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Travelmarvel

Southern Africa Encompassed

Windhoek to Livingstone

Trip Code: AFTN23
23 Days
43 Meals
5 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 22 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director, local guides and expert game trackers
  • All flights within Africa
  • 43 meals, tipping, game park fees and transfers
  • Set off on a game drive through Etosha National Park, habitat of elephants, leopards, giraffes and more
  • Discover the ancient culture and way of life of the nomadic Himba tribe of Namibia
  • Enjoy the opportunity to embark on five exciting game drives
  • Opportunity to upgrade Days 21 and 22 in Chobe with two nights aboard a Chobe Princess Safariboat. Enjoy game viewing from the boat and a range of nature activities 

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, tipping and all flights and taxes in Africa as per itinerary and medical emergency evacuation services in Namibia
  • Surcharges will apply if not flying internationally with South African Airways booked by Travelmarvel
  • Prices are for land only and flights as specified only
Africa Map 2021 AFTN23
Windhoek to Livingstone

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Insider Experience

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Touring Variation

Some days of your itinerary provide an opportunity to select a touring variation

Arrive in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital and the social, economic, political and cultural centre of the country. You’ll be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. Conveniently located close to town, your hotel is an oasis of lush gardens and a pool to relax beside after a day of travel. Tonight, settle in to your elegant room before a Welcome Reception and Dinner at a local restaurant serving delicious African-inspired cuisine.

Stay: Windhoek, Hotel Thule or similar

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Venture to Sesriem Canyon, one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round, and enjoy a picnic lunch among the sand dunes.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Admire the towering sand dunes in the region as you make your way through the unspoilt desert beauty of the Namib Desert towards Sossusvlei Lodge, your home for the next two nights.


Today’s adventure takes you to Sossusvlei, where you’ll enjoy a day of Insider Experiences. Tonight, reminisce about the day's adventures over dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sossusvlei Lodge or similar

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan found at the tail of the Tsauchab River in one of Africa’s largest conservation areas. Set off for the sand dunes this morning on a 4WD adventure, travelling through a riverbed of thick sand as you traverse the desert landscape to take in some of the world’s tallest sand dunes. The largest is known as Big Daddy and reaches approximately 325 metres.


Enjoy more time discovering Sossusvlei, as well as the haunting yet spectacular Deadvlei. Translating to ‘dead marsh’, this area is every photographer’s paradise; the contrast of colours from the dark, dead camel thorn trees growing out from the white pan floor makes for a striking image.

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View across bright orange sand dunes in the desert, Namibia

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dinner this evening is at renowned The Tug Restaurant, complete with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Savour fresh seafood, dry-aged meats and enticing desserts.


En route to Swakopmund, make a stop at Welwitschia Plains and discover the Welwitschia, an ancient plant unique to the plant kingdom found on the Namibian coat of arms. Continue to the Moon Landscape, otherwise known as 'Moon Valley'. Stop to admire the rocky granite valley which has been carved by the Swakop River over millions of years to produce the picturesque, moon-like landscape it is today. You’ll then make your way onwards to Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital.

Stay: Two Nights, Swakopmund, Strand Hotel

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The day is yours to discover Swakopmund at your own pace. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the seaside promenade, or wander the city’s streets and admire the Germanic-inspired architecture, evidence of the city’s colonial past. Alternatively, you might like to enhance your experience and embark on a Scenic Namib Desert flight and take in bird’s-eye views of Swakopmund, the Namib Desert and more. Or, you might like to take a Walvis Bay cruise to glimpse playful dolphins, leather-back turtles or even majestic humpback whales.

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Your journey continues as you depart for Etosha National Park and enjoy a chance for wildlife viewing along the way. This evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge and some relaxation time.

Stay: Two Nights, Etosha National Park, Epacha Game Lodge and Spa or similar

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Omapaha Himba Village and take in the incredible chance to meet Namibia’s semi-nomadic group. Learn about their unique way of life and ancient culture that has withstood time.


Etosha National Park is home to a salt pan so large, the vast, white expanse can be seen from space. Despite this, wildlife is abundant. On your game drive today, animal sightings are almost guaranteed around the park’s waterholes. Look out for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, lions and giraffes that call the park home. After heavy rain, the salt pan also attracts flocks of brightly-coloured flamingos. Later enjoy your Insider Experience. This evening perhaps you may like to embark on an exciting night safari to spot rare wildlife – additional expense.

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Herd of elephants around a waterhole, Namibia

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit AfriCat, a centre for conservation, education and rehabilitation for the predatory cats of Africa. The mission here is clear: to achieve the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores through education. Here, you can discover more about the large cats and visit cheetahs in the rehabilitation.


Following breakfast, stop for your Insider Experience before a light lunch and onwards to Windhoek. This evening, delight in a special Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Windhoek, Hotel Thule or similar

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Board your included flight to Cape Town. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax in your hotel room, or explore your surrounds, from the local cafes and bars to the V&A Waterfront, South Africa’s most visited destination. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening and meet your new Tour Director.

Stay: Three Nights, Cape Town, Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Tonight, try your hand at African drumming before a Welcome Dinner of Cape Malay cuisine.


A city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes, be ready to fall in love with Cape Town. The magnetism of the city’s icon, Table Mountain, takes hold as you ride the cableway up to its summit. Then, discover the intricacies of the city on a guided tour.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the breathtaking Cape Peninsula during a full-day tour. This scenic journey takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. The most south-westerly tip of Africa, Cape Point is covered in endemic fynbos and home to bays, beaches and rolling green hills. Enjoy a light lunch before watching the penguins at Boulders Beach. Then, pause in historic Simon’s Town. We’ve left this evening free for you to explore the V&A waterfront.


Enjoy a day of Insider Experiences.

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Farewell Cape Town this morning, and travel under the cloudless skies of the Karoo region, showcasing a well-preserved semidesert eco-system. Arrive at your hotel for a delicious dinner of local produce, including ostrich.

Stay: Oudtshoorn, Surval Boutique Olive Estate

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Come face-to-face with Africa’s enormous flightless birds as you tour an ostrich farm and enjoy the chance to feed an ostrich by hand.


This morning, discover the Cango Caves. After, enjoy your Insider Experience. You’ll then follow the Garden Route to Knysna, a charming coastal town on the shores of a picturesque lagoon. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Take in the stunning geological Knysna Heads, two hulking rock formations emerging from the ocean at the mouth of Knysna lagoon. You may like to take to Knysna’s crystal-clear waters on a whale watching cruise, in search of the gentle giants which pass through these waters.

Stay: Two Nights, Knysna, Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, a pristine piece of paradise on the Western Head of Knysna, accessible only by ferry.


This morning perhaps join an optional boat tour from Plettenberg Bay, for the opportunity to view dolphins (Apr-May) or whales (Jun-Oct) and other wildlife. Later, enjoy your Insider Experience. Cross the lagoon and join a park guide for a 4WD journey to the top of Western Head. Take some time to enjoy the stunning view and later, perhaps join an optional bushwalk into ancient sea caves.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Monkeyland Primate Reserve, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary.


Depart Knysna and continue along the Garden Route. Afterwards, continue along the Storms River Mouth and through Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to Port Elizabeth. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay: Port Elizabeth, Beach Hotel or similar

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

You’ll be whisked to a private concession of land within Kruger National Park, home to Shishangeni Private Lodge.


Board an included flight to Nelspruit via Johannesburg. Offering an uncrowded and unique safari experience, enjoy your own private sector of the park to go in search for those animals you’ve been dreaming about sighting. Settle in to your thatched chalet, then head out on your first game drive. This evening, perhaps sit out on your private deck, allowing the tranquillity of the evening to settle around you as you listen for the sounds of the wild.

Stay: Two Nights, Kruger National Park, Shishangeni Private Lodge

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Make a toast to another successful day spent on safari with a drink in hand while taking in a glorious sunset. This evening, enjoy an authentic outdoor boma dinner beneath the starlit sky. Listen out for the sounds of curious wildlife.


Climb aboard your open-sided 4WD vehicle and set off on an exciting morning game drive. The sun is yet to reach its peak, the temperature is still cool and animals are very active. Many predators usually return from a night of hunting around this time. After lunch, enjoy the chance to head out once more into the bush with a guide.

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After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. You may like to spend some time exploring Soweto, a city with a tumultuous past and a rich heritage. Visit the Mandela House Museum and discover the Hector Pieterson Memorial.

Stay: Johannesburg, Southern Sun Hyde Park

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Tonight, head to Dusty Road for a traditional dinner, cooked the Zimbabwean way on open flames and in cast iron pots.


Take an included flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This afternoon, enjoy a walk where your guide will enlighten you on the history and culture of the local area before being transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Victoria Falls, The Kingdom Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

With a full day at leisure, enjoy unlimited access to the falls, only a short walk from your hotel. Perhaps enhance your journey by taking a helicopter or microlight flight, or head out on a sunset cruise.

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UPGRADE TO A CHOBE PRINCESS SAFARIBOAT

Ask about replacing Days 21 and 22 in Chobe with two nights aboard a Chobe Princess Safari Boat. Enjoy game viewing from the boat and a range of nature activities.


Cross the border to Chobe National Park. At sunset, head out on a game-viewing cruise to observe the herds of elephants that flock to the riverbank at this time of the day.

Stay: Two Nights, Chobe National Park, Chobe Bush Lodge or upgrade to a suite on a Chobe Princess Safariboat

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During this morning’s game drive, you’ll have many chances to spot Africa’s famous mammals thanks to the park’s high density of elephant herds and lion prides. Buffalo, zebras, antelope, including lechwe, may be seen here too, as well as an abundance of birdlife. You will also delight in a cruise along the Chobe River, which offers you a unique way of viewing game and the picturesque African sunset.

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After breakfast, return to Victoria Falls for your onward flight.

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Then why not extend your Africa adventure with these easy add-ons to the start or finish of your Travelmarvel land journey? Begin by discovering South Africa aboard the iconic Blue Train, or stay and taste you way around the world-class Cape Winelands. For more rest and relaxation, round off your trip with a beach-side stay on the spice isle of Zanzibar. Simply, visit our Extensions & Upgrade Africa page for more information or to make a booking.

 

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Guests on safari viewing an African elephant in the wild

Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.