AFRICAN ADVENTURE

30 Days – Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa

Highlights

Witness one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls

Search for the Big 5 on game drives in Etosha National Park

Marvel at the majestic view of Victoria Falls on your included 'Flight of the Angels'

View elephants and hippos in their natural environment in Chobe National Park

Enjoy one of the world's most spectacular cities, Cape Town, with included tours to Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula

Explore the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro (canoe)

View the world's highest sand dunes at Soussusvlei

See the world's second largest canyon at Fish River

Stay in a boutique guesthouse in the Western Cape, complete with wine tasting

Inclusions

AIRFARES INCLUDED

FULLY ESCORTED HOLIDAYS

VISAS, TRANSFERS & TIPPING INCLUDED

SMALL GROUPS

INCLUSIVE SIGHTSEEING

2019 DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

16 Sep – 15 Oct 2019

$15,495*

$17,495*

2020 DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

7 Aug – 5 Sep 2020

$15,995*

$17,995*

4 Sep – 3 Oct 2020

$15,995*

$17,995*

For additional information on this trip, including suitability and activity levels, please refer to the detailed trip notes below. *Prices are per person.

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DAY 1

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escape begins today as you fly from your nearest capital city to Sydney. Tonight is spent at the airport hotel where you can meet your host and share a welcome drink with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

DAY 2

SYDNEY – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Fly to Johannesburg. On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel. Spend the rest of today at your leisure.

Accommodation: Peermont Mondior Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 3

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Today we fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and transfer to our luxury lodge. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the lodge and look out for your first wildlife sightings. This evening enjoy a feast for the senses as we enjoy a traditional dinner and drum show at the Boma.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 4

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Board the unforgettable ‘Flight of the Angels’ helicopter tour this morning and marvel at the majestic views of the falls and iconic Zambezi river from the air. We will also enjoy the panorama of the falls from land while exploring the national park. Take to the upper Zambezi river in the afternoon on a sunset cruise, keeping an eye out for the first game sightings of your trip!

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

Breakfast

DAY 5

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

Depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into Botswana. We’re heading for Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park, where we will enjoy an afternoon game cruise on the magnificent Chobe River before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 6

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

Experience Chobe National Park on an open-vehicle game drive this morning. Late in the afternoon, return to the river for a sunset game cruise, view herds of elephant and buffalo quenching their thirst by the water.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 7

NATA, BOTSWANA

Today we head south to Nata for a night at the Elephant Sands Lodge. With no fences, wildlife is free to roam around the camp, offering you a unique up-close experience with the elephants. This evening we’ll sample a traditional bush braai (barbeque) dinner.

Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 8

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Farewell the elephants this morning and head to Maun, the gateway to the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta. You may wish to take an optional flight over the Delta to gain a unique perspective of the vast landscape.

Accommodation: Cresta Maun Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 9

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Sit back and relax in your mokoro (traditional style canoe) as local guides paddle us through the narrow waterways of the Okavango Delta. Expect to see hippos and abundant birdlife from the water, and other game at a lunch stop at a local island.

Accommodation: Cresta Maun Hotel

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 10

CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA

Travel along the western edge of the Delta and into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia. After a long travel day enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the upper reaches of the Okavango.

Accommodation: Popa Falls Resort

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 11

CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA

We begin today with an early morning game drive in the Mahango National Park, a remote area blessed with abundant wildlife. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. You may wish to partake in one of the camp’s optional bush walks or village visits to further explore the area.

Accommodation: Popa Falls Resort

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 12

ETOSHA, NAMIBIA

Today is a long travel day but our destination, Etosha National Park, makes it worthwhile. The name Etosha is derived from the Oshiwambo and means “big, white place”, owing to its major feature – a salt pan so large it can be seen from space!

Accommodation: Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 13

ETOSHA, NAMIBIA

Discover the eastern corridor of Etosha National Park with morning and afternoon open-vehicle game drives. Despite the vast salt pan, there are numerous permanent waterholes which attract an abundance of wildlife, providing excellent game viewing opportunities.

Accommodation: Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 14

ETOSHA, NAMIBIA

Today our game drive takes us right across the park, exploring the salt pans, waterholes and wildlife en-route to Okaukuejo Resort, where we will spend the next two nights.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 15

ETOSHA, NAMIBIA

Explore the western region of Etosha on morning and afternoon game drives today. Make sure you visit the resorts famous floodlit waterhole during your free time for amazing up close wildlife viewing.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 16

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

Farewell Etosha today and head south to the Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund. Swakopmund’s German origins are quite pronounced in the beautiful old German colonial buildings throughout the city, a stark contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib desert.

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Hof

Breakfast

DAY 17

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

This morning we depart the Walvis Bay Waterfront for a marine educational sightseeing tour in the bay area in search of the marine big 5: whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtle and seals. This afternoon is free for you to further explore Swakopmund, or alternatively to relax at the beach or your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Hof

Breakfast

DAY 18

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

Today is a free day to choose from a range of optional activities. You might like to explore the open-air markets, head to the National Marine Aquarium, or visit the local museum.

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Hof

Breakfast

DAY 19

SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA

We head south today through the spectacular scenery of the Namib Maukluft National park en-route to Sossusvlei. On the way, keep your eyes open for oryx, springbok, and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Enjoy dinner at the lodge on arrival.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 20

SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA

Marvel at the incredible scenery today as we rise early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Start with an optional climb of Dune 45, before exploring the 300m-high sand dunes of Death Valley and the tranquil natural corridor of Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 21

FISH RIVER CANYON, NAMIBIA

Today we drive through the remote regions of Southern Namibia to our lodge close to Fish River Canyon. Enjoy dinner on arrival while you take in the unique landscape.

Accommodation: Ai Ais Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 22

ORANGE RIVER, NAMIBIA

Join a morning walk along the canyon rim trail for spectacular views across and into Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. We will then continue south to our lodge on the banks of the Orange River.

Accommodation: Norotshama River Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 23

ORANGE RIVER, NAMIBIA

Today we explore the region from the river on a canoeing trip downstream. Take in the picturesque area which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa, before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: Norotshama River Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 24

CITRUSDAL, SOUTH AFRICA

Farewell Namibia as we head south along the Western Cape of South Africa. We travel today to Citrusdal, a small town at the base of the scenic Cederberg mountains.

Accommodation: Pieknierskloof Mountain Lodge

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 25

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Take a short drive to reach the beautiful Western Cape wine region encompassing Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Join a cellar tour for tastings at a local winery before heading out for lunch and a second round of tastings overlooking the beautiful vineyards of the region.

Accommodation: De Zalze Lodge

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

DAY 26

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Sit back and enjoy the scenery on our way to Cape Town. On arrival we’ll join a city tour, take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain and drive through the coastal suburbs of Clifton and Sea Point. The beautiful V&A waterfront is only a short walk from the hotel.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 27

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Today we’ll spend a full day exploring the stunning Cape Peninsula, following the coast down to the Cape of Good Hope – the views from the lighthouse are stunning! In the afternoon we’ll visit the fairy penguins at Simonstown.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 28

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Today is a free day to explore this stunning city before the group assembles for our farewell dinner. Take an optional trip out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, stroll around the V&A waterfront or perhaps take the time to do some last minute shopping.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 29

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUSTRALIA

Our adventure in Africa comes to an end today. We’ll be transferred to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg and onto Australia.

Breakfast

DAY 30

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escape concludes. On arrival, farewell your new friends and tour host as you head home.

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