NORTHERN EXPERIENCE: FLY-IN SAFARI

Cultural tour & safari of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Experience the fly-in version of our popular African journey northward from picturesque Cape Town to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. This version of one of our most adventurous African experiences includes a flight from Cape Town in South Africa to Swakopmund in Namibia. We then explore the highlights of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, including the famous, towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the traditional culture of the Ova-HImba and some of Africa’s foremost wildlife hotspots at Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta. End our African safari vacation with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Table Mountain at the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas 3. Okavango Delta
2. Namib Sand Sea in Namib-Naukluft National Park 4. Victoria Falls
Tour Information
Tour Duration : 21 days
Min. Tour Size : 04 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Tour Price (From) : US$ 4685
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)
Day 02: Cape Town
(B)
Day 03: Cape Town
(B)
Day 04: Cape Town/Swakopmund (Flight) (NAMIBIA)
(B)
Day 05: Swakopmund/Sossusvlei (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 06: Sossusvlei
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 08: Swakopmund
(B)
Day 09: Swakopmund/Omaruru (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 10: Omaruru/Kamanjab (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Kamanjab/Etosha National Park (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Etosha National Park
(B, L)
Day 13: Etosha National Park
(B, L)
Day 14: Etosha National Park/Kavango River (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 15: Kavango River/Okavango Delta (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 16: Okavango Delta
(B, L, D)
Day 17: Okavango Delta/Kwando River (Drive) (NAMIBIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Kwando River/Chobe National Park (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 19: Chobe National Park
(B)
Day 20: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)
(B, L)
Day 21: Depart Victoria Falls
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)

Welcome to Cape Town! Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this vibrant city. Relax, or take a visit to the V&A Waterfront, the scenic harbour at Cape Town’s heart that offers an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.

Overnight: The Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town (3 nights)

Day 02: Cape Town

This morning, we are taken by cable car up the legendary Table Mountain* for a spectacular view of the Mother City and surrounding area (weather dependent). Upon our return to the city, we will join a half-day scheduled city tour. Explore the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the South African Museum and the colourful, photo-worthy Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap. (B)

Day 03: Cape Town

An exciting day ahead as we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travelling along the Atlantic via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, we stop at Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon, we journey on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at beautiful Boulders Beach (entrance to Boulders Beach optional and at own account). (B)

Day 04: Cape Town/Swakopmund (Flight) (NAMIBIA)

After breakfast, we are transferred to the Cape Town International Airport, where we board our flight to Walvis Bay. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel in Swakopmund, Namibia’s picturesque coastal city. Afternoon free to relax, soak up the atmosphere of this quaint beach town, or take part in one of the many optional activities on offer, ranging from shore and boat fishing, to kayaking, to a dolphin, seal and whale cruise. Prebook with Bestway to avoid disappointment.

Overnight: Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund (1 night) (B)

Days 05: Swakopmund/Sossusvlei (Drive)

Moving inland, we travel toward Namib Naukluft National Park*, which is home to the Namib desert. An inspiration for the name Namibia itself, the Namib is the oldest desert on earth. Its breathtaking, burnt orange sand dunes are perhaps the most famous in the world.

Overnight: Agama River Camp, Sossusvlei (2 nights) (B, L)
(Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 06: Sossusvlei

Today we wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 meters, are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. (B, L, D)

Days 07: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund (Drive)

An interesting day as we drive through Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world, and a drive to discover the flora and fauna is a must on any African safari vacation. The animals of this harsh landscape include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Later in the day, we arrive at Swakopmund, with time to soak up this town’s beauty and beaches.

Overnight: Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund (2 nights) (B, L)
(Standard rooms with en suite bathrooms)

Day 08: Swakopmund

In the 2019 version of this tour, we visit Cape Cross, the largest breeding place for Cape Fur Seals. Alternatively, we will have time to participate in a few of the many optional activities Swakopmund has to offer. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to arrange a township tour, a sand boarding excursion, or a fishing adventure in this scenic and exciting spot. (B)

Day 09: Swakopmund/Omaruru (Drive)

Leaving the coastline behind, we head inland across the desert plains to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk among the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we continue on to the town of Omaruru, where we overnight. Once a mission station, this settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. In the afternoon, we will stop at a local distillery and small wine cellar in Omaruru to taste some of its home-grown produce.

Overnight: Omaruru Guest House, Omaruru (1 night) (B, L)

Day 10: Omaruru/Kamanjab (Drive)

Today, we head off toward Kamanjab, where we explore a Himba village in the afternoon. Here we have the rare chance to learn about and understand the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.

Overnight: Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Kamanjab (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 11: Kamanjab/Etosha National Park (Drive)

After our cultural exchange in Kamanjab, we head to Etosha National Park. Declared a national park in 1907, Etosha is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and surprisingly, one species of fish.

Overnight: Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 12: Etosha National Park

We enjoy our time in Etosha National Park with exciting game drives spotting leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, rhino and many different types of antelope. Elephants and lions are also particularly common. Our nights are spent at the floodlit water holes encountering the park’s varied animals as they come to drink. (B, L)

Day 13: Etosha National Park

After breakfast at our camp, we embark on another full day of game drives. Keep your eye out for four of the Big Five animals, or try to spot smaller species like the warthog, honey badger, or bat-eared fox. After enjoying a jaw-dropping sunset, a second night at one of Etosha’s famous watering holes provides perhaps the best opportunity in Africa to see one of the park’s black rhinoceros, a highly endangered animal.

Overnight: Namutoni, Etosha National Park (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Days 14: Etosha National Park/Kavango River (Drive)

Our journey continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We make our way to our accommodation and spend a relaxing afternoon on the banks of the scenic Kavango River. Optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunset cruise are available. Alternatively, just relax by the pool listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

Overnight: Kaisosi River Lodge, Kavango River (1 night) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Days 15: Kavango River/Okavango Delta (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

We leave Namibia for Etsha13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta* in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, the Okavango flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. One of Africa’s best great wildlife habitats, the Okavango is a highlight of any Botswana safari. It offers breathtaking scenery and huge concentrations of game life.

Overnight: Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Permanent tents with en suite bathrooms and bar area)

Day 16: Okavango Delta

We spend the day exploring the Okavango’s unique network of water pathways, floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). Along the way, we will discover a variety of birds and wildlife. We also stop at a secluded island to take a 1.5 hour guided walk with the opportunity to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water-filled paradise. (B, L, D)

Day 17: Okavango Delta/Kwando River (Drive) (NAMIBIA)

Leaving Botswana, we drive up the western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia. Next we drive through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. En route to camp, we go on a game drive through Mahangu National Park, which is rich in fauna and flora. The park is home to elephants, hippo and buffalo, as well as sable, roan and many other types of antelope. Bird-watchers can also spot more than 420 different bird species.

Overnight: Camp Kwando, Kwando River (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Permanent tented chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 18: Kwando River/Chobe National Park (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

After breakfast at our camp, we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana. There we continue on to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. As the second largest national park in the country, covering 10,566 kilometers squared, Chobe is another highlight for Botswana safari tours. After settling in to our lodge, we enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 19: Chobe National Park

We rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park, which has one of the largest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon, we go on a cruise of the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience. Get an close-range look at wildlife on the water and enjoy a spectacular African sunset from the comfort of the boat. (B)

Day 20: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)

A spectacular end to our trip as we drive to Victoria Falls* in Zimbabwe. For 2020 tours, our guide will take us on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders”. For 2019 tours, we will have time free in the morning to explore the area. In the afternoon, we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure, or taking part in one of the many optional activities on offer. Enjoy a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, a horse back safari, or a gorgeous hike through Batoka Gorge and tour of Ndebele Village.

Overnight: A ‘Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls (1 night) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 21: Depart Victoria Falls

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport with the opportunity for optional extensions to Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, or other nearby countries. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jun 08 & 20; Jul 26**; Aug 02 & 23; Sep 08 & 16**; Oct 07 & 13**; Nov 18; Dec 16 US$ 4685 US$ 1165 US$ 1600  US$ 1700 
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2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 20*; Feb 03** & 17; Mar 09; Apr 01; May 18; Jun 08; Jul 04 & 26**; Aug 24; Sep 08 & 13**; Oct 05 & 13**; Nov 18; Dec 16 US$ 4685 US$ 1135 US$ 1600  US$ 1700 
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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jun 08 & 20; Jul 26**; Aug 02 & 23; Sep 08 & 16**; Oct 07 & 13**; Nov 18; Dec 16 CA$ 6325 CA$ 1573 CA$ 1430  CA$ 1580 
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2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 20*; Feb 03** & 17; Mar 09; Apr 01; May 18; Jun 08; Jul 04 & 26**; Aug 24; Sep 08 & 13**; Oct 05 & 13**; Nov 18; Dec 16 CA$ 6325 CA$ 1533 CA$ 1430  CA$ 1580 
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Notes

Please Note: The rugged terrain and desert temperatures in Namibia cause significant strain on vehicles, specifically on the aircon systems. The rough, corrugated roads can literally shake the aircon apart and have a strong impact on the power of the vehicles. Please note that vehicles, while still being equipped with aircon, may often not be running with the aircon switched on.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel/lodge taxes
  • Airfare: Cape Town/Swakopmund (based on current application fares)
  • 41 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites & game parks included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares excluding Cape Town/Swakopmund flight
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Park fees and activities payment of US$ 200 / CA$ 270

Park Fees & Activities Payment: Payable at time of booking. Covers the cost of local park fees, as well as items and services purchased from villages and towns on our tour itinerary. These items include food and other safari accessories purchased from local farmers/shopkeepers, services of local assistants, etc. The local payment is part of our efforts to generate income in areas our safaris travel through.

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 04** and a maximum of 12 participants
** Guaranteed Departures operate on a minimum group size of 2 persons. Other departures require a minimum group size of 4 persons.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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