27 Day Namibia, South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Safari

From June 23, 2019 to July 19, 2019
From July 20, 2019 to August 15, 2019
From August 15, 2019 to September 10, 2019
From September 11, 2019 to October 07, 2019
From June 21, 2020 to July 17, 2020
From July 18, 2020 to August 13, 2020
From August 13, 2020 to September 08, 2020
From September 09, 2020 to October 05, 2020

Arrive in Cape Town or Livingstone
Journey Cape Town - Livingstone or Livingstone - Cape Town
Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
Trip Length 27 Days
Highlights Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Twfelfontein World Heritage site, Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Goegap Nature Reserve, Table Mountain, Cape Town.

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Talk about a safari that is different from the norm, this is it!!!

Enjoy five river cruises and numerous game drives while travelling through varying landscapes of four very different African countries. Each country offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of Africa; from the mighty Victoria Falls to the winding lush waterways of the African Rivers, from seeking wildlife on exhilarating game drives to traversing beautiful and varied scenery; Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon, a ghost town, Sossusvlei sand dunes, salt pans, and Table Mountain in beautiful Cape Town.

Receive the personal touches expected when travelling as a small group, qualified and knowledgeable guides, great accommodation all at a very reasonable price. This three week safari offers a fantastic balance of incredible wildlife, unique scenery and attractions specific to this region which makes it one of our most popular.  Enjoy five separate river cruises and exhilarating game drives to witness wildlife in its natural habitat.  You will be amazed by the impressive Fish River Canyon and the spectacular sand dunes of Sossusvlei which include an open 4×4 dune safari experience.  Such a varied safari with wildcat walking at the Cheetah Predatory Project, visiting the famous Crystal Gallery and Engelhard Gallery, learning about the diamond industry and a visit to a ghost town – it covers an assortment of interests for all. Wildlife rich countryside, including Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Caprivi Game Park and Chobe National Park will delight you as will the beautiful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.  A highlight of this safari would have to be an up close experience of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Please note: Many of the scenic roads in Namibia are dusty at times and occasionally bumpy. There are 4 long travelling days which are necessary on this safari due to the beauty found in remote areas.  Please browse our shorter 15 Day Namibia safari for an option covering less kms, and less sightseeing.

Comments from Traveljoy guests about this safari.

What can we say!!!  Our trip was even better than anticipated. Seeing the big 5 was an unexpected pleasure. Accommodation was fantastic! Food, say no more. We both put on kilos. Our wonderful guide looked after us so well and we marveled at his knowledge of the animals and birds. We never at any time felt in danger. To anyone contemplating the trip we would say: Go for it! We shall always remember our small group (like a family) and our trip of a lifetime. Thanks to all concerned at Traveljoy.     Joan and Brian

Thanks for the tour which had many highlights! Our guide was very good. He certainly informs and protects his group very well and we got on together quite well. We enjoyed the variety of places of accommodation very much, each place was so different and some very unique! We loved the wildlife, the boat cruises and game drives were fantastic, what an adventure! Thanks again for everything.     David and Dawn

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27 DAY  ITINERARY COMMENCING IN CAPETOWN ENDING IN LIVINGSTONE

DAY 1 Australia – Johannesburg – Cape Town


DAY 2 On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by your experienced tour guide. With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting) and Castle of Good Hope; the oldest European building in South Africa. In the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront offers restaurants, entertainment and shopping which seamlessly merge with the fresh sea breeze and African sun, adding a zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. Stay in Cape Town for two nights. D

DAY 3 Travel the scenic route to Cape Point Nature Reserve, a spectacular narrow finger of land, covered in fynbos and home to beautiful bays. If time permits you will stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguins. BD

DAY 4 Late morning departure from Cape Town to drive to the charming fishing village of Lambert’s Bay, where you will overnight. This part of the coast is beautiful, with wide expanses of white sand and blazing blue skies, you will have an opportunity to taste local seafood in the heart of crayfish country. BD

DAY 5 Drive through the Northern Cape, which reflects facets of nature at its most harsh. Visit Goegap Nature Reserve with typical rocky hills and sandy flats. It is home to numerous fauna and flora. You will visit the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden; a floral wonderland and World Heritage site. Overnight in Springbok. BD

DAY 6 Depart Springbok, cross the border to enter Namibia. Visit the Fish River Canyon; the largest in the southern hemisphere and the second largest in the world. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking. The canyon measures 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and almost 550 m at its deepest. Overnight amongst spectacular landscapes near Fish River Canyon. BD

DAYS 7 – 8 Drive through changing landscapes to the ocean at Naminus (formerly known as Lüderitz), staying for two nights.  You will board the spacious Zeepaard catamaran for a boat trip to Halifax Island, home of the African penguin, is also included. Visit Goerke House and the interesting Kolmanskop Ghost Town. This tour provides all the information about its history and the diamond industry today. BD

DAYS 9 – 10 Drive to Helmeringhausen to visit the 1909 Duwisib Castle. We have also included a very special visit to a ‘Predator Project,’ where you can see cheetahs and other wildlife at very close range. Rise early to experience nature and life in the Namib Desert, starting the adventure at Sesriem, then to Sossusvlei with open 4×4 safari vehicles into the highest sand dunes in the world. Stay in a lodge nestled between the Nubib and Tsaris Mountains for two nights. BD

DAYS 11 – 12 Travel via the fishing town of Walvis Bay spotting the many waterbirds including pink flamingoes then through Namib Naukluft Park, the biggest nature conservation area in Namibia and the fourth largest in the world. The arid landscapes vary from massive mountains and giant sand dunes to large grass plains, deep river beds and even a lagoon near the ocean. Quad biking in the desert is an experience where no other vehicle will take you (optional at own cost), or you may choose a living nature tour of the Namib Desert. Visit the famous Kristall Galerie and Engelhard Gallery for jewellery and art. Stay two nights in Swakopmund. BD

DAYS 13 – 14 Drive to Cape Cross Seal Colony where thousands of seals can be seen. Pass Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, on your way to the Kunene region. You will visit the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the Stone Age petroglyphs within the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site. Stay at unique Twyfelfontein for two nights. BD

DAY 15 Visit the Petrified Forest then drive via Khorixas to Vingerklip; a rock formation that stands 35 m tall and has been worn into its distinctive shape by time and erosion. Spend three nights at a game lodge near the southern end of Etosha National Park. BD

DAY 16 Spend most of the day in Etosha National Park. A visit to Etosha is one of the highlights of travelling through Namibia. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra, almost all African animal species are represented in this huge nature reserve, covering an area of more than 2,275,000 ha. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; often they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. BLD

DAY 17 Spend another half day in Etosha National Park. The rest of your day is at leisure at your accommodation. BD

DAY 18 After breakfast continue your journey via Tsumeb and Grootfontein, where you may visit the Tsumeb Art and Craft Centre, Tsumeb Museum and/or the Hoba Meteorite. End your day at a river lodge near Rundu with a picturesque sunset cruise. BD

DAYS 19 – 20 After breakfast drive to the mouth of the Okavango Delta, known as the ‘Panhandle.’ It is situated in the Zambezi region (formerly known as the Caprivi region), and lends itself to a journey of culture, birds, mammals and flora. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to take in the beauty and splendour of nature and stay here for two nights. A river game cruise to spot the prolific bird and wildlife and game drives in Mahango Game Reserve are included. BD

DAYS 21 – 22 Depart late morning and drive through the Caprivi Game Park on your way to your next lodge, where you can relax for two nights. The islands in this region are known among the local tribes as ‘Islands of Abundance,’ offering a wealth of unspoilt beauty and wildlife. Enjoy an open safari game drive, an optional guided nature walk and a sundowner boat trip… experience Africa unspoiled! BD

DAYS 23 – 24 Cross the border and continue to Kasane, staying for two nights near Chobe National Park in Botswana. An early morning game drive before breakfast and an afternoon river game cruise till sunset on the Chobe River are included. The wildlife in this area is truly spectacular; a memory you won’t forget. Enjoy dinner under the magnificent starry sky. BD

DAY 25 Cross the border via boat and enter your fourth country, Zambia. Drive to Livingstone, close to the spectacular, world famous Victoria Falls. Explore the magnificent falls and African craft markets, overnight close by. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River to wave Africa farewell. BD

DAY 26 After breakfast you will have the opportunity to experience an ultimate helicopter flight, taking in the powerful beauty of Victoria Falls (flight at your own cost). Drive to Livingstone Airport. You will start your extension of choice today or depart on your flight via Johannesburg to Australia. B


 

DAY 27 Arrive in Australia

 

 

27 Day ITINERARY COMMENCING IN LIVINGSTONE ENDING IN CAPE TOWN

DAY 1    Australia to Livingstone via Johannesburg.


DAY 2    On arrival in Livingstone you will be met by your experienced tour guide and transferred to your accommodation in Zambia for one night. Visit the famous Victoria Falls from the Zambian side, wander the craft markets then enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. One night in Zambia near the Victoria Falls. D

DAY 3    This morning you have the option (not included) of taking an early morning helicopter trip over the falls before we cross the border by boat to Botswana and continue to Kasane, staying for two nights near Chobe National Park.  BD

DAY 4    An early morning game drive before breakfast and an afternoon river game cruise till sunset on the Chobe River are included. The animal and birdlife is truly spectacular; a memory you won’t forget. Enjoy dinner under the magnificent starry sky.  BD

DAY 5 – 6 Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with an amazing view. Late morning you will depart your lodge and drive to Ngoma Bridge to cross the Botswana and Namibian borders, into your third country. The islands in this region are known among the local tribes as ‘Islands of Abundance;’ offering a wealth of unspoilt beauty and wildlife. Enjoy an open safari game drive, a guided nature walk and a sundowner boat trip… experience Africa untouched! Relax for two nights in the Caprivi Strip.  BD

DAY 7 – 8 Late morning after a leisurely breakfast, drive through the Caprivi Game Park on your way to the mouth of the Okavango Delta, known as the panhandle. It is situated in the Zambezi region (formerly known as the Caprivi Region), with some time to relax before a river game cruise on the Okavango River. An afternoon game drive is also included. Two nights in Divunda.  BD

DAY 9    Travel through the Kavango district. Overnight at a river lodge near Rundu and spot prolific bird and game on a picturesque sunset cruise. BD

DAY 10  Continue via Grootfontein to Tsumeb where you may visit the Tsumeb Art and Craft Centre, Tsumeb Museum and/or the Hoba Meteorite.  During the afternoon you will travel to your game lodge close to Etosha National Park to stay for three nights. BD

DAY 11  Spend most of the day in Etosha National Park. A visit to Etosha is one of the highlights of travelling through Namibia. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in this huge nature reserve, covering an area of more than 2,275,000ha. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; often they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.  BLD

DAY 12  Today you have the option to return to Etosha National Park for an open Safari vehicle drive (included) or have a leisurely day at your accommodation. BD

DAY 13  After breakfast its off to visit Vingerklip and Ugab-Terrace. The Rock Art Site was awarded World Heritage Status in 2007. Time to also visit the Petrified Forest on your way to your next lodge in the unique town of Twyfelfontein for two nights.  BD

DAY 14  After breakfast visit the Organ Pipes, on your way to look at the Burnt Mountain. Afternoon is at your leisure to explore the many rock engravings. Overnight Twyfelfontein.   BD

DAY 15  Today you will pass Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, on your way to the Cape Cross Seal Colony, approximately 50 km from Henties Bay to see hundreds of seals. Drive the afternoon to Swakopmund, where you will stay two nights.  DB

DAY 16  Drive through Namib Naukluft Park, the biggest nature conservation area in Namibia and the fourth largest in the world. The arid landscapes vary from massive mountains and giant sand dunes to large grass plains, deep river beds and even a lagoon near the ocean. Quad biking in the desert for an experience where no other vehicle will take you (Optional at own cost) or a “Little 5 of the Namib Desert” Nature Tour (Optional at own cost. Visit the famous Crystal Gallery and Engelhard Gallery for jewellery and art.  DB

DAY 17 After breakfast drive to the fishing town of Walvis bay. We have also included a very special visit to a ‘Predator Project,’ where you can see cheetahs and other wildlife at very close range. Stay in a lodge nestled between the Nubib and Tsaris Mountains for two nights.  BD

DAY 18  Experience nature and life in the Namib Desert. Enjoy the adventure at Sossusvlei from Sesriem, with open 4×4 safari vehicles into the highest sand dunes in the world. This afternoon drive back to your lodge. BD

DAY 19 – 20  Visit the 1909 Duwisib Castle in Helmeringhausen and through the changing landscapes to the ocean at Naminus (formerly known as Lüderitz), staying for two nights. A schooner boat trip to Halifax Island, home of the Jackass Penguin, is also included. Visit Goerke House and the interesting Kolmanskop Ghost Town. This tour provides all the information about its history and the diamond industry today. BD

DAY 21 You will depart Naminus and have lunch (at own cost) at the interesting Canon Roadhouse, after which you will have time at leisure at your accommodation situated on the edge of the Fish River Conservation Area.  BD

DAY 22  Visit the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere and the second largest in the world. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking. The canyon measures 160km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. Cross the border to South Africa and overnight in Springbok.  BD

DAY 23  Visit Goegap Nature Reserve and Hester Malan Wild Flower Gardens; a floral wonderland and World Heritage Site plus with typical rocky hills and sandy flats. It is home to numerous fauna and flora. Drive through the Northern Cape, which reflects facets of nature at its most harsh but dotted with charming fishing villages like Lamberts Bay. This part of the coast is beautiful, with wide expanses of white sand under blazing blue skies and an opportunity to experience seafood in the heart of crayfish country. Overnight Lamberts Bay.  BD

DAY 24 Depart Lambert’s Bay and drive through Clanwilliam and Citrusdal to Cape Town, the capital of South Africa. Visit Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting) and Castle of Good Hope; the oldest European building in South Africa. In the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers restaurants, entertainment and shopping which seamlessly merge with the fresh sea breeze and African sun, adding a zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. Stay in Cape Town for two nights.  BD

DAY 25  Travel the scenic route to Cape Point Nature Reserve, a spectacular narrow finger of land, covered in fynbos and home to beautiful bays. Return via the Boulders – an African Penguin colony. Maybe also the Gem Museum. BD

DAY 26  If the weather did not permit the opportunity to go to the top of Table Mountain, then you may have time today. Otherwise, relax as this is your last day with your tour guide before you drive to Cape Town Airport in time for your departure flight.  B


DAY 27  Arrive in Australia.

 

 

Travelling through Namibia is ideal for those that like to escape the Australian winter.


Our 2019 departure dates are:

Departs 23 June – 19 July (Cape Town to Livingstone)
Departs 20 July – 15 August (Livingstone to Cape Town)
Departs 15 August – 10 September (Cape Town to Livingstone)
Departs 11 September – 07 October (Livingstone to Cape Town)

Cost: 15,590 pp Twin Share, including airfares ex Perth*
Cost:15,590 pp Twin Share, including airfares ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide**
Single Supplement: $1,359

 


Our 2020 departure dates are:

Departs 21 June – 17 July (Cape Town to Livingstone)
Departs 18 July – 13 August (Livingstone to Cape Town)
Departs 13 August – 08 September (Cape Town to Livingstone)
Departs 09 September – 05 October (Livingstone to Cape Town)

Cost: to be confirmed pp Twin Share, including airfares ex Perth*
Cost:to be confirmed pp Twin Share, including airfares ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide**
Single Supplement: to be confirmed

2020 rates to be confirmed September 2019

27 Day Namibia Safari Map

Accommodation: 5 nights lodge, 6 nights hotel, 2 nights country lodge, 1 night roadhouse, 7 nights safari lodge and 3 nights river lodge.
Meals Included: 24 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 24 dinners.
Trip codes: 27NA119,  27NA219,  27NA319 & 27NA419

Recommended Extensions:
• 2 Day Blue Train (Cape Town to Pretoria or Pretoria to Cape Town)
• 3 Day Rovos Rail (Cape Town to Pretoria or Pretoria to Cape Town)
• 4 Day Rovos Rail (Pretoria to Victoria Falls or Victoria Falls to Pretoria)
• 7 Day Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park
• 7 Day Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

Back to Back Connecting Safaris:
• 7 Day Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park (Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or Cape Town to Port Elizabeth)
• 14 Day Kenya Safari
• 15 Day Uganda Safari
• 20 Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari

For details on how these extensions can be connected, please contact our office.


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL TOURS:

B = Breakfast        L = Lunch         D = Dinner
INCLUDED: Airfares ex Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide, airline levies and taxes (subject to change until paid in full), transport via air conditioned vehicles in Southern Africa and extended game viewing 4WD’s in Kenya and Tanzania, experienced tour guide, mainly 4 star accommodation (double/twin room with private facilities – no camping), entrance fees and meals as per itinerary. 1 bottle of fresh water each day per person will be provided

EXCLUDED: Travel insurance, visas, beverages, meals and entrance fees not mentioned in itinerary, items of a personal nature and tipping.

PREPAID TIPPING: Prepaid tipping is available on selected tours.
Traveljoy will endeavour to operate all itineraries as advertised, however changes may occur where deemed necessary without prior notice.

DEPARTURE DATES: Departure dates are subject to change due to airline schedule changes.
* Minimum of 6 passenger s per group are required to guarantee a departure (unless otherwise specified). Traveljoy may choose to operate a tour with less than minimum numbers.
** Additional costs may apply for Canberra, Darwin and Hobart.
*** 2020 Prices to be released approx. September 2019.
**** Conditions apply refer to your booking form.

 

Departure dates are subject to change due to airline schedules and minimum 6 guests are required per group to guarantee a departure. Australian passport holders require a visa for Zambia which will be obtained on arrival.  No South African, Namibian or Botswana Visa is required for an Australian passport holder.

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