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Rates from USD 3,716.33

Starts from: Cape Town airport

Visited countries: BotswanaNamibiaSouth AfricaZimbabwe

Visited areas: CapriviNamib NaukluftSwakopmund

Itinerary type: Comfort

Transport: Self drive

Itinerary map
Day Transfers & visits Meal plan** Overnight Cat.*
1 Meet and Greet • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n)     B B Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
2 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)     B B Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
3 Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Wine Tasting(o) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n) L(o)   B B Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
4 Rooibos Limited Tea Factory(n) • Clanwilliam Town(n)     B B Cedarberg: Clanwilliam Lodge 3Star
5 Springbok Town(n) • Goegap Nature Reserve(n)     B B Namaqualand area: Springbok Inn 4Star
6 Fish River Canyon(n)     B B Fish River Canyon: Canyon Village 3Star
7 Namib desert wild horses(n)     B B Aus: Klein Aus Vista 3Star
8 Duwisib Castle(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)     B B Namib-Naukluft: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp 3Star
9 Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei (Shuttle)(n) • Sesriem Canyon(n)     B B Namib-Naukluft: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp 3Star
10 Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n)     B B Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
11 Dolphin Cruise(o) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)     B B Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
12 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Petrified Forest(n)     B B Khorixas: Damara Mopane Lodge 3Star
13 Otjikandero Himba Visit(n)     B B Etosha: Etosha Safari Camp 2Star
14 Etosha Central Game Drive Full Day(n)     B B Etosha: Namutoni Rest Camp 3Star
15 4x4 Morning Game Drive(o) • Rundu Discover(n)     B B Rundu: nKwazi Lodge 3Star
16 Mahango Afternoon Game Drive(o)   D B B Divundu: Ndhovu Lodge 3Star
17 Popa Falls(n) • Boat Cruise(o)     B B Kongola: Camp Kwando 3Star
18 Game Drive(o) • Kwando Cultural Village (n)     B B Kongola: Camp Kwando 3Star
19 Transfer • Afternoon Activity L D B B Chobe: Chobe Safari Lodge 3Star
20 Morning Activity • Transfer • Falls: Zimbabwe Side(o)     B B Victoria Falls: Shearwater Explorers Village 3Star
21 Flight: Falls by helicopter(o) • Cruise: Sunset(o)     B B Victoria Falls: Shearwater Explorers Village 3Star
22 Transfer • End of our services        
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Your Itinerary

Day Transfers & visits
1 Meet and Greet • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n)
2 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)
3 Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Wine Tasting(o) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n)
4 Rooibos Limited Tea Factory(n) • Clanwilliam Town(n)
5 Springbok Town(n) • Goegap Nature Reserve(n)
6 Fish River Canyon(n)
7 Namib desert wild horses(n)
8 Duwisib Castle(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
9 Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei (Shuttle)(n) • Sesriem Canyon(n)
10 Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n)
11 Dolphin Cruise(o) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)
12 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Petrified Forest(n)
13 Otjikandero Himba Visit(n)
14 Etosha Central Game Drive Full Day(n)
15 4x4 Morning Game Drive(o) • Rundu Discover(n)
16 Mahango Afternoon Game Drive(o)
17 Popa Falls(n) • Boat Cruise(o)
18 Game Drive(o) • Kwando Cultural Village (n)
19 Transfer • Afternoon Activity
20 Morning Activity • Transfer • Falls: Zimbabwe Side(o)
21 Flight: Falls by helicopter(o) • Cruise: Sunset(o)
22 Transfer • End of our services
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Overnight

Day Overnight Cat.*
1 Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
2 Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
3 Cape Town area: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square 3Star
4 Cedarberg: Clanwilliam Lodge 3Star
5 Namaqualand area: Springbok Inn 4Star
6 Fish River Canyon: Canyon Village 3Star
7 Aus: Klein Aus Vista 3Star
8 Namib-Naukluft: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp 3Star
9 Namib-Naukluft: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp 3Star
10 Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
11 Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
12 Khorixas: Damara Mopane Lodge 3Star
13 Etosha: Etosha Safari Camp 2Star
14 Etosha: Namutoni Rest Camp 3Star
15 Rundu: nKwazi Lodge 3Star
16 Divundu: Ndhovu Lodge 3Star
17 Kongola: Camp Kwando 3Star
18 Kongola: Camp Kwando 3Star
19 Chobe: Chobe Safari Lodge 3Star
20 Victoria Falls: Shearwater Explorers Village 3Star
21 Victoria Falls: Shearwater Explorers Village 3Star
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*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
D1: Cape Town airport - Cape Town
Meet and Greet • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n)
 -Meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport. This personalised service sees your guide meet you off your flight. While you enjoy a complimentary beverage, our guide will explain your itinerary in detail, give you general advice and information that will help you along your trip. Before handing over your travel documents and escorting you to your onward transportation, our guide will assist you with any queries you may have before you embark on your holiday.
13:09-Pick up your vehicle Europcar SA Classic Plus Cover Category W (1-6days) at Cape Town airport - Drop Off Chobe (Day 19 14:09) - 19 days Special conditions
 -Marvel at the views of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. The Mother City is synonymous with the striking mountain that is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or dassie as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard are breathtaking. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees as they travel up to 302 metres above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there you can marvel at the views, have a bite to eat in the restaurant or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. The cableway only operates when weather permits. (Optional rates: D1:Table Moutain Aerial Cableway)
 -Explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, situated at South Africa’s oldest working harbour in the centre of Cape Town. Offering over 450 retail outlets selling everything from high-end fashion and jewellery to food and crafts, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, attracting in excess of 23 million visitors a year. Besides offering vibrant and chic indoor and outdoor shopping and restaurants, you can also watch fishing boats dock with fresh fish or see a container ship being towed into the harbour by a tug boat. Draw-bridges over the water open and close every so often to allow smaller sailing vessels access to the docks, while the Cape Wheel gives unsurpassed 360 degree views of the city, and the outdoor amphitheatre plays host to music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast )
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D2: Cape Town
Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Boat cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island. The island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape fur seals (actually sea lions originating from the Antarctic) as well as a variety of seabirds including gannets, cormorants and sea gulls. It is illegal to land on the island, but the trip takes you within arm's reach of the seals who seem to know they're the centre of attention and put up a fantastic performance, diving and twisting with amazing speed and agility (weather permitting). (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, recognised globally for its extraordinary land formation, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. The legendary Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope were key beacons for the early explorers and are the source of many myths and legends. In 1488, Bartholomew Dias named the peninsula the Cape of Storms. King John II of Portugal later gave it its actual name. The Cape of Good Hope is a scenic wonder, where soft white sandy beaches alternate with rugged stretches of rock and breathtaking cliffs. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Get acquainted with African penguins at Boulders Beach. Named for the large, smooth, round boulders that form this coastline, Boulders Beach is one of the few remaining locations in the country where African penguins are able to roost and nest without interference from humans. While the beach itself is a popular bathing spot, it is equally shared with these black and white marine birds that are frequently seen sunning themselves on the rocks or taking a dive into the coolness of the Atlantic Ocean. The adjacent fynbos area holds their delicate nesting grounds, and raised, fenced walkways allow visitors to enter the area without disturbing the birds. Look for nests hidden in the sand and among the scrubland as breeding pairs carefully nurture and protect their eggs. African penguins are classified as endangered species and Boulders Beach is the only location in the world where humans can get close to these birds in their natural habitat. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Discover Cape flora of every variety at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Delve into the immense wealth of biodiversity as you explore the Fragrance, Medicinal and Water Wise Gardens. Highlights at Kirstenbosch include the Peninsula Garden, containing many of the 2 500 plant species found on the Cape Peninsula, and the Protea Garden with numerous displays of the king protea, South Africa's national flower. The gardens were established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa and today there are over 7 000 species in cultivation. Kirstenbosch is a World Heritage Site, covering 36 hectares set within a 528 hectare estate that contains protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast )
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D3: Cape Town
Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Wine Tasting(o) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Discover the wine producing village of Franschhoek. This charming town lies nestled between steep mountain slopes just outside Cape Town, situated in the heart of the Cape’s wine producing region. It is world-renowned for the excellent wines produced here and it is also regarded as the food and wine capital of South Africa, with its streets lined with many cafes and restaurants. Franschhoek was originally established by French Huguenot settlers in the late 1600s and your tour will include a visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum, displaying a large number of artefacts that illustrate the early life of the Huguenots, and the beautiful French-inspired Huguenot Monument, dedicated to the cultural influences that the Huguenots brought to the Cape Colony. Enjoy strolling through tree-lined streets and exploring art galleries, organic markets, boutiques and award-winning restaurants. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Lunch: Rickety Bridge Wine Estate (Optional rates: D3:Lunch and Wine Tasting)
 -Cross the bridge to the historic Rickety Bridge Winery. Overlooking the majestic Wemmershoek Mountains, the origins of this wine estate date back to the late 1600s when farm land was first granted to French Huguenots who settled in the area. To enter the picturesque estate visitors must still cross a bridge that spans the Franschhoek River, much like French Huguenots did centuries before. Across the bridge, however, are surprising contemporary touches where a modern boutique-style winery produces award-winning wines, and a stylish tasting centre lies hidden in the vines. Rickety Bridge is well known for its tradition of winemaking, and your wine tasting will introduce you to a number of the estate’s cultivars. (Optional rates: D3:Lunch and Wine Tasting)
 -Wander through the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch. Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains and within the grandiose Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of Stellenbosch culture. Many leading wine estates are found here including Spier, Tokara and Delheim, as well as some of the country’s best restaurants where dining can be an informal al fresco affair or something more elegant and black tie. Art lovers can explore the copious galleries while outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of nature activities available to them at Jonkershoek. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Relive history at the Stellenbosch Village Museum. The historic village of Stellenbosch was developed around a Cape Dutch style town and the Stellenbosch Village Museum is composed of four different period houses, each representing the way people lived at that time and a different era in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The Schreuder House was built in 1707 and depicts a modest pioneer cottage while the Bletterman House is a Cape Dutch H-shaped dwelling and an example of a gabled house from the 18th century. The Grosvernor House is a grand old mansion, whose furniture is indicative of the increasing influence of British taste on local design when neo-classicism was at the height of fashion. End your journey through time at the O.M. Bergh House, reflecting a typical middle-class Stellenbosch home during the mid-1800s. Guests may also stroll through the V.O.C. Kruithuis, the only remaining powder magazine in South Africa. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: ONOMO Hotel Inn on The Square (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast )
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D4: Cape Town - Clanwilliam
Rooibos Limited Tea Factory(n) • Clanwilliam Town(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Clanwilliam
 -Join the world of tea making at the Rooibos Limited Tea Factory. The Cederberg Mountains that provide a stunning backdrop to this region are also the only area in the world where rooibos tea naturally grows. The fine, needle-like leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant thrive in this crisp, mountainous ecosystem producing a tasty, aromatic tea. The Rooibos Limited Tea Factory produces over 90 percent of South Africa’s rooibos, which is also sold to international consumers who enjoy it not only for its flavour but also for its antioxidant and health benefits. Extracts of the tea leaves are used to make a large variety of health products and all of these, along with drinking tea, can be found at the Rooibos Limited Tea Factory. On your visit browse the extensive shop, enjoy a cup a hot or iced rooibos tea, and watch a documentary about this uniquely South African product. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Explore Clanwilliam, the home of rooibos tea and wild flowers. Nestled in the Olifants River Valley in a region overflowing with fresh, natural beauty, Clanwilliam is a characterful, quaint and charming town. It is one of the ten oldest towns in the country, with the Old Gaol holding much history, while the sweet smell of tea plantations lingers in the air. As the rooibos capital of the world it is easy to understand why tea rooms are plentiful, and there is also a good selection of restaurants and shopping markets to explore. Clanwilliam lies at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain range and boasts a beautiful, natural open-air theatre well as well-preserved San rock art. The annual Wild Flower show brings the usually sleepy hamlet to life and pretty wild blooms can usually be seen throughout the year. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Clanwilliam Lodge (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D5: Clanwilliam - Springbok
Springbok Town(n) • Goegap Nature Reserve(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Springbok
 -Take a sojourn to Springbok. The largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Province, Springbok owes its existence to rich copper deposits and ready supply of water in a generally arid region. It lies between the high granite koppies of the Klein Koperberge (Copper Mountains) and its streets all lead off from a central little hill that illustrates Namaqualand’s unique flora, such as the almost leafless quiver tree whose branches were used by San people to hold their arrows. Although mining activity has dwindled since its early days, the town remains a popular tourist attraction and is a favourite stopover for those on their way to or from Namibia. This area is most famed for the incredible transformation that occurs every spring, when the near-lifeless scrubland explodes into into a riot of colour. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Explore the indigenous flowers and wildlife at the Goegap Nature Reserve. Bursting at the seams with stunning flora, 45 mammal species and close to 100 varieties of birds, this reserve is considered a must-visit for lovers of nature. Although at its most colourful in spring when the wild flowers bloom, Goegap is nevertheless highly enjoyable to explore at any time of the year, with the surrounding granite domes and peaks contrasting strikingly with its sandy plains where springbuck, gemsbok and Hantam’s zebra forage. The reserve’s wild flower garden features an enormous collection of endemic succulents as well as a rock garden, and is also the starting point of a 17 kilometre driving loop taking in a cross section of different habitats. Bird lovers can look out for Cape eagle owl, Ludwig’s bustard, white-backed mousebird and the dusky sunbird, while 4x4 routes can take visitors deeper into the reserve. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Springbok Inn (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D6: Springbok - Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Fish River Canyon
 -Sense the magnitude of nature's forces with a visit to the Fish River Canyon. Located in the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park at the lower reaches of the Fish River - Namibia's longest river - the Fish River Canyon is said to be the world's second largest canyon after America's Grand Canyon. Formed 650-million years ago as a result of tectonic shifts, the canyon spans a depth of 600 metres, a length of 80 kilometres and a width of approximately 20 kilometres. The sight of the massive ravine against a stark desert backdrop is one of the highlights of southern Namibia. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Canyon Village (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D7: Fish River Canyon - Aus
Namib desert wild horses(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Aus
 -Encounter the ephemeral Namib Desert Horses, the only wild desert-dwelling horses in Africa, and possibly the world. These horses are the subject of many discussions and studies as to their origin and incredible resistance to the extreme conditions of the desert. They are found to the west of the town of Aus on the road to Lüderitz, and in the valley of the Koichab River. Today the Namib feral horses are highly protected by the Namibian Directorate of Nature Conservation. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Klein Aus Vista - Lodge (Room Desert Horse Inn - Bed and Breakfast)
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D8: Aus - Namib-Naukluft
Duwisib Castle(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Maltahohe
 -Enter through the imposing doors of Duwisib Castle, built in 1909 by a German baron to resemble a fort and to reflect the baron's commitment to the German Military. Much of the building supplies were shipped into Lüderitz from Germany and transported by ox-wagon across the desert to the site of the castle, 70 km south-west of Maltahohe. The 22-room castle served as the private residence of the baron and his wife, but following his death in France during World War 1, the castle was sold. It was transferred to the state in the late 1970s and today it is a national monument, filled with antiques, armour and paintings, standing incongruously amid its semi-arid surrounds. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Prepare to be mesmerised as you explore the enormous Namib-Naukluft National Park. The park covers an area of just under 50 000 km2, and is the largest nature conservation area in Namibia, and the fourth largest in the world. This is a vast, remote area encompassing dramatic landscapes, from an impressive mountain massif to desert plains and high dunes, to deep gorges and an estuarine lagoon. The Naukluft area is situated north-west of Maltahöhe on the road to the coastal town of Swakopmund at the edge of the Namib Desert. Amid the semi-desert landscape and mountainous escarpment, mountain zebra and other species of game can be found. Sesriem, the main entrance gate to the park, lies west of the Naukluft mountains, where the Tsauchab River disappears dramatically down a steep gorge at a huge, dried-up pan, called Sossusvlei. Here, the towering dunes, reaching up to 300 m high - among the tallest dunes in the world - extend as far as the eye can see, and their multi-coloured hues vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. Sandwich Harbour, 42 km south of the port of Walvis Bay, is a large, reed-lined marine lagoon home to many coastal and freshwater birds and only accessibly by 4x4 vehicles. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp (Tent - Dinner Bed and Breakfast)
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D9: Namib-Naukluft
Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei (Shuttle)(n) • Sesriem Canyon(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel by 4x4 shuttle to the incredible site of Sossusvlei. Meaning 'dead-end marsh', Sossusvlei is a salt pan surrounded by ancient dunes that are among the highest in the world, reaching up to 300-400 metres. Visitors from all around the world come to capture haunting images of the towering coral-hued dunes. Skeletal remnants of 550-year-old dead camelthorn trees rise from another dry lake, the Dead Vlei, in stark contrast against its surrounding sea of sand. While it may seem that this stark environment could not sustain life, many species of plants and animals have adapted to the harsh conditions, among them the gemsbok (oryx), which can survive without water for weeks. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Stare into the abyss at the Sesriem Canyon located 4,5 km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The 50 metre-deep gorge was formed by the Tsauchab River as a result of millions of years of erosion, and is one the few places in the Namib Desert that holds water all year round - there are water pools at the bottom of the canyon even in the dry season. Early Afrikaans explorers tied six (ses) leather ropes (riem) together to pull buckets of water from the canyon for their livestock. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp: The Elegant Desert Eco Camp (Tent - Dinner Bed and Breakfast)
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D10: Namib-Naukluft - Swakopmund
Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Namib-Naukluft
 -Capture hypnotic scenic images at the Kuiseb Canyon. The ephemeral Kuiseb River has carved an impressive nine kilometre long canyon which can be seen from the C14 road close to the town of Solitaire. This river is the dividing line between the endless rocky plains of the north and the sand dunes that end near the Orange River. After the rainy season in the summer, the Kuiseb River mostly dries up but some water remains at the canyon. Klipspringer, leopard, hyena, jackal and springbok can sometimes be spotted. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Swakopmund
 -Walk on the moon Namibian-style at the Namib Moon Landscape, a name given to a part of the valley of the Swakop River near Swakopmund. The lunar-type landscape, eroded by thousands of years of wind and rain, is awe-inspiring. The river that flows from time to time at the bottom of the valley brings a short-lived period of fertility to the region and the water allows some plants to survive in this hostile environment. Man tried to cultivate parts of this valley for agriculture at the beginning of the previous century, with little success due to the harshness of the environment. Discover the Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity that is found almost exclusively in areas of fog of the Namib Desert. Some specimens are older than 1500 years. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Organic Square Guesthouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D11: Swakopmund
Dolphin Cruise(o) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Inhale the fresh, salty air as you prepare for a marine dolphin motorboat cruise to Pelican Point. The calm waters of Walvis Bay's lagoon are teeming with marine life. The cruise traverses the oyster lines, Walvis Bay Harbour and Pelican Point with its iconic lighthouse, where Cape fur seals play in the waves and come right up to the boat. Further out bottlenose and heaviside dolphins swim alongside the boat, and whales can be spotted between July and November. Flamingos, pelicans and even jackass penguins are common sightings during the cruise. (Optional rates: D11:Marine Dolphin Cruise)
 -Soak up the salty sea breeze on an orientation tour of Swakopmund. A popular seaside resort providing visitors respite from the heat of the desert, the town is a quirky mix of German architecture, stemming from its origins as a harbour town for German South West Africa, and the African love for adrenalin. To this day, the town's main inhabitants and visitors are German-speaking, preserving European heritage at the edge of the Namib Desert. The harbour activities were moved to Walvis Bay in 1915 but tourism continues to thrive as visitors come to see the incongruous Baltic Sea architecture among palm tree-lined streets, and participate in the plethora of outdoor activities on offer. The most iconic remnant of the German colonial era in Swakopmund is the ornate Victorian Hohenzollern building, dominated by a figure of Atlas holding the world upon his shoulders. Other prominent examples of German architecture dating from the early 1900s include the Prinzessin Rupprecht Rezidenz (originally a military hospital and now a hotel), the Woermannhaus (1905), the youth hostel, the Lutheran Church on Post Street (1911), the court, the railway station which is also now a hotel (1901), the buildings on Sam Nujoma Avenue (previously Kaiser Wilhelm Strasse), the Arnold Shad Promenade, and the metal pier which was built in 1915, and recently rescued from dereliction. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Organic Square Guesthouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D12: Swakopmund - Khorixas
Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Petrified Forest(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Twyfelfontein
 -Read the pictures that paint a thousand words at the site of Twyvelfontein in the heart of Damaraland. With over 2 500 rock engravings dating back 6 000 years to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, as well as numerous Khoikhoi rock painting sites estimated to be 2 000 years old, Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, and was declared Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007. The ancient engravings and paintings depict the lives of lost communities and the animals with whom they shared the landscape. Twyfelfontein is translated to 'doubtful spring' in Afrikaans, referring to the /Ui-//aes spring that that lies within the valley along the slopes of the sandstone plateau. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Khorixas
 -Touch trees of stone with a visit to the Petrified Forest, a remarkable site of fossilised tree trunks dating back to the paleontological era. Geological research has revealed that these trees belong to the pine family, and were washed down the continent in a massive flood to their current site, buried beneath hundreds of metres of sediment. Over millions of years, the pressure caused the organic material to be replaced by silica and completely transformed the trees into stone. The effects of erosion have exposed these tree relics, including two trees measuring up to 45 metres. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D13: Khorixas - Etosha
Otjikandero Himba Visit(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Etosha
 -Leave modernity behind you with a self-drive visit to the Himba people of Namibia. This tribe is one of the last in Africa to still live strictly within their age-old traditional beliefs and are found in semi-nomadic, scattered settlements in the remote regions of northern Namibia. They are characterised by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. During your visit you can experience the milking ceremony, traditionally carried out by female tribe members; the smoke bath, where women burn aromatic plants to perfume themselves; and learn all about the beliefs surrounding the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. Understand how hairstyles and jewellery are used to denote the status of tribe members as you begin to absorb the traditional lifestyle of this ancient tribe that has retained its independence from the Western world. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D14: Etosha
Etosha Central Game Drive Full Day(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Sweep through the wilderness on a full day game drive in the Etosha National Park. Proclaimed a game reserve in 1907, Etosha spreads over 22 270km2 of saline desert, mopane forests and grassy scrublands. The park's most distinctive feature is the Etosha Pan, once a lake and now a massive white, salty depression that fills with pockets of pools after infrequent rains, attracting up to 1-million flamingos which use the pan as a breeding ground. The rain pools, along with approximately 30 waterholes and springs across the reserve, sustain an abundance of wildlife, including 340 bird and 114 mammal species, as well as some rarities like the Damara dik-dik, the black-faced impala and the Egyptian vulture. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Rest Camp: Namutoni Rest Camp (Double Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D15: Etosha - Rundu
4x4 Morning Game Drive(o) • Rundu Discover(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Morning safari in the eastern sector of the Etosha National Park. As the midday heat abates, Etosha's animals stir among the dusty plains in search of water. Make your way to one of several waterholes between the rest camps of Okaukuejo and Namutoni to spot Etosha's wildlife, including black-faced impala, gemsbok, kudu, zebra and elephant. You may get a glimpse of lion and black rhino among the mopane thickets, the former keeping a vigilant eye on the proceedings at the waterhole (Optional rates: D15:4x4 Game Drive Morning)
 -Travel to Rundu
 -Admire intricate woodcarvings in Rundu. This town is the capital of the Kavango Region and located along the southern banks of the Okavango River, acting as a gateway to the Caprivi and a link for neighbouring African countries to the port at Walvis Bay. As such, it is a hub of trade and industry and includes a number of amenities such as banks, shops and service stations. The town is also a good place to pick up mementos of your African travels as it features a large open market, and adjacent to that, a woodcarvers market. Here, Namibia's most skilled woodcarvers make and sell their woodwork and other artefacts that are snapped up by visitors and proudly displayed the world over. Slow down to admire the picturesque river frontage of the town that is also known to showcase some spectacular sunset vistas. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: NKwazi Lodge (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D16: Rundu - Divundu
Mahango Afternoon Game Drive(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Divundu
 -Note the beauty of the flora and fauna on an afternoon game drive in the Mahango Game Reserve. This unique region sets itself apart from the country’s mostly dry and sandy landscape, showcasing a flowing river, well-fed waterholes, and thickly fronded riverine vegetation. Shaded by statuesque trees such as the Zambezi teak and willowy wild syringa, the reserve’s woodlands are verged by grassy plains that in turn give way to reeds and water grasses that thickly cover the wetlands. Within this habitat numerous species of wildlife can be found, the most common being elephant, warthog and antelope. The many fruit-bearing trees attract both fruit and insect eating birds that mingle with various wetland species in a pretty and tranquil environment. As your afternoon game drive concludes, look out for hippos slowly making their way from the river to graze under an illuminating moon. (Optional rates: D16:Mohango Park GD PM)
 -Dinner: Ndhovu Lodge
 -Overnight at the Lodge: Ndhovu Lodge (Tent - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D17: Divundu - Kongola
Popa Falls(n) • Boat Cruise(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Listen to the cascading of water at Popo Falls. One of the highlights of the western Caprivi is the Popo Falls, a series of beautiful white water rapids that cascade gently and melodically down quartzite ledges. The falls form part of the Okavango River and cover a breadth of over one kilometre before descending down four metres of rocky outcrops into the Okavango riverbed. They are located at the entrance of the Bwabwata National Park, with many campsites gracing their shores and splendid scenic beauty all around. Popo Falls can be accessed by foot and offers a breath of fresh air as well as an opportunity to observe the flora and fauna that thrive in and around the life-giving water. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Kongola
 -Drift along in silent serenity on a boat cruise on the Kwando River. With its origins in the highlands of Angola, the 730 kilometre long Kwando River is the life-blood of the Caprivi region, providing sustenance for local people who pole along its course in traditional dug-out canoes. The river is also a source of food and water for vast herds of elephant and hippo, crocodiles, and large numbers of red lechwe, as well as a haven for upwards of 430 bird species. Rare wattled cranes, slaty egret, Stanley’s bustard and rosy-throated longclaw are but a few of the magnificent species to appreciate as you cruise through the water channels in a flat-bottomed boat. Look out for broken reeds along the river banks as these are signs of recent elephant presence, and there are good opportunities for finding sitatunga, a rarely sighted water-loving antelope. (Optional rates: D17:Kwando Boat Cruise)
 -Overnight at the Camp: Camp Kwando (Tented Chalet - Bed and Breakfast)
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D18: Kongola
Game Drive(o) • Kwando Cultural Village (n)
 -Breakfast
 -Be captivated by wildlife and unusual landscapes on a game drive. Located just outside the Mudumu National Park and on the banks of the Kwando River, Camp Kwando offers a variety of locations for a game drive. Cruises along the river will introduce you to stunning birdlife, large numbers of elephants and sightings of antelope such as reed buck, lechwe and sitatunga, as well as picturesque riverine scenes. Mudumu displays a remarkable landscape where snaking rivers, marshy reed islands and flat tracts of land without any natural elevation make game viewing relatively easy. Abundant with wildlife, but not frequently visited due to its remote location, the park offers a peaceful and rewarding safari. Game viewing also takes place in Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park, a watery wonderland of wildlife-rich islands, river channels and wetlands home to elephants, lions, crocodiles, several species of antelopes, buffalos and hippos. (Optional rates: D18:Kongola Game Drive)
 -Dance with the medicine man at Kwando Cultural Village. This interesting settlement is situated just adjacent to Camp Kwando on the banks of the Kwando River and takes you on a tour of a re-created traditional village. The villagers are mostly staff from Camp Kwando who will give you fascinating insight into ancient traditions that have been fiercely protected by their people over the centuries. The village is built in typical tribal style utilising reeds, mud and other naturally available products. Besides observing the aspects of everyday life you will also be given demonstrations on various tribal fishing and hunting techniques and watch a performance by the local healer, or ‘Medicine Man’, as he employs various dancing methods to ward off illnesses and cure problems. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp: Camp Kwando (Tented Chalet - Bed and Breakfast)
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D19: Kongola - Chobe
Transfer • Afternoon Activity
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Chobe
12:09-Transfer
 -Arrival at the Chobe Safari Lodge. Situated in a prime position overlooking the impressive Chobe River and bordering the Chobe National Park, Chobe Safari Lodge provides a fabulous base from which to explore the wildlife of the third largest national park in Botswana. The area offers prolific wildlife viewing and large herds of elephant abound, as do birds, hippo and crocodile. Be prepared for fantastic photo opportunities during your safari. The lodge is surrounded by a picturesque garden and swimming pool and while all rooms have beautiful views of the river. Activities on offer include morning and afternoon game drives through the Chobe National Park and boat cruises on the Chobe River. Fishing trips and day excursions to the nearby Victoria Falls can also be arranged.
 -Lunch: Chobe Safari Lodge
 -Afternoon activity.
 -Dinner: Chobe Safari Lodge
 -Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge (River/Safari/FI)
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D20: Chobe - Victoria Falls
Morning Activity • Transfer • Falls: Zimbabwe Side(o)
 -Morning activity.
 -Breakfast
10:09-Transfer from Chobe to Victoria Falls
 -Arrival at Victoria Falls, one of the most famous landmarks in the world and visited by thousands of tourists every year, yet the town of the same name remains small and filled with plenty of old-world frontier charm. Victoria Falls town is bright and friendly and a great place to browse craft markets and collect souvenirs of your African travels as you take some time to absorb the atmosphere and pick up a greater sense of the African cultures and the rich history that have shaped the Victoria Falls over time. Wildlife lovers may need to look no further than right in front of them as animals are known to roam the streets with cheeky baboons hanging around in the trees and occasionally even an elephant or two strolling across the road to the nearby Zambezi River. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -View one of the world’s natural wonders on a visit to the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. This enormous sheet of falling water was first discovered by David Livingstone in 1855, although it had been known to the local people for much longer than that. It is shared by two countries, Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. Around two thirds of the falls are located on the Zimbabwe side and this country is also considered to have more classical views of the mains falls with footpaths leading you to breathtaking viewpoints such as Devils Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the very popular Rainbow Falls. The sights from here are considered some of the best on the planet while the sheer force of the tumbling water is a sensory treat as water plunges and tumbles, sending sprays of mist up into the skies. (Optional rates: D20:Falls: Zimbabwe Side)
 -Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village (Deluxe Chalet - Bed and Breakfast)
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D21: Victoria Falls
Flight: Falls by helicopter(o) • Cruise: Sunset(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Marvel at the wonder of natural forces with a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Your 12-minute adventure will get your heart racing and your eyes captivated on the scenes below as you take to the skies and begin your flight over the Zambezi River. This river is the fourth longest in Africa and surrounded by pristine wilderness that is especially beautiful to observe from above, with many islands and channels through which the crystal-clear water winds its way. The Batoka Gorge, lying just below the Victoria Falls, showcases stunning, deep chasms that cut into the earth before you arrive at the highlight of your trip, the falls themselves. This flight is often referred to as ‘the flight of angels’, and as you float through the misty spray and rainbows created by the thundering falls you will feel as if you are indeed in heaven. (Optional rates: D21:Flight: Falls by helicopter)
 -Soak up the beauty of Africa on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The immense, calm waters of the Zambezi River lend themselves to leisurely boat cruises amongst the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding wilderness. From your lodge you will be taken to the jetty and begin your sailing journey upstream from the Victoria Falls. As you peacefully drift along the river you can admire the splashes of colour that the setting sun paints in the sky as well as watch the wildlife that congregates along the river banks in the coolness of the evening. Your wondrous cruise is rounded off with aperitifs and snacks served on board the boat. (Optional rates: D21:Cruise: Sunset)
 -Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village (Deluxe Chalet - Bed and Breakfast)
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D22: Victoria Falls
Transfer
 -Breakfast
10:09-Transfer
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