S1 - Namibia Overland Safari (12 Days)

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg at 06H00, travel through Kuruman and visit the Hot Springs before spending the evening in Upington.

Day 2: Visit the Augrabies National Park. See the spectacular Augrabies (Bushmen meaning for place of great noise) waterfalls. According to legend, a fortune of diamonds lies at the bottom, washed down by the river, but the sheer awe of cascading provides and effective deterrent to fortune-hunters! Drive around the Nature Reserve and view white rhino and other game (such as kudu, springbok, klipspringer, gemsbok, and baboon). Overnight in the Park.

Day 3: Travel to the Namibian border at Velloorsdrif. Visit the impressive Fish River Canyon. The canyon is 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep. Relax in the hot springs of Ai-Ais. Drive to the Hobas Viewpoint and see the grandeur of the Fish River Canyon. Camp at the Hobas Camp Site.

Day 4: Travel via Seeheim, Goageb and Maltahohe to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. The gigantic 275m high red and gray dunes are the highest in the world. Experience wildlife in the desert. Optional extra: a balloon safari over the Namib Desert. Overnight at the Khulala Lodge.

Day 5: Travel via the Kuiseb Canyon to Walvis Bay. Climb Dune 7, visit the Salt Mine, and view up to 80000 thousand Greater and Lesser flamingoes and rare white pelicans in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Lunch in Walvis Bay. Travel to Swakopmund, a typically German town on the Atlantic Ocean. See Martin Luther, the quaint architecture in a distinct German colonial character (Woermann House, Die Alte Kaserne, Hohenzollern/Haus, and the Railway Station Building), the National Marine Information and Research Centre, the Swakopmund Aquarium, and the local fish market where pelicans await a fishy dinner. Overnight in Swakopmund.

Day 6: Undertake the Welwitschia Namib Tour with the oasis of Goanikontes, the moon landscape, the Welwitschia mirabilis (the 1500 year old desert plant), tracks of World War 1, and beautiful dunes. This area is renowned for the unusual and captivating beauty of its landscape, changing from vast gravel plains and dry river beds, to expansive dunes of colourful desert sands. Return to Swakopmund.

Day 7: Travel via the Spitzkoppe, a distinctive and intriguing landmark with beautiful rock formations and bushmen paintings, to Uis and the imposing Brandberg massif, the highest peak in Namibia. View the famous and controversial White Lady of the Brandberg. Travel to the Burnt Mountain, see the organ pipes, Twyfelfontein (with magnificent rock paintings and engravings), and the petrified forest, where a cataclysmic event deposited giant tree trunks, which subsequently turned to stone, millions of years ago. Overnight in Khorixas.

Day 8: Enter the Etosha National Park at Okakeujo. The park comprises 22 270 km² of saline desert, savannah and woodlands. The Etosha pan is a vast shallow depression of approximately 5000 km² and is a ghostly white lake, dazzling with heat waves and mirages for most of the year. A total of 114 mammals are found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino and the black-faced impala, which is endemic to northwestern Namibia and southwestern Angola. Other mammals represented in the park include mountain and plains zebra, springbok, oryx, eland, lion, leopard, cheetah and elephants. About 340 bird species occur in the park of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders. Visit the Okakeujo waterhole under floodlights in the evening. Camp under the stars at Okakeujo.

Day 9: Etosha National Park. Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives. Etosha´s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities. Travel to Namutoni Rest Camp, which centres on an old German fort dating back to 1903. Relax at the pool and enjoy comfortable game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Camp under the stars at Namutoni.

Day 10: After breakfast we leave the Etosha National Park and travel to Lakes Otjikoto and Guinas outside Tsumeb. Visit the largest know meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, which weighs 50 ton and is between 100 million and 300 million years old. Continue via Otavi, Otjiwarongo, and Okahandja to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Windhoek is situated in the dry air of the central highlands flanked by the Eros Mountains and the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland. It is a city of contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings, such as the Tintenpalast, St George's Cathedral, the Railway Station, and the Christuskirche. Overnight in Windhoek.

Day 11: After Früschoppen (the Namibian-style breakfast with a glass of chilled sparkling wine or a draught beer), we drive towards Gobabis and the Botswana border. The Trans-Kalahari Express Highway through the beautiful and desolate Kalahari Desert will take us to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana where we spend the night after a long day of driving.

Day 12: After breakfast, we leave Gaborone and head for Johannesburg/Pretoria, via Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg or Koster. The last leg of this unforgettable trip will take about 4 hours.

 

S2 - Mozambique Safari (via Kruger Park) (6 Days)

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg at 06H00, travel through Kuruman and visit the Hot Springs before spending the evening in Upington.

Day 2: Visit the Augrabies National Park. See the spectacular Augrabies (Bushmen meaning for place of great noise) waterfalls. According to legend, a fortune of diamonds lies at the bottom, washed down by the river, but the sheer awe of cascading provides and effective deterrent to fortune-hunters! Drive around the Nature Reserve and view white rhino and other game (such as kudu, springbok, klipspringer, gemsbok, and baboon). Overnight in the Park.

Day 3: Travel to the Namibian border at Velloorsdrif. Visit the impressive Fish River Canyon. The canyon is 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep. Relax in the hot springs of Ai-Ais. Drive to the Hobas Viewpoint and see the grandeur of the Fish River Canyon. Camp at the Hobas Camp Site.

Day 4: Travel via Seeheim, Goageb and Maltahohe to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. The gigantic 275m high red and gray dunes are the highest in the world. Experience wildlife in the desert. Optional extra: a balloon safari over the Namib Desert. Overnight at the Khulala Lodge.

Day 5: Travel via the Kuiseb Canyon to Walvis Bay. Climb Dune 7, visit the Salt Mine, and view up to 80000 thousand Greater and Lesser flamingoes and rare white pelicans in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Lunch in Walvis Bay. Travel to Swakopmund, a typically German town on the Atlantic Ocean. See Martin Luther, the quaint architecture in a distinct German colonial character (Woermann House, Die Alte Kaserne, Hohenzollern/Haus, and the Railway Station Building), the National Marine Information and Research Centre, the Swakopmund Aquarium, and the local fish market where pelicans await a fishy dinner. Overnight in Swakopmund.

Day 6: Undertake the Welwitschia Namib Tour with the oasis of Goanikontes, the moon landscape, the Welwitschia mirabilis (the 1500 year old desert plant), tracks of World War 1, and beautiful dunes. This area is renowned for the unusual and captivating beauty of its landscape, changing from vast gravel plains and dry river beds, to expansive dunes of colourful desert sands. Return to Swakopmund.

Day 7: Travel via the Spitzkoppe, a distinctive and intriguing landmark with beautiful rock formations and bushmen paintings, to Uis and the imposing Brandberg massif, the highest peak in Namibia. View the famous and controversial White Lady of the Brandberg. Travel to the Burnt Mountain, see the organ pipes, Twyfelfontein (with magnificent rock paintings and engravings), and the petrified forest, where a cataclysmic event deposited giant tree trunks, which subsequently turned to stone, millions of years ago. Overnight in Khorixas.

Day 8: Enter the Etosha National Park at Okakeujo. The park comprises 22 270 km² of saline desert, savannah and woodlands. The Etosha pan is a vast shallow depression of approximately 5000 km² and is a ghostly white lake, dazzling with heat waves and mirages for most of the year. A total of 114 mammals are found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino and the black-faced impala, which is endemic to northwestern Namibia and southwestern Angola. Other mammals represented in the park include mountain and plains zebra, springbok, oryx, eland, lion, leopard, cheetah and elephants. About 340 bird species occur in the park of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders. Visit the Okakeujo waterhole under floodlights in the evening. Camp under the stars at Okakeujo.

Day 9: Etosha National Park. Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives. Etosha´s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities. Travel to Namutoni Rest Camp, which centres on an old German fort dating back to 1903. Relax at the pool and enjoy comfortable game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Camp under the stars at Namutoni.

Day 10: After breakfast we leave the Etosha National Park and travel to Lakes Otjikoto and Guinas outside Tsumeb. Visit the largest know meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, which weighs 50 ton and is between 100 million and 300 million years old. Continue via Otavi, Otjiwarongo, and Okahandja to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Windhoek is situated in the dry air of the central highlands flanked by the Eros Mountains and the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland. It is a city of contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings, such as the Tintenpalast, St George's Cathedral, the Railway Station, and the Christuskirche. Overnight in Windhoek.

Day 11: After Früschoppen (the Namibian-style breakfast with a glass of chilled sparkling wine or a draught beer), we drive towards Gobabis and the Botswana border. The Trans-Kalahari Express Highway through the beautiful and desolate Kalahari Desert will take us to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana where we spend the night after a long day of driving.

Day 12: After breakfast, we leave Gaborone and head for Johannesburg/Pretoria, via Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg or Koster. The last leg of this unforgettable trip will take about 4 hours.

 

S3 - Botswana Overland Safari (11 Days) – Not for the faint hearted!

Botswana is situated to the north west of Southern Africa, with an area of approximately 570 000 square kilometres. Most of the country has sparse vegetation being covered by flat, dry, Kalahari Desert, which is home to a large variety of plants and animals. Vast herds of antelope can be seen in the Khutse and central Kalahari game reserves. In the northern part of the country is a network of streams, canals and waterways that make up the famous Okavango Delta, an area rich in wildlife. Aside from the large numbers of game found here, the clear water of these canals shows an abundance of aquatic life. Two of the wildlife reserves worth visiting are Moremi Wildlife Sanctuary and Chobe National Park. Because of its vast wilderness areas it is a fabulous venue for the nature and wildlife enthusiast.

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg or Pretoria at 06H00 and travel via Warmbad, Nylstroom, and Ellisras to the Botswana border at Martin's Drift. Travel to Palapye and Serowe to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Camp in the sanctuary and gain experience for tougher camping to come. The campsites are not fenced off and wild animals may investigate the strange forms of tents and cars. Remember to close the tents even during the night!

Day 2: Travel via Lethlakane to Kubu Island, a rocky outcrop where majestic baobabs grow and where Stone Age tools can still be found on it's dry shores, situated in the Makgadikgadi Pans, a relic of what used to be one of the biggest inland lakes Africa has ever seen. Drive over the Makgadikgadi Pans, a vast expanse of nothingness, to Gweta and Maun. Camp in Maun situated on the southern shores of the unique Okavango Delta.

Day 3: After breakfast, undertake a daylong Mokoro trip in the Okavango Swamps. The Mokoro is a hollowed out trunk of the Wild Peach (Kiggelaria africana) tree. Spot some game such as elephants, hippos (they are a constant threat to the Mokoro's), lions and maybe the rare and shy sitatunga. Lunch provided during the boat ride. Return to camp in Maun.

Day 4: Leave early for the our next destination, the Moremi Game Reserve, which forms an intricate part of the Okavango Delta comprising permanently swamped areas, seasonally swamped areas and dryland. The Moremi Game Reserve is one of the great wilderness areas of Africa, teeming with birdlife (including the cute Jacana and the majestic Fish Eagle) and a vast population of animals (elephant, wild dog, lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, crocodile, hippo, mongoose, baboon, and antelope, such as lechwes, the sitatunga, and sable. Camp at Third Bridge or Xakanaxa.

Day 5: Wake up at sunrise (around 5:30 am) to the sounds of the bush (and maybe a lion or two in the camp). Enjoy tea or coffee and biscuits. Leave around 6 am for an early morning game drive. Return to camp for brunch and a well-deserved siesta. After having rested enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Return to camp for dinner around the fire and hit the sack early.

Day 6: Rise early again and travel via the Khwai Floodplain, which is rich in bird and animal life. Although it is only about 140 km, the drive will take 5 hours as we battle in our 4x4 through very rough terrain and thick sand to the Chobe National Park and the Savute Marsh. It is almost impossible to imagine that this desolate, harsh landscape was once submerged beneath an enormous inland sea. Savute is known for its rocky outcrops and dead trees. Elephant and lion are abundant in this area. We camp at Savute and enjoy dinner under the stars. Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo, the Chobe bushbuck, the puku (an elusive endemic antelope), rich birdlife (including numerous fish eagles, kingfishers, and wading birds), and, not least, its exquisite sunsets – a wildlife experience not to be missed! We camp at Ihaha.

Day 8: Activities for the day include: a boat cruise on the Chobe River (which is the border between Botswana and Namibia) viewing herds of elephants, buffaloes, zebras, lechwes (Botswana antelope); afternoon game drive and drive to campsite, relax around the fire and enjoy dinner. Overnight at Ihaha (beware of wild animals roaming around the campsite at night).

Day 9: We undertake a day trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to arrive in the morning. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Victoria Falls and Rain Forest; a 15 min helicopter flight over the falls (optional extra). Lunch in the Victoria Falls Hotel. Some curio shopping at the local flea market before returning to Kasane and overnight in the Chobe Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Rise early (at 05H30) and after heaving enjoyed breakfast travel via Nata, the eastern parts of the Makgadikgadi Pans, to Francistown, the second largest town in Botswana, where we enjoy lunch, and on to the Tuli Game Reserve in the Tuli Block. The Tuli Block is quite different to anywhere else in Botswana. It is generally referred to as the Hardveld because of the multitude of rocky outcrops and the abundance of rocks, stones and pebbles of all shapes ands sizes. An interesting sight is the "goat dog" bred by the local community, lactated by goats when still a puppy and protects goats from predators. Overnight in Mashatu Lodge.

Day 11: Travel via Pontdrift (cross the Limpopo riverbed by car), Alldays, Pietersburg (where we enjoy lunch) and Potgietersrus back to Pretoria/Johannesburg. Arrive at approximately 16H00.

 

S4 - Mosi-oa-tunya and Kariba Safari (11 Days)

Zimbabwe is one of southern Africa's most popular holiday destinations. And it has a lot to offer. From the adventure of big game viewing or hunting, white water rafting, mountain climbing and hot air ballooning to the tranquility of canoeing down the Zambezi, house boating on Lake Kariba, birding safaris, hiking through forests, horseback riding and photographic safaris with some of the most scenic areas of southern Africa as a backdrop to whatever the visitor undertakes. Zimbabwe's spectacular and varied scenery, the magic of Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-tunya - the smoke that thunders), the uniqueness of the Matobos, the surprising vistas of the Eastern Highlands, the mystery of Great Zimbabwe, together with the numerous activities to be enjoyed, will call the visitor back again and again

Day 1: Leave early at 05H00 for Beit Bridge (the border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe) via Warmbad, Nylstroom, Potgietersrus, Pietersburg, Louis Trichardt and Messina. We continue our journey to Masvingo, the site of the magnificent Zimbabwe Ruins. Overnight in the Masvingo area.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast we visit the Zimbabwe Ruins, one of the most ancient cities ever to be found in Africa. It was probably the seat of government of the ancient kingdom of Monomatapa. Various soapstone artifacts and the famous Zimbabwe Birds found in this area are on display in museums found on site. After having enjoyed a light lunch at the tea garden of the Zimbabwe Ruins we continue our journey via Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, to Chinoyi where we overnight.

Day 3: Depart early for Lake Kariba where we board one of the many houseboats for a relaxing safari with a difference. All inclusive, all meals, tea and coffee, beers and minerals (but excluding spirits and wine), snacks, fuel, fishing, fishing tackle, bait, game viewing. A place of outstanding beauty and tranquility, nestled in mountains, Kariba is a wonderland of more than 5000 square kilometres of blue island-studded water, with bays, inlet, rivers, estuaries, forests and wilderness areas teeming with wildlife. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 4: Enjoy the day on Lake Kariba. On the southern shore, lies the Matusadona National Park. We go out on small motorboats and view elephant, buffalo, impala, zebra, waterbok, kudu, sable, hippo and crocodile on the shorelines. The birdlife is prolific and includes many of the larger species such as Goliath heron, great white egrets, grey heron, fish-eagles and openbilled storks. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 5: Stay on the houseboat and enjoy the beauty of Lake Kariba. Enjoy a swim in the open lake, away from hippos and crocodiles, or try your luck at tiger fishing. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 6: We say goodbye to the houseboat crew after lunch and head for the Victoria Falls via Zambia. An optional extra at US$100 is to fly from Kariba to Victoria Falls. Should you decide to fly, you would fly over the dam wall and the vastness of Lake Kariba. Overnight at Victoria Falls.

Day 7: After breakfast we visit the Victoria Falls, considered to be the largest, most beautiful and certainly the most majestic waterfall anywhere in the world, and the Rain Forest. David Livingstone in 1855 described the falls as "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The local people call it "Mosi-oa-tunya" meaning the smoke that thunders. Here the mighty Zambezi River, halfway along its 2700km length from source to sea and a tranquil one and a half kilometres in breadth, gathers speed and then hurls itself into a narrow chasm of more than a hundred metres deep.

Day 8: We spend the day in Victoria Falls. The more adventurous can try their hand at white-water rafting (included, lunch served), or bungee jumping (optional extra at US$100) from the bridge that is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. If this is not your scene you can spend your day shopping for some curios at the local flea market, visit the Victoria Falls Hotel that used to be a railway station, or a 15 minute helicopter flight over the falls (optional extra at US$100 if participating with white-water rafting). Overnight in Victoria Falls.

Day 9: After breakfast we leave for Bulawayo and the Matopos National Park. A unique area of some 2000km² of gigantic wind-sculptured rock formations, many of them balancing in unbelievably contorted shapes, alternating with cool green wooded valleys and lakes. Part of the Park has been set aside as a game park and here giraffe, buffalo, eland, sable, zebra and rhino can be seen. Overnight outside Matopos National Park.

Day 10: We visit the ancient Matopos hills, a world of knobby granite outcrops that look as if they have been transplanted from another planet. As soon as you enter this National Park, another Africa descends upon you. Here is an eerie panorama so brooding and mysterious that it has enchanted Ndebele kings and colonial settlers alike. Today visitors can gaze upon the tomb of Cecil John Rhodes and those of his deputies, and marvel at the "Empire Building" drive that created modern Zimbabwe. After lunch we leave for Beit Bridge and say goodbye to Zimbabwe. Overnight outside Louis Trichardt.

Day 11: After a late breakfast we tackle the last day of our wonderful journey through Pietersburg, Potgietersrus, Nylstroom and Warmbad before returning back to Johannesburg/Pretoria. The falls and the surrounding areas have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site so that the area is preserved from excessive commercialisation. We end the day with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River