22 days

Delta, Dunes & Falls Northbound

Delta, Dunes & Falls Northbound

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

Chobe National Park's river

Etosha National Park - game drives and floodlit waterholes

Off-the-beaten-track Fish River Canyon - the second largest canyon in the world

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Seaside holiday town of Swakopmund

The orange blaze of Sossusvlei's desert dunes

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Trip rating
  • One of our most popular trips in southern Africa combining four spectacular countries - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In 22 days you'll see a whole heap of wildlife and have plenty of time to soak up the colour and atmosphere that is Africa.

    Why we love it

    • Glide through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe)
    • Enjoy relaxing periods between safaris where you can snooze, write a diary, read a book or just take in the magnificent views.
    • The chance to see giraffe, kudu, impala, baboon, hippo, crocodile, warthog, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, spotted hyena, jackal, zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah and even the elusive leopard
    • Plenty of optional activities to get your heart thumping in Swakopmund, including fishing trips, quad biking and sandboarding.
    • Visit the majestic and magnificent Victoria Falls and enjoy a mouth-watering feast of local meats, including warthog, buffalo, crocodile and impala.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Cape Town

    • Today is arrival day in Cape Town. On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation, where you'll meet the rest of your group. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. There will be a group meeting held this evening. Please check Reception for details.
    • There is so much to see and do here, we recommend booking a couple of extra nights before your trip starts so you can explore the city in depth. Highly-recommended excursions include catching the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, taking the ferry across to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, and a day trip down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope peninsula.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lambert's Bay - Clanwilliam

    • You will leave Cape Town and head to the small seaside town of Lamberts Bay today, travelling along the west coast.
    • Its white beaches, lobsters and incredible wildlife have earned it the name ‘diamond of west coast’, but in reality, Lamberts Bay is a quaint fishing town tucked into the western Cape Province - it is best explored by foot.
    • While you are here you will visit Cape Gannet Island. In August and September, you may catch flocks of beautiful gannet – they use the island for breeding. This is a great opportunity for keen bird watchers - this colony is the most accessible of the six located in South Africa and Namibia.
    • Observing these creatures as they wheel, land and settle into their designated positions within their community is truly a spectacle.
    • Have lunch at a local restaurant dubbed one of the "Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For" by National Geographic
    • You will continue back to Clanwilliam where you will spend the night.
    Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Orange River

    • You will leave your coastal retreat behind and cross the border into Namibia today. You should reach your destination on the banks of the Orange River by mid-afternoon. The border crossing and a few photo stops could delay this arrival slightly.
    • The Orange River is the longest in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and on to the Atlantic Ocean.
    • The river is significant for its role in transporting diamonds which in turn leaves the deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline.
    Felix Unite or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Fish River Canyon

    • You will start the day with a half-day canoe adventure along the Orange River today. You will wind through the Richtersveld Mountains, the oldest desert mountains in the world.
    • You will return to land and venture to the Fish River Canyon – one of the largest canyons in the world. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities.
    • You will have the chance to see some beautiful birdlife while you’re here, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a baboon or antelope at dusk.
    • Tonight will be spent in a unique lodge.
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Sossusvlei

    • Today will take you to the eastern edge of the Namib Desert. Known for its array of geological features, The Namib Desert is also the oldest desert in the world.
    • You will enjoy the spectacular diversity of the region as you drive to your lodging for the night.
    • Upon arrival, you can cool off in the swimming pool, before going for a walk to watch the sun set across the breathtaking landscape.
    • You will have a free day here to explore Sossusvlei or relax by the swimming pool. If you awake early, the sunrise over the dunes is incredible.
    • Why not finish your Namib-Naukluft National Park experience on a high with an optional visit to Elim Dune.
    Solitaire Guest Farm or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Swakopmund

    • Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape.
    • From your desert lodge among the dunes, you will traverse desert mountains and the awe-inspiring Kuiseb Canyon, before arriving at the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
    • You will have free time here to enjoy this gorgeous coastal town. The accommodation is within walking distance of the town, where you can enjoy a walk on the beach, open air markets, the local museum or even the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.
    • There are a number of optional activities available here for those who are interested; they all come at an extra cost.
    Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 9-10 - Damaraland

    • Get off the beaten track and head into the heart of Damaraland.
    • Today is a long travel day and you should arrive at our lodge early this evening.
    • Accommodation for the next two nights is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River in the Khowarib Gorge.
    • Rise early on Day 10 and spend the day visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, The Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes. Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
    Khowarib Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11-12 - Etosha National Park

    • This morning you will drive to Etosha National Park; Namibia's largest and best known national park and the third largest wildlife sanctuary in the world. The Etosha Pan (the word 'pan' meaning either a wet or dry waterhole) that forms about a third of the park is a vast shallow depression 139 kilometres long and 50 kilometres wide, and is all that remains of a once great inland sea.
    • It is essentially dry for much of the year, resulting in a shimmering sea of white salt. However, a number of permanent springs located along its southern shores provide sustenance for the many wild animals that are attracted to the springs. During your stay, you might see wildebeest, zebra, springbok, kudu, giraffe, jackal, elephant and, with a little luck, lion, leopard, hyena or perhaps even a cheetah or two!
    • Check into your bungalow accommodation just outside the park. Time permitting, you may embark on a short game drive before sunset.
    • Enjoy included breakfasts and dinner at the camp restaurants, with lunches free for you to organise. You may choose to dine in the restaurants within the camp. Alternatively, there are small local shops that sell groceries - get together with your group to prepare a meal together or simply ask your guide to help recommend somewhere to eat.
    Toshari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Windhoek

    • From Etosha National Park, you will head to Windhoek, an old German colonial town, now a cosmopolitan centre.
    • The Germanic colonial architecture offers the town a historic atmosphere. The Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus are all worthy of a visit.
    • As this is a combination trip, some of your fellow travellers may be leaving you this evening. There will be another group meeting at 6pm and it will be a great opportunity to meet any new travellers who will accompany you through to Botswana.
    Roof of Africa or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 14 - Ghanzi/Central Kalahari

    • Cross the border into Botswana and travel to Ghanzi, known as the "Capital of the Kalahari".
    • This evening we will be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the local Bushmen. Tonight, as we sit around the camp fire the Bushmen will share their extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari and culture through stories and traditional dancing.
    • Accommodation tonight is at a community project in Ghanzi and a bit more basic than what you will encounter throughout your journey, however the concept and experience of Dqae Qare San Lodge will be well worth it.
    • The Dqae Qare San Lodge is run and owned by the local San Bushmen people and supports the San D'Kar community through employment.
    Dqae Qare San Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15-16 - Okavango Delta

    • Head to the Okavango Delta, where we board speedboats that will take us to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. From your floating home you will have the chance to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros).
    • In the afternoon you'll return to the houseboat to witness the often breathtaking sunset.
    • Our houseboat has twin-share rooms (no single supplement is available on these nights) and a dining area on the deck.
    • Please note that on occasions our houseboat won't be available due to regular servicing and maintenance requirements. If this occurs the program will be replaced with alternate land arrangements.
    Okavango Houseboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17 - Maun

    • After disembarking from our houseboat, we again board the speedboats to take us towards Maun - the gateway of the Okavango Delta.
    • For those wanting more adventure, there's an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird's-eye view - a great way to appreciate the immensity of this watery world.
    Maun Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18 - Makgadikgadi Pans

    • Head out to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion to one of the largest salt flats in the world before heading to our lodge.
    • Located in the north-east of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans is a large salt pan situation in the middle of the dry savanna. This pan is now all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi.
    • Our accommodation tonight is at the magnificent Nata Lodge, which is located on the edge of the pans. Sit by the pool or relax in the lounge area and take in your surroundings after a long day.
    Nata Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 19-20 - Chobe National Park

    • Head to Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park.
    • Botswana's first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants.
    • On the morning of Day 20, you will wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants.
    • You will spend the next two nights in a lodge located just outside Chobe National Park.
    Thebe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 21 - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls

    • You will have time to enjoy an optional early morning game drive in Chobe National Park before we head off for Zimbabwe.
    • You will then cross the border into Zimbabwe and continue to the town of Victoria Falls - your final destination. After completing the passport formalities you will drive to the main centre of Vic Falls and check into your boutique lodge. Ideally situated in the centre of town, the lodge is also one of the closest to the falls.
    • The afternoon will be free to enjoy some of the activities Vic Falls is known for.
    • Optional activities include canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park. Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the Falls and the Zambezi Gorges.
    • What better way to end your African adventure than with a superb feast? Tonight you'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 22 - Victoria Falls

    • Your adventure will come to an end after a morning visit to magnificent Victoria Falls (entry fee not included), which was named by the famous Dr David Livingstone. These magnificent falls are considered one of the natural wonders of the world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Arrival transfer
    • Entrance fees at all National Parks (except Victoria Falls)
    • Accommodation just outside Etosha National Park and bungalows by the Okavango River.
    • 2 nights on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta with a mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion.
    • Transport by custom-built overland safari vehicle with large windows ensuring exceptional game viewing.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Delta, Dunes & Falls Northbound

    Paul - Australia, 15 Jul, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. As a first time traveller in this type trip I felt that everything went very smoothly throughout the entire trip thanks to Cozmos and William.

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Start City: Cape Town, South Africa
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Style: Small Group

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