Cape to Victoria Falls "Explorer"
CAPE to VICTORIA FALLS (2008) “EXPLORER”            Code: CV21
21 day small group participation camping safari
Group size: max 12 people
DEPARTS: CAPE TOWN on Wednesday at 08:00am
ENDS: LIVINGSTONE on Tuesday at ±12:00 noon
* Fish River Canyon – walking
* Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes
* Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
* Brandberg – rock paintings
* Etosha NP – game drives
* Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks
* Victoria Falls – adventure activities
* 4 nights in hotel / cabin & 16 nights camping
* Entrance fees
* Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags & pillows)
* Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
* Meals as per itinerary
* Professional guide
* Okavango Delta mokoro excursion
An epic journey through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia covering Fish River Canyon, the wildlife in Etosha National Park, the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert and the awesome Victoria Falls!

  (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Day 1
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Departing, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit the African Penguin colony en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then relax on Hout Bay beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).

Includes: Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point
Overnight: Guesthouse / hotel - twin rooms with en-suite facilities
Distance/time: Full day Cape Peninsular tour is 160km which takes between 6 and 8 hours.
Optional Activities: N/A
[camping BLD]
The Cedarberg is a massive rocky wilderness where giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. In the afternoon we explore the rugged landscape on foot.

Includes: Entrance fees, and walking permit in the Cedarberg
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.
Distance/time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: N/A
[camping BLD]
We make our way into the more arid regions and entering Namibia, we camp at the Gariep River. Time free for swimming and relaxing or you can adventure down the river in canoes (own expense).

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant & bar
Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: Half day canoe safari
[camping BLD]
We make our way to Fish River canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. In the afternoon we watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon’s rim.

Entrance fees to Fish River Canyon, Hobas viewing point
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, and shop
Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: N/A
Day 5 – 6
[camping BLD]
Towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.

Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, shop.
Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: N/A
[chalet Bx2 Lx1 -]

Lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants surround the coastal town of Swakopmund. Day free to explore the town or try quad biking / dune boarding (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense) and overnight in a guest house.

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Chalets – twin rooms with en-suite facilities & restaurant.
Distance/time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more

Day 9
[camping BLD]
Two days of beautiful desert landscapes. We move north along the arid coast to the Cape Cross seal colony before heading inland to set up camp under the Spitzkoppe, huge granite domes rising out of the desert. Enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony
Overnight: Campsite – basic ablution facilities.
Distance/time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: N/A
[camping BLD]
Our next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River bed, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art.

Includes: Entrance to see San Rock Art and guided walk with local guide
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool.
Distance/time: 170km, ± 2½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: N/A
Day 11,12,13 ETOSHA NP
[camping BLD]
The Himba culture is a synonymous with Namibia and we’ll visit a Himba settlement to meet these proud people. Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich northwest corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Okaukuejo with its flood-lit waterhole. (Subject to animal movements we may use any of the 3 camps in Etosha.)

Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop
Distance/time: 400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing + 2x 3 hour game drives per day
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park vehicles
[guest house BL-]
The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

Includes: N/A
Overnight: Guesthouse – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: N/A
[camping BLD]
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills (Local guide may not be San due to nomadic lifestyle of San Bushman).

Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman and translator
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming in disused quarry
Distance/time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch
Optional Activities: N/A
Day 16, 17, 18 OKAVANGO DELTA
[camping Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]
We camp in Maun for a night in preparation before journeying deep into the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugouts) - an experience not to be missed. We camp wild on remote islands for 2 nights and enjoy bush walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight:  Maun: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar 2 nights
                     Okavango Delta: Wild camping – basic camping facilities, with bucket showers
Distance/time: 300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hour each way
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD70-90 pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
[camping BL-]
Feel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.

Includes: Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance/time: 320km, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: N/A
[camping Bx3--]
Tour Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Enjoy a sundowner river cruise on the mighty Zambezi or a spectacular “flight of angels” over the Falls (own expense). Tour ends day 21 at +/- 12:00 noon.

Includes: Entrance fees to Vic Falls
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar
Distance/time: 400km, ± 5 hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, elephant back safaris, scenic flights & many more
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!
Price: (valid Jan 2008 – Dec 2008)
 € 1 495 pps + local payment of ZAR 1900

2008 Departure dates

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 * SA:
The “Cape Town to Victoria Falls Explorer” can be combined after all “South Africa Scenic Route” departures to create a complete circular safari in Southern Africa.
 * SAg:
German tour leader
 * German:
These departures are lead by a German speaking tour leader

In a nutshell
 · A true exploration of Southern Africa - see it all!
 · All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
 · Gariep River, Fish River Canyon, Namib desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton coast, Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein engravings, Etosha, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls.

Why travellers like this trip

1. Variety - a tour that explores the diversity of Southern Africa! Spectacular Namib Desert, wild Okavango Delta and the awesome Victoria Falls - a natural wonder of the world. From the wildlife areas and cultural interaction to historical sites all set in beautiful landscapes!
2. National Parks and wildlife areas - We visit the famous Fish River Canyon, Namib Nauklauft and Etosha National Parks, the wilderness of the Okavango Delta as well as other lesser-known wildlife areas. This trip visits some fantastic wildlife areas as well as the fascinating desert environment.
3. Culture and history - we try to introduce you to the people of the areas we visit for example the Himba and Herero people of northern Namibia. We also get to spend several days with our local Okavango guides where we have the opportunity to experience a living contact with local people.
4. Small group - travelling in groups of up to 12 people creates a friendly, holiday atmosphere.
5. Walking - every opportunity to get out and walk in the areas such as the Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert,
Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta. Walks are easy to moderate exertion and optional. Duration from ½ - 4 hours.
6. Adventure - activities available include: dune boarding, quad biking, deep-sea fishing, hot air ballooning, rafting the mighty Zambezi! Bungi jumping, sky diving, horse riding, mokoro trail and game walks!
7. Mokoro Trail - the tour includes a 3 day excursion into the Okavango Delta with local guides in mokoros (dugout canoes). This is an escape into untouched African wilderness!

 · Camping - for 14 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks, on private land and in towns. Campsite facilities are generally very good but in places can be basic. There are hot and cold showers, restaurants, washing facilities and telephones available at most of the campsites. Some camps in Namibia and Botswana have simple reed enclosures for showers but do have flush toilets!

Sunway supplies all the camping equipment with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest.

 · Wild camping - for 2 nights while in the Okavango Delta we camp wild on remote islands. During the dry season we may also camp wild for 1 night on the Makgadikgadi Pans. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping is very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety.

 · Hotel - 1 night on tour is spent in a comfortable, but basic, hotel in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. Rooms are twin with en suite facilities.

 · Bungalows - 2 nights in Swakopmund we stay in bungalows in town. Basic twin rooms and two bedrooms share one ablutions.

 · Guest House - 1 night in Windhoek we stay in a guest house. We may have twin or double rooms all with shared facilities. The guest house is central and convenient.

 · On foot - easy to moderate walks throughout the tour - Fish River, Sossusvlei, Spitzkoppe Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. Duration from ½ - 4 hours.
 · Mokoro - In the Okavango we use mokoros (dugout canoes), “poled” by our local guides, 2 people and their kit per mokoro.
 · Open Game drives - The transfer into the delta is also with an open 4WD vehicle. This allows us the opportunity to really feel part of the bush, the smells, sounds and of course great views!
 · Vehicle - for longer distance travel, place to place, we use custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. Comfortable touring and good for game viewing. Large, sliding windows and viewing hatches give everyone a good view; or Toyota Hiace minibuses with 10 forward facing seats (roof rack and trailer for equipment and baggage). There are a couple of long days of travelling but the vehicles have a comfortable cruising speed. The emphasis of the trip is “getting out and doing things”.

Local Payment
 · A local payment is required on this safari and this will be collected by the tour leader on departure. This covers a portion of the local operational costs including entrance and park fees. This ensures that a major portion of your tour price goes directly into the country you are visiting, benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the area.

 · An essential part of your Sunway Safari is participation – from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing away in the morning to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Zambian Tourist Visa Waiver
 · Sunway Safaris can apply for a Zambian tourist visa waiver on behalf of Sunway clients. Please forward passport details with your booking. Please note that, although Sunway will apply for the visa wavier, this is not a guaranteed waiver and issue of a free of charge tourist visa is subject to Zambian border authority decision.

 · Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

 · We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except 8 dinners and 3 lunches in Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Maun, Nata, Windhoek & Swakopmund where we try local restaurants.
 · The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
 · We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
 · We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

 · Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The outdoor enthusiast enjoys simple campsites and basic wild camps, you will get dusty on occasion; but this is Africa!
 · Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
 · Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
 · Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
 · Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
 · There is a visa waiver service available through Sunway Safaris for Zambia – please enquire at the time of booking.
 · Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Bring a daypack for walks.
 · We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in South Africa and Namibia Euro and US$ will need to changed into Namibian $ or South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept N$ and ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswna Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Livingstone can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour. Travellers cheques can be changed in Cape Town, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Maun and Livingstone. See the Sunway tour dossier for approximate costs of drinks and meals etc.

Common questions about this trip
1. What do I need to bring?
A warm sleeping bag, comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, a water bottle and a small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
2. Is it safe?
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip! Every precaution is taking to ensure a happy holiday.
3. Do I need malaria tablets?
Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
4. Can I buy camera film?
Film and other accessories will be available several times on tour. A camera with a zoom lens from wide angle to telephoto, 35-200mm, is advisable to capture both scenic and wildlife shots.
5. Can I wash my clothes on tour?

There are facilities for hand washing your clothes along the way. 

South Africa
Population: approx. 44,300,000
Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights; summer rainfall except Cape which has wainter rainfall.
Terrain: vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain
The unique “Rainbow Nation”; in Southern Africa. A melting pot of culture wildlife and wonderful scenery. South Africa's historic emergence from the Apartheid era has created a country with wonderful spirit. With eleven national languages and many more cultures...

South Africa's wildlife destinations rival the best in the world, with the Kruger National Park being a must for all visitors along with Mkuzi Game reserve and Addo Elephant National Park. The Zulu and the Xhosa cultures portray a intense history of survival and exploration of the country before the arrival of the Dutch Settlers.

Trekking in the wilderness of the Drakensberg mountains is challenging but rewarding. Mountainous landscapes and streams and unspoilt terrain are a photographers playground.

The garden route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town is an area of lush indigenous forest, rocky coastline and abundant indigenous flowers. The small town of Knysna lies on a lagoon, is home to craftsman and artists.

Cape Town, the mother city, sits at the foot of the Table Mountain. Surrounded by the wine regions of Stellenbosch on one side and the Atlantic Ocean, on the other, no trip to South Africa is complete without a few days exploring the highlights of Cape Town. Cape Point, Robben Island, wine tasting in Stellenbosch, and the views from the top of Table Mountain are not to be missed.
Optional Activities
 · Kruger N.P. night drive  · Bloukrans bungi  · Table Mountain cable car
 · Robben Island cruise  · Seal Island cruise Houtbay  · Abseiling Cape Town
 · Scuba diving  · Shark cage  

Population: approx. 2,030,000
Climate: desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic
Terrain: mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east
A land of wide open spaces, never failing to enthral its visitors. Namibia is known for its contrasting landscapes. The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The views over the Fish River Canyon, the delicate balance of wildlife in Etosha National Park. The german heritage is very noticeable in Swakopmund and Windhoek.

Other highlights of Namibia include the seal colony at Cape Cross, the granite domes of the Spitkoppe rising above the desert floor. The rock engravings of Twyfelfontien, the San rock paintings in the Brandberg.
Optional Activities
 · Quad biking  · Dune boarding  · Deep sea fishing
 · Flight 1½ hour desert  · Flight 2½ hour Sossusvlei  · Flight 3 hours Skeleton coast
 · ski boat  · Sky diving tandem  · Sky diving static
 · Ballooning Sossusvlei    

Population: approx. 1,600,000
Climate: semiarid; warm winters and hot summers.
Terrain: predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest.
Is the premier wildlife destination in Southern Africa. The rustic, remote atmosphere of Botswana's wildlife areas offer real adventure. Open 4 wheel drive game drives in Moremi game reserve, Savuti and Chobe National Parks are the experience of a lifetime.

The experience of being polled into the Okavango Delta is unriveled. You polers will interepret birdlife as you pass through tranquil waterlilly covered lagoons to your camp. Your professional guide will lead you on game walks getting you close to nature. If your passion in camping close to the wildlife or the comfort of a luxury lodge safari Botswana has something to offer you.

The vast Magadikgadi Pans seasonally fill with water and attract amazing birdlife including flamingoes and pelicans.

A short journey across the border at Kazangula into Zamiba gets you to one of the natural wonders of the world Victoria Falls.
Optional Activities
 · Flight over Okavango    

Population: approx. 11,250,000
Climate: tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April).
Terrain: mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains, Zambezi River valley in south west.
A land of Untamed Rivers. The mighty Zambezi River forms southern boundry crossing over the Victoria Falls and through Lake Kariba into the Lower Zambezi Valley. A canoeing trip on the Zambezi gets you close to the wildlife as you paddle with the current through Mana Pools and the Lower Zambezi National Parks.

The adventure activities in Victoira Falls cater for all tastes from the wildest adrenaline rush river rafting and bungi jumping to the views of the falls from the flight of angels and getting close to nature on the elephant back safari.

South Luangwa National Park the eastern side of Zambia offers an abundance of wildlife that is rarely seen in other game reserves and is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Optional Activities
 · Game drives  · Horse riding  · River boarding
 · Flight – fixed wing  · Flight – helicopter  · Flight – micro light
 · Rafting ½ day & full day  · Bungi jumping  · Elephant rides
 · Snake park  · Zambezi cruise  · Crocodile farm
 · Canoe upper – Zambezi ½ day & full day    

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