Southern Africa Escorted Tour Highlights
6 November – 13 December 2013
Price from £5,450
Come with tour escorts Pat and Alan Gadd to four countries, South Africa, Botswana, a day trip into Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and Namibia.
- Evening safari in Kruger National Park.
- Sunset game cruise on the Chobe Rover to see the bird and big game reserves.
- Excursion to Victoria Falls.
- Namibia from North to South with its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the Popa Falls, Sesriem Canyon, the Fish River Canyon and the famous sand dunes.
- Sunset boat cruise in Mahangu.
- Dolphin cruise in Swakopmund
- Guided tour of Cape Town.
- Welcome and Farewell Meals.
An overview of our South Africa escorted tour’s 38 day schedule. Tour is subject to a minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 units participating.
Day 1 - 2
Depart London Heathrow to Johannesburg, flying. Flight time 12 hours. On arrival, transfer to motorhome depot for vehicle presentation and drive to your first campsite (47 miles).
Overnight Monateng campsite.
Travel to Sabie (230 miles) through the Long Tom Pass, famous for battles between the Boers and the British. Visit the waterfalls at Graskop or Sabie or explore the Sudwala caves.
Overnight Sabie campsite.
Travel north to Blydepoort (97 miles) – plenty of time to explore the Blyde River Canyon and admire the Three Rondavels. Make a detour to see Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Overnight Blyde River campsite.
Day 5 - 7
On to the Kruger National Park (134 miles) world famous for its diverse wildlife including the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), where we will overnight at three different campgrounds with leisurely drives in between. Take your time and park up at one of the many watering holes for your lunch – let the wildlife come to you.
Overnight Three Kruger Park campsites.
Day 8 - 9
Head out of Kruger (219 miles) and then head into Botswana (189 miles) via the Mapungubwe National Park. Overnight Tshipsie and Martin’s Drift campsites.
Day 10 - 11
Heading north through Botswana, we stop at Francistown (179 miles), Botswana’s second city and Nata (115 miles), famous for its birdlife.
Overnight Francistown and Nata campsites.
Day 12 - 13
Two nights in Chobe National Park (189 miles), with one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Included is a game drive to view the animals. Overnight Kasane campsite.
Today we will travel by coach to see the spectacular Victoria Falls and spend the night in a lodge in Zambia. Overnight Maramba Lodge.
Return to to your motorhome in Kasane.
Overnight Kasane campsite.
Day 16 - 18
Travel though the Caprivi Strip in Namibia calling in at Katima Mililo (138 miles), Mahangu (213 miles) and Grootfontein. Included is a sunset boat trip in Mahangu
Overnight Katima Mililo, Mahangu and Grootfontein campsites.
Day 19 - 22
We spend the next three days travelling though Etosha National Park, noted for elephant, zebra, lion and springbok (263 miles).
Overnight Namutoni, Halali and Etosha campsites.
Explore Damaraland as we travel to Uis (72 miles). Visit Twyfelfontein with its ancient rock art and the Vingerklip (finger rock).
Overnight Uis campsite.
Day 24 - 26
Time to catch your breath by the seaside with a three night stay in Swakopmund (116 miles), the second largest town in Namibia. Included is a dolphin cruise where you will see dolphins and pelicans. Overnight Swakopmund campsite.
Back into the desert into Namib Naukluft Park (178 miles). Overnight in Solitaire – it does have a bakery and general store - but not much else.
Overnight Solitaire campsite.
Day 28 - 29
Two short drives (50 miles and 68 miles) but with fantastic scenery as we travel to Sesriem – near to the world-famous Sossuvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Head out of the desert to Betta.
Overnight Sesriem and Betta campsites.
Head out of the National Park to Aus (133 miles).
Overnight Aus campsite.
Day 31 - 32
Head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon (190 miles). 100 miles long and up to 550 metres deep, it is Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon.
Overnight Ai-Ais campsite.
Leave Namibia and enter South Africa’s West coast and head for Springbok (150 miles).
Overnight Springbok campsite.
Continue south through the heart of Namaqualand to Citrusdal (242 miles), famous for its citrus fruit.
Overnight Citrusdal campsite.
Follow the road to Melkbosstrand (188 miles) and admire the views out to sea. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins along the coast.
Overnight Melkbosstrand campsite.
Full day guided coach excursion to Cape Town including the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting), the Castle of Good Hope, the Grootte Kerk, St George’s Cathedral and Greenmarket Square. Evening Farewell Meal overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Overnight Melkbosstrand campsite.
Travel to Cape Town, return motorhomes and transfer to airport. Return flight to Heathrow.
Flight time 11 hours. This ends the tour travel arrangements.