Africa is a captivating continent of diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, fascinating cultures and unforgettable adventures. This Exclusive Budget Safari combines the best of southern Africa's highlights as we travel from the beautiful city of Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls.
Discover the magic of the different regions of Southern Africa on game drives in some of Africa's best-known parks, guided bush walks and mokoro rides in the Okavango Delta. 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 is a truly wild African Safari that takes in the best highlights in the countries that we travel through - 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 lodge in Cape Town at 13h00 and spend the first afternoon on this Exclusive Budget Safari exploring the beautiful city and sightseeing.
The first day and a half of our safari trip is spent in and around the vibrant city of Cape Town in South Africa, During this time you can hike up the famous Table Mountain and visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, the V&A Waterfront, coastal Hout Bay, the idyllic Stellenbosch Winelands and a variety of 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 dinner on our first night out of the city.
We enter Namibia today covering the short distance to our next safari camp. The base camp is located on the banks of the Gariep River (formerly Orange River), where our canoe adventure takes place.
Before setting off on our Orange River canoe trip we load our gear into the two-man canoes. 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. On night four we camp on the peaceful riverbanks, under the starry desert skies. The following night we return to our base camp and safari vehicle to camp in relative comfort.
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, before travelling into Namibia's ancient Namib Desert proper.
We set up our overnight Namib Desert camp in a private nature reserve, situated inside the massive Namib Rand Nature Reserve. This Namibian nature reserve is home to an array of wild animal and plant species adapted to the harsh desert conditions of the arid Namib.
The Namib Desert area of Namibia is known for its ever-shifting sand dunes and barren landscapes.
Wake up at our lovely safari camp, 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 early, we travel to the captivating Sossusvlei Dunes on day eight of this magical African Budget Safari. We climb the tall red-orange dunes for a fantastic view over the surrounding Namib Desert. Then we drive further into the dunes of Sossusvlei through thick desert sands, transferring to an open 4x4 vehicle. Reaching Deadvlei we explore the striking pans on foot.
Then we drive our safari vehicle on to our overnight camp in the desert.
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 our safari lodge in Swakopmund, where there are plenty of things to do. Explore the German-influenced town to view the mix of colonial and modern architecture, and experience the blend of European and African cultures.
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 much more. Swakopmund's nightlife and restaurants are also 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 Erongo Region to Spitzkoppe. This is one of the most famous natural landmarks of Namibia - a towering massif of granite peaks, hills and rocky inselbergs.
This afternoon we explore the area on foot, viewing the rock formations and the surrounding plains. End the day with sunset over the amber terrain of the Namib before camping under the stars at the foot of Spitzkoppe.
Next, we are in for a real wildlife treat - game viewing in Namibia's premier Etosha National Park.
Arriving in Etosha Park we set up camp at one of the well-established camps and 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 our camp, where you can do more game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. The following day we continue our wildlife adventure in Etosha, taking a game viewing drive to our next overnight camp in the park. We stop to see wildlife at various watering holes along the way as our guide searches out the creatures of Etosha Park, filling you in on the fascinating flora and fauna.
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 camp 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 nights in the magical Delta are spent camping on an island tucked away in the bush. Experience truly wild Africa, falling asleep to the sounds of nature.
On day 17 of our Exclusive African Budget 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 camp in the afternoon there is time to relax and lounge at the swimming pool.
Taking it easy this morning, we enjoy some leisure time - relaxing at the pool and tucking into a tasty brunch. After brunch you have the option of taking a walk in the local village. 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. The tents are set up, but we recommend sleeping out in the open under the star-studded skies. If we are unable to travel into the salt pans, then an alternative camp will be set up 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 our lodge in Victoria Falls for the next two nights. On one of our nights in Victoria Falls, we enjoy a braai (barbecue) and a traditional dance performance around 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, so your entry fee to Vic Falls is included. 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, bungee jumping, helicopter flips, microlight flights, village tours and more.
Today it is back into the wilderness of Africa we go!
Leaving Vic Falls we drive south to nearby 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 camping inside the wilderness area. The remote safari camp overlooks an active waterhole teeming with game.
Next, we journey south to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.
From Bulawayo, we head into the Matobo Hills 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 through the bush on foot in this game park.
Tonight's camp is set amongst the precarious-looking boulders characterising 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 bush camp located in the Limpopo Valley, on a private game reserve. Arriving at camp you can take a short bush walk in the reserve.
On the final morning of our Cape to Johannesburg via Vic Falls Safari we set off on a short walk to take a look at some of the special bushman paintings found near our overnight camp.
Then it's on to the last stop on our journey - Johannesburg city. Arriving at our Johannesburg lodge in the late afternoon, our magical African Safari 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 the Rand (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. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
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