Experience the colourful countryside and incredible wildlife of the diverse region that is southern Africa. This incredible, 17-night overland tour takes you through some of southern Africa’s most popular countries; begin in Zambia, then cross the border and explore both Botswana and Namibia, and finally finish beneath Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. This tour is the experience of a lifetime - spend your nights camping out under the stars in fantastic settings, and spend your days seeing incredible wonders like the Etosha National Park, the sprawling waterways of the Okavango Delta, and the magnificent Victoria Falls. Begin in Zambia, where you can explore the lively city of Livingstone. From here the tour takes you across the border into Botswana, where you will see a range of incredible wildlife and views, including the largest concentration of elephants in the world at Chobe National Park. After a few days exploring Botswana you cross the border into Namibia, which continues to offer you fantastic sights and incredible adventures. Finally, you will arrive in South Africa, with plenty of time to explore the beautiful city that is Cape Town. This is an adventure unlike any other, and will leave a lasting impression on any traveller. * Elephant* Giraffe* Buffalo* Hippo* Giraffe* Kudu* A variety of bird species
Tucan Travel are proud providers of incredible tours that cater for the adventurous souls of the world, whilst keeping one very simple thing in mind: sustainability. Their aim is to make adventure travel sustainable for the long term. To achieve this, Tucan Travel have implemented measures that respect the delicate ecosystems, wildlife and natural habitats that they are exploring, following strict rules to minimise the effects of tourists' presence. They have developed waste management solutions to help recycle, repair and reuse materials, and have also introduced a carbon offset scheme that encourages the use of public transport wherever possible, further helping to minimise their carbon footprint. Many of Tucan Travel’s tours include opportunities to view local wildlife in national parks or at dedicated conservation centres. Animal welfare is big focus for Tucan Travel who even have their own policy which includes only working with suppliers who meet their animal welfare standards, and offering wildlife encounters only insofar as they directly benefit that species. With so many sustainability initiatives and more, such as contribution to local community schemes, supporting the work of World Land Trust and LATA in Latin America, Tucan Travel are truly committed to eco-tourism and their long term target of sustainable tourism.
Arrive in Livingstone: Your first day of the tour is activity free, allowing you time to relax and see some of the sights. There are plenty of optional excursions to experience in Livingstone, such as a sunset cruise down the Zambezi or bungee jumping over Victoria Falls.
Chobe National Park: Today you head across the border into Botswana where you will stay close to Chobe National Park. This incredible landscape is home to a diverse array of wildlife, with 11,000 square kilometres of forests, swamps, wilderness and floodplains. In the evening, you will embark on a beautiful sunset cruise down the Chobe River.
Maun: Drive across the top edge of the Kalahari Desert to reach the town of Maun. From here you will prepare for an exciting safari into the Okavango Delta, Africa’s largest freshwater wetland and one of the world's last remaining wilderness areas.
Okavango Delta: Explore the labyrinth of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands that make up the Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Activities here include riding mokoros through the wetlands, a walking safari, and an evening spent beneath the stars.
Maun: Having spent the night camping in this stunning setting, you will board the mokoros and head back to dry land. With the afternoon free, why not take a scenic flight over the delta to gain a different perspective of how truly expansive this wetland is?
Divundu: Cross the border from Botswana into Namibia through a narrow slice of land known as the Caprivi Strip. From here you’ll pass through the Mahongo Game Reserve, so keep your eyes peeled and you might spot an elephant or two!
Etosha National Park: Spend two nights in this incredible setting camping under the stars. The park is one of the best places in all of Africa to spot cheetah and the endangered black rhino. Fun fact: the park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space!
Kamanjab: It is in this area that you will visit the local Himba Tribe. The children of the tribe are the only children in Namibia culturally excused from attending school, and are instead raised traditionally by the elders of the village.
Swakopmund: Next, you will travel to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund where you will stay for two nights. This town is surrounded by sweeping sand dunes that meet the Atlantic Ocean and is steeped in history. Enjoy a locally brewed cold beer or two in Namibia’s most popular holiday destination.
Windhoek: Today, you will travel to Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek. The city lies in a stunning valley and is surrounded by the Eros and Auas Mountains. Originally founded by Jonker Afrikaner in 1840, wars and hostilities meant the city was re-founded in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von Francois, and to this day there is a heavy German influence. Be sure to sample a delicious craft beer at the warm and welcoming 'Joe's Beerhouse'!
Sesriem: Step into the past and visit the small settlement of Solitaire in the Khomas Region of Namibia. In the afternoon, walk through the Sesriem Canyon where you can see a variety of wildlife including lizards and owls.
Dune 45: Today you will wake early to catch the sunrise at Dune 45. Due to the copper deposits, you will witness an incredible red glow across the sand as the sun rises.
Orange River: A photographer’s paradise, the longest river in South Africa runs along the border with Namibia. En-route to the river, you will stop at Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon and the continent's answer to North America's Grand Canyon. Walk along the canyon's rim for some truly awe-inspiring views, and photos to match!
Cederberg: Spend the day exploring the Cederberg wilderness, which is full of streams, waterfalls, pools and stunning rock formations. You’ll be spending the evening in a fantastic vineyard, where you can take part in an optional wine-tasting tour.
Cape Town: The end of your trip couldn’t be in a more beautiful city. Set between the Atlantic Ocean and the world-famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is a sight to behold. From here you can travel to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was famously incarcerated, or perhaps take a trip to Cape Point; this peninsula is largely unspoilt, and is home to several species of antelope.
The adventure ends: The adventure of a lifetime comes to an end. If you’re not quite ready to go home, why not book post-tour accommodation and extend your trip a little longer?