|Date & Duration:||1st-23rd May 2019 - 23 days|
|Cost:||NZD7900 - What's included?|
|Arrival & Departure points:||Livingstone / Livingstone|
|Group size:||Min 8 / Max 15|
|Accommodation:||camping in the desert, luxury lodges and clean, basic accommodation|
|Meals not included:||3 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Adventures:||camping under a starry African sky, going on game drives and spotting African animals in their natural habitat, scenic flights over Victoria Falls or the Skeleton Coast (optional), 4WD out to see the huge, orange dunes, river cruises to view animals, canoe ride into the Okavango Delta for the night on an island|
On arrival in to Livingstone, you will be met by your tour leader, and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. (Accommodated)
Today we will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, viewing them from the various lookout points in the park.
In the afternoon you will have time to do any optional activities such as a flight above the Falls, Jet boat ride down the Zambezi, or maybe go for a sundowner drink at the fabulous Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the Zambezi river. (Accommodated)
Boarding the safari truck this morning, we set off across the border into Namibia and stay at The Zambezi Lodge campsite located right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, only a short stroll in to the lively town of Katima Mulilo. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
Today, drive through the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia bordered by Botswana, Angola and Zambia.
The area is rich in wildlife and mineral resources and has been the subject of many a dispute over ownership. Overnight at the Sarasungu River Lodge campsite. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
We stop at Grootfontein in the morning for supplies before heading to Etosha National Park. Etosha is a vast reserve of over 20,000 sqkm. Wildlife is abundant - a haven for 93 mammal species and 340 bird species!
After setting up camp at Namutoni Rest Camp we will head out on an afternoon game drive. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
Depart early in the morning for a game drive and a visit to the Etosha Pan, a flat saline desert 130km long by 50km at its widest. After lunch, enjoy a swim at Halali Rest Camp.
We spend the afternoon game driving before stopping at Okaukuejo Rest Camp where we will be staying for the next two nights. Okaukuejo has a fantastic floodlit water hole where you can observe the game coming to drink at all hours of the night.
Elephant and Rhino are regular visitors to this water hole. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
Up early this morning for a game drive in the Park before returning to Okaukuejo for lunch.
You can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, shopping for souvenirs at the shop or gameviewing at the water hole - maybe even go out on an afternoon game drive. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
This morning we'll drive to Outjo to stop for supplies before continuing on to Twyfelfontein to see the 6000 year old rock engravings.
After a few nights camping it's time for some luxury accommodation - you'll love this night in a very special African lodge. (Accommodated)
Driving through the Skeleton Coast Park we stop at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to over 80,000 seals. Continue on to Swakopmund Rest Camp where we will spend the next two nights in chalets.
In the evening you can go and try the local restaurants - the seafood here is cheap and delicious, but you might like to try a Springbok steak for a change! (Accommodated)
It's your free day! Swakopmund is a lovely seaside resort town with a German village feel to it.
The Namib Desert around the town is the number one draw card offering countless exhilarating activities such as sand boarding, scenic flights, Shanty town tours and hot air ballooning.
We recommend you take a tour of the local township to see how the locals live. The shopping in Swakopmund is wonderful too! (Accommodated)
Today we drive past Walvis Bay then out into the Namib Desert Park and camp at Mirabib, a huge granite rock.
There is evidence of nomadic people as long as 9000 years ago used this site as shelter. This is a great place to sit around an evening fire and look at the stars in the desert sky. (Camping)
We drive through to the giant sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei today.
You can take a walk up Dune 45 or a 4WD trip into Sossusvlei, a large pan set amid red sand dunes towering over 200 metres above the valley floor.
We will stay at The Sesriem Campsite tonight. (Camping)
An easy drive in to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. This small, clean city is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains and is 1,680m above sea level.
With German-influenced architecture and a European café culture, it is a pleasant place to enjoy an evening out. Dining out at your own expense. (Accommodated)
It's a reasonably big day driving into Botswana across the northern fringes of The Kalahari today. Overnight at Ghanzi. (Accommodated)
We arrive in Maun today and prepare everything for our trip into The Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of the Delta safari industry and quite a bustling town with shopping centres and hotels.
It still retains its raw edge with local tribesmen bringing cattle to sell, antelopes grazing the quiet river banks, and donkeys and goats wandering the main road. (Accommodated)
The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland where the Okavango River fans out into the largest inland delta in the world. Explore the myriad of waterways and stunning scenery on foot and by mokoro (dugout canoe).
Hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant are at home here, as are numerous species of bird. We camp on river islands and enjoy the serenity amongst the swamps, lily pads and swaying delta grasses. (Camping and accommodated)
Full day safari to view game - giraffes, zebra and maybe even lions - in the delta today.
Drive out of the Delta and return to Maun for the night. (Accommodated)
The distance between Maun and Kasane is huge so today we break the journey halfway at Nata - a town located on the edge of the Makgadikagadi Pans.
Our fantastic campsite is situated next to a water hole where elephants come for a drink any time day and night. Sit round the camp fire and watch them walk right by! There is also a bar and swimming pool to relax by. (Camping - possible to upgrade)
Continue on to Kasane where we will be based at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge campsite for the next two nights.
You might just find warthogs, monkeys and mongoose wandering through the camp! (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers a mere 10,566 sq kms! It also has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent.
Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.
This morning we will be game driving, followed by a 3-hour afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. (Camping - possible to upgrade to accommodation)
We leave Botswana and cross back to Zambia on the Kazungula ferry. It is only a short drive back to Livingstone where we spend the last night reminiscing about a memorable trip. (Accommodated)
Sadly, it is the last day of our amazing African adventure!
They say that once you have been to Africa, it will always claw at your heart to come back....What a life-changing, unforgettable trip it has been!
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