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Dunes, Deltas and Falls (Southbound)
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Until December Until Dec 17 From January From Jan 18

If you want to soak up the colours, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition into southwestern Africa. Experience game drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and canoe game-rich deltas. Our overland adventure vehicle (OAV)s are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights, while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the regions wildlife drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Safari, Walking Tour, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DZLD.B/201584
  • Starts: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Kasane
  • Gweta
  • Maun
  • Okavango Delta
  • Ghanzi
  • Windhoek
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Namib Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Cederberg
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Victoria Falls

Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.
Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

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Day 3: Victoria Falls/Kasane

Cross the border from Zimbabwe into Botswana. Opt to take a wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River or a wildlife safari drive in an open safari vehicle in Chobe National Park.
You will stay over just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River - it's your best opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles, and many elephants wallowing in the water.

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Day 4: Kasane/Gweta

Opt to do a morning safari drive before travelling south to Gweta. Camp under ancient baobab trees.
When the rain comes, it brings life to the pans, awakening the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from the mud. The surrounding grasslands also teem with life and are home to many antelope, which attract a wide variety of predators.

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Day 5: Gweta/Maun

Opt to catch a bird's-eye view of the delta on a scenic flight.

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Day 6: Maun/Okavango Delta

Enjoy a wildlife walk, a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion, and birding.
After leaving some of our luggage in Maun, we begin our exciting excursion into the delta as we drive about 1-2 hrs (depending on which dock we go to) to the "dock". Here, we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, which will take us deep into the delta. After a couple hours in a mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp.

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Day 7: Maun/Ghanzi

Visit the Kalahari Desert and meet the local San Bushmen. Enjoy an optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.
We continue through the western part of Botswana, the heart of the Kalahari, to Ghanzi. Get a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert. Learn fascinating wilderness survival skills by local Bushmen on an optional Bushman walk.

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Day 8: Ghanzi/Windhoek

Opt to explore the city centre of Windhoek after a long drive and a border crossing.

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Day 9: Windhoek/Etosha National Park

Visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, just outside of Windhoek, to pick up a tasty packed lunch, then continue up to Etosha National Park. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle, then opt to take an open vehicle wildlife safari night drive.

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Day 10: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in Etosha National Park.

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Day 11: Etosha National Park/Damaraland

Morning wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.

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Day 12: Damaraland/Spitzkoppe

Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people, then travel south and enjoy the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.
Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

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Day 13: Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund

Travel through the coastal region to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.
We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

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Day 14: Swakopmund

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.

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Day 15: Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where we will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. Opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

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Day 16: Namib Desert

Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then continue on to the Sossusvlei Dunes and climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
We will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here you will really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

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Day 17: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon.
Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

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Day 18: Fish River Canyon/Gariep (Orange) River

Head to the border and cross into South Africa. Camp at the scenic Gariep River and opt to go canoeing.
Set up camp on the banks of Gariep River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.

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Day 19: Orange River/Cederberg

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea and view dramatic Western Cape scenery.
Head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where we spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

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Day 20: Cederberg/Cape Town

Visit the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, before arriving in vibrant Cape Town. Enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain, and opt for a final night out with the group.
For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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Day 21: Cape Town

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek G Adventures for Good: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (14 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts, multi-share ), basic bush camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 11 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking, mokoro, safari vechicle
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Track the Big Five
  • Feel the mist of Victoria Falls
  • Cruise the Chobe River at sunset
  • Camp in African wilderness
  • Meet the San Bushmen
  • Get your heart pumping with adrenaline activities
  • Soak up Cape Town's culture


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Jasna S Posted on: 

Overall the tour was great. Jana as a leader couldn't be better and the locations were marvelous.

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Rae A Posted on: 

I have traveled to many countries and done several tours as well as travel alone. This is one of the best experiences I've had so far! Even though it was budget and not easy by far, it was the most rewarding.

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