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Africa on a Shoestring OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

20 days

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Country(ies): South Africa , Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe

Tour type: Overland

Group size: Min: 4 | Max: 24

Accommodation: Camping

Meals:

Transport: Overland expedition vehicle

Highlights: Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Himba Tribe, Bushmen, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

This comprehensive and affordable 20-day Africa overland adventure tour covers the well worn route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, crossing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and ending in Zimbabwe. It's a truly grand African safari.

Start your tour at amazing Table Mountain in Cape Town then travel north across the barren salty flats of the Etosha Pans in Namibia. On the way we will take time out to watch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, paddle down the Orange River in Namibia and visit the bustling town of Swakopmund. From Etosha we travel east to Botswana where you can enjoy a Mokoro ride through the Okavango Delta and then witness sunset on a boat cruise on the Chobe River before ending your tour at Victoria Falls, the perfect way to finish a grand tour of Africa!

Note: the itinerary below is written with the optional Activity Package included - please check the Options tab for full details.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Cape Town to the Cederberg

The tour starts with departure from Cape Town. We leave in the morning, so we recommend that you arrive in Cape Town at least one day before the tour begins. We can assist you with booking additional nights, as well as airport transfers.

We meet up at our truck and are treated to a wonderful departing view of Table Mountain and the surrounding city from across the water. We travel to the Cederberg, a stunningly scenic mountain region, known for its large orange farms, and home to the iconic Rooibos plant.

Rooibos, a fragrant herb, has become known for its nutritional value and healing properties. Its leaves are brewed to make a refreshing tea, and it is also used as an ingredient in skincare products. A visit to a Rooibos tea farm is included in today’s schedule and the day is rounded off getting to know fellow travellers over a delicious traditional dinner.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±270km
Activity package: Rooibos tea farm visit

OVERNIGHT:

Marcuskraal Campsite

MEALS:

Dinner

EXTRAS:

Single room supplement (SAOVSH)
Extra day in Cape Town - pre-tour
Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019


Day 2 Namaqualand to Gariep (Orange) River

Today we journey through Namaqualand on our way to the Orange River at Gariep. This part of the country is very beautiful, and you will see strange and wonderful desert landscapes as you travel.

If you book the tour during the springtime (July to September), you may have a chance to come across the carpets of wildflowers that bloom here. Today’s journey will include a stop at the town of Springbok to purchase anything you may need, before continuing onto the campsite on the banks of the Orange River.

Route: Citrusdal to Vloolsdrift
Included Highlight: Spring wild flowers (seasonal July-September)

OVERNIGHT:

Fiddlers Creek Campsite

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon

Today is all about the Orange River. 2200km in length, it is the longest river in South Africa. It stretches all the way from the mountains of Lesotho to the Atlantic Ocean on the country’s west coast. The river is now more often referred to as “Gariep”, its original name, which means “river” in the KhoeKhoe language.

Heading out onto the water on a boat or canoe is one of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful and contrasting desert landscapes through which it flows. An optional half-day canoe trip is therefore on the agenda for today.

After an exciting morning, it is then time to cross the border into Namibia. A dip in the pools at the mineral hot springs is a lovely way to end off the day, before arriving at Hobas Campsite.

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±250km
Optional Activity: Half day canoe trip

OVERNIGHT:

Hobas Campsite

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 4 Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

A unique and memorable day in Namibia awaits us today. After an early start, we head to one of Namibia’s most awe-inspiring destinations, the Fish River Canyon. At 160km long and 27km wide at its maximum, it is the largest canyon in Africa; the second largest in the world.

Our early start allows us to experience an unforgettable sight: the rays of the morning sun slowly throwing this colossal ravine into relief. A slow walk along the rim of the canyon allows us to fully appreciate the breathtaking views, before we head to Keetmanshoop, where we visit two more remarkable destinations.

You will see the strange-looking quiver trees at the Quiver Tree Forest, so named because the San people would use their branches to make quivers. These weird and wonderful trees are also known for their “upside down” appearance, due to their branches looking eerily similar to roots.

You will also visit the nearby Giants’ Playground: huge, imposing dolerite boulders that have been piled up on top of each other to form a network of mazes and rock formations.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Included highlight: Walk the rim of the Fish River Canyon, visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

OVERNIGHT:

Seeheim Hotel (camping)

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5 Namib-Naukluft National Park

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert.

Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country.

Tonight, we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
Included highlight: Sesriem Canyon

OVERNIGHT:

Sesriem campsite

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

The towering red sand dunes of the Sossusvlei are iconic and are truly one of the most unforgettable places in Namibia. We awaken before dawn to watch the sun come up over the dunes - a genuinely breathtaking moment that will stay with you forever.

Dune 45 is the most famous dune of the Sossusvlei, and we climb its soaring slopes in order to get the best possible view of the spectacular sunrise colours. Breakfast awaits us at the bottom of the dune, before we visit two more must-see Namibian desert wonders: the salt and clay pans known as Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These flat white pans contrast sharply with the twisted forms of dead trees that rise from them, creating a hauntingly beautiful image and making for priceless photo opportunities.

Route: Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area
Included highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

OVERNIGHT:

Boesman’s Camp or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Swakopmund

We mark our last day in the desert with an educational guided walk led by a local expert. Our destination today is the coastal town of Swakopmund, and our journey takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn, where we stop to acknowledge the noteworthy occurrence.

Continuing on our way to Swakopmund, we make a stop at Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to see the famous sight of hundreds of flamingos in the shallow waters. We reach Swakopmund, known as the “adventure capital” of Namibia.

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

OVERNIGHT:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019


Day 8 Swakopmund

Found on Namibia’s Atlantic coastline, Swakopmund is the ultimate tourist destination. The town is rich with colonial history and German architecture, and its location near to both desert and ocean make it the ideal base for experiencing all sorts of adventure activities.

Skydiving, quad biking, sandboarding, dolphin cruises… these and more are on offer. Other attractions include a famous collection of bakeries and coffee shops selling delicious treats inspired by the town’s German roots.

Optional activities: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

OVERNIGHT:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 9 Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

Today we travel through the desert again. The highlight is a stop at Spitzkoppe, a collection of enormous granite formations that rise dramatically out of the surrounding desert. Many depictions of San rock art can be found in the region.

A local guide leads a walk around the area, providing the opportunity to marvel at these fascinating paintings and learn about their meaning and significance.

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

OVERNIGHT:

Brandberg White Lady

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 Brandberg White Lady

Today’s destination is Brandberg Mountain, the highest in Namibia. The name means “Burning Mountain” in Afrikaans, a wonderfully poetic way to describe the effect that the setting sun has on the mountain.

The region is renowned for its collection of rock art paintings, the most famous of which is the White Lady, a 45cm-high depiction of what was thought to be a woman, but which scientists now consider to be a San warrior.

We hike for an hour along the dry Tsisab River gorge in order to reach the White Lady (please note that the hike does pass through rough terrain). We then continue to a place called Kamaniab.

Route: Uis to Kamanjab
Included highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike

OVERNIGHT:

Toko Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 11 Etosha National Park

Today we visit Etosha National Park. This is one of Africa’s many wonderful wildlife sanctuaries. It also has a remarkably unique feature- an immense salt pan that is visible from space. This pan attracts high numbers of wildlife to its periphery and neighboring smaller pans.

You can expect to see plains game, numerous bird species, and several predator species. And, of course, the park is home to four members of the famous African Big 5. An afternoon game drive gives you a chance to see if you can spot them all.

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Included highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

OVERNIGHT:

Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Halali

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 12 Etosha National Park

We spend another exciting day on safari in Etosha National Park. Every day is unique in the African bush, with a chance to see something incredible around every corner and behind every tree.

We spend time along the boundaries of the famous Etosha Pan, where the game-viewing opportunities are plentiful.

Route: Etosha National Park
Included highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

OVERNIGHT:

Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Okaukuejo

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 13 Windhoek

Today we rise early and set off for Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. A guided walk lets us explore the streets and see the landmarks of this historic city.

Clean and attractive, Windhoek has rather a small-town feel to it- but does also feature, in parts, the high-rise, cosmopolitan characteristics of a big city. The country’s colonial past can be seen in Windhoek’s German-inspired architecture, languages, and cuisine.

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide

OVERNIGHT:

Heja Game Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 14 Botswana – Ghanzi

Today, we sadly depart from Namibia- but we have so much to look forward to in our next destination, Botswana. Our overnight stop for today is the town of Ghanzi, situated in the middle of the famous Kalahari Desert.

In contrast to the high sand dunes of the Namib Desert that we have just left behind, the Kalahari features low-lying dunes and clumps of grass and bush. It extends over 900000 square kilometres, and is synonymous with the San people, the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa.

The San people have a long and vibrant history, characterised by rich cultural traditions, a close relationship with nature, and a reputation as exceptional hunters and warriors. An educational guided walk with a San community is included today, followed by an enthralling tribal dance performance in the evening, where you will be able to learn more about San traditions of dancing, singing, and storytelling.

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Optional activity: San Tribal dance in evening / San Guided Walk

OVERNIGHT:

Ghanzi Trail Blazers

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 15 Okavango Delta

Today’s destination is the incredible Okavango Delta. The Okavango is one of Africa’s premier wildlife and nature destinations. It is formed at the junction where the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert, creating an enormous inland delta. This comprises a network of swamps, wetlands, grasslands, and riverine habitats that play host to a staggering diversity of flora and fauna.

Today you will have a chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta, where you can appreciate the splendour of this amazing place from above. In the evening, you guide will provide you with information on what to expect on the next day’s Delta excursion.

Note: Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 17. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.

Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Upgrade: Okavango Delta Excursion

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (camping)


Day 16 Okavango Delta Excursion

Today we embark on a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Delta: a mokoro excursion. A mokoro is a traditional canoe-like craft that is used to navigate through the shallow channels of the Delta.

We explore the intricate network of rivers and streams, propelled by a poler, who stands in the back of the canoe and uses a long pole to steer. Floating through the waterways, as lilypads make way for the mokoro and tall reeds stand sentry on either side, you are able to drink in the pure serenity and tranquility of nature.

Your poler will guide the mokoro through many of the beautiful lagoons, as you keep your eyes peeled for the many wildlife species that call the region home. You also have the chance to go on a nature walk on one of the Delta’s many islands. The Okavango mokoro excursion will live long in your memory after you have returned home.

Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta - Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Upgrade: Okavango Delta Upgrade

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (camping)


Day 17 Nata

Today we leave the Okavango and make our way across the Makgadigadi Pans towards the Nata Sanctuary. The Makgadigadi Pans are massive white salt pans found in northeastern Botswana and are considered to be one of the largest salt pans in the world.

During the dry months, the region is parched and arid, the glaring white of the salt pans creating an eerily beautiful landscape. When it rains, the pans fill, and wildlife are attracted to the area in their thousands. Herds of wildebeest and zebra migrate towards the pans, and one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles can be seen when enormous flocks of flamingos converge onto the plains, their numbers sometimes reaching tens of thousands.

Today you enjoy a guided game drive at Nata Sanctuary, which forms part of the Pans- you will see a host of wildlife and bird species, and, with luck, flocks of flamingos.

Route: Maun to Nata
Activity Patckage: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

OVERNIGHT:

Nata Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019


Day 18 Chobe National Park

Today’s adventure takes place in Chobe National Park, another wonderful African wildlife sanctuary. Chobe is renowned for its elephant population, with over 80 000 of these magnificent creatures found here.

A guided game drive allows us to explore the park, where we can also hope to spot lions, zebras, leopards, and African wild dogs, amongst others. A relaxed boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon gives us a chance to encounter elephants frolicking in the water and see the park from a different perspective.

Route: Nata to Kasane
Activity package
: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise

OVERNIGHT:

Thebe River Safaris

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019


Day 19 Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls

Today we depart for the final country on our itinerary- Zimbabwe. Our destination needs no introduction- Victoria Falls is renowned the world over. This magnificent, awe-inspiring spectacle of nature will take your breath away.

The Victoria Falls are created where the Zambezi River plunges over 100m over basalt cliffs into the yawning ravine below. The Falls are known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in the local tongue, which means “The Smoke that Thunders”- an apt name to describe the amount of spray generated by the sheer force of the waterfall.

Besides simply viewing the Falls, which is an experience in itself, you will be able to explore the lively Victoria Falls Town, where you can choose to book one of the many adventure activities on offer. Those less inclined to adrenaline spikes can browse through the craft markets and coffee shops on offer.

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional activities: Vic Falls National Park Entry

OVERNIGHT:

Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 20 Victoria Falls

Today is the last day of your grand African adventure- go out with a bang at Victoria Falls.

Experience one of the many exhilarating adventures on offer here at one of the Wonders of the World: go rafting on the Zambezi, bungee off the Vic Falls bridge, enjoy a sunset cruise, get a new perspective of the Falls from inside a helicopter… what better way is there to round off one of the most memorable experiences of your life?

Note: It is possible to book our 2 day Journey to Johannesburg, either Camping or Accommodated straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Please contact us for more information. Our Big 5 Encounters tour from Johannesburg then also fits well after this trip, providing some great safaris in Kruger National Park.
Optional activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Victoria Falls - post-tour
Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls


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Included:
  • 15 nights camping and 4 nights in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • Camping equipment (except sleeping bag & pillow)
  • All transport using in custom 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 19 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 15 dinners

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Local options, Activity Package and Delta upgrade
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & driver
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Marcuskraal Chalet & Campsite

Marcuskraal Chalet & Campsite

Citrusdal, Cederberg


Marcuskraal Campsite offers lawn covered terraces, an abundance of trees providing shade and exceptionally neat & clean bathroom facilities. A pool offers respite from the heat during the day. All camp sites are equipped with electrical connections.

Local rating

Our rating

Marcuskraal is situated 20km from Citrusdal just off the N7 and is approximately 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. The farm's location makes it ideal for visitors from Cape Town who want to escape the city, but do not want to spend most of their weekend travelling to their destination.

The Camp Site offers lawn covered terraces, an abundance of trees providing shade and exceptionally neat and clean bathroom facilities. A pool offers respite from the heat during the day. All camp sites are equipped with electrical points and water.
Dishwashing facilities are provided as well as a communal undercover braai.

Thebe River Lodge

Thebe River Lodge

Kasane, Chobe


Thebe River Safaris is ideally situated for visitors to the Chobe National Park and Chobe River area in Northern Botswana. The lodge and camp overlook the placid Chobe River and echo the surrounding bush with a rustic design.

Local rating

Our rating

Thebe River Safaris is ideally situated for visitors to the Chobe National Park and Chobe River area in Northern Botswana. The lodge and camp overlook the placid Chobe River and echo the surrounding bush with a rustic design.

The lodge offers a Family Room and Twin Rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a shower with ample hot water. All beds have mosquito nets ensuring a peaceful night's sleep, and all units are fitted with air-conditioning. The Family Room contains a double bed which leads through an interleading door to a room with two single beds - perfect for families. The rooms are serviced daily and have tea and coffee-making facilities. The camp also offers spacious Campsites with covered cooking areas. Ablutions are shared and we have two large communal ablution blocks with showers, hot water, basins, mirrors and toilets.

There is a rustic restaurant and bar area overlooking the placid Chobe River. Guests can enjoy a fine meal or drinks from the bar and take a swim in the inviting pool if the weather gets hot. There is satellite television in the bar to catch up on the latest international news or sports.

Rainbow Hotel

Rainbow Hotel

Victoria Falls


Rainbow is a stylish hotel within walking distance from the Victoria Falls, the town centre, close to the railway station as well as the commercial district.

Local rating

Our rating

Rainbow is a stylish hotel within walking distance from the Victoria Falls, the town centre, close to the railway station as well as the commercial district. This hotel offers incredible attention to detail, personal service and offers the base from which to pursue adrenaline pumping sporting activities.

It is easily reached by tarmac road and falls within the Victoria Falls district's confines. The distance from the lodge to the airport is roughly 25km and the town centre is a mere 4km away.

The lodge is located next to the Zambezi National Park and it's possible to spot some hippos, crocodiles or game coming in for a drink from the rooms. And if you'd like to see even more of these beasts, the nearby crocodile farm and various game parks offer good close-up views

All rooms have air conditioning, colour television, computer hook up, telephone, ensuite bathrooms, and enclosed balconies. Suites have, in addition, a separate lounge, mini bar and another TV lounge. The hotel has 88 rooms in total.

Facilities include:

  • Enticing swim & sip pool bar
  • Open for both in-house and walk in guests
  • Serves an assortment of ice cold beverages
  • Provides all patrons with Complimentary snacks whilst enjoying their drinks
  • Open from  1000hrs to 2200hrs
40 On Burg

40 On Burg

Cape Town


40 On Burg is a completely newly renovated boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the city and is also the pick-up point for our overland tours making it perfect for pre-tour nights.

Local rating

Our rating

40 On Burg is a completely newly renovated boutique hotel housed in a charming 1930s Art Deco building in the heart of Cape Town. The hotel is therefore ideally located for exploring the city and as it is also the pick-up point for our overland tours, it is perfect for pre-tour nights.

Facilities in the comfortably sized en-suite rooms include King size bed or twin beds with 350 thread count cotton linens, natural hypoallergenic pillows and duvet inners. All rooms have a sitting area with a writing/laptop desk, a tea and coffee station and television with various channels. Complimentary toiletries, a safety deposit box, air conditioning and a hairdryer are provided as standard. Free WiFi is available in public areas but may not reach the rooms.

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (SAOVSH)

Single room supplement (SAOVSH)

Min numbers: 1 person


This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

Price from
$110.00
per person

This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

This supplement does not apply if you choose the Okavango Delta upgrade on this tour. You should expect to share a tent during that excursion.

Okavango Delta Upgrade (camping)

Okavango Delta Upgrade (camping)

Min numbers: 1 person


This option provides a 2-night camp inside the Okavango Delta for those would like to experience it in more depth. We stay in a camp with a package of safari activities included before returning to rejoin the main group.

Price from
$240.00
per person

This Okavango Delta Upgrade is designed for travellers who would like to experience the Delta and its waterways in a bit more depth. On arrival in Maun you will leave the truck and its crew, and any travellers who have not purchased the upgrade, and travel into the Delta. You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this excursion and may leave other luggage and valuables locked inside your locker in the truck.

Accommodation is in two-person dome tents with rustic ablutions. You should expect to share a room (single tents are not available). All meals are included during your stay.

Day 1 - Maun to the Okavango Delta
After arriving in Maun you will be met and transferred to the mokoro station where you will meet your guides and polers who will accompany you into the Delta for the next 2 days. Following a safety brieging, we board the mokoros and head out across the waterways to our overnight stop on one of the many islands.
Overnight: Afro Treks Safaris

Day 2 - Okavango Delta
It's an early start today for tea and coffee at sunrise to make the most of the best wildlife viewing times. We'll head out from the camp for a guided bush walk, before returning for brunch. The afternoon is then free to relax around the camp and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush around you. Late in the afternoon you board the mokoros again to explore the waterways around the camp. We'll then return to the camp for sundowners. 
Overnight: Afro Treks Safaris

Day 3 – Okavango Delta to Maun
We have a more relaxed start to the day today, and after breakfast you'll return to the mokoro station where a vehicle will await to transfer you back to Maun to rejoin the truck and your fellow travellers. The normal tour itinerary then continues.

Extra day in Cape Town - pre-tour

Extra day in Cape Town - pre-tour

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Price from
$70.00
per person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Victoria Falls - post-tour

Extra day in Victoria Falls - post-tour

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Price from
$99.00
per person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Arrival airport transfer in Cape Town

Arrival airport transfer in Cape Town

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Cape Town to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book your pre-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.

Price from
$30.00
per person

This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Cape Town to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book your pre-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

Departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds a departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls to your Overland tour with us (going to Victoria Falls airport).

Price from
$35.00
per person

This option adds a departure airport transfer in Victoria Falls to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of post-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.
Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019

Africa Shoestring Activity Package 2019

Min numbers: 1 person


This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. Prices may be revised at time of payment based on current local exchange rates

Price from
$200.00
per person

This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour.

Note - Prices may be recalculated at the time of payment based on current local exchange rates.

Activity Country
Rooibos Tour farm visit South Africa
Guided desert walk with local expert Namibia
Makgadigadi Pans excursion Botswana
Chobe National Park boat cruise Botswana
Chobe National Park game drive Botswana

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. Accommodation

This is a Camping tour with a few lodges or basic hotels included from time to time (Swakopmund, Windhoek, Victoria Falls). We include easily erected tents, all you need to bring is a sleeping bag & towel (and pillow if you need one). Prices are based on 2 sharing so if you are travelling as a single passenger you should expect to share a tent with another traveller of the same sex unless you pay the single room supplement. This will provide you with a single room during any hotel stays and a tent just for yourself. During hotel stays, all couples will be given a private double room. Friends booking together will also share a room. Triple rooms are not generally available.

Note - Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice. The properties listed are our preferred options, but sometimes due to availability or other issues with the property, we may substitute another property of similar standards. En-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.


  2. Travelling with Children to South Africa

New immigration rules were introduced by the South African authorities in June 2015 relating to travelling with children. Despite calls for relaxation and ongoing discussions, these remain in force.

Parents travelling with children (under 18) will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parents’ details. Any abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s particulars won’t be accepted. The South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies of the parents/guardians identification.

Transiting through South Africa
The South African Department of Home Affairs have confirmed that no supporting documents will be required by people in direct transit through a South African International Airport. Check with your airline to see whether you need to go through immigration on arrival in South Africa, collect luggage and check in again. If you do go through immigration you’ll need to provide the correct documentation.

There are additional requirements if the child is travelling with only one parent, with neither biological parent, or unaccompanied. See this information sheet, this statement by the South African Department of Home Affairs and this leaflet produced by the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Contact your nearest South African High Commission if you have any specific questions about your trip. 
If you’re travelling with copies of documents, make sure you get them certified. The South African Department of Home Affairs won’t accept photocopies of birth certificates or passports.


  3. Destination Guides

Cederberg Mountains - Day 1
The Cederberg mountains and nature reserve are located near Clanwilliam and named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedars (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) which are endemic to the area, growing at an altitude of 1 000 m to 1 500 m. Some species are believed to live up to 1000 years but human activity has led to the destruction of most of the original forests. The mountains extend about 50 km north-south by 20 km east-west, the highest peak in the range is Sneeuberg (2,028 m). The area is defined by dramatic sandstone rock formations, often reddish in colour. Cederberg Wilderness Area was recently proclaimed one of eight World Heritage Sites within the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. The area is also known for the San rock art and the discovery of important fossils, particularly in recent years. The fossils are of primitive fish and date back 450 million years to the Ordovician Period.

The Gariep (Orange) River - Day 2
The Orange River was originally called the Nu Gariep (“great river”) by the indigenous Nama people. It was named the Orange River by Colonel Robert Gordon, commander of the Dutch East India Company garrison at Cape Town, on a trip to the interior. Gordon named the river in honour of William of Orange, although a popular belief is that it was named for its colour. Nowadays known byits original name Gariep River, it is the longest river in South Africa, covering 1 800 km. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, where it is known as Senqu, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. On its long journey, the Orange offers a variety of vistas: in places it is seamed by rugged mountain chains and in other parts, by endless dune fields. The river forms part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Although the river does not pass through any major cities, it plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Orange River is also responsible for the diamond deposits along the Namibian coast. Over millions of years it transported diamonds from the volcanic pipes in Kimberley in South Africa to the sea. From there, the currents took them northward and the surf deposited them into the dune fields of the Namib.
The Orange River is also famous for its white water rapids. Our tours don’t include full white water rafting adventures however you will have opportunity to enjoy a gentle paddle down the river in canoes that are provided by the camp site.

Fish River Canyon - Day 3
The Fish River Canyon in the South of Namibia is the second largest in the world and the largest in Africa, in places it is 27kms wide and up to 550m deep while in total it is over 160km long. It is a natural wonder that should not be missed when visiting Southern Africa. Another major attraction of the area found at the Southern end of the Fish River Canyon is Ai-Ais hot springs resort. Ai-Ais meaning 'burning water’ in the local Nama language, refers to the sulphurous thermal hot water springs found at the base of the mountains at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. The Ai-Ais (pronounced “eye-ice”) springs originate deep under the riverbed and form an oasis in the extremely arid area. During the Nama uprising of 1903–07, when the local Herero and Nama people rebelled against German colonial rule, the hot springs were used by German military forces as a base camp. In 1915, the area was again used as a base by South African troops who were recovering from wounds during the South-West Africa Campaign. In the 1960s the spring was proclaimed a national monument and became a conservation area and on 16 March 1971, the camp was officially opened. The thermal water, rich in sulphur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of about 60 degrees C and is said to be therapeutic.

Namib-Naukluft National Park - Day 4
The Namib-Naukluft National Park is bigger than Switzerland at 49,768 square km, making it the largest game park in Africa. Being in Namibia this national park is predominantly made up of fiery desert and burnt orange dunes and hills formed by the push and pull of the wind.Unlike most wild African parks that are filled with typical wild and untamed animals, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is filled with animals of a different kind. Snakes, never before seen “weird” insects as well as over 200 species of birds inhabit the area.
The area of Sossusvlei is more notorious and is the main tourist attraction to the area. Namib-Naukluft National Park tours will not only provide visitors with a wonderful and quintessential desert experience that the Namib is so famous for but will allow them to walk in the footsteps of hyenas, gemsbok and jackals.
The Namib is characterized by its Inselbergs and rocky outcrops called Kopjes. These enclaves and outcrops have been completely created by nature and are the tell-tale signs of heavy wind and its ability to form natural art. They’re also evidence of Gondwanaland and the time when the two most southern tips of the world separated to form Africa, South America and Australia.
Namib means “open space” and tours to Namib-Naukluft National Park will show you all that this diverse space has to offer.

Sossusvlei - Day 5
Sossusvlei is one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places, synonymous with sweeping sand dunes and astonishing sunsets. The salt and clay pan is enclosed by towering, vivid red dunes, which some say are the highest in the world, presenting a breath-taking picture, as their crimson colour clashes with the cobalt sky.
The area is located within the Namib-Nauklift National Park of Namibia, in the heart of the exquisitely isolated desert. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the second oldest desert in the world, after the Atacama Desert in Chile. It has less than 10 mm of rain annually and is almost completely barren, Despite the harsh conditions, a variety of plant and animal life can be found in the desert. There are some unusual species of plants and animals that are found only in this desert.
Sossus is Nama for ‘no return’, while vlei is the Afrikaans word for marsh, so effectively the area is known as ‘no return marsh,’ in reference to the fact that it is the Tsauchab River’s natural endorheic drainage basin. The region spans between the Koichab and Kuiseb rivers and is a dream destination for photographers. The dunes have a brilliant red palette and are best viewed at sunrise and sunset, when the sun’s crepuscular rays cast them in an incandescent flaming hue, while the wind demonstrates its artistry, painting complex ripples in the sand. The highest of all the dunes is ‘Big Daddy’ which dominates the landscape, measuring a remarkable 380 metres in height. Although the region is predominantly associated with drought, periodically the rains will fall and the vlei fills with water, attracting many animals and people to its banks. This sight is extremely rare and not one to be missed, as the area teems with life, adorning the undulating dunes. Visit the majestic Sesriem Canyon which starts as a deep cleft in the ground, eventually expanding into a flattened plain. Witness the Naravlei, from the top of ‘Big Mama’ – an obliging dune which is well worth the climb and explore the haunting desolation of Dead Vlei, which is named for its numerous dead camelthorn trees, some of which are over 800 years old.

Swakopmund - Day 6
Swakopmund is a coastal city on the North Western coast of Namibia, it is known as the adventure capital of Namibia and this is evident in the long list of optional activities that are available on our stop overs on our Swakopmund tours.
The town has a permanent inhabitation of 42 000 residents so is by no means massive. It does however have a rich and fascinating history and the influence from the days of German colonization. The architecture is stunning and there are many quaint shops and nooks, you can lose yourself for an entire day in the city centre should you choose not to take part in the optional extras and would rather spend a day exploring.
Our Swakopmund tours offer as optional extras, sky-diving, quad biking and sand boarding to name but a few. If however you feel in the mood for something more gentle we also have a nature walk with a highly qualified local guide who will guide you through the diverse and rich local flora and fauna.
Swakopmund has a rich and fascinating history which is evident in the infrastructure of the town and the culture of the people, Swakopmund travel allows you the opportunity to learn about a part of African colonization that is often left unlearned. The German occupation of Southern Africa has a massive impact on the language and culture to a degree that is still evident today. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for the imperial German Colony, it was chosen for its fresh water supply and deep natural harbour.
When the Union of South Africa took over control of German South West Africa after World War 2 it transferred shipping responsibility to Walvis Bay, as such many of the major shipping companies that opened up offices moved out. The phenomenal architecture they left behind though is still visible.

Spitzkoppe - Day 8
Spitzkoppe tours take you to a collection of granite peaks located between Swakopmund and Usakos. The peaks stand out dramatically on the flat desolate landscape. The granite that forms the peaks is over 700 million years old and the highest of them rises 1784 meters above sea level which works out to 700 meters above the desert. One of the major attractions of the region are the rock paintings done by the Khoi San tribes that inhabited the area. The Spitzkoppe tours that we run take advantage of not only the natural wonder of the area but the historic significance of these paintings. Our Spitzkoppe travel package involves setting up an over-night camp at the base of one of the granite peaks and a guided tour of the natural wonders of the area. The peak is knownby rock climbers all over the world as one of the most challenging in Southern Africa. Although our Spitzkoppe tours do not offer the chance to climb the peak, there is a guided nature walk of the area and you will have free time to explore the region around the camp and if you are feeling adventurous you can try climbing it for some stunning views.

The Himba People - Day 9
The Himba are descendents of the Herero people and still speak a dialect of the old Herero language. There are about 20,000 – 50,000 Himba people living in the Kunene region, where they have recently built two villages at Kamanjab. The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who breed cattle and goats in this dry, rugged, and mountainous area. They are some of the most photographed people in the world, due to their striking style of dress and their traditional lifestyle. Their appearance is characterised by scanty goat-skin clothing, and they are heavily adorned with jewellery of shells, copper and iron, according to the tribal hierarchy. The distinctive red colour of their skin and hair is a mixture of butter, ash and ochre (otjize) which protects them from the harsh desert climate.
Typically the women take care of the children, do the milking and other work, whilst men take care of the political tasks. The villages are made up of family homesteads – huts built around a central fire and livestock enclosure. Both the livestock and fire are pivotal to the Himba belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection of the living community.
Situated about 20 km outside of town, a guided tour around the village will not only give you an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba, but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. You will find out about the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, be informed on the beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. You will also learn about the jewellery and hairstyles to imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children.

Note: The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.
The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.
There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Etosha National Park - Day 10
Etosha Pan National Park is a large endorheic salt pan which forms part of the Kalahari basin. It is a 120 km long dry lake bed, which is protected by the Etosha National Park home to some of the most phenomenal game viewing in the world. One of the elements that make the Etosha National park tours so memorable is that the camps sites within the park are built on the edge of water holes, so you can spend peaceful evenings with good company as the sun goes down watching the animals come down to the waterhole to drink.
On our Etosha National Park tour we will take you on several game drives that utilise an elevated truck to provide the best possible game viewing. There are optional night drives for you to take part in, and although they are not included in the Etosha National Park tours they are highly recommended. The optional game drives are taken with expert guides who have an abundance of local knowledge and will try to help you see as many as possible of the 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
However, game viewing can never be offered with guarantees, as you are dealing with wild animals you can never be certain of exactly where they will be or how they will behave.

Windhoek - Day 12
The Nama people originally gave Windhoek the name Ai-Gams, meaning “hot water” due to the hot springs that were once part of the town. The Herero people who lived there called it Otjomuise, “place of steam”. Theories vary on how Ai-Gams/Otjomuise got its modern name of Windhoek, most believe the name Windhoek is derived from the Afrikaans word Wind-Hoek, meaning "corner of wind". It is also thought that the Afrikaners named Windhoek after the Winterhoek Mountains, at Tulbagh in South Africa, where the early Afrikaner settlers had lived. In those days Windhoek was the point of contact between the warring Namas, led by Jan Jonker Afrikaner, and the Herero people.
Present-day Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890, when German settler Von François fixed the foundation stone of the Alte Feste fort. During the next fourteen years Windhoek developed slowly, with only the most essential government and private buildings being erected. After 1907, the town grew quickly as people migrated from the countryside to the city and a large influx of European settlers began arriving from Germany and South Africa. Many beautiful buildings and monuments were erected, including Heinitzburg, one of three castles in Windhoek, the fairy-tale Christuskirche and The Rider statue.
Windhoek is now one of the country’s busiest cities – known for its alluring diversity and cosmopolitan feel, the metropolis attracts myriad visitors each year. During your time here you can wander through the town and gaze at an array of stately buildings, including the impressive parliament buildings and Hero’s Acre. If you’re historically inclined, then ensure that you pop into the plethora of museums on offer, including the National Library and National Art Gallery. If you’re in need of some rest and rejuvenation, then visit the serene National Botanical Gardens to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the gorgeous grounds. Botanists will delight in the numerous plant species on offer which attract plenty of exquisite insects and prolific bird life. Also well worth a visit is the smallest functioning cathedral in Southern Africa – St Georges, and look out for Das Reiterdankmal – a towering bronze sculpture of a horse commemorating those lost in colonial wars. You could also stroll down Robert Mugabe Avenue to admire Alte Feste – one of the city’s oldest buildings that was built in 1890. Once military headquarters, today, it serves as an intriguing state museum, housing an array of memorabilia that commemorates Namibia’s journey to independence.

Botswana - Day 13
As we cross the Botswana border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.

Bushman (San) people - Day 13
The Bushmen of Southern Africa are the oldest indigenous inhabitants of Southern Africa and have lived off the land in symbiosis for hundreds of years. It is said that the word ‘San’ meant ‘wild people who can’t farm’, however historically they didn’t have a collective word for themselves. They now call themselves Ncoakhoe meaning ‘red people’ but the term ‘San’ is still predominant. They were nomadic people – primarily hunter gatherers, moving to where the food and water could be found. It is estimated that there are only 5, 000 San people left, with 60% of them living in Botswana and the rest in Namibia and northern South Africa. Many examples of their expressive and remarkable cave paintings can be found dotted around Southern Africa, tracking their historical movements. They have much to offer our modern way of living in terms of a sustainable existence with nature. Bushmen tours give you the opportunity to interact with this fascinating culture and get a true understanding of how they have survived in the harsh environment through an understanding of nature. Many of our Botswana overland tours offer the opportunity to interact with a traditional village of San people that still live very much the way that they did many generations ago. It is not included in the tours and needs to be decided on before-hand. Some people feel it is unethical to treat the villagers as a spectacle however it provides an education for the visitors and much needed funding for the conservation of the area and their way of life.

Okavango Delta - Day 15
Every year, more than 11 cubic kilometres of water flow from the Okavango River into the Delta, irrigating more than 15 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert, making it the largest inland delta in the world, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels. It originates in Angola - numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally enter Botswana, where it is becomes the Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River used to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to back up and form what is now the Okavango Delta. This has created a unique system of waterways that supports a vast array of animal and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry Kalahari savannah.
There are an estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog is present within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle.
Many of these animals live in the Delta but the majority pass through, migrating with the summer rains to find renewed fields for grazing. With the onset of winter the countryside dries up and they make their way back to the floodplains. This leads to some of the most incredible sightings as large numbers of prey and predators are pushed together. Certain areas of the Delta provide some of the best predator action seen anywhere in the world.
Boat trips, canoeing and fly-overs are among the most popular activities, however you can also go fishing and walking safaris depending on the time of year. As the Okavango is a seasonal delta, you’ll find yourself facing a different environment during the summer and winter months. The rain falls at the beginning of the year.

Chobe National Park - Day 18
Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana, covers 10,566 square km of northern Botswana and is undoubtedly the country’s most beautiful and popular nature and game reserve. The Park forms part of the mosaic of lakes, islands and floodplains formed from the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems. The area has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, being particularly renowned for its vast herds of elephant and buffalo, making it an ideal location for African safaris. The elephant population is currently about 120 000. The Chobe elephants are migratory, moving up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park in the rainy season. They are Kalahari elephants, characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks, perhaps because of calcium deficiency in the soil. Due to their high concentration, there is a lot of damage to the vegetation in some areas. Culls have been considered but are too controversial and have thus far been rejected. Wherever you go in the park, you’ll be able to observe a variety of wild animals and bird life, and can even explore an area in search of a specific animals or bird.

Victoria Falls - Day 19
Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful treasures. They border Zimbabwe and Zambia and are the region’s most visited tourist hotspot. The falls are by no means the world’s biggest waterfall, however ,at 1700 m wide and 108 m high their length and the vast volume of water which find its way to the falls via the Zambezi river makes them one of the most spectacular. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls and wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) is the name in official use in Zambia, and the falls spray water into the air which can be seen for miles, including in the surrounding game reserves and national parks. Due to its immense power and size, the waterfall is surrounded by a rich mythology. The local Tonga people of the Zambezi believe that a river god, Nyaminyami, resides in the water in the form of an immense snake. When the Kariba Dam was built in the 1950s, the Zambezi River flooded three times, causing many deaths and much destruction. The local