NACVSG Draft 20 Day Cape Town To Victoria Falls Luxury Adventure

September 5, 2017 Comments Off on NACVSG Draft 20 Day Cape Town To Victoria Falls Luxury Adventure
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Day 01: South Africa – Cederberg Region, South Africa

We start our day by saying farewell to the beautiful Mother City, Cape Town making our way to the Cederberg Region. Stopping at a famous winelands region where you can enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting on one of the local farms. Also making a stop at one of the famous Spice Routes in Paarl, we visit an estate that brings together a variety of unique flavours to the Cape Culture. The trip would not be complete without a traditional stop at one of the small farms stalls where you will be offered a number of homemade treats and baked goods. Upon arrival at our lodging for the evening, we are given a full briefing of our tour while enjoying some of South African hospitality.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Bydidam Cottages
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±270 km
Included Highlight: Visit to The Spice Route
Activity Package: Wine tasting

Day 02 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

Our first experience with the desert is presented to us today on the way to the Orange River. We travel north and make our way to our camp for the following evening. The camp is situated on the banks of the Orange River. For those travelling in the spring months of the year, you may be fortunate enough to witness the wild flowers, commonly known for this region. As we cross the border, we make our way into Namibia and settle into the lodge for the night.

Accommodation: Norotshama Lodge
Facilities:  Two per room en-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route:  Citrusdal to Orange River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Border Post: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours

Day 3 – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

We start our journey to passing the longest river in South Africa today. Travelling through the mountains of Lesotho, as we move away from the lush surroundings and into the desert region. For those wanting to experience the river in the best way possible, we recommend joining the optional canoe trip on the river. Making our way away from the Orange River, in the afternoon we pay a visit to the Fish River Canyon and our night is spent at the relaxing Ais Ais hot springs resort.

Accommodation: Ai Ais Resort
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (Ai-Ais)
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip

Day 04 – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Every journey has its long days and today is the one where we travel deep into the Namib Desert. Making our way to the dune fields, we cross long dusty roads and dry farmlands preparing us for the vast rural Namibia. Camp for the following two nights is located just outside of this desert wonderland.

Accommodation: Taleni Desert/Quiver camp
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Fish River Canyon (Ai-Ais) to Namib Naukluft
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

We begin the day with a transfer into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei before hopping on an open 4×4 vehicle for our adventure into the Namib Desert. Stopping at Dune 45, the highest dune in Namibia, only the brave amongst us can climb to the top before heading to our accommodation for the night. We stop briefly at the stop in Sesriem on our way our of the Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Taleni Desert/Quiver camp
Facilities Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Taleni to Naukluft Area
Included Highlight Guided 4×4 excursion into Sesriem National Park (including a Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei  Deadvlei)

Day 06 – Swakopmund, Namibia

Travelling to the west today, we head towards the coastal town of Swakopmund. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn on the way from the Atlantic Coast. We make a stop at Walvis Bay lagoon with the hope of catching a sight of the beautiful Flamingo’s. Upon our arrival in the town of Swakopmund we have an opportunity to partake in the many adventures on offer here while ending the day with a delicious dinner at a restaurant.

Accommodation: Atlantic Villas
Facilities:  Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Highlight:  Guided desert walk with local expert
Meals: Breakfast

Day 07 – Swakopmund, Namibia

The day is free for you to spend exploring the town. Hosting a variety of attractions such as the popular coffee shops and not forgetting the charming bakery offering a range of German inspired treats.

Accommodation: Atlantic Villas
FacilitiesTwo per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking
Meals: Breakfast

Day 08 – Outjo, Namibia

In the morning we make our way across the popular road of the Skeleton Coast, and head to the town of Wlotskasbaken. On our way to Spitzkoppe we come across a unique organism called Lichen. The organism is a result of a symbiotic relationship between two organisms – fungae and algae. Once formed they cannot live without each other. Passing through the vast granite formations, we see the beautiful rock art of the San people who resided here ages ago. A local guide will take us on to explore these amazing landforms before we make our way to our accommodation for the night in Outjo.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Ombinda Country Lodge
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Swakopmund to Outjo
Included Highlight:  Visit Spitzkoppe

Day 09 – Himba Tribes: Outjo, Namibia

Continuing north today, we pay a visit to the Himba tribe where we spend the day getting to know the people of  Northern Namibia. For those wanting to unwind and check out a market, an opportunity is presented at the end of our visit. The evening is spent preparing for the next two days in the etosha National Park.

Descendants of the Herero people, the Himba continue to speak a dialect of the ancient Herero language. There are approximately 20,000 – 50,000 Himba people residing in the area of Kunene, where they have recently constructed two villages in Kamanjab. The Himba are livestock farmers who, in this arid, rough and mountainous region, breed cattle and goats. These are some of the most photographed people in the world because of their stunningly unique style of dressing as well as their fascinating lifestyle. Their style is characterised by revealing clothing made from goat skin and they accessorise with an assortment of jewellery made of shells, copper and iron – in accordance to the tribe’s hierarchy. The scarlet colour of their skin and hair is a combination of butter, ash and ochre which aids in shielding them from the severe temperatures of the desert.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Hotel
Facilities Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Outjo to Opuwo
Activity Package: Himba Project Visit

Day 10 – Etosha National Park, Namibia

With an early start to the day we make our way to Etosha National Park. We spend the day enjoying unique game viewing in the park in search of the abundant wildlife. Accommodation tonight is spent just outside the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Toshari Lodge
Facilities  Two per room with en-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the overland vehicle

Day 11 – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Another day is spent exploring the park. No day spent in a National Park is the same, the suspense before that sighting is what keeps us motivated and eyes wide open.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Toshari Lodge
Facilities  Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Included Highlight  Full day game drive in the overland vehicle

Day 12 – Windhoek, Namibia

One last early morning game drive in the park today before we pack up and set off towards Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia. On the way we stop at a well known market before reaching our destination for the day. After our arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a brief walk through the city centre. This evening can be spent at Windhoek’s popular eastery Joe’ Beer House for an interesting food experience.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:Hotel Safari
Facilities: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, short walk through Windhoek with your guide

Day 13 – Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

This morning we wake up early and leave Namibia. Travelling to the Botswana border post and Kalahari Desert. After completing border formalities, we arrive at our lodging in Ghanzi.  We meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing and story telling this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalahari Arms
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San tribal dance in evening
Border Post: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 14 – Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning can be spent enjoying an optional walk with a San guide where we learn how they survived for so many years in these dry regions. We travel to Maun in the afternoon and arrive at the launching pad for the Okavango Delta excursion. This evening you will be briefed on what to pack for the following days activities.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Sedia Riverfront Hotel
Facilities Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: Bushman walk

Day 15 – Okavango Delta, Botswana

We begin our day embarking on the Okavango Delta Excursion. This could be the most picturesque and relaxing of experiences. This unique ecosystem allows you to see the annual flood waters of the Okavango river. The water levels are completely dependant on the season being the main cause that adds character to the incredible Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Okavango Delta Excursion
(Moremi Crossing or Mopiri ) or Delta Camp
Facilities:  Two per permanent tent with en-suite bathroom
Route: Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion

Day 16 – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today is spent participating in the variety of activities on offer in the Okavango Delta. A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. Depending on the water level, there may also be a traditional Mokoro (dug-out canoe) outing and nature walks to look forward to.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Okavango Delta Excursion (Moremi or Mopiri)
Moremi Crossing or Mopiri ) or Delta Camp
Facilities: Two per permanent tent with en-suite bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 – Nata, Botswana

After our stay in the Delta we travel back to Maun and jump back on board the overland vehicle where we journey towards the Makgadikgadi Pans (Salt Pans) and the town of Nata today. If we are lucky we may spot some of the wildlife that wander in this large protected area.

Accommodation: Nata Lodge
Facilities Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Nata
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 – Chobe National Park, Botswana

We start the day early this morning as we make our way to the banks of the Chobe river where we will be camping this evening. The afternoon is spent exploring the Chobe National Park in a 4×4 vehicle. We end the afternoon with a relaxing sunset cruise on the Chober River and we enjoy a delicious meal at camp around the fire.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 10,600 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for its enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000.

Accommodation: Thebe River Lodge
Facilities Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Nata to Kasane
Activity Package Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 – Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we make our way to the mighty Victoria Falls, well known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” – the smoke that thunders, we experience the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. The adventure town offers a variety of optional activities for those looking for an adrenaline filled afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller, the afternoon is at your own leisure to spend at the craft markets or the coffee shops in town.

Accommodation: A’Zambezi
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

There are a variety of activities are made available for you to partake in on your last day on tour.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked us.
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

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