|Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe|
|Cape Town||Victoria Falls|
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
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.
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
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.
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)
It's worth dragging yourself out of bed for sunrise over these massive rocks. We won't laugh at your Hello Kitty pyjamas. Promise.
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)
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.
Optional boat trip in Bagani
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.
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.
This place is famous for elephants and you'll get close enough to see the wrinkles on a boat trip down the river.
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**
Cape Cross seal colony, Chobe - Boat Cruise, Chobe - Dawn game drive, Etosha - Game drive, Fish River Canyon, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, San Bushman cultural experience, Sesriem - Sand dunes visit, Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour, Visit Victoria Falls
18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners
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.
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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 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.
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.
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2 April 2014