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  • Jul 26-Aug 16, 2014R
  • Aug 9-30, 2014R
  • Aug 30-Sep 20, 2014
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  • Duration 22 days
    Group Size 4-16
    Land Cost $5,195
    Single Supplement $875
    Additional Expenses See Estimated Budget
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Trans Kalahari Adventure

    Lodge safari in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

    Day 1      Arrive in Cape Town

    South Africa

    On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the beautiful waterfront area or get some much needed rest.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Breakwater Lodge (or similar)

    Day 2      Cape Town Peninsula

    Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic, and cultural attractions. Depart from the Breakwater Lodge for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to your well-situated waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling waterfront at your own expense. Overnight in Cape Town.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Breakwater Lodge (or similar)

    Day 3      Calvinia (Hantam Region)

    Departing Cape Town, pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region, arriving in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. From August to October, the landscape is transformed into an explosion of color due to the numerous wildflowers of the region.
    Approximately 7 hours drive (425km)

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hantam Huis Hotel (or similar)

    Day 4      Augrabies Falls National Park

    Leaving the Little Karoo, you head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park.  Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise.'  We pass through a lush oasis area en route before spending the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints. Overnight near Augrabies Falls.
    Approximately 6 hours driving (450km)

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Vergelegen Guest House (or similar)

    Day 5-6      Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


    We head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares, this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area, excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black-maned lion. We enjoy a game drive to our lodge and when departing the park on our last day here. At our lodge, clients can discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (own expense), including a night game drive, sunset pan drive, Kalahari nature walk, and interactions with the ancient Bushmen. The evenings are spent gazing in wonder at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck.
    Approximately 5 hours driving.(370km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Xaus Lodge (or similar)

    Day 7-8      Fish River Canyon

    Leaving the Kalahari region, you will head west and enter Namibia. Visit Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe-inspiring canyons in the world.  The next morning is for relaxing prior to our afternoon visit to the canyon.
    Approximately 7 hours driving.(495km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Canyon Village (or similar)

    Day 9-10      Sesriem / Sossusvlei

    Today’s journey will take you north, through the ever-changing scenery, to your lodging located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding your camp. Depart early the following morning for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Embark on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.
    Approximately 7 hours driving (460km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Desert Camp (or similar)

    Day 11-12      Swakopmund

    Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding (seasonal). You’ll arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (booked locally). Activities available include sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning, or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.
    Approximately 5 hours driving (300km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Swakopmund Boutique Hotel (or similar)

    Day 13      Damaraland

    Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys.  If very lucky, you might see the desert-adapted elephant or rhino while here.  Our lodge is located at the top of a mountain, with spectacular views of the surrounding area.  Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool.   (450km)

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar)

    Day 14      Himba Village Visit / Etosha National Pa

    In the morning visit with the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people. After your visit, you will proceed to Etosha National Park for your first game drive, relaxing by the floodlit waterhole in the evening.

    Approximately 6 hours driving (200km)

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Halali Restcamp (or similar)

    Day 15      Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa, with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, and elephant making this area their home.  Spend the day on a game drive through the park from its western to eastern sides. Floodlit waterholes at campsites attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing you with many amazing wildlife sightings.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Namutoni Restcamp (or similar)

    Day 16-17      Okavango River

    Enter the Caprivi strip, where you’ll spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. Enjoy sunset on the deck or a swim in the famous “river pool." The following day is free for optional excursions (own account) such as bird walks, game drives, or mokoro excursions.
    Approximately 9 hours driving (600km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Nhdovu Safari Lodge (or similar)

    Day 18-19      Chobe River

    Crossing into Botswana via the Zambezi River pontoon, you will drive to Chobe National Park, where you will overnight along the banks of the river. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets, and abundance of wildlife and birdlife.  The second day we will relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.  A morning game drive is also offered (own account). 
    Approximately 8 hours driving with ferry/border crossing (500 km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)

    Day 20-21      Victoria Falls


    Travel across the Zimbabwe border to Victoria Falls, where you will stay for the next several days along the banks of the mights Zambezi River.  Victoria Falls (Known at Mosi-oa-Tunya  - The Smoke That Thunders) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans the the Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Without a doubt, the falls are one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.  These next days are yours to spend at leisure browsing the local markets or experiencing some of the many optional activities on offer in this adrenaline capital of Africa:  white water rafting, bungee jumping, microlighting, airplane or helicopter flights over the falls, rhino walks, elephant-back safaris, and visiting the falls on foot along extensive trails (all activities booked locally). 

    Your travel time to Victoria Falls is approximately 2-4 hours with ferry/border crossing (80km)

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts
    Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)

    Day 22      Victoria Falls / Onward

    Your adventure ends after breakfast today, when you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

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