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Highlights
  • Marvel at fish river canyon
  • Explore giant sand dunes and victoria falls
  • Track the big five
  • Take wildlife walks and dugout canoe rides

This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dugout mokoro canoe, marvel at some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert, and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, bushmen huts, and camps for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure.

Trip Description
Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
 

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Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer

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I would highly suggest G. This was my 2nd trip and there will be a third. Like minded, fun, adventurous people travel with G... January 2015

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It was epic! Floating down rivers... Watching lion cubs walk with there mother only to come to there father and greet them by jumping on them...flying over the Okavango and skeleton coast...kayaking the orange river...climbing the world's larges sand dunes,laying your eyes on the worlds largest falling sheet of water, diving with great whites while in CT....I could go on and on... .
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It would depend on the person. It would not suit everybody, but would certainly suit some people I know January 2015

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  • Activities 4.0
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In hindsight, I arrived in Livingstone after a long flight(s) and was exhausted. A room was what I had booked, but was put into a hot, stuffy tent. I needed sleep, but got none. I was probably de-hydrated and consequently had trouble with concentration. Still a unique and rewarding experience.
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Best tour guide and driver I have ever had. Never a dull moment always happy. October 2015

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I would do it all over again, with the same people off course!

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I love the way it is organized October 2015

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I was 100% satisfied with the service and experience that G Adventures provided me. I find this organization to be credible and able to deliver a consistent service of excellence. July 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This experience was my first trip to Africa and with it I brought many ideas about what it would be and not be like. I feel these 10 days reassured me of all the good things that Africa brings to the world. The natural beauty and cultural experiences are something that cannot be replicated in other parts of the world. I'm appreciative to G Adventures and our CEO James for making this a safe, authentic, and enriching experience. I left Africa wanting to return and with new friends and positive memories.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Victoria Falls

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Victoria Falls/Kasane (1B)

Drive to the border and cross from Zimbabwe into Botswana. Continue to the Kasane area, outside the gates of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. Opt to check out one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. There are options here for a casual cruise to enjoy the scenery with a cocktail or a photo safari by boat, with the opportunity to capture some great shots with instruction, a professional camera, and zoom lens. Evening is a great time to be on the river. Additional Notes: Travellers have the option to prebook either the Photo Safari on the Chobe River, OR Chobe Sunset Cruise for this evening. Please note that the Photo Safari on the Chobe River is also pre-bookable the following morning at sunrise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana) Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kasane/Nata (1B, 1D)

Opt to rise early for a sunrise safari on the Chobe River. Travel to Nata. Opt for a bush walk or sunset wildlife safari drive in the area. Watch elephants drink from the camp's watering hole at night. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Nata/Maun (1B)

Travel to Maun, the biggest town in the Okavango Delta area, pick up any supplies needed, and prepare for the journey into the Okavango Delta. In the evening, watch a traditional dance group performance on the poolside terrace. Additional Notes: If you pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, you will be flying today. Included Activities: Dikgantshwane Performance Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

The excursion begins with a drive in customized safari vehicles for about 1-2 hrs to the "dock" to board a mokoro (a dugout canoe) that takes us deep into the delta. After a 1-2 hrs in the mokoro, arrive to the basic bush camp. Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion Transport: 4x4 Mokoro

Day 6 Maun/Kalahari Desert (1B, 1D)

Enjoy one last sunrise in the delta before travelling back to Maun by mokoro. Travel along the northern portions of the Kalahari Desert throughout the day – this is a severely arid and barren landscape, though very beautiful. Arrive in the late afternoon and camp close to Ghanzi. Opt for a “bushman walk” and dance. Enjoy a traditional local meal before settling in for the night. Transport: Mokoro 4x4 Private Vehicle

Day 7 Kalahari Desert/Windhoek (1B)

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Namibia) Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B)

Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park. Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes. After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground. Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Etosha National Park

Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 10 Etosha National Park/Swakopmund

Watch the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia. Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or a skydiving. Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Transport: On this route, we pass through a moon landscape and see the imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia in the distance. Private Vehicle

Day 11 Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, quad biking and a township tour.

Day 12 Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1D)

Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Namib Desert (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Included Activities: Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Sesriem Canyon Visit

Day 14 Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B)

Continue on to the Fish River Canyon area. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 15 Fish River Canyon/Orange River (1B)

Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Continue on to the banks of the Gariep River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country. Included Activities: Fish River Canyon Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 16 Orange River/Lambert's Bay (1B)

We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert’s Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa. In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October. Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 17 Lambert's Bay/Cape Town (1B)

While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September). Cape Town has many different options should you book extra time to explore after the tour. Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks. Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters. Additional Notes: Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Travelling from Lambert's Bay to Cape Town, with a stop along the way at !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. None

Day 18 Cape Town

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,199

Price Per Day:

$ 178 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop
  • Windhoek G Adventures for Good: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre
  • Swartwater
  • Okavango Delta excursion with entrances
  • wildlife walks and mokoro trips
  • Local traditional dinner
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
  • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportAir-conditioned touring vehicle, safari vehicle, walking, mokoro.For all of our standard class trips in southern Africa, including this tour, we use a private local bus for the journey. With air conditioning, and sliding windows, this style of transportation is a comfortable way to travel through the region. In addition, even with a full group of 18 travelers, there will be extra space for the benefit of the group. Having our own private vehicle throughout the tour allows us the flexibility of making stops when needed. In addition, we are able to travel to out-of-the-way locations where public transportation does not reach. Road conditions in South Africa are generally good, though once in Namibia and beyond, the road quality deteriorates. As such, we slow our traveling speed and enjoy some sand and bumps en route – something which is of course part of the adventure of traveling in Africa! In the Okavango Delta, we leave our bus behind and explore in the area in mokoros – traditional dug-out canoes. The mokoros usually seat 2 people and are handled by ‘polers’ – so named as they move the mokoro forward by using a very long pole pushed into the ground under the water. This is a relaxing and peaceful way to take in the fascinating environment and wonderful scenery of the delta.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Max 18, avg 14

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (6 nts), bushmen hut (1 nt), lodge/chalet (3 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), adventure tents (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts).
Hotel 9 nights in comfortable twin rooms with en suite or shared facilities. Lodge 1 night in standard rooms with en-suite facilities. Cabin/Huts 1 night are spent in simple Hut. Rooms are twin or single with shared facilities. Adventure Tents 2 nights are spent in simple Dorm/Adventure tents. Rooms are twin or single with shared facilities. Basic Camping (participative, please bring your sleeping bag and towel) 1 night is spent in pitched tents in the Delta with very basic facilities (no shower, dig-out toilet). Tents are twin. Camping (participative, please bring your sleeping bag and towel)
 4 nights are spent in pitched tents in Etosha National Park and Solitaire Area. Tents are twin with shared ablutions.
Start City
Victoria Falls
End City
Cape Town
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. TRANSPORTATION This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe air-conditioned touring vehicle for the long drives. 2. YELLOW FEVER It is compulsory to show a valid Yellow Fever Certificate if you are travelling to Botswana from a Yellow Fever endemic country. Entry into Botswana when travelling from the following countries (but not limited to) will require a Yellow Fever Certificate: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Zambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela 3. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group CEO, fellow passengers, or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections. 4. EXTRAS Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO. 5. Water-wise tips when visiting Cape Town: Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it has seen in over 100 years, and while we want you to have the best time possible while there, here are some tips to help reduce your water usage: - Bring a reusable water bottle, that you can fill with Cape Town’s tasty tap water. - Reuse your towels in the hotel, for at least two days, before getting new ones. - Keep your laundry until you have a full load to do, rather than just doing a handful of items. - Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, or shaving. - Keep your showers to two minutes or less, and don’t use the bath. - Use hand sanitizer, instead of washing hands.

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available in southern Africa. On this tour, we provide only a few meals for you and your group members, so as to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility in you choices. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though - while in the larger centres, your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Your tour leader prepare the meals included in the Okavango Delta, arranging to purchase the foodstuffs before our bush camping excursion begins. Breakfasts will generally be cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Lunches will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. For the included meals, vegetarian meal requests and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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