Southern Africa Adventure Safari Enhanced

Southern Africa Adventure Safari mapFrom the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, our Southern Africa Adventure Safari Enhanced endeavors to show the highlights of the southern region of the African continent. On a journey of contrasts, we will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa’s best-known parks, and view the mighty Victoria Falls.

We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, and clients must be prepared for this but the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort – for those who truly seek adventure.

Southern Africa Adventure Safari Enhanced Itinerary

DAY 1-2: CAPE TOWN
We all meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. We have one-and-a-half days here, in which time we will hike Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, a wine farm, and numerous other sights. Our exact program will depend on the weather. Overnight at the GREENFIRE LODGE on the beachfront for the two nights (lunches and dinners own expense). B; B

DAY 3: WEST COAST
We leave the Mother City behind us, and after a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. Overnight on the coast. B D

DAY 4-5: ORANGE RIVER
Today we cross the border into Namibia, then travel the short distance to our base camp on the banks of the Orange River from where we begin our canoe adventure. Once we have packed all of our gear into our two-man canoes, we set off into the wilderness. The Orange River creates an awesome spectacle, a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We will spend one night camping on the banks, under the desert skies, and will then return to our base camp and vehicle to camp the next night in relative comfort. B L D; B L D

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB
Today we head directly to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest of its kind in the world. After visiting the viewpoints and exploring the lip of the Canyon, we continue into the true Namib to set up camp at the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. B L D

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT
Group dune climbThe GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP is situated on our private Nature Reserve within the Namibrand Nature Reserve and is home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora. The camp is spectacularly built against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-fields. During our stay here we will conduct guided walks and drives including a night drive within the reserve – allowing us to observe animals at close range. B L D

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI
A relaxed start, we travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4 x 4 vehicle. After climbing the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, we return to our vehicle and then continue to the quirky trading post of Solitaire where we will camp the night. B L D

DAY 9:SOLITAIRE – SWAKOPMUND
A short journey today, we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park toward the seaside town of Swakopmund where we will spend two nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND. B L D

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND
The GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND provides the ideal location for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety of adventure options that include quad biking, sky diving, horse riding, dune boarding, and many more. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. Tonight we enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense). B

DAY 11: BRANDBERG
Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast to the seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing back inland. We travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg, we then set up camp and spend the night at the foot of the mountain. We hope to see the rare desert elephants on this day. B L D

DAY 12-13: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
For an incredible wildlife experience, today we enter the Etosha National Park, and after setting up camp, enjoy an extensive afternoon game drive. We return to camp to spend the evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Continuing through the reserve, we game drive across the Park to camp the night. One night we dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D; B L

DAY 14: CAPRIVI
Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind us, we travel north to the lush Caprivi area. Tonight we will camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River. B L D

DAY 15-16: OKAVANGO DELTA
Mekoro ride Okavango DeltaA short drive today to the Pan Handle, from where we will enjoy a motor-boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Once in the Delta we continue by Mekoro – the traditional dugout canoe to our remote camp. This is truly nature’s wonderland and a huge variety of wildlife will be witnessed in its natural state. We spend two nights here in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mekoro. B L D; B L D

DAY 17: MAUN
This morning we enjoy a mekoro and boat transfer across the Pan-Handle and back to the vehicle. Then, traveling through the Kalahari we make our way to Maun and on to the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE where we relax for the afternoon at the swimming pool. B L D

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS
A relaxed start today, we will spend some time enjoying the Lodge and the swimming pool before enjoying brunch and then venturing eastward and into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Besides the stark scenery, the Pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals. Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we set up camp and take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. Although we set up tents, we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. Should the pans be inaccessible for camping we will make use of an alternative campsite in the area. Brunch D

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS
Victoria FallsThis morning we leave the isolation of the pans behind and travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an afternoon boat cruise within the Chobe National Park we cross the border and head for Victoria Falls, to spend the next few nights in comfort at the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. One night enjoy a “braai” and experience traditional dancing around the pool. B L D

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS
This morning we awake to the “Adventure Capital of Africa” – Victoria Falls. We will have a full day here, giving us ample time to explore the Falls and to participate in the multitude of activities on offer, white water rafting, bungi jumping, aircraft flips etc. (An evening’s meal and lunch will be at your own expense.) B

DAY 21: HWANGE
After some free time in the town, it’s back to the wilderness. We travel the short distance to Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas. After an extensive open vehicle drive/walk, we camp at a remote camp overlooking a waterhole teeming with game. B L D

DAY 22: BULAWAYO – MATOBO
Today we travel south to the wide streets of Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city. We then continue to the Matobo area where, in the afternoon, we enjoy a tour into the National Park to view animals and track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight our camp is situated amongst the precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for. B L D

DAY 23: MACHETE
Continuing south today, we cross the border back into South Africa and to our bushcamp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. B L D

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG
This morning we conduct a short walk to view the magnificent bushman paintings surrounding our camp before making the journey to Johannesburg. The tour ends at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon. B

Southern Africa Adventure Safari Enhanced Inclusions

Accommodated Tour
22 Nights Lodge / Cabin, 1 Night Serviced Camping
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.
An overland expedition vehicle is used for this tour.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Should it be necessary to avoid Zimbabwe for whatever reason, we will simply deviate to Botswana for this portion of the tour. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. This tour covers vast distances and is not for the faint-hearted. A valid passport is required. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, clients should be prepared for this. Our price includes transport, food, (no food kitty), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees, Vic Falls entry. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.