Kalahari Epic . Northbound

Kalahari Epic . Northbound

$2800 per person

Glittering cities, dramatic deserts and canyons and an abundance of wildlife is what this 3-country tour is all about.

From Cape Town, South Africa’s dynamic ‘Mother City’ travel north through Namaqualand with stops at Augrabies Falls and Fish River Canyon before entering Namibia to experience the great sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. After visiting Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and passing through the lunar landscape of Damaraland, thrill to your first game drive in Etosha National Park. Then it is on to Botswana where you follow the Okavango and the Chobe Rivers, each teeming with wildlife and wonderful birds. The trip ends at spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe that offers exciting views of the falls and lots of great optional activities.

Accommodations:

Breakwater Lodge

Location: Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
South Africa

The Breakwater Lodge is located in the heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront development, just minutes away from restaurants, pubs, theatres, and shops. It provides comfort and affordability with stylish rooms and a sensational view that overlooks the bay and up to Table Mountain.

Facilities:
- Restaurant
- Cafeteria/Takeaway
- Conference Facilities
- Air-conditioning
- Bar
- Fitness Centre
- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV
- Universally Accessible Facilities

Hantam Huis

Location: Calvinia, South Africa

Located in South Africa’s largest province, the Northern Cape, about halfway between Cape Town and Upinton, the Hantam Huis is a haven for relaxation. The hotel offers quaint rooms with a distinct Victorian feel.

Vergelegen Guest House

Location: Kakamas, Northern Cape, 8870, South Africa

The Vergelegen Guest House & Restaurant is situated on the Orange River Valley on a farm type setting just outside of Kakamas. The guest house is close to the Kalahari Desert which provides the opportunity for pre or post safari stays. The guest house features luxury en-suite rooms each with its own private entrance.

The Facilities
- 18 luxury en-suite rooms
- Family Units Available
- Private Entrance
- In-house cozy fireplace
- Guesthouse swimming pool
- Air- Conditioning and heating
- Television with DSTV (South Africa’s satellite network)
- Coffee and tea facilities
- Laundry services
- E-mail and fax facilities
- Room Service and 24-hour Reception
- Business rooms available
- Internet and telephone ports
- WiFi hotspot
- Children under 2 years free

!Xaus Lodge

Location: Kgalagadi Transfrontier, Botswana

!Xaus lodge is located in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, ideal for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari. The !Xaus lodge consists of a central building and 12 chalets, each with its own deck. Surrounding the !Xaus is the saltpans and lakes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, ideal for birdwatchers or those seeking peace and quiet.

The Facilities:
- Pool
- Purified Water
- Winter Sheets
- Gas Heaters
- Ceiling fans

Canyon Village

Location: Gondwana Canyon Park, Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Canyon Village lies at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. Well-appointed cottages in the Cape Dutch style afford views of the vast canyon scenery. The thatched main building is built right into the massive granite boulders and houses a restaurant and cozy bar. With the famous Fish River Canyon just 20 km away the village is a perfect starting point for exploring the canyon. Dozens of murals depict the history and culture of the Bondelswart Nama, the earlier inhabitants of this area. Relish the peace and quiet and enjoy the views at the 'pool with a view'.

Features:
- Restaurant
- Coffee Shop
- Lounge
- Bar
- Swimming Pool
- Souvenir area

Desert Camp

Location: Namibia

Located just 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park is Desert Camp. The camp boasts an unparalleled 360 degree view of the desert and surrounding mountains. From the Camp there is a walking trail outlined that can be followed throughout the premises.

The Facilities:
- Fully Stocked and Serviced Bar
- Big Screen TV
- Swimming Pool
- Communal Bomas
- Adventure Centre

Swakopmund Boutique Hotel

Location: Sam Nujoma Avenue, Namibia

Located on Sam Nujoma Avenue, directly beside beautiful Palm Beach, the Swakopmund Boutique Hotel delivers a luxurious style of hospitality in the heart of Swakopmund. Very close to the vibrant street life, shopping and fine dining there is always something to do, whether it’s going for a night on the town or walking into the sunset on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Features:
- Air Conditioning
- Bar/Lounge
- Restaurants
- Conference Rooms
- Television

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Location: Damaraland , Namibia

The Ugab Terrace Lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Damaraland region in Namibia. In the vicinity there are natural wonders that can be observed such as the famous Vingerklip, Brandberg Mountains, the Petrified Forest and Twyfelfontein. Each bungalow is the lodge is an en-suite with a private verandah overlooking the plateau of the Damaraland.

The Facilities:
- Chalets
- Campsites
- Swimming Pools
- Wi-Fi
- Zip Line
- Mountain Bike Trails
- Walking Trails
- Nature Drives

Halali Restcamp

 

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

The Halali Restcamp is one of a few Restcamps located in the Etosha National Park. The camp is situated halfway between Namutoni and Okaukeujo rest camps and close to some of the most popular waterholes in the entire park, which enables guests to view animals or achieve that perfect picture. Halali Camp is unique in its accommodation as they offer camping as well as ‘Bush Chalets’ and double rooms.
The facilities:
- Restaurant
- Bar
- Pool
- Curio Shop
- Petrol Station
- Waterhole and view point

Namutoni Rest Camp

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha National Park, the Namutoni Rest Camp was once a German hunting fort. Completely rebuilt in 2007, the accommodation is now a luxury camp complete with restaurants, lounges a jewelers and a bookstore. The Namutoni Rest Camp overlooks the King Nehale waterhole, one of the busiest in the area. Namutoni provides double rooms, bush chalets or camping options for accommodation.
The Facilities:
- Camping
- Restaurant
- Steakhouse
- Bar
- Curio Shop
- Jewelers
- Bookstore
- Swimming Pool

Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Location: Namibia

The Ndhovu Safari Lodge is located on the western banks of the Okavango River, just behind the Popa Falls and overlooks the famous Caprivi Game Park. The Lodge offers guests a unique riverboat safari experience aboard their boat ‘The Hippo’ as well as traditional safari lodging. The Lodge also offers a variety of guided tours around the Caprivi Game Park.

Chobe Safari Lodge

Location: Kasane, Uganda

The Chobe Safari Lodge is located in Kasane, Uganda on the banks of the Chobe River. The Hotel is on the doorstep of four African countries and very close to three international airports for ease of access. The hotel features a variety of spacious rooms from luxurious safari themed rooms to rustic camping conditions all with fantastic views of the Chobe River.

The Facilities:
- Restaurant
- Cocktail Bar
- Dinner Cruises
- Activities Center
- Health & Beauty Salon
- Squash Court
- Internet Cafe
- Curio & Craft Shop

A’Zambezi River Lodge

Location: Zimbabwe

The A’Zambezi River Lodge is located in the heart of Victoria Falls on the banks of the Zambezi River within the borders of the Zambezi National Park. The Lodge offers a wide variety of well-appointed and air conditioned rooms, many of which face the river and National Park and surrounding gardens.

The Facilities:
- Airport transfers
- Business Centre
- Parking
- Wi-Fi
- Concierge Service
- Conference Facilities
- Curio Shop
- Swimming Pool
- Room Service
- Laundry and Pressing
- Taxi/ Shuttle

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Cape Town , minimum 2 people
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
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Day 1 Cape Town
Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions. Depart from Breakwater Lodge at 08h00, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, we visit the Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to our well situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at clients’ own expense. Overnight Breakwater Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Breakwater Lodge Included Meals: B
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Day 2 Calvinia (Hantam region)
Departing Cape Town we pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region with spectacular views from the Van Ryns Pass. We arrive in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region. Overnight Hantam Huis (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Hantam Huis Included Meals: B
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Day 3 Augrabies Falls National Park
Leaving the Little Karoo we head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. We pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise’. We spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints. Overnight Vergelegen Guest House (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Vergelegen Guest House Included Meals: B
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Days 4 & 5 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
We head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane Lion. We enjoy a game drive to our lodge and when departing the Park. At our lodge clients can interact with the ancient Bushman people, discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (own expense) including Night Game drive, Sunset Pan drive, Kalahari Nature walk. The evenings are spent gazing in wonder at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck. Overnight !Xaus Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: !Xaus Lodge Included Meals: B
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Days 6 & 7 Fish River Canyon
Leaving the Kalahari region we head west and enter Namibia arriving at our lodge situated in a scenically beautiful area. The following morning is free to relax and in the afternoon we visit the Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe inspiring canyons in the world. Overnight Canyon Village (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Canyon Village Included Meals: B
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Days 8 & 9 Sesriem
Our journey takes us north through ever changing scenery to our accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. We undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon we enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon. Overnight Desert Camp (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Desert Camp Included Meals: B
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Days 10 & 11 Swakopmund
We reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding. We arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (own expense). Activities available include sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert. Overnight Swakopmund Boutique Hotel (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Swakopmund Boutique Hotel Included Meals: B
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Day 12 Damaraland
We drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool. Overnight Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Ugab Terrace Lodge Included Meals: B
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Day 13 Himba Visit / Etosha National Park
In the morning we visit the Himba tribe, a semi-nomadic tribe, living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterised by their proud yet friendly stature and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. A few hours are spent learning more about these fascinating people. After our visit we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive and relax by the floodlight waterhole in the evening. Overnight Halali Restcamp inside Etosha National Park (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Halali Restcamp Included Meals: B
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Day 14 Etosha National Park
This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. The day is spent on game drive through the Park from the Western to the Eastern side of the Park. Overnight Namutoni Restcamp inside Etosha National Park (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp Included Meals: B
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Days 15 & 16 Okavango River
We enter the Caprivi Strip where we spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River. The following day is free for optional excursions (own account) such as bird walks, game drives, mokoro excursions. Overnight Ndhovu Safari Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Ndhovu Safari Lodge Included Meals: B
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Days 17 & 18 Chobe River
Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. We relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Optional morning Game Drive (own account). Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge Included Meals: B
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Days 19 &/ 20 Victoria Falls
We travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls - without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. Days are spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls, rhino walks, elephant back safaris, and to visit the Falls (own expense). Overnight on the banks of the Zambezi river at A’Zambezi River Lodge (or similar accommodation). Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge Included Meals: B
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Day 21 Victoria Falls
Tour ends after breakfast. Included Meals: B

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