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The Grand Southern Safari - Encounters Travel
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20 days

The Grand Southern Safari

From Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Tour Operator:
Encounters Travel
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Age range:
5 to 99
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US $2,595
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  • Hike along the rim of the glorious Fish River Canyon.
  • Ride over the picturesque sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
  • Enjoy a performance of tribal singing and dancing.
  • Discover the lagoons and lakes of Okavango Delta.

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  • Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

  • Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

  • Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

  • Travel for a special occasion

    Celebrate an important event by only travelling with your friends or family


Start in Cape Town and end in Victoria Falls! With the Overland Truck tour The Grand Southern Safari, you have a 20 days tour package taking you through Cape Town, South Africa and 15 other destinations in Africa. The Grand Southern Safari includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Cape Town to the Cederberg
  2. Day 2: Namaqualand to the Gariep River
  3. Day 3: Namibia: Gariep (Orange River) to the Fish River Canyon
  4. Day 4: Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
  5. Day 5: Namib-Naukluft National Park
  6. Day 6: Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
  7. Day 7: Swakopmund
  8. Day 8: Swakopmund
  9. Day 9: Spitzkoppe to Brandberg
  10. Day 10: The Brandberg White Lady
  11. Day 11: Etosha National Park
  12. Day 12: Second day in Etosha
  13. Day 13: Windhoek
  14. Day 14: From Namibia to Botswana
  15. Day 15: Okavango Delta
  16. Day 16: Exploring the Delta
  17. Day 17: Nata
  18. Day 18: Chobe National Park
  19. Day 19: Victoria Falls
  20. Day 20: Victoria Falls
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  • Accommodation
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  • Flights
  • Insurance
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Customer Reviews

  • HC
    · May 16th, 2018
    The itenerary was not always followed. The most egregious problem was staying 250 km (3 hrs.) on an extremely rough road from the gate of sossusvlei (dunes). It also made the day before about 150 km longer and the day after 100km longer. Neither... Show more
    Trip date: April 2018

Dates & Availability

20 days
The Grand Southern Safari
From Cape Town to Victoria Falls
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the availability of the 2 day journey?

      The 2-day journey from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. On our Grand Southern Safari tour you would therefore require an extra night in order to take this 2-day journey.

    • Is there a single supplement available on this tour?

      Yes. Please take note that there will be an extra charge for a single supplement room. Please contact us to arrange this.

    • What are the inclusions of the tour price?

      Here's what's included and excluded in our activity package:

      19 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses/camps
      All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
      All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
      2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
      Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
      Meals: 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 14 dinners

      International Flights (available on request)
      Visa fees if required
      Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary and notes below)
      Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
      Meals not indicated in the itinerary
      Drinks, snacks etc.

    • How many kilometers are spent travelling on each day?

      Distances between highlights are often on a bigger scale than those at home. Often there is absolutely nothing between focal points except vast open deserts. Most tours average around 350 km per day. However, there can be stretches of up to 650km in a single day.

    • What type of vehicles do you use?

      On our Africa overland tours, we make use of an overland tourism truck with 18 seats. There are lockers for luggage, power plugs and a cooler facility in each truck.

    • What is the age range for this tour?

      The average age is between 30s and 50s on our Africa overland tours.

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      US Dollar
      Namibia Dollar
      South Africa
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types D, M, G. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types D, M. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for type G.

      Type D
      Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
      Type M
      Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
      Type G
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Rabies - Recommended for Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      • Cholera - Recommended for Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before June 12th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after June 12th, 2021, a minimum payment of $50 is required to confirm your booking with Encounters Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Encounters Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "Encounters Travel" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.


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