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Group Size: Avg. 16, max 24
Trip code: DTR
Duration: 19 or 25 days
Journey through the deserts of Africa on this epic safari adventure. Discover towering sand dunes and vast shimmering plains as you travel overland through four stunning countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. You’ll enjoy unforgettable animal encounters in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, see natural wonders such as Victoria Falls, and be immersed in local culture with the San/Bushman people in Botswana. Plus, you’ll spend your evenings camping under star-filled desert skies. This is a truly magical African odyssey!
This trip has 19 or 25-day options. Please specify your preference when booking.
This exciting overland adventure tour takes in 4 amazing Africa countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Overlanding offers the ultimate adventure experience, as you travel off the beaten track in a safari truck and set up camp in unique and exciting locations across Africa.
Optional Adventure Pass. You can supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions. See the end of this itinerary for more information.
Day 1: Cape Town to Western Cape, South Africa. Kick off in buzzing Cape Town. Adventure pass holders will take a tour of a local township. Travel along the beautiful Western Cape and enjoy an optional wine tasting before making camp by the Olifants River.
Day 2: Western Cape to Gariep (Orange) River. Journey north to the rocky landscapes of the Namibian border. Make camp by the gorgeous Gariep (Orange) River. Optional canoe river safari or hiking in the area.
Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Relax on the banks of the orange river and then explore the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem. Get your first glimpse of the beautiful Namib desert and set up camp beneath a starry desert sky.
Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus on Foot. Venture into the desert and watch the sunrise from Dune 45. Adventure pass holders will visit the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Explore the impressive Sesriem Canyon before camping in a traditional desert camp.
Day 6–7: Sossus on Foot to Swakopmund. Swap the baking desert for the cooling coast in Swakopmund. Here, you can enjoy cool sea air and adventure activities galore. Why not try quad biking, sand boarding or skydiving?
Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe. Step back in time in Spitzkoppe and admire the ancient bushman paintings. Watch the rock turn orange and red as the sun sets. Camp at the foot of the mountain.
Day 9-10: Etosha National Park. Prepare for your first wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammal and 340 bird species. Spend two amazing nights camping by a floodlit waterhole and spot wildlife on unforgettable game drives.
Day 11: Etosha to Windhoek. Journey south towards the Auas and Eros Mountains and spend the night in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. Enjoy a night out with your group.
Day 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana. Head east into Botswana and meet the local San/Bushman people. Enjoy a guided bush walk through sun-blasted plains and learn about this ancient people’s way of life.
Day 13: Ghanzi to Maun. Once Botswana’s ‘Wild West’, Maun has a fascinating mix of modern and native dwellings. Keep your eyes peeled for antelope grazing on the banks of the Thamalakane River.
Day 14: Okavango Delta. Adventure Pass holders will head into the magical Okavango Delta for a unique canoe and wildlife overnight excursion. An unforgettable experience!
Day 15: Maun. Return to Maun by midday and spend a free afternoon trying exciting optional activities or relaxing in Maun.
Day 16: Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata. Travel from Maun to Nata, arriving at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon. With no fences, expect to spot wildlife roaming freely between waterholes!
Day 17: Elephant Sands, Nata – Kasane. Journey to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Adventure Pass holders will enjoy a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River to spot hippos, buffalo and elephants.
Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Adventure Pass holders will explore Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive, spotting elephants, lions and antelopes. Then, cross the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers by ferry and enter Zambia. Camp close to the mighty Victoria Falls.
Day 19: Livingstone (Note: 19-day tour route ends today). Travellers on the 25-day route will spend a magical day exploring Livingstone and Victoria Falls. The 19-day tour ends today after breakfast.
Day 20: Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Cross the border into Zimbabwe bound for your campsite just outside Bulayawo. Relax at camp, listen to the sounds of the countryside, and watch the stars appear overhead.
Day 21: Matobo. Head over to Matobo National Park, home to the largest concentration of White and Black Rhino in Africa, as well as leopards and black eagles. Adventure Pass holders will enjoy a game walk, seeking a close-up encounter with the rhino.
Day 22: Bulawayo – Tshipise, South Africa. Cross back into South Africa and travel to Tshipise town. Camp close to the Honnet Nature Reserve, famous for its hot springs and stunning surrounding woodland.
Day 23–24: Tshipise to Kruger National Park, South Africa. Arrive in beautiful Kruger National Park. Spend two nights under the stars and enjoy a sunrise game drive, tracking the iconic Big 5. Experience local culture and watch the traditional singing and dancing of local Shangaan tribesmen.
Day 25: Greater Kruger to Johannesburg. Make your way from Kruger to the lively city of Johannesburg, where your tour will end in the late afternoon/ early evening. Accommodation for tonight is not included.
Please note: The itinerary above is for guidance only. Every effort is made to adhere to the planned route, but please allow for a certain amount of flexibility, as on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the itinerary.
Please note: From 1st June 2017, all tourists visiting Botswana will be required to pay a tourism levy when crossing the border. This levy will be approximately USD30, payable by cash in US dollars. This is subject to change. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Optional Adventure Pass
Supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions.
The Adventure Pass includes:
The cheapest way to get the pass is to book it locally, in cash, when you arrive in Africa. This pass costs USD450 for the 19-day duration or USD530 for the 25-day duration. If you wish, you can pre-book the pass in the UK; please contact our travel advisors for more details.
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