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Highlights on this Accommodated Cape to Kruger Safari include:
An unforgettable journey to many of Southern Africa's most celebrated gems!
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.
This Cape Town to Kruger Safari departs from the beautiful city of Cape Town, stopping at Table View to admire the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.
Heading inland we stop at a well-known wine farm on the famous Cape Wine Route, where we sample some fine South African wines. Then we proceed to the Spice Route, a popular wine estate just outside of Paarl. We have lunch at the restaurant and browse the artisanal hub which features an art studio, coffee roastery, chocolate maker and beer garden.
From the Winelands, we drive into the rugged Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape. The Cederberg is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree, endemic to this part of South Africa. The rooibos plant, used to make a famous health tea, is also endemic to the region. Arriving at our first overnight lodge in the Olifants River Valley, we soak up the scenery and enjoy dinner.
Later, your guides will give you a full briefing on what to expect during our safari through Southern Africa. Our en-suite accommodation is in the town of Citrusdal, at a lodge with a pool.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
Today we travel north through the Namaqualand region, famous for its colourful and abundant indigenous wildflowers in spring. Driving through this sparsely-populated Northern Cape region we make our way to to the Gariep River, formerly known as the Orange River. We stop in the remote town of Springbok in South Africa for last minute supplies, before crossing into Namibia.
The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal. We sleep in comfortable, en-suite chalets that overlook the Orange River, forming the border between South Africa and Namibia. Our accommodation features a pool, internet and a bar.
In the morning we have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep/Orange River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp.
After lunch, we travel north to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Getting there, we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon to gain perspective on just how large this natural phenomenon is. Then we make our way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and our overnight accommodation close to the Fish River Canyon. At our resort in Ai-Ais, we take a soak in the hot springs, swim in the pool and relax at the bar. We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
This morning we set off on our long drive north into the vast Namib Desert area of Namibia. Our journey takes us through deserted landscapes, from grasslands to seemingly barren plains and ochre dune fields.
We stay at in twin share rooms with en suite bathrooms at a lodge with a pool and bar. We overnight just outside of the 50 000km² Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. The Namib-Naukluft protects vast tracts of uninhabited desert, home to unusual and rare creatures, plants and birds.
Today we visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s natural treasures.
The national park incorporates a large part of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert. Early this morning we transfer to Dune 45 where you have the chance to climb up the picture-perfect dune for amazing views over the desert and great photo opportunities.
Then we take a 4x4 drive to the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans, to see the most iconic desert scenes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Spend some time walking around the stark pans, amid tall orange-red dunes, taking in the unique scenery that attracts photographers from across the globe.
In the afternoon we embark on a short walk into Sesriem Canyon, which stretches about a kilometre in length and reaches up to 30 meters deep. The floor of Sesriem Canyon is dotted with shallow pools and the canyon walls reveal layer upon layer of sedimentary rock, eroded by the Tsauchab River over the ages.
On day six we cross the latitudinal line of the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing to take some photos.
Then we are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the desert. Exploring on foot, our local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib Desert area with us. On this walk, we discover how the San (Bushmen) have long survived in the arid deserts of Southern Africa.
Heading back to the west coast of Africa, we stop at the lagoon in Walvis Bay, to see numerous waterbirds, including seasonal flocks of flamingos. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available for the next day.
In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant as well as the vibrant local nightlife. We stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Swakopmund featuring a bar, laundry services and internet. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers.
Day seven on this Cape Town to Kruger Park Safari is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, Namibia's number one beach destination.
Swakopmund has an interesting history with strong German colonial influences which can still be seen in its architecture and today a sizeable population of Germans live here, giving the African town a European flavour. Travel back in time - visiting the historic sights and museum, and walk through the wide streets to enjoy the modern culture of Swakopmund.
You can also participate in exciting adventure activities in and around this popular coastal town, including quad biking and sand boarding in the dunes, skydiving and cruises to see dolphins.
Leaving historic Swakopmund we drive north along the dramatic Skeleton Coast, renowned for the shipwrecks scattered along these treacherous shores. Along the way, we pause in the interesting town of Wlotskasbaken to view the lichen colonies in the area.
Then we drive inland into the former Damaraland of the southern Kunene Region, heading for Khorixas. Along the way to Khorixas, we visit Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia. We spend a bit of time exploring the rocky outcrops that rise impressively above the flat plains, with our guide.
Later this afternoon, or the next morning, we visit the Petrified Forest to see the fossilized tree trunks of this national monument. Erosion has exposed these petrified tree trunks that were washed here by floods some 250 million years ago and preserved by geological processes transforming the relics into stone.
Today we visit an educational village, established to portray the Himba way of life. Find out more about the Himba at this representation of a village, without having a negative impact on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments.
The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practices, but today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. The disappearing culture of the striking Himba is characterized by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewellery. The Himba that have not become westernized still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.
Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who get to learn about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of the tour, we stop in at a Himba market where you can browse and get some curios.
Today's drive ends at a lodge in Opuwo city, capital of the Kunene Region.
Next, we make our way into the famous Etosha National Park for some of Africa's best game viewing.
We stop at various watering holes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites while exploring as much of Etosha as possible. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.
The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language.
Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park, inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, Damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.
We stay at the camps inside Etosha Park - Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camps. All three rest camps have floodlit waterholes visited by a variety of wild animals that can be spotted at night. In addition to watching for wildlife at the camp watering holes, you can embark on exciting optional night game drives on either day.
We stay two per en-suite room at two of the three overnight camps, each featuring a bar, swimming pool and shop.
We start day 12 with a final game drive in Etosha Park, before travelling south to Windhoek.
On our way to Namibia's capital city, we stop at an arts and crafts market so you can browse and buy some authentic African creations. Windhoek is situated almost in the centre of Namibia and serves as the economic, cultural and political capital of the country.
Upon arrival, we take a short walking tour of Windhoek city to see some historical sights and highlights of the vibrant city centre, before checking into our centrally located lodge. Tonight you have the option of eating out at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House, which is known for its venison dishes and quirky setting.
Facilities at our overnight lodge include a big swimming pool, a restaurant, internet, laundry services and a bar. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Leaving Windhoek we cross from Namibia into Botswana, travelling into the arid Kalahari dotted with a few rural settlements and cattle farms.
Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (Bushman) people are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa having inhabited the area for over 30 000 years as nomadic hunter-gatherers.
Tonight we sleep two per en-suite room at a camp with a pool and bar, just north of Ghanzi. Those who opted for the Activity Package will be travelling into the Okavango Delta tomorrow, preparing for the two-night excursion tonight.
In the morning you can take an optional nature walk with the Kalahari San of the Ghanzi area. A guided walk with the local San is a rare cultural encounter, revealing the fascinating survival techniques and ancient beliefs of Southern Africa's oldest tribe.
Later we drive deeper into Botswana, making our way north-east to Maun, the gateway to the pristine Okavango Delta. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and irrigating some 15,000 km² of Botswana forming the largest inland delta in the world.
Arriving in Maun, Activity Package clients are transferred to the airport for their flight into the Okavango Delta and clients staying behind in Maun are taken to the hotel. Travellers not taking the Fly-in Delta Trip spend the next two nights in Maun, where optional activities include exploring the bustling town, embarking on mokoro day trips and taking scenic flights over the delta.
Activity Package clients fly to a remote camp where we stay in permanent, en-suite tents for the next two nights. The flights into and out of the delta are conducted in small planes offering expansive aerial views of this natural wonder from above. The next two nights will be spent at the tented camp in the middle of the wilderness.
Please note: We recommend bringing a smaller daypack (overnight bag) along for the Fly-in Delta Trip due to luggage restrictions on the small plane transfers.
On the morning of day 15, we venture into the Okavango Delta from our camp on the banks of a quiet lagoon.
We set off into the untamed labyrinth of reed-lined channels in mekoros (traditional style dug-out canoes) winding our way between secluded islands and lagoons. Sit back and soak up the wild scenery while your local guide poles your mokoro through the still waters. Gliding along slowly enables you to take in the details of the unique flora and fauna of the delta and enjoy the tranquillity of this remote environment.
Our mokoro rides usually lead to one of the uninhabited islands where we stop to explore on foot. The guided walk is both thrilling, as we may come across large animals, and informative, as the guide shows you signs of animal activity and interesting features of the ecosystem. Although the delta wildlife is less accustomed to people we may encounter big game species, ranging from antelopes to elephants.
We return to our tented camp for lunch and rest, before heading back out into the delta on a boat cruise later in the day. The boat cruise allows us to see more of the delta as we move more swiftly along the winding waterways. In the evening we gather around the campfire, sharing stories and listening to the sounds of the African bush.
On day 16, wake up to the sound of birds at the remote camp and enjoy breakfast in the delta. Then we return to the airstrip and fly back over the magical Okavango Delta to Maun where we spend the night at a hotel.
This morning we depart from Maun, driving east to Nata. Our drive takes us along the northern fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana, once covered by a vast inland lake. Along the road we see big old baobab trees and snippets of the massive salt pan system, passing through parts of Nxai Pans and Makgadigadi National Park where we may come across roaming wildlife.
Later this afternoon you can join an optional drive to the pans to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. This salt pan complex is one of the largest in the world and in winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds.
Today we continue north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the national park. First, we embark on an afternoon game drive in Chobe Park, exploring one of Africa's finest wildlife havens in a 4x4 safari vehicle.
Then, we take a Chobe River sunset cruise in the Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. From the water we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles and elephants. Our boat-based game viewing provides excellent photographic opportunities for capturing the birds and wildlife attracted to Chobe River.
Chobe Park is Botswana’s second largest National Park, covering around 10 566 km² of grasslands, lakes, islands and floodplains in northern Botswana.
Our accommodation is in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
In the morning we cross into Zimbabwe and go to the Victoria Falls National Park where we experience the might of the great Zambezi River as it plummets over Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls waterfall is one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Victoria Falls is considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world at 1700m wide and over 100m high. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning The Smoke that Thunders, which you will be able to fully appreciate when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the gorge below.
After visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can jump straight into one of the thrilling adventure activities available here or take it easy. This evening you can eat out in Victoria Falls, having an optional meal together and choosing activities for the following day with the help of your safari guide.
Our overnight accommodation is at a riverside lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi River on the outskirts of the Zambezi National Park. We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at the lodge in Victoria Falls, enjoying the facilities, including a swimming pool, internet, bar, laundry services and a restaurant.
Most people spend the day participating in a few of the exciting adventure activities available at Victoria Falls.
This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island, swimming in Devil's Pool and bungee jumping.
Leaving the magnificent Victoria Falls early this morning, we return to Botswana for our long drive south to Francistown. Our lovely camp is located just outside of Francistown in central Botswana.
We overnight in twin rooms at a vibrant camp with a bar, pool, internet cafe, restaurant and shop.
In the morning we set off early along the Great North Road to our next stop, the dynamic city of Johannesburg.
We travel south through the changing landscapes of northern South Africa, passing from open bushveld dotted with giant baobabs to fields of citrus and maize and then into the densely populated and industrialized Highveld and Gauteng Province, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa. We arrive in bustling Johannesburg, the City of Gold, in the late afternoon. The overnight lodge offers a traditional braai (barbecue) as an optional meal that can be arranged with your guide on the previous day.
Our next stop is the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa's top safari destinations. We stay at a safari camp located in a private wildlife concession area inside Kruger Park, sleeping in permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms.
After settling in at camp we embark on a sunset game drive in the concession area, looking out for the Big Five and other wildlife. This evening we enjoy dinner around the glowing campfire under a blanket of stars.
Today we explore Kruger National Park, which covers almost 2 million hectares of South African Lowveld. Our full day of game viewing takes us in search of the abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five of Africa (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo), found in this vast wilderness area. Kruger protects an unrivalled diversity of plant and animal species, including around 336 tree species, 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 114 species of reptiles, 507 bird and 147 mammal species.
The Activity Package includes a whole day of 4x4 game drives in open safari vehicles - a great way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The open 4x4 vehicles are designed to offer excellent visibility and better photographic opportunities than enclosed tour vehicles. Returning to camp in the mid-afternoon we set off on a sunset game drive with sundowners (included in Activity Package).
For those that opted not to take the Activity Package a full day game drive in the safari truck is included in the tour price. Our elevated safari truck offers clear views out over the game park, improving your chances of sighting game and big cats that would otherwise be hidden in the bush.
Our rewarding game drive in this massive wildlife area is followed by a relaxing night at the safari camp inside Kruger.
This morning we get up bright and early for a bush walk in Kruger Park. Venturing into the bush on foot provides a closer look at the plants, smaller creatures and signs of animal life. Walking in the bush is also an exhilarating experience as we may come across big game at any moment.
After our thrilling game walk, we visit the Panorama Route. We journey through the rugged northern Drakensberg mountain range, passing through one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Along the way, we stop to admire the sweeping views of the impressive Blyde River Canyon from God's Window viewpoint. We also stop to take in the stunning views of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes formations in Blyde River Canyon.
This evening we enjoy a local dance performance and dinner around the flickering campfire.
On the last day of this fantastic Cape to Kruger via Namibia, Botswana & Vic Falls Safari, we venture back out into Kruger National Park in our safari truck. After our final game drive, we travel back to the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
This affordable Cape Town to Kruger Safari comes to an end when we arrive back in Johannesburg. Most tour groups choose to enjoy dinner together at the post-tour lodge, which offers a traditional braai (barbecue) that can be booked through your guide on day 25.
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