The Best of Southern Africa Overview

Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Windhoek in Namibia, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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Tour South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg to experience the best of Southern Africa. Embark on a journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and be amazed at the contrasting cultures, panoramic landscapes, iconic wildlife and enthusiastic locals of these lands. Explore regions blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, from towns with sweeping coastal views and parched desert landscapes, to powerful waterfalls and ancient forests. Make the most of the adventure by paddling canoes along the Orange River, exploring national parks on game drives and discovering ruins from centuries ago. Then, at night, relax in comfortable accommodation. Beautiful, grand and unforgettable, this is sensational Southern Africa - see it and be changed forever.

  • Discover ancient ruins in Zimbabwe
  • Feast on fresh seafood in Lambert's Bay
  • Hear the roar of Victoria Falls
  • Spot majestic elephants in the Chobe National Park
  • Track rare rhinos in the Matobo National Park
  • Travel to South Africa and relax in Cape Town
  • Visit Botswana and enjoy a houseboat adventure on the Okavango Delta
  • Visit Namibia and marvel at the Fish River Canyon

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    27 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 16 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (1 nt), Cabin (1 nt), Chalet (1 nt), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (8 nts), Houseboat (2 nts), Lodge (9 nts), Permanent tented camp (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Canoe trip, Chobe - River cruise, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Etosha National Park - Game drives, Fish River Canyon, Game drive & Nature walk, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park - Game drive, Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island, Mahango Game Reserve - Game drive en route to Caprivi Strip, Mapungubwe National Park - Guided Heritage Site Walk - Per Person, Negepi - Village visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks, Orange River - Canoe trail (half day), Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Sesriem Canyon - Desert dunes climb and walk, Visit Victoria Falls

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1286kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the House Boat ( 2 nights) Please note that this trip will be discontinued in 2013, A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the House Boat ( 2 nights)

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Day 1 Cape Town

Travel to South Africa and visit Cape Town, where the imposing plateau of Table Mountain is the crowning glory. Use free time to explore the vibrant atmosphere of this beautiful city by visiting cafes, galleries, restaurants, shops and beaches.

Day 2 Lambert's Bay

South Africa's quaint coastal town of Lamberts Bay is best explored on foot. View spectacular flocks of gannet then indulge in a fresh seafood feast in the evening.

Day 3 Orange River

Travel to Namibia and journey to the serenity of the Orange River.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Glide across the waters in a canoe, under the shadow of the ancient Richtersveld Mountains. Drive to Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. A beautiful area teeming with birdlife and small mammals, this landscape is seriously photogenic - especially at dusk when the canyon appears to glow orange in the setting sun.

Day 5 Sossusvlei

Travel to the vast and imposing sands of the Namib Desert - the red, dusty landscapes are breathtaking.

Days 6-7 Swakopmund

With the help of a knowledgeable local guide, spend the morning climbing some of the world's highest dunes and exploring the parched landscape of the Sossusvlei. Experience the immense silence of the desert while travelling across the strange moonscapes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. After the desert adventure, travel to Swakopmund to enjoy beaches, European architecture, boutiques and scores of good restaurants.

Day 8 Windhoek

Travel to Namibia and visit Windhoek. Use free time to enjoy this attractive German-style capital set against a backdrop of majestic mountains.

Days 9-10 Damaraland

Journey into the heart of Damaraland, a region of contrasts containing a wide variety of flora and fauna before heading off on search for elusive desert elephants

Days 11-12 Etosha National Park

Enjoy spotting impala, rhinos, elephants and antelopes in the Etosha National Park.

Day 13 Rundu

With one of the biggest and most colourful markets in Southern Africa, Rundu is a great place to explore.

Days 14-15 Okavango Delta

Accompanied by local guides, explore the watery wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Travel on foot and in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. A seasonal habitat for many birds and animals including hippos, hyenas, antelope and eagles, this is the perfect place to be immersed in African wildlife. Appreciate the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta at night when sleeping on a houseboat.

Days 16-18 Caprivi Strip

Marvel at ancient rock paintings on a guided walk before heading back into Namibia to the Caprivi Strip. Take a game drive, meet friendly villagers and soak up the serenity of this beautiful region.

Day 19 Chobe National Park

With a large elephant population, thick, green forests and marshes that are home to nearly all of Africa's major species, a safari in the Chobe National Park is a wildlife-enthusiast's heaven. Look out for crocodiles and hippos basking on the shore during a relaxing sunset river cruise.

Days 20-23 Victoria Falls

Travel into Zimbabwe to marvel at the watery spectacle that is the mighty Victoria Falls. Having seen the best of Botswana, with a touch of Namibia and Zimbabwe thrown in, perhaps reflect on this incredible experience over another African feast.

Day 24 Hwange National Park

Learn about the plight of the endangered African wild dog and the efforts to save this species from extinction on a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation. Afterwards, journey to the wilds of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Head out and explore the park in an open 4x4 to try and spot lions, hyenas, giraffes, elephants and more.

Days 25-26 Bulawayo

Travel to Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, and use free time to explore the markets, relax in a cafe or catch a local football match. The next day, head deep into the wilderness of Matobo National Park, the domain of rare black and white rhinos.

Day 27 Masvingo

Travel to Masvingo, Zimbabwe's oldest colonial settlement. Explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a royal palace of the Zimbabwean monarchy and still considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in southern Africa.

Day 28 Mapungubwe

Cross the border into South Africa and head for Mapungubwe National Park where spectacular scenery, biodiversity and archaeological treasures await. Discover the culture and customs of the local tribes who live in this mystical, historically rich area.

Day 29 Johannesburg

Travel to South Africa's busy commercial centre where this adventure concludes. Perhaps stay on a little longer to explore the Soweto township or visit the Apartheid Museum and learn about South Africa's recent history.
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