Cape to Victoria Falls “German Grand Explorer”
CAPE to VICTORIA FALLS (2008) “GERMAN GRAND EXPLORER”             Code: CVag21
21 day small group cabin safari
Group size: max 12 people
DEPARTS: CAPE TOWN on 08:00am
ENDS: LIVINGSTONE at ±08:00am
Highlights
* Fish River Canyon – walking
* Namib Desert – Sossusvlei dunes
* Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
* Twyfelfontein – rock engravings
* Etosha NP – game drives
* Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
* Victoria Falls – white water rafting
Includes
* 18 nights cabin / hotels / chalets and 2 nights tented camp in Okavango
* Entrance fees
* Use of equipment (except travel pillow)
* Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
* Meals as per itinerary
* Professional guide
* Okavango Delta mokoro excursion
An epic accommodated journey through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia covering Fish River Canyon, the wildlife in Etosha Pan National Park, the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert and the amazing Victoria Falls!

ITINERARY
  (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Day 1
CAPE TOWN
[guest house ---]
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. After a tour briefing at 8:00am, we visit the African Penguin colony en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve, and spend the rest of the day relaxing on Hout Bay beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).
 
Day 2 CEDARBERG
[chalet BLD]
The Cedarberg is a massive rock wilderness whose giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. We head north to the Cedarberg and explore the rugged landscape on foot before relaxing in chalets for the evening.
 
Day 3 GARIEP RIVER
[tented Lodge BLD]

We make our way into the more arid regions and entering Namibia, we stay at a lodge on the Gariep River. Namibia's southern border river flows quietly and peacefully and the river valley is hardly affected by tourism. The riverbed is sandy, the water clean and clear. Time free for swimming and relaxing or you can adventure down the river in canoes (own expense).

 
Day 4 FISH RIVER CANYON
[lodge BL-]
The Fish River Canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With its depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the canyon and in the afternoon we watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon’s rim.
 
Day 5 6
NAMIB DESERT
[lodge BLD]

The parched Namib Desert has endless orange dunes blown into sharp ridges by the sand-shifting wind and at Sossusvlei they form a gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.

 
Day 7 – 8 SWAKOPMUND
[chalet Bx2 Lx1-]

Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, characterized by numerous colonial buildings. In terms of flora, both the Welwitschias Mirabilis and the Kokerboom are exclusive to Namibia. These strange plants only grow on the stony plains of the north Namib and many beautiful specimens surround the coastal town. Swakopmund is also the adventure activity capital of Namibia. Day free to explore the town or try quad biking / dune boarding (own expense).

 
Day 9
DAMARALAND
[tented Lodge BLD]
Namibia is a land of great contrasts and Damaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massive Mountains.
 
Day 10, 11, 12 ETOSHA NP
[chalets or lodge BLD]
Once a vast lake fed by the Kunene River, the pan that is Etosha NP dried up thousands of years ago when the river waters chose a new course. Etosha is big game country. We take game drives around the huge pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes. We stay on a guest farm on the outskirts of the national park.
 
Day 13 WINDHOEK
[guest house BL-]
This pretty town, beautifully situated in a valley, combines the architecture of a modern city with numerous buildings in the style of the German colonial era. 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).
 
Day 14 KALAHARI
[San bushmen Huts BLD]
Crossing into Botswana we overnight in rustic, grass huts in the heart of the Kalahari. The sand masses were created by the erosion of soft stone formations. The wind shaped the sand ridges, which are so typical of the landscape in the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills (Local guide may not be San due to nomadic lifestyle of San Bushmen)
 
Day 15, 16, 17 OKAVANGO DELTA
[tented camp x2 BLD] [lodge x1 BL-]
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, instead of flowing into the sea, the annual flood of fresh water flows inland, spreading over 15000km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. We journey deep into the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugouts). We have 2 nights at our tented camp and enjoy game walks, swimming, the birdlife and game in this pristine wilderness area. We return to Maun late in the afternoon on day 17 for an evening at the lodge and a hot shower and restaurant meal.
 
Day 18 MAKGADIKGADI PANS
[tented Lodge or Chalets BL-]
Feel the vastness of Africa. The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi are the size of Switzerland and most of the time appear as a glaring, white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as the pans come to life with frantically feeding water birds and great herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.
 
Day 19, 20, 21 ZAMBIA / VICTORIA FALLS
[chalets Bx3 - -]

Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 300 feet (100m), creating a cloud of spray, which can be seen up to 20 miles away. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on mighty Zambezi, elephant back rides, scenic flights or a 111m Bungi Jump (own expense). Tour ends.

PLEASE NOTE: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard.

 
Price: (valid Jan 2008 – Dec 2008)
€ 2 345 RACK pps + local payment of ZAR 1900 pp
Single supplement: € 520 pp


2008 Departure dates
12-Mar-08
02-Apr-08
30-Apr-08
21-May-08
18-Jun-08
06-Aug-08
27-Aug-08
24-Sep-08
12-Nov-08
03-Dec-08
31-Dec-08











01-Apr-08
22-Apr-08
20-May-08
10-Jun-08
08-Jul-08
26-Aug-08
16-Sep-08
14-Oct-08
02-Dec-08
23-Dec-08
20-Jan-09
SAa German
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SAa German
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SAa German
SAa German
SAa English
SAa German
SAa German
SAa English
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 * SAa :
These South Africa Rainbow Route are run with an English speaking guide, and can be combined with a German speaking Cape – Vic Falls tour.

 DETAILED TOUR INFO
In a nutshell
 · A true exploration of Southern Africa - see it all – and have the comfort of a bed each night!
 · A participation tour that offers an accommodated safari at a reasonable price, accommodated in chalets, and cabins with a couple of nights tented camp in the Okavango to get us close to the wildlife.
 · 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. Accommodation – an accommodated safari with 2 nights wild non-participation tented camp in the Okavango.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Small group - travelling in groups of up to 12 people creates a friendly, holiday atmosphere.
6. Walking - every opportunity to get out and walk in the areas such as the Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Damaraland, Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta. Walks are easy to moderate exertion and optional. Duration from ½ - 4 hours.
7. 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!
8. 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!

Accommodation
 · Cape Town, Spring Tide Inn – guest house in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. Rooms are twin with en suite facilities. (or similar guest house)
 · Cedarberg, Cedarberg bungalows – 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms.
 · Gariep River, Permanent Lodge tents – twin share permanent lodge tents with shared facilities. Bar, restaurant, telephone.
 · Fish River Canyon, Canyon Lodge – twin share chalet with en suite facilities.
 · Namib Desert, Naukluft View fixed camp – twin share permanent tents with shared facilities.
 · Swakopmund, Dunedin Star guest house - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone.
 · Damaraland, Khorixas Rest Camp – 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms.
 · Etosha, guest farm bordering the national park - 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (Or lodge on private reserve bordering the national park)
 · Windhoek, Roof of Africa guest house – twin share rooms with shared facilities. Telephone.
 · Kalahari, Ghanzi Trail Blazers – basic grass huts with stretchers, mattresses, mosquito nets and bed side lamp. Sleeping bag supplied. Shared facilities.
 · Maun, Crocodile Camp - twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.
 · Okavango Delta, wilderness tented camp – for 2 nights while in the Okavango Delta we overnight in a pre-erected tented camp. The facilities are very basic but we will provide a simple bucket bush shower and a toilet tent will be provided of the “sand and bury” variety. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. 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. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply stretchers and mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest.
 · Nata, Nata lodge chalets – twin share chalet (or permanent tent) with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.
 · Livingstone, SAFPAR Waterfront Lodge – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Maramba Lodge, twin share chalet with en suite facilities)

Please note that the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to change subject to availability, without prior notice. Alternatives will be of a similar standard.

Transport
 · On foot - easy to moderate walks throughout the tour - Fish River, Sossusvlei, 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 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.

Participation
 · An essential part of your Sunway Safari is participation – from helping around the camp fire, to packing away in the morning, to helping with 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!

Shopping
 · 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.

Food
 · We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except 7 dinners and 5 lunches in Cape Town, Victoria Falls & 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.

Difficulty
 · Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean.
 · 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 the tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time helping 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.

Common questions about this trip
1. What do I need to bring?
A warm sleeping bag (for the Okavango Delta tented camp), 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  

Namibia
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    

Botswana
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    

Zambia
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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