Southern Africa Dunes Waterfalls Wildlife Safari
THE JOURNEY OVERVIEW
Johannesburg – Windhoek – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein – Etosha South – Onguma Game Reserve – Okonjima Nature Reserve – Windhoek – Victoria Falls – Okavango Delta – Selinda Reserve
23 Night Exploration
Travelled: September 2018
Guests: A couple looking to explore Southern Africa, taking in all the sights and highlights
Curated by: Gen, an expert in Southern Africa with a focus on stunning and exhilarating experiences
23 night Southern Africa Dunes Waterfalls Wildlife Safari
Tailormade African holiday details
This couple were looking to explore a variety of Southern Africa countries, while taking in as many sites and experiences as possible. Wish list included Namibia, Victoria Falls, and a great wilderness and game region.
Our specialist Gen helped to create a trip that incorporated all the highlights. Botswana’s Okavango Delta was chosen for its wildlife and many activities, while Devils Pools and whitewater rafting made Victoria Falls an adventurous visit. A small group tour was selected for Namibia, which would allow guests to take in as much of Namibia’s unique landscapes as possible.
- Breathtaking dunes of Namibia
- Visiting Namibia‘s AfriCat Foundation
- UNESCO world heritage site Victoria Falls
- Boating and mokoro in the famous Okavango Delta
- 4×4 wildlife safaris
Level of Luxury
A three to four star Africa safari experience
Travel was completed in September 2018
Guest Feedback: Southern Africa Dunes Waterfalls Wildlife Safari
Small group tour Namibia: This was the portion of our holiday I was most uncertain about. We considered doing a fly-in safari or a self drive, but Gen convinced us to do this small group tour and it ended up being the highlight of our holiday! There were only 7 in our group and we all got on so well and had so many laughs along the way. It was a real delight to admire the astonishing scenery and wonderful experiences with this group. Along the way we also became good friends with a local Namibian man: our tour leader Vincent. He was so dedicated to the job, so caring and showed no favoritism! Also had a great sense of humour. Travelling by car rather than flying into the different lodges allowed us to really appreciate the vastness of the country and the remoteness of each location. It also gave us the opportunity to witness events we would have missed if we had done a fly in such as watching a local soccer match in Damaraland on a Saturday afternoon. All the accommodation was of a very high standard. Each unique and special. Overall we were absolutely delighted with Ultimate Safaris. From the moment we met our transfer driver at Windhoek airport on the first day I felt we were with a very professional friendly group who stood out from the other operators. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour. If you have any clients that are considering this tour I would be only too happy to answer any questions.
Victoria Falls: Staying at Victoria Falls safari lodge was a little bit of a let down after the wonderful intimate lodges we had stayed in Namibia. In hindsight a smaller lodge might have been nicer. However I could not fault the staff, meals and service here.
Livingstone Island/Devils Pool tour: The transfer over the border went very smoothly. The guides on the island took very good care of us. I was concerned when they took my rather expensive dslr camera over to the edge of the falls but they proceeded to take great photos of my husband in Devil’s Pool and also of me standing at the edge with a full rainbow on display. I thought we were on the morning breezer tour and would only be served morning tea after our tour so we had a big breakfast at the hotel before we left. To our surprise we were served another delicious breakfast looking out onto the falls.
White water rafting: My husband reckons this was the best white water rafting he has ever done although muscles were a tad sore for a few days after due to the climb out of the canyon following the rafting.
Sunset Cruise: We considered booking a dinner cruise on the Zambezi but these were booked out so we did a sunset cruise instead. I am not a big drinker but it ended up being a very pleasant evening watching the sun set on the Zambezi.
Helicopter flight: Really glad we did the helicopter flight as our last activity at Victoria Falls. We were able to see the falls from another perspective and able to locate the places we had visited eg Livingstone Island, our Lodge and I was able to see where my husband had gone rafting and appreciate his climb out of the canyon!
Shinde Camp: This was a lovely camp. All the staff were extremely friendly. It was such a happy place to be. They even arranged a special private dinner for us on our final night. Wildlife viewing was a bit slow at times. Apart from one young male lion no other predators found. Lots of antelope, elephants, hyenas, zebra, baboons and hippos. It was great to experience being a part of the delta by doing the mokoro ride and boat cruise. A little disappointed we did not see elephants in the water during the mokoro ride or the boat cruise but we were just unlucky.
Selinda Explorers Camp: Parkes was an excellent guide, we really appreciated his guidance when taking photos, ie when and where to shoot. He always positioned our vehicle at the best possible angle and always anticipated certain animal behaviors so we could get that prefect shot. While there were only 2 hippos at Selinda compared the many at Shinde, through Parkes patience and guidance we were able to take the classic hippo photo with his jaw open. We were delighted to encounter a few families of lions including 2 groups of lion cubs: one 2 months old and the other 5 months old. However no leopard, cheetah or wild dogs. Our last day on safari was one to remember beginning at 2am with a buffalo just outside our tent, a herd of elephants surrounding our tent at siesta time and a battle between a pride of about 30 lions and a herd of buffalo at 6pm on our afternoon game drive. In less than 30 minutes the lions killed 3 calves. We witnessed nature in all its rawness. Watching the tactics of the lioness working together as a team to chase and attack their prey was incredible if not somewhat gruesome. Observing how the older buffalo tried to protect their young was also amazing.
What a holiday! I wish to thank all at Encompass Africa for making such a holiday possible. All our transfers went so smoothly something I would never have been able to organize if just booking independently. We saw and photographed most animals on our wish list, except a rhino (only in the far distance). Maybe on our next African adventure! We will highly recommend your services to family and friends. I have a grand total of 7080 photos to sort through! Thanks again.
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