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The Great Southern Africa Safari is the culmination of our love affair with Africa that started in the 1980s.
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 2021 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 and extraordinary 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 2021, simply stated is “one of the best all-round safaris on offer in Australia today.”
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 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 you visit, we engage the services of local wildlife guides to provide that extra degree of expert knowledge.
Trish was born in Zimbabwe and lives in Victoria Falls. Together with her husband Garth, are Directors of African Journeys (AJ), a safari company based in Victoria Falls. Back Track has 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, 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 a fridge freezer 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, you use smaller 4WD safari vehicles specifically designed to handle local conditions. As well, you will charter fly into the heart of the Okavango Delta, and for half a day, utilise local canoes to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Motorboats are also used to explore the Okavango channel system.
Where we stay
You stay in a variety of handpicked 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, you camp, away from the tourist hoards, in an exclusive private camp site for three nights. Your 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 and hot shower. After a hot shower, relax around the campfire. You dine at night under the stars or in your dining tent. All camp equipment is supplied, even wine glasses. Just 1 star short of ‘Glam-Camping’.
Lodges and Hotels
In Victoria Falls, you 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 be your holiday style for the next 21 days.
The term ‘Lodge’ encompasses the variety of hand-picked accommodation used on your Safari. Overall your accommodation is 3-4 star throughout.
Meals and Drinks
Meals are provided by your 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 restaurant dinner in Swakopmund. In Victoria Falls, dinners at Dusty Road and the Lookout are fun, as well as a candlelight dinner while cruising on the Zambezi River. Your last night farewell dinner in Windhoek is at famous Joe’s Beer House. While camping, wine, beers and sodas are included.
‘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 you depart, to assist your budgeting.
The locations through which your safari travels are safe and politically stable and popular with tourists from all over the world. In 35 years of travelling 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
Your safari will bring you into close proximity with wild animals. The wildlife and birdlife spotting are superb. Your camp site in Moremi is safe and secure. It is a never-to-be-forgotten experience to camp in the wilds of Africa. Even in Victoria Falls, where you stay outside the Wildlife Reserve, you still encounter elephants, baboons and warthogs in town.
While in Etosha National Park as well as your regular game drives, you have the opportunity of viewing the wildlife at the waterholes adjacent to your 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 your enjoyment and success on what is a highlight of your safari.
The Local People
We take every opportunity to interact with the local communities encountered along the way.
We want all to come home with an understanding of the lifestyles of the people in each country you visit. We find that some of our best safari memories are those that involve our interaction with the locals.
Many locations now provide WI FI as a service as indicated on the itinerary.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 1Arriving at Victoria Falls International Terminal, you are welcomed by Trish your safari leader and transferred to the small, family owned Bayete Lodge, your ‘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. Breakfast daily will be served in the gardens and we use this lush cool area as a meeting and social point. This afternoon Trish will assist you to book any optional Vic Falls tours you may wish to enjoy and then head off for a relaxed dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Great hippo viewing and stunning sunsets. Early night to be well rested for your next days’ adventure. (D)
Day 2After breakfast, you start the day with a private guided walking tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls. The remainder of the day is free to partake in the numerous optional activities the Falls has 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 are much more adventure and even ‘sedate’ activities to choose from. This evening, you will have a special dinner at Dusty Road restaurant. (BD)
Day 3Day 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 you celebrate your last night before departing the Falls with a dinner at the Lookout Restaurant. (BD)
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 4After a leisurely breakfast, you board The Beast and cross into Botswana. A short drive takes you to the small town of Kasane located at the gateway to world famous Chobe National Park. Check into the famous Chobe Safari Lodge. Head out on a captivating private lunch cruise on the mighty Chobe River. The quantity, quality and variety of animals and birdlife viewed from your boat is incredible. After your return, meet to watch the African sun set on your 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. (BLD)
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 5After a leisurely breakfast, you pack lightly, leaving The Beast to transport most of your travel luggage on to Sepupa. You then charter fly into Khwai airstrip in Moremi, the wilds of the Okavango Eco system. On arrival at Khwai, you are met by our specialist Botswanan Safari Guides (who are long term friends of Back Track) and transported by small 4WD vehicles to your private bush camp. After unpacking, you head off on a late afternoon game drive with highly knowledgeable guides. During your stay here, expect to see, lions, leopard, hyena, jackals, elephants, zebra, wild dogs and so much more. The birdlife is also spectacular. At night, the stories told around the campfire about everything associated with the African bush are amazing to listen to and highly informative. (BLD)
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 6Up early, have a quick cup of tea or coffee and light snack and head off in search of the wildlife and to learn about the African bush. The animals are far more active early, so you need to be out there. Mid-morning you break for a late breakfast, which you might carry on the vehicles, or you will return to camp for brunch and a rest before 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 and elephants frequently entered our camp to say hello. It was an amazing experience for us and probably the leopard and elephants as well. The cacophony of sounds of an African night while sitting around a campfire deep in the wilds of Moremi will not easily be forgotten. (BLD)
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Day 7Another wonderful day in this special area exploring. You can 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, you will visit any nearby hippo pods.
Day 8This morning you enjoy your last game drive in Moremi as you head back to Khwai airstrip, say goodbye to your local guides, (now your friends) and enjoy another scenic flight to Seronga Boat Station. Here you 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 you. 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 in time to relax and enjoy a cold beverage before dinner, while watching another beautiful African sunset. (BLD)
Etosha National Park, Namutoni Lodge
Day 9 - 10You don’t have to break any land speed records today.We take a very leisurely approach to the days’ journey. You will find somewhere nice for a lunch break and punctuate the journey with the occasional stop at any place of interest discovered along the route. Your 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 your second day here, you will explore the area using the Beast. (BLD)
Etosha National Park, Okakeujo Lodge
Day 11 - 12We have two nights at Okakeujo Wildlife Resort. Your accommodation is 4 star. We have booked early in order to secure waterhole chalets located right at the waterhole. From your chalets, at night and during the day, from safe viewing areas you can observe the abundant wildlife that visit the waterhole. Animal activity at the waterhole is amazing. During the day you can also journey out into the park on wildlife expeditions. (BLD)
Day 13A long, but beautiful drive today through stunning desert scenery. On the way, you stop for fuel and supplies at Outjo where you might encounter the colourful Herero people and people from the remote nomadic Himba tribes that come from isolated areas on the Angola border. Your 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. (BLD)
Day 14Today, you will leisurely explore the area. You 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. (BLD)
Day 15Depart early for the Atlantic Ocean Coast. Scenic wise, one of Back Track’s favourite days. Arriving at Cape Cross, you will encounter one of the largest fur seal colonies in Southern Africa. Nearby is your accommodation at Cape Cross Lodge right on the Atlantic ocean beach. The foggy Atlantic Ocean ambience of the Lodge is spectacular, especially after your time in the deserts. All rooms look out over the big Atlantic swells. (BLD)
Day 16 - 17Up early and head for Swakopmund, further south on the Atlantic Ocean. With its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere, it’s your 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. You 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. (BLD)
Day 18 - 19Leaving 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. You have 2 nights here and ample time to explore this breath-taking desert eco system. There’s time to climb one of the beautiful red dunes for stunning views out over the desert and explore Deadvlei for photographic opportunities. Your home for 2 nights is Moon Mountain Lodge. It affords beautiful desert views from all chalets. A wonderful location from which to explore the region. (BLD)
Day 20Another early start has you heading back North East to Windhoek the Capital City of Namibia. Your accommodation is the modern Safari Court Hotel. Clean up and head out for your last nights’ dinner at famous Joe’s Beer House. The Great Southern Africa Safari is truly a unique and extraordinary itinerary and offers an insight into Africa in a very comfortable style. Love to have you on board. (BLD)
Day 21After breakfast a transfer is provided to connect with your departure flight. The end to an amazing African Safari experience. (B)
This trip is an “All-Inclusive” costed Safari Holiday. Our top inclusions are:
- “The Beast” our primary means of transport. The Beast 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 an 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
In addition, we provide:
- All land and air transport in Africa
- All accommodation (twin-share)
- All activities per itinerary
- All tips and gratuities for activities per itinerary
- Fully escorted by Back Track Tour leader.
- Polo style safari shirt and cap
- Pre-departure conference call for interstate members and pre-departure get together in Brisbane for those joining locally
- Comprehensive pre-departure information supplied.
- Optional tours in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund and other locations
- Single supplement accommodation if required at AU $1,600