Victoria Falls to the Atlantic Coast
Southern Africa Safari
13 June-6 July 2020
Overland through Zimbabwe,
Botswana and Namibia
$13,950* per person twin share
$1,225* single supplement
Depart Brisbane 13 Jun 2020
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$13,950* per person twin share, single supplement $1,225*. Deposit: $500* per person non-refundable deposit to secure your booking.
While this costing includes airfares ex Brisbane, air arrangements are available ex Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, and Perth.
**Park fees and entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Bookings: RGSQ Office phone (07) 3368 2066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Terms and Conditions apply. Please note, the price will cover return airfares ex Brisbane. Surcharges will apply for alternations to air arrangements. Please contact the RGSQ Office on 07 3368 2066 or email email@example.com. Itinerary subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency rates change. Payments by credit card will incur surcharge. Tour departure subject to minimum numbers. Accommodation subject to change and availability.
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Prices correct as at 31 October 2019.
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Day 1: Depart Brisbane, 13 Jun 20
Day 2-3: Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park (Sun, 14 June to Mon, 15 June)
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is the largest reserve in Zimbabwe and is home to a variety of wildlife, including giraffes, lions, zebras and about 40 000 elephants. It is also a protected region for endangered species. The area stretches from sandy dunes and savannahs through to rocky terrain and forests. Visitors can choose between game drives, guided tours and horseback safaris to explore the park and its wildlife.
Overnight: Hwange Safari Lodge
Hwange Safari Lodge caters for a diverse range of individuals and groups from the lone adventurer to couples, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and the opportunity to experience the real African wild. Guests soon learn that this is the home of the wildlife they have come to see but that they, and the Lodge, are guests of the real owners of the land, the elephants, rhino, lions and giraffes.
Day 4-5: Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Tue, 16 June to Wed, 17 June)
Today, after perhaps a final morning game drive, you will depart Hwange for your transfer back to Victoria Falls. Here you will stay at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, which will be your home for the next two nights. Your time here includes a prestigious High Tea, sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a tour of the Falls, there are a range of other activities to engage in as well, all within close proximity of your hotel.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Day 6-7: Kubu Lodge, Chobe River Front (Thu, 18 June to Fri, 19 June)
Today you will be transferred through to Botswana and your next destination, the Chobe National Park. The transfer is quick, you will cross the border within an hour or so of departing Victoria Falls.
Chobe River Front
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.
Day 8: Mahangu Safari Lodge, Mahango Game Reserve (Sat, 20 June)
From Chobe, you continue in a westerly direction and cross into Namibia. The Caprivi Strip region of Northern Namibia includes wonderful scenery, national parks and wildlife. Your home for the night will be Mahangu Safari Lodge, lying in the Bwabwata National Park. This is a perfect stopover point before transferring back into Botswana the following day. During your stay here, you will visit the Popa Falls which are close by.
Mahango Game Park is a small park, a short drive south of Popa Falls, on the border with Botswana. Driving the route through the park will take approximately half a day. The Mahango Game Park has a high number of elephants, as well as fair numbers of antelopes which are scarce or not seen in other parts of Namibia. These include the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and the red lechwe. The park is also home to anumber of sitatunga, however these antelopes are very scarce, and sightings will be excellent luck. The best time to see elephants and antelope will be during the dry season. Part of the park borders on the Kavango river, so the possibility of seeing crocodiles exists. In order to see hippos, the traveller should book a nocturnal game viewing trip, as hippos are nocturnal creatures. The best time for game viewing is in the dry months between March and October.
Day 9-10: Nguma Island Lodge, Okavango Panhandle (Sun, 21 June to Mon, 22 Jun)
You depart Mahangu and head into the Bwabwata National Park for a game drive, before moving south and back into Botswana. This drive allows you the opportunity of traversing towards the Okavango Delta Panhandle, to experience the lush channels that flow from Angola. You will be staying at Nguma Island Lodge for 2 nights and during this time you can enjoy a full day activity on the water.
Situated in the northwestern area of the Okavango Delta, the Panhandle is a stretch of the Okavango River that follows a more-or-less straight course for approximately 70 kilometres before entering the wetlands. This deep channel serves as the main water source feeding the delta and offers excellent tiger and bream fishing, while the surrounding woodlands and the river’s shallow waters teem with a myriad of birds. The Okavango Panhandle is dotted with several villages and serves as a gateway to the scenic Tsodilo Hills, some 40 kilometres west, with their various tribal cave paintings, some dating back as far as 20 000 years. There are also a number of well-established riverside camps that provide comfortable tourist accommodation. Visitors can enjoy excellent fishing, first-class birding, boating on the Okavango river and game viewing in the Mahangu National Park.
Day 11: Hakusembe River Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Rundu (Tue, 23 June)
Following 2 nights in the Delta, it is time to return to Namibia as you continue your safari. You will reach Rundu in good time and this is the perfect stopover point before heading into Etosha.
Bordering Angola, on the banks of the Okavango River in northern Namibia, the town of Rundu serves as the capital of the eastern Kavango region. Rundu is renowned for its local woodcarvers market as well as the numerous woodcarvers' huts dotting the side of the road. The town provides a great stopover to refuel for visitors heading to Katima Mulilo as well as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding areas. Visitors to Rundu can enjoy the beautiful surrounds including the magnificent Popa Falls and Mahangu Game Reserve. Other popular activities include: great game viewing, excellent bird watching as well as kayaking on the spectacular Kavango river.
Day 12: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South (Wed, 24 June)
Today you have a long drive ahead of you so an early start is required. Your destination is Etosha, Namibia’s prime wildlife reserve, and part of the transfer will be inside the park, so ensure you have your binoculars and bird books at hand.
Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
Day 13: Namutoni Camp, Etosha East (Thu, 25 June)
You continue to traverse Etosha today on a full day game drive, stopping for lunch inside the park at Namutoni Camp, which will also be your home for the night.
Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
Day 14-15: Waterberg Camp NWR, Waterberg Plateau National Park (Fri, 26 June to Sat, 27 June)
Today you leave Etosha but your wildlife interactions continue with a visit of the Okonjima Africat Centre. You will continue following lunch and a short educational game drive to the Waterberg region of Namibia.
Waterberg Plateau National Park
Named for the springs that emanate from its foothills, the Waterberg Plateau National Park is a fascinating geological site of compressed sandstone crags, 200-year-old dinosaur footprints, and petrified sand dunes. The area’s natural water sources make it far more fertile than its environs and the park is blessed with a plethora of plant and animal species, including leopards, rhinoceros, vultures, cheetahs, bush babies, ferns and fig trees.
Day 16: Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek (Sun, 28 June)
Today you continue to Windhoek where you will overnight to rest before the drive to Fish River Canyon. The transfer time of around 3 hours may allow you some time to participate in an afternoon tour (for your own account) of Namibia’s capital city.
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Day 17-18: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon (Mon, 29 to Tue, 30 June)
Today you have a long drive ahead as you embark on a transfer to the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon.
Day 19-20: Namib Desert Lodge (Wed, 1 July to Thu, 2 July)
Today you depart Fish River Canyon for your next encounter with another of Namibia’s iconic scenic destinations, the dunes of Sossusvlei.
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Day 21-22: Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund (Fri, 3 July to Sat, 4 July)
Set along the spectacular Namibian coastline, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide open avenues, colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
Day 23: Airport transfer (Sun, 5 July)
Day 24: Arrive in Australia (Mon, 6 July)