19 day The Southern Skies, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia, Cape Town Adventure Tour

yawning hippo in chobe, botswana

  • Tour Description: Gasp at the most spectacular natural wonder of them all, Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'The Smoke that Thunders'. Hold on to your hat (and everything else) as you try to tame some of the most terrifying white water rapids anywhere in the world. Or give in to sanity and slip gently along the upper Zambezi watching the wildlife come to drink. A whole world away we discover the mysterious Okavango Delta. A labyrinth of twisting and turning watery secrets. Gently poling through these winding waterways we view the teeming bird and wildlife.
  • Destinations: Victoria Falls, Botswana, Okavango, Namibia, Etosha, Namib Naukluft National park, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon, Gariep River Canyon, Cape Town

'Namibia' means 'open plains' in the ancient Hottentot language. Its vast horizons and moonlike terrain give a wonderful feeling of space and freedom. Etosha is a unique National Park. With its flat open saltpans it's easy to see why the local people call it 'the place of dry water. The Namib Desert is said to be one of the oldest in the world and you will climb some of the world's highest dunes at Sossusvlei. Onwards to The Fish River Canyon, which takes you back in time as the river cuts through 100 million years of the earth's geological history. Your adventure safari ends at the fairest Cape beneath the majestic Table Mountain. You will have time to explore its colourful blend of cultures, cosmopolitan atmosphere, long stretches of idyllic beaches and famous vineyards. A fairy tale ending to a tour we call 'Southern Skies'.


Day 1 - Victoria Falls, Zambia

The spectacular Victoria Falls is one of the 'seven natural wonders' of the world. Explore it at your leisure. If you are an adventure lover this is the place for you! Take a sundowner cruise or enjoy hoards of other adventure activities. The camp is close to all the bars, restaurants and hot spots. Camping (Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodges)

Day 2 - Chobe National Park, Botswana

Departing Victoria Falls you head on the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour for Botswana and the first border crossing. Your guides will help with all the formalities and once through the border a short drive to Kasane takes us to the camp situated right on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe National Park is home to the largest herds of Elephant in Africa. In the afternoon you will be picked up by open safari vehicles and transferred to the departure point for our included guided river cruise with game viewing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Camping (Chobe Safari Lodge)

Day 3 - Maun, Botswana

Departing Chobe you travel through Botswana and past the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans which are one of the flattest places on earth and famous for its stunning Baobab trees. You will stop for lunch in this area. Today is a long days traveling on the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour so be prepared. You arrive in the little town of Maun, which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

The camp is just outside of town. In the evening there will be a full briefing on what to expect and pack for the delta excursion. Please remember space in the makoros (local word for canoe - and your mode of transport in the delta) is at a premium and a small overnight bag with your sleeping bag and necessary clothes for 3 days is all that is needed. All camping and catering equipment and all foods will be provided.   Breakfast, lunch. Dinner is to your own account. Camping (Sitatunga Crocodile Farm)

Days 4 & 5 - Okavango Delta, Botswana

An early morning pickup awaits us where you will be transferred to the 'makoro' poling station by vehicle.  You will be assigned a makoro - each complete with poler / guide. After a two to three hour relaxing journey into the delta  you will set up camp. The Delta is an incredible maze of inland waterways and lagoons. You'll be on safari 'makoro' style, poled gently along in canoes, hand hewn from logs, floating through this haven of wildlife and birds.

You will be taken on game walks by your poler guides to experience the full splendor of the region. Please note that there are no ablution facilities what so ever, and camps will be bush camps.  Meals will be carefully planned for this duration. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping - Wild campsite in the Okavango Delta

Day 6 - Maun, Botswana

After breakfast you are gently poled back to the vehicle pick up point and transferred by vehicle back to the camp in Maun. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Sitatunga Rest Camp) Details as above.

Day 7 - Gobabis, Namibia

You travel and cross the border into Namibia and proceed to Gobabis where we will overnight on a private game farm.  The first night in Namibia and a fitting place to hear fireside tales of your Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland journey so far and have your guides describe the days ahead. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Zelda's Game and Guest Farm)

Day 8 - Waterberg Plateau National Park, Namibia

You leave Gobabis and travel on the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour via Windhoek, for the Waterberg Plateau National Park. Historically significant because it was the site of the war between the Germans and the Hereros, the area has now become a haven for many endangered species. It is renowned for its incredible rock formations and walks.

Your time in the Waterberg is your own and you are free to walk in the park at your leisure. Excellent well marked hiking trails make for easy self guided walks. Optional game drives and guided walks are available. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Bernard De La Bat - Waterberg Plateau)

Days 9 &10 - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier game park. Dominated by shimmering white saltpans you have a chance to see Elephant and Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard. All camps have floodlit water holes, which are excellent for after dinner game viewing, as well as swimming pools for cooling off during the heat of the day. You will enjoy 3 game drives whilst at Etosha.

Typically you will make an early start, which is ideal for morning game viewing, and drive to some of the waterholes in the park before heading back to camp for brunch. Approximately 3-hours per game drive. In the afternoons we will take another game drive of about 3 hours duration and returning back to camp before dark for dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 9. Breakfast, lunch on day 10. Dinner to client's own account at one of Etosha's restaurants. Camping (Okaukuejo Campsite - Etosha National Park Rest Camp)

Days 11 &12 - Swakopmund, Namibia

Leaving Etosha you journey to Swakopmund, a delightful Bavarian-style town, situated snugly between sea and desert. Great beaches, deep-sea fishing, quad biking, dune boarding plus an array of shops, bars and restaurants await you.

In Swakopmund you are free to explore at your leisure or partake in the many optional activities. This is also a chance to catch up on laundry, banks and communications. All meals except breakfast are to your own account in Swakopmund. Hotel Accommodation (Hotel Grunen Kranz)

Days 13 & 14 - The Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

You continue on the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour to The Namib Naukluft National Park and the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei. This is one of the world's oldest deserts, offering over 130 million years of natural wonder, and the highest sand dunes in the world!  Climb the dunes for an unforgettable sunrise. Adventure activities abound, including guided walks, hot air ballooning and light aircraft flights.

On day 14 of the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour you leave very early in the morning into the park - departure time at around 5.00am.  Head for Dune 45 and clime the dune in time to catch the sunrise over the dunes, after which you proceed on to Sossusvlei and the 2x4 parking area. From here it is an approximate 5km (3.1 miles) walk to the vlei where you are free to explore. 

Stunning photographic opportunities are available in the dunes. We depart Sossusvlei and arrive back at camp at around 10am and prepare a scrumptious brunch. In the late afternoon you are free to take a walk to the nearby Sesriem canyon - and return to camp for the evening meal. There is a small swimming pool in the camp if you wish to relax and soak in the sun. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Sesriem)

Day 15 - The Fish River Canyon, Namibia

You head for the awesome Fish River Canyon. The camp is at Hobas camp, which is managed by National Parks of Namibia. There is a small shop stocking basics only and a swimming pool for relaxation. There will be ample time to take in a beautiful sunset over the canyon, or partake in an optional walk. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Hobas)

Days 16: Gariep (formerly Orange) River, Namibia

You border cross into South Africa and head for the camp on the riverbank. You will have a full free day to partake in an optional canoe safari, or take a sunset cruise. The camp is on the South African side of the river. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Fiddlers Creek).

Day 17: Lamberts Bay

You depart for Lamberts Bay. Breakfast and lunch. Camping (Lamberts Bay Caravan Park or similar).

Day 18 - Cape Town, South Africa

Sample the sights and sounds of this magical city at the southern end of the African continent. Accommodation is provided in a central city location at a local travelers' Lodge. A host of optional activities are available including, trips to Robben Island, Peninsula tours, wine tasting, and much more. Please ask for assistance in booking these excursions. All meals in Cape Town will be to the client's expense. Breakfast, lunch. Lodge Accommodation (Africa Travel Centre. Simple budget style room only).

Day 19 - Tour Ends

Breakfast. End of services. Airport transfers and additional accommodation can be booked.

Itinerary Overview

  • 1 Victoria Falls.
  • 2 Chobe National Park, river cruise with game viewing. BLD
  • 3 Maun - gateway to the Okavango Delta. BL
  • 4-5 Okavango Delta, two nights makoro safari. BLD
  • 6 Maun. BLD
  • 7 Gobabis, private game farm. BLD
  • 8 Waterberg Plateau National Park via Windhoek. BLD
  • 9-10 Etosha National Park, three game drives at Etosha. BLD & BL
  • 11-12 Swakopmund seaside town, two nights lodge accommodation. BL & B
  • 13-14 Namib Naukluft National Park and the world's highest sand dunes. BLD
  • 15 The Fish River Canyon. BLD
  • 16 Gariep (Orange) River. BLD
  • 17 Gariep (Orange) River. BLD
  • 18 Cape Town, lodge accommodation. BL
  • 19 Tour ends

Included:

  • Itinerary as specified
  • Highlighted text is also included
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Services of tour leader and camp courier
  • All accommodation
  • All camp meals
  • All camping and catering equipment
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Breakfast (B) Lunch (L) Dinner (D) where specified. (Meals not shown will be to the clients account).

Not Included:

  • International Airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities, unscheduled or optional
  • National / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if required
  • Restaurant meals
  • All other items of a personal nature
  • All drinks, even on days with full board basis
  • Optional Activites:

    • Cape Town: wine routes, whale watching, Cape Point, Table Mountain and much more.
    • Sossusvlei: hot air ballooning over the desert, light air craft flights and 4x4 hire.
    • Swakopmund: dune boarding, quad biking, deep-sea fishing and skydiving.
    • Victoria Falls: white water rafting, boarding, bungi jumping, canoe safaris, helicopter flights, microlighting, elephant safaris, river cruises, ballooning, guided walks and Victoria Falls viewing sites.
    • Waterberg Plateau National Park: Game Drive and walks.

    Optional activity prices have been compiled in good faith and were correct at time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any price fluctuations.

    Prices are subject to change

    Prices

    Victoria Falls
    White Water Rafting
    Full Day Low Water - USD 85
    Half Day Low Water - USD 85
    High Water - USD 85
    One Day and Overnight - USD 125
    Two and a Half Day - USD 300
    Five Day - USD 750

    Riverboarding
    Half Day - USD 115
    Full Day (Combination with ˝ day rafting) - USD 115

    Elephant Back Safari
    AM Elephant ride - USD 90
    Lunch Elephant ride - USD 90
    PM Elephant ride - USD 90

    Helicopter Flights
    15 Min Helicopter flight - USD 75
    30 Min Helicopter flight - USD 150

    Balloon Rides
    15 Min standard ride - USD 25
    Sunrise balloon ride - USD 40

    Namibia - Swakopmund
    Quad Biking - USD 55
    Deep Sea Fishing - USD 55
    Horse riding (Min 2 persons 1 ˝ hours) - USD 30
    Dolphin Cruise  (min 4 persons) - USD 35
    Paragliding - USD 50
    Micro-lighting - USD 65
    Ballooning (40 minutes) - USD 110
    Ballooning (1 hour with champagne breakfast) - USD 165
    Kayaking (5 hour Pelican Point Tour) - USD 30
    Pleasure scenic flights - Sossusvlei - USD 100
    Pleasure scenic flights - Forbidden Coast - USD 65
    Pleasure scenic flights - Skeleton Coast - USD 130

    Sandboarding
    Sand Boarding Normal (including lunch and drinks) - USD 25
    Sand Boarding Standing (including lunch and drinks) - USD 35

    Sky Diving
    Tandem Sky Diving 10000 Ft - USD 150
    Tandem Sky Diving 10000 Ft (with video and t-shirt) - USD 190

    Price list for 19 day The Southern Skies, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia, Cape Town Adventure Tour

    Package
    Note: a local payment of USD 310-00 cash to be made to guide, on day of departure
    Season (yyyy-mm-dd) Currency Price from
    2008-02-01 to 2009-01-04 USD 870




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