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2024 CAPE VIC LITE 19DAYS

Itinerary

2024 CAPE VIC LITE 19DAYS

Day 1WEST COAST

DAY 1: WEST COAST We start our tour in Cape Town and leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the "Swartland" and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours. Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert. Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)

DAY 2: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. This afternoon why not join our river guides, for an optional canoe adventure down the orange river Optional Activities: - Orange River canoe experience Euro 25pp The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. For those joining the excursion, we glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone's throw from the water. It's hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river. Meals: B L D Distance: 150 km Accommodation: Felix Unite Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Orange River

DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON

DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature's handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas. Meals: B L D Distance: 160 km Accommodation: Hobas Camp NWR- Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Fish River Canyon Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 4: FISH RIVER CANYON - NAMIB

DAY 4: FISH RIVER CANYON - NAMIB Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the Greenfire Desert Camp. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment. Meals: B L D Distance: 410 km Accommodation: Greenfire Desert Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive through desert region - Private Desert Game Reserve Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 5: NAMIB DESERT

DAY 5: NAMIB DESERT We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it's customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon there is the option to explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena. Meals: B L D Distance: 0 km Accommodation: Greenfire Desert Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Morning desert walk Optional Activities: - Afternoon desert drive / night drive 15 Euro pp

DAY 6: SOSSUSVLEI

DAY 6: SOSSUSVLEI An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. We trek into the heart of the dunes on foot into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. For the not so adventurous there is the option to take the 4 x 4 shuttle at your own expense.We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night. Meals: B L D Distance: 180 km Accommodation: Sossus on Foot - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Dune climbing - Sossusvlei - Deadvlei Optional Activities: - 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei 10 euro pp

DAY 7: DUNES - SWAKOPMUND

DAY 7: DUNES - SWAKOPMUND A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia's major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor's paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic - the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool. Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town) Distance: 300 km Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive through the desert - Kuiseb Canyon - Namib-Naukluft National Park Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 8: SWAKOPMUND

DAY 8: SWAKOPMUND Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense). Meals: B (Lunch and dinner own expense in town) Distance: 0 km (Free day) Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge Optional Activities: - Sky diving - Quad biking - Desert tours - Dune boarding - Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing prices range from USD $45 to USD$ 150 pp

DAY 9: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered ship wrecks littering the beaches. The Bushmen called this "The Land That God Made in Anger". Before venturing back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain. Meals: B L D Distance: 325 km Accommodation: Spitzkoppe - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Spitzkoppe Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 10 - 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10 - 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km? of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife. We will spend these days exploring the expanses of park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park. Meals: B L D; B L D Distance: 335 km on day 12 and 130 km on day 13 inside the park Accommodation: Camping (2 person dome tents) - Etosha outside the park Included Highlights/Activity: - Etosha National Park - Full-Day Game Drive Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 12: CAPRIVI

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun. Meals: B L D Distance: 640 km Accommodation: Ngepi Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive through Namibia Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 13-14: OKAVANGO DELTA

DAY 13-14: OKAVANGO DELTA It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature. The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world's only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle - all combine to create the canvas of one of nature's unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears. Our comfortable and well-appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense). Meals: B L D; B L D Distance: 140 km Accommodation: Twin Bedded Tented Units (On occasion tours might camp wild in dome tents on islands in the delta) Included Highlights/Activity: - Okavango Delta - Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides - Mokoro trip - Sunset boat trip Optional Activities: - Scenic helicopter flight over the Delta From USD $90pp sharing

DAY 15: MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the Drifters Maun Tented Lodge, our stop for the night. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife Meals: B L D Distance: 354 km Accommodation: Drifters Maun Lodge - Camping 2 man dome tents Included Highlights/Activity: - Private tented lodge on the banks of the Boteti River Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 16: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village. We have a late brunch before continuing our journey eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky. We stop to take in the serene isolation of this expanse, before setting up our camp for the night, . In some seasons the pans are not easily accessible, in which case we will camp at an interesting elephant watering hole,where. Close-up sightings of elephants at the water hole are almost guaranteed. Meals: B L D Distance: 320 km Accommodation: Salt Pans - Camping (2 person dome tent) Included Highlights / Activity: - Relaxed morning - Village walk - Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 17: KASANE - VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth. This afternoon take an optional boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink.For those not opting for the criuise, take a stroll around the little town of Kasane and stock up on those much needed supplies. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the next two nights. The Camp ground is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions. Meals: B L Distance: 320 km Accommodation: camping 2 man dome tent Included Highlights/Activity: Optional Activities: - Chobe National Park - Extensive boat cruise on the Chobe River Euro 40 pp

DAY 18: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, locally known as "Mosi-oa-Tunya ", meaning "The Smoke that Thunders". Your entry fee to the falls is NOT included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time viewing the falls, and exploring the surrounding rain forest, as you like. During our stay in Victoria Falls, various other attractions can be visited, like the tribal village or curio market. Vic Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities, such as an aircraft flip over the falls, or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense of these optional activities. We spend two nights here, thus allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer and to focus on the attractions and activities that interest you. We eat out in a local restaurant on both nights (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls, and drink a toast to your adventure. Meals: B (Lunch and dinner own expense) Distance: 0 km (Free day to explore town and do some adventure activities) Accommodation: Camping 2 man dome tents Included Highlights/Activity: -None Optional Activities: Ranges from usd $ 55 to usd$150 depending - Scenic helicopter flight over the Falls - White water rafting - Bungee jump - More options available - Victoria Falls entry fee usd $55

DAY 19: VICTORIA FALLS

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast. The truck and the guides will start their 2 day Journey back to Johannesburg, should you want to return to Johannesburg, there is the option to jump on board for a minimal fee OF Euros 130, or you can extend your stay in Vic Falls or continue on your own arrangements. Meals: B

Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

16 nights camping 2 nights lodge

Local transport

An overland expedition vehicle is used for this tour

Meals

Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, it is highlighted in the tour itinerary.

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