22 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

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

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

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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  • 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

    • 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
    • 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

    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
    • An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Please note that if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you may wish to choose an earlier session for dinner.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Victoria Falls

    • This morning you will 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.
    • Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at different vantage points along the way to explain the history of the falls and its surroundings.
    • After your tour of Vic Falls, you will return to your lodge where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Chobe National Park

    • This morning you will follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park. You will arrive at your lodge at around midday, where you can relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. This can be arranged locally with your Tour Leader.
    • On the morning of Day 4, you will take a 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 chalet located just outside Chobe National Park.
    Thebe River Safari's or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Makgadikgadi Pans

    • Heading south, we continue our journey 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 6 - Maun

    • After breakfast this morning we will head to 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 7-8 - Okavango Delta

    • Drive onwards to the boarding point on the Okavango River.
    • Transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to your home for the next two nights - a houseboat.
    • Our houseboat has twin-share rooms (no single supplement is available on these nights) and a dining area on the deck.
    • Experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros).
    • In the afternoon, return to the houseboat to witness the sunset.
    • 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 9 - Ghanzi/Central Kalahari

    • Travel on 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. (No single supplement available for this night of the trip)
    • 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 10 - Windhoek

    • Cross the border into Namibia and head to Windhoek.
    • Take in the German architecture of Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
    Roof of Africa or similar
    Breakfast

    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 accommodation just outside of Etosha National Park. Time permitting, you may embark on a short game drive (in our truck) before sunset. You will spend two nights here, exploring the many regions of the park.
    Toshari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13-14 - 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.
    • Home to Namibia's highest peak, ancient rock paintings and petrified forests, the harshly beautiful and sparsely populated Damaraland region is a land of spectacular contrasts.
    • On the way to your lodge, you will spend the afternoon visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site and The Petrified Forest. Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
    • Day 14 is a free day for you to explore the region and perhaps look at some of the optional activities in the area.
    • Day time temperatures in this area often peak around 30C so we try and get our visits to the sights done as early as possible and spend the remainder of the day back at the camp by the pool or in the shade.
    Khowarib Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15-16 - Swakopmund

    • Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape. Your destination is the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
    • Upon arrival at Swakopmund, you will check into your hotel and have free time 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.
    • You may wish take an option trip north to Cape Cross - a breeding site for Cape fur seals. There can be in excess of 100,000 seals there at any given time, creating quite a spectacle. Quite a smell too, if the wind happens to change direction. You will wander the coastline and attempt to capture these beautiful creatures in a photo or two, and also visit the large cross that sits nearby, left there by Diego Cao, who was the first European person to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485.
    • There are also 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 | Lunch

    Day 17-18 - Sossusvlei

    • You will depart your coastal retreat in Swakopmund and head south 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.
    • On the morning of Day 18, you will take an early morning visit to Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. If you are in the mood, a climb to the top of dune 45 will grant you unsurpassed views of the region.
    • In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, a fascinating place of natural wonder.
    • 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 19 - Fish River Canyon

    • You leave Sossusvlei early and head to Fish River Canyon today – one of the largest canyons in the world. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities.
    • You'll hopefully see some beautiful birdlife while you’re here, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a baboon or antelope at dusk.
    • In the afternoon the magnificence of the canyon is amplified, as the setting sun reflects off walls and changes their colour.
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 20 - Orange River

    • You will leave Fish River Canyon today and head on to Orange River. You should reach your destination on the banks of the river by mid-afternoon.
    • 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.
    • Set off this afternoon (time permitting) on a canoe trip down the Orange River. If we run out of time this afternoon, we will do this canoe trip on the morning of Day 21.
    Felix Unite or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 21 - Clanwilliam

    • Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
    • Leaving Namibia behind we cross the border into South Africa.
    • Today is a long travel day, arriving at our guesthouse in the late afternoon/early evening - depending on the border crossing formalities and photo stops along the way.
    • Our guesthouse for the night is situated in the historic town of Clanwilliam.
    Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 22 - Cape Town

    • 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 - Muisbosskerm.
    • 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.
    • You will travel on to Cape Town today, where your trip will end upon arrival.
    • If you intend to fly out of Cape town today, please don't book a flight before 10.00pm. You can choose to stay on in Cape Town if you wish, ask about additional accommodation when you book the trip.
    Breakfast | Lunch
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Transport: Houseboat, Open 4WD vehicles, Mokoro
    • Authentic Accommodation includes: 4 nights comfortable hotel, 14 nights comfortable lodge, 2 nights houseboat, 1 nights guesthouse
    • Meals: 21 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners.
    • Arrival transfer
    • Entrance fees at all National Parks (except Victoria Falls)
    • Accommodation just outside Etosha National Park
    • 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.
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    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
    • Gratuities for tour leader/safari leader

    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 or putting it on the ground 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.

  • 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)

    Prudence - New Zealand, 22 Jul, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    Innocent very good tour leader and AJ very good driver. Accommodation abnd food good. We covered a lot of territory on corrugated roads and AJ handled this very well as well as having to fix the occasional breakdown. Truck was not that good and tar emmitted from steps when it got to a certain temperature each day so got tar on clothes.

    Delta, Dunes & Falls (Southbound)

    KEVIN & HELEN - New Zealand, 13 May, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating
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Trip Code PFDD
Start City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End City: Cape Town, South Africa
Style: Small Group

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