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Price: From ZAR 31395 per person

    Day 1: Travelling to the Cederberg Mountains

    Departing Cape Town drive north passing through the wine and fruit producing regions of the Cederberg. Set up camp on a lovely camp site surrounded by some of these local wine farms. Visit a local farm to taste their wares or explore the Cederberg Mountains. 

                   
    • Highlights: Cederberg
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 2: Marvelling at the Wild flowers of Namaqualand

    Continue driving north through the Namaqualand area to the town of Springbok. This area is an array of colours in the Spring as a vast number of wild flowers bloom. From Springbok, drive through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Orange River – the natural border between South Africa and Namibia.

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

    Explore the Orange River on an optional morning canoe trip as you leisurely float through the river valley. After lunch, break camp, and cross the border into Namibia and make your way to the Fish River Canyon. Formed by the movement of the tectonic plates, along with erosion caused by the Fish River, the canyon is the second largest in the world and offers some 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 Stars in the Namib Desert

    Your journey takes you north into the Namib-Naukluft National Park and onto the area of Sesriem. Enjoy the stunning views of the nearby Naukluft Mountains as the sunsets changing their colours. Later marvel at the vast number of stars that can be seen in Namibia’s big sky region. 

                   
    • 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: Exploring the Dunes of Sossusvlei

    Begin with an early morning drive to the Sossusvlei to explore the highest sand dunes in the world – some reach over 300m. Climb Dune 45 to watch a spectacular sunrise before wandering through these massive structures and visiting the neighbouring clay pan – the Deadvlei. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 6-8: Sand Boarding in Swakopmund

    Wake up early to catch the sun rising over the Naukluft Mountains, before driving through the Namib Desert to the Atlantic Coast at Walvis Bay. Take a moment to view the flamingos in the lagoon, before following the coast to the holiday town of Swakopmund. 

    Enjoy three nights at this quaint, German colonial town as you discover the lovely craft shops and cafes serving delicious pastries and coffees. Walk along the beaches, or visit the great museums, aquarium, and galleries. For a adrenalin-rush, book a quad biking or sand boarding excursion, or go tandem skydiving.

                   
    • 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: Staying at the Base of Spitzkoppe

    Leaving Swakopmund, head inland to the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – the Spitzkoppe Mountain. This monolith is one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks and easily stands out in this relatively flat region. Explore the area from your camp site at the base. 

                   
    • Highlights: Spitzkoppe
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 10: Having Your Photo Taken with a Cheetah

    This morning drive to the Cheetah Park. This once private farm is now a project established to protect Namibia’s cheetah population. Take the opportunity to get your picture with these majestic 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

    Today make your way to Namibia’s premier game park – Etosha National Park. Surrounding the Etosha Pan, the park offers a unique game viewing experience as the sparse vegetation helps you spot the game more readily. Drive around the southern area of the park searching for wildlife as you get to your camp site. Spend the evening sitting at the camp’s floodlit water hole watching for nocturnal animals. 

    Continue your game viewing experience as you drive to the eastern part of the park. Etosha, though, only has 4 of the Big 5 – the buffalo doesn’t live in the park. Again spend the evening sitting by the camp’s water hole viewing the 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: Watching the Hippos Graze on the Kavango River

    After a short game drive, leave the Etosha National Park and travel to the north-eastern part of the country. Your camp site for the night is on the banks of the Kavango River. Keep an eye open for the occasional hippo grazing in the grass.

                 
    • Highlights: Kavango River
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 14: Crossing into Botswana

    Travelling along the Kavango River, head south and enter Botswana following the western edge of the Okavango Delta until the town of Maun. Spend the night preparing your day pack for an optional 2-night excursion into the world’s largest inland delta. 

                   
    • Highlights: Maun
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 15-16: Walking Around the Okavango Delta

    Board a 4x4 truck and drive a couple hours until you reach the mokoro station on the water’s edge of the Okavango Delta. Transfer to one of these traditional dugout canoe that a local guide will ‘pole’ you further into the Delta on. After the guides find a camp, continue your exploration of this unique ecosystem. 

    Experience this fantastic ecological wonder as you head out on bush walks with your local guide, or as you cruise around the waterways on your mokoro observing the flora and fauna. In the evening, relax by the fire listening to the silence of the remote area, disrupted only by the occasional sound of the wilderness. 

                   
    • 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: Say Goodbye to the Delta

    After one final game walk, say goodbye to the Delta as you pack up your camp and head back to Maun to be reunited with your fellow travellers who decided not to come on the excursion. Arriving in Maun in the early afternoon, offers you the opportunity to partake in an optional scenic flight over the Delta. 

                   
    • 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

    From Maun, today is a long travel day as you head, first, east and then turn north and drive to the town of Kasane – the gateway to the Chobe National Park. After some time relaxing at your camp site on the banks of the Chobe River, embark on a sunset cruise for the opportunity to spot any wildlife along its banks. 

    p>Enjoy a leisurely morning before embarking on an overnight bush camp excursions in the stunning Chobe National Park. The park is renowned for its elephant population, and does have a large cat population too.

                   
    • 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: Viewing the Mighty Victoria Falls

    This morning after a small game drive to exit the park leave Botswana and travel through Zimbabwe to the adventure capital, Victoria Falls. This afternoon, view this mighty attraction as you explore the Victoria Falls National Park.

    p>Over the next two days, relax at your campsite which is centrally located in town, or partake in several of the optional activities on offer. Most popular is the white water rafting on the Zambezi, but you can also bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Batoka Gorge, take a scenic flight over the Falls, or visit a lion rehabilitation centre and walk along with their residents.

                   
    • 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: Exploring 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: Visiting the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

    Cross into Zambia and set up camp in Livingstone. Today partake in the activities you didn’t get to do from the Zimbabwean side. Visit the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and view the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side for a different perspective of this natural wonder. Embark in the evening on an optional sunset cruise of the Zambezi. 

                   
    • Highlights: Livingstone
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 25: Driving to Lusaka

    Departing from Livingstone early in the morning, travel through the southern part of Zambia for the capital, Lusaka. Your camp site is just outside of the city, and has its own local wildlife, including the eland, for you to observe. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lusaka
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 26: Camping in Chipata

    Continuing through Zambia, you reach your campsite, for the night, in the mid-afternoon. This lovely campsite is only 10km from the Zambia-Malawi border in Chipata.   

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 27-30: Learning the Game of Bao on Lake Malawi

    Crossing into the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, head to the western shore of the well-known Lake Malawi. For the next five nights stop at various camp sites as you travel north along the coast. 

    Try to understand the game of bao as you learn it from the locals, visit the craft markets searching for gifts to take home, or visit a local village to learn about the Malawian way of life. Spend some time exploring the stunning shore line either on horse back, or in the water on a kayak. Snorkelling or diving is a must in the warm clear waters of the lake, home to an abundance of tropical fish. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 31: Drinking Amarula Hot Chocolate in Iringa

    Leave the beaches of Malawi behind as you cross into Tanzania, travelling into the highland area of Iringa. Stop among the tea and banana plantations of Tukuyu at a lovely simple camp site famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolate. 

                   
    • Highlights: Iringa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 32: Relaxing on the Indian Ocean

    Passing through the Mikumi National Park, drive out of the highland region of southern Tanzania to the warmer climes of the Indian Ocean Coast to Dar es Salaam. Your campsite is situated on the beach just south of the city. If time permits, explore the ‘House of Peace.’

                   
    • 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: Experiencing Zanzibar

    Take the local ferry to the exotic island paradise of Zanzibar – the Spice Island – for a 3-night optional excursion. Your itinerary is on your account so design it how you wish. Enjoy three days in Stone Town, on the beach, or a mix of both locations. 

    As Zanzibar’s largest town, Stone Town is the starting point for most adventures to the island. Wander the quiet streets, and admire the Arabic influence in the architecture, stop in the Medina-like shops, or at a café for a spice drink. Explore the island on some day trips, such as Prison Island, the Jozani Forest, or take a tour of a spice plantation. 

    p>No tour to the island would be complete though with out some time on the spectacular white sandy beaches. Soak up the African sun as relax on the beach, book a diving excursion in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, or head out on a traditional dhow for a sunset cruise.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar (optional excursion)
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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 Back to Dar es Salaam

    Reunite with your fellow travelers at the ferry dock in Stone Town for the trip back to the mainland in the late afternoon. Once back at camp, join up again with more travel companions who didn’t go to Zanzibar. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: D
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    Day 37: Catching a Glimpse of Kilimanjaro

    Say ‘goodbye’ to the Indian Ocean as you travel north and inland towards Arusha. Pass through the Usambara and Pare Mountains as you reach the town of Moshi. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies in Moshi, as on a clear day, you should be able to view the mighty Kilimanjaro and its snowy summit. Continue on to the Meserani Snake Park, your campsite just west of Arusha. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 38-39: Spotting the Big 5 in the Serengeti

    Transfer to 4x4 safari vehicles for your 2-night optional safari excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Drive through the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu to the Rift Valley Escarpment and the highland village of Karatu. Tonight, you’ll stop among the wheat farms of Karatu for the night.

    Wake up early the next day and depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and descend into the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. This world heritage site with it’s high wildlife concentration and small geographical area makes it one of the best game viewing locales in Africa. 

    p>After your time in the Crater, drive out of the caldera and continue through the conservation area to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. After entering the park, begin a spectacular game experience in this stunning location as you make your way slowly to your camp site. Tonight sleep out in the bush as you listen to the sounds of the wilderness around you.

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 40: Returning to Arusha

    Head out on another game drive to search more of the park for the Big 5 you haven’t seen yet. After your morning drive, drive back through the plains of the Ngorongoro and descend the Rift Valley Escarpment to your overland truck in Meserani. Tonight you can exchange stories with your group members who didn’t go on the safari. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 41: Crossing into Kenya

    Set off early this morning and drive to the Tanzania-Kenya border and cross into Kenya. Continue travelling north to the capital of Kenya, Nairobi where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant East African city. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 42:Getting a Masala Tea in Nairobi

    This morning after breakfast your tour officially ends, but take the day to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre before your flight home. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Meals: B
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 08 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 ZAR 31395 USD 930
    Tour Departures Dates
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    • April 30 April 2017 10 June 2017 May 14 May 2017 24 June 2017 May 28 May 2017 08 July 2017 June 11 June 2017 22 July 2017 June 25 June 2017 05 August 2017 July 09 July 2017 19 August 2017 July 23 July 2017 02 September 2017 August 06 August 2017 16 September 2017 August 20 August 2017 30 September 2017 September 03 September 2017 14 October 2017 September 17 September 2017 28 October 2017 October 01 October 2017 11 November 2017 October 15 October 2017 25 November 2017 October 29 October 2017 09 December 2017 November 12 November 2017 23 December 2017 November 26 November 2017 06 January 2018 December 10 December 2017 20 January 2018 December 24 December 2017 03 February 2018