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Travelmarvel

Southern Africa Encompassed

Windhoek to Livingstone

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

  • 22 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • All flights within Africa
  • 44 meals - 22 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 14 dinners
  • A private game park experience in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy the opportunity to embark on five exciting game drives
  • Additional services of local guides and expert game trackers
  • Tipping, game park fees and transfers

Travel & Accommodation

Large brown deer like aninmal with thin white strips across it's body and large antelers standing next to a tree trunk
Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is abundant with wildlife, on a game drive see elephants, leopards, flamingos and giraffes and more

Blue water lapping against the shore with city in the far background, Africa
Breathtaking Cape Peninsula

Embark on this incredible scenic journey, stopping for lunch and let the penguins entertain you at Boulders Beach.

Waterfall in between body of water and mountain with road, Africa
Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Walk on the wild side of Africa with the iconic Victoria Falls right on your doorstep, or relax in modern comfort

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land and specified flights only. Flights not specified in the itinerary are not included in the price
  • Surcharges will apply if not flying internationally with South African Airways booked by Travelmarvel
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, all flights and taxes in Africa and medical evacuation services in Namibia
Africa Map AFTN23 2019

Windhoek to Livingstone

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

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 to town, your hotel is an oasis of lush gardens and a tranquil pool to relax beside after a day of travel. Tonight, settle in to your elegant room before a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with African-inspired cuisine.

Stay: Windhoek, Safari Court Hotel (or similar)

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  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Head towards the Sossusvlei Lodge, your home for the next two nights.


Today’s adventure takes you to Sossusvlei, home to the famous pan 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. Admire the towering sand dunes in the region as you make your way through the unspoilt desert beauty of the Namib Desert En route to your lodge, delight in a picnic lunch among the sand dunes.

Stay: Two Nights, Sossusvlei Lodge

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Your adventure continues with a visit to Sesriem Canyon, one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. The canyon has been carved by the Tsauchab River over millions of years, and now stands as a testament to the once mighty movements of the river.


Awake to a day that is ripe with adventure. Discover Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan found at the tail of the Tsauchab River in one of Africa’s largest conservation areas. Even in the rainiest of years, the dry, cracked earth will absorb any moisture, leaving no evidence to any rain at all. Literally translated to “dead-end marsh”, the Sossusvlei pan stops the mighty Tsauchab River from flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. From the stark white colour of the pan, to the rust-coloured sand dunes and the rich blue hue of the sky, the landscape paints a striking image that is guaranteed to stay with you long after your trip has come to an end.

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Dinner this evening is at renowned The Tug Restaurant. Savour fresh seafood, dry-aged meats and enticing desserts. During your meal, look out onto spectacular scenery from your table thanks to the restaurant’s superb location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.


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. This species consists of only two leaves which grow with the plant, similar to a limb, from seedling all the way into adulthood. The larger species are thought to be between 1,000 to 2,000 years old, a triumph of survival in such a harsh and parched climate. 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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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.


Your journey continues as you depart for Etosha National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge before retiring to your room to relax ahead of an early start tomorrow morning.

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

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Rise early for an exciting morning of game driving.


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. Animal sightings are almost guaranteed around the park’s waterholes. Lookout for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, lions and giraffes that call the park home. After a heavy rain, the salt pan also attracts flocks of brightly-coloured flamingoes. This evening, you may like to embark on an exciting night safari to spot rare wildlife.

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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, guests can discover more about the large cats and visit cheetahs in the rehabilitation enclosures.


Following breakfast, head back to Windhoek. After a special Insider Experience, enjoy a light lunch before continuing onwards to Windhoek. This evening, delight in a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Windhoek, Safari Court Hotel (or similar)

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Farewell Namibia this morning before boarding your included flight to Cape Town in South Africa. On arrival in this vibrant city, 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 thriving V&A Waterfront. The Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting over 24 million visitors each year. A Welcome Reception this evening will give you the chance to meet your new Tour Director.

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

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the breathtaking Cape Peninsula during a full-day tour.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Journey along the curving roads of Chapman’s Peak, where spectacular scenes greet you at every bend. Drive to Cape Point and enjoy lunch before watching the penguins at Boulders Beach. Later, explore historic Simon’s Town, one of South Africa’s oldest towns and the country’s Naval base.

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A city alive with creativity, colour and natural beauty, be ready to fall in love with Cape Town today as you ride a cableway to the summit of Table Mountain. This 600 million-year-old mountain stands at a soaring 1,085 metres above sea level. See the waterfall-like clouds which roll off the top of the mountain, often dubbed the ‘table cloth’. Since its opening in 1929, the Table Mountain cableway has transported more than 16 million visitors to the summit. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the city. The afternoon has been left free for you to spend how you like. Perhaps you may like to take a ferry to Robben Island; explore the densely vegetated Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain; join an African Heritage Tour; or visit the Constantia Wine Valley for a tour and a tasting in this historic wine-making region.

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Farewell Cape Town this morning, and travel through the Karoo region, which showcases a well preserved semidesert eco-system. Arrive at your hotel for a 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. 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. Perhaps join a whale watching select experience – seasonal (own expense).

Stay: Two Nights, Knysna, Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

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


Cross Knysna’s lagoon and join a park guide for a 4WD journey to the top of Western Head where you can take in panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Later, you may like to join an optional bushwalk that takes you into ancient sea caves.

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Make a stop to visit Monkeyland Primate Reserve, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary.


Depart Knysna and continue along the Garden Route and onwards 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

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Arrive at Shishangeni Private Lodge where you will stay for the next two nights in your own thatched chalet with a private game-viewing deck.


Board an included flight to Nelspruit via Johannesburg. On arrival, you’ll be whisked to a private concession of land within Kruger National Park, home to Shishangeni Private Lodge. 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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Enjoy an authentic outdoor boma dinner beneath the starlit sky. Listen out for the sounds of curious wildlife observing from the shadows.


Rise before the sun and head out onto the savannah plains. Thorn thickets, savannah grasslands and riverine bush alive with curious critters, climb aboard your open-roof 4WD vehicle and set off on an exciting morning game drive. Kruger National Park is the perfect place to look for the Big Five as well as a host of smaller mammals. A morning game drive is the optimum time to spot some of Africa’s most iconic creatures. 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. Return to your lodge for breakfast before spending some time at leisure. Perhaps relax on your verandah with a good book, or lounge by the pool. After lunch, enjoy the chance to head out into the bush with a guide. Keep on the lookout for slumbering lions and Cape Buffalo grazing. After your morning and afternoon game drives, make a toast to another successful day spent on safari with a drink in hand while taking in a glorious sunset.

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After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. With a free afternoon and evening, perhaps take advantage of our select experience. 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 learn about the legacy of Nelson Mandela before a visit to a local shebeen tavern. Spend the evening relaxing, or perhaps venture out and explore the shops and peruse nearby restaurants.

Stay: Johannesburg, Southern Sun Hyde Park

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Take an included flight to Victoria Falls today. On arrival, set out on a guided walk to view the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 108 metres tall and spanning the width of 1,688 metres, the falls are known as the largest curtain of falling water in the world. You’ll then travel to Zambia and check in to your resort, located just minutes from the Zambian side of the falls.

Stay: Two Nights, Livingstone, AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

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Enjoy a day to yourself to relax and explore the surrounds of Victoria Falls. You may like to enhance your journey and choose from one of our select experiences in the area. Absorb spectacular views as you fly over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River during an awe-inspiring helicopter or microlight flight. Or, unwind during a sunset game-viewing cruise.

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Savour breakfast at your hotel before crossing the Zambezi River by ferry into Botswana and onwards to renowned Chobe National Park. The park is known for having one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Go in search of elephants, with a game drive through the park. Perhaps glimpse young calves gambolling around or watching as a matriarch leads her herd to drink from a waterhole. At sunset, head out on a game-viewing cruise along the Chobe River and observe the herds of elephants that gather at 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. Return to your lodge for dinner prepared by expert chefs and set within stunning surrounds.

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Depart Livingstone Today your incredible journey through Southern Africa comes to an end. The time has come to farewell your Tour Director and new-found friends as you enjoy the final morning of your trip. Travel back to Livingstone after breakfast this morning for your onward flight.

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