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TOUR : 24 Day Cape Town to Johannesburg via Vic Falls Camping
ROUTE : Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls
DEPARTURES : Every Saturday
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 24 Days (7 Nights Lodge, 3 Nights Canvas, 13 Nights Camping)
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This is the Master of tours, starting at the southern point of Africa in Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’, it offers iconic landmarks and beauty. Progressing up the west coast we travel into the wide open vistas of Namibia, through some of the biggest sand dunes on the planet, and onwards to the untamed wilderness of the Okavango Delta. We continue on to the isolation of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, before going northwards through Kasane to reach the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Coming south again, we visit Hwange, with its vast elephant herds, and track rhino in Matobo. After crossing back to Botswana, the tour finally ends in the City of Gold – Johannesburg.
We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, but for those who truly seek adventure, the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

Our 24-day adventure starts in one of the most iconic cities in South Africa – Cape Town. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00 on day 1 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting some of the sights. During our time in Cape Town, our guide will take guests to hike up Table Mountain with its breath-taking views over the Atlantic, visit Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, the famous waterfront and Hout Bay. We also visit a wine farm and various other sights. Our exact program will depend on the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain Hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Wine Tasting
– Coastal Roads
– Waterfront
– Hout Bay

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and after one last view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring, this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. The old Bushmen believed the flowers represented the souls of departed springbok.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg. We overnight along the coast and enjoy a homemade meal.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast
– West Coast Sunset

DAY 4 – 5: ORANGE RIVER

Today we travel north to cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River at Felix Unite.

On arrival we pack our gear into 2 man canoes and head for the Orange River, proceeding downstream at a leisurely pace and allow the complete tranquillity to surround and enfold us. The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa, starting in the Eastern Highlands and meandering all the way through the country until it reaches the ocean.
Tonight we spend camping on the banks of this mighty river under a canopy of stars. The unpolluted skies allow us to gaze at the bright colours of the night only to be interrupted by shooting stars. An evening full of magic and stark beauty giving way to complete wonder, a night which you will remember for a long time to come.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River Canoe Experience
– Wild Camping

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we head directly to the iconic Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the mighty Grand Canyon. An iconic landmark in Namibia, it is a destination not to be missed and we will spend some time admiring the canyon and surrounding landscape. After exploring the lip of the canyon, we continue into the true Namib to our final destination for the next two nights at our private desert game reserve. On arrival in the late afternoon we setup camp at the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon
– Scenic Drive through Desert Region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

The GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP is situated on our private nature reserve and is home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora. The camp is set against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-fields. The reserve offers guests a private and secluded desert experience, a day for learning that the desert is not a dead barren wasteland, but a vibrant living thing.

During our stay here we conduct a guided walk with our guide to gain more insight on the surrounding desert. During the heat of the day guests have time to relax at the camp or to explore the surrounding area on foot should they wish to. In the afternoon we depart on a desert drive. During the drive we stop at a suitable place to enjoy the sunset and a traditional sundowner drink. Once it is dark we slowly drive back to our camp and hope to encounter some nocturnal animals adapted to living in the desert.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning Desert Walk
– Afternoon Desert Drive/Night Drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei where we find some of the biggest dunes on earth. We take you to climb the dunes in the morning while the air is still fresh and cool. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4×4 vehicle which will take is into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to explore it further on foot. The varied colours of the ever silent dunes at various times of the day, with the utter starkness of the area creates a unique experience.
After our extensive dune experience, we continue into the desert where we camp the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune Climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A short journey today, we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park toward the seaside town of Swakopmund where we spend the next two nights. Established in 1892, the town is rich with history, culture and adventure. Originally built as a trading and fishing port it was later found that the nearby Walvis Bay was a more suitable location. Today the town is a visitor’s paradise with various local restaurants, shops and a multitude of activities available. We have a full day here for exploring the town and partaking in some adventure activities.(Own Expense)

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive through the desert

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

Today guests have the full day for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety of adventure options that include quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, and much more. On both nights here we enjoy restaurant meals getting the most out of town and all it has to offer (own expense).

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)
Optional Activities:
– Sky Diving
– Market Visits
– Quad Biking
– Desert tours
– Dune Boarding

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren stretch of coastline with scattered ship wrecks along the Atlantic Ocean. We visit Cape Cross, where the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão arrived in the Jan of 1486, planted a Padraô, and declared the surrounding lands to fall under King Joan 11 of Portugal. It is also home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals.

We venture back inland and travel through the desert to visit the towering granite peaks found at Spitzkoppe. After exploring the outcrops in the afternoon, we set up camp and enjoy the play of the light during sunset from our seat in the mountain. We spend the night at the foot of the mountain.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross Seal Colony
– Spitzkoppe

DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA

Beginning our Wildlife Adventure, we enter into The Etosha National Park, the home to a myriad of animals that have adapted, and thrive in this arid environment. Upon arrival, we set up camp and then depart on an extensive afternoon Game Drive. We return to camp to enjoy a sundowner or two at the flood lit water hole, watching nocturnal drinking habits and pecking orders of the thirsty animals, only to retire after a tiring but satisfying day.
Continuing through the reserve on a full day game drive within the park, we continue to our next overnight stop in the park. Our guide will take time to explain more about the sights and sounds that surround us. We will use the campsites in the park on both nights.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Etosha National Park
– 2 nights’ accommodation inside the park
– Full-Day Game Drive

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

After a short game drive, we leave the harshness of the area, and head for the lush lands of the Caprivi. The Caprivi got its name from the German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi who negotiated the land acquisition from the UK in order to gain access to the Zambezi River.
From the park we will cover some distance and will travel through many villages and towns, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. Tonight we camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River in relative comfort.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha
– Scenic drive through Namibia
– Caprivi Area

DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and make our way towards the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle – all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

We spend our time in the Delta exploring the area both on land and water. We will learn about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area, and will also, through informal interaction with the guides, have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness area.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Okavango Delta
– Guided walk in the Delta led by local Motswana guides

DAY 17: MAUN

Today we make our way to Maun, and then on to the DRIFTERS MAUN TENTED LODGE where we will have time to relax after our day of travelling. Located on the banks of the seasonal Boteti River, this tented lodge offers guests comfortable accommodation, a swimming pool and a cosy bar.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private Tented Lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank enjoying the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. After brunch and an optional village walk, we continue and venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Besides the stark scenery, the pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals.

Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we set up camp and take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. Although we set up tents, we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. With no other lights in the area, our private camping spot provides the perfect location for star gazing and our guides will take time to explain the constellations. As the stars dance above we drift away to sleep.

Should the pans be inaccessible for camping we will make use of an alternative campsite in the area.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
– Night under the Stars

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we leave the desolation of the pans behind and make our way up to the mighty Chobe River. The Chobe area is known for the huge herds of elephants and other animals that are attracted to drink from the river. Renowned for its Elephant herds, these majestic animals are known for the absolute gentleness and love of their young and affection for their herd. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks we hope to approach the animals from the river for close up viewing. Our cruise will explore the Chobe riverfront and a section of the Namibian side of the Chobe River. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Chobe National Park
– Extensive Boat Cruise on the Chobe River

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls. “Mosi o Tunya “, meaning “The smoke that Thunders”. On this day we include your entry into the falls and leave you to admire this wonder of the world.

During our stay various other attractions can be visited like the tribal village or curio market. Vic Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities such as an aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense.

We spend two nights here, thus allowing clients some time to explore the town and all it has to offer by themselves. Tonight we will eat out in a local restaurant (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure.

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Victoria Falls Entry fee

DAY 21: HWANGE

We enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge before we leave Victoria Falls behind us and make our way back to the bush. We travel the short distance to the renowned Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas and our base for the night.

After an afternoon open vehicle game drive/walk, we spend the night at our accommodation enjoying the sounds of the surrounding bush. Being unfenced to the national park allows the animals to freely wonder to and from the property.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Hwange
– Game drive/Walk within the Park

DAY 22: BULAWAYO – MATOBO

Today we travel south to the wide streets of Bulawayo; Zimbabwe’s second largest city. We then continue to the Matobo area where, in the afternoon, we enjoy a tour into the national park to view animals and track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight our camp is situated amongst the balancing boulders of the Matobo Hills which, of course is where the local Matabele tribe helped bury the remains of Cecil John Rhodes, from whom Rhodesia originally derived its name.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Matopos National Park
– Rhino Tracking on Foot

DAY 23: LIMPOPO

Continuing south today, we cross the border back into Botswana and to our bush camp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. On arrival in the afternoon there will be time for a short walk in the surrounding bush.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Scenic Drive
– Short Walk

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

This morning we continue our journey and make our way to Johannesburg, the city of gold. We enjoy the scenic drive as we make our way to the end of the tour. The tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG.

Meals: B (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive through SA back to Johannesburg

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

The Ultimate Adventure Tour

The tour continues to offer guests the perfect combination of wildlife, scenic beauty and adventure activities and from 2021 will also include a night of camping at the Fish River Canyon.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

We start our tour in Cape Town, considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00, and after a briefing and some formalities, the adventure begins with a hike up Table Mountain, led by our tour guide. The views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. The next day we explore the scenic Cape Peninsula by vehicle, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We return to the Lodge to freshen up, then head out for dinner and a night of fun at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. On occasion we may have to adjust this itinerary to accommodate the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point, the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Scenic coastal roads
– Hout Bay
– Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast

DAY 4: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. We are joined by our river guides, and after a quick lunch and a safety briefing, we start the canoe adventure.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River canoe experience

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through desert region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon we explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning desert walk
– Afternoon desert drive / night drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. As the day warms we come down from our high perch to take an open 4×4 vehicle into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.
The 4×4’s return us to our vehicle. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through the desert
– Kuiseb Canyon
– Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense).

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)
Optional Activities:
– Sky diving
– Quad biking
– Desert tours
– Dune boarding
– Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered ship wrecks littering the beaches. The Bushmen called this “The Land That God Made in Anger”. We visit Cape Cross, named for the crosses erected by Portuguese explorers in the late 1400s. Today this protected area, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, is home to tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals and one of the largest seal colonies in the world.

We venture back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain .

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross
– Seal colony
– Spitzkoppe

DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA

Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km² of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife.
We will spend these days exploring the expanses of park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Etosha National Park
– Full-Day Game Drive

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha
– Scenic drive through Namibia
– Caprivi Area

DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle – all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

Our comfortable and well appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Okavango Delta
– Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides
– Mokoro trip
– Sunset boat trip

DAY 17: MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the DRIFTERS MAUN TENTED LODGE, our stop for the night.

The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private tented lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village.

We have a late brunch before continuing our journey eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky. We stop to take in the serene isolation of this expanse, before continuing to our camp for the night, at Elephant Sands. Close-up sightings of elephants at the water hole are almost guaranteed.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Relaxed morning
– Village walk
– Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the next two nights. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Chobe National Park
– Extensive boat cruise on the Chobe River

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya “, meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. Your entry fee to the falls is included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time viewing the falls, and exploring the surrounding rain forest, as you like.

During our stay in Victoria Falls, various other attractions can be visited, like the tribal village or curio market. Vic Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities, such as an aircraft flip over the falls, or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense of these optional activities.

We spend two nights here, thus allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer and to focus on the attractions and activities that interest you. We eat out in a local restaurant on both nights (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls, and drink a toast to your adventure.

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Victoria Falls Entry fee

DAY 21: HWANGE

After breakfast we travel the relatively short distance to the renowned Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve. Famous for its massive herds of elephant and buffalo, the park is host to over 100 species of mammal and 400 species of bird, with lion, leopard and wild dog regularly sighted. This afternoon we will do an open vehicle game drive with local guides providing intimate knowledge of the area.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Hwange
– Game drive within the park

DAY 22: BULAWAYO – MATOBO

Today we travel south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, with its uniquely wide streets. We continue to the Matobo area where, in the afternoon, we enjoy an open vehicle drive into the Matobo National Park. Here, we will leave the vehicle to track rhino through the bush on foot. For most people, seeing these massive beasts on their own terms is a thrilling and moving experience.

Tonight we camp at the base a granite dome amongst the balancing boulders of the Matobo Hills.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Matobo National Park
– Rhino tracking on foot

DAY 23: LIMPOPO

Our last night will be spent in Botswana, on a private game reserve along the banks of the Limpopo River. We will take our final walk together along the river, to savour the sights and smells of the African bush and catch our last glimpse of animals living free and wild. We end the day with dinner in the bush around a flickering fire.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Scenic drive
– Short walk

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

This morning, after crossing the border into South Africa, we follow a scenic route through the Waterberg Mountains, before entering the bustle of Africa’s economic heart, the golden city of Johannesburg. The tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG.

Meals: B (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive through SA back to Johannesburg

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

The Ultimate Adventure Tour

A tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe that includes a multitude of highlights such as Sossusvlei, Etosha, the Okavango Delta and Vic Falls to name but a few – this remains the ultimate African adventure!
Starting in 2021 guests have the option to book a shortened 21 Day tour option ending in Victoria Falls.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

We start our tour in Cape Town, considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00, and after a briefing and some formalities, the adventure begins with a hike up Table Mountain, led by our tour guide. The views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. The next day we explore the scenic Cape Peninsula by vehicle, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We return to the Lodge to freshen up, then head out for dinner and a night of fun at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. On occasion we may have to adjust this itinerary to accommodate the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point, the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Scenic coastal roads
– Hout Bay
– Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast

DAY 4: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. We are joined by our river guides, and after a quick lunch and a safety briefing, we start the canoe adventure.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River canoe experience

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through desert region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon we explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning desert walk
– Afternoon desert drive / night drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. As the day warms we come down from our high perch to take an open 4×4 vehicle into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.
The 4×4’s return us to our vehicle. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through the desert
– Kuiseb Canyon
– Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense).

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)
Optional Activities:
– Sky diving
– Quad biking
– Desert tours
– Dune boarding
– Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered ship wrecks littering the beaches. The Bushmen called this “The Land That God Made in Anger”. We visit Cape Cross, named for the crosses erected by Portuguese explorers in the late 1400s. Today this protected area, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, is home to tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals and one of the largest seal colonies in the world.

We venture back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain .

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross
– Seal colony
– Spitzkoppe

DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA

Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km² of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife.
We will spend these days exploring the expanses of park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Etosha National Park
– Full-Day Game Drive

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha
– Scenic drive through Namibia
– Caprivi Area

DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle – all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

Our comfortable and well appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Okavango Delta
– Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides
– Mokoro trip
– Sunset boat trip

DAY 17: MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the DRIFTERS MAUN TENTED LODGE, our stop for the night.

The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private tented lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village.

We have a late brunch before continuing our journey eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky. We stop to take in the serene isolation of this expanse, before continuing to our camp for the night, at Elephant Sands. Close-up sightings of elephants at the water hole are almost guaranteed.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Relaxed morning
– Village walk
– Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the next two nights. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Chobe National Park
– Extensive boat cruise on the Chobe River

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya “, meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. Your entry fee to the falls is included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time viewing the falls, and exploring the surrounding rain forest, as you like.

During our stay in Victoria Falls, various other attractions can be visited, like the tribal village or curio market. Vic Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities, such as an aircraft flip over the falls, or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense of these optional activities.

We spend two nights here, thus allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer and to focus on the attractions and activities that interest you. We eat out in a local restaurant on both nights (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls, and drink a toast to your adventure.

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Victoria Falls Entry fee

DAY 21: END OF TOUR

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast. The rest of the group will continue while guests on the shorter tour option can extend their stay in Vic Falls or continue on their own arrangements.

Meals: B

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

The Ultimate Adventure Tour

A tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe that includes a multitude of highlights such as Sossusvlei, Etosha, the Okavango Delta and Vic Falls to name but a few – this remains the ultimate African adventure!
Starting in 2021 guests have the option to book a shortened 20 Day tour option ending in Victoria Falls.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

We start our tour in Cape Town, considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00, and after a briefing and some formalities, the adventure begins with a hike up Table Mountain, led by our tour guide. The views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. The next day we explore the scenic Cape Peninsula by vehicle, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We return to the Lodge to freshen up, then head out for dinner and a night of fun at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. On occasion we may have to adjust this itinerary to accommodate the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point, the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Scenic coastal roads
– Hout Bay
– Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast

DAY 4: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. We are joined by our river guides, and after a quick lunch and a safety briefing, we start the canoe adventure.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River canoe experience

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through desert region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon we explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning desert walk
– Afternoon desert drive / night drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. As the day warms we come down from our high perch to take an open 4×4 vehicle into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.
The 4×4’s return us to our vehicle. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through the desert
– Kuiseb Canyon
– Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense).

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)
Optional Activities:
– Sky diving
– Quad biking
– Desert tours
– Dune boarding
– Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered ship wrecks littering the beaches. The Bushmen called this “The Land That God Made in Anger”. We visit Cape Cross, named for the crosses erected by Portuguese explorers in the late 1400s. Today this protected area, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, is home to tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals and one of the largest seal colonies in the world.

We venture back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain .

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross
– Seal colony
– Spitzkoppe

DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA

Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km² of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife.
We will spend these days exploring the expanses of park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Etosha National Park
– Full-Day Game Drive

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha
– Scenic drive through Namibia
– Caprivi Area

DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle – all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

Our comfortable and well appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Okavango Delta
– Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides
– Mokoro trip
– Sunset boat trip

DAY 17: MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the DRIFTERS MAUN TENTED LODGE, our stop for the night.

The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private tented lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village.

We have a late brunch before continuing our journey eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky. We stop to take in the serene isolation of this expanse, before continuing to our camp for the night, at Elephant Sands. Close-up sightings of elephants at the water hole are almost guaranteed.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Relaxed morning
– Village walk
– Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the night. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Chobe National Park
– Extensive boat cruise on the Chobe River

DAY 20: END OF TOUR

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we can explore the amazing Victoria Falls, locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya “, meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”.

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast. Guests on the shorter tour option can extend their stay in Vic Falls or continue on their own arrangements.

Meals: B

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

The Ultimate Adventure Tour

A tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe that includes a multitude of highlights such as Sossusvlei, Etosha and the Okavango Delta to name but a few – this remains the ultimate African adventure!
Starting in 2021 guests have the option to book a shortened 18 Day tour option ending in Maun, Botswana.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

We start our tour in Cape Town, considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00, and after a briefing and some formalities, the adventure begins with a hike up Table Mountain, led by our tour guide. The views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. The next day we explore the scenic Cape Peninsula by vehicle, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We return to the Lodge to freshen up, then head out for dinner and a night of fun at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. On occasion we may have to adjust this itinerary to accommodate the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point, the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Scenic coastal roads
– Hout Bay
– Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast

DAY 4: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. We are joined by our river guides, and after a quick lunch and a safety briefing, we start the canoe adventure.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River canoe experience

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through desert region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon we explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning desert walk
– Afternoon desert drive / night drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. As the day warms we come down from our high perch to take an open 4×4 vehicle into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.
The 4×4’s return us to our vehicle. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through the desert
– Kuiseb Canyon
– Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense).

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)
Optional Activities:
– Sky diving
– Quad biking
– Desert tours
– Dune boarding
– Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered ship wrecks littering the beaches. The Bushmen called this “The Land That God Made in Anger”. We visit Cape Cross, named for the crosses erected by Portuguese explorers in the late 1400s. Today this protected area, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, is home to tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals and one of the largest seal colonies in the world.

We venture back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain .

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross
– Seal colony
– Spitzkoppe

DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA

Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km² of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife.
We will spend these days exploring the expanses of park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Etosha National Park
– Full-Day Game Drive

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha
– Scenic drive through Namibia
– Caprivi Area

DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle – all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

Our comfortable and well appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense).

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Okavango Delta
– Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides
– Mokoro trip
– Sunset boat trip

DAY 17: MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the DRIFTERS MAUN TENTED LODGE, our stop for the night.

The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private tented lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

DAY 18: END OF TOUR

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village.

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast. Guests on the shorter tour option can extend their stay in Botswana or continue on their own arrangements.

Meals: B

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

The Ultimate Adventure Tour

Starting in 2021 guests have the option to book a shortened 10 Day tour option ending in Swakopmund.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN

We start our tour in Cape Town, considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00, and after a briefing and some formalities, the adventure begins with a hike up Table Mountain, led by our tour guide. The views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. The next day we explore the scenic Cape Peninsula by vehicle, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We return to the Lodge to freshen up, then head out for dinner and a night of fun at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. On occasion we may have to adjust this itinerary to accommodate the weather.

We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE. Located in Sea Point, the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Table Mountain hike
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Scenic coastal roads
– Hout Bay
– Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Meals: B D (Lunch today is own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive along West Coast

DAY 4: ORANGE RIVER

Today we cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River. We are joined by our river guides, and after a quick lunch and a safety briefing, we start the canoe adventure.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Orange River
– Orange River canoe experience

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Fish River Canyon

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields. The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through desert region
– Private Desert Game Reserve

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape. In the afternoon we explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning desert walk
– Afternoon desert drive / night drive

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. As the day warms we come down from our high perch to take an open 4×4 vehicle into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.
The 4×4’s return us to our vehicle. We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Dune climbing
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

DAY 9: DUNES – SWAKOPMUND

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund. Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Meals: B L (Dinner own expense in town)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through the desert
– Kuiseb Canyon
– Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 10: END OF TOUR

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast. Guests on the shorter tour option can extend their stay in Swakopmund or continue on their own arrangements. Drifters can assist in arranging transfers to Windhoek for any international flights.

Meals: B

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries, (Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

• Telephone number:
Botswana Consulate in Johannesburg: (011)403-3748 / 9
Zimbabwe Trade mission in Johannesburg: (011)838-2156 / 9
• Or visit:
Botswana Tourism at www.botswanatourism.co.bw
Zimbabwe Tourism at www.zimbabwetourism.net

Zimbabwe/Zambia: Please inquire from your guide about the KAZA visa obtainable at the port of entry into Zimbabwe (this Visa allows you to enter Zambia as well if you should be interested. Please note that you will need a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter Zambia.

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour – Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

The preferred currencies per country are as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
• Botswana – Pula
• Zimbabwe – US Dollar (it is the official currency); Rand, Pula, Euros, British pounds (at a bad exchange)

Suggested amounts for each currency:
(Without use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R 500 – R 700
• Dollar: +- $ 150 – $ 500

(With use of credit card)

• Dollar: +- $ 30 – $ 200

Credit cards are not favored in most parts of Southern Africa so please ensure you will have enough cash to buy goods and possible gratuities.

Please note the only lodge on this tour to receive card payment will be Greenfire Johannesburg lodge. All other lodges will ONLY receive cash payments.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Greenfire Cape Town and JHB Lodge for activities, food, accommodation and small extras
• Shopping in Victoria Falls and for activities

INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safegua