24  Day Southern Explorer
Your journey starts in Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. Practice your wildlife spotting in Chobe National Park and the outstanding Okavango Delta in Botswana. Continue to the expanses of Etosha for wonderful game viewing. Encounter animated creatures at Cape Cross Seal Colony and experience breath-taking sand dunes in Sossusvlei. Marvel at the majestic Fish River Canyon, and explore the Orange River by canoe. Pass through the Cedarberg Mountains, before ending your safari in Cape Town in South Africa.

Southern-Explorer

Highlights of the Southern Explorer Safari:

  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • Caprivi
  • Mahangu National Park
  • Okavango Delta
  • Etosha National Park
  • Himba Experience
  • Rock Paintings in Branberg & Twyfeltontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Sossusvlei
  • Sesriem
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Cedarberg
  • Cape Town

Price per person – AUD

Season Tour Price – per person twin share Local payment – per person Single Supplement
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017 AUD 3,635  –  (USD 2,715) ZAR 2,200 AUD 430  – (USD 319)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2018 TBA TBA TBA

Number of Days:   22

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 31 December 2017. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices.
  2. Departs on selected dates, see below for  exact departure dates.
  3. Accommodation is lodge and camping, semi participation.
  4. Accommodation may be different from properties listed due to availability but will be of a similar standard.
  5. Minimum of 4 people on tour.
  6. Maximum of 12 people on the tour.

Package Includes:

  • Meals: 21 x breakfast, 19 x lunch, 15 x dinner
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transport in fully kitted, 12 seater 4×4 safari vehicle or similar
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide

Package Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Pre and post tour accommodation (maybe required depending upon arrival and departure flight times)
  • All drinks, tips, curios & items of a personal nature
  • Visas

Meal Key:  B – Breakfast   L – Lunch   D – Dinner

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.
Accommodation: Lokuthula Lodges or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 2 & 3: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana – BLD, BLD
This morning your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders. A mid-morning departure takes you from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana, for the next two nights. On arriving at your campsite, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.
The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset. (Distance: 90 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 4: Caprivi, Namibia – BLD
Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River. (Distance: 260 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 5 & 6: Caprivi to Okavango Delta, Botswana – BLD, BLD
We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. Enroute to camp we will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.
The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise. (Distance: 390 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, bar area)

Day 7: Okavango Delta to Kavango River, Namibia – BL
Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunrise cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature. (Distance: 380 km Departure: 07h00)
Accommodation: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 8, 9 & 10: Etosha National Park, Namibia – BLD, BL, BLD
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. (Day 8 – Distance: 435 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Namutoni Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
(Day 9 – Distance: 150 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
(Day 10 – Distance: 100 km Departure: 08h00
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11: Kamanjab – Himba Experience, Namibia – BLD
We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. (Distance: 280 km Departure: 07h00)
Accommodation: Oase Garni Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 12: Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest and Brandberg, Namibia – BLD
On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. We continue to Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the “White Lady” one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland. (Distance: 350 km Departure: 07h00)
Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 13 & 14: Cape Cross Seal Colony and Swakopmund, Namibia – BL, B
We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund, we visit Cape Cross – the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. (Distance: 330 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 15 & 16: Namib Naukluft National Park and Sossusvlei, Namibia – BLD, BLD
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world and sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. (Distance: 350 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)

Day 17: Fish River Canyon, Namibia – BLD
Today is a long driving day. We travel south to our accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon. (Distance: 520 km Departure: 07h00)
Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool,
bar & restaurant)

Day 18 & 19: The Orange River, Namibia – BLD, BLD
We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, “Ai-Ais” means “burning water”. The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though! (Distance: 220 km Departure: 09h00)
Accommodation: Felix Unite Camp Provenance or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar)

Day 20: Orange River to the Cedarberg, South Africa – BLD
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the West Coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in Clanwilliam in the late afternoon, one of the ten oldest towns in the country, nestled at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains. (Distance: 470 km Departure: 08h00)
Accommodation: Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar & swimming pool)

Day 21: Cedarberg Mountains to Cape Town, South Africa – BL
Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the Bay. (Distance: 230 km Departure: 10h00)
Accommodation: The Townhouse Hotel (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar, restaurant)

Day 22: End of Tour – B
Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Departure Dates

Date Available Language Status Special
02-Apr-17 12 ENGLISH  A
14-Apr-17 11 ENGLISH  G  
21-May-17 12 ENGLISH  A  
18-Jun-17 12 ENGLISH  A  
26-Aug-17 12 ENGLISH  G  
23-Sep-17 12 ENGLISH  G
06-Nov-17 12 ENGLISH  A  10% Green Season Special
27-Nov-17 12 ENGLISH G

Legend
A – Available
G – Guaranteed
GLA – Guaranteed with limited seats (less than 4 seats available)
X – Tour full or cancelled

Optional activities in Victoria Falls
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

15 Minute Helicopter Flight $ 150.00 (excl. levies)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight $ 235.00 (excl. levies)
Boma Dinner incl. transfers $ 55.00
Sunset Cruise $ 48.00
Dinner Cruise $ 85.00
Bungee Jump $ 160.00
Canopy Tour $ 52.50
Flying Fox (Cable Slide) $ 42.00
Gorge Swing $ 94.50
Zip Line $ 68.50
Elephant Back Safari (half day) $ 150.00
Elephant Interaction $ 60.00
Horse Back Safaris (novice) $ 90.00
Canoeing (full day) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, low water) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, high water) $ 140.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

Optional activities at Guma Lagoon
Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Please contact our reservation office for further information.

Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute One Person $ 564.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Two Persons $ 282.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Three Persons $ 188.00 per person

*Please note prices are subject to change

Optional activities in Swakopmund
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Swakopmund. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in South African Rand. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

Quad biking (2 hour) R 600.00
Sand boarding lie-down R 400.00
Sand boarding standing up R 500.00
Living Desert Tour R 700.00
Tandem Sky Diving R 2,100.00
Shore fishing R 1,500.00
Boat fishing R 1,350.00
Township Tour R 450.00
Kayaking R 650.00
Dolphin, Seal & Whale Cruise R 600.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

Optional activities in Cape Town
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Cape Town. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in South African Rand. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year or certain days of the week. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

Full Day Cape Point Tour R 930.00
Cape Point with Hiking & Bicycles R 750.00
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour R 930.00
Winelands with Bicycles R 895.00
Half Day City Tour R 475.00
Township Tour R 550.00
Shark Cage Diving R 1,950.00
Whale Tour R 930.00
Give Back Cultural Field Trip R 912.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

Group size: Minimum 4 people, Maximum 12 people


Vehicle: Our ground operator uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.


Travelling Times and Distances: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a great distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.


Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, water and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Pound Sterling, South African Rand and Botswana Pula are the most practical and convenient currencies.


Meals: Where included, most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.


Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Wild Africa Travel Company stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Namibia prior to departure.

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