21 Day Southern Sun (Cape Town to Victoria Falls)

A 21 day Southern Sun trip (CT to Vic Falls) through diverse landscapes, richly fertile winelands, dramatic canyons, beautiful deserts and tranquil lagoons.

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Countries visited:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe

Highlights:

  • Orange River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Naukluft Park
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Cheetah Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

 

Tour Price    R24,990.00
Local Payment    $590.00
Camping Accommodation

This comprehensive 21 Day Southern Sun trip begins in Cape Town, one of the world’s most picturesque cities, and ends at the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. We go through some incredibly diverse landscapes – richly fertile winelands, dramatic canyons, arid and hauntingly beautiful deserts and tranquil lagoons. Highlights include climbing giant sand dunes in Sossusvlei, game watching in Etosha National Park, camping out in the Okavango Delta and a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. There are plenty of activities to choose from too, from quad-biking through the Namib Desert to white water rafting on the Zambezi.

Itinerary:

DAY 1:  Cape Town to Cederberg Area Leaving Cape Town, we head north through the wine growing regions.  We cross the Piketberg Pass into the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal.  Our first night is spent in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms.  This afternoon we have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains.

DAY 2:  Cederberg Area to Orange River From the Cederberg we travel north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring.  After stopping for supplies in Springbok, we continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Orange River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.

DAY 3:  Orange River to Fish River Canyon (Namibia) This morning we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Orange River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle.  After lunch we cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, we reach the Fish River Canyon.  At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world.  The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon.  A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

DAY 4:  Fish River Canyon to Helmringhausen Area After a leisurely morning at the Fish River Canyon, we head north through Namibia’s farming area.  We stop in Bethanie, a small, former missionary town, for supplies.  We head to our overnight camp from where we have the opportunity to star gaze at the magnificent Milky Way.

DAY 5:  Helmringhausen Area to Sesriem  Heading north we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world.  We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods.  A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world.  Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high.  We spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area.  An optional (and must do) excursion is to walk around the area, learning about the amazing history, geology, flora and fauna from the specialised local guides of Sossus on Foot.  They also give us a glimpse into the cultural legacy of the San people.  View the sunset from the top of Dune 45 – a truly memorable experience.

DAY 6:  Sesriem to Swakopmund After watching the sunrise across this beautiful area we leave the serenity of the dunes and head in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay.  Following the coast for some 35 km, we arrive at Namibia’s prime holiday resort – Swakopmund where we enjoy 3 nights of rest and relaxation.  Accommodation will be in dormitories.  Upgrades are possible, but depend on room availability.

DAYS 7 & 8:  Swakopmund Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today.  Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios.  There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. OPTIONAL excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

DAY 9:  Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe  Our departure from Swakopmund takes us to the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe.  The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site.  Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings.  Tonight we bush camp under the African stars.

DAY 10:  Spitzkoppe to Cheetah Park  Today’s drive is to the Cheetah Park – a private farm dedicated to conserving Namibia’s cheetah population.  We get to meet the resident cheetahs, a photo opportunity not to be missed!

DAY 11:  Cheetah Park to the Etosha National Park  After stopping briefly in Outjo to get supplies, we head to Etosha.  Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature reserve.  Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park.  We spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area.

DAY 12:  Etosha National Park  Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for Etosha’s large herds of desert antelope such as Springbok and the famed Oryx.  After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp (please note that the second night is not spent within the National Park).

DAY 13:  Etosha National Park to Rundu From Etosha, we head in a north-easterly direction towards the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia.  We stop at Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River – complete with “open air” facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!

DAY 14:  Rundu to Maun (Botswana)  Following the Kavango River, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun.  It is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta.

DAY 15:  Maun to Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL)  The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world.  Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. Here we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In/Mokoro Excursion into the Delta.  From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. Mokoros are traditional dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds.  After our guides find us a place to camp, we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness. For those who’d prefer not to explore The Delta, you can stay at the lovely campsite relaxing by the swimming pool or challenging each other to a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm nearby that has it’s feeding times open to campsite visitors.

DAY 16:  Okavango Delta A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await.  Today we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!

DAY 17:  Okavango Delta to Maun This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun.  We arrive back in the early afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over The Delta.

DAY 18:  Maun to Chobe National Park  We travel east and then north to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River.  The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia.  The late afternoon sees us take a boat cruise along the Chobe River.  Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the boat while we watch another glorious African sunset.  Listen out for the resident hippos!

DAY 19:  Chobe National Park This morning we have the option to do an early morning game drive into Chobe National Park.  Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds.  After our game drive we return to camp for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. For the adventurous spirits, there is the option for the Chobe National Park Sleep-out – an overnight experience in the Chobe National park. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife en-route to the set camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. In the morning we continue our exploration and rejoin the group before heading to our next destination.

DAY 20:  Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)  Leaving Botswana we enter Zimbabwe and drive to the nearby Victoria Falls.  Here in Africa’s adventure capital, we set up camp in the town’s centrally located campsite.  Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why.  At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari!  The Falls can be viewed from the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe – a fantastic photo opportunity.  The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

DAYS 21:  Victoria Falls After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! * This tour also runs in the opposite direction from Victoria Falls to Cape Town, the itinerary may differ slightly.

Details
Length 21 Days
Accomodation Camping
Start Point Cape Town
End Point Victoria Falls
Meals 20x Breakfasts, 16x Lunches and 16x Dinners
Price R24 990 + US$590 (Local Payment) / Price Match Guarantee
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