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Amazing Southern Africa

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Highlights

Devour fresh seafood with great views in Lamberts Bay at an open air restaurant. Canoe along the picturesque Orange River on a half-day excursion. Experience an eerie silence at the Sossusvlei sand dunes from atop of dune 45. Spend 2 nights on a houseboat as your base for exploring the Okavango Delta

Overview

Travel to Africa and jump onboard an exhilarating journey through the magnificent nations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Southern Africa is bursting with a diverse array of wildlife, culture and landscapes – all waiting to be explored and celebrated. Travel through stunning scenery and watch as lush green landscapes give way to harsh desert dunes and rocky mountain peaks. Take to the water on canoes and in a houseboat, embark on thrilling game drives, be immersed in unique ecosystems and be blown away by the sheer force of Victoria Falls. With welcoming locals and genuine experiences around every corner, this trip is full of surprises.



Breakfast Included: 21

Lunches Included: 17

Dinner Included: 17

 

 

Trip Dates

Start Date End Date Price Room Type
22-JUN-2019 13-JUL-2019 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
29-JUN-2019 20-JUL-2019 AUD $9,125.00 N/A
06-JUL-2019 27-JUL-2019 AUD $9,855.00 N/A
20-JUL-2019 10-AUG-2019 AUD $9,475.00 N/A
27-JUL-2019 17-AUG-2019 AUD $9,475.00 N/A
03-AUG-2019 24-AUG-2019 AUD $10,045.00 N/A
24-AUG-2019 14-SEP-2019 AUD $10,235.00 N/A
31-AUG-2019 21-SEP-2019 AUD $10,420.00 N/A
14-SEP-2019 05-OCT-2019 AUD $9,760.00 N/A
21-SEP-2019 12-OCT-2019 AUD $9,855.00 N/A
05-OCT-2019 26-OCT-2019 AUD $9,125.00 N/A
19-OCT-2019 09-NOV-2019 AUD $9,125.00 N/A
02-NOV-2019 23-NOV-2019 AUD $8,775.00 N/A
16-NOV-2019 07-DEC-2019 AUD $8,775.00 N/A
07-DEC-2019 28-DEC-2019 AUD $8,775.00 N/A
11-JAN-2020 01-FEB-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
01-FEB-2020 22-FEB-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
14-MAR-2020 04-APR-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
04-APR-2020 25-APR-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
02-MAY-2020 23-MAY-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
09-MAY-2020 30-MAY-2020 AUD $9,125.00 N/A
23-MAY-2020 13-JUN-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
06-JUN-2020 27-JUN-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
20-JUN-2020 11-JUL-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
27-JUN-2020 18-JUL-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
04-JUL-2020 25-JUL-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
11-JUL-2020 01-AUG-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
18-JUL-2020 08-AUG-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
25-JUL-2020 15-AUG-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
01-AUG-2020 22-AUG-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
08-AUG-2020 29-AUG-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
22-AUG-2020 12-SEP-2020 AUD $9,950.00 N/A
29-AUG-2020 19-SEP-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
12-SEP-2020 03-OCT-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
19-SEP-2020 10-OCT-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
26-SEP-2020 17-OCT-2020 AUD $9,580.00 N/A
03-OCT-2020 24-OCT-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
17-OCT-2020 07-NOV-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
31-OCT-2020 21-NOV-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
14-NOV-2020 05-DEC-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A
05-DEC-2020 26-DEC-2020 AUD $9,215.00 N/A



Cape Town

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. For those with time here before the trip starts, highly recommended excursions include catching the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, taking the ferry across to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years), or the day trip down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula.

Lambert's Bay

Depart Cape Town and travel along the west coast to the small seaside town of Lamberts Bay (265km approximately 4-5 hours). Its white beaches, lobsters and incredible wildlife earned this place the nickname ‘diamond of west coast’. It's also simply a quaint fishing town tucked into the western Cape Province, best explored by foot. You'll visit Cape Gannet Island today. At the right time of the year, you might be lucky enough to view the spectacular flocks of gannet, which make use of the spot for breeding in August and September. For birdwatchers, the colony at Lambert's Bay is the most accessible of the six gannet colonies in South Africa and Namibia. They are a spectacular sight in their tightly packed community, and it’s an awesome experience to see them wheel, land and settle into their designated positions. Sit down to a delicious feast at a local open-air restaurant, where the amazing ocean views are sure to dazzle.

Orange River

Farewell your coastal retreat as you cross the border into Namibia (500km approximately 7hrs). You should reach your destination on the banks of the Orange River by mid-afternoon. The border crossing and a few photo stops could delay this arrival a little. This is the longest river in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and on to the Atlantic Ocean. The river is significant for its role in transporting diamonds which in turn leaves deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline.

Fish River Canyon

Kick things off with a half-day canoe adventure along the Orange River today. You will wind through the ancient Richtersveld Mountains. The canoe trip will be done in 2 man canoes with a local guide. It is a slow paced trip covering approximately 10km and we should be travelling down stream for most or all of the trip. After you have returned to land you'll venture to the Fish River Canyon (200km approximately 5hrs), one of the biggest canyons in the world. Along the way you will stop at various lookouts, all great opportunities to catch this beautiful and gigantic gorge on camera. Look out for some exotic birdlife while you’re here: plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. You might even catch a glimpse of a baboon or an antelope at dusk if you're lucky.

Solitaire

Today is a long travel day. We head to the eastern edge of the Namib Desert today (610km approximately 9hrs). This region of the world's oldest desert is known for its array of geological features. Take in the diversity and sprawling beauty of the scenery as you drive to your lodgings for the night.

Solitaire – Sossusvlei

Today you will make an early morning visit to Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. If you find yourself in the mood, a climb to the top of Dune 45 will reward you with unparalleled views of the region. After breakfast head to Dead Vlei. A clay pan well known for the iconic postcard like images taken here by many. The pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune" average about 350m. If you'd like to avoid a long walk in the sun you can opt to pay for a 4x4 transfer from the 2x2 car park out to the Dead Vlei entrance point. This will cost approximately 130NAD per person. In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, tranquil natural corridor you can walk through and explore. The canyon was caused by water erosion over thousands of years. The people who lived in the area used to pull buckets of water up from the depths with six knotted belts. Therefore, the canyon was named after the Afrikaans word “Sesriem” meaning “six belts”.

Swakopmund

Depart your desert lodge and travel across the Namib Desert today (280km, approximately 6hrs), a trip culminating in the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean coastline. The drive goes through a beautiful, diverse, colourful landscape. You'll see the awesome Kuiseb Canyon along the way, before arriving at the beachside town of Swakopmund, located on the Skeleton Coast.

Swakopmund

Enjoy some free time in this pretty coastal spot. Your accommodation is within walking distance of town. Perhaps go for a stroll along the beach, explore the open-air markets or visit the local museum. The Namibian National Marine Aquarium is also a good choice. There are plenty of options on offer at the local activity centre, which your leader will take you to.

Damaraland

Get off the beaten track and head into the heart of Damaraland (330km approximately 6hrs). You should arrive at your lodge this afternoon. The ancient landscapes of the Kunene Region are ruggedly spectacular, awesome sunsets and night skies filled with a multitude of dazzling stars await you. This part of Namibia is also known as Damaraland, as it is the ancestral home land of the enigmatic Damara people whose exact origins remain unclear. Also home to the small population of hardy desert adapted elephant as well as a host of other unique flora and fauna.

Damaraland

Spend the morning visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site and the Petrified Forest. Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of ancient rock engraving in southern Africa and is a fascinating insight into the past. The Petrified Forest looks back into nature’s history, where 280 million-year-old fossilised tree trunks lie. We will be accompanied by local guides at both the Petrified forest and the Twyfelfontein sites. The guided walks take between 30-60mins and although not difficult there are some steep rocks and hills at the Twyfelfontein site. It can get hot at this time of day so be sure to have a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water with you. Daytime temperatures often peak around 30°C here, so sightseeing is best completed as early as possible, before the thermometer climbs too high. Spend the remainder of the day back at the lodge, perhaps by the pool or relaxing in the shade.

Etosha National Park

Depart our lodge this morning and head towards Etosha National Park (220km approximately 5hrs). Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores here. We head out on a short afternoon Game Drive in our truck on arrival.

Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the truck. Keep your eyes peeled for black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is hard to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to allow for some sightings. Head back to the lodge this evening.

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Trip Code: UBKEC

Group Size: 13

Start: Cape Town

End: Victoria Falls

Duration: 22

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