Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa – 22 days Southern Experience: Stand in the shadow of the magnificent Table Mountain, or view the world from the top of it. Experience first-hand the wildlife in the great Namib dessert and be overwhelmed by the beauty of the biggest sand dunes in the world. From lions to the smallest fauna, all of this can be experienced on the Southern Explorer.
Small-group Lodge Safari through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
A lodge safari starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Cape Town – a Southern Experience
- Cape Town – An iconic, vibrant city surrounded by mountains and sea.
- The Cedarberg – Rich, green mountainous region of The Cape
- Orange River – The longest river in South Africa offering unbelievable canoe trips
- Himba Experience – Experience the culture and life of this traditional Namibian tribe
- Fish River Canyon – The world’s second largest canyon.
- Swakopmund – Atlantic coastal town with German colonial influence.
- Rock Painting in Brandberg and Twyfelfontein – Some of man’s earliest artworks revealed
- Etosha National Park – Game viewing in one of Africa’s unique wildlife settings.
- Okavango Delta – Explore the natural majesty of the Delta by boat and vehicle.
- Chobe National Park – The largest concentration of game in Africa.
- Victoria Falls – One of the natural wonders of the world.
Group size: Minimum 4, Maximum 12 (Guaranteed departures with no minimum group size available)
Local Payment Explanation: On this safari, a fixed local payment needs to be paid to the guide before the tour starts. The local payment is part of your tour price. It covers on-the-road expenses, such as national park entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as the use of local guides. This provides your guide with sufficient funds on the road and ensures that your money goes directly to the African communities.
Travelling Time & Distance: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them offer a private bathroom with a shower/bath and toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar and restaurant areas.
Vehicles: Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music- and PA-system and air-conditioning. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.
Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.
Travelling Time & Distance: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for clients to visit Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa prior to departure. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.
- 21 x Breakfast, 18 x lunch, 12 x dinner
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- All transport in fully equipped vehicle
- Game drives and activities as mentioned
- Meals as per itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Experienced guide
- Travel insurance
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- All drinks, tips and curios
- All personal expenses
Day 1 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.
Day 2 & 3 Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel onto Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park.
The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana. Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.
Day 4 Caprivi Strip, Namibia
We cross over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.
Day 5 & 6 Okavango Delta, Botswana
Unlike other deltas, the Okavango Delta flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.
Days 7 Kavango River, Namibia
We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunset cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.
Days 8, 9 & 10 Etosha National Park, Namibia
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the parks various nocturnal animals as they come to drink. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907, it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Day 11 Kamanjab, Himba Experience, Namibia
We move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Our visit to a local Himba village will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Day 12 Brandberg, Namibia
On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. We continue to Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the “White Lady” one of the most famous rock paintings in the area.
Day 13 & 14 Swakopmund, Namibia
We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Cape Cross – the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days.
Day 15 & 16 Sossusvlei, Namibia
The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world; sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon.
Day 17 Fish River Canyon, Namibia
We travel south to our accommodation which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon
Day 18 & 19 Orange River, Namibia
We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, “Ai-Ais” means “burning water”. The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though!
Day 20 Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in Clanwilliam in the late afternoon, one of the ten oldest towns in the country, nestled at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains.
Day 21 Cape Town, South Africa
Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the Bay.
Day 22 End of Tour
Our safari ends today. You will be transferred to Cape Town International airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures
On this safari we make use of typical mid-range to slightly up-market African lodge accommodation, situated close to national parks, on the banks of a river or other places of interest. Lodge Safaris offer accommodation with a mix of lodges, chalets and tented chalets, all with private bathrooms.
Day 1: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Day 2 & 3: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Day 4: Camp Kwando or similar
Days 5 & 6: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar
Days 7: Kaisosi River Lodge or similar
Day 8: Namutoni or similar
Day 9 & 10: Okaukuejo or similar
Day 11: Oppi Koppi Rest Camp or similar
Day 12: Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar
Day 13 & 14: A la Mer or similar
Day 15 & 16: Agama River Camp or similar
Day 17: Canon Roadhouse or similar
Day 18 & 19: Felix Unite River Camp or similar
Day 20: Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
Day 21: The Townhouse Hotel or similar
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