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Experience Southern Africa

22 days

This southern Africa safari tour takes you through some of the best of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. From the vineyards of the Cape, across 2 deserts and to the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of Namibia and Botswana, this is an adventure that will not be forgotten.

Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, southern Africa.
B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Itinerary
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Day 1

Flight

Prepare for your international flight directly to Cape Town or via Johannesburg (South Africa).
Tips on what to bring along:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Dress code - mostly khaki
  • Jersey/jacket

Day 2

Airport Hotel

Arrive at Cape Town international airport and meet your English speaking guide. You will be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon is free to rest or explore the town yourself. Dinner will be at a restaurant in town or at the hotel. We stay in the Protea Hotel at the Cape Town Waterfront.

[Protea Hotel | D]

Day 3

Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will enjoy a full day town tour of Cape Town. You will visit Simon's Town, the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy some wine tasting on the wine route.
Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa. It ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Durban. It is also the provincial capital of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament it is the legislative capital of the country. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both the American New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph.
Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony.
Lunch will be enjoyed at a restaurant and dinner at the hotel.

[Protea Hotel | BLD]

Day 4

Cape Town – Springbok (±520km)

After breakfast at the Hotel, we depart for the northern Cape, passing scenic vineyards along the way. Lunch will be on the road. We arrive at our campsite at Springbok in the afternoon. At the right time of year (August to September), the countryside is covered in a stunning blanket of wildflowers. If time permits, we will visit this beautiful spectacle.
Dinner will be had at the lodge.

[Springbok Lodge | BLD]

Day 5

Springbok – Augrabies (±300km)

After breakfast, we travel eastwards, enjoying a picnic lunch en route. We arrive and check into our lodge and visit the Augrabies Waterfalls. When in full flood, the falls provide an awesome sight as the Orange River thunders down the 56m gorge.
Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 6

Augrabies – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

After breakfast we continue our journey towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a quick stopover in Upington.
Lunch will be had en route.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located in the beautiful Kalahari desert, spanning parts of both Botswana and South Africa. It offers a wide range of wildlife in a majestic setting of low red dunes and unique flora for a unique safari experience. Wildlife includes herds of wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok and eland and predators including lion, cheetah and leopard. The park is well known for its birds of prey including Martial Eagles, Bateleurs, Tawny Eagles, Lanner Falcons, Secretary Birds, Owls and Vultures.
Dinner will be at the lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 7

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

After breakfast we will embark on a full day of safari, looking out for the many animals which roam this striking, but harsh environment. For lunch we will have a picnic or eat at the lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 8

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Fish River Canyon (±400km)

After breakfast we head west into Namibia and on to the Fish River Canyon.
We have lunch en route before arriving at this spectacular natural phenomenon which hides out of sight on the flat dry plateau until you are almost upon it. The canyon is believed to be the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon. Its enormous gorge meanders along for a distance of about 160 kilometres. It is up to 550m deep in parts and up to 27km wide.
If time permits, we will visit the lookout before we continue to our lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 9

Fish River Canyon – Lüderitz (±350km)

Today we head towards the Namib desert and coastal town of Lüderitz.
Lüderitz is a quaint, harbour town, known for its German colonial architecture. We visit Diaz Point and, if time permits, go on a township tour. Dinner will be at the restaurant and we overnight at a hotel.

[Nest Hotel or similar| BLD]

Day 10

Lüderitz – Sesriem (±445km)

After breakfast at the hotel, we visit Kolmanskop, the famous ghost town which lies abandoned in the sands of the Namib. It grew out of a diamond rush in the early 1900s, but was later abandoned when the diamond-field was exhausted. We have lunch en route and stop over at Garub to see the wild horses. Lunch packs will be had en-route.
We arrive and check in at our Lodge. Dinner will be at the Lodge.

[Quiver Tree Camp or similar | BLD]

Day 11

Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem (±120km)

We wake up early to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and a magnificent sunrise over some of the world's highest dunes.
We then set off on our journey to Sossusvlei, stopping to have breakfast in the dunes. We will visit the much photographed Dune 45, a stunning star dune which stands over 170 metres. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes. Nearby is Deadvlei, another dry pan which is characterised by the ghostly skeletons of scorched dead trees, some as old as 1000 years, standing scattered across the white expanse. This eerie scene of stark contrasts, makes for stunning photographs.
We will visit both pans during the course of the morning.
Lunch will be had back at the lodge before visiting Sesriem canyon in the afternoon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit and walk through it narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.
We watch the sunset from Elim Dune before returning to the lodge.

[Quiver Tree Camp or similar | BLD]

Day 12

Sesriem – Swakopmund (±300km)

Today we depart for Swakopmund, one of Namibia's charismatic coastal towns. We stop over at Solitaire, famous for its German cake apple tart. We continue our journey, passing by the Gaub pass and Kuiseb river, where two Germans once hid, trying to escape the South Africans. We arrive in Swakopmund and settle into our accommodation. Swakopmund is a typical German town with its historic buildings built in the years 1884 to 1915.

In the afternoon, you are free to try out some of the many activities Swakopmund has to offer (own account). These include:

  • Scenic flights over the Namib dunes and Atlantic ocean in a small Cessna 210 aircraft of 5 passengers.
  • Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Drives on the Namib dunes with a very well experienced off-road driver including champagne and a lovely brunch with a selection of seafood.
  • Quad bike rides in the dunes boasting lovely views of both the sea to the west and the plains on the east.
  • Shopping and exploring the historical German buildings in town.
  • Sand boarding in the dunes.
  • Desert Living Adventure in the dunes looking for small reptiles such as snakes, geckos, lizards and scorpions.

Dinner will be on your own account.

[Delight Hotel or similar | BLD]

Day 13

Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Brandberg (±260km)

We travel north along the beautiful Namibian coastline towards Cape Cross, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals on the planet, with up to 210 000 seals present during November, December.
Lunch will be at a restaurant in Uis, before continuing to our Lodge near the Brandberg mountain, the highest mountain in the country at 2573m above sea level. We walk up to see the famous White Lady painting, part of a group of several paintings found in a cave including other human figures and oryxes. The White Lady is the most detailed and measures about 29.5 x 29cm. There has been a lot of conjecture about her role and the interpretation/meaning of the scene itself.
Dinner at the lodge.

[Brandberg White Lady Lodge | BLD]

Day 14

Brandberg – Twyfelfontein (±160km)

After breakfast, we leave forTwyfelfontein, where we enjoy lunch at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. The rock art forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2 millenia. UNESCO approved it as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.
We have dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

[Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar | BDL]

Day 15

Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park (±315km)

Today we visit The Living Museum of the Damara, which lies close to Twyfelfontein and is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. Here we have the unique opportunity to experience traditional Damara culture. Together with the Bushmen, the Damara belong to one of the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original nation was a mixture of hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Although their culture is now largely lost, the museum contributes to its preservation, as well as bringing in an income for the Damara community that built it.
We visit the petrified forest before driving through the spectacular Damaraland landscapes towards the Etosha National Park, passing through Khorixas (khori means mustard tree), former capital of the Kunene region.
We have a picnic lunch on the en-route.

The Etosha National Park spans an area of 22 270 square km, and is one of southern Africa's most important game reserves. A large part of the area is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregate around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular safari game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinocerous. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopard and cheetah. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.
We spend the night in tents at the Okaukuejo campsite inside the park.
Dinner will be at the Lodge.

[Okaukeujo or similar | BLD]

Day 16

Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo - Namutoni) (±180km)

Today will be a full day of safari game viewing allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs of the African wildlife.
We will enjoy lunch at one of the resort restaurants in the park.
Dinner will be at Namutoni Lodge.

[Namutoni or Halali | BLD]

Day 17

Etosha National Park – Rundu (±426km)

We have breakfast and depart early (the best time for seeing animals) for another safari game drive in the eastern side of the park. We depart the park in the direction of Grootfontein where we will stop for lunch before continuing our journey to Rundu.
We have dinner at Omashare Lodge.

[Omashare Lodge | BLD]

Day 18

Rundu – Divundu (±200km)

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart in the direction of Bagani. We will have lunch at the Popa Falls Lodge or similar.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a boat cruise on the perennial Okavango river where we can look out for crocodiles, hippopotamus, birds and other riverine species.

[Popa Falls Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 19

Divundu – Kongola

After breakfast, we embark on a safari game drive in the Mahangu National Park. This small game reserve is abundant in wildlife and offers great opportunities to see four of the big Five – Elephants, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. More than 300 bird species are found here. Look out for the very large Baobab Trees which are numerous in the park.
We travel in the direction of Kongola and will have lunch at Mazambala Island Lodge or similar. We will enjoy dinner and overnight here.

[Mazambala Island Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 20

Kongola – Kasane (Botswana) – Victoria Falls (±310km)

Breakfast will be enjoyed at the lodge before departing towards the Caprivi region via Katima Mulilo and crossing into Botswana to Kasane. Lunch will be had en route. We arrive at the Victoria Falls and check in at the Rainbow Hotel. We will enjoy a sundowner boat cruise on the Zambezi river, before having dinner at the hotel.

[Rainbow Hotel or similar| BLD]

Day 21

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)

In the morning, we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, considered the largest in the world. The thundering waters can be heard from 40 km away while the spray and mist rise to a height of over 400 metres.
In the afternoon, you are free to do some optional activities, such as a helicopter ride.

[Rainbow Hotel or similar | BLD]

Day 22

Victoria Falls

You will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for your connecting flight.
End of service. We trust you enjoyed your African Safari and Tour with Omuhimba Safaris!

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COST: N$ 55 250 per person

MIN seats for this tour: 3
MAX seats for this tour: 9

Departure DateReturn DateSeats Available
10 December 2017 31 December 2017 7
Cape Town Cheetah - safari Elephants, Botswana