Southern Star Safari

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

       

Southern Star Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 1,810 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Cape Town

Safari Ends: Victoria Falls Number of Days: 21
Countries visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AF1307

Safari Price Includes:

Fully Escorted Tour
Kumuka Tour Leader
Driver and Cook
All Activities
Sightseeing
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
All Meals Whilst Camping
National Parks
Reserve Entrance Fees
All Tolls and Taxes
Hostel (4 Nights), Camping (16 Nights)
All Meals Whilst Camping

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Southern Star Map

Coastline, desert, delta and waterfalls, see many of Africa's greatest contrasts in just 3 weeks. Admire Table Mountain with its tablecloth of cloud, climb Dune 45 in Soussusvlei and appreciate the vastness of Fish River Canyon. This tour is a feast of landscapes and diverse wildlife. From the seal colony at Cape Cross to an abundance of animals at Etosha’s flood lit watering holes, to the birdlife in the Delta and the legendary elephants of Chobe. Finally experience the mighty Zambezi and Victoria Falls, and feel the awe that Doctor Livingstone must have experienced whilst looking on at the Devil's Cataract.

Southern Star Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Capetown, Stellenbosch & Orange River.    

For those who wish to see some of the city of Cape Town we advise that you arrive a few days early as our trip leaves the city on the day of departure. There is a lot to do in the city and the regions.
Departing Capetown at 9:00am the first day of the trip is a short drive to Stellenbosch in the wine-growing region of South Africa. We have a chance here to sample some of the local flavours at some of the wineries.
From Stellenbosch we head north to the northern border region via the serene Cederberg mountain region. On the border with Namibia is the Orange River where we have the option of doing a four-hour canoe safari from our oasis-like campsite.


Day 2: Capetown, Stellenbosch & Orange River.    

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Day 3: Capetown, Stellenbosch & Orange River.    

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Day 4:

Fish River Canyon & Nauklift National Park

   

Our next stop is Fish River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon and the largest in Africa. There is a spectacular viewpoint over the canyon and the sunset never fails to impress.
From the canyon we head up to Naukluft National Park. This park has one main feature, it's sand dunes. These dunes are the highest in the world, reputed to be as high as 300 metres. The ones we will see have been measured by altimeter on our previous trips and are about 200 metres high. The day here begins before sunrise, as the best times to photograph the dunes is when the sun is low on the horizon and the shadows clearly define the contours. The other reason for the early start is that it is too hot to walk up the dunes once the sun fully rises. There is also the chance to go on a brilliant and informative early morning walk amongst the Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei sand dunes, getting up close and personal with the expertly adapted resident flora and wildlife.


Day 5:

Fish River Canyon & Nauklift National Park

   

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Day 6:

Fish River Canyon & Nauklift National Park

   

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Day 7: Swakopmund    

The next part of the journey takes us to Swakopmund. The town of Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is a German colonial town in the middle of a desert. It has some wonderful old German buildings of which one of the most beautiful is the prison (it is still used as a prison).
The town itself is generally cool, as it is covered by a mist which is created by the cold air off the Atlantic mixing with the hot air of the desert.
There are lots of optional excursions on offer in Swakopmund, including venturing over the sand dunes in a beach buggy or on a quad bike, sand boarding, scenic flights & skydiving, game fishing or you can take a fantastic cultural tour of the nearby township area. The town itself proves popular on our tours as it has lots of clubs, restaurants, a casino and even an authentic German bakery.
We spend 3 nights here in dormitory or room accommodation and thus we generally dine out for most meals, with your tour leader usually distributing an allowance from your local payment for these meals.


Day 8: Swakopmund    

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Day 9: Swakopmund    

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Day 10:      

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Day 11: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park & Etosha National Park    

Just north of Swakopmund there is the Cape Cross seal colony, home to 20,000 to 100,000 (depending on the season) cape fur seals. Regardless of the season, it is always possible to get a close look at lots of seals.
From Cape Cross we head north and spend a night at Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. What makes this farm unique from other farms in the region is that this farmer has allocated 2,000 acres of the family property as a sanctuary for cheetah. This has not really endeared them to all their neighbours who view the cheetah as vermin and a real threat to their livestock; hence the area is fenced off. Although it’s not the optimum way to view these animals (through a fence), they do have 2,000 acres and it is otherwise rare to get so close to them.
Highlights include the farmers son feeding them by hand (something that shouldn’t be missed, while he still has a hand) and sitting amongst the few that are hand reared and therefore tame. These young tame cheetahs were abandoned when they were young and consequently cannot be let to run with the other cheetah. They usually allow us 30 minutes with these animals and it is quite an experience to have cheetah walking amongst us.
North of the farm is Etosha National Park. This Park is one of Africa’s largest (roughly the size of Wales). It has some very good facilities and a very good network of roads and waterholes, which enables good game viewing. One of the more famous features of Etosha is that the campsites also have waterholes. This means that once the days game driving is over and park laws restrict us to the camping areas it is still possible to view animals. The holes are floodlit and people can sit and watch all night if they wish, the only restriction being noise. We use two areas, Okaukeujo and Namutoni, with the former being the more established so it attracts more animals. Photography is permitted and, if using fast film, good results can be achieved. Okaukeujo is famous for attracting Black Rhino, and whilst nothing is guaranteed with animals; they are frequent visitors to this waterhole. The park itself has a wide variety of animals, and they are different to the animals seen in East Africa; with different types of Zebra (it’s all in the stripes) Impala (black faced) and the Wildebeest (blue). Aside from these different types of animals there are elephant, giraffe (the park has been referred to at times as “Giraffic Park”), all of the big and small cats, antelope, teeming bird life and more.


Day 12: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park & Etosha National Park    

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Day 13: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park & Etosha National Park    

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Day 14:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

From Etosha, we drive along the edge of the Makgadikgadi pans to the town of Maun. We will stop in town to restock and prepare for our trip into the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is formed by the Okavango River, which flows into the desert and disappears as it fans out to form the Delta. We go into ‘the Delta’ for 3 days (2 nights) and camp in the bush, usually on the banks of one of the many fresh water channels that give life to the flora and fauna. Our method of transport is 4WD vehicles and Makoro (meaning ‘dug out canoe’ in Setswana). The Makoro's are traditionally made of wood but as they come to the end of their serviceable life, fibreglass canoes are now replacing them. These are not quite as authentic but building the old canoes uses a whole tree and the environment is beginning to suffer. Each makoro is piloted by a ‘poler’, who helps set up camp & take guided bush walks…he/she will also always be ready for a chat and a cup of tea with you around the fire. We take all of our own equipment and food, and bring it all back out (including the rubbish), showing our understanding of the fragility of the Delta.
The Okavango Delta region is one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas and is home to a vast amount of animals. It is possible to take some walks to try to see them or, if you are lucky, they will wander pass close to camp. As you retire to your tent for the night, the sounds and smells of the African bush will leave an indelible mark on your senses like no other.
From the Delta we continue to Kasane and the adjoining Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. At Chobe we usually go on a 3 hour sunrise game drive in open sided 4x4’s and a 3 hour sunset boat cruise. Both the boat cruise and the game drive (and the resident 50,000+ Elephant) give us great game viewing opportunities in one of the largest parks in southern Africa.


Day 15:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

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Day 16:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

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Day 17:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

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Day 18:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

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Day 19:

Okavango Delta And Chobe National Park

   

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Day 20:

Victoria Falls (Livingstone, Zambia)

   

From Chobe we drive to Victoria Falls, known locally as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, or ‘the smoke that thunders’. The falls themselves are one of the world’s natural wonders although they are neither the highest nor the widest. They do, however, create a visual spectacle as they cut a massive gorge in the earth and crash 111 metres to the river below. This gorge actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are numerous optional activities on the Zimbabwe side, the most famous being white water rafting on the Lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has 14 plus rapids, none below grade 4 (rapids are graded from 1 to 6). Please note that at certain times of the year the rafting may be restricted or even closed due to high water levels (March – May). Bungy jumping is also an option for all those who wish to throw themselves 111 metres head first off a bridge! Various scenic flights are on offer, including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering wonderful views of the falls. As well as these there is horse riding, elephant-back safaris, rhino and lion walks, and canoeing, not to mention a walk in the National Park to the falls themselves. Videos and still photographs are available for purchase of most activities, and are a great reminder of your adrenaline filled visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River.

The tour will arrive in Victoria Falls on Day 20. We would advise that you spend a few days at Victoria Falls after the tour ends. This will allow you the time to take full advantage of the activities on offer.

NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.

Day 21:      

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Southern Star Safari Departure Dates

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