malawi Leaving Zambia you cross into Malawi, the 'Warm Heart of Africa'. You stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area m ...
Page: 7 Days 34 & 35: Zanzibar, Tanzania History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast ...
Page: 9 Optional Excursions (Selection)
Orange River canoeing, South Africa
Sossusvlei Desert Walk, Namib Desert, Namibia
Quad biking, sandboarding and other adventures, Swakopmund, Namibia
Okavango Delta with mokoros, Botswana
Victoria Falls Na ...