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Desert Tracker 25 days - Acacia Adventure Holidays
Desert Tracker 25 days - Acacia Adventure Holidays
James "It is a great tour which takes in some of the best sights in the southern part of Africa. The food was far above anything i had expected from the trip and the tour leaders were awesome as well as the drives. Both sets of tour leader and drivers made the trip as good as it was.Had a great bunch of people of both parts of the tour, but it was a shame we didn't get to do the whole trip with the same ..."
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10 reviews
Starts
Cape Town
+17 Destinations
Desert
Ends
Johannesburg
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Highlights

  • Visit Orange River and Fish River Canyon
  • Explore Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and Damaraland
  • Enjoy the Namib Naukluft National park
  • Discover the Etosha National Park
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Transportation
Jeep & 4WD, Boat, Private Vehicle
Travel style
Overland truck, Adventure, Safari, Wildlife
Start in Cape Town and end in Johannesburg! With the overland truck tour Desert Tracker 25 days, you have a 25 day tour package taking you from Cape Town to Johannesburg and through Cape Town, South Africa and 18 other destinations in Africa. Desert Tracker 25 days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • B
    Written on August 14, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Loved it; great tour, great group, great driver and great guide!
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  • F
    Written on August 14, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Moyenda en Masai are the best!! We love them. They made our trip an amazing experience!
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  • C
    Written on June 10, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    For this was my first time traveling to Africa, I can truly say, that meeting and traveling with Justin made my first impression of this continent and culture very special and deeply meaningful. He turned my first experiences into unforgettable memories which are going to last for a lifetime. I couldn't have asked for a better tourguide – and I highly appreciate his infinite passion for his work which he showed us day by day. Justin is a super friendly person, he is very helpful, polite and always highly professional on his tasks. It was great fun having him around! All passengers especially enjoyed Justin's extraordinary cooking skills. Moreover he is very knowledgeable about flora, fauna, culture and history, which was very enriching and informative for us during the trip. All in all, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Justin and Acacia – I've had a blast!
    Acacia Adventure Holidays commented on this review
    Dear Charlotte - Thank you! It is always a pleasure to receive a review such as yours. We will be sure to pass these amazing complements to Justin, Acacia Tour Leader. Kindest regards, The Acacia Team
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  • Desert Tracker 25 days reviewer 4
    Written on May 30, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We loved Mumma Liz! She took us all in like her extended family and played Mum to us all. I sincerely hope our paths cross again in the future. Chloe Ong xx
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  • JM
    Written on March 20, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had an amazing time traveling with Acacia on their overland tour! The food was surprisingly good, even for me as a vegetarian and coeliac person, I had no troubles at all. The tents were in a good condition and the campsites had nice and clean facilities. It was a lot of fun to get to know Africa in that way, spending time with locals and even the guide and the driver who are able to give you sort of an insight as they are locals themselves! I can highly recommend doing an overland trip with Acacia, one of my best experiences so far!
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  • Desert Tracker 25 days reviewer 6
    Written on October 8, 2014
    1.0 - Bad

    It was amazing, it was everythign i could have dreamed of and more. Adriann and Julianna were so good to us, they were there for us with helpful advice and guidance at all times. There was a good combination of feeling looked out for, but also having plently of freedom the food was amazing. If i was to do it again, i would plan my trip around when adriann and julianna were guiding
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  • Desert Tracker 25 days reviewer 7
    Written on November 26, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

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  • Desert Tracker 25 days reviewer 8
    Written on April 27, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    I'd decided to do this tour for the animals, landscapes and the fact it was a good length of time, being not too long or too short. It covered a vast area of Southern Africa, in just under a month, making staying in a tent for many nights bearable and keeping on the move kept the excitement high. Our guides were very informative and extremely helpful, clearly knowledgeable in all aspects of Africa and on the rare occasion that they did not know the answer to something, they would be determined to find out for us, meaning the trip was not only incredibly enjoyable, but it was an education too. The meals were amazing, we never expected to be fed as well as we were. I was wary of African food, thinking we would be having to try strange and unfamiliar dishes, but most of them were dishes from home, ranging from spag bol to sausage and mash! Cereal, toast, eggs and pancakes for breakfasts and sandwiches/pasta/potato salad for lunch. But then we ate out a couple of times and quite often had the option to taste something completely new, such as Kudu, Zebra, springbok etc so the variety was always there with the option to play it safe too! The truck was bumpy as it clambered over rocky terrain, particularly driving through dry and dusty Namibia. But with the amazing scenery and landscapes, you didn't have time to notice. My face was pressed against the window much of the time looking for the next animal! Sometimes the drives could be very long and you would cover up to 600km a day, so bringing forms of entertainment with you is a very good idea! The campsites on the whole, were not bad, with most having ablution blocks and relatively decent showers and toilets; things I did not expect to have quite so many of so I had prepared myself to make do and now wish I had taken small trivial accessories like a bit more make up or possibly jewellery; especially for when we visited a town or city, or everyone dressed up a bit more to go for a meal out. Some campsites also had a pool and although small and cold, they were perfect for when you just wanted to climb off the hot truck and cool yourself down. It was a shame that after 19 days we changed to a completely new truck and tour guides. Though the new guides were good, I found myself missing our previous ones and our group which had dispersed at Livingstone, having spent 24/7 with them for the previous 19 days. Heading to Johannesburg, it felt as though we were getting a lift home. Unfortunately our Shangaan tribal cultural evening was cancelled and we were placed on a sunset game drive around Kruger National Park instead, which was disappointing. One of the reasons my boyfriend and I had booked to go on the tour was for the people and the culture and we were really gutted that it was changed on that day. The sunset game drive was average as we were placed on an open truck with a group of older Americans who had obviously just arrived and were getting excited at all the animals we had seen so many of already and began to ask some slightly daft questions. So it became a little tedious. But I'm certainly not wanting to put the Kruger down at all, because it was an amazing place to have an all-day game drive around. We saw such a variety of animals, including a leopard lazing around in a tree. And our guide would hear of a sighting on the radio and do a full turn in the road, speeding off to take us to see something immediately; he was great and the game drive was a lot of fun! I would highly recommend it. Speaking of the Kruger, in the last 5/6 days we had with the new group, I would say that the National Park was probably one of the only things I stayed on the trip to do and if it hadn't have been for that one day and two nights there, I probably would have stuck with the 19 day Desert Tracker and left at Livingstone. I would recommend that if the Kruger does not bother you (though I highly doubt that) then I would suggest staying with the 19 day tour. The only real main issue we had was the confusion with extra money. We had been told that it was fine to use US Dollars everywhere in every country we went to, but as soon as we started on the tour, we suddenly needed local currency which immediately became an issue as we started to realise we did not have enough. There were plenty of cash points and bureau de changes around along the route but we became unsure if we were going to be charged for withdrawing money; and that was if our cards even worked. Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't and it was worrying when they didn't as on some occasions we had to feed ourselves. One of our group even got his card swallowed by a cash point and had to wait all afternoon just for the bank to open it up so he could retrieve it. I'd definitely recommend having extra money for each country on top of the local payment of USD. South African Rand, Namibian Dollars, Botswana Pula, Zambian Kwacha. My Highlights: Etosha, Chobe, Kruger National Parks and game drives Victoria Falls, Elephant ride at Livingstone (Optional Activity and something you have to pay for yourself) Lion Encounter at Livingstone (Optional Activity and something you have to pay for yourself) Cheetah Encounter and being able to touch them Getting very close to wild elephants on game drives and at the watering hole at one campsite Chobe River Cruise
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  • Desert Tracker 25 days reviewer 9
    Written on March 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    It is a great tour which takes in some of the best sights in the southern part of Africa. The food was far above anything i had expected from the trip and the tour leaders were awesome as well as the drives. Both sets of tour leader and drivers made the trip as good as it was.Had a great bunch of people of both parts of the tour, but it was a shame we didn't get to do the whole trip with the same group as we started with. Didn't know it was going to be two different tours. Worked out well due to the tour leaders. Thank you to Kelly, Richard, Justin and Dennis
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  • A
    Written on March 8, 2010

    The highlight of all of our travels to date was our overland tour of Southern Africa. We travelled with Acacia Africa visiting South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia over 19 days. Our tour leaders Frik and Sonja were fantastic - very knowledgeable, fun, keen to please, and served us great traditional African meals. There were 22 of us on the tour and we all had to pitch in to help with the cooking and cleaning. We camped most nights, with the tents being easy to erect and dismantle; and on other nights we stayed at backpackers. The sights we saw were just amazing - from Table Mountain to the Townships of Cape Town, to the wine region on the west coast of South Africa, to the incredible endless deserts of Namibia where we went quad biking, to the national parks where we were lucky enough to see a 32 strong herd of elephants, and all of the Big five, to travelling on a mokoro through the Okavango Delta - to flying over it, and seeing the amazing wildlife, and then finishing at Victoria Falls in Livingstone. If you have ever dreamed about visiting Africa, then make it a reality as it will be the best thing you have ever done..... we'll definitely be back!

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Area
  2. Day 2: Cederberg to Gariep Orange River
  3. Day 3: Orange River to Fish River Canyon
  4. Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area
  5. Day 5: Sesriem to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region
  6. Day 6: Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund
  7. Day 7: Swakopmund
  8. Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
  9. Day 9: Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park
  10. Day 10: Etosha National Park
  11. Day 11: Etosha to Windhoek
  12. Day 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana
  13. Day 13: Ghanzi to Maun
  14. Day 14: Maun to Okavango Delta
  15. Day 15: Okavango Delta to Maun
  16. Day 16: Maun to Elephant Sands, Nata
  17. Day 17: Nata to Kasane
  18. Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia
  19. Day 19: Livingstone
  20. Day 20: Livingstone to Bulawayo
  21. Day 21: Matobo National Park
  22. Day 22: Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa
  23. Day 23: Tshipise to Hazyview
  24. Day 24: Kruger National Park
  25. Day 25: Hazyview to Johannesburg

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • What is the Adventure Pass?

      Every Acacia Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

    • What is it like travelling on an Overland Tour?

      Travelling on an overland is great fun, but it can also be challenging! This is a participation tour and
      your help will be needed in setting up the camp each night and assisting (usually on a rota basis) with
      the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck and camp
      tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to
      know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the
      greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

    • Where and what time will the tour end?

      The Tour will end in the Late afternoon/early evening on day 25 at the below address:

      Johannesburg:
      Address: Mo Afrika Lodge
      120 Sandham Road
      Norton Home Estates, Benoni,
      Johannesburg 1501

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    Recommended for Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 1 month before travel.
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    Recommended for Zambia. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.

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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $300 to confirm this Acacia Adventure Holidays booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 16 November 2018 the full payment of $2,277 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2277 for Desert Tracker 25 days, but the deposit of $300 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 5,184 km.
    • Cape Town (South Africa)
    • 158 km
    • Citrusdal (South Africa)
    • 554 km
    • Fish River Canyon National Park (Namibia)
    • 406 km
    • Sesriem (Namibia)
    • 240 km
    • Swakopmund (Namibia)
    • 117 km
    • Spitzkoppe (Namibia)
    • 333 km
    • Etosha National Park (Namibia)
    • 401 km
    • Windhoek (Namibia)
    • 480 km
    • Ghanzi (Botswana)
    • 264 km
    • Maun (Botswana)
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