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Cape Town to Vic Falls via Namibia - Itinerary

Day 1  Cape Town - a beautiful city, plenty of cafes, pubs, clubs and markets Visit a township, then north. We leave the farmland of the Western Cape and the Mediterranean climate, following the road north through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert past Citrusdal the centre of one of the Cape's many wine routes. A wine tasting makes for a great diversion; and on to Cederberg.

Day 2  To Springbok and Orange River and Namibia. We spend the afternoon canoeing on the river. 

Day 3  After crossing the border into Namibia, we drive north to Fish River Canyon; 160km long and 550m deep;  second in length only to the Grand Canyon. You can trek along the rim and look over the canyon from the viewpoints.

DAY 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the starkness of the desert. Nearby is Sossusvlei, and the highest sand dunes in the world. Great views of the desert can be seen from the top of the 300 metre high dunes. The stars at night are like diamonds on black silk.

DAY 5: Sesriem  An early start into Namib-Naukluft National Park, we take a morning roaming around the sands. We take some time to summit the famous Dune 45. We then take a desert shuttle a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei; a river which ends is a salt and clay pan, surrounded by high red dunes.

Day 6 - 7  We cross the Tropic of Capricorn towards the Atlantic Ocean via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund; an old German colonial seaside resort with plenty of things to do for the energetic and German beer halls for those after a more relaxing time. Horse-riding or sand boarding on the dunes, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic or scenic flights over the coastline - just a few of the things you can do here.

Day 8  Namibia is a land of wide open spaces and we pass few inhabited areas as we drive towards Spitzkoppe; a group of granite peaks. Here you can take a guided walk with the San to their ancient rock art sites.

Day 9  To Brandberg Mountain [fire mountain]a massive mountain outcrop rising above the gravel plains, uninhabited and isolated with the tallest mountain in Namibia.

Day 10 -11  To Etosha Park. Etosha Pan National Park. Thousands of years ago this vast saltpan was a lake, till Kunene River changed course and deprived the lake of water. Now the pan and surrounding bush support large numbers and a wide range of wildlife. We view game from the truck and spend the evenings by the floodlit water holes at the park's campsites. These water holes provide an excellent opportunity to observe animals that are hard to find during the day, particularly rhino and also smaller animals such as the genet. Elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich, springbok, jackals, hyenas and meercats are also likely to be seen here.

Day 12  We leave the park; game driving all the way to the gate. We head south to the small capacity city [town] of Windhoek.  Spend your afternoon exploring the museum and shops.

Day 13  From Windhoek to Botswana and Ghanzi. Here you can go with the San Bushmen to learn about their life and how they live in this harsh land.

Day 14  Through the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for a Mokoro trip into the Delta.

Day 15 - 16  Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and your transport into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife and birds. You will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking on the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great wilderness experience.

Day 17  Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you could take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun.

Day 18 - 19  To Chobe National Park, where you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience - excellent game viewing is a must.

Day 20  After returning to camp we head to Zimbabwe and over the border to Victoria Falls. When the river is in full flow, the falling water causes a huge roar and sends a cloud of spray up to 500 metres into the air

Day 21  We stay beside Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls town, there is a lot to see and do. Adventure activities abound - you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view. The end of our trip.

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