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42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort

This is a unique action-packed circular route accommodated adventure tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa’s coastline ending back in Cape Town.

Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

R57,550

+ Single Supplement ZAR 9220

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 20530


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Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland
Starts Cape Town
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Cape Town

This is an action-packed route to travel on. It travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa's coastline ending back in Cape Town.  Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

Included

  • Meals - 39 Breakfast, 32 Lunch, 30 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Optional activities

SKU: ACM0464
 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town – Cederberg Region, South Africa

We depart from Cape Town and are given one last opportunity to stop in Table View. On the way to the Cederberg we will be treated to some delicious wine tasting at a local vineyard. Upon arrival at our lodging for the evening, we are given a full briefing of our tour by our resident guides.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Marcuskraal Campsite
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±270 km
Activity Package: Wine tasting and Traditional dinner

Day 2

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

We journey through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand today, making a stop off at the isolated town of Springbok to gather any last supplies. Once we have crossed the Namibian border, we arrive at our charming chalets that overlook the sparkling Orange River that creates a natural divider between South Africa and Namibia.

Originally called the Nu Gariep (‘Great River’) by the native Nama people, the Orange River was named by Colonel Robert Gordon – a Dutch explorer who once commanded the Cape garrison for several years. It is said that Gordon named the river in honour of William of Orange, but a more popular belief is that it was simply named so because of its colour. Presently, it is known by its original name (Gariep River) and it the longest river throughout South Africa, stretching to a distance of 1800 kilometres. Rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, where it is known as Sengu, it flows west through South Africa and out into the Atlantic Ocean once it reaches Alexander Bay. On its lengthy voyage, the river boasts a wide selection of beautiful landscapes. It passes through rough mountainous terrains and never-ending dune fields. The Orange forms part of the international border that runs between South Africa and Namibia, South Africa and Lesotho, and numerous provincial borders within South Africa.

Though the river does not run through any main cities, it plays a crucial role within the economy of South Africa by providing water to be used for irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Orange River is also responsible for diamond deposits all along the coast of Namibia. For millions of years this river acted as a transportation system that took diamonds from volcanic pipes within Kimberley, South Africa out into the ocean. From here, currents would take the diamonds north where the surf would catch them and place them into the Namib dune fields.

Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite Cabanas or Norotshama Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Citrusdal to Orange River ±500 km
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.

Nomad - Norotshama lodge, Namibia

Day 3

 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon , South Africa

We get the chance to partake in an optional canoe trip down the Orange River this morning, or we could choose to stay behind at camp and devote our time to unwinding next to the river. Following a tasty lunch, we head north toward Fish River Canyon and embark on a hike in picturesque settings along the rim in order to put into perspective just how enormous and incredible this natural wonder is. In the later day, we make our way back to Ai-Ais to check in to our lodging for the night and to delight in the marvellous hot springs offered by our resort.

Meaning ‘burning water’ in the local language of Nama, Ai-Ais refers to the sulphurous thermal hot water springs situated at the bottom of the mountains and at Fish River Canyon’s southern end. The Ai-Ais (pronounced ‘eye-ice’) springs originate from deep beneath the riverbed and create a haven in this tremendously dry area. These hot springs were used by the German military troops as a base camp during the Nama uprising. This area was once again used as a base in 1915 by South African troops mending from injuries incurred during the South-West Africa Campaign. The springs were declared national monuments in the 1960s and subsequently became a conservation area. The Ai-Ais camp was officially opened on the 16th of March, 1971. The hot water, heavy with sulphur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of approximately 60 degrees Celcius and is known to be a relaxing curative.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ai Ais Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±250 km
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activity: Half-Day Canoe Trip

Day 4

 Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is one of Namibia’s greatest geographic wonders. At 50,000 square kilometres, it is one of the biggest parks in all of Africa. The Sossusvlei desert region has enormous sand dunes as well as extraordinary scenery. Our lodging for the evening is located just outside of the Park.

An ecological reserve in the Namib Desert and the biggest game park in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park covers an enormous section of land and contains an unexpectedly large assortment of animals that survive in this dry area, including snakes, geckos, strange insects, hyenas, gemsbok and jackals. Most of the Park’s life is sustained by the cool ocean mists that come from the Atlantic sea as well as the occasional rainfall. Fog is brought in by the winds that also aid in constructing the Park’s gigantic sand dunes whose burnt orange hue is an indication of their age. The colour changes over time due to the iron within the sand becoming oxidized like rusted metal, therefore the older the dune, the brighter the dune’s colour.

The Namib-Naukluft’s dunes are the highest in the world, with the famous Dune 45 which peaks at over 170 metres. The dunes were given numbers in order to create an easier navigation system for travellers and in a strike of pure coincidence, Dune 45 is in fact 45 kilometres from Sesriem Canyon. Meaning ‘open space’ in the local Nama tongue, the ‘Namib’ name progressed, eventually forming ‘Namibia’ meaning the ‘land of open spaces’.

The current boundaries of the Park were decided upon in 1978 by the merging of the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park, portions of Diamond Area 1 and some other portions of surrounding government land. The Park includes Sossusvlei which is an enormous clay pan situated in the centre of the Namib Desert, renowned for its surrounding tall, red sand dunes that together create a massive sea of sand. Another ‘wow’ factor of the Namib Desert as well as the entrance point to the western region of the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Sesriem Canyon was created by the forces of the Tsauchab River which chiselled the canyon out of grainy rock throughout the past 2 million years. During the uncommon rainfalls in the Naukluft Mountains, the river evolves into a rapidly strong current of water that has, over the years, formed the canyon into what it is today – now one kilometre long and approximately 300 metres wide.

The water that pools in certain areas of the canyon quenchers the thirst of a wide selection of wildlife who have adapted to living in these extraordinarily dry settings.  Sesriem is an Afrikaans word meaning ‘six belts’ and was named so due to the fact that early explorers and settlers were required to fasten six belts together in order to lower buckets down into the canyon to retrieve fresh water.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Hammerstein Lodge or Taleni Desert camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft ±620 km

Nomad - Taleni Desert Camp

Day 5

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

We devote today to spending time exploring the Namib-Naukluft National Park, beginning with a hike up Dune 45 for a spectacular view as well as an incredible photographic opportunity. Later in the day, we will have the option of being transported to Sossusvlei where we embark on a brief walk into Sesriem Canyon during the afternoon.

One of the most ancient and enormous deserts in the world, the Namib Desert stretches over an area of approximately 90, 000 square kilometres along Namibia’s Atlantic Ocean Coast. Having survived tremendously dry weather conditions for the last 55 million years, the Desert is known as the second oldest desert in the world (beaten only by Chile’s Atacama Desert). It experiences less than ten millimetres of rain per annum and is almost completely desolate, characterised by vivid scarlet dunes, some reaching heights of over 3000 metres – the tallest in the world. A portion of the Namib Desert includes the Naukluft Mountains as well as the Namib-Naukluft Park which is considered to be one of the biggest national parks throughout Africa. In spite of tough conditions, a wide selection of fauna and flora can be seen in this desert. There are also some extraordinarily unusual species of plants and animals that can only be found in this particular desert.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Hammerstein OR Taleni Desert Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Taleni to Naukluft Area ±150 km
Included Highlight: Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Day 6 - 7

Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we meet a local expert guide who will lead us on a walk through the desert. Adventuring on foot, we will be educated by our guide about the delicate ecosystem surrounding us. Following this, we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on the way from the Atlantic Coast. Finally, we make our way to the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund. Here you will be provided with all the information you require about the various Optional Activities on offer.

Swakopmund was founded in 1892 by German settlers and was planned to be the primary harbour of German South-West Africa. However, with the elevated amount of traffic between Germany and its colony, a port of its own was established due to Walvis Bay, situated just 33 kilometres south, being in British possession. The decision of where to build this port landed on a site just north of the Swakop River where water was freely available. With its Bavarian-style buildings, including the Altes Gefängnis prison (now converted into a public library), the prominent German architectural influence is still very evident within the town of Swakopmund. The town was originally known as ‘Tsoakhaub’, a word that was derived from the culture of Namaqua and, directly translated, means ‘excrement opening’ which is an unpleasant, but unfortunately very accurate description of the Swakop River waters when they once flooded and carried masses amounts of mud, sand, vegetation and animal corpses out into the Atlantic Ocean. This name was shortly changed to ‘Swachaub’ by German settlers, and with the declaration of Swakopmund as an independent region of German South-West Africa in the year 1896, the current use of the name ‘Swakopmund’ (meaning ‘estuary of the Swakop’ in German) came into play. Swakopmund is encircled by the Namib Desert on three sides and by the icy Atlantic waters to the west and therefore experiences a pleasant, balanced climate.

Though rainfall is scarce, the cold current of the Benguela provides moisture to the region in the form of fog that reaches as far as 140 kilometres inland. The animals and vegetation of the area have adapted to this spectacle and now rely upon this fog as a water supply. Swakopmund is renowned for its incredible selection of adventure activities, including skydiving, sand boarding, quad biking and more. Your local guides will help you with your decision on which activities you should partake in, however, if you wish to devote some time to relaxation, feel free to explore the town and enjoy the wide selection of coffee and souvenir shops available here.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Stay@Swakop OR Amampuri  or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund ±380 km
Activity Package: Guided Desert Walk With Local Expert
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Swakopmund, Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, Sandboarding, Quad biking

Nomad - Amanpuri Travellers Lodge Room

Day 8

Khorixas, Namibia

Heading inland today, making our way to Khorixas, we make a stop at  Spitzkoppe and enjoy the granite monoliths with the guide. We pay a visit to the Petrified Forest that is situated in an old river channel. Described as ‘an occurrence of fossilized trees’, this forest was declared a national monument on the 1st of March, 1950.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Igowati Lodge or Khorixas Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Swakopmund to Khorixas ±320 km
Included Highlight: Visit Spitzkoppe and explore with a local guide

Day 9

Himba Tribe – Outjo, Namibia

Travelling toward Kamanjab today, we drive through Damaraland where we spend some time with several of the Himba people who are pastoral and easily identifiable by their original hair and dressing styles. We end the day by visiting the petrified forest in the outskirts of the town. Continuing to our camp for the night, we prepare for the following two days in 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.

Usually, the women are left to care for the children and to perform daily tasks such as the milking of livestock, whilst the men are responsible for sorting out political duties. Their villages are comprised of family farmsteads which are huts constructed around a central fire and livestock pen. Both the livestock and fire are crucial to the beliefs of the Himba in ancestor worship, the fire signifying ancestral guarding of the community.

Located a short 20 kilometres outside of town, an expertly led guided trip around the villages will give you an incredible insight into the lifestyles of the Ova-Himba – the last traditional tribe in Namibia. It will also provide incredible photographic opportunities. Here you will learn about the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, and be educated about the beliefs of the holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine.

You will also be informed about the jewellery and hair styles that indicate the status of each individual tribe member within their society, as well as their magnificent bond with nature, their cattle and children. The money that is generated from these outings aids in sustaining the tribe in their day to day lives, affording them to purchase provisions and necessary medicines as well as giving them the opportunity to take proper care of the children in the communities.  Please bear in mind that the village is not an exhibition and you are kindly asked to respect the ways of the Himba as they would respect yours. This being said, you will be given a chance to enter the inside of one of these incredible people’s homes in order to experience their remarkable culture.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Etotongwe
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khorixas to Outjo ±340 km
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit
Included Highlight: Visit the Petrified Forest

Day 10 - 11

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Making our way southeast to Etosha National Park, we are treated to incredible views of the vast landscapes as well as game viewing from our truck during our game drives. We enter the park and set up camp for the night. The park is a place where you will experience the most unique game viewing in Africa. After your game drive, we travel back to the campsite and we relax at their beautiful floodlit waterholes and watch animals visit for an evening drink during the night.

Etosha means ‘Great White Place’ and is dominated by an enormous salt pan which makes up part of the mighty Kalahari Basin. Originally a lake nourished by the Kunene River, the Etosha pan spreads across an entire quarter of the Etosha National Park.

The lake was dried up more than a few thousand years ago, and is currently a dust bowl made of salty clay which, from time to time, floods to the brim with water from the scarce rainfalls. This briefly provides water to the wildlife and fuels the growth of a certain type of algae that draws in birds and flamingos by the thousands. However, massive collections of wildlife congregate all through the entire year at the perpetual springs situated on the pan’s edges. This incredible abundance of wildlife makes Etosha National Park one of South Africa’s most supreme and significant game reserves. The Park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and astonishingly, 1 species of fish.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Namutoni or Okaukuejo OR Halali OR Mokuti or Toshari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park ±170 km
Included Highlight: Afternoon and Full game drive

Etosha National Park

Day 12

Windhoek, Namibia

On our way to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, we make a stop at a local craft market where you can purchase genuine African artworks, including carvings and paintings. Upon our arrival in Windhoek, we embark on a brief tour around the lovely city in our truck. End your day enjoying a an optional dining experience at Joe’s Beer House

Windhoek was initially given the name Ai-Gams by the Nama people, meaning ‘hot water’. This was because of the hot springs that were once a significant part of this area. The Herero people who used to dwell there, referred to it as Otjomuise meaning ‘place of steam’. There are various beliefs on how Ai-Gams/Otjomuise came to be known as Windhoek, but the most popular theory is that this name was derived from the Afrikaans word ‘Wind-Hoek’, meaning ‘corner of wind’. Another belief is that the Afrikaans people named Windhoek after the Winterhoek Mountains located in Tulbagh, South Africa, where the early Afrikaans settlers resided at one point in time. During those days of colonialism, Windhoek acted as the point of contact between the fighting Namas, led by Jan Jonker Afrikaner, and the Herero people.

Today’s Windhoek was established on the 18th of October, 1890, when Van Francois (a German settler) repaired the foundation stone of the Alte Feste fort. Throughout the next fourteen years, Windhoek gradually progressed with only the most crucial government and private building being constructed. Following 1907, the town developed rapidly as people began to migrate from the countryside to the city, and a massive flood of European settlers started to arrive from Germany and South Africa. Countless gorgeous buildings and monuments were constructed, including Heinitzburg (one of the three castles of Windhoek), the enchanting Christuskirche and The Rider statue.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Heja Game Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±450 km
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, short walk through Windhoek with your guide
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant

Day 13

Botswana – Ghanzi, Botswana

Departing Namibia, we make our way to the Botswana border post. After completing border formalities, we arrive at our lodging in Ghanzi and, in the evening, we are treated to an experience of traditional tribal dancing performed by the local San community.

Upon crossing the border of Botswana, we will begin to spot villagers, cattle, donkeys and sheep along the roadsides. Botswana has been independent since the year 1966 and contains three of the world’s most abundant diamond mines which have made the country rather wealthy. Botswana is presently 40 years old and is known as the African success story.

Politically stable with high economic standards and the good sense to invest in education and healthcare as well as devoid of the racial issues that have afflicted most other African countries, Botswana has the greatest economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government uses a strategy of high income and low impact tourism, where the amount of tourists entering any area of the country is decreased by charging much more than adjacent countries, thus making it more restricting to the budgeting traveller.

Previously known as Bushmen, the San are indigenous to Southern Africa and have resided here for over 30,000 years. It is fascinating to learn about the conditions of Africa in the past and how the San managed to survive in the desert surroundings, living in peace with nature. There is a belief that the word ‘San’ meant ‘wild people who cannot farm’, but historically, they did not have a word for themselves. Now, however, they call themselves ‘Ncoakhoe’ meaning ‘red people’, but the term ‘San’ remains chief. They were roaming people, largely hunter gatherers travelling to where food and water could be found. There are only approximately 55,000 San left of which almost 60% reside in Botswana, whilst the remainder dwell in Namibia and northern South Africa.

Countless examples of their dramatic and extraordinary cave paintings can be seen peppered around Southern Africa – an indication of the truly nomadic San tracking their movements historically. Unfortunately, in the present their traditional lifestyle has been battered by colonial influence and they can now be located in the ‘squalid alcohol plagued settlements’ or on farms and cattle posts.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±520 km
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 - 16

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, we spend one evening in Maun preparing for our adventure into the Delta. It is recommended you bring along a smaller bag for your stay in the Okavango as you will not need too much. For travellers not wanting to go into the Delta they will stay in Maun or the next 2 days.

The next morning we board Small planes which take us over this incredible region to our camp where we will be staying for the following two nights.

Depending on the water level, there may also be a traditional Mokoro (dug-out canoe) outing to look forward to. The evening is spent around the campfire listen to the sounds of the wilderness.

The following morning we head out for a nature walk. Returning to our camp for breakfast we spend the rest of the day relaxing before our early evening sunset cruise.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognised as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora.

There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel. Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the world.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge, Permanent Tents: Okavango Delta Excursion
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±350 km, Maun to Okavango Delta ±30 min flight
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Optional Activity:Bushman walk

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will stay at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion for the following two nights.

Luggage Restriction: Due to the flight into the Okavango Delta your bags are limited to 10kg.  Each client will have to be weighed due to new safety regulations (please don’t take offence to this).

For more information on the Okavango Delta Excursion please click here

Okavango Delta

Day 17

Nata, Botswana

After a morning game drive out of the Delta to the airstrip and a scenic flight out of the wilderness, we will drive towards Makgadikgadi Pans (Salt Pans) and the town of Nata. If we are lucky we may spot some of the wildlife that wander in this large protected area.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km

Day 18

Chobe National Park, Botswana

We make our way to Kasane where your afternoon is spent exploring the Chobe National Park in a 4×4 vehicle. The afternoon we are treated to a relaxing sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (situated within the National Park). Here we will be able to spot plenty of beautiful animals on the riverbanks, such as hippo, buffalo and elephants.

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.

The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These giants are specifically Kalahari elephants, identifiable by their frail ivory and short tusks which are possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soils. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.

The initial inhabitants of this region were the San people, known in Botswana as the ‘Basarwa’. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who travelled from place to place searching for the next source of food and water. The San were eventually forced out by groups of the Basubiya people and, in 1911, a congregation of Batawana moved to the area. It was decided in 1931 that a national park would be erected in order to guard the wildlife from extinction as well as to attract tourists.

During 1932, an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres in the Chobe region was declared as a non-hunting zone. Throughout the years, the boundaries of the park have been modified and the people who have settled in the region have been progressively relocated. Chobe National Park was eventually completely rid of human occupation in the year 1975, and in 1980 (and once more in 1986) the boundaries were once again altered, growing the park to its current size.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Thebe River Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nata to Kasane ±315 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park Sunset boat cruise
Nomad, Thebe Safaris - Family-room

Day 19 - 20

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zambia

We make our way to Victoria Falls town where we have some time to prepare for our activities for the following day, before visiting the incredible Victoria Falls and experiencing the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. Majority of our group will spend the next day white water rafting (a thrill not to be missed!), however there are various alternatives offered by Victoria Falls, such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that merges Zimbabwe and Zambia.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls is said to be the biggest falls in the world. According to popular beliefs, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia.  Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake.

The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: A’Zambezi (1 night), Vic Falls Rainbow Hotel (1 night)
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Victoria Falls,Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Trips, Game Drives and many more

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Day 21

Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift, Botswana

An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Palapye. Our accomodation this evening is at a lively campsite.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Camp Itumela
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye ±675 km
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00 Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 625-0320/1303, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 22

Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg, South Africa

Another early departure, we enter into South Africa by crossing the border and enjoy a picturesque drive to Johannesburg, Belvedere Estate. Travellers have the chance to enjoy a delicious cultural braai served by the estate – This is optional and would have to be booked through your guide.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Belvedere Estate
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±560 km
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 23

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on the way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. You have the opportunity to participate in an optional sunset drive in the park this afternoon, booking is essential. Once we’ve settled in, we will be briefed on what lies ahead on your journey.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Timbavati Safari Lodge or  Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suites per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve  ±400 km
Optional Activity: Sundowner Game Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 24 - 25

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We travel up to the world famous Kruger National Park and begin with a game drive in our truck. We will spend the day driving through the national park in our truck, which gives us an elevated view and helps with seeing wildlife. We will make the most of our day game driving through the Park. Today you have the opportunity of experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle. You have the chance to enjoy an optional game drive this evening.

The following morning starts earlier for those wanting to do an optional morning walk while the rest of the day is spent travelling through the incredible Panorama Route, making stops at the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before returning back to the camp in the afternoon.

Set up in 1898 in order to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, the Kruger National Park (of almost 2 million hectares) is unmatched in the variety of animal species it contains and is a world leader in advanced environmental techniques and policies. The Park is home to around 145 species of mammal, more than 500 bird species (some of which are strictly indigenous to South Africa) and approximately 336 different tree species.

In 1927, when the first tourists visited the Park, they carried weapons and set up their own camps in areas surrounded by thorn bushes in order to guard themselves from predators. Throughout World War II, the Park was closed to the public and was then re-opened under new management in 1946. Currently, the Kruger National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world, complete with the facilities one could expect from any top notch holiday destination. However, it has still managed to keep up an untouched environment that provides you with a truly ‘African’ experience.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve or Timbavati Safari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kruger National Park
Included Highlight: Game drive in the truck, Panorama Route -Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Optional Activity: Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability) , Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability)

Nomad Kruger National Park

Day 26

Swaziland – Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Following our last game drive in the Kruger National Park, we leave the Park and journey to Swaziland. The Kingdom of Swaziland consists of a landlocked country that is bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. Our evening is spent in the Ezulwini Valley, which translates to “valley of heaven”,  exploring the region on foot, enabling you to fully admire your beautiful surrounds as well as the gorgeous animals. There is no need to worry whilst you are strolling about though, as there are no dangerous predators around.

The smallest country of the southern hemisphere, Swaziland is one of a mere three monarchies remaining in Africa. The Kingdom was declared independent from the Commonwealth in 1968 and is ruled by a King who is appointed in accordance with the Swazi traditions. If the King is absent or incapable of performing his duties for whatsoever reason, the Queen Mother acts on his behalf. This minute country made international headlines when it was ruled by two queens , one after the other. After the demise of King Sobhuza II, the substitute Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe reigned between 1982 and 1983, and just a few months following, Ntombi Twala became the country’s second female Head of State since the country’s independence.

Though Swaziland is surrounded on all sides by South Africa, it is bordered for roughly 100 kilometres by Mozambique in the east. Its natural resources are tremendously well-managed, and in spite of the size of the country, it contains some of the finest game reserves and national parks within Southern Africa. Elephants, lions and rhinos were wiped out due to hunting at one point, but have since been restored to the region. Swaziland is also quite famous for its abundant birdlife.

Milwane was the Swaziland’s very first wildlife sanctuary, established in the 1960’s by a local farmer, Ted Reilly, who has since been contributory to the conservation of Swaziland’s natural heritage for countless years. The Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a stunning, isolated haven situated in Swaziland’s ‘Valley of Heaven’, the Ezulwini Valley located between Mbabane and Manzini. The sanctuary spreads over 4,560 hectares and consists of a southern and northern section. The southern region is mostly sweeping grasslands with middleveld flora that stretches up onto the incredible Nyonyane Mountain. Nyonyane has much historical significance as it is where the ancient San communities once resided as well as where the Swazi Royal family were buried. Behind these mountains, the remarkable Mantenga waterfall and gorgeous Usushwana Valley create a divide before extending up to the northern section, which includes one of the highest surrounding points at Luphohlo. From the western frontier, the enormous Usutu Forest boasts a vivid setting that stretches into the far-off hills. Tourist activities mostly take place in the southern section, with guided trails leading to the unspoiled mountains of the north. Meaning ‘little fire’, Milwane’s name originated from the countless fires initiated by strikes of lightning on the Milwane Hill’s stonework.

Accommodation: Hlane or Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mbuluzi Game Lodge
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kruger to Mlilwane ±230 km (in addition, approximately 150 kilometres in Kruger National Park)
Included Activity: Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Border Post: South Africa: Jeppes Reef, Tel: + 27(0)13 781 0382, Open: 07h00-20h00 Swaziland: Matsamo, Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 27

Isimangaliso (Greater St Lucia), South Africa

Enjoy a hike this morning and other activities on offer here before departing from Swaziland. We take a lovely drive toward the inviting Indian Ocean coast, once again entering South Africa, arriving at iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized region is tremendously eclectic and encompasses beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands which, all together, make for a gorgeous environment that sustains a massive assortment of animal, bird and marine life. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to be apart of a Zulu Cultural Evening.

Newly names the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this tropical utopia spreads over approximately 240,000 hectares and is the biggest estuarine network in Africa. The Park includes the southern most extensive range of coral reefs on the entire continent and spreads over 220 kilometres of the East Coast, from St Lucia to the border of Mozambique. iSimangaliso boasts an enormous assortment of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons as well as a medley of mangroves, savannah grasslands, thickets and woodlands. It is the biggest guarded wetland in all of southern Africa with massive concentrations of nesting turtles on the beaches as well as the migration of whales, dolphins and whale-sharks off-shore. It also encompasses a large number of waterfowl including big breeding groups of pelicans, storks, herons and terns. The unique weather conditions of the Park as well as it’s sublime location has resulted in extraordinary biodiversity, including around 521 bird species. You can learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site by visiting http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/914.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shonalanga
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia ±335 km
Included Highlight: Nature Walk in Mlilwane, Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional Activity: Mountain Biking, Swazi Cultural Excursion or Morning Game Drive – all in Mlilwane
Border Post: South Africa: Golela Border Post, Tel: +27(0)34 435 1070 Open: 07h00-22h00 Swaziland: Lavumisa Town Board, Tel: +268 20 790 93, Open: 07h00-22h00

Nomad iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Day 28 - 29

Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve and Durban, South Africa

Today we travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve to embark on an open 4X4 vehicle game drive. This Park is the only one run by the state in the entire KwaZulu-Natal province, where all of the Big 5 can be found. Thanks to conservation efforts, this Park now boasts the biggest white rhino population in the world.  We climb aboard a boat in the afternoon to embark on a delightful sunset cruise along the lagoon for some bird and hippo spotting. The following day we arrive in Durban – South Africa’s biggest marine port and a renowned surfing destination. Our night can be spent delighting in authentic Indian food as Durban is also home to the biggest number of Indian descendants outside of India itself.

Set up in 1895, the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve remains the oldest game park in all of Africa. The Park spreads over approximately 96,000 hectares and boasts a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. It is specifically well-known for its conservation of masses of endangered black and white rhino. The remainder of the Big Five can also be spotted here: buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard, as well as plenty of other species including Blue Wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, jackal and countless impala. Over 300 bird species have been identified in this region, making it one of the best bird-watching destinations in all of South Africa.

Durban is the metropolitan region that consists of Durban, Pinetown, Inanda and Umlazi, with a population of almost 2 million. A large majority of the first European settlers were shipwreck survivors. One of these survivers, Rodrigo Tristaa, endured a wreck in 1552 of the Portuguese galleon Saint John, and was the first to make Durban his home. Vasco Da Gama suggested the name ‘Natal’ (‘nativity’) to this expansion of coast. The bay entrance was known as Rio de Natal (‘river of the nativity’). The Zulu nation’s formation provided wealth for a trade market in this region. Merchants established a harbour where the base of trade with Zulus could be created. Durban was therefore formed by a population of a mere 26 traders and ivory hunters. On the 23rd of June, 1835, the area was officially named Durban, after Sir Benjamin D’urban – the governor of the Cape.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Shonalanga (Day 6) & Garden Court South Beach Hotel (Day 7)
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: St. Lucia to Durban ±240 km
Activity Package: Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Umfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise
Optional Activity Dinner Out Durban,  U-Shaka Marine World

Day 30 - 31

Ukhahlamba Drakensburg Park, South Africa

We say our goodbyes to the golden beaches of KwaZulu Natal and journey inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, which is part of the massive and beautifully picturesque Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s tallest range of mountains with summits of over 3,000 metres. One of the most well-loved activities here is hiking and therefore, your guides will happily lead you on a gorgeous hike if you have not already opted to partake in other optional activities.

The Royal Natal (Ukhahlamba) National Park (‘Barrier of Spears’) is a world heritage site that boasts some of the most remarkable mountain settings in all of Africa. The vivid features include elevated grasslands, immaculate steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. The key characteristic is the world-renowned Amphitheatre, a rock wall around 5 kilometres long and over 500 metres tall. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange (Gariep) river starts its travel to the Atlantic Ocean and Thukela River, flowing down the face of the amphitheatre, creating one of the tallest waterfalls in the entire world.

The most prevalent activity at Royal Natal is definitely the sport of hiking. An all-inclusive hiking guide will be available to buy at the Visitor Centre, at Thendele camp and at the main entrance gate. This brochure includes a comprehensive map of the Park as well as the systems of hiking trails which all lead to every section of the Park, ranging from a relaxed stroll to Fairy Glen to the physically demanding trek up the Crack and down the Mudslide. This phenomenal natural site is home to a variety of fauna and flora, and also contains plenty of caves and rock-shelters adorned with the biggest collection of rock paintings in Africa, south of the Sahara, created by the ancient San people over some 4,000 years ago. These artworks are representative of the spiritual life led by the San who are believed to have resided here until the year 1878. Numerous guided hikes will be available for you to partake in, in order for you to have a close look at these spectacular paintings. The region was originally spread over 3,330 hectares, but over time the land has been extended to gain its current size of 8,094 hectares.

Accommodation: Drakensville Resort or Amphitheatre
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Durban to Drakensberg ±265 km
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls, Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 32 - 33

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we enjoy an extremely aesthetically pleasing drive to the Lesotho border. We make our way through the magnificent cliff odd the Golden Gate National Park before entering Lesotho. The following day we rise early for those who want to take part in the well-loved pony trekking excursion (optional). During the optional overnight journey, Lesotho villagers will lead you along isolated paths where you can experience exceptional views. If you do not partake in these activities, feel free to stay behind at the lodge and simply unwind. Prior to our departure, we pay a visit to the local villages and primary school.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country situated in the middle of South Africa and is one of the few African countries with natural boundaries formed due to tribal demands, rather than those forced by colonial ruling. Like Swaziland, Lesotho is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa, but in contrast to Swaziland, Lesotho’s King serves a mostly ceremonial function whilst the Prime Minister retains executive authority. This small country has very little natural resources and due to overpopulation, the agricultural potential has reduced. However, what the country does have is a big heart comprised of awe-inspiring natural splendour and plenty of hospitable, friendly people. The towering Maluti Mountains spread over majority of Lesotho. These mountains are a rough and untamed range that form their very own climate which inevitably leads to sudden falls in temperature as well as mighty thunderstorms. The earliest recorded occupants of Lesotho were the Khoisan hunter-gatherers. Proof of their inhabitance dates back to at least 30,000 years ago, with cave paintings along with other San artefacts discovered in various dispersed sites all over Southern Africa, plenty of which were found in Lesotho. The Khoisan’s artworks have given us a glimpse into their lifestyle as well as their deep spiritual bond with the earth and animals. However, the San (referred to as Bushmen by colonial settlers and as Baroa by the Basotho tribes of Bantu origin) were mistreated from the instant they were discovered by outsiders, and have long ago withdrawn to the sands of the Kalahari, their last remaining sanctuary.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Malealea Lodge
Facilities: En Suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±370 km
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate, Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Border Post: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 34

South Africa – Graaff Reinet, South Africa

Making our way back to South Africa, we journey across the mountaneous regions to the Great Karoo. This area is the heartland of the rural Southern Africa. Camp this evening is set in the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, known to be the fourth oldest town in the country.  Crossing the Orange River today we journey through the countryside making our way to the Karoo. You have the opportunity to enjoy an optional sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation this evening.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Profcon Resort
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Malealea to Graaff Reinet ±495 km
Optional Activity: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour
Border Post: Lesotho: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1525, Open: 06h00-22h00. South Africa: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 35 - 36

Greater Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Joined by the local guide this morning we are introduced to the historical highlights of thGraaf-Reinet before making our way to the course of the coast one again, Addo National Elephant Park. This exclusive Eastern Cape Nature Reserve is home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world. This park is just as much a marine park as it is a land park, giving you the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark). Enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Accommodation for the next two nights will be on a private game lodge just outside of the park. The following morning is spent driving in a safari truck in search of the elephants and other animals residing in the Addo Elephant Park.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Kudu Ridge Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo ±135 km
Activity Package: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour
Included Highlight:Half-Day Game Drive in Addo NP (in the truck), Walk with your guide through the ranch
Optional Activity: Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive

Day 37 - 38

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Following a game drive in the early morning, we leave the elephants to take a quick stop at the airport of Port Elizabeth. We then arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma where we Garden Route awaits us. The name means ‘place of abundant water’, which it most certainly lives up to. It contains many indigenous forests and a gorgeous coastline. This region is home to the well-known Otter Trail hike of which the first couple of hours are included within your Activity Package. Making a brief stop in Jeffreys Bay where we enjoy the famous waves of this town and a surfing museum. The next day is free to tour the small village of Storms River as well as optional activities such as blackwater tubing, bungee jumping and the treetop canopy tours on offer. For those wanting to partake in an adrenaline activity, there is an optional hike along the Waterfall trail, known for its rocky coastline and icy Waterfall at the end of this adventure.

Tsitsikamma National Park is situated between the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, located along the Garden Route – one of the most striking coastlines of the world. The Park spreads over 80 kilometres along the coast between Nature’s Valley and Storm’s River mouth, and includes a variety of different ecosystems (indigenous forests, commercial plantations, Fynbos and inter-tidal areas). It also boasts spectacular scenery and walks. It was the very first Marine National Park to be declared in Africa and is currently the third most regularly visited of all twenty of South Africa’s national parks. The forest contains over 30 species of native trees, several of which tower above the forest canopy – the highest being approximately 36 metres tall, whilst others date back to more than 1,000 years ago.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or Tsitsikamma Cottages
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Addo National Park to Tsitsikamma ±210 km
Included Highlight: Morning game drive in Addo in Nomad truck, stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 39

Heart of the Garden Route, South Africa

Today we travel a brief distance to Plettenberg Bay where, in the afternoon you can choose to either stay at the resort to unwind near the poolside or to partake in a short outing to explore nearby Knysna. Enjoy a dinner out this evening after the day’s adventures.

Though we reside in Plettenberg Bay tonight, the highlight of today is the Knysna Lagoon – a prime location for water sport or for relaxing and marvelling at the stunning splendour of The Heads. Voted South Africa’s favourite holiday town, Knysna is situated in the lagoon basin. It is guarded by The Heads – two looming sandstone precipices adjacent to a deep channel though which the water currents flow. At the Eastern Head, you will find fantastic views as well as a charming restaurant, whilst at the Western head you will find a privately owned nature reserve called Featherbed Bay.

The Knysna Lagoon is one the limited areas in the world that supports an oyster hatchery, making the town famous for its fresh oysters. Knysna is also well-known for its tasty beer that is locally manufactured at Mitchell’s Brewery. Wealthy in history, the museums of Knysna are certainly worth paying a visit to: the Milwood House Museum and the Angling Museum in the Old Gaol. There are various other attractions that range from lush rainforests, the close-by Buffalo Valley game Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve and Noetzie Beach to a broad assortment of restaurants and craft markets. The forest contains one of the biggest and abundant regions of indigenous trees remaining in South Africa and is, in certain areas, impenetrable. Knysna was initially established by George Rex in the 19th century as a port for the timber trade. As a consequence of logging, the forest was almost completely obliterated, but managed to escape destruction due to the conservation policies put in place in the 1880’s. The big herds of elephant that once wandered through the forests were not so fortunate. They all diminished except for one lonely female that remains there today. he gorgeous and elusive Knysna Loeries can still be spotted in this region, though, as well as a massive assortment of other birdlife and a few small antelope.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Dunes Resort OR Fairy Knowe Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay ±70 km
Included Highlight: Morning Visit to Natures Valley and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Dinner out

Day 40

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Spend time this morning participating in the extra activities available before leaving to journey through the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains toward Oudtshoorn, where we pay a visit to the well-known Cango Caves. These caves are comprised of incredible halls and magnificent limestone formations. A local guide will come along and will be more than happy to teach you all about the system of the caves which stretches out for more than 4 kilometres.

Known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, Oudtshoorn named after Baron Pieter vod Rheede von Oudtshoorn, who died whilst making his way to the Cape in order to become Governor in 1773. Established in 1847, the town is located 300 metres above sea level, with the Swartberg Mountain range to the north and the Outeniqua range to the south. The home of Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven, Arbeidsgenot, was constructed here. Langhoven was in fact the author of the former South African National anthem “Die Stem”, part of which is still featured in the current National anthem. Ostrich feathers where must-have fashion items for the upper class just prior to World War I. The grand ‘feather boom’ started in 1870 with more than 750,000 domesticated ostriches being kept in the Little Karoo region, thus allowing an export of approximately 450,000 kgs of feathers per annum. World War I came soon after this boom, leaving austerity to become a way of showing support for War efforts. Numerous famers declared bankruptcy during this time but in later year, the ostrich farming industry was revived due to demand for ostrich leather, biltong, eggs and feathers. Currently, there are approximately 90,000 ostriches contained in the Little Karoo.

A popular belief is that the Cango Caves were initially explored by a local famer named Jacobus van Zy (after whom the first chamber, Zyl’s Hall, was named.). However, researches have not been able to reveal anyone by that name who was present in the Cango region in the 1770’s. In any case, it is now widely known that the Caves had been known to man since the Early Stone Age. During the 19th century, the Cango Caves entrance was 5 Rix Dollars, today’s equivalent of R500 (ZAR), but that did not discourage destructive tourists who or carving their named into the Cave walls an callously chipped away at portions of the fragile stalactites and stalagmites to take home as souvenirs. This resulted in Lord Charles Somerset, governor of the Cape Colony, publishing the very first Cave Regulation in 1820. The first law was constructed to protect the environmental resource of South Africa. It prohibited the collection of souvenirs, created fines for anyone found damaging the Caves formation and initiated an entrance fee that was to be paid to the District Officer who was made responsible for implementing these rules. Most of the important discoveries within the Caves were made by its very first full-time guie, Johnnie van Wassenaar, who was employed for 43 until he retired in 1934. He discovered many side chambers and introduced thousands of people to Cango 1, which is the only portion of the Caves that the public may visit. It is clear today that the Caves were known to man long before the Europeans initially landed in the Cape. Evidence of this is in recent findings of numerous tools discovered in the heart of the Cave’s mouth, thus proving that humans had lived and taken shelter here for at least 80,000 years.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kleinplaas Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn  ±150 km
Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour
Optional Activity: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

Day 41

Oudtshoorn – Paarl, South Africa

We begin the day making our way to the Ostrich Farm where we will be guided on a tour learning all about the world’s largest birds. Journeying through the Klein Karoo, we follow onto Route 62. Making our way through the rural towns, we have the opportunity to sample the variety of treats and bakes along the way. One of the highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a very interesting pub. Due to this being our final night, we will all attempt to head out to a gorgeous local restaurant for a delectable dinner.

Established in 1679, Stellenbosch was named after Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape Colony at the time and it means ‘(van der) Stel’s forest’. The initial settlers of this bountiful area were encouraged to plant oak trees that resulted in the spectacular oak lined streets of Stellenbosch we can see today. This also led to the town being known as Eikestad (‘village of oaks’). Stellenbosch is located on the banks of the Eerste River (‘first river’), named so due to it being the first river reached and followed by van der Stel when Jan van Riebeeck sent him on a journey from Cape town over the Cape Flats in order to explore the region now known as Stellenbosch. Skilled in hydraulic engineering, the Dutch created a network of channels that would direct the water from the Eerste River, through Stellenbosch, along Van Riebeeck Street and eventually to Mill Street, where a mill was constructed. Shortly after the arrival of the first settlers, grapes were planted in the fruitful valleys surrounding Stellenbosch and thus, it soon became the main port of the wine industry of South Africa. One of the very first schools was set up in Stellenbosch in 1683 and, in the year 1866, the Dutch Reformed Church founded a gym, now known as the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. Renamed as Stellenbosch College in 1881, the Gymnasium eventually reached university ranking in 1918 and was thereafter called the Stellenbosch University, Today, over 26,000 students attend Stellenbosch University as it is presently recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Le bac Estate
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Oudtshoorn to Paarl  ±370 km
Included Highlight: Ostrich farm visit, stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 42

Paarl – Cape Town, South Africa

Being one of the most scenic places in South Africa, We make our way to Cape Town today. Offering a wide variety of attractions and highlights, we start day with the cultural tour of Cape Town. Exploring the town of Stellenbosch and  some of Cape Town’s finest wines, your tour comes to an end today.

Cosmopolitan Cape Town is the second most populated city in South Africa. It is an eclectic area containing a wide assortment of people from all over the world as well as a remarkable mix of Asian, European and African traditions. Situated on the Table Bay shores, Cape Town was initially established by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for the Ditch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East. Upon Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival on the 6th of April 1652, the city was set up as the very first permanent European settlement of South Africa. Cape Town swiftly outgrew its initial purpose as the first European outpost at the at the Castle of Good Hope, and quickly developed into the economic and cultural centre of the Cape Colony. Up until the Witwaterstrand Gold Rush and the progressive improvement of Johannesburg, Cape Town was known as South Africa’s biggest city. It still remains one of the most well-loved tourist destinations of South Africa. The city is renowned for its gorgeous harbour, the iconic Table Mountain, and its natural location in the Cape floral kingdom. It encompasses vivid cultural and climate contrasts within the different regions that the city is comprised of, and is linked by fast freeways that enable you to travel from the wine farms of lush Constantia Valley to the sun kissed beached, the vibrant city centre or a shanty township, all in a mere twenty minutes or so.

Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us.
Route: Paarl to Cape Town  ±75 km
Activity Package: Cape Town Cultural Tour, Cheese and Wine Tasting
Included Highlight: Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch
Optional Activity: Lunch

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort Activities

The Activity Package of ZAR20530 (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner ZAR200
  • Guided desert walk with local expert ZAR350
  • Himba Tribe visit ZAR350
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR14950
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • Cape Town cultural township tour ZAR540
  • Cheese and wine tasting ZAR50
  • Cango Caves basic tour ZAR130
  • Graaff Reinet historical tour ZAR350
  • Hluhluwe game drive ZAR750
  • St Lucia boat cruise ZAR430
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR750


Other Activities

  • Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax) South Africa From ZAR250 to ZAR 300
  • Dinner Out Swakopmund Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Dolphin Cruise 4/5hrs incl Transfer and Light Lunch Namibia From ZAR550 to ZAR650
  • Skydiving incl Transfer & Safety Gear Namibia From ZAR2300 to ZAR2600
  • Sandboarding (Stand Up/Lie down ) Namibia From ZAR350 to ZAR550
  • Quadbiking (2 x Hours) Namibia From ZAR600 to ZAR700
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Bushman Walk Botswana From BWP80 to BWP90
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Photo Safari Botswana From $120 to $360
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive Botswana From $40 to $50
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
  • Bungee Jump Zimbabwe From $ 155 to $ 175
  • Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min) Zimbabwe From $150 to $175
  • Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water) Zimbabwe From $145 to $160
  • Dinner Out Belvedere Estate Evening Game Drive excl Conservation Fees South Africa From ZAR 760 to ZAR 800
  • Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve in open 4×4 South Africa From ZAR 760 to ZAR800
  • Game drive – Mlilwane (min 2 clients) Swaziland From ZAR 250 to ZAR280
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Pony Trekking excursion (Waterfall Trek) 4Hrs Lesotho From ZAR 250 to ZAR530
  • Hiking – Lesotho (per hour) Lesotho From ZAR20
  • World Highest Bungee Jump South Africa From ZAR 790 to ZAR990
  • Treetop / Canopy Tour (2.5/3hrs) excludes DVD South Africa From ZAR 525 to ZAR625
  • Blackwater Tubing (Half Day) South Africa From ZAR475 to ZAR525
  • Dinner Out Wilderness South Africa From ZAR150 to ZAR200
  • Birds of Eden Entrance South Africa From ZAR 190 to ZAR210
  • Monkey Town Entrance South Africa From ZAR 190 to ZAR210
  • Dinner Out Somerset West South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150
Price subject to change

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort Dates

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42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort Price

R57,550

+ Single Supplement ZAR 9220

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 20530


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R57,550

+ Single Supplement ZAR 9220

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 20530

Small Group Departures ZAR 72950

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