Africa's Southern Soul Southbound

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Calling all explorers! Climb aboard our adventure trucks and join us on this inaugural 3,200 miles epic journey visiting Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Step aboard your overland safari truck for a journey of a lifetime in the company of a small group. Travel through four African countries including Zimbabwe where you'll visit awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Take a game drive in Chobe National Park watching out for elephants and then head for the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you drift through the reeds to your bush camp and camp 'African style'. Take two game drives in mighty Etosha National Park keeping an eye out for the endangered black rhino, visit famous Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei dunes, and still the adventure continues, until you finally arrive at Cape Town.

What to expect…

This fascinating overland safari is suited to those with an adventurous spirit and intrepid nature. You'll travel in a 20-seater truck with comfortable seats and air conditioning, travelling long distances, often over bumpy terrain. While we try to make everything perfect things may not always go to plan and delays or other unexpected events may occur. As you’ll be travelling a vast distance through a variety of locations including wilderness, there will be early starts, and toilet facilities may be very limited. A reasonable level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the tour.

Tour Types
  • Adventure
Day 1 UK-Victoria Falls

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your overnight flight to Victoria Falls.

Day 2 Victoria Falls

Visit the falls themselves on a guided tour and spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Cresta Sprayview Hotel. B, D

Day 3 Victoria Falls

Take time out today to relax or explore the town. B, D.

Day 4 Kasane

Travel to Kasane and stay at the locally rated 4-star Cresta Mowana Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Look forward to an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, which is noted for its elephants. B, D

Day 5 Kasane

Relax or take an optional morning game drive before enjoying a sunset cruise in the park. B, D.

Day 6 Nata

Travel south to Nata in central Botswana. Visit the Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world. You'll also stop at Nata Sanctuary, a community-based conservation project, time permitting. Stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star Nata Lodge or the locally rated 3-star Pelican Lodge. B, D

Day 7 Okavango Delta

Travel to the stunning Okavango Delta where adventure beckons. Step aboard a dugout canoe 'poled' by your local guide. Journey through the reeds of this UNESCO World Heritage site to your camp. After settling in, join an afternoon game walk. Spend two nights at the African Secrets Mobile Bush Camp. B, L, D

Day 8 Okavango Delta

Today explore on a game walk or by mokoro and learn about the wildlife. Relax this evening and look forward to an African cooking lesson! B,L,D.

Day 9 Maun

Travel to Maun, then relax or visit a local attraction. Stay at the locally rated 3-star Cresta Riley’s Lodge tonight. B, D

Day 10 Ghanzi

Head for Ghanzi, the 'capital of the Kalahari', where you can take it easy or perhaps join an optional bushman walk or game walk. Spend tonight at the locally rated 3-star Tautona Lodge. B, D

Day 11 Windhoek

There's a long drive as you make your way to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. Stay tonight at the locally rated 3-star Safari Court Hotel. B, D.

Day 12 Etosha

Today, head for Etosha and its National Park, famous for its 130 kilometre-long salt pan. This afternoon enjoy a game drive. Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star Etosha Village . B, D

Day 13 Etosha

Enjoy a full day's game drive in Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa and home to zebra, lion, elephant, and the endangered black rhinoceros. B,D.

Day 14 Khorixas

Head for Damaraland and the old capital of Khorixas. Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star Damara Mopane Lodge. B, D

Day 15 Khorixas

Look forward to enjoying today at leisure. (Please note subject to road conditions it may be possible to visit the Petrified Forest, UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein rock engravings, ‘Burnt Mountain’ and the ‘Organ Pipes’ – your tour manager will advise at the time.) B, D

Day 16 Swakopmund

After breakfast, drive towards the coast, passing the canyons and lunar-like landscapes of Namib Naukluft Park en route. Stay for the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star Zum Kaiser Hotel in the heart of Swakopmund. B, D

Day 17 Swakopmund

Relax at your hotel, stroll by the sea or perhaps join an optional dolphin cruise. B,D.

Day 18 Sossusvlei

Travel to Namib-Naukluft National Park, including the Sossusvlei area, visiting the desert settlement of Sesriem en route. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Desert Quiver Camp. B, D

Day 19 Sossusvlei

Enjoy a guided walk of Deadvlei with its white clay pan, ancient tree 'skeletons' and Sossusvlei. You'll also visit some of the highest sand dunes in the world, including famous 'Dune 45'. B,D.

Day 20 Fish River Canyon

Travel to Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world where you'll have some time to explore before continuing to the locally rated 3-star Canyon Village where you stay overnight. B, D

Day 21 Orange River

Visit Ai-Ais with its hot springs and enjoy lunch (own expense). Travel to the Orange River. Stay at the locally rated 3-star Norotshama Lodge on the banks of the river. B, D

Day 22 Cladwilliam

Travel to Clanwilliam, one of South Africa's oldest towns. Stay at the locally rated 3-star Piekenierskloof Resort. B, D

Day 23 Cape Town

Visit the San Education and Culture Centre at Khwa ttu for a guided tour and lunch. Travel to Cape Town and stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, close to Table Mountain. B, L, D

Day 24 Cape Town

After breakfast set off for a full day sightseeing tour of Cape Town's many highllghts. B,D.

Day 25 Cape Town - UK

Travel to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK, arriving the following morning for your included door-to-door travel service home. B

7 nights in hotels, 13 in lodges, 3 nights in camps and 2 in flight

49 meals: 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 23 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Visit to, and guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Sunset cruise in Chobe National park
  • See the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Travel into the Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'
  • Afternoon game walk in Okavango Delta
  • An African cooking lesson
  • Etosha National Park
  • Game drives in Etosha
  • Desert settlement of Sesriem
  • The dunes of Sossusvlei and clay pan of Deadvlei
  • Visit Fish River Canyon
  • See Ai-Ais hot springs
  • Visit to the San Education and Culture Centre
  • Sightseeing tour of Cape Town

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