General

Full Itinerary

Tour Highlights:  Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Dunes, Swakopmund, Cheetah Park, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls

Countries Visited:  South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

 

Day 1:  Upington

We leave Johannesburg and travel west for most of the day, arriving at our destination in Upington late afternoon.

Meals:  Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Hotel

 

Day 2:  South Africa – Namibia (Fish River Canyon)

Leaving Upington we head to the beautiful country of Namibia.  After crossing the border, we will head for the open desert on our way to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and second largest in the world.  We camp under the Acacia tree close to the canyon for the night, and there is time enough for you to enjoy a walk in the mountains before sunset.  This area really can take your breath away.  This is just the beginning of an incredible Namibian experience.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Lodge

 

Day 3:  Aus

After breakfast we will make our way further north-west to the small desert town of Aus, arriving late afternoon, with just enough time to go for a short hike up the mountain to watch the sunset, an experience you will not quickly forget.  Our home for the night is situated amongst the boulders and Koppies (rocky outcrops).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Lodge

 

Day 4:  Sesriem

After breakfast we will go and find the wild horses that roam the Namib Desert, and then make our way up to Sossusvlei.  The drive takes us through some of the most scenic areas in Namibia, as we head towards the largest and most beautiful dunes in the world.  We will arrive at our camp late afternoon; it is situated close to the Sesriem Canyon.  At night the campsite is frequently visited by jackals, gemsbok and hyenas.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Lodge

 

Day 5:  Solitaire

This morning we have an early start to visit the red dunes of Sossusvlei, which cover almost the whole of the south-western part of Namibia, before heading off towards Solitaire where we will spend the night.  Once again the road takes us through some of the most awesome scenery of this dry country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour: Camping

Accommodated tour: Lodge

 

Days 6, 7, 8:  Swakopmund

The drive from Solitaire to Swakopmund is through the Namibian Naukluft National Park and is unmistakably the most barren section of the country.

We will arrive in Swakopmund early afternoon and check into our lodge, after which you will be briefed on all the activities on offer here (such as quad biking, sand boarding and sky diving).  The next 2 days are spent at your own will, which means you get the opportunity to explore the town, take in some real German culture and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the area.

Meals:  Breakfast

Budget tour:  Lodge

Accommodated tour:  Lodge

 

Day 9:  Cheetah Park

Leaving Swakopmund behind us we will make our way up towards Kamanjab.  Our camp for the night is situated under the Camel Thorn trees at a Cheetah Park.  Here our hosts will take us out in an open vehicle for us to observe the cheetahs being fed.  The animals are on the red data (endangered) list.  Here you will also have the opportunity to experience a traditional African Bush Braai (BBQ).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Bush chalets

 

Days 10, 11:  Etosha National Park

After visiting the few tame cheetahs that live in the home of our hosts, we make our way to Etosha National Park.  Our time spent here will take us through most of the park.  We will take a short break on the pan itself, the flood plains of this amazing park.  At night the watering holes by the campsites are frequented by many animals, and the chances of seeing some of the Big 5 are high.  Each night will be spent in a different camp in the park:  the first night in Okaukuejo, and the second night in Namutoni, a beautiful old fort.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  National Park Chalets

 

Days 12, 13:  Northern Okavango

Leaving Etosha, we will be driving for most of the day, passing through the towns of Tjomeb, Grootfontein, Rundu, and then onto the town of Dovundu.  Our campsite is situated alongside the Kavango River, in the northern-most part of the Okavango Delta.  The campsite is known to most people as being one of the most beautiful campsites in Africa.  It is very common to see crocodile in the river and hippo coming out to feed at night.  Here you can enjoy the sunrise from the deck or go for a swim in the river swimming pool.  You also have the opportunity to go on a Mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip up the river.  Your local guide will inform you about the wildlife and parks in the area.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Tree house chalets

 

Days 14, 15, 16:  Namibia – Botswana – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

We will rise early and take a leisurely drive towards the Great Zambezi River.

Leaving Namibia behind us, we will cross into Botswana, and head straight for the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe.  Our evening (Day 14) will be spent on a wonderful cruise on the Zambezi River (drinks and snacks are included in the cruise).

The next couple of days will be yours to spend as you please, and you will have the opportunity to try out one or more of the many activities on offer in the area.  A visit to the Victoria Falls is included in the tour and will be arranged around your optional activities.

Meals:  Breakfast

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Chalets

 

Day 17:  Zimbabwe – Botswana (Palapye)

Leaving early we will make our way back to the border where we will cross into Botswana and drive through the Chobe area.  We will head towards the south-eastern part of Botswana where we will rest for the night, and experience another traditional African Braai (BBQ).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budget tour:  Camping

Accommodated tour:  Lodge

 

Day 18:  Botswana – South Africa (Johannesburg)

Today we will cross back into South Africa, arriving back in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

What’s included in the price:

  • Transport
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary

What’s NOT included in the price:

  • Flights, visas (if required), personal travel insurance (compulsory when travelling with Bluechilli)
  • Meals & drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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