19 days

Delta, Dunes & Falls (Southbound)

Delta, Dunes & Falls (Southbound)

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

Skeleton Coast's Cape fur seals

The orange blaze of Sossusvlei's desert dunes

The wildlife of Mudumu National Park

The wine-growing region of Cederberg Mountains

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Trip rating
  • One of our most popular trips in southern Africa combining four spectacular countries - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In 19 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

    • Visit the majestic and magnificent Victoria Falls and enjoy a mouth-watering feast of local meats, including warthog, buffalo, crocodile and impala.
    • 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.
    • Viewing the wildlife at night in Etosha National Park, which offers floodlit waterholes
    • An incredible array of different accommodation, including a lodge in the Namib-Naukluft area, a lodge on the banks of the Kwando River, a houseboat and a hotel
    • 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.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Victoria Falls

    • Today is arrival day in Victoria Falls. You’ll be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your accommodation where you'll meet the rest of your group.
    • The rest of the day will be at your leisure to wander around town and to book any optional tours or activities through local agents.
    • 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 kick start your African adventure and get to know your fellow travellers than with a superb feast? Tonight we'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 we'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    • Please note that if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you may wish to choose an earlier session for dinner. An alternative suggestion for the evening is to be transferred earlier to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to enjoy a 'sundowner' drink at their unique outdoor bar overlooking a waterhole.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

    • This morning we visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. Victoria Falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, they form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls are also commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'the Smoke That Thunders' and you’ll see (and hear!) why on our morning tour. US$30 entry fee to the falls is payable at the national park gate and this must be paid for in US dollars cash. (These are Zimbabwean Government regulations. Please ensure you have the correct money and that the notes are not issued prior to the year 2006.)
    • Once inside the park, our guide will take us through the falls area, stopping at different vantage points along the way to explain the history of the falls and its surroundings.
    • After our tour of Vic Falls, we then follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make our way to Chobe National Park, In the afternoon we’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 families of elephants drinking at the river’s edge.
    • We spend the night in a mobile camp inside Chobe National Park itself to experience this African nature wonderland at night, long after all the day-trippers have left.
    Thebe River Safari's or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Chobe National Park - Kwando River - Mudumu National Park Region

    • We enjoy an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park, where we may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge. The park also boasts large herds of cape buffaloes. Please note that a visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience. We are sure to see other people, boats and vehicles but we’re also sure to see wildlife that can be the equal of anything anywhere in Africa.
    • We leave Botswana and enter Namibia travelling west along the Caprivi Strip, a 500 kilometre narrow finger of land that connects Namibia with the Zambezi River.
    • Midway along this strip we stop to spend a night at our lodge just outside the Mudumu National Park.
    • This afternoon you can take part in optional activities offered by the lodge (own expense) including boating, fishing, bird watching or joining a guided game drive or game walk. In this subtropical region we get the opportunity to spot species that are rare in other parts of Namibia, such as hippo, sable antelope, lechwe, tsessebe and buffalo.
    Namushasha Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Okavango Delta

    • This morning we exit Namibia and re-enter Botswana at the Muhembo border. After completing immigration formalities we continue along the edge of the Okavango Delta to Sepupa, where we turn off the main road and on to the sandy river paths that take us to the edge of the Okavango River. The contrast between the arid country that we’ve been travelling through over the past two days and the lush and green riverine setting is quite remarkable.
    • At Sepupa we transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to our home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. From our floating home we have the chance to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros).
    • In the afternoon we return to our houseboat to witness the often breathtaking sunset.
    Delta Boathouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Rundu

    • Today we drive through the Kavango Region to the border at Muhembo, where we re-enter Namibia and drive to the town of Divundu in the northernmost region of Namibia. On our way, we cross the Red Line, a veterinary disease checkpoint that also represents a divide between the developed southern part of the country and the northern traditional part of the country. Along the way we’ll stop at small villages to see the local woodcarvers in action, with the opportunity to pick up a few souvenirs.
    • We arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon, in time to explore the area on foot and enjoy a ‘sundowner’ drink in the unique desert wetland.
    Nkwazi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-9 - Etosha National Park

    • This morning we 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. Most of it is 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 our stay, we hope to see wildebeest, zebra, springbok, kudu, giraffe, jackal, elephant and, with a little luck, lion, leopard, hyena or perhaps even a cheetah or two!
    • Upon arrival into the park, we check into our bungalow accommodation before taking a short game drive before sunset. We spend three nights here, exploring the many regions of the park and staying in its rest camps. Each camp has floodlit waterholes to ensure continuous game viewing.
    • Enjoy included breakfasts at the camp restaurants, with lunches and dinners 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 at each of the camps - get together with your group to prepare a meal together or simply ask your guide to help recommend somewhere to eat.
    Halali Chalets or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 10 - Himba Village - Otjitotongwe - Gelbingen

    • Leaving Etosha we continue south to visit the Himba village and its people.
    • Descendants of Herero herders, they are semi-nomadic people who are unique in rejecting modern ways in favour of traditional ways of life.
    • We can also make an optional visit to Kamanjab, to the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. Many cheetahs are being persecuted by farmers in Namibia because they pose a threat to livestock, and this centre helps protect them and provide them with a home. We might also get a very close-up encounter with the lodge's resident tame cheetah!
    Gelbingen Guest Farm or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Khorixas

    • Heading on, we pass through some small towns and continue into Damaraland, an incredibly picturesque region where prehistoric water courses merged with open plains, grasslands, massive granite koppies and distant mountains to carve out a unique landscape. We spend the day exploring, travelling through often breathtaking semi-desert vistas. The area is also home to several free roaming species including desert elephant, black rhinoceros, ostrich and springbok.
    • On arrival at the great rock amphitheatre of Twyfelfontein, we stop to view the UNESCO World Heritage listed rock engravings and imagine what life might have been like here thousands of years ago. An astonishing 2000 figures are engraved here, some dating back to the early Stone Age.
    • From here we continue a short distance to Khorixas, the capital of the region.
    Igowati Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 12-13 - Cape Cross - Swakopmund

    • Today we travel south across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert through wonderfully varied and colourful landscapes towards the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the seaside holiday town of Swakopmund.
    • Upon reaching Swakopmund we turn north to Cape Cross, on the southern end of the Skeleton Coast. Cape Cross is a huge breeding site for Cape fur seals. With numbers reaching up to 100,000, it makes for an incredible sight and sometimes an incredible smell, especially if the winds are blowing the wrong way!
    • We wander along the coastline and seek out some great photographic opportunities. The site also contains a large cross and an informative plaque about the person who left the cross there - Diego Cao, who in 1485 was the first European person to land on Namibian soil.
    • Our lodge accommodation is within walking distance of the town's many attractions. Your time in Swakopmund will be at your leisure to explore this beautiful coastal town. Stroll along the beach, browse the many and varied shops, barter for souvenirs in the open-air curio market, visit the excellent local museum or get nautical at the Namibian National Marine Aquarium. There are also a number of optional activities that can be arranged (at additional cost).
    Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 14 - Sesriem - Namib Nauklift

    • We leave Swakopmund and head south to Walvis Bay to experience the bird life that is attracted to the large lagoon there including the stunning flamingo population.
    • We then re-enter the Namib Desert and traverse Kuiseb Canyon, taking in the spectacular mountain desert vistas and sand dunes.
    • As we enter the eastern most edge of the dune fields, more stunning vistas await us with the grassy savannah dotted with free roaming wildlife such as springbok, oryx and ostrich. We reach our lodge in the late afternoon, in time to settle in and enjoy the sunset before enjoying a mouth-watering country-style dinner.
    Sossus Desert Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

    • We rise at dawn on Day 15 to head towards Sossusvlei taking in the breathtaking orange-blazed brilliance of the immense sand dunes as the dawn light first strikes their slopes.
    • Later in the morning we walk into Sossusvlei, which is the end of an ancient riverbed. Depending on how energetic you feel, you’ll have the chance to climb Dune 45 and take in the expansive views from its peak.
    • This afternoon we visit nearby Sesriem Gorge - a small, but fascinating area where the desert strata has been cut away by the force of occasional floodwaters over thousands of years. A trip out to Elim Dune is the perfect way to bring our Namib-Naukluft National Park experience to a close.
    Sossus Desert Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16-17 - Fish River Canyon - Cederberg

    • Travelling south, we reach our destination at Fish River Canyon. Nearly 30 kilometres across and 160 kilometres in length, it is reportedly the second largest (and one of the least visited) canyons in the world. We walk along the rim and, in the late afternoon, watch the canyon walls change colour, as they become tinged by the golden rays of the setting sun.
    • As the landscape becomes more rugged, we then wind our way across a mountainous plateau to reach the Gariep River, which marks the border between Namibia and South Africa. Beyond the border are the dramatic mountains of the Cederberg range. Laden with citrus farms, Cederberg is also the highest wine-growing region in the country and, if time permits, we may sample some of the local wines. In the early days of spring after the desert rains have fallen, the Cederberg range is an explosion of colour with the onset of the annual wildflower season (August and September only).
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18 - San Cultural Centre - Cape Town

    • Travelling south we stop 70 kilometres northwest of Cape Town in Khwa ttu, a cultural centre showcasing the unique customs and traditions of the San "bushemen" people who are considered the original indigenous people of southern Africa.
    • After a fascinating guided tour, we enjoy lunch then continue on the road into the heart of Cape Town, set dramatically at the foot of Table Mountain.
    • Our hotel is located just a few minutes away from the V&A Waterfront with its vibrant restaurants and live entertainment. Alternatively, you might prefer to dine closer to home - there is a selection of great cafes and restaurants literally at the doorstep of our hotel.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 19 - Cape Town

    • Our African adventure comes to end on Day 19 after breakfast.
    • There is so much to see and do in Capetown, we recommend booking a couple of extra nights at the end of your trip 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.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Entrance fees at all National Parks
    • Authentic accommodation including a lodge in the Namib-Naukluft area, a quaint lodge situated in the middle of a savannah, a lodge on the banks of the Kwando River.
    • Accommodation in Etosha National Park's rest camps with floodlit game viewing waterholes 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 safari vehicle with large windows ensuring exceptional game viewing.
    • Arrival transfer

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for 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
    • Personal items
  • 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 (Southbound)

    Erica - Australia, 13 May, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    It was my first adventure with Perigrine...I ws amazed!!

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Trip Code PFDD
Group size 8 - 10
Start City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End City: Cape Town

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