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AN AFRICAN JOURNEY

Through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The waterhole is the place. All is equal here. Hunter and hunted, bird or mammal, herbivore or carnivore. They all must drink so all must come. So sit quietly and let them approach. This is the Africa of David Attenborough and countless TV shows. And yet here it is, just in front of you.

Travel in a comfortable and robust overland truck and start this incredible adventure in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Across the Zambezi we enter Botswana to spend the afternoon on a sunset cruise, game viewing in the unspoilt wilderness of Chobe National Park.

The next day begins with a game drive in Chobe before crossing into Namibia. We drive through the Caprivi to our lodge the banks of the Kwando River.

Heading back into Botswana and onto the Okavango Delta, we camp for two nights and spend our day exploring the water pathways by speedboat and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe). We take a bush walk to spot elephants, waterbuck and other animals in this watery paradise.

Returning to Namibia we make our way along the Caprivi to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River, overlooking Angola. From here it’s on to Etosha National Park for two days filled with game drives, in search of the big five as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope the park has to offer. (We cannot always guarantee accommodation inside the Park.)

Moving on, we head for Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. We visit the Bushman paintings at Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest, where the trees are estimated to be 250 million years old.

We then head for the coast to Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast and visiting Africa’s largest seal colony. Still heading south we visit the Namib Naukluft National Park and overnight at Maltahohe (Sesriem) before setting off early the next day to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. A wonder to behold, these dunes can reach a height of 300m.

Next we head off for Fish River Canyon, a chasm 100 miles long and up to 17 miles wide. We have time to explore before moving onto Orange River which forms the South African - Namibian boundary.

Saying ‘hello’ to South Africa, we make our way along the coast through the Namaqualand region and Clanwilliam area for one night before completing our journey in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse cities. With three days here we include a full day Cape Peninsula tour, a chance to really stretch our legs and climb Table Mountain (weather permitting), and a trip to the famous winelands area. We sample their glorious goods and make a toast to an unforgettable journey.

Please note: This is a pioneer holiday and the itinerary and other arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. To enable us to include so many highlights in one trip, the distances travelled during this journey will be vast. Some days will mainly be travel days, but we will make sure that we stop regularly to see the sights and stretch our legs along the way.




WALKING GRADES


Grade 4 walks are either half or full days, with walks of approximately 3 or 5 hours at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Departures with a sightseeing element will be accompanied by a local guide for a minimum of half a day. The Pioneer grade indicates that the local conditions, facilities, and transport could be basic and holiday itineraries may change at short notice - but the experience will be well worth it!




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  • Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet (PDF)
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    An African Journey (Grade SS/4)
    Date
    28 Mar 2018
    Nights
    24

    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    £4,799
    An African Journey (Grade SS/4)
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    05 Sep 2018
    Nights
    24
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    An African Journey (Grade SS/4)
    Date
    10 Oct 2018
    Nights
    24

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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Accommodation

    In the equivalent of three and four-star hotels and lodges and camping on two nights.

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £499

    Camp Kwando

    On the banks of the Kwando River, that separates Namibia and Botswana, we stay at Kwando Camp on the Namibian side. The Camp takes advantage of the beautiful location, with thatched ‘island tents’ built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. These bungalows are more like huts or chalets than tents, and come with en suite facilities and mosquito nets. The thatched roof provides thermal regulation, cooling the rooms in summer and keeping them warm in winter.

    Electricity is provided at the most required times by a generator. 

     

    Gondwana Namib Desert Lodge, Namibia

    The awe inspiring Namib desert stretches out before this remote lodge whilst petrified dunes rise imposingly behind. Despite the remote location the lodge has everything you need for a pleasant stay, aided by the friendly and helpful staff.

    Warmly decorated rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, safes, tea and coffee making facilities, and private terraces.The beds even have wheels, allowing guests to sleep under the stars should they choose.

    Amenities include an airy restaurant under a thatched-roof, a bar and two swimming pools.There is also access to a walking trail that meanders amongst the dunes and leads to a natural waterhole where you can watch the gemsbok arrive to drink.

     

    Etosha Village, Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo, Namibia

    For most departure dates, we stay at the Etosha Village, just 2km from the gates of the National Park and the lodge has recently been renovated to a high standard. The lodge is positioned in the style of a typical Namibian rural village, or Ovambo Stat, with a branch and leaf like formation. The lodge is modern in terms of comfort, with power outlets, running water, lights and a barbeque.

    Inspiring cuisine can be enjoyed at the Etosha Village Restaurant situated walking distance from the Camp Site. A buffet breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed and there is even a 24 hour coffee station. On-site amenities include a swimming pool, bar area with big-screen television and a fully stocked utility and curio shop.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow
    • Airport transfers
    • En suite accommodation most nights (two nights camping)
    • All meals except for five dinners and two lunches.
    • Some lunches and dinners will be provided by the hotels or local restaurants, while some lunches will be cooked and prepared by a cook travelling with the group
    • A local guide to enhance your experience
    • Game drives
    • All local travel, transfers and entrance fees (as suggested in the itinerary).

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Hearing the thunder of the magnificent Victoria Falls.
    • Searching for the Big Five.
    • Exploring the Okavango Delta in Mokoros (canoes)
    • Seeing the world’s highest Sand dunes.
    • Discovering Cape Town and the Winelands.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow
    • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote
    • Arrival transfers by road c.30mins
    • Travel is generally by road in an overland vehicle which should provide more comfort and space than a standard 4x4 vehicle. Some 4x4 vehicles will be used for some of the other drives and motor boats in the Okavango Delta.
    • Visa is required

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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