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Cape Town To Vic Falls – Grand Explorer

Cape Town to Vic Falls – Grand Explorer

Cape Town to Vic Falls - Grand Explorer

HIGHLIGHTS

Cape Town, Etosha National Park, Victoria Falls, Game Drives, Deserts

FROM

NZ$5,815

DURATION

21 Days

In a nutshell

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.

Why travel with us

We understand that there are several options available to you when choosing your African safari. We also know that you want to make the most informed decision about your safari, what you get, what’s included and what you see and experience. So these are just a few of our qualities and facts:

Small groups – by travelling with a maximum of 12 people, you are able to witness Africa and have first-hand contact with this amazing continent and its people without being a negative influence. This has been a key factor in our continued success. Our trips appeal to a wide demographic of traveller. Our clients range in age from 25 to 65+ with the average being 45. The range of travellers gives a variety of perspectives which adds to the experience of each safari.

2 x tour guides – group leaders are the key to any safari. On one of our safaris you will travel with 2 qualified and registered field guides (Field Guides Association of SA). Two guides as crew, not a guide and a driver, means interesting trips with maximum knowledge and information. Our guides have a passion for Africa, her people and her wildlife, and they love nothing more than sharing their knowledge with you.

All inclusive price – when we travel ourselves, we always feel that if we’re in a country we should find and see the best it has to offer. So when planning the routes we ensure that each trip provides the best inclusions and experiences. For example, if you go to Botswana – you have to visit the national parks in an open 4WD – it is the essence of the Botswana wilderness. If you tour Zambia, then you must visit South Luangwa NP and do a game walk with a local scout. When booking one of our Safari’s there are no hidden costs. All of the entrance fees are included, and a wide range of activities, and most meals. We have included many highlights in our tours, so that you will see and experience the highlights without having to pay extra when you get there. So when you decide on which safari company to book with, look carefully at what you’re actually getting. You may only visit a place once, make sure you get the most out of it.

Safety – our fleet of vehicles are custom built to ensure comfortable and safe touring. Each is constructed, by an authorised passenger vehicle builder, to the latest safety requirements, with a safety shell, and every seat has a lap belt. This gives you peace of mind when travelling with us on the often demanding African roads.

Responsible travel – Our commitment to sustainable & responsible tourism is reflected in our low impact travel style where all we take is photographs and all we leave is our footprints. Being an African company we have the grassroots contacts to make a real difference in the lives of the people whose lands we visit.

Experience – we have more than 22 years’ experience planning tours throughout Southern Africa. As such, our itineraries and routes have been perfected over many years ensuring that your tour will run smoothly. We visit the highlights of Southern Africa, but ensure that you do not follow the well-trodden tourist track.

An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

*All our tours are non-smoking

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.

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 21 days from Cape Town to Victoria falls
Trip focus: A great classic overland journey taking in the highlights of both Cape Town and Vic Falls.
Accommodation: 19 nights on safari we stay at guest houses, chalets and small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities, and 1 night in the Cederberg where chalets with 2 bedrooms share one bathroom.
Transport: for the majority of this safari you travel in custom-built Safari truck with 12 forward facing seats.
Group size: Maximum 12 + tour leader and driver
Single supplement: NZ$1150 – or you can request to share with someone of the same gender
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • All park Entrance fees
  • All accommodation and transport within the tour
  • English speaking driver and local tour guide
  • Local game trackers and guides

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Local payment if required to be paid on day 1 of your tour to your guide
  • International flights and internal flight departure taxes
  • Travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for your tour leader and driver

PAYING LOCALLY:

Most of our adventure tours involve a local payment. Paying locally allows us to keep the overall cost of our tours competitive and pass the savings on to you. These funds are put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic so this is a way to help us serve you, whilst saving you money. Payment is to be made to your leader upon arrival in cash.

All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with its magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain providing its central focus. Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at quite early, we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Meals Included: None

DAY 2 – CEDERBERG

The 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – GARIEP RIVER

We 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).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – FISH RIVER CANYON

The 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 & 6 – NAMIB DESERT

The 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)

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAYS 7 & 8 – SWAKOPMUND

Swakopmund 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).

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch

DAY 9 – DAMARALAND

Namibia 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 10 & 11 – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Once a vast lake fed by the Kunene River, the pan that is Etosha National Park, 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.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAY 12 – WINDHOEK

This 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).

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13 – KALAHARI

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 14 & 15 – OKOVANGO DELTA

The 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.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAY 16 – MAUN

Making our way around the Okavango we head to Maun where we have an evening meal at a local restaurant (own expense).

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 17 – MAKGADIKGADI PANS

The 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 18 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

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 National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAYS 19 to 21 – DEPARTURE DAY ZIMBABWE / VICTORIA FALLS

Magnificent 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 bungee jump (own expense). Tour ends at 08:00am at the hotel.

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape Town – Cape Point day tour
  • Fish River Canyon – walking
  • Namib Desert – Sossusvlei dunes
  • Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
  • Etosha National Park – game drives
  • Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
  • Chobe National Park – river cruise
  • Victoria Falls – white water rafting

DATES

Departure Dates Cost
Please enquire - Departs every 2nd Wednesday from 01 April NZ$5,815
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