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26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated)

Cape Town to Kruger Overland Adventure takes you from Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the unique wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana.

R40,050

+ Single Supplement ZAR 6180

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 19380


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

 

26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated) Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Johannesburg

From the wonderful city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the unique wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana, this tour endeavours to show the highlights of the region. On a journey of contrasts, you will have the opportunity to canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa’s best-known parks, view the breathtaking Victoria Falls and experience the famous Kruger National Park before the tour ends in Johannesburg.

Included

  • Meals - 24 Breakfast, 20 Lunch, 17 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACS0416
 

26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated) 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  or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Victoria Falls , Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers, Bungee Jump, Dinner Out Victoria Falls, Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min), Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)

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. Once we’ve settled in, we are treated to local dancing and supper. Keep a look out for gleaming eyes in the dark and keep your camera at the ready!

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: 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 Greater Kruger National Park Area ±480 km
Activity Package: Evening Game Drive
Included Highlight: Local dinner and dance

Day 24 - 25

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We start our day with a bush walk before making your way to the Kruger National Park for a game drive in the truck. This evening we return to the camp and enjoy an evening game drive.

We spend the next full day in a 4×4 open top vehicle game driving in the Kruger, providing you with many incredible photographic opportunities, all the while keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. Keep a lookout for Africa’s ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as a wide range of other animal and bird species.

Formed in 1898 to guard the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this National Park of almost two million hectares is unmatched in the variety of wildlife it boasts. The Kruger NP is also a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. About 145 mammal species, including the big Five, more than 500 bird species, some of which cannot be located anywhere else in South Africa, and 336 tree species can be found in the Kruger National Park.

When the very first tourist vehicles drove through the Park in 1927, they created their own camps in thorn-bush enclosures and were required to be armed with weapons in order to guard themselves from predators. During WWII, the Park was closed to the public and was then opened again in 1946, but under new management. Currently the Park is one of the most renowned safari destinations in the world with all the facilities you could expect from a top-notch holiday destination. However, it has thankfully maintained its wild, untouched environment that allows you to experience true Africa.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suites per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Full day 4×4 Game Drive, Morning Bush Walk
Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Truck (for non-Activity Package clients)

Kruger National Park

Day 26

Greater Kruger – Johannesburg, South Africa

Today we depart from the Kruger National Park and continue our travels back into Johannesburg. We journey along the incredible Panorama Route, stopping at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Blyde River Canyon is the third biggest canyon in the world. Our tour comes to an end once we reach Johannesburg, the City of Gold, and we spend our final night together at a local restaurant, celebrating our tour.

The Panoramic Route found in Mpumalanga follows the rim of the Blyde River Canyon and encompasses some awe-inspiring views of the majestic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Pothole and the Pinnacle. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and acquired its name in 1840, with ‘blyde’ meaning ‘joyful’, from the Voortrekkers who passed through en route to Lorenzo Marques, which is now famously known as Mozambique. It is one of the most magnificent canyons in all of Africa, with cliffs towering up to 800 metres high. Perhaps the finest view in the entirety of the Blyde River Canyon is that of the Three Rondavels – three enormous rock spirals jutting out of the distant wall of the canyon. Their summits look like the rounded roofs of huts, which is where they got their name. They are each individually named, one after each of the Swazi Chief Maripi’s wives. From lowest to highest, they are named Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote.

Where the Blyde and Treur Rivers join, water erosion has created one of the most incredible geological spectacles in the country, known as Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Over many, many years, bizarre cylindrical granite sculptures that have been formed by swirling water have created a sequence of dark pools which contrast dramatically with the streaked white and yellow lichen-covered rocks. Continuing along the road and following the Treur River south, we will pass more viewpoints, including Wonder View, the awesome God’s Window and the Pinnacle.

Johannesburg, or the ‘City of Gold’, is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwaterstrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. This find began a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is the now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of the majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Kruger National Park Area to Johannesburg ±390 km
Included Highlights: Panorama Route: Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window view point
Optional Activities: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate

 

26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated) Activities

The Activity Package (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
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR750
  • Sundowner drive ZAR550
  • Morning guided bush walk ZAR550


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

 

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26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated) Price

R40,050

+ Single Supplement ZAR 6180

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 19380


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R40,050

+ Single Supplement ZAR 6180

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 19380

Small Group Departures ZAR 51450

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