Days
22

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

Why we love this trip

  • 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

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.
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.
Accommodation
  • Cape Milner Hotel or similar (1 night)
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
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Felix Unite or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will start the day with a 3 hour 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.
Accommodation
  • Canyon Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Orange River - Canoe trail (3 hours)
  • Fish River Canyon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
On the morning of Day 6, 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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Fishing trip - USD120
  • Sea kayaking - USD85
  • Seal and dolphin cruise - USD60
Included Activities
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
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.
Day 10 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.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
You will spend the morning 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. Afterwards, travel on to Etosha National Park. Time permitting you may embark on a short afternoon game drive when you arrive on Day 11.
Perhaps spot black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik during game drives. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
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.
Accommodation
  • Roof of Africa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Accommodation
  • Dqae Qare San Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
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.
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.
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 (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
After disembarking from our houseboat, we again board the speedboats to take back to our truck, and then on 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.
Accommodation
  • Maun Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 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
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.
Accommodation
  • Thebe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe - Game Drive (4x4)
  • Chobe - River cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinner (2)
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.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Flying fox - USD50
  • 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
  • Visit Victoria Falls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your adventure will come to an end after a morning visit to magnificent Victoria Falls, 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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

21 breakfasts, 15 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
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
  • Orange River - Canoe trail (3 hours)
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
  • Nata Pan Excursion
  • Chobe - Game Drive (4x4)
  • Chobe - River cruise
  • Visit Victoria Falls

Reviews

Our Delta, Dunes & Falls Northbound trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

Delta, Dunes & Falls - Northbound, October 2015

Peter Brown

Delta, Dunes & Falls - Northbound, July 2015

Keith Hosking

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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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