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Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town, there’s one last photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama of Table Mountain. On the way to the Cederberg we visit!Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour & museum visit. After the 3hr tour lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to Piketberg for wine tasting at a local wine farm. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Blommenberg Guesthouse
Facilities: En-suites per room, hot showers, swimming pool.
Included Activities: San guided tour, wine-tasting
Route: Cape Town to Clanwilliam ±230 km
Travel time: ±5 hrs

Cederberg Mountains
The Cederberg mountains and nature reserve are located near Clanwilliam, and named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedars (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis), which are endemic to the area, growing at an altitude of 1 000 m to 1 500 m. Some species are believed to live up to 1000 years, but human activity has led to the destruction of most of the original forests. The mountains extend about 50 km north-south by 20 km east-west, the highest peak in the range is Sneeuberg (2 028 m). The area is defined by dramatic sandstone rock formations, often reddish in colour. Cederberg Wilderness Area was recently proclaimed one of eight World Heritage Sites within the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. The area is also known for the San rock art, and the discovery of important fossils, particularly in recent years. The fossils are of primitive fish and date back 450 million years to the Ordovician Period.

Day 2 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River
Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check in to the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Felix Unite
Facilities: En-suite per room, water not drinkable, bar.
Route: Clanwilliam to Orange River ±570 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours.
Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours.
The Gariep (Orange) River
The Orange River was originally called the Nu Gariep (“great river”) by the indigenous Nama people. It was named the Orange River by Colonel Robert Gordon, commander of the Dutch East India Company garrison at Cape Town, on a trip to the interior. Gordon named the river in honour of William of Orange, although a popular belief is that it was named for its colour. Nowadays known by its original name Gariep River, it is the longest river in South Africa, covering 1 800 km. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, where it is known as Senqu, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. On its long journey, the Orange offers a variety of vistas: in places it is seamed by rugged mountain chains and in other parts, by endless dune fields. The river forms part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Although the river does not pass through any major cities, it plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Orange River is also responsible for the diamond deposits along the Namibian coast. Over millions of years it transported diamonds from the volcanic pipes in Kimberley in South Africa to the sea. From there, the currents took them northward and the surf deposited them into the dune fields of the Namib.

Day 3 Gariep(Orange) River – Fish River Canyon/Ai-Ais
This morning there’s the chance to canoe down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing. After lunch we travel north to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs. We take a scenic walk along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where photo opportunities are fantastic. Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ais Ais
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot springs, restaurant.
Included activities: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±210 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Ai-Ais meaning 'burning water’ in the local Nama language, refers to the sulphurous thermal hot water springs found at the base of the mountains at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. The Ai-Ais (pronounced “eye-ice”) springs originate deep under the riverbed and form an oasis in the extremely arid area. During the Nama uprising of 1903–07, when the local Herero and Nama people rebelled against German colonial rule, the hot springs were used by German military forces as a base camp. In 1915, the area was again used as a base by South African troops who were recovering from wounds during the South-West Africa Campaign. In the 1960s the spring was proclaimed a national monument and became a conservation area, and on 16 March 1971, the camp was officially opened. The thermal water, rich in sulphur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of about 60 degrees C, and is said to be therapeutic.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon - Kokerboom Forest
Travelling into the Kalahari Desert area of Namibia we visit the amazing Kokerboom (Quiver tree) Forest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Stampriet Historical Guesthouse
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers.
Included Activities: Visit the Kokerboom (Quiver tree) forest
Route: Ais Ais to Kalahari ±470 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs

Kokerboom Forest
The Kokerboom or Quiver tree is a type of tree aloe, a succulent plant that can store water in its stems and leaves. It is one of the most characteristic plants of the Namib, and is known as 'garas' by the Namas (from the word meaning "to scratch lines") and 'choje' by the Bushmen. The name Kokerboom or Quiver tree comes from a tradition of the Bushmen (San) of Namaqualand who, needing quivers for their poisoned arrows, cut branches from the tree, hollowed out the fibrous interior, and attached a carrying strap. Confined to the Northern Cape and Namibia, this tree aloe is found growing mainly on the rocky habitat of the hills along the Orange River. Due to the harsh climate in these areas, the tree has a remarkable ability to absorb water through a superficial root system, and store it in its leaves and corky tissue. Quiver trees are usually solitary but in places they occur in dense "forests", creating an uncommonly beautiful landscape. A good example of this is near Keetmanshoop, where some 250 of these unusual trees have grown closely together. Small animals make their homes between the leaves and in the corky trunk. Sociable Weavers can build huge communal nests shared by as many as 400 birds, and sometimes covering the whole tree.

Day 5 Bushman Community – Namib-Naukluft Park
The Namib- Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well the remarkable landscape. After a optional !Xung Bushman walk in the morning we travel to the Namib and stay the night just outside the park. Optional Activities: !Xung Bushman Guided Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool
Route: Mariental to Hammerstein ±350 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

The Namib Desert
The Namib desert is one of the oldest and largest in the world, occupying an area of around 90 000 km², stretching 1 000 km along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the second oldest desert in the world, after the Atacama Desert in Chile. It has less than 10 mm of rain annually and is almost completely barren, charecterised by dramatic red dunes with sharp ridges, some of which tower
3 000 m in the air, the highest in the world. A section of the central Namib Desert incorporates The Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa, as well as the Naukluft Mountains. Despite the harsh conditions, a variety of plant and animal life can be found in the desert. There are some unusual species of plants and animals that are found only in this desert.

Day 6 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts by being transported in to Sossusvlei. Later we travel to Dune 45 where you have the chance to hike up the dune for an amazing view and photo opportunity. In the afternoon there’s a short walk into the Sesriem Canyon. Optional Activities: Wild Cat Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hammerstein Lodge
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, pool
Included Activities: Hike up Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon
Route: Hammerstein to Sossusvlei ±230 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park is an ecological preserve in the Namib Desert. It is the largest game park in Africa, covering about 50 000 square km, and a surprising collection of creatures survives in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsbok and jackals. Most of the life here is sustained by sea mists from the Atlantic and sporadic rainfall. The winds that bring in the fog are also responsible for creating the park’s towering sand dunes, whose burnt orange color is a sign of their age. The color develops over time as iron in the sand is oxidized, like rusty metal; the older the dune, the brighter the color. These dunes are the tallest in the world; the most famous of which is Dune 45, which reaches more than 170 m. The dunes were numbered to make the area easier to navigate, and coincidentally Dune 45 is 45 km from Sesriem Canyon.

‘Namib’ means open space in the local Nama language, and the Namib Desert gave its name to form Namibia – “land of open spaces”. The park was established in 1907 by the German Colonial Administration. The park's present boundaries were established in 1978 by the merging of the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park, parts of Diamond Area 1 and some other bits of surrounding government land.
The Park includes Sossusvlei, a clay pan in the central Namib Desert, fed by the Tsauchab River and known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming a vast sand ocean.
The Sesriem Canyon, another of the highlights of the Namib desert and the entrance point to the western section of the Namib Naukluft Park, was formed by the Tsauchab River, which carved the canyon out of sedimentary rock over the past two million years. During the rare rainfalls in the Naukluft Mountains, the river becomes rapid-running and strong and has over the years created the canyon, now 1 km long and up to 300 m wide. The water held in parts of the canyon provides water for a variety of wildlife that has adapted to life in this arid landscape.
The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts", since the early travellers and settlers had to attach six belts together in order to reach buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water.

Day 7/8 Swakopmund
We are joined by an expert local guide for a 3-hour nature walk. Exploring on foot, this local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ecosystem. Afterwards we cross the Tropic of Capricorn on our way from the Atlantic Coast. Our first stop is Walvis Bay where we may see some flamingos. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available. Optional Activities: Dinner Out, Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 7); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 8)
Accommodation: Two per room: Either: Villa Wiese Guesthouse or Dunedin Star Guesthouse
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, drinkable water, cash bar, laundry service.
Included activities: 3hr desert walk on a private farm, viewing flamingos in Walvis Bay
Route: Hammerstein to Swakopmund ±360 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hours (including Walvis Bay)

Founded in 1892 by Geman settlers, Swakopmund was intended to be the main harbour of German South-West Africa. Increased traffic between Germany and its colony necessitated establishing a port of its own, as Walvis Bay, located 33 kilometers south, was in British possession. The choice fell to a site north of the Swakop River, where water was readily available. There is a strong German architectural influence in the town, with its Bavarian-style buildings, including the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909 and the Wörmannhaus, built in 1906 with a prominent tower, now a public library.
The area now known as Swakopmund was orginally called “Tsoakhaub", a Nama word that can be translated as "excrement opening", an offensive but accurate description of the waters of the Swakop River when it flooded, carrying masses of mud, sand, vegetation and animal corpses to the Atlantic Ocean. The name was changed to "Swachaub" by German settlers, and with the proclamation of Swakopmund as an independent district of German South-West Africa in 1896, the present way of writing Swakopmund (meaning Estuary of the

Swakop in German) came into use.
Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, Swakopmund enjoys a temperate climate. Rainfall is rare, but the cold Benguela current supplies moisture to the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km inland. The fauna and flora of the area has adapted to this phenomenon and now relies upon the fog as a source of water.
Swakopmund is well known for adventure sports including: skydiving, sandboarding and quadbiking. Your guides will be able to assist you in deciding on a suitable activity, alternatively, spend the day exploring the town and enjoying the various coffee shops and souvenir shops.

Day 9 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe
Today we head inland towards Kamanjab in the north-west of Namibia. In the afternoon we spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Oase Guest House:
Facilities: En-suites, swimming pool
Included activity: Guided visit to the Himba tribe
Route: Swakopmund to Kamanjab ±420 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs (if rainy season, alternative route will be taken due to bad road conditions)

The Himba People
The Himba are descendents of the Herero people, and still speak a dialect of the old Herero language. There are about
20 000 – 50 000 Himba people living in the Kunene region, where they have recently built two villages at Kamanjab. The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who breed cattle and goats in this dry, rugged, and mountainous area. They are some of the most photographed people in the world, due to their striking style of dress, and their traditional lifestyle. Their appearance is characterised by scanty goat-skin clothing, and they are heavily adorned with jewellery of shells, copper and iron, according to the tribal hierarchy. The distinctive red colour of their skin and hair is a mixture of butter, ash and ochre (otjize) which protects them from the harsh desert climate.
Typically the women take care of the children, do the milking and other work, whilst men take care of the political tasks. The villages are made up of family homesteads – huts built around a central fire and livestock enclosure. Both the livestock and fire are pivotal to the Himba belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection of the living community.
Situated about 20 km outside of town, a guided tour around the village will not only give you an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba, but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. You will find out about the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, be informed on the beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. You will also learn about the jewelry and hairstyles to imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children. The income generated from these excursions, helps to sustain the tribe from day to day, buying food and supplies, medicine (if necessary) and taking care of the children. Please take note that the village is not for show or a human zoo, you will be allowed inside these amazing peoples’ home and have a cultural exchange. Please respect their lives and ways as they would respect yours and in this way help preserve their culture and traditions.

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
After our informative time spent with the Himba we travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular viewing from your truck while on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodation is inside the park at Okaukuejo and/or Halali which both boast floodlit night water holes where the animals come regularly to drink. Optional Activities: Night Game Drive and Morning Game Drive with Game Ranger.

Day 10
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Halali
Facilities: En-suites, bar, shop, swimming pool
Included Activities: Afternoon game drive in truck
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park ±290 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 11
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Okaukuejo
Facilities: En-suite, bar, shop, swimming pool
Included Activities: Full day game drive in truck

Etosha National Park
Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan, part of the great Kalahari Basin. The Etosha pan, originally a lake fed by the Kunene River, covers about 5 000 square km, a quarter of the Etosha National Park. The lake dried up thousands of years ago and is now a dusty depression of salty clay which occasionally fills with the rare heavy rains. This temporary water supply stimulates the growth of an algae which attracts wading birds and flamingos by their thousands. Large concentrations of wildlife gather year-round at the perennial springs on the edges of the pan. This amazing abundance of wildlife makes Etosha one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves. Covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Day 12 Windhoek
En-route to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African art and crafts. On arrival in Windhoek we take a short driving tour around the city, and there’s some free time to explore the centre. Optional Activities: Dinner Out.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per Room: Hotel Safari
Facilities: En-suites, restaurant, bar
Included Activities: Craft market en-route; short city tour in Nomad truck
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±550 km
Travel time: ±7-9 hrs (Long Day)

The Nama people originally gave Windhoek the name Ai-Gams, meaning “hot water” due to the hot springs that were once part of the town. The Herero people who lived there called it Otjomuise, “place of steam”. Theories vary on how Ai-Gams/Otjomuise got its modern name of Windhoek, most believe the name Windhoek is derived from the Afrikaans word Wind-Hoek, meaning "corner of wind". It is also thought that the Afrikaners named Windhoek after the Winterhoek Mountains, at Tulbagh in South Africa, where the early Afrikaner settlers had lived. In those days Windhoek was the point of contact between the warring Namas, led by Jan Jonker Afrikaner, and the Herero people.
Present-day Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890, when German settler Von François fixed the foundation stone of the Alte Feste fort. During the next fourteen years Windhoek developed slowly, with only the most essential government and private buildings being erected. After 1907, the town grew quickly as people migrated from the countryside to the city, and a large influx of European settlers began arriving from Germany and South Africa. Many beautiful buldings and monuments were erected, including Heinitzburg, one of three castles in Windhoek, the fairy-tale Christuskirche, and The Rider statue.

Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi
We say goodbye to Namibia and journey through the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the Bushman (San) community. Optional Activities: Bushman (San) Guided Walk, Game Drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Tautona Lodge
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Included Activities: Bushman dancing in evening
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±570 km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00.
Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

As we cross the border we’ll start to see villagers, cattle, donkeys, and sheep along the side of the highway. Sometimes the donkeys and cows sit in the middle of the road and any amount of horn blowing won't get them out of the road. Independent since 1966, Botswana (formally a British protectorate) has three of the world’s richest diamond mines, and this has made Botswana quite a wealthy nation. Now 40 years old, it is known as the African success story. Politically stable and with the foresight to invest in education, healthcare, high economic standards and without the racial issues that have plagued other countries, Botswana has the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa. The government has employed a strategy of high income - low impact tourism. This is where they reduce the number of tourists entering any area of the country by charging a lot more than neighbouring countries, thereby making it more restrictive for the budget traveller.
Bushman (San) people
The San people, formally know as Bushmen, are indigenous to Southern Africa and have lived here for over 30 000 years. It is truly an incredible experience to get an understanding of what Africa was like in the past and how these people survived in the desert conditions, living in harmony with nature. It is said that the word ‘San’ meant ‘wild people who can’t farm’, however historically they didn’t have a collective word for themselves. They now call themselves Ncoakhoe meaning ‘red people’, but the term ‘San’ is still predominant. They were nomadic people – primarily hunter gatherers, moving to where the food and water could be found. It is estimated that there are only 55 000 San people left, with 60% of them living in Botswana, and the rest in Namibia and northern South Africa. Many examples of their expressive and remarkable cave paintings can be found dotted around Southern Africa, tracking their historical movements. Sadly nowadays their traditional lifestyle has been eroded by colonial influence, and they can be found in 'squalid alcohol plagued settlements' or on farms and cattle posts.

Day 14/15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for the Delta excursion. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our next overnight stop. Animals are often spotted from the lodge, but we also take a nature walk and, if the water level allows, a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip. Optional Activities: Crocodile Farm Visit in Maun (Day 14), Nature Walk, Mokoro Rides (1 x Nature Walk & 1 x Mokoro Ride included as per below)

Day 14
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Sitatunga
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±300 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs

Day 15
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing
Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool
Included Activities: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossings approx 20min, Afternon boat cruise along the Delta channels
Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person

Day 16
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Meru Tent: Moremi Crossing
Facilities: En-suite, bar, hot water, swimming pool
Included Activities: Mokoro Ride and Nature Walk

Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana, is known as the tourism capital and the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It is an eclectic contrast of modern buildings and traditional huts. Now home to over 30 000people, the town was founded in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. It originally serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting operations of the area, and had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town. With the growth of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road from Nata in the early 1990s, Maun developed swiftly, losing much of its old town character. However, it is still infamous for its infestation of donkeys and to lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen wandering around freely as the local farmers arrive in the innumerable taxis to sell their wares on the kerbside.
With the influx of tourism dollars, the typical traditional rondavels (round huts) of the past have been replaced by square but modestly sized cinderblock homes roofed with tin, or sometimes tiles. It is not unusual to see mud rondavels with satellite dishes, attesting to the increasing affluence of Botswana, and the increasingly reliability of power and communications in the town. This striking contrast of the traditional and the modern is also evident in the multi-level air-conditioned shopping centres incongruously surrounded by potholes, dusty parking lots and lively market places.
Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km. It originates in Angola - numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally enters Botswana, where it is becomes the Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River used to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to back up and form what is now the Okavango Delta. This has created a unique system of waterways that supports a vast array of animal and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry Kalahari savannah.

There are an estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog is present within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle.
Many of these animals live in the Delta but the majority pass through, migrating with the summer rains to find renewed fields for grazing. With the onset of winter the countryside dries up they make their way back to the floodplains. This leads to some of the most incredible sightings as large numbers of prey and predators are pushed together. Certain areas of the Delta provide some of the best predator action seen anywhere in the world.

Day 17 Gweta
A second scenic air-transfer will return us to Maun and the truck. This afternoon we drive to Planet Baobab where our evening accommodation is set amongst the majestic Baobab trees. Optional activities: Baobab Nature Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Planet Baobab
Facilities: En-suites, bar, swimming pool
Included activities: Scenic flight back to Maun
Route: Maun to Gweta ±200 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Planet Baobab
Planet Baobab provides an oasis in the middle of the endless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans. It’s reputably the baobab capital of the world and home of the Kalahari Surf Club! Planet Baobab is perhaps the funkiest camp in the Kalahari, where you can sleep in authentically styled, luxurious Bakalanga huts, or simply pitch a tent nearby.
The pans are the remnants of the once great Lake Makgadikgadi, which covered some 80 000 square km. Up to 30 metres deep, thousands of years ago, this was the largest inland sea in Africa. The pans now support strange ‘upside down trees’ – the massive Baobab – some of which are 2 400 years or older. Elephants are the other giants in the area, they splash about in a nearby watering hole to cool off, seemingly unaware of the guests’ presence.

Day 18 Kasane - Chobe National Park
After continuing north to Kasane, we take a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephant are plentiful. Optional Activities: Chobe NP Afternoon Game Drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, bar, swimming pool.
Included Activities: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP
Route: Gweta to Kasane ±400 km
Travel time: ±6-8 hrs

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana, covers 10 566 square km of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the mosaic of lakes, islands and floodplains formed from the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems. The area is renowned for its vast herds of elephant and buffalo. The elephant population is currently about 120 000. The Chobe elephants are migratory, moving up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park in the rainy season. They are Kalahari elephants, characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks, perhaps because of calcium deficiency in the soil. Due to their high concentration, there is a lot of damage to the vegetation in some areas. Culls have been considered, but are too controversial and have thus far been rejected.
The original inhabitants of the area were the San people, otherwise known in Botswana as the Basarwa. They were hunter-gatherers who lived by moving from one area to another in search of water, wild fruits and hunting grounds. The San were pushed out by groups of the Basubiya people and, around 1911, a group of Batawana moved to the area. In 1931 it was decided that a national park would protect the wildlife from extinction, and attract tourists. In 1932, an area of some 24 000 square km in the Chobe district was declared a non-hunting area. Over the years the park’s boundaries have been altered, and the people settled in the area have been relocated graduallly, and Chobe National Park was finally empty of human occupation in 1975. In 1980 and again in 1987, the boundaries were altered, increasing the park to its present size.

Day 19 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
After an optional dawn game drive we cross into Zimbabwe where we have a short briefing on all the activities available here. Then we enter the much anticipated Victoria Falls NP where we will experience the might of the great Zambezi River. Officially your tour finishes the next day after breakfast but most people will spend the day enjoying one of the many exciting activities available. Optional Activities: Sunrise Game Drive in Chobe NP, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner Out, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, White Water rafting and many more...

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per Room: Elephant Hills Resort
Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool
Included Activities: Vic Falls National Park Entrance
Route: Kasane to Vic Falls ±100 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs and a border crossing

Border posts: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320, Open: 06h00-20h0
Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00
Victoria Falls
Once we have crossed the border into Zimbabwe it is a short drive to the town of Victoria Falls where we will be briefed about all the different activities available. Choose carefully as almost all of them are really worth doing. Your guides can advise you on the best way to spend your time here. Please be aware that you cannot use credit/debit cards in Zimbabwe, so cash (USD) is best. The prices of the activities are listed at the beginning of this dossier so you can make sure to bring what you need.

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is 1 700 m wide and 108 m high – said to be the largest falls in the world. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls, and wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) is the name in official use in Zambia. Due to its immense power and size, the waterfall is surrounded by a rich mythology. The local Tonga people of the Zambezi believe that a river god, Nyaminyami, resides in the water in the form of an immense snake. When the Kariba Dam was built in the 1950s, the Zambezi River flooded three times, causing many deaths and much destruction. The local people believe Nyaminyami caused the terrible floods in his anger at the construction.
The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres, because the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow slot like chasm, connected to a long series of gorges. Few other waterfalls allow such a close approach on foot.
The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a chasm 60–120 m wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 m at its western end to 108 m in the centre. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 m-wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges.
There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle. At less than full flood, additional islets divide the curtain of water into separate parallel streams. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Leaping Water (called Devil's Cataract by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Most people will spend the day white water rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives, such a walk with lions, or a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Your tour officially finishes after breakfast, but there is the option to book extra nights. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Lion Encounter, and many more.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad
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