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19-Day South West Safari Adventure Camping Tour from Livingstone

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Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia

Stop At: Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Livingstone 10101 Zambia
This tour starts with a visit to the Victoria Falls, at various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry!

We highly suggest booking a few days pre tour accommodation in order for you to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly.

Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a local project, go on a day trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the beautiful campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

Our campsite is surrounded by the Mosi au Tunya National Park so for those wanting more game drives these are available on your doorstep! Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can be seen as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo as well as a variety of different monkey species.

Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone Zambia

Day 2: Livingstone – Kasane, Botswana

Stop At: Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park, North-West District
Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to the Botswana border and on to the town of Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse - home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a Fish Eagle cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, and various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Camp, Kasane, Botswana

Day 3: Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata

Stop At: Elephant Sands, Farm PP1, Nata Ranches, Nata, Botswana
This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park in an open vehicle game drive where we may have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion and different antelope species. Moving on from Chobe we continue south and may still encounter elephant and buffalo alongside the road. We arrive to our camp in the afternoon. There are no fences and wildlife roams freely. Many groups report seeing elephant and antelope at close proximity from the campsite - a very relaxing way to view wildlife!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Sands Camp, Nata, Botswana

Day 4: Elephant Sands, Nata - Maun

Stop At: Maun, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West District
We leave Elephant Sands and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has spread along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. This is an area where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing alongside local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, Botswana

Day 5: Maun - Okavango Delta

Stop At: Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta, North-West District
Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta in an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be our guides for our overnight expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife, making our way to our tented camp. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6million hectares and offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels, which spread out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Day 6: Okavango Delta - Maun

Stop At: Maun, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West District
This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers’ station from where we will drive back to Maun. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, Botswana

Day 7: Maun, Botswana to Omaheke Region, Namibia

Stop At: Omaheke Region, Omaheke Region
We leave Maun to make our way via Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert to the border of Namibia. After completing formalities, we cross into Namibia and onto our camp. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain - we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance of this ecosystem - something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive.

Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions, this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night and is an intense spiritual experience for participants and visitors alike.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Zelda's Guest farm, Omaheke Region, near Gobabis, Namibia

Day 8: Omaheke Region, near Gobabis – Windhoek, Namibia

Stop At: Windhoek, Windhoek, Khomas Region
Today we travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Situated in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek (population approx 200,000) is small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit the famous 'Joe’s Beer House'

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Urban camp, Windhoek, Namibia

Day 9: Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Stop At: Etosha National Park, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto Region
We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or pan. The pan is seasonally full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species throughout the rest of the year. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park on our way to the camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Stop At: Etosha National Park, Etosha National Park, Oshikoto Region
Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large kori bustard, secretary bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.

After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at one of the main camps - Okaukeujo/Halali/Namatoni inside Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 11: Etosha National Park – Spitzkoppe

Stop At: Spitzkoppe, Namibia
We game drive out of Etosha National Park and turn south making our way to the beautiful Damaraland region where we explore the eerie Spitzkoppe where ancient bushman paintings are still visible. The giant boulder-like rock formations reach a peak at some 1800m above sea level and create a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint.

NB: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear.

The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Spitzkoppe Bush Camp, Namibia

Day 12: Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund

Stop At: Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
Departing the granite infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to the Atlantic coast and to Swakopmund. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Try some adventure desert-based activities like quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those seeking a quieter life, enjoy the other side of Swakopmund: shops, restaurants, museums, the aquarium, art galleries or simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 13: Swakopmund

Stop At: Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer - from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 14: Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp

Stop At: Solitaire, Solitaire, Khomas Region
This morning we leave our desert camp early and enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. It’s a spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to our camp for the night.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sossus On Foot Desert Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia

Day 15: Sossus On Foot Camp – Sesriem area

Stop At: Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia
This morning we leave our desert camp early and enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. It’s a spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-earned breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to our camp for the night.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sossus Oasis Overland Camp, Sesriem Area, Namibia

Day 16: Sesriem area - Fish River Canyon

Stop At: Fish River Canyon, Ais-Ais Namibia
Today we drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, dotted with quiver trees, to the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500m deep and over 160km long. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon area, Namibia

Day 17: Fish River Canyon – Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia

Stop At: Orange River
Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon, we travel south to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the Namibia side. On arrival we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, or simply relax on the water’s edge at camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Felix Unite, Orange River, Namibia

Day 18: Orange (Gariep) River – Cederberg Region

Stop At: Cederberg, Cederberg, Western Cape
This morning, we cross the border into South Africa and continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August – September). We camp at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Highlanders Camp, Trawal, South Africa

Day 19: Cederberg Region – Cape Town

Stop At: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town - without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where our tour ends. If time allows we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings. Take advantage of the variety of activities normally available here.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Victoria Falls Waterfront, Sichango Drive, Livingstone 60407, Zambia
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Duration
19 days
Return Details
Ashanti Lodge Gardens - Book direct and save., 11 Hof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Inclusions
  • 18x Breakfast
  • 14x Dinner
  • 15x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 18 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
  • Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha NP, Game Drives
  • Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Entry/Admission - Victoria Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Elephant Sands
  • Entry/Admission - Spitzkoppe
  • Entry/Admission - Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Fish River Canyon
Exclusions
  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional/ USD 400.00pp)*
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each adventure tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (Optional) Adventure Pass is USD 400.00 per person
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39'ish years.
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • * Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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By: Acacia Africa
116 reviews
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karlijnves
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
10
Cape Town to Vic Falls
I absolutely loved the trip! My tour guide was the sweetest and the driver as well! We had a lot of fun and have
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josephineolejas
Copenhagen, Denmark
4818
Best trip of my live
Thank you so much for the best trip ever Acacia. Everything was perfect and so authentic sleeping in tents and
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JMJ205
Neuchatel, Switzerland
91
Amazing road trip trough Namibia
The best way to see the country for a solo traveller with professional guides. The camping sites were amazing and
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amrichie64
21
Loved Namibia!
This trip exceeded my expectations, but that is because I went in with realistic expectations. I feel it is
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Emmalou2605
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
127
Loved it!
I have previously overlanded with Acacia and another company so knew what to expect from the whole set up. I can
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elliotanderson1
Manchester, United Kingdom
10
Amazing trip
Acacia provided an affordable, simple and stress free booking. The trip was amazing and made better by the
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jsarubbi2019
10
Solo lady seeing Africa!
Great to see the highlights of Africa at an affordable price! I felt safe the whole time. Great to experience all
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aussiestardust
Gold Coast, Australia
4527
The Trip of a Lifetime!
I recently completed the 41 day Cape Town to Cape Town tour and I loved every minute of it! Africa has been on my
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adventurekit
Hong Kong, China
20
my great 31 days trip in Africa
thanks again for the great 1st experience in Africa, good wildlife, good people everyday, what more I can ask for?
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francescamontanar
Milan, Italy
10
Fran
Best trip of my life - would strongly recommend it!!! It is very extremely safe and the leader will always make
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Gautam A
30
Safari In Africa with Acasia
Excellent trip, well planned, looked after well, many tips, staff were super helpful and friendly. Saw plenty of
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gokulv1989
Christchurch, New Zealand
10
Kenya and Tanzania
Great service. Good value for money. A very enjoyable experience. Tour leader Rachel and driver Sam were
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Elodie C
London, United Kingdom
30
The most amazing trip of a lifetime
I just finished the 58-day Nairobi to Cape Town Ultimate African Overlander, camping the whole way down, and it
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jkerr2uk
10
Fantastic African overlanding experience
My husband and I are in our early 30s and joined Acacia Africa in February in Nairobi for the ‘28 days overland
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uzchuck
10
Buyer beware! Big rip off!
First of all the safari pass is a big rip off! They do not use this money as they say. It is more money for the
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