Africa is a captivating continent of diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, fascinating cultures and unforgettable adventures. This Accommodated Overland Safari combines top highlights of Southern Africa, travelling to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Explore some of Africa's finest parks on game drives and discover the magic of the Okavango Delta on guided bush walks and mokoro rides. We cover great distances on some remote and rough roads and get to canoe on the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes in the Namib, and view the mighty Victoria Falls.
This truly wild African Safari offers a once in a lifetime safari experience, not to be missed!
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
We meet at our pre-tour lodge in Cape Town at 13h00 and spend the first afternoon of this Accommodated Overland Safari exploring the beautiful city and sightseeing.
The first day and a half of our safari trip is spent in and around Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa. During our Cape Town stay we hike up the famous Table Mountain and visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, the V&A Waterfront, coastal Hout Bay, one of the Cape Winelands farms and numerous other great attractions.
The exact program of our activities depends on the weather while we are staying in Cape Town. We spend two nights at our lodge on the beachfront.
Departing from Cape Town on day three, we stop at Blouberg Strand for a panoramic view of Table Mountain lying across the bay. Travelling north we pass through the Swartland area and continue along the West Coast into the Namaqualand region of South Africa.
The Namaqualand area comes alive with colourful wildflowers in the early spring, when the otherwise barren hills are transformed into a rolling sea of blooms. We overnight along the West Coast, enjoying a homemade meal on our first night out of the big city.
We enter Namibia today covering the short distance to our next lodge, located on the banks of the Gariep River, widely known by its former name - the Orange River.
On day five we set off on our Orange River canoe trip enjoying the rugged scenery as we paddle along. The Orange River is South Africa's longest river, with its source in the Lesotho Highlands of the Drakensberg Mountains. This river creates a natural border between South Africa and Namibia, forming a winding green belt through the mountainous and desert terrain of Richtersveld National Park.
Canoeing along the Orange River we enjoy this remote and striking wilderness setting. We spend both nights staying at the comfortable lodge featuring a bar, pool, internet cafe, restaurant and shop.
Today we drive further north to the Fish River Canyon, arguably the second largest canyon in the world. Here we admire the breathtaking views from the rim of the Canyon, taking in the sheer size of this geological wonder.
Then we travel further north, into Namibia's ancient Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. In the late afternoon we arrive at our next lodge, set inside a private wilderness reserve next to the Namibrand Nature Reserve. The private reserve covers 20 000 hectares of desert terrain which is home to an array of wild animal and plant species adapted to the harsh desert conditions of the arid Namib. End the day off with a dip in the pool or a cold drink in the bar.
The Namib Desert area of Namibia is known for its ever-shifting sand dunes and barren landscapes.
Wake up at our lovely safari lodge, built against a rocky outcrop nestled between the stark desert mountains and rolling orange-red sand dunes. Today we explore this interesting part of the world on guided walks and game drives, including a night drive in the nature reserve to spot the weird and wonderful desert animals up close.
Starting the day at an easy pace, we travel to the captivating Sossusvlei Dunes on day eight of this magical African Budget Safari. The final stretch of our drive to the dunes of Sossusvlei will take us through thick desert sands, so we will transfer to an open 4x4 vehicle.
Next we climb the tall red-orange dunes for a fantastic view over the surrounding Namib Desert. From the dune fields we drive to Solitaire, a quirky little trading post in "the middle of nowhere". Then we continue to our overnight lodge in the desert near Solitaire, even more removed from civilization.
On day nine we cross Kuiseb Canyon and the open plains of the arid Namib-Naukluft National Park on our short drive north to Swakopmund. The coastal town of Swakopmund is a popular beach holiday destination, known as Namibia's Adventure Capital.
We spend the next two nights at a comfortable lodge in Swakopmund, where there are plenty of things to do.
The safari lodge is centrally located, making it an ideal base for exploring Swakopmund town and its scattering of attractions. Places of interest include the long beaches, African style markets, curio and craft shops, museums and cafes. The town has a European charm to it given the contemporary and colonial German influences that come through in the culture, history and architecture.
Adventure activity options abound, including quad biking, skydiving, horse riding, dune boarding, and many more. Swakopmund's nightlife and restaurants are also well worth sampling.
Today we travel further north, making our way up the Skeleton Coast of Namibia to the Cape Cross Seal Colony. We then drive inland through the semi-arid plains of the Kunene Region, towards Brandberg, the tallest mountain in Namibia. At Brandberg Mountain we visit San rock art, the White Lady paintings being the most famous.
We stay at the foot of Brandberg Mountain for the night, keeping an eye out for Namibia's rare desert elephants.
Next we are in for a real wildlife treat - game viewing in Namibia's premier Etosha National Park.
Entering Etosha Park we embark on an extensive afternoon game drive in this rugged game park. Etosha is home to an abundance of wild animals, from lions, giraffes and elephants to rhinos and zebras, along with a host of antelope species and an array of birds.
Returning from our rewarding game drive we spend the evening at one of the rest camps, enjoying some more game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. The following day we continue our wildlife adventure Etosha Park, taking a game viewing drive to our next overnight rest camp. The second evening in Etosha offers another chance to watch wildlife at a floodlit watering hole, before retiring to our comfortable accommodation.
Heading north we leave the stark terrain of Etosha behind us, making our way into the lush Caprivi Strip area of Namibia. The Caprivi region is a thin finger of Namibian territory extending across to Zimbabwe and Zambia, between Angola and Botswana.
Tonight we stay at a lodge on the banks of the powerful Okavango River in this unusually green part of Namibia.
The nearby Delta Pan Handle is our next safari stop, from where we venture into the heart of the Okavango Delta by motor-boat. After our motor-boat trip we continue further into the watery Delta to our remote bush camp by mokoro - a traditional dugout canoe used as local transport.
Exploring the Okavango Delta, Botswana's crowning Jewel, we encounter a wide variety of untamed wildlife roaming freely. The winding delta channels, placid estuaries and secluded islands of this wetland system create a wildlife haven that offers an unforgettable bush adventure.
Our night in the magical Delta is spent camping on an island tucked away in the bush.
A crew will set the camp up for us and all linen is provided on these nights, including a pillow, blanket, extra mattress and towel. Simply relax and experience truly wild Africa, falling asleep to the sounds of nature.
On day 17 of our Accommodated Overland Safari we wake up in the tranquil Delta wilderness surrounded by the unspoilt bush. Then we take a mokoro and boat ride back to the safari vehicle and travel through the Kalahari to Maun.
Arriving at the overnight safari lodge in the afternoon there is time to unwind and lounge at the swimming pool.
Taking it easy this morning, we enjoy some leisure time at the lodge and swim in the pool, before tucking into a tasty brunch. Then we set off east to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the largest salt pan systems in the world.
Spending time here we absorb the silence and solitude of this vast open space. Whilst taking in the stark landscape of Makgadikgadi we search out the surprising number of birds and even hardy animals found here, especially after the rains.
Tonight we camp out on the pans in a secluded spot where we can experience the vast open space and silence of this uninhabited place. The tents are already set up and the camp is fully serviced, but we recommend sleeping out in the open under the star-studded skies. Far away from any other lights, you get to watch the dazzling blanket of stars at camp and find out more about the constellations from your guide.
If we are unable to travel into the salt pans, then we will stay at alternative accommodation nearby.
On day 19 we drive to the town of Kasane via the Chobe forest reserves near Chobe Park. This afternoon we embark on a boat cruise on Chobe River, looking out for wild animals and birds in the scenic Chobe National Park, famous for its large elephant herds.
After our relaxing boat trip, we cross into Zimbabwe driving to the nearby town of Victoria Falls. We stay in comfort at a lodge in Victoria Falls for the next two nights. On one of our nights in Victoria Falls we enjoy a braai (barbecue) beside the lodge pool.
Today is set aside for doing your own thing at Victoria Falls, where there are loads of fun activities on offer. Viewing the magnificent waterfall is a not-to-be-missed highlight. Stand before Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the Smoke that Thunders' and feel its might - an unforgettable experience!
A full day here allows plenty of time to explore the historic town of Victoria Falls, visiting markets, and to participate in some of the numerous adventure activities. Activities include white water rafting, bungi jumping, helicopter flips, microlight flights, village tours and more.
Today it is back into the African bush we go!
Leaving Vic Falls we drive south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's top conservation area. Like Chobe, Hwange is famous for its big herds of elephants, and also hosts an array of other wildlife, including healthy populations of endangered African wild dogs.
We explore Hwange Park on an extensive open vehicle game drive and walk, before heading to our comfortable lodge in the wilderness.
Next we journey south to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.
From Bulawayo we head into Matobo Hills, an area steeped in history and culture. In the afternoon we travel into the Matobo National Park to look for wild animals. We also get to track rhino on foot in this important wildlife sanctuary.
Tonight we stay at a lodge set amongst the precarious-looking boulders strewn across this unusual wilderness area.
Day 23 of our Cape to Johannesburg Safari sees us travelling further south, back into South Africa. We drive to our lodge located in the Limpopo Valley, on a private game reserve.
On the final morning of our Cape to Johannesburg via Vic Falls Safari we set off on a short walk in the private game reserve.
Then it's on to the last stop on our journey - Johannesburg city. Arriving at our Johannesburg lodge in the late afternoon, our magical overland trip through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe comes to an end.
This tour covers vast distances and is suited to the adventurous spirit. A valid passport is required and all countries on this tour accept Rands (ZAR). Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, so clients should be prepared for this on the camping nights.
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Track your way through South Africa-a haven of spectacular beauty, abundant wildlife and diverse culture. Visiting the Kruger Park, Drakensberg, Garden Route, a journey from Johanesburg to Cape Town is truly one not be missed!
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