2020: A 21-day safari through Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia
At Back Track, we love everything that Africa has to offer. For the past 17 years, our Great Southern Africa Safari has focused on the wildlife, the beauty, the people, plus the romance, fun, and adventure of being on Safari.
For our 2020 Safari, we have kept that focus, but we have revamped just about every aspect of the holiday. What we offer now, is the culmination of an evolutionary process that has taken us from our first youthful, rough and tough overlanding experiences in the ’80s, to the point today where we offer a most unique safari experience, all achieved in comfort and style. We are confident in claiming that there is no other Safari that provides the level of detail and attention we do, to look after our safari members.
Life is what you make it. There are plenty of safaris available that are simply dull and stuffy. This is definitely not one of them.
The Great Southern Africa Safari 2020, simply stated is “one of the best all-round safaris on offer in Australia today.”
Interested? Read on and I am confident we will see you on Safari in 2020.
Our personal touch
A Small Group Safari in Comfort & Style with the personal Back Track Adventures touch
Back Track Adventures offer a totally unique, comfortable and stylish African Overland Safari Holiday. At the same time we provide our fellow travellers, all the ‘fun stuff’ without the ‘rough stuff’ that is the traditional African Overland Safari.
Spectacular wildlife, stunning scenery, meaningful cultural interaction, the romance and as well, the fun and adventure of being immersed in nature in its grandest in the wilds of Africa.
This trip is an “All Inclusive” costed Safari Holiday. Our top inclusions are:
- “The Beast” our primary means of transport. It is an original, classic, Mercedes Benz, Overland Truck. The Beast, now modified to carry us in comfort and unique style is a real rough and tough character. No one messes with The Beast. He is also our Safari Mascot. We love him, you will too. PLUS, when necessary, we’ll use small 4WD vehicles, canoes, speed boat, and charter flights;
- An expert Safari Crew consisting of Trish, your Safari Leader and expert driver. Both are dedicated to providing first class service while being part of the group and enjoying the camaraderie, fun and adventure. Additional Specialist Guides join us for our three-night camping highlight and in areas where local knowledge is helpful;
- A relaxed pace, personally hand stitched Victoria Falls to Windhoek itinerary
No tour operator offers an experience that can match our unique itinerary and style while travelling through four countries;
- Exceptional wildlife encounters and a profound connection with nature in Africa’s famous Wildlife Reserves and National Parks;
Spectacular scenery every day including travel icons, the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast and more;
- Unique quality accommodation, all ensuited, in a variety of African Safari Lodges, picked for character and charm.
- All entrance fees, activities detailed in the itinerary and all tips and gratuities.
- All meals. As indicated in the itinerary with BLD
To ensure your Safari experience is extraordinary, the following are very important. How we travel, where we stay, good food and wines, professional friendly guides and safari crew and meaningful contact and interaction with the local people wherever we travel.
Throughout your safari we never lose sight of the fact that most people come to Africa to experience the wildlife. Though we cannot guarantee that you will have a cheetah jump into the back seat of the vehicle with you, we can guarantee that you are up for a breathtaking wildlife experience, all in comfort and style.
Our Back Track Adventures crew
The safari is accompanied by two dedicated Back Track Staff. Great guiding is a unique feature of all Back Track holidays worldwide and is all part of our ‘Personal Touch’.
In Victoria Falls you will be joined by our friends: Trish Pritchard, your tour leader and Henry your driver. Both Trish and Henry are all very knowledgeable on the birds, wildlife and local culture. They are a great source of information on game drives and when interacting with the locals. In many of the places we visit, we engage the services of local wildlife guides to provide that extra degree of expert knowledge.
Trish was born in Zimbabwe and together with her husband Garth are Directors of African Journeys (AJ), a safari company based in Victoria Falls. Back Track have been working with AJ for over 17years and during that period we have operated many wonderful and unique safaris together, including the popular Great Southern Africa Safari. Escorting our safaris is a way of life. Trish is a fun travel companion and her knowledge and experience of the African bush adds immensely to the enjoyment of the safari.
How we travel – introducing “The Beast”
THE BEAST is our own classic Overlanding Vehicle. There would be no safari without him. He is big, tough and reliable and protective of his passengers. No one messes with him. The Beast has taken us all over Africa, from the gorillas in Rwanda to the snows of Kilimanjaro and to the Horn of Africa and back. He’s our mate, we love him, you will to.
The Beast has soft, comfortable seating and is designed for excellent game viewing and sight-seeing. Originally a 28 seater, recently modified, The Beast now seats 18. There is plenty of room to spread out, plus, ample storage space for luggage, safari supplies and equipment. We have two fridge freezers fitted so drinks are always cold and your snacks fresh. A charging desk for portable electrical equipment, as well as a TV monitor, sound system, library and reading tables. The Beast handles the road conditions perfectly and is a safe, reliable, and well maintained. The Beast carries 18 passengers plus your 2 safari crew, in comfort and unique style.
In Chobe and Moremi, we use smaller 4WD safari vehicles specifically designed to handle local conditions. As well, we charter fly into the heart of the Okavango Delta, and utilise local canoes to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
Where we stay
We stay in a variety of hand picked accommodation rated from 3 to 4 star, encompassing quality hotels, lodges, chalets and a comfortable mobile safari camp.
Camping has never been so comfortable. In Moremi Wildlife Reserve, we camp, away from the tourist hoards, in an exclusive private camp site for three nights. Our camp provides comfy chairs, roomy twin share walk-in style tents, kitted with beds, thick foam mattresses and covers, warm doonas, pillows, pillow slips and led lighting. You have your own ensuite toilet. After a hot shower relax around the camp fire. We dine at night under the stars or in our dining tent. All camp equipment is supplied, even wine glasses. Just 1 star short of ‘Glam‑Camping’.
Lodges and Hotels
In Vic Falls, we ‘Home Stay’ in the family run Bayete Lodge. Private Chalets scattered in a tropical haven of peace and beauty. Everyone soon adjusts to the relaxed pace of life that will our holiday for the next 21 days.
The term ‘Lodge’ encompasses the variety of hand-picked accommodation used on our Safari. Overall our accommodation is 3-4star throughout.
Meals and Drinks
Meals are provided by our accommodation hosts. The only meals not supplied are lunches at times you may wish to be out and about in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund exploring independently.
We have arranged special dinners including a beach BBQ and a dinner at the Light House Restaurant in Swakopmund, as well as a candlelight dinner while cruising on the Zambezi River, plus, our ‘Welcome to Africa’ dinner at the Boma Restaurant when we first arrive at the Falls.
‘The Beast ’ has a large freezer so personal snack foods and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be carried. Pure drinking water is always available 24 hours.
Your only involvement is to enjoy your holiday.
All activities mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price. The only extra costs will be for optional activities you wish to enjoy in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund. An up to date price list for all optional activities will be provided before we depart, to assist your budgeting.
The locations through which our safari travels are safe and politically stable and popular with tourists from all over the world. In 35 years of traveling in this region we have never felt threatened or had a security or safety incident. Tourists and travellers are always made welcome by the locals.
The African Wildlife
Our safari will bring us into close proximity with wild animals. The wildlife and birdlife spotting is superb.
Our camp sites in Moremi are safe and secure. It is a never-to-be-forgotten experience to camp in the wilds of Africa. Even in Victoria Falls, where we stay outside the Wildlife Reserve, we still encounter elephants, baboons and warthogs in town.
In Etosha National Park as well as our regular game drives we have the opportunity of viewing the wildlife at the waterholes adjacent to our accommodation.
Specialist Safari Guides
We engage specialist Safari Guides while camping for 3 nights in Moremi. These guides provide expert local knowledge and wildlife guiding skills essential to our enjoyment and success on what is a highlight of our safari.
The Local People
We take every opportunity to interact with the local communities encountered along the way. Some of our best safari memories are those that involve our interaction with the locals. We want all to come home with an understanding of the lifestyles of the people in each country we visit.
Many locations now provide wifi as a service as indicated on the itinerary.
This is an ‘’All Inclusive” costed Safari Holiday.
The top inclusions are listed above.
In addition, we cover all tips required for services provided by service providers on the safari. As well you will receive :-Trip notes, polo style safari shirt and cap and more; detailed pre-departure information to ensure you are ready to go; pre-departure telephone conference call for Safari members joining up from interstate; pre-departure get together for members joining from Brisbane; full pre-trip travel services provided via our office, email or our 1300 number; expert assistance with post trek tours in Southern Africa.
Vaccinations, insurance, optional tours in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund and other locations, single supplement accommodation if required and airport transfers which are provided free of charge by the hotel.
Costs & dates
|2020 COST & DATES||06 September – 26 September 2020
2020- land only from Victoria Falls $13,690*pp twin share
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|TRIP LEADERS||Trish Pritchard, Safari Escort
Henry ( Driver)
|TRIP HIGHLIGHTS||Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park,
Twyfelfontein, Khorixas, Cape Cross, Swakopmund,
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, and so much more…
|GROUP SIZE||Minimum 12, maximum 18 people, plus two safari crew and specialist additional guides throughout.|
Back Track Adventures offer a totally unique, comfortable and stylish African Overland Safari Holiday.
At the same time we provide our fellow travellers, all the ‘fun stuff’ without the ‘rough stuff’ that is the traditional African Overland Safari.
Spectacular wildlife, stunning scenery, meaningful cultural interaction, the romance and as well, the fun and adventure of being immersed in nature in its grandest in the wilds of Africa.
^Though we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
SAFARI ITINERARY OVERVIEW
|Day 1||ZIMBABWE – Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls. Transfer to Bayete Lodge for 3 nights. Safari briefing late afternoon followed by a poolside BBQ Dinner at Bayete Lodge. Twin share in comfortable well appointed ensuite chalets.||D|
|Day 2||Explore Victoria Falls. Guided walking tour this morning of the Falls. Commence optional activities. “Welcome to Africa” Dinner tonight at Boma Restaurant.||BD|
|Day 3||Explore Victoria Falls. Full day for optional activities. Between activities, recommended High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel (optional). Dinner tonight on a private sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.||BD|
|Day 4||BOTSWANA Scenic drive over the border to Kasane, gateway to Chobe National Park. Private, lunch cruise on Chobe River to view wildlife spectacular. Accommodation at Charming Kubu Lodge. Ensuite Twin share.||BLD|
|Day 5||Moremi comfortable Camping. Early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Afternoon charter flight to private camp in the Moremi area. Met by crew and 4WD transfer to our comfortable bush camp. Twin Share in well appointed, ensuite mobile tented camp.||BLD|
|Day 6||Moremi comfortable camping. Morning and afternoon game drives in 4WD safari vehicles with expert guides.||BLD|
|Day 7||Moremi comfortable camping. Morning guided canoe tour in Okavango waterways. Afternoon game drive in 4WD safari vehicles with expert guides.||BLD|
|Day 8||NAMBIA | Rhundu. Game drive. Charter flight to Seronga, speed boat to Sepupa. Meet the Beast and drive across the border to Hakusembe River Lodge. Twin share ensuite chalets overlooking the river.||BLD|
|Day 9||Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park. Scenic wildlife drive to comfortable Bush Chalets at Namutoni Lodge in Etosha NP for 2 nights. Wildlife viewing at waterhole. Twin Share, ensuite chalets.||BLD|
|Day 10||Etosha National Park. Explore the area. Game drives, 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole.||BLD|
|Day 11||Etosha National Park. Wildlife drive to waterhole chalets at Okakeujo Lodge for 2 nights. Explore, relax, game drives. 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole. Twin share, ensuite.||BLD|
|Day 12||Etosha National Park. Explore, relax, game drives. 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole.||BLD|
|Day 13||Twyfelfontein. Easy drive to newly-built Twfelfontein Country lodge for two nights.||BLD|
|Day 14||Twyfelfontein. Day of exploration. Visit attractions including the Petrified Forest, visit the Burned Mountain and the Organ Pipes.||BLD|
|Day 15||Cape Cross. Morning scenic drive to Cape Cross on Skeleton Coast. Afternoon tour of seal colony. Cape Cross Lodge Twin share.||BLD|
|Day 16||Swakopmund. Morning drive to Swakopmund. Day at leisure for optional activities. Beach BBQ Seafood dinner tonight. Recommended option: Dolphin & Seal Champagne Cruise.||BD|
|Day 17||Swakopmund. Day at leisure for optional activities. Last minute shopping frenzy. Restaurant dinner tonight.||BD|
|Day 18||Sesriem. Scenic drive to comfortable Moon Mountain Lodge for 2 nights. Explore the red dunes ecosystem. Twin share, ensuite.||BD|
|Day 19||Sesriem. Day to explore the Park. Climb a sand dune to enjoy the views. Visit Dead Vlei. Optional flight available.||BLD|
|Day 20||Windhoek. Scenic drive to Windhoek. Twin share accommodation at the Safari Court Hotel. Dinner tonight (optional) at famous Joe’s Beerhouse.||BL|
|Day 21||Group transfer to Windhoek International Airport to connect with group flight home||B|
|Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner|
DAY 1: ZIMBABWE – VICTORIA FALLS – 08 September 2020.
Arriving at Victoria Falls International Terminal, you are welcomed by Trish and transferred to the small, family owned Bayete Lodge, our ‘African Home Away from Home’. Located in the quiet residential area of town, it features beautifully furnished, private ensuite accommodation, set in a peaceful haven of tropical gardens which includes a very welcoming pool.
Afternoon at leisure to relax and unwind after your international flights.
Breakfast daily will be served here in the gardens and as well we use this lush cool area as a meeting and social point. This evening, poolside at the Bayete Lodge, before your first ‘safari dinner’, a briefing is held to discuss the safari and organise your activities in Vic Falls over the next few days.
DAY 2: VICTORIA FALLS
After breakfast you start the day with a guided walking tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls.
The remainder of the day is free to partake in the numerous optional activities the Falls have to offer, including easy canoeing on the mighty Zambezi, scenic flights and for adrenalin junkies, there is the world famous white water rafting activities and for the totally fearless or foolhardy, bungy jumping. There is much more adventure and even ‘sedate’ activities to choose from. Organising activities is a simple process and you will be well looked after. This evening, you will have a ‘Welcome to Africa’ dinner at the Boma Restaurant.
DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS
Day at leisure in Victoria Falls. Some Safari members will be involved in optional activities. A good option is to have ‘High Tea’ consisting of cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, all served from silver platters while seated on the cool veranda of the Victoria Falls Hotel.
A walk around town and a visit to the curio markets is a must. Tonight we celebrate our last night before departing the Falls with a candlelit dinner while cruising on the Zambezi River.
DAY 4: BOTSWANA – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Approx distance travelled 100km/2hrs
After a leisurely breakfast, we board The Beast and cross into Botswana. A short drive takes us to the small town of Kasane located at the gateway to world famous Chobe National Park. We check into the Charming Kubu Lodge. Here our safari starts in earnest. We head out on a captivating private lunch cruise on the mighty Chobe River.
The quantity, quality and variety of animals and birdlife viewed from our boat is incredible. After our return, we meet to watch the African sun set on our first safari day while enjoying an amazing smorgasbord dinner at the lodge.
Chobe National Park is one of the finest game-parks in Africa, encompassing 1000 square kilometers. The Park contains Botswana’s densest and most varied game population, including an estimated 73,000 elephants.
DAY 5: MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE
We head off after breakfast for an early 4WD wildlife drive into Chobe Park. On our return, we pack lightly, leaving The Beast to transport most of our travel luggage on to Sepupa. We then charter fly into Moremi in the wilds of the Okavango. On arrival at Khwai, we are met by our specialist Botswanan Safari Guides (who are long term friends of Back Track) and transported by small 4WD vehicles to our private bush camp. After unpacking, we head off on a late afternoon game drive with our highly knowledgeable guides. The stories told around the camp fire at night about anything associated with the African bush are amazing to listen to and highly informative.
DAY 6: MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE
Up early, we have a quick cup of tea and toast and head off in search of the wildlife and to learn about the African bush. The animals are far more active early, so we need to be out there. Mid-morning we break for a late breakfast, which we might carry with us on the vehicles, or we return to camp for brunch and a rest before we plan another game drive later in the afternoon. In this same area a few years back we had a leopard approach and observe our campsite late one evening. It was an amazing experience for us and probably the leopard as well. Lion and elephant are regularly spotted from our camp site. The cacophony of sounds of an African night while sitting around a campfire deep in the wilds of Moremi will not easily be forgotten.
DAY 7: MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE
Another wonderful day in this special area exploring. We will spend a half day on the waterways of the Delta in local canoes (mekoros) being poled by locals who know the area intimately. Birdlife is prolific and canoeing provides an interesting perspective on this incredible eco system. If conditions are right, we will visit and view any nearby hippo pods.
DAY 8: NAMIBIA – RUNDU
Approx distance travelled 250km/4hrs
This morning we enjoy our last game drive in Moremi as we head back to Khwai airstrip, say goodbye to our guides, (now your friends) and enjoy another scenic flight to Seronga Boat Station. Here we board high speed motor boats and experience a thrilling ride through the narrow channels of the Okavavgo Panhandle to Sepopa where The Beast will be waiting for us. It’s a 60km drive to the Namibian Border. Lunch at the border and then a short drive to Hakusembe River Lodge near Rundu. Arrive late afternoon.
DAYS 9-10: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: Namutoni Lodge
Approx distance travelled 434km/7hrs
We don’t have to break any land speed records today and take a very leisurely approach to the days’ journey. We find somewhere nice for a lunch break and punctuate the journey with the occasional stop at any place of interest we discover along the route.
Our Chalet’s at Namutoni for the next 2 nights are very comfortable and welcoming after a long day on the road. After dinner and a drink or two at the Lodge Bar, a stroll to the waterhole will hopefully provide a grand wildlife encounter. On our second day here, we will explore the area using the Beast.
DAYS 11-12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: Okakeujo Lodge
Approx distance travelled 135km/4hrs
We have two nights at Okakakeujo Camp. Our accommodation is 4 star. We have booked early in order to secure waterhole chalets located right at the waterhole. At night and during the day, from safe viewing areas, you can observe the abundant wildlife that visit the waterhole. During the day we can also journey out into the park on wildlife expeditions.
DAY 13: TWYELFONTEIN
Approx distance travelled 360km/6hrs
A long, but beautiful drive today through stunning desert scenery. On the way, we stop for fuel and supplies at Outjo where we might encounter the colourful Herero people and people from the remote nomadic Himba tribes that come from isolated areas on the Angola border. Our home for the next two nights is at Twyelfontein Country Club in the Kunene region of Namibia (formerly known as Damaraland).
The entire area, is now known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, and boasts a multitude of rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoikhoi inhabitants of 6000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. To preserve this unique region, Twyfelfontein was declared Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
DAY 14: TWYFELFONTEIN
Today, we will leisurely explore the area. We leave the lodge early morning just after breakfast and visit the Burned Mountain, Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes. Back to the Country Club in time for a cool swim and sundowners.
DAY 15: CAPE CROSS
Approx distance travelled 395km/5hrs
We depart early for the Atlantic Ocean Coast. Scenic wise, one of Back Track’s favourite days. Arriving at our accommodation at Cape Cross lodge we can undertake a short walk into the reserve to view the large fur seal colony. The foggy Atlantic Ocean ambience of the Lodge is spectacular, especially after our time in the deserts. All rooms look out over the big Atlantic swells of the wild ocean.
DAYS 16-17: SWAKOPMUND
Up early and head for Swakopmund, further south on the Atlantic Ocean. With its old world charm and relaxed atmosphere, it’s our base for 2 nights. The distinct German colonial character of the town has been well preserved, with the predominant language being German and shops selling traditional cakes and pastries. The stop here has proven popular with our safari members. Options include scenic flights over the Dunes, quad biking, fishing or our recommended option, the Dolphin & Seal Champagne cruise which offers a unique insight into the local ocean ecology. The shopping is fabulous. We also enjoy a beach BBQ and a dinner at a local Swakopmund restaurant. Accommodation for the two nights is at Alte Brucke Lodge, located within easy walking distance of ‘downtown’ Swakopmund.
DAYS 18-19: SESRIEM
Approx distance travelled 349km/6hrs
Leaving Swakopmund we head south to the Namib Naukluft National Park. This is the home of world’s largest red sand dunes, some reaching 300 metres. We have 2 nights here and ample time to explore this breath-taking desert ecosystem. We find time to climb one of the beautiful red dunes for stunning views out over the desert and explore Deadvlei for stunning photographic opportunities. Our home for 2 nights is Moon Mountain Lodge. It affords beautiful desert views from all our chalets. A wonderful location from which to explore the region.
DAY 20: WINDHOEK
Approx distance travelled 334km/6hrs
Another early start sees us heading back Northeast to Windhoek the Capital City of Namibia. Our accommodation is the modern Safari Court Hotel. Clean up and head out for our last nights’ dinner (optional) at famous Joe’s Beer House.
DAY 21: DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast a transfer is provided to connect with the group departure flight. The end to an amazing African Safari experience.
We hope you can join us in 2020.
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