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  • Cruising through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro canoe, Botswana
  • Hiking to the top of Dune 45, Namibia
  • A lioness and her cubs in Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • On the rim of Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • Table Mountain in cape Town, South Africa
  • Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Zambia
Route:
Livingstone to Cape Town
Days:
18
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: AFDD
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A journey through some of southern Africa’s most popular countries, ending in the diverse and exciting Cape Town, nestled under Table Mountain. Feel the spray of the thunderous Victoria Falls, watch wildlife along the Chobe River, listen to the sounds of the Okavango Delta, far away from civilisation and bury your feet in rolling sand dunes in Namibia. This tour is packed with wildlife and unique eco-systems, all to be discovered

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Sunset game cruise down the Chobe River in Chobe National Park
  • Spend the night in the Okavango Delta with walking safaris and a mokoro ride included
  • Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck
  • Visit to the Himba Tribe
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Dune 45
  • Fish River Canyon National Park

Accommodation

11 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) assisted camping, 3 night(s) camping, 2 night(s) in a rondavel

Transportation

Overland Truck

Meals

17 breakfast, 11 lunch, 4 dinner

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Livingstone

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Welcome to Livingstone, the town, named after the great 19th century Scottish missionary explorer Dr David Livingstone. Once the bustling capital of Northern Rhodesia, Livingstone changed it face and became a quiet town following the Capital’s relocation to Lusaka in 1935.

Wonder the craft markets and pick up some unique souvenirs or chose from one of the many optional activities available in this area. Whether it be sunset cruises down the Zambezi, a visit to the Mukuni Cultural Village, riverboarding, white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, abseiling, quad biking, kayaking, helicopter or microlight flights over the falls there is something for everyone.

Optional Excursions

Half/full day white water rafting – US$160-185 (Zambezi rafting is generally possible between June and January and is closed throughout the rest of the year) • Half/full day river boarding – US$165-175 • Chobe National Park day trip – US$190 (excluding visas) • Bungee jumping – US$157 • Abseiling – US$162 • Gorge swing – US$95 • Livingstone Island – US£150 • Microlight ride - 15 mins – US$174 • Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls (15 mins) – US$185.60 • Visit the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls entrance fee – US$70 per person (plus individual visa fees) • Horse riding, 2.5 hours – US$75 • Canoeing - full day – US$155 • Jet boat – US$95 • Zambezi boat cruise – US$60. Enjoy a beer on this sunset cruise along the Zambezi to watch the animals at the end of their day.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 2 to 2 - Chobe Area

From Zambia we head to Botswana to continue our adventure. We stay close to Chobe National Park which is home to the most diverse wildlife in Botswana. 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness, floodplains, forests and swamps support all manners of animal and birdlife. To gain a different perspective on of the animals we embark on a sunset cruise along the Chobe River. Wildlife is plentiful and common along the water’s edge; as we glide by you may see elephants, buffalos, kudu, bushback, hippo, giraffe and sable.

Located in north west Botswana, Chobe is a diverse area spanning from the border at the Chobe River, to the now dry Savute Channel and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area, the Savuti Marsh, the Linyanti Swamps and the dry hinterland and it is famous for having one of the largest game concentrations in the African continent.

Please note: From the 1st of June 2017, you will be required to pay a Tourism Levy of U$30 when entering Botswana. This is payable by cash or credit card.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours depending on border

Included Excursions

Sunset game cruise down the Chobe River in Chobe National Park

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 to 3 - Maun

Driving across the top edge of the Kalahari Desert we reach the town of Maun, where we will prepare for our safari into the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest freshwater wetland.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 4 to 4 - Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a huge area of very slow flowing water fed by the Kavango River. The water fans out from the river into a labyrinth of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands before evaporating over the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

We travel by hand-crafted mokoros (small boats with shallow drafts similar to canoes) through the delta. The canoes glide silently along the reed-fringed waterways, steered by stealthy polers who earn their living transporting travellers along the delta.

We spend the night camping on one of the small islands in the bush, our exact camp spot will be determined by the water level and local conditions at the time. As this is not a permanent camp spot there are no facilities, but don’t worry the polers will create a toilet a safe distance from the camp. You will have a chance to swim in the delta, paddle the mokoros, take walking safaris through the bush and share a delicious meal under the stars, around the campfire

Please note: Sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag

Included Excursions

Spend the night in the Okavango Delta with walking safaris and a mokoro ride included

Accommodation

1 night(s) assisted camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 5 to 5 - Maun

Waking up in the Delta, we board our mokoro’s, taking us back to dry land where we are reunited with showers, toilets and clean clothes.

You will have a free afternoon and may like to take the opportunity to fly over the Delta to gain a true perspective of just how expansive this incredible wetland is.

Optional Excursions

Scenic flight – US$90 based on 5 passengers flying together • Helicopter flight – US$90 for 25 minutes (based on 3 people flying)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 6 to 6 - Divundu

Departing Maun we drive through Botswana towards Namibia and cross the border through a narrow strip of land known as the Caprivi Strip. Keep your eyes peeled as we drive through Mahongo Game Reserve as you may be lucky enough to spot, zebra, giraffe,gazelle and elephants among other wildlife.

Please note: A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving to Namibia from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country. Please make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you for inspection by Namibian customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 7 to 8 - Etosha National Park

We will spend two nights camping in or around Etosha National Park. Where possible we try to stay at the rest-camps inside the park for one or more nights. The campsites inside Etosha National Park have floodlit water holes, meaning that when park law restrictions limit us to our campsite in the evenings, it is still possible to view game at all hours -you can stay up all night if you wish, glimpsing wild animals coming down for a drink at the water's edge. All the campsites inside or outside of the park are very well equipped with great facilities providing us with a great base to explore the park on our full day game drive. Etosha National Park is one of the most memorable places you will visit on this trip.

Etosha National Park is one of the best places in Africa to spot cheetah and the endangered black rhino. Keep your camera lens ready for rare antelope species, the Burchell's zebra and black-faced impalas which roam the wild savannah. You may spot the odd giraffe or two chewing through thorny acacia trees in the woodland areas. Etosha National Park is a bird watcher's paradise with some 340 species inhabiting the park at different times of the year. For a short period after seasonal rains Etosha's vast salt pan is covered by a layer of water which attracts massive flocks of pelicans, flamingoes and other wading birds. While the pan is dry it is notable for the way it dramatically changes colour during the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Please note: Sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag

Approximate Travel Time: Full day in the truck including Game Drive

Included Excursions

Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 9 to 9 - Outjo

This morning we leave the Etosha area and make our way towards Outjo where we stay for the night. While in this area we will visit a local Himba Tribe where orphaned children are looked after by the village. Himba children are the only children in Namibia culturally excused from attending school and they are raised traditionally by the elders of the village. Donations to the community are accepted and must be given to your guide.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours stopping along the way

Included Excursions

Visit to the Himba Tribe

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 10 to 11 - Swakopmund

Our next stop will be the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, a historic colonial German town surrounded by desert and sweeping sand dunes which meet with the Atlantic Ocean. It is Namibia's most popular holiday destination. We spend two nights here, so you can to wander around town viewing the colonial architecture or perhaps enjoy a cold locally brewed beer or two. If you would prefer to fuel your thirst for adrenaline then there is a wide range of optional excursions available. The town also has a good selection of bars and restaurants to cater for every taste. The seafood here is great!

Approximate Travel Time: Full day stopping along the way

Optional Excursions

Sunset Boat Cruise – From US$15 • Quad Bike Tour – From US$35 • Camel Ride – From US$20pp • Sandboarding – From US$30 • Tandem Skydiving- US$210

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 12 to 12 - Windhoek

From the coast we head inland again, making our way east towards Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. At an elevation of 1650 metres, Windhoek lies in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. This is the only city in Namibia and is home to a population over 250,000 inhabitants.

Like in Swakopmund there is a noticeable German influence here. German is still widely spoken and it is common to find traditional breads, sausage, and other delicacies, they even hold annual beer festivals.

No tourists visit to Windhoek is complete without paying a visit to Joe’s Beerhouse, a bar and restaurant providing a mix of warm Namibian and German hospitality. This place is full of old relics from ‘Joe’s’ travels and creates a great atmosphere for socialising and reminiscing about your journey so far. Here you can also opt to sample some delicious game meats or try out one of the many craft beers on offer.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 13 to 13 - Sesriem

Departing the capital we drive towards the tropic of Capricorn where we make a stop so that you can get that obligatory picture with the sign. From here we continue on to Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of Central Namibia, close to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This small desert community has only a gas station, post office, bakery and general store. As you step off the truck you will feel as though you have stepped back in time onto a movie set, surrounded by cacti and old vehicle carcasses partially submerged in the sand.

This afternoon you may be able to go on a walk through the Sesriem Canyon in the late afternoon before sunset. An amazing variety of wildlife has adapted to the harsh conditions here and you may see rock pigeon, crow, starling and owl, along with various species of lizard.

Please note: Sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag

Approximate Travel Time: Full day with stops along the way

Included Excursions

Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 to 14 - Fish River Canyon

This morning we wake up early and make our way to Dune 45 before sunrise, here you can hike to the top of the dune to watch the sun rise, witnessing the array of colour changes across the dunes. The copper in the sand dunes creates a beautiful red glow unlike any sunrise seen before. We have time to explore the incredible Sossusvlei and Deadvlei where the dark camel thorn trees against the white floor provide fantastic photo opportunities. This place really is a photographer’s paradise.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight Hours

Included Excursions

Dune 45,Fish River Canyon National Park

Accommodation

1 night(s) in a rondavel. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 15 to 15 - Orange River

We continue south to Orange River, known locally in Afrikaans as Oranjerivier. This is South Africa’s longest river and runs along the border of Namibia and South Africa. En-route to Orange River we stop at Fish River Canyon which is one of the world's largest canyons and it is quite breathtaking in its immensity; it is rivalled only by the Grand Canyon in North America for sheer grandeur. We will park at the viewpoint overlooking the canyon and can take a short walk along the canyon rim, stopping along the way for photos.

The Fish River running through the bottom of the canyon is one of Namibia's few permanent rivers and while the flow is seasonal, beautiful turquoise pools can be seen in the distance during the dry season. As you walk and enjoy the colours of the strata and rugged scenery, you may be lucky enough to spot hardy mountain animals in the distance, as well as numerous bird species. Weather depending we will have lunch at the viewpoint.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) in a rondavel. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 16 to 16 - Cederberg

As we head towards to Cape Town we make a stop in the Cederberg wilderness area with its rugged landscape crisscrossed by streams, waterfalls, cool pools and amazing natural rock formations. Here you will have the option to sample some of the local wines in our optional wine tasting tour. We spend a night on a local vineyard.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Optional Excursions

Wine tasting – 100 ZAR

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 17 to 17 - Cape Town

Situated on the south western tip of Africa and set between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

There are dozens of amazing sightseeing opportunities to enjoy in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. You can tackle a trek up Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for spectacular views of the city. If you have a good head for heights you can enjoy the scenery looking over Camps Bay then rather than taking the cable car, abseil 112 metres down again, but this option is not one for the faint hearted!

The V&A Waterfront is the very epitome of African chic and offers a unique shopping and entertainment environment where you can soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Be sure to sample some of South Africa's famous wines with dinner and sit back with a hot cup of rooibos herbal tea afterwards.

From Cape Town, you can visit Robben Island where former South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was incarcerated among other political prisoners. Once a blight on the nation's history, the island is now seen as a national symbol of triumph over adversity and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you want to arrange this activity, it is advised that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Excursions to the island are weather dependant.

Just 60 kilometres away from the centre of Cape Town you can visit Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The peninsula is a largely unspoilt wilderness and home to several species of antelope, including the eland, as well as many beautiful plants species. There are two lighthouses on Cape Point which can be reached by a funicular known affectionately as the Flying Dutchman.

Approximate Travel Time: Three hours

Optional Excursions

Table Mountain – From US$20 • Wine Tasting Tour – From US$60 • Robben Island (Weather dependent) – US$30

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 18 to 18 - Depart Cape Town

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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