Group Size: 4 - 12 passengers
Deaprts: Scheduled departures during the year
Your journey starts in Cape Town on this small group safari with a maximum of 12 passengers. Travel through the Cederberg Mountains, explore the Orange River by canoe and marvel at the Fish River Canyon. Experience breathtaking sand dunes in Sossusvlei and encounter seals at Cape Cross. Continue north for some wonderful game viewing in Etosha National Park before travelling through the outstanding Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana and on to the iconic Victoria Falls, where the safari ends.
Day 1 - Cape Town
Arrive into Cape Town and overnight at The Townhouse (or similar). You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.
Day 2 - Cape Town
This morning you will be collected and taken by cable car, up the legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula. Back to the city, you will see the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known Bo-Kaap. We suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront, situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, offering an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment. (B)
Day 3 - Cape Town
Today you will travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. Here you have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal and not included in the cost). Continue to Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, travel on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. (BL)
Day 4 - Cederberg Mountains
An early start takes you to the Atlantic Ocean beach to get a last view of Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch head for the Cedarberg Mountains, bypassing Citrusdal, a rural village set amongst lush green citrus orchards. (BLD)
Day 5 to Day 6 - Orange River
Travelling up the West Coast, pass through some scenic mountain ranges on your way to the Orange River. If you are travelling during spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later that afternoon you will reach the Orange River which forms the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. The next day you will only be travelling by canoe along the Orange River. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream. (BLD)
Day 7 - Ai Ais - Fish River Canyon
Today head to Ai-Ais, where you stop for lunch. Here thermal water gushes from the springs which is rich in sulphates and fluorides and has a temperature of approx 60°C. In the Nama language, “Ai-Ais” means “burning water”. Proceed to your accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later that evening witness another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon. (BLD)
Day 8 to Day 9 - Sossusvlei
Moving inland journey towards the Namib Naukluft National Park. This evening embark on a wild cat walk at the lodge. The next morning visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dune are absolutely spectacular and offer a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there might even be water in the vlei (lake). Also visit the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. (BL)
Day 10 to Day 11 - Swakopmund
The day is spent driving north through the Namib Naukluft National Park on your way to Swakopmund. The Namib Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit, and is home to some of the rarest plants and animal species in the world. Arrive at the coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to do some optional activities during the next two days (at own expense). Otherwise you can simply soak up the atmosphere of this quaint little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. (B)
Day 12 - Cape Cross Seal Colony - Damaraland
You follow the barren Atlantic Coast on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross – the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind, you then head inland across the desert plains to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, you continue on to the town of Omaruru where you overnight. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. (BLD)
Day 13 – Oppi Koppi
Today visit the Petrified Forest which has trees estimated to be 250 million years old and depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of learning, understanding and culture exchange with the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. (BLD
Day 14 - Etosha National Park
After your cultural experience in Kamanjab, head to the land of the big five – Etosha National Park. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907, and is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, 340 bird species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. (BLD)
Day 15 to Day 16 - Etosha National Park
The next two days are spent on game drives in the hopes of spotting the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Your nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink.(BLD)
Day 17 - Kavango River
Your journey continues west as you drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. Make your way to N’Kwazi Lodge and spend the afternoon relaxing at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities are available, such as horse riding or a sunset cruises (at own expense), or you can choose to simply relax by the pool with a sundowner drink and listen to the sounds of mother nature. (BL)
Day 18 to Day 19 - Okavango Delta
Enter Botswana along the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, the Okavango flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of waterways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dug-out canoes). After discovering a variety of birds and wildlife from the water, you will stop at a secluded island to take a 90 minute guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck and other animals living in this water filled paradise (BLD)
Day 20 - Caprivi
Drive up the western border of the Okavango Delta and cross back into Namibia, driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. In the afternoon you will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park. In contradiction to the rest of Namibia, the area is lush with riverine forest, dense savannah, marshes and mopane woodland. (BLD)
Day 21 to Day 22 - Chobe National Park
The next morning head along the Caprivi and cross back into Botswana at Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, covering 10,566 square kilometres, and has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset. (BLD)
Day 23 - Victoria Falls
Continuing your trip we enter Zimbabwe and drive to Victoria Falls. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to either spend on activities (at own expense) or relaxing at the lodge (B)
Entry into Victoria Falls National Park is USD30.00 per person (subject to change) payable to Zimbabwe National Parks.
Day 24 - End of Northern Experience Tour
Your safari ends after breakfast. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 15 Dec 17 $3,795 $4,740
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Price excludes local kitty payment of $238 per person. Changes to the itinerary or sequence of excursions may be required at certain times of year.
This tour is recommended for healthy, active participants looking for an adventurous holiday.