Trans Kalahari Adventure

Comprehensive safari in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe
Overview

overview

The Trans Kalahari Adventure explores the most memorable sites and sanctuaries of southern Africa without camping. Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa, enjoy the history of the city before venturing out to the beautiful Calvinia region to begin the  adventurous portion of the trip. Marvel in the spectacular colors of wildflowers at the base of the Hantam Mountains and revel in the beauty and power of Augrabies Falls. Search for predators in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa – and hear  massive echoes in the Fish River Canyon. Enjoy the sights of the Namib Desert, including Sesriem Canyon, and search for more game in Etosha National Park. Visit the remarkable Himba people on a stop at a local village.  Enjoy the unique scenery and wildlife of the Okavango Delta and visits to the Chobe River.  No trip to the region would be complete without  seeing incredible Victoria Falls.  Although this is a non-camping-based safari, the Trans Kalahari Adventure is still a very rustic experience with long drives. For the traveler who is prepared to embrace the unexpected and rough terrain, this is an economical way to see the wonders of the continent.

This trip offered in both directions, either Cape Town to Victoria Falls, or vice versa.  Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

    South Africa

    On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the beautiful waterfront area or get some much needed rest prior.  Gather at 6:00 pm this evening to meet your guide and travel companions in the hotel lobby for a pre-tour briefing.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
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  • Day 2: Cape Town Peninsula

    Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic, and cultural attractions. Depart from the Breakwater Lodge for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to your well-situated waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling waterfront at your own expense. Overnight in Cape Town.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
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  • Day 3: Calvinia (Hantam Region)

    Departing Cape Town, pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region, arriving in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. From August to October, the landscape is transformed into an explosion of color due to the numerous wildflowers of the region.
    Approximately 7 hours drive (425km)

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hantam Huis Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 4: Augrabies Falls National Park

    Leaving the Little Karoo, you head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park.  Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise.'  We pass through a lush oasis area en route before spending the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints. Overnight near Augrabies Falls.
    Approximately 6 hours driving (450km)

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Vergelegen Guest House (or similar)
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  • Days 5-6: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Botswana

    We head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares, this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area, excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black-maned lion. We enjoy a game drive to our lodge and when departing the park on our last day here. At our lodge, clients can discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (own expense), including a night game drive, sunset pan drive, Kalahari nature walk, and interactions with the ancient Bushmen. The evenings are spent gazing in wonder at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck.
    Approximately 5 hours driving.(370km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    !Xaus Lodge (or similar)
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  • Days 7-8: Fish River Canyon

    Namibia
    Leaving the Kalahari region, you will head west and enter Namibia. Visit Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe-inspiring canyons in the world.  The next morning is for relaxing prior to our afternoon visit to the canyon.
    Approximately 7 hours driving.(495km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinner
    Lodging
    Canyon Village (or similar)
  • Days 9-10: Sesriem / Sossusvlei

    Today’s journey will take you north, through the ever-changing scenery, to your lodging located on the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a sunset walk in the dunes surrounding your camp. Depart early the following morning for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Embark on a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.
    Approximately 7 hours driving (460km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Desert Camp (or similar)
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  • Days 11-12: Swakopmund

    Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the many flamingos feeding (seasonal). You’ll arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (booked locally). Activities available include sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning, or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.
    Approximately 5 hours driving (300km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Lodging
    Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)
  • Day 13: Damaraland

    Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys.  If very lucky, you might see the desert-adapted elephant or rhino while here.  Our lodge is located at the top of a mountain, with spectacular views of the surrounding area.  Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool.   (450km)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ugab Terrace Lodge (or similar)
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  • Day 14: Himba Village Visit / Etosha National Pa

    In the morning visit with the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe living in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people. After your visit, you will proceed to Etosha National Park for your first game drive, relaxing by the floodlit waterhole in the evening.

    Approximately 6 hours driving (200km)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Halali Restcamp (or similar)
  • Day 15: Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa, with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, and elephant making this area their home.  Spend the day on a game drive through the park from its western to eastern sides. Floodlit waterholes at campsites attract an abundance of animals throughout the evening, providing you with many amazing wildlife sightings.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Namutoni Restcamp (or similar)
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  • Day 16: Okavango River

    Departing Ethosha, continue to the Caprivi strip, where you’ll spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River.  There is the opportunity to enjoy an optional river boat cruise this afternoon.  Alternately, enjoy sunset on the deck or a swim.
    Approximately 9 hours driving (600km)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hakusembe River Lodge (or similar)
  • Day 17: Kwando River

    Continue through the Eastern Caprivi Strip to our lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River.  This lush area, which teems with wildlife and birdlife, offers a great opportunity for a late afternoon game drive (at additional cost).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Namushasha River Lodge (or similar)
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  • Days 18-19: Chobe River

    Botswana
    Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park, we overnight along the banks of the river. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets, and abundance of wildlife and birdlife.  Relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.  A morning game drive is also offered (own account). 
    Approximately 8 hours driving with ferry/border crossing (500 km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
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  • Days 20-21: Victoria Falls

    Zimbabwe

    Travel across the Zimbabwe border to Victoria Falls, where you will stay for the next several days along the banks of the mights Zambezi River.  Victoria Falls (Known at Mosi-oa-Tunya  - The Smoke That Thunders) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans the the Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Without a doubt, the falls are one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.  These next days are yours to spend at leisure browsing the local markets or experiencing some of the many optional activities on offer in this adrenaline capital of Africa:  white water rafting, bungee jumping, microlighting, airplane or helicopter flights over the falls, rhino walks, elephant-back safaris, and visiting the falls on foot along extensive trails (all activities booked locally). 

    Your travel time to Victoria Falls is approximately 2-4 hours with ferry/border crossing (80km)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Lodging
    A'Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)
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  • Day 22: Victoria Falls / Onward

    Your adventure ends after breakfast today, when you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Nov 15-Dec 6, 2014
Dec 13, 2014-Jan 3, 2015R
Jan 10-31, 2015
Feb 1-22, 2015R
Mar 7-28, 2015
Mar 29-Apr 19, 2015R
May 2-23, 2015
May 24-Jun 14, 2015R
Jul 4-25, 2015
Jul 18-Aug 8, 2015
Jul 26-Aug 16, 2015R
Aug 9-30, 2015R
Sep 5-26, 2015
Sep 12-Oct 3, 2015
Sep 27-Oct 18, 2015R
Oct 11-Nov 1, 2015R
Nov 7-28, 2015
Dec 13, 2015-Jan 3, 2016R
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$5,195
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$875
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

New in 2012, this trip is offered in both directions, either Capetown to Livingstone, or vice versa.  Please let us know what direction and dates best fit your schedule, or allow us to help you make a choice.

Duration:
22 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
Comfortable hotels, chalets and guesthouses
Group Size:
4-16
Trips guaranteed with 4
Activity Level:
2
Comfortable hotels, chalets and guesthouses

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