Delta, Dunes & Falls


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    Explore Sub-Saharan Africa

    One of our most popular trips in southern Africa combining four spectacular countries – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In 24 days you’ll see a whole heap of wildlife and have plenty of time to soak up the colour and atmosphere that is Africa.

    Highlights

    • Visit the majestic and magnificent Victoria Falls and enjoy a mouth-watering feast of local meats, including warthog, buffalo, crocodile and impala at our feature stay property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
    • Glide through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and experience the ambience of this beautiful waterscape.
    • Head out on an afternoon excursion to the Makgadikgadi Pans, looking out for meerkats and meandering elephants, and enjoy a sundowner in the shadow of an old baobab tree.
    • Learn more about the Kalahari from the knowledgeable San people as they sing and dance with you by the campfire.
    • Enjoy relaxing periods between safaris where you can snooze, write a diary, read a book or just take in the magnificent views
    • Enjoy dinner as you watch the sunset from the deck of your houseboat on the Okavango Delta.
    • Witness the wildlife in Etosha National Park on a full days Game Drive.
    • The chance to see giraffe, kudu, impala, baboon, hippo, crocodile, warthog, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, spotted hyena, jackal, zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah and even the elusive leopard.
    • Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting experience on a working wine farm in the Olifants River Valley, with your host ‘Sparky’.
    • Rise early and witness the colourful sunrise and a picnic breakfast from the edge of Fish River Canyon, the second largest chasm of its type in the world.
    • Step inside Faldela’s Purple House in the Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town for an authentic home-cooked dinner. Taste some of the traditional dishes such as ‘Bredie’, ‘Chilli Bites’ and ‘Koesisters’.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Victoria Falls
    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting. Tonight you will dine at the incredible Boma Restaurant, whose menu has been known to include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you’ll be entertained with local song and dance. (D)

    Day 2: Victoria Falls
    This morning you will visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at different vantage points along the way to explain the history of the falls and their surrounds. After your tour, you will return to your lodge, where the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Chobe National Park
    This morning you’ll visit Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, one of The Intrepid Foundation projects. Here you can learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and the trusts role in anti-poaching. There may also be a chance to meet any rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care. Afterwards follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park When you arrive at your lodge you can relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. (B, D)

    Day 4: Chobe National Park
    This morning you will enjoy a game drive in Chobe National Park before breakfast. In the afternoon, embark on a cruise along the picturesque Chobe River, an ideal location for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants. (B, L, D)

    Day 5: Makgadikgadi Pans
    Heading south, you will continue your journey to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion. Later you will head to Gweta Lodge, located near the edge of the pans. In the afternoon, leave the lodge in an open game vehicle to and travel out to the Nxaisini pan. Here you’ll sit out in the wild enjoy sundowners and snacks while observing the amazing scenery. With the aid of trackers you’ll spend some time in the company of the local meerkat colony, and look out for elephants that meander their way down to the watering hole to quench their thirst. Back at the lodge, relax in the lounge area while you take in your surroundings and reflect on the day’s adventure. (B, L, D)

    Day 6: Maun
    After breakfast this morning, it’s time to head to Maun, the gateway of the Okavango Delta. For those interested, there is the opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird’s-eye view. (B, L, D)

    Day 7: Okavango Delta
    Venture to the Okavango Delta and board your speedboat. This will take you to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the Okavango Delta Panhandle. As evening falls, head to the deck, where your captain will serve dinner. Grab a sundowner, pull up a chair and witness the breath-taking sunset. (B, L, D)

    Day 8: Okavango Delta
    This morning after breakfast you will take a speedboat and 4WD to a nearby poling station. From here you will experience the myriad waterways in a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) with a local guide. After a picnic lunch, return to the houseboat for some relaxation time. In the evening, enjoy a drink, pull up a chair and witness the sunset before your captain serves up dinner once again on the deck. (B, L, D)

    Day 9: Ghanzi – Central Kalahari
    Travel on to Ghanzi, the ‘Capital of the Kalahari’. Your accommodation tonight is at a community project in Ghanzi.  The lodges we use here support the local San and San D’Kar community through employment. Tonight a traditional San meal will be served in the communal lounge and dining area. You will then experience the ancient dance rituals of the San around the campfire. This is a real cultural experience and a great way to get to know the locals. (B, L, D)

    Day 10: Windhoek
    Cross the border into Namibia and head to Windhoek. Take in the German architecture evident in a number of buildings. The finest are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus. (B)

    Day 11: Etosha National Park
    Travel to our lodge located just outside Etosha National Park. On arrival the afternoon will be free to relax at the Lodge. (B, L, D)

    Day 12: Etosha National Park
    Rise early and enjoy a full day of game viewing in the truck. Keep a close eye on the landscape for black rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. The park is also home to some 340 bird species. Return to the lodge and reflect on the day’s adventures with your fellow travellers over dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 13: Damaraland
    Enjoy a morning Game Drive in the Park then venture off the beaten track as you head into the heart of Damaraland. Home to Namibia’s highest peak, ancient rock paintings and petrified forests, the harshly beautiful and sparsely populated Damaraland region is a land of spectacular contrasts. (B, L, D)

    Day 14: Damaraland
    Spend the morning visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site and the Petrified Forest. Continue on to the Living Museum of the Damara, which aims to reconstruct and preserve the ‘lost culture’ of the Damara. Return to the lodge in the afternoon, with the rest of the day free to relax by the pool, with a book or a nap. (B, L, D)

    Day 15: Swakopmund
    Travel on through the Namib Desert today to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Your destination is the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. Upon arrival at Swakopmund, you will check into your hotel and have free time to enjoy this interesting township of German-Namibian atmosphere. (B, L)

    Day 16: Swakopmund
    Enjoy a free day in Swakopmund today (B)

    Day 17: Sesriem
    Depart your coastal retreat in Swakopmund and head south today towards Sesriem. Continue on past moon valley; an eerie rocky granite valley, and the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop by the small settlement of Solitaire before arriving at your lodge. (B, D)

    Day 18: Sossusvlei / Sesriem
    Make an early-morning visit to Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. Climbing to the top of Dune 45 will reward you with spectacular vistas of the surreal desert landscape. After breakfast, travel to Dead Vlei, a clay pan best known for the iconic postcard like images that many snap here. In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, a tranquil natural corridor that you can walk through and explore. Return to the lodge for the evening. (B, L, D)

    Day 19: Fish River Canyon
    Depart Sossusvlei early this morning and travel to Fish River Canyon. Your accommodation for the next two nights is a fusion of farmhouse flavour and natural splendour.  Walkways lead to 25 natural stone chalets nestled amongst granite boulders and perfectly landscaped gardens, making it really feel like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. After checking into the lodge you may like to cool off in the stunning pool, wrap up the day with a short excursion to our very own ‘local’ mountain, or simply have a drink and watch the sun go down. (B, L, D)

    Day 20: Fish River Canyon
    Rise early and witness the colourful sunrise from the edge of Fish River Canyon. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities. After capturing all the photos you like, make your way to the main viewpoint and sit down to enjoy picnic breakfast with an unforgettable view over the canyon. Return to the lodge and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L, D)

    Day 21: Orange River
    Farewell Fish River Canyon and head on to Orange River.  Set off this afternoon on a 10 kilometre  canoe journey down the Orange River. The canoe trip will be done in 2-man canoes with a local guide. It is a slow paced, easy trip, and you should be travelling simply downstream for most or all of the trip. (B, L, D)

    Day 22: Trawal
    Leaving Namibia behind, you will cross the border and travel into South Africa, driving south of the Orange River to a wine farm in Trawal. This evening you’ll enjoy a unique wine tasting, taking in seven of the regions finest wines with your experienced and knowledgeable host ‘Sparky’. (B, L, D)

     

    Day 23: Cape Town
    Continue on to the South African capital, Cape Town. The rest of the day until the evening is at your leisure. This evening you’ll enjoy a memorable dinner with the group in the Bo-Kapp region of Cape Town.  Learn how to make samosas, before sitting down to an authentic home-cooked dinner. (B, L, D)

     

    Day 24: Cape Town
    You journey through Namibia and South Africa comes to an end today after breakfast. (B)

     

    Inclusions

    • Meals: 23 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 19 dinners
    • Transport: Custom-built overland vehicle, Houseboat, Mokoro, 4WD vehicle, Private vehicle
    • Accommodation: Cabin (1 night), Farmstay (1 night), Hotel (4 nights), Houseboat (2 nights), Lodge (11 nights), Feature Stay Lodge (4 nights)

    Included activities

    • Victoria Falls – The Boma Dinner & Experience
    • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer (shared)
    • Victoria Falls – Entrance & Visit
    • Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
    • Chobe National Park – 4×4 Game Drive
    • Chobe National Park – River Safari Cruise
    • Makgadikgadi Pans – Meerkat Pan Experience
    • Makgadikgadi Pans – Sunset & Sundowner
    • Okavango Delta – Houseboat River Cruise
    • Okavango Delta – Speedboat Cruise
    • Okavango Delta – Mokoro tours & game walks
    • Central Kalahari – San Cultural Experience
    • Etosha National Park – Overland Vehicle Game drives
    • Damaraland – Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings
    • Damaraland – Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
    • Damaraland – Petrified Forest
    • Damaraland – Living Museum of the Damara
    • Sesriem – Sesriem Canyon
    • Sesriem – Dune 45
    • Sesriem – Sossusvlei Salt Pan
    • Fish River Canyon – Sunrise and Picnic Breakfast
    • Orange River – Canoe trip
    • Trawal – Olifants Wine & Cheese Tasting
    • Cape Town – Cape Malay Cooking Class

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    Images courtesy of IntrepidGroup