Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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South West Safari (25 days)

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
25 days
From: $ 2,920 $ 117 / day
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  • Explore Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • See the Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana
  • Explore Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • See the Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • Visit Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Explore Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • See the Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Visit Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia
  • Visit Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Explore Spitzkoppe, Namibia
  • Discover Swakopmund, Namibia
  • Enjoy watching fascinating Victoria Falls National Park
  • Windhoek, Namibia

Short Description

View the great elephant heads of the Chobe River, the worlds oldest desert, the Namib-Naukluft, the diverse Okavango delta and have cultural exchanges with Kalahari Bushmen in this superb introduction to Southern Africa

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Johannesburg, South Africa
End City Cape Town, South Afria

Trip Includes

  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of two crew
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Kruger National Park
  • Matobo National Park
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise
  • Okavango Delta
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei, Dune 45

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Day 1 – 2: Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

Our tour begins in Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ and one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent. Starting early, we travel east through the Mpumalanga province to the Greater Kruger area. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and connecting with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife! Over dinner we enjoy a Shangaan cultural evening including traditional dance. We enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffe, hippo, zebra, various antelope and a variety of amazing birdlife and reptiles.

Day 3 - 5 Kruger National Park - Limpopo Province - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Leaving Kruger, we move north pausing the night near the Limpopo River to the Beitbridge Border. Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive though stunning landscapes to the town of Bulawayo and on to our camp in the Matopos area. We explore the Matobo NP on foot with a resident ranger to spot game in the wild.

Day 6 - 7 Bulawayo - Livingstone, Zambia

We head up through we cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone and our camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Feed your hunger for adrenaline with white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging and amazing scenic flights (microlight, helicopter or small plane) or enjoy the surroundings on canoeing safaris and horse riding treks. However, don’t leave without seeing the thundering Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep, the Falls produce the world’s largest curtain of falling water in the world. Up close they are formidable and at times of high water, the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence their local name Mosi au Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

NB For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (we suggest you allow US$25-$35/ day).

Let's save the rhino! Check out what Acacia has been up to in Livingstone, Zambia on thisYoutube video.

Day 8: Chobe National Park, Kasane

After breakfast we leave Livingstone and travel to Botswana and the Chobe National Park. Situated in the extreme northern part of Botswana, Chobe is home to large populations of elephant as well as lion and abundant birdlife, including the African fish-eagle. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Chobe River - a delightful way to see hippo or elephant, sometimes buffalo, come to the river for bath and drink.

Day 9-11: Nata - Maun - Okavango Delta

We drive south via Elephant Sands, Nata to the Okavango Delta. This delta is a natural wetland system spreading over some 1.6m hectares of northern Botswana, the results from rivers that rise in Angola and flow south then divide repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and islands which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. Here we explore amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of hippo, crocodile and a variety of birds. We travel on foot and by mokoro (dugout canoe) and stay at our tented camp for a night on one of the river islands. The Okavango is a very unspoilt area and spending time out amidst the wilderness and the rivers listening to sounds of the African night is an unforgettable experience!

Day 12-13: Ghanzi - Windhoek

Leaving the Okavango we travel south-west skirting the Kalahari. We stop at Ghanzi and take a guided Bushman Walk to discover some of the secrets of this immense terrain and gain a glimpse of how the indigenous people live in this area. The following day we continue west into Namibia and stop a night in the capital Windhoek, a city steeped in German atmosphere and architecture. Enjoy the contrast from the previous few nights, perhaps with a flagon of ale at one of the local taverns.

Day 14-19: Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 square kilometres surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally filled with water but managed year-round waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights in Etosha, camping near a floodlit waterhole which offers exciting night viewing for those who wish to stay up late. From Etosha we travel on to beautiful Damaraland and Spitzkoppe, with its rocky outcrops and ancient bushman paintings, and set up camp amongst the idyllic scenery before arriving at the colonial town of Swakopmund, Namibia’s main seaside resort. Sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean, this delightful coastal oasis has developed into something of an adventure centre. Try ‘quad biking, sand boarding, or skydiving (weather permitting) or for those preferring a slower pace, take a coastal walk or indulge in Swakopmund’s café culture at your own leisure.

Day 20 - 21 : Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft National Park

From Swakopmund, We continue south to the Namib Naukluft Park, the world’s oldest desert. Clamber to the top of a dune for a dramatic view over the vast red sands at dawn and enjoy a walk through the dunes. Leaving the park, we head south through the arid lands to our camp for the night.

Day 22-25: Fish River canyon – Gariep (Orange) River - Western Cape – Cape Town

Further south we visit another natural wonder of Africa - Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the world. Crossing the border into South Africa we camp on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The tour ends in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, one of the world’s most attractive cities where the tour ends. If time allows we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surrounds. Take advantage of the variety of activities normally available here – from abseiling Table Mountain and shopping at the V&A Waterfront, to wine tasting in the nearby wine lands of Paarl and Stellenbosch.


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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Average 16 and Maximum 24

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by You If You wish to cancel your booking You must inform the Company in writing (signed by the person who signed the original Booking Form) sending such written notification to Basement Unit, 23A Craven Terrace, London,W2 3QH. Cancellation will be effective on the day it is received by the Company. The following charges, in addition to your deposit and where applicable the gorilla and chimpanzee permit moneys, will be payable by You, depending upon the number of days prior to departure date when the Company receives notice of cancellation.

Date when Written Advice Percentage of Holiday of Cancellation Received Fee Payable

56 days or more prior to departure Deposit

42 to 55 days prior to departure 35% Tour Price forfeit

28 to 41 days prior to departure 50% Tour Price forfeit

14 to 27 days prior to departure 75% Tour Price forfeit

Less than 14 days prior to departure 100% Tour Price forfeit

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 39

Additional Information:

Your Responsibilities:

a) All passports, visas, health certificates or other travel documents required for the holiday must be obtained by you. It is your responsibility to ensure that that these remain in order, and to meet any additional costs incurred (whether by you or by the Company on your behalf) as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. Any information or advice given by the Company on passports, visas, vaccinations, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the Company.

b) No credit or refund is possible for any unused services included in the holiday price or Local payment. This includes where the reason for not using the services is due to illness or to disinclination, or to lost, mislaid, or destroyed travel documents, or for departing the tour early or before it reaches its final destination.

c) You must obtain confirmed onward or return flight tickets prior to departure for Africa. The Company cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry to any country through failure to supply proof of onward travel. You must accept responsibility for reconfirming all onward travel arrangements.

d) You are responsible for checking-in at the correct time. The Company cannot accept responsibility if you miss flights or tours as a result of late a check-in.

e) You acknowledge that the nature of the holiday is expeditionary and adventurous, and that you will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical conditions present certain dangers, risks and physical challenges greater than those present in our everyday lives.

f) It is compulsory that you have personal travel insurance. This policy must include a minimum cover of $3,62,892 for medical and repatriation expenses.

g) You agree that during the holiday images, photos, or videos may be taken by other clients or Company staff that may contain you in part or in whole. You agree that these images may be reproduced by The Company and You grant perpetual, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable license to reproduce such images, photos, or videos in any medium for promotion and publicity purposes.

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  • Local Payment excursions
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips, drinks and items of a personal nature.

Meals Included:

24 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches and 19 Dinners

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