20 Day – 4 Country Tour
South Africa – Zimbabwe – Botswana – Namibia
Day 1: JIA – Soweto – Pretoria 120km. Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport. After the usual documentation and money exchange we do a short tour of Soweto. In Soweto we visit the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Nelson Mandela’s House, the Hector Peterson Memorial, drive past Winnie Mandela’s home and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home and enjoy lunch at on of the many shebeens in Soweto. We overnight in a guest house in Johannesburg.
Day 2: Pretoria – Gaborone 350km. After breakfast, we depart for Botswana. We will exit South Africa at Kopfontein Gate after we have traveled through Rustenburg and Zeerust. We overnight in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.
Day 3: Gaborone – Nata 619km. Today’s drive is a long route with many small, typical African towns along the road. The region variates from agriculture to mining to bush. We overnight at Nata, a welcoming oasis with an inviting pool and comfortable accommodation.
Day 4: Nata – Chobe National Park 335km. The road from Nata is through African bush with frequent checks and controls for foot and mouth disease, an enormous hazard in Botswana as fences are virtually none existent. After arrival at the Chobe Lodge, we check into our rooms and prepare for a late afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. We overnight in a lodge in the Chobe National Park.
Day 5: Chobe – Victoria Falls 120km. Today we visit the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side. This is a wonderful experience, with many photo opportunities. We return to Chobe in time for a late afternoon game drive.
Day 6: Chobe – Maun 600km. Another long day’s traveling with M.M.B.B (miles and miles of bleeding bush) to reach another oasis, Maun. We buy some refreshments in Maun and travel a short while further to our base camp Sitatunga. Hear we will meet our guides from Penduka Safaris, they will be our hosts for the next 3 days.
Day 7: Maun – Moremi 150km. We travel on road only accessible with 4X4 vehicle to a tented bush camp in the Moremi. En route we keep a keen look-out for wild animals. We overnight in a bush camp in the Moremi.
Day 8: Moremi. More drives in the 4X4 vehicle on the look out for wild animals. Overnight in the same bush camp. Remember, there are no fences around these bush camps, so wild animals might roam through the camp at night.
Day 9: Moremi – Maun 150km. Back to civilization and a hot shower.
Day 10: Maun – Buitepos – Zelda’s Lodge 530km. After breakfast we head in the direction of Namibia. Again we will experience M.M.B.B!!!! If any thing of interest pops up along the road, we will stop. We overnight at Zelda’s Lodge. This is a game farm and a refuge for Bushman. We will be taken on a walk along the various kinds of game and visit the Bushman village where we will be entertained.
Day 11: Zelda Lodge – Windhoek 290km. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and was established as a missionary station in the early 1880’s. Here we will visit the Christus Kirche, the Tinten Palast and many more. This city has a strong German culture, so we will enjoy there hospitality and drink there beer. We will overnight in Windhoek.
Day 12: Windhoek – Swakopmund 400km. The road goes along the Erongo Mountains to the sea resort, Swakopmund. This town is also a typical example of German architecture with a relaxed atmosphere of sea side holiday resort. We overnight in Swakopmund.
Day 13: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay 60km. A day to relax. We take a slow drive to Walvis By, through part of the Namibian desert. The road is laced with sand dunes and if we are lucky, we might spot a desert jackal preying for something to eat. At Walvis Bay we visit the salt works and the many breading flocks of flamingos. The afternoon is spent in Swakopmund.
Day 14: Swakopmund – Sossusvlei 370km. Early rise and directly after breakfast, we depart to Sossusvlei. The road is a dirt road and winds through the dry Namibian desert, the Kuiseb Pass and the Gaub Pass, all along the Naukluft mountains to overnight near Sossusvlei.
Day 15: Sossusvlei – Sesriem 240km. In order to get the best pictures of the sunrise, we need to start the morning very, very early. The gates to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Nature park opens at 06h00, so must start early. After an unforgettable day, we return to the lodge where we have stayed before.
Day 16: Sesriem – Luderitz 569km. This is also a dirt road, but the fauna and flora changes dramatically. We travel through an area of beautiful mountains, savannah’s and many camel thorn trees. These trees usually house gigantic nests of the social weaver bird. We travel through an area rich with history from the time of the German occupation, World War 1 and 11, to the sea resort, Luderitz. Here it was said, you could pick up diamonds in the sand. The only sign of that today is the ghost town of Kolmanskolk. We overnight in Luderitz.
Day 17: Luderitz – Keetmanshoop 336km. After breakfast, we go on a guided tour of Kolmanskolk. We will get first hand knowledge of how the people of yester year live, when diamonds were discovered. After the tour of Kolmanskolk, we head towards Keetmanshoop. Hopefully we will be able to see the renowned wild horses of Namibia. We overnight in Keetmanshoop.
Day 18: Keetmanshoop – Springbok 522km. A pleasant drive to re-enter South Africa at Noordoever/Vioolsdrift to overnight in Springbok. The heart of the Namakwaland, a dry but beautiful part of South Africa.
Day 19: Springbok – Lamberts Bay 450km. This region is renowned for the growth of the famous rooibos tea. This indigenous plant was used by the Bushman and has many healing properties. We overnight in a hotel in Lamberts Bay. This hotel is on the harbour and has a fine seafood cuisine.
Day 20: Lamberts Bay – Cape Town 275km. This is the last part of a journey through four countries. We travel towards Cape Town through regions that vary from wheat crops to vineyards. On arrival in Cape Town, we visit Table Mountain, weather permitting. We overnight in Cape Town. The visit to Table Mountain is also subject to the departure flights.
General: For those who would like to extent the safari/tour for another 2 days, a tour of the various attractions and vineyards can be arranged at additional cost.
As there are not so many food outlets in Namibia, the costing will include full board, all excursions cruises, but will excluded visa costs and at this stage flight tickets.