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Kudu You Think You Are - Reverse

Trip Length

Trip Code

days GACF

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
18

Countries Visited

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Cape Town Victoria Falls
Kudu You Think You Are - Reverse

Zip up north from Cape Town into Namibia and chill by the banks of the Orange River – scenic it is, orange it ain’t. Clamber up Sossusvlei’s dunes for sunrise, board down ‘em for kicks. Africa meets Germany in Swakopmund, water meets falling in Vic Falls and you meet San bushmen in Grootfontein.

Things you'll want to ask your local guide:

- How a lion kills a wildebeest

- Whether or not you can outrun a cheetah

- If you can ride a zebra like a horse

- The outcome of a fight between a honey badger and absolutely anything 

Kudu You Think You Are - Reverse


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town

Do yourself a favour and consider arriving a couple of days early. You should devote at least one of these days entirely to sampling new food. You're going to be camping for a while, so you need to stock up.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1
Enjoy a host of optional activities in Cape Town such as abseiling, kloofing, scuba diving, a harbour cruise and much more besides
Perhaps visit the Botanical Gardens, the District Six Museum, the national gallery or spend some time on Table Mountain

Day 2-3: Western Cape/Orange River

Spend a night on a farm (because why not) then cross into Namibia and camp on the banks of the Orange River. Orange you glad you came on this trip? Sorry.
Leaving Cape Town behind, travel up the Western Cape and spend the night on a working farm (290 km, approx 8 hrs)
Head for Orange River the following day (540 km, approx 9 hrs)
Pitch the tents on the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River

Day 4: Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon is home to a yearly ultra-marathon. We're not entirely certain what the "ultra" prefix alludes to, but we're pretty sure it means it's really, really hard. Luckily for you, participating in the ultra-marathon is not an included activity.

This morning there's a chance for an optional canoe adventure on the stunning Orange River

Head further west into the desert lands of Namibia towards Fish River Canyon (270 km, approx 4-5 hrs)

Day 5-6: Sesriem/Bush Camp

Getting down the sand dunes is way more fun than getting up them. Be warned, you'll have red sand in your nether regions for weeks.

This is a long driving day towards the dunes of Namibia (520 km, approx 10 hrs)
Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of these dunes for a dramatic sunrise
Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei (approx 30 minutes each way)

Day 7-9: Swakopmund

Shake things up with surfing, quad biking or sand boarding. This place is often described as more German than Germany, so have your beer and schnitzel stomachs ready.

Continue on to the town of Swakopmund (360 km, approx 9 hrs drive)

Plenty of time to go dune-bashing by quad bike or sand boarding in the surrounding desert.
Spend lively evenings in the town's many good restaurants and bars

Day 10: Spitzkoppe

It's worth dragging yourself out of bed for sunrise over these massive rocks. We won't laugh at your Hello Kitty pyjamas. Promise.

Travel to Spitzkoppe (290 km, approx 6 hrs).
Visit the olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while travelling up the Atlantic Coast
Visit the wild lands around the mountain of Spitzkoppe - 'the Matterhorn of Namibia'
Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and have the chance to witness the renowned sunsets and sunrises

Day 11-12: Etosha National Park

Etosha is a huge salt pan which makes for some nice pics and a handy addition to any meal.

Travel to Etosha National Park (480 km, approx 9 hrs)

Set off on game drives through the park, staying at two different campsites - Namutoni and Okaukuejo

Day 13-14: Grootfontein/San Bushmen

You know the main guy in God Must Be Crazy? He's a San Bushman. You'll meet members of that tribe here, and spend the next few weeks trying to master the art of their clicking language... probably without success.

Take the opportunity to go out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen
Spend some time with the bushmen and listen to their stories and songs

Day 15: Bagani

Drive to Bagani where you spend the night (625 km, approx. 10 hrs)

Optional boat trip in Bagani

Day 16-17: Okavango Delta

Hippo alert. Your stint in the mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) is relaxing until you realise you're surrounded by hippos. We think it helps to imagine them in tutus doing ballet. Suddenly they don't seem so tough.

Drive across the border into Botswana and head south to Seronga, where you join your transport for the journey into the delta (140 km, approx 4 hrs)
Boarding boats out into the swamps, travel to Gao Island to meet your mokoro team and to begin exploring the Okavango Delta
Out in the middle of a wilderness area, on the first night you'll camp on an island away from civilisation
Continue your trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp

Day 18: Bagani

After a long day on the road you'll probably just want to relax with a cold Tafel lager. Warning: Namibians believe they have the best beer in the world, and it's pretty hard to argue with them.

Return to Bagani for the night, where there's time relax
Perhaps enjoy optional activities such as boat trips, fishing or hikes

Day 19-20: Chobe National Park

This place is famous for elephants and you'll get close enough to see the wrinkles on a boat trip down the river.

Drive from Bagani to Chobe National Park (430 km, approx 8 hrs)
Enter Botswana at Goma border which is also the gateway to the park
Take a cruise down the Chobe River - one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals
Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and elephants

Day 21-22: Victoria Falls

Make sure you take your daggy waterproof jacket to see the falls. You'll look like a berk in photos but better safe than soaked, right?

 

**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Not Included

International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.


Important Information

FINISH TIME: This trip finishes in Victoria Falls on Day 22. You are free to depart any time on Day 22 as there are no activities planned. Check out time is 10am. **This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.geckosadventures.com

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos.

You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

2 April 2014


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