- Enquire Now
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
Group size: Max 12
Tour code: DRI10
Single Supplement : € 450 (2018 rate)
Vehicle Type: Overland Safari Truck
From the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this tour endeavours to show the highlights of the region. On a journey of contrasts, we will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa’s best-known parks, and view the mighty Victoria Falls. We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads and clients must be prepared for this but the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort – for those who truly seek adventure.
24 DAYS CAPE TOWN VIA VICTORIA FALLS TO JOHANNESBURG ACCOMMODATED ADVENTURE SAFARI:
This tour starts in Cape Town on selected Thursdays.
DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN (Breakfast included)
We all meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. We have one-and-a-half days here, in which time we will hike Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, a wine farm, and numerous other sights. Our exact program will depend on the weather. Overnight at the GREENFIRE LODGE on the beachfront for the two nights (lunches and dinners own expense). p>
DAY 3: WEST COAST (Breakfast / Dinner included)
We leave the Mother City behind us, and after a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. We overnight along the coast and enjoy a homemade meal. We overnight tonight at Hondehokke.
DAY 4 – 5: ORANGE RIVER (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included for 2 days)
Today we cross the border into Namibia, then travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River at Felix Unite from where we begin our canoe adventure. The Orange River creates an awesome spectacle, a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We will spend two nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy an extensive canoe trip on our second day here. In the late afternoon we will return to our accommodation to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty.
DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
Today we head directly to the iconic Fish River Canyon, the second largest of its kind in the world. After visiting the viewpoints and exploring the lip of the Canyon, we continue into the true Namib and will enjoy a picnic lunch on route to our final destination for today. On arrival in the late afternoon we settle in at the GREENFIRE DESERT LODGE.
DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
The GREENFIRE DESERT LODGE is situated on our private Nature Reserve within the Namibrand Nature Reserve and is home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora. The lodge is spectacularly built against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-fields. During our stay here we will conduct guided walks and drives including a night drive within the reserve – allowing us to observe animals at close range.
DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI (Breakfast / Dinner included)
A relaxed start, we travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4 x 4 vehicle. After climbing the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, we return to our vehicle and continue to the quirky trading post of Solitaire from where we continue into the desert where we will spend the night.
DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND(Breakfast / Lunch included)
A short journey today, we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park toward the seaside town of Swakopmund where we will spend two nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND. Established in 1892 the town is rich with history, culture and adventure and we will have a full day here for exploring.
DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND (Breakfast included)
The GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND provides the ideal location for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety of adventure options that include quad biking, sky diving, horse riding, dune boarding, and many more. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. On both nights here we enjoy a restaurant meal getting the most out of the town and all it has to offer. (own expense)
DAY 11: BRANDBERG (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast to the seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing back inland. We travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg. We spend the night at the foot of the mountain and hope to see the rare desert elephants on this day.
DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included for 2 days)
For an incredible wildlife experience, today we enter the Etosha National Park, and enjoy an extensive afternoon game drive. We return to our accommodation to spend the evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Continuing through the reserve, we game drive across the Park to our next overnight stop in relative comfort. Our guide will take time to explain more about the sights and sounds that surround us. We will use the accommodation in the rest camps of the park on both nights.
DAY 14: CAPRIVI (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind us, we travel north to the lush Caprivi area. Tonight we stay on the banks of the mighty Okavango River at Ngepi in relative comfort.
DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included for 2 days)
A short drive today to the Pan Handle, from where we will enjoy a motor-boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Once in the Delta we continue by Mekoro – the traditional dugout canoe to our remote island. This is truly nature’s wonderland and a huge variety of wildlife will be witnessed in its natural state. We spend two nights here in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mekoro.
DAY 17: MAUN (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
This morning we enjoy a mekoro and boat transfer across the Pan-Handle and back to the vehicle. Then, traveling through the Kalahari we make our way to Maun and on to the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE where we relax for the afternoon at the swimming pool.
DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS (Brunch / Dinner included)
A relaxed start today, we will spend some time enjoying the Lodge and the swimming pool before enjoying Brunch and then venturing eastward and into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Besides the stark scenery, the Pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals. Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we spend the night in a fully serviced camp and take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. We encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. With no other lights in the area our private camping spot provides the perfect location for star gazing and our guides will take time to explain the constellations. As the stars dance above we drift away to sleep. Should the pans be inaccessible for fully serviced camping we will make use of an alternative accommodation in the area.
DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
This morning we leave the isolation of the pans behind and travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an afternoon boat cruise within the Chobe National Park we cross the border and head for Victoria Falls, to spend the next few nights in comfort at the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. One night we enjoy a “braai”.
DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS (Breakfast included)
This morning we awake to the “Adventure Capital of Africa” – Victoria Falls. We will have a full day here, giving us ample time to explore the Falls and to participate in the multitude of optional activities on offer, white water rafting, bungi jumping, aircraft flips etc. (An evening’s meal and lunch will be at your own expense.)
DAY 21: HWANGE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
After some free time in the town, it’s back to the wilderness. We travel the short distance to Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas. After an extensive open vehicle drive/walk, we spend the night at our accommodation enjoying the sounds of the surrounding bush.
DAY 22: BULAWAYO – MATOBO (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
Today we travel south to the wide streets of Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city. We then continue to the Matobo area where, in the afternoon, we enjoy a tour into the National Park to view animals and track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight our accommodation is situated amongst the precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for.
DAY 23: MACHETE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)
Continuing south today, we cross the border back into South Africa and to our accommodation situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley.
DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG (Breakfast included)
This morning we conduct a short walk to stretch our legs before making the journey to Johannesburg. The tour ends at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon.
This tour starts in Cape Town on selected Thursdays.
This trip is an accommodated tour and linen will be supplied on all nights.
PLEASE NOTE: Although we still use dome tents on Day 18, linen will be provided and a serviced safari experience. This tour covers vast distances and is not for the faint-hearted. A valid passport is required. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, clients should be prepared for this. Our price includes transport, food, (no food kitty), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees, Vic Falls entry. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
This tour starts in Cape Town on selected Thursdays.
2018 Rate: From EUR 3,495 pps
|Starts: Cape Town, South Africa||Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa|