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Namibia & Botswana Uncovered Tour

Highly recommend Encounters Travel. Entire tour was conducted without a hiccup, tour guides were amazing - friendly, highly knowledgeable, courteous and nothing was too much trouble to ensure our trip was of a high standard.

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Namibia & Botswana Uncovered OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

12 days

Swakopmund to Victoria Falls

From

R24499 (p/p)

Country(ies): Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe

Tour type: Overland

Group size: Min: 4 | Max: 20

Accommodation: 2 to 4-star hotels, lodges & camps

Meals:

Transport: Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles

Highlights: Swakopmund, Brandberg rock paintings, Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

On this 12-day Namibia and Botswana Safari holiday, you'll get to explore some of the most varied landscapes in Africa. Travelling from west to east, this tour starts in Swakopmund on the coast of Namibia and travels all the way to Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe.

Your starting point on your Namibia Safari is the coastal city of Swakopmund, between the Namib plains and the high central plateau. Adding extra days here will give you the chance to get stuck in to some thrilling activities, such as skydiving, sandboarding and scenic flights above the stark landscape of the mountainous dunes. Our first highlight after departing Swakopmund is the towering rock formations of Spitzkoppe and then the famous rock paintings in the Brandberg Mountains. Next we take you to one of the best places in the world to see wildlife, Etosha National Park. After meeting local tribes, exploring Namibia's capital, Windhoek, and getting to see wild elephants, zebras, and hippos, we take you over the border for a Botswana safari.

The Okavango Delta is teaming with plant, bird and animal life and is the largest inland delta on the entire planet. Its unique positioning makes it ideal for supporting hundreds of species of wild birds and impressive land mammals such as lions, cheetahs, and giraffes. The Delta splits into thousands of smaller waterways, forming swamps, lagoons and small islands that we give you a chance to explore on and off the water. We spend a full day in the Delta and an optional upgrade package is available to fly in to a water based lodge for a more in depth experience.

Coming to the end of our trip, we take you to Chobe National Park, famous for its thriving elephant population, before venturing to the stunning Victoria Falls just over the border. These overland adventure safari holidays allow you to experience the diversity and uniqueness of the different regional cultures, discover the abundance of wildlife, and get your adrenaline flowing with exciting optional activities. Accommodation is in comfortable hotels, lodges and permanent camps and travel is on a specialist expedition vehicle with large windows, charging points and an experienced tour leader/driver and cook on board.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Spitzkoppe

The first day of the tour departs early from Swakopmund and is then spent at the impressive site of the Spitzkoppe rock formations, which are massive granite towers that rise dramatically out of the surrounding Namib Desert. The region also features many surviving depictions of San rock art. We are given a guided tour of the area and the paintings before heading to our accommodation for the evening.

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Brandberg White Lady Lodge or Uis White Lady

MEALS:

Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Single Room Supplement Accommodated (NAOVNB)
Extra day in Swakopmund - pre-tour
Single Room Supplement Camping (NAOVNB)


Day 2 Brandberg Mountains & White Lady Painting

Today is spent exploring the Brandberg Mountains, which means ‘Burning Mountains’ due to the fiery colours that emanate from them at sunset. These are the highest mountains in the country; they are also home to a collection of thousands of rock art paintings. The most well-known of these is the depiction of the White Lady, a 45cm-high illustration of a ritual/warrior scene. This fascinating site is reached via a long hike along a riverbed (please note that the hike can be strenuous at times). Afterwards, we depart for Kamanjab./p>

Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Camping - Toko Lodge / Accommodated - Etotongwe

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Etosha

Today we are out on safari in Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s premier game reserves. It is known for a distinctive feature – a massive salt pan that is found in the middle of the park which is so big that it can be seen from space.

The salt pan, as well as the smaller ones surrounding and adjoining it, attracts wildlife to its banks in numbers. We explore this unique wilderness on an afternoon game drive.

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Camping - NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali / Accommodated - NWR: Halali

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 4 Full-Day Safari in Etosha

Today we spend the entire day traversing Etosha on a game drive. A safari in the African bush provides the opportunity to see something different at every moment, and we enjoy the anticipation of seeing unique sightings around every corner.

Route: Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Camping - NWR: Okaukuejo or Halali / Accommodated - NWR: Okaukuejo

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5 Windhoek

Today is spent exploring Namibia’s capital, the city of Windhoek. Featuring both the attributes of a quaint small town and a busy big city, Windhoek is home to many interesting landmarks. We get a taste of the German colonial history of the town on a guided walking tour.

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide
Facilities - Camping & Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Heja Game Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 Ghanzi, Kalahari Desert

We depart Namibia and make our way into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. The Kalahari is known worldwide – it is immense in size and stretches over Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Today we visit a small town in this arid wilderness, known as Ghanzi, where we are able to enjoy a San cultural experience. This includes a guided walk, as well as an evening of entertainment featuring tribal singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San Guided Walk (could take place the next morning) / San Tribal dance in evening
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Ghanzi Trail Blazers

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Okavango Delta

Today we head to one of Africa’s most spectacular natural places – the Okavango Delta. It is formed where the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert. This forms an inland delta made up of grasslands, swamps, and wetlands that are home to an astonishing diversity of life.

An optional scenic flight over this breathtaking landscape is available for those who wish to experience it. At night, we will be prepped for our whole-day trip into the Delta the next day.

Those guests who have pre-purchased a 2-night Delta Upgrade package head into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 9. Please check the Options section for details of the Okavango Delta Excursion available.

Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight / 2-night fly-in Delta Upgrade
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge OR Mokoro Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated)


Day 8 Okavango Mokoro Trip

Today’s activity is one of the highlights of the trip. It involves the unique activity of exploring the Delta on a traditional boat called a mokoro. The mokoro is designed so as to be able to navigate through the waters of the Delta. A poler, standing in the back of the canoe, guides it through the tranquil waterways, while you are able to kick back and simply take in the remarkable surrounds. You may also stop at one of the islands for a guided walk. There is also the chance of spotting wildlife while out on the mokoro, so keep your eyes peeled!

Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated)


Day 9 Nata

After rejoining any passengers who took one of the Delta upgrades, we leave Maun and the morning is spent travelling towards Nata and the Makgadigadi Pans. The pans are a unique phenomenon – enormous salt pans that are barren in the dry season and lush in the wet season. They are also a breeding site for thousands of flamingos. A game drive in the afternoon will give you a chance to encounter the wildlife of this remarkable region.

Route: Maun to Nata Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Camping - Nata Lodge / Accommodated - Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 Chobe National Park

Today we head towards Chobe National Park. This reserve is one of the best places in the world for seeing elephants – there are over 80,000 of these amazing creatures to be found here. The park is also home to plenty of other bird and animal species. We enjoy two types of safaris today– one via game drive and another via boat cruise.

Route: Nata to Kasane Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park game drive
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Thebe River Safaris

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 11 Victoria Falls

Today we enter Zimbabwe and make our way to one of nature’s most awe-inspiring destinations – the Victoria Falls.

The Victoria Falls are formed at the point where the Zambezi tumbles down over 100m-high basalt cliffs into the gaping ravine below. Simply marvelling at the raw force and power of the Falls is enough to keep you occupied for the day, but you may also choose to visit the shops and restaurants of Victoria Falls Town, or to try one of the many adventure activities on offer.

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
Facilities - Camping & Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 12 Victoria Falls– End of Tour

Today is the last day of the tour. You have the chance to end off with a bang by trying out some more adventure activities at Victoria Falls. Bungee jumping, rafting on the river, a helicopter flight over the Falls– take your pick from all these and more.

Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

OVERNIGHT:

Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Victoria Falls - post-tour


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Included:
  • 11 nights accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • All transport on a fully equipped 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Okavango Delta upgrades and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Notes:

This tour forms part of our longer Grand Southern Safari tour which starts in Cape Town and travels through South Africa and Namibia before joining this tour in Swakopmund and continuing together to Victoria Falls.

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This tour departs Swakopmund early in the morning on Day 1 so please plan to add at least 1 extra day to your travels before & after the tour dates below. Extra hotel nights and airport transfers are available on request.

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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.

Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Swakopmund


Stay@Swakop Guesthouse lies in a quiet street of Swakopmund, yet it is only a three minutes' drive from the centre of town and close to the beautiful dunes of the Namib Desert.

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 Stay@Swakop Guesthouse Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Stay@Swakop Guesthouse lies in a quiet street of Swakopmund, yet it is only a three minutes' drive from the centre of town. The most stunning attraction of our Swakopmund establishment is the fact that it is situated so close to the beautiful dunes of the Namib Desert, which is said to be one of the oldest deserts in the world and further inland it boasts the highest dunes worldwide.

Our accommodation facilities are of the best on offer in Swakopmund. Our 2 family rooms, 8 twin rooms and 2 single rooms all provide television, wifi, safes, as well as a tea & coffee station and are all non-smoking rooms. The chic elegance of our rooms makes you want to sleep in.

Our garden is clean, neat and inviting to linger a little longer, especially in the lazy afternoons when the sun warms your mood. Have a sundowner and watch the dunes change colour and shape as yet another splendid day comes to an end. You might even be lucky enough to spot the odd Springbok or jackal walking the dunes before nightfall.

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.

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 Rainbow Hotel Rainbow Hotel

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

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 Accommodated (NAOVNB)

Single Room Supplement Accommodated (NAOVNB)

Min numbers: 1 person


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

Price from
R6069
per person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

Note: Single rooms are not generally available for the Okavagano Delta excursion due to the size of the property visited. Instead, accommodation here is on a twin-share basis.

Single Room Supplement Camping (NAOVNB)

Single Room Supplement Camping (NAOVNB)

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
R1129
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.

Extra day in Swakopmund - pre-tour

Extra day in Swakopmund - 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
R769
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
R1249
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 Swakopmund

Arrival airport transfer in Swakopmund

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Swakopmund to your Overland tour with us (arriving at Walvis Bay airport).

Price from
R559
per person

This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Swakopmund to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of 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
R479
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.
Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated)

Okavango Delta Upgrade (accommodated)

Min numbers: 1 person


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

Price from
R18419
per person

This Okavango Delta Upgrade is designed for travellers who have booked the Accommodated version of this tour would like to experience the Delta and its waterways in a bit more depth, while staying in a deluxe camp. On arrival in Maun you will leave the truck and its crew, and any travellers who have not purchased the upgrade, and take a flight into the Delta. A 4x4 safari vehicle will then take you to the camp which will be your home for the next 2 nights (during very high water levels this transfer may be by boat). You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this excursion (absolute max 10kg) and may leave other luggage and valuables locked inside your locker in the truck.

Accommodation is in deluxe permanent twin bedded en-suite tents. The single supplement option for the main tour does not cover these two nights. We will aim to arrange shared same-sex twin tents but if this is not possible a single supplement will be payable. All meals are included during your stay.

The normal camp used is the Mopiri Camp which is a deluxe lodge situated on an island on the North Western edge of the Delta and is a great location for a water based exploration of the area. The main area consists of a large dining room, a separate lounge area, a deck overlooking the lagoon and a fire pit for cosy evenings chatting and looking at the stars. There is also a swimming pool with views over the floodplain. There are long wooden board walks winding around the island to each tent, providing privacy and peace and quiet. As this is a water based camp, you should expect to see hippos, crocodiles, numerous species of birds, and if you're lucky some elephants. Lions and other large land game are rarely sighted in this area though.

On some dates and subject to availability at the time of booking, we may also use Moremi Crossing (same pricing) or the Nguma Lodge (slightly cheaper - pricing will be provided at the time of booking)

Day 1 - Maun to the Okavango Delta
After arriving in Maun your guide will transfer you to Maun airport where you will board your flight into the Delta. On arrival a representative from the lodge will greet you and transfer you to the camp. After you have checked in, high tea will be served followed by a short island walk and a boat trip. During periods of very high water, the island walk may not be possible and your boat trip will be extended with sundowners on board.
Overnight: Mopiri Camp or Moremi Crossing or Nguma Lodge

Day 2 - Okavango Delta
It's an early start today to make the most of the best wildlife viewing times. After breakfast at the lodge we head out for a full day on the waterways, including a boat safari, nature walk, mokoro trip and a break for lunch on one of the many islands. We'll return to the camp in the afternoon before the evening is free to relax.
Overnight: Mopiri Camp or Moremi Crossing or Nguma Lodge

Day 3 – Okavango Delta to Maun
We have a more relaxed start to the day today, and after breakfast you'll return to the airstrip for the flight back to Maun where you'll be met and transferred back to the truck and your fellow travellers. The normal tour itinerary then continues.

Please note - if you have booked our Waterfalls & Wildlife tour, then by selecting this option you will not be able to participate in the Moremi full day game drive included in the normal tour.

Options available while on tour

Options available while on tour

Min numbers: 1 person


These options are available from local activity providers while you are on the tour.

Price from
On Request
per person

These options are availabile while you are on the tour from local activity providers who your booking will be with. Prices are given as a guide and are subject to change.

Country Area Activity Price Range
Botswana Maun 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
$80 to $200
Botswana Chobe NP
Game Drive
BWP400-600
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)  $150 to $170
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Helicopter Flights (min 3)
$160 to $180
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Zambezi Sunset Cruise with transfers
$40 to $70
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Bungee Jump - Solo $150 to $170

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

We provide two options for the accommodation on this Overland tour, both available on the trip. Each option stays in the same place each night, just using a different level of accommodation. On some nights both options will use the same rooms or tents - please see the itinerary for details.

Camping: As the name suggests, the majority of your time will be spent camping. We include easily erected tents and camping mattresses; all you need to bring is a sleeping bag & towel (and pillow if you need one). Some nights spent in towns and cities may be spent in hotel or lodge rooms instead of camping - please see the itinerary for details.  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.

Accommodated: This level is designed to bridge the gap between a basic camping tour and an expensive lodge holiday. So, we use good quality hotels, lodges and camps rated at the local 2 to 4-star level, with the majority of rooms en-suite. In some places more basic properties with separate bathrooms, or permanent safari tents may be used. We aim always to use accommodation that is in keeping with the local area so there is a good variety. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards. Accommodation is based on twin or double rooms, chalets, bungalows or safari tents. All couples will be given a private double room. Friends booking together will also share a room. Single travellers will need to pay the additional single room supplement.

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.

Note - Single rooms are not generally available for the Accommodated Okavagano Delta upgrade due to the size of the property visited. Instead, accommodation here is on a same-sex twin-share basis.

  2. Transport

This tour is run in conjunction with our local partners in South Africa. You will travel in one of their specially designed overland trucks throughout this tour, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and incredible wildlife. Our professional and knowledgeable local guides will help to make your experience unforgettable and fun. The maximum number of people on this tour is 20 (the trucks have 25 seats)

The vehicles we use are amongst some of the finest on the road. However, do not forget the nature of an adventure tour. This is not a bus trip. Nor do we provide up-market tours. These are still tours aimed at the adventurous traveller. Though the vehicles are comfortable with large windows and great visibility, there are no onboard toilets or air-conditioning.

Each expedition vehicle is fitted with the following:

  • Freezers to keep food fresh in the African heat.
  • Individual seats with seat belts and ample leg-room
  • Overhead luggage racks.
  • Lockers for your backpacks (~35 cm square, 80cm deep)
  • A safe for your valuables.
  • A well-stocked first aid kit is on hand for emergencies.
  • Reading material (fiction & field guides), games and recreational gear to keep you well entertained.
  • I-pod/MP3 points
  • Charging facilities for cameras, batteries etc
  • PA System
  • Kitchen and stove
  • Water tank
  • Cooler boxes
  • Table for food preparation
  • Hand-dishwashing facilities

Partaking in an adventure tour in Africa involves covering hundreds if not thousands of kilometres in a truck, and our tours are as much about this journey as they are about the destinations we visit. Use your time in the truck to talk to your fellow travellers, play card games, have a drink, walk around, take note of the world passing by your window and make the most of this unique opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.

Some roads you travel on will be smooth and easy while others could take up to an hour to cover 1 kilometre. There is just no telling what could happen with road, weather, traffic and other conditions that may exist that wi