African Encounter

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Price: From ZAR 27195 per person

    Day 1: Departing the Mother City

    Departing from the Mother City, travel north through the wine and fruit producing region of Cederberg. Your camp site is situated among the picturesque wine farms of the area. This afternoon visit one of the farms and taste their product. 

                   
    • Highlights: Cederberg
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 2: Travelling through the Richtersveld

    From the Cederberg Mountains continue to head north passing through the Namaqualand region towards Springbok. In the spring, this area is an array of colours as millions of wildflowers bloom. After a brief stop in Springbok, travel into the desert area of Richtersveld to the Orange River. This natural border between South Africa and Namibia is where your camp is located.

                   
    • Highlights: Orange River
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 3:Looking Down on the Fish River Canyon

    In the morning, take part in an optional half-day canoe trip along the stunning Orange River to view some of the majestic birds and scenery. After lunch, begin your travels again as you cross into Namibia, and make the short drive to the Fish River Canyon - the canyon is the second largest in the world. Wander around the rim and check out some of the spectacular views. 

                   
    • Highlights: Fish River Canyon
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 4: Sleeping under the Starry Big Sky

    Continuing north enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park and drive to your base for the night at Sesriem. Marvel at the number of stars you can observe as you sleep out in the middle of no where. 

                   
    • Highlights: Namib-Naukluft National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 5: Watching the Sunrise from Dune 45

    Wake up early and make your way to Sossusvlei to spend the morning exploring the world’s highest sand dunes. Climb Dune 45 and view a spectacular sunrise from its top before enjoying a hot breakfast at the base. Later take the opportunity to, optionally, hire a local guide to teach you about the area. Exit the park in the afternoon to drive to the small settlement of Solitaire for a slice of Apple Crumble. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 6-8: Relaxing In Swakopmund

    Wake up early to catch the sun as it rises over the Naukluft Mountains as you begin your journey to Namibia’s playground, Swakopmund. Driving through the Namib Desert, stop to take your photo when you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, before arriving at the Atlantic Coast. Once at the coast, turn north and arrive in the quaint, German town of Swakopmund in the afternoon. 

    Spend the next two days exploring this coastal town for its many excellent cafes and restaurants, the many craft markets, a few interesting museums, galleries and aquarium. 

    Those looking for an adrenalin-rush could partake in a morning of sand boarding, an afternoon of quad biking in the dunes, or if the weather is really clear, do a tandem sky dive and see the dunes in one direction and the ocean in the other.

                   
    • Highlights: Swakopmund
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 6: Brunch
    • Meals Day 7-8: B
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    Day 9: Exploring the Matterhorn of Namibia

    Leaving Swakopmund and the coast behind, travel to the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe. This 1728m high monolith is a stand-out in the otherwise flat landscape of the region. Tonight set up camp at its base, and explore the region that the ancient San people have declared a sacred site. 

                   
    • Highlights: Spitzkoppe
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 10: Taking Your Photo at Cheetah Park

    Travel east to the private farm, Cheetah Park, which was established to help protect Namibia’s cheetah population. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to meet some of these residential big cats.

                   
    • Highlights: Cheetah Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 11-12: Game Viewing in Etosha National Park

    Begin your safari adventure today as you drive to Etosha National Park after a brief stop for supplies in Outjo. The rest of day will be spent exploring this unique game viewing environment for wildlife such as zebra, elephant, and lions. Surrounding the Etosha Pan, the park’s sparse vegetation offers you an easier time to spot the game. 

    The next day continue to explore this famous game park searching for the wildlife you missed yesterday. Etosha has one of the largest herds of desert antelope – springbok and oryx – in southern Africa. Spend your evening at the camp’s floodlit water hole viewing the nocturnal animals that come for a drink. 

                   
    • Highlights: Etosha National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 13: Staying the Night on the Kavango River

    After a departing game drive, travel in a north-easterly direction towards the Kavango River in Northern Namibia. Tonight you’ll set up camp on the banks of the river. Keep your eyes open as hippos occasionally graze on the grass of the camp.

                 
    • Highlights: Kavango River
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 14: Preparing for the Delta

    Driving along the Kavango River, cross into Botswana and travel down the western side of the world’s largest inland delta to the town of Maun. This evening will be yours so you can organise your day pack for your optional 2-night excursion to the Delta. 

                   
    • Highlights: Maun
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 15-16: Taking a Mokoro into the Okavango Delta

    Hop onto a 4x4 truck that will take you into the Okavango Delta to a mokoro station. Transfer to one of the traditional dugout canoes, and let a local guide ‘pole’ you further into the Delta to your camp.

    Once you’ve set up camp, your local guides will take you out on a nature walk so you can experience this unique environment. This evening sit back and relax by the fire as your guides entertain you with some singing. 

    The next day set out again on foot on a morning game walk as you explore a different area searching for elephants, buffalo, and zebras. Head back to camp for lunch, and spend the afternoon swimming in the waterway near camp to cool off. Later in the afternoon, journey out in your mokoro to learn about the flora and fauna, and to catch the sunset over the Delta. 

                   
    • Highlights: Okavango Delta (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 17: Going on a Scenic Flight Over the Delta

    After a final game walk, break camp and return to Maun in the afternoon. Take the opportunity to book an optional scenic flight over the Delta to get an aerial view of where you just were. 

                   
    • Highlights: Maun
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 18-19: Sleeping Out in Chobe National Park

    Your journey today takes you east from Maun towards the town of Nata where you’ll turn north and travel to Kasane – the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Keep your eyes open as you head north as occasionally elephants have been seen by the side of the road. Later in the day, embark on a sunset cruise of the Chobe River to view the elephants and hippos that wade in the shallow waters. 

    The next morning you have the option to explore the town of Kasane before heading into the Chobe National Park for an overnight sleep-out. The park is one of Botswana’s premier game parks and is well-known for its large elephant herds and other wildlife. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 20-22: Wandering the Town of Victoria Falls

    This morning after a short game drive in the Chobe National Park make the short drive to the Zimbabwe border. After the border formalities, its just another short drive to the adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. Spend the afternoon exploring the Victoria Falls National Park to view the mighty Falls. 

    p>Over the next two days spend your time exploring the town of Victoria Falls, or partaking in several of the adrenalin-filled optional activities around town. Abseil into Batoka Gorge, go white water rafting down the Zambezi, walk with the lions at a rehabilitation centre, and go on an elephant safari. Enjoy a delicious meal in the evenings at one of town’s excellent restaurants.

                   
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 20: Brunch
    • Meals Day 21-22: B
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    Day 23: Explore the Chobe National Park

    Cross into Botswana and travel to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Embark on a river cruise to search the Chobe River for wildlife after a delicious lunch at your camp site. 

    Return to the camp to prepare for an overnight excursion into the famous Chobe National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring this renowned park for its large herds of elephants and other wildlife. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 24: Viewing the Mighty Falls

    Crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge, spend tonight above the Falls in Livingstone. This afternoon, experience the Falls from a different perspective by viewing them from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side. Later, embark on an optional sunset cruise on the impressive Zambezi. 

                   
    • Highlights: Livingstone
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 25: Travelling To Lusaka

    Departing early, you have a long travel day in front of you as you make your way through southern Zambia to your camp site just outside of Lusaka – the capital of Zambia. The camp has some of its own local wildlife, including the largest antelope – the eland. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lusaka
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 26: Driving Through Zambia

    Leaving Lusaka, travel pass lush countryside, and over a few rivers as you continue to travel through Zambia to the town of Chipata. Zambia is a truly African country and you’ll be able to see the difference between here and southern Africa. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 27-30: Relaxing on the Beaches of Lake Malawi

    This morning you have a short drive to the border as you cross into Malawi – known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa.’ Travelling across Malawi, you’ll reach the famous Lake Malawi, your base for the next five days. Spend the next days travelling up the western coast of this stunning body of water stopping at various camp sites. 

    Experience the Malawian way of life as you learn the game of bao, visit a local market or village, or wander the shoreline watching the locals use traditional fishing techniques to catch their dinner. Head out on a few diving/snorkelling excursions into the warm crystal clear waters of the lake and view the stunning marine life. Hire a kayak and explore the shores and coastline.

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 31: Resting In the Highlands of Tanzania

    Say goodbye to Lake Malawi and travel north to the border of Tanzania . Crossing the border, continue through the beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations towards Iringa. Stay the night in a simple ‘farmhouse’ camp site in the highland hills of southern Tanzania. 

                   
    • Highlights: Iringa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 32: Looking Out Over the Indian Ocean

    The next day make your way from the cooler highlands to the warm Indian Ocean coast as you travel to Dar es Salaam. Once in Tanzania’s largest city and economic hub, travel to your beach side camp site and prepare for your optional 3-night excursion to Zanzibar.

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 33-35: Exploring the Streets of Stone Town

    Board the local ferry, this morning, for the exotic, spice island of Zanzibar for your optional 3-night excursion. Your accommodation and meals while on the island will be of your own account as the itinerary will be yours to design. Spend as much time as you would like in Stone Town, on the beach, or a mix of both. 

    Wander the streets of Stone Town as you marvel at the architecture from a different time, stopping in the craft shops for some treasures, and the excellent cafes for a spiced drink. Visit the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, for a casual dinner and a chance to interact with the locals. Book a day trip to the Prison Island to view the giant tortoises, or to a spice plantation for a tour. 

    p>Transfer to one of the many beaches for a day of relaxation on the white sandy beaches. Book a diving excursion out to the spectacular coral reefs out in the Indian Ocean. In the evening, sit back and relax at the beach bar watching the sun as it sets over the horizon.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 33: B
    • Meals Day 34-35: None
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    Day 36: Taking the Ferry to Dar es Salaam

    Reuniting with your fellow travellers on the dock in Stone Town board the afternoon ferry and return to the mainland. Once in Dar es Salaam, return to your camp site to collect your remaining belongs and say your goodbyes as you tour has officially ended. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Meals: D
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 25 June 2017 - 24 December 2017 ZAR 27195 USD 880
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • August 06 August 2017 10 September 2017 August 20 August 2017 24 September 2017 September 03 September 2017 08 October 2017 September 17 September 2017 22 October 2017 October 01 October 2017 05 November 2017 October 15 October 2017 19 November 2017 October 29 October 2017 03 December 2017 November 12 November 2017 17 December 2017 November 26 November 2017 31 December 2017 December 10 December 2017 14 January 2018 December 24 December 2017 28 January 2018