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Cape to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer Safari

Small group lodge/chalet accommodated safari - 20 nights / 21 day (or 13-day Cape to Namibia Grand Explorer)

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Sesriem sunset in Namibia Climbing sand dunes in Sossusvlei Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta Lioness and cub in Botswana The Victoria Falls
Tour code: CVa21 / CWa13
A variety filled journey covering the must see highlights of both Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the classic “overland” routes for Southern Africa. The safari is a variety filled journey including the Namib Desert, Etosha NP and the Okavango. This trip is an affordable accommodated adventure. The uni-visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia makes travel between both sides of the falls easy.

Departs: Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday at 8:00am.      
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Tuesday at 8:00am.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• A true exploration of Southern Africa - see it all – and have the comfort of a bed each night!
• A participation tour that offers an accommodated safari at a reasonable price, accommodated in chalets, and cabins with a couple of nights in a tented camp in the Okavango to get us close to the wildlife.
• All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
• Gariep River, Fish River Canyon, Namib desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton coast, Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein engravings, Etosha, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls.

Highlights
• Cape Town – Cape Point day tour
• Fish River Canyon – walking
• Namib Desert – Sossusvlei dunes
• Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
Twyfelfontein – rock engravings
• Etosha NP – game drives
• Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
• Victoria Falls – white water rafting

Alternate Starts
• Cape Town to Victoria Falls is the full 21-day safari.
• Cape Town to Windhoek offers a complete 13-day Namibia safari with a Cape Town start.

Overnights
• 17 nights on safari we stay at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities, and 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango.
• Each mini meru tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.
• 1 night chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.

Meals
• 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 11 dinners are included, of which 7 breakfasts are provided by the lodges.
• The remaining included meals are provided by the safari crew, prepared at the vehicle & eaten around the campfire or at the boma.

2017
21-DAY (Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)
SAFARI COST: $3,675 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $860

13-DAY (Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia)
SAFARI COST: $2,540 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $520

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then the price supplement will be charged.

ADD-ON: All Grand Explorer departures can be combined after the South Africa - Rainbow Route Safari to create a complete Southern Africa Adventure.

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Cape to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer Safari map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa  [guest house - - -]

Cape of Good HopeCape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. After a tour briefing at 8:00am, we visit the African Penguin colony en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve, and spend the rest of the day relaxing on Hout Bay beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).


Includes:
Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point. Day 1: Breakfast is not included. Day 1: Lunch is an own expense meal. Day 1: Dinner is an own expense meal.
Overnight: Sweetest Guesthouses – is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. The group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en-suite facilities (or similar guest house). WiFi available.
Distance / Time: Full day Cape Peninsular tour is 160km which takes between 6 and 8 hours.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
CEDARBERG,
South Africa  [chalet BLD]

Hiking in the CedarbergThe 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.


Includes:
Entrance fees, and walk in the Cedarberg. Day 2: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 2: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Western Cape Nature Conservation – 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
GARIEP RIVER,
Namibia  [lodge BLD]

Quiver TreeWe 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 venture down the river in canoes (own expense).


Includes: Day 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight:
Gariep River, twin share cabanas with en suite facilities. Bar, restaurant, telephone. Internet cafe available.
Distance / Time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Half-day canoe safari.


DAY 4; (1 Night)
FISH RIVER CANYON,
Namibia  [lodge BLD]

Amazing scenery in NamibiaThe 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 watch a spectacular sunset as the sun slips over the canyon’s rim.


Includes: Entrance fees to look out point at Fish River Canyon. Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Canon Mountain Camp – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 4 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 5 - 6; (2 Nights)
NAMIB DESERT,
Namibia  [tented lodge BLD]

Dead vlei near SossusvleiThe 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).


Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park. Day 5, 6: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5, 6: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5, 6: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Desert Camp – twin share permanent tents with en suite facilities. Restaurant, swimming pool & bar. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: On arrival at Sossusvlei the guide will walk with the group into Sossusvlei (+/- 3.5km). For those clients who do not want to walk, there are 4WD vehicles that can drive you in. The 4WD, is an own expense (+/- N$50 each way) and is optional.

DAYS 7 - 8; (2 Nights)
SWAKOPMUND,
Namibia  [guest house Bx2 Lx1-]

Swakopmund architecture, NamibiaSwakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, characterized by numerous colonial buildings. In terms of flora, both the Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Kokerboom grow on the stony plains of the Namib and many beautiful specimens surround this coastal town. Swakopmund is also the adventure activity capital of Namibia. Day free to explore the town or try dune boarding or sea kayaking (own expense).


Include: Day 7: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant. Day 8: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 8: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight:
Hotel d’Avignon - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in main building.
Distance / Time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more.

DAY 9; (1 Night)
DAMARALAND,
Namibia  [chalet BLD]

Spitzkop skies - NamibiaNamibia 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.


Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Cross Seal colony, San Rock Art. Day 9: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 9: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – twin share chalets with en-suite facilities, bar, restaurant & swimming pool. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 350kms ± 6 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 10 - 11; (2 Nights)
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK,
Namibia  [guest lodge BLD]

Elephants at EtoshaOnce 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.


Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park, full day game drive in Etosha NP. Day 10, 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10, 11: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Tarentaal Guest Farm – private working farm outside Etosha National Park. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar & telephone. (35km/25min from Anderson Gate to Etosha) WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing + full day game drive in Etosha NP .

DAY 12; (1 Night)
WINDHOEK, Namibia  [guest house BL-]

Seal faceThis 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).

13-Day Cape to Namibia option
The optional 14-day version of this safari ends here in Windhoek at 08:00am the morning of day 13.  See Pricing above.


Includes: Day 12: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 12: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight:
Klein Windhoek Guest House – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 500kms, ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 13; (1 Night)
KALAHARI,
Botswana  [chalet BLD]

San bushman drinkingCrossing into Botswana we overnight in rustic, grass huts in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills.

13-Day Namibia only Option
The optional 13-day version of this safari ends in Windhoek at 08:00am today.  See Pricing above.

Cape to Namibia tour ends at +/-08:00am on morning of day 13.


Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman. Day 13: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 13: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Dqae Qare San Lodge – en-suite rooms. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 14 - 16; (3 Nights)
OKAVANGO DELTA,
Botswana  [lodge x1 BL-] [tented camping x2 BLD]

Buffalo in MoremiThe Okavango Delta is the only inland delta in the world. Instead of flowing into the sea, the annual flood of fresh water, spreads over 15,000sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. We journey deep into the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugouts). We have 2 nights at our tented camp and enjoy game walks, swimming, the birdlife and game in this pristine wilderness area.


Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides. Day 14: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant. Day 15: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 15: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight Maun: Island Safari Lodge – standard twin rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Overnights x2 Okavango Delta: wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each mini meru tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. Each tent is appointed with twin camp beds, comfortable mattresses, bedside table and light. The camp chairs have a backrest. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun). Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 3 hours each way.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).

DAY 17; (1 Night)
MAKGADIKGADI PANS,
Botswana  [tented lodge or chalet BL-]

Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaThe 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.


Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans. Day 17: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Dinner will be an own expense meal.
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge,– twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone) WiFi not available / internet café available.
Distance / Time: 320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 2 hour 4WD transfer out of Delta.

DAY 18; (1 Night)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK,
Botswana  [chalet 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.


Includes: Sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Day 18: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Dinner will be an own expense meal.
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available .
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 19 - 21; (3 Nights)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [hotel Bx3 - -]

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaMagnificent 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, scenic flights or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).

Tour ends at 08:00am at the hotel.


Includes: Entrance fees to Vic Falls.
Overnight: Rainbow Hotel – twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!
Note: The accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: See magnificently dressed Herero women whose traditional dress is reminiscent of the early German colonisation of German South-West Africa. Herero Dolls made in this fashion can be bought as curios and make wonderful gifts.

Sustainable Tourism: During our stay in Damaraland a local guide takes us to visit a San Bushman Rock Art site. Our entrance fees go towards ensuring that the area remains protected for future generations, and that the local community benefits directly from tourism.

ADD-ON: All Grand Explorer departures can be combined after the South Africa - Rainbow Route Safari to create a complete Southern Africa Adventure.

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Transport
For the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 seats and air conditioning.

Local Payment
There is no local payment required on this safari.

Participation
An essential part of your safari is participation – from helping around the camp fire, to packing away in the morning, to helping with cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Shopping
Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

Food
• We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except where shown in itinerary, when we try out local restaurants.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean.
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of the tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time helping then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Bring a daypack for walks.
• We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in South Africa and Namibia Euro and US$ will need to changed into Namibian $ or South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept N$ and ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswna Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Livingstone can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour.

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, and a water bottle. A small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
Is it safe? South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip! Every precaution is taking to ensure a happy holiday.
Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
Solo Traveler? Going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveler to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement.

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SCHEDULED SAFARI DATES

Please contact us for 2017 dates.

The South Africa Rainbow Route Safari can be combined with this Cape to Victoria Falls departure to create a complete circular safari in Southern Africa.

 

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