Days
22
Price from
$9,680AUD

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.


Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Country
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFDD
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(4 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why we love this trip

  • 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)

  • 1 night at our feature stay; Nata Lodge in thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style.

  • 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.

  • Spend 2 nights in Khowarib Lodge, Damaraland a feature stay on this trip

  • Spend 1 night in Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon a feature stay on this trip

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 05 January 2015 - 30 April 2016

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.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gorge swing - USD110
  • Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
  • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
  • Rafting & river boarding combo (half day) - USD218
  • Sunset cruise Zambezi river - USD50
  • Village & township tour - USD50
Included Activities
  • Victoria Falls Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
You will spend the next two nights in a chalet located just outside Chobe National Park.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning 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.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe - Game Drive 4x4
  • Chobe - River Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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 situated 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.
Accommodation
  • Nata Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nata Pan Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Thamalakane River Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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. Please note you will need to pack a small bag or backpack for this trip as we won't be taking all of our luggage with us.
Your floating home for the next 2 nights is the most incredibly peaceful way to experience the delta. The houseboat has twin-share cabins with bedding, towels and mosquito nets provided (no single supplement is available on these nights). Cabins are very small, and basic but we don't expect you'll be spending much time in there. There is also a dining area on the deck, tea/coffee making facilities and a small collection of books and boardgames.
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.
Accommodation
  • Okavango Houseboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros). In the afternoon, return to the houseboat to witness the sunset
Accommodation
  • Okavango Houseboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Dqae Qare San Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
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 Namibia.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Thule (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day of game viewing (in our truck), before returning to the lodge and finishing up the day with a swim in the pool.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Todayis 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.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
  • Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You may wish take an optional 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Accommodation
  • Solitaire Guest Farm or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This 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.
Accommodation
  • Solitaire Guest Farm or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Canyon Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fish River Canyon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Felix Unite or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Canoe trip - Orange River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Canoe trip - Orange River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Optional Activities
  • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
  • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR250
  • Robben Island tour - ZAR260
  • South African Museum - ZAR27
  • District Six Museum - ZAR25
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
  • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
  • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
Included Activities
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

21 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Custom-built overland vehicle, Houseboat, Mokoro, On foot, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Comfortable lodge, Houseboat, Cultural village

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Victoria Falls Entrance
  • Chobe - Game Drive 4x4
  • Chobe - River Cruise
  • Nata Pan Excursion
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
  • Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Canoe trip - Orange River
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island

Reviews

Our Delta, Dunes & Falls trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Delta, Dunes & Falls, July 2015

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please Note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the Houseboat (2 nights) or at Dqae Qare San Lodge in Ghanzi.

HOUSEBOAT:
It is important to know that the cabin sizes in the houseboat are smaller than a standard room. It would be best to pack a day pack for these 2 nights and leave any excess luggage with the truck. This will make it easier for you to get on and off the houseboat and to store a day pack as opposed to your backpack.There are no ensuite rooms on the houseboat, so the bathroom facilities will be shared.

DQAE QARE SAN LODGE:
The lodge supports the local San D'Kar community and is owned and run by the San Bushmen people. This is a unique, cultural Kalahari experience and the standard of accommodation may be below what you would expect on a Peregrine trip - but the experience is well worth it.

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