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At Back Track HQ, we are full of optimism for travel in 2022 and are excited to launch our Back to Africa Safari

An African Safari adventure that from day one is packed with exotic African wildlife and breathtaking scenery. We are all about spending quality time in all the major areas to enjoy and explore, not just passing through.  We are committed to ensure that all who join this Safari will be treated with a taste of the best Safari experiences that Africa has to offer.

With a host team of three staff who love Africa, plus, top class accommodation, all meals, activities, gratuities and transport, you are ensured a smooth and fun journey with our unique itinerary providing  the magic.

With ever increasing fast-track rollout of Covid vaccines worldwide, research advances, and airlines moving forwards with travel industry and government health organisations, we are optimistic we might be travelling safely to our favourite destinations in late 2022.

Join our optimistic team and put yourself in the picture with us in Africa in 2022. It will be a terrific holiday experience. One bucket list holiday you can circle on your calendar right now.

Please let us know if you are optomistic enough to dream with us by placing your name on the expression of interest list. Nothing to lose but a lot to gain – the best African Safari ever with Back Track Adventures.

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Top Inclusions

  • The New and Improved Beast – On our “Back to Africa 2022 Safari” we will be launching a new, bigger better and more beautiful  Beast as our primary means of transport. New suspension, improved seating with better window viewing and more storage and cabin space will ensure an even more comfortable adventure around the roads of southern Africa. We will also be utilizing small 4wd vehicles, canoes, motorboats and charter flights throughout the journey to ensure you get to experience your safari up close and personal.
  • A dedicated Safari Crew – Trish and Jim, local safari guides and Henry, our expert driver, will share this journey with you. Specialist guides will join us from time to time in areas where extra local knowledge and experience is required.
  • Personally styled Itinerary – We journey with a very relaxed pace on our personally hand crafted Victoria Falls to Windhoek Itinerary. No safari operator offers an experience that can match our unique itinerary and style while travelling through 3 countries.
  • Exceptional wildlife encounters – A profound connection with nature in Africa’s famous wildlife reserves and National Parks.
  • Spectacular scenery every day – Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pan, Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast and so much more.
  • Unique quality accommodation – All ensuite, in a variety of African safari Lodges picked for comfort, 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.

Bonus Meekrat Experience

Adding a sensational bonus to this trip we have included two extra days in order to include the majestic Makgadikgadi Pans region. We can experience a very up close and personal encounter with the cool cats of the Kalahari Desert – the Meerkats. Meerkats are not only beautiful and fascinating, but where they live is breathtaking.

 

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Itineraries

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

Day 1

If you chose to travel on the group flight schedule, you will be accompanied from Australia by Jim, one of your threemember Guide Team. On arriving at Victoria Falls International Airport, you are welcomed by the other members of your Guide Team, Trish and Henry and transferred to the 4 Star Nkosi Lodge, our ‘African Home Away from Home’. Located in a quiet residential area of town, it offers a peaceful haven, featuring beautifully furnished, private, ensuite accommodation, and all modern facilities, including a very welcoming pool. Afternoon at leisure to relax and unwind after your international flights. Late afternoon, poolside, a briefing is held to discuss the safari and organise your activities in Victoria Falls over the next few days. We will then head off to the Lookout Restaurant for our “Welcome to Africa Dinner”. (D)

Victoria Falls

Day 2

After 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 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 are many more adventures and even ‘sedate’ activities to choose from. Organising the activities is a simple process and you will be well looked after. Dinner tonight is at the famous Boma Restaurant, with the opportunity to sample traditional African food, as well as a variety of wild game meat if you wish. Entertainment is provided throughout the evening. (BD)

Victoria Falls

Day 3

Day at leisure in Victoria Falls. Some safari members will be involved in optional activities. A walk around town and a visit to the curio markets is a must. While out and about, a good option is to have ‘High Tea’ consisting of cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream, all served from silver platters while seated on the cool veranda of the historic remnant of the British Empire, the grand , Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight, we celebrate our last night before departing the Falls with a candle lit dinner while cruising on the mighty Zambezi River. (BD)

Botswana - Chobe National Park

Day 4

After breakfast, we board The Beast and cross into Botswana. A short drive takes us to Kasane and the world-famous Chobe National Park. Here we stay at the atmospheric Chobe Safari Lodge. Upon arrival, we head out on a captivating private lunch cruise on the Chobe River, which affords a safe and breathtaking view of this incredible National Park. 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 a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner at the lodge. Chobe National Park is one of the finest game-parks in Africa, encompassing 1000 square kilometres. The Park contains Botswana’s densest and most varied game population, including an estimated 73,000 elephants. (BLD)

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 5

After a delicious breakfast, we board The Beast and drive south to Planet Baobab to enjoy our Meerkat Bonus Adventure. We will take a packed lunch to enjoy somewhere enroute. Planet Baobab is the coolest desert oasis around and a part of Africa that only a few experience and one that we will definitely remember. This afternoon, if time permits, we’ll enjoy a sunset bushwalk before returning to our quirky and comfortable accommodation. (BLD)

Maun Lodge

Day 6

Up early to visit Ntwetwe Pan, home of the Kalahari Cool Cats – The Meerkats. The Pan is a vast expanse of sparkling salt that extends as far as the eye can see – and a little bit further! Remarkably, there is life to be found here and hopefully our visit will reveal some of the uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, springbok, kori bustards, and perhaps even the magnificent desertadapted elephant and lion if Lady Luck is on our side. And then, of course, there’s our resident Kalahari cool cats– the meerkats. Semi-habituated to human presence through years of research, you’ll get closer than you might think to the cheeky creatures! But just remember, they’re not tame – just used to our non-threatening presence. After lunch we’ll take the short drive to our accommodation for the night at Maun Lodge. (BLD)

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Day 7

After breakfast, we leave Henry, our driver, and ‘The Beast’ behind, and meet up with our specialist Botswanan Safari Guides, who are long term friends of Back Track. We depart Maun by small 4WD vehicles to our private bush camp on the Khwai River in the wilds of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Our mobile camp will be already set up by a support crew before we arrive. This entire region is part of the Okavango Delta eco system, truly one of the most important wild eco systems in the world. Khwai River will be our home and Base Camp for the next 3 exciting days. (BLD)

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Day 8

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 wildlife is 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 another game drive later in the afternoon. In this same area a few years back, we had a leopard approach and observe our camp late one evening. It was an amazing experience for us and probably the leopard as well. Lion and elephant are regularly spotted near our camp. 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 9

Another wonderful day exploring in this special area. We will spend a half day on the waterways of the Delta in 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. (BLD)

Namibia - Rundu,

Day 10

This morning we enjoy our last game drive in Moremi as we head to Khwai airstrip, say goodbye to our Botswanan guides, (now your friends) and enjoy a scenic flight to Seronga Boat Station. Here we board high speed motorboats and experience a thrilling ride through the narrow channels of the Okavavgo Panhandle to Sepopa, where The Beast will be waiting for us. If speed boats are not available, we may have to fly on further to join up with the Beast. It’s a 60km drive to the Namibian Border. Lunch at the border and then a short drive to charming Hakusembe River Lodge near Rundu. Arrive late afternoon. (BLD)

Etosha National Park, Namutoni Lodge

Day 11 - 12

We don’t 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. (BLD)

Etosha National Park, Okakeujo Lodge

Day 13 - 14

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 excursions. (BLD)

Twyfelfontein

Day 15

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 Lodge 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)

Twyfelfontein

Day 16

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 the Damara Museum. Back to the Country Club in time for a cool swim and sundowners. (BLD)

Cape Cross

Day 17

We depart early for the Atlantic Ocean Coast. Scenic wise, one of Back Track’s favourite days. Arriving at remote Cape Cross on the wild Atlantic coast, we will undertake a short walk to view a large fur seal colony. Our accommodation at Cape Cross lodge on the foggy Atlantic is eerily spectacular, especially after our time in the deserts. All rooms look out over the big Atlantic swells. (BLD)

Swakopmund

Day 18

Today we head to the resort town of Swakopmund, further south on the Atlantic Coast. With its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere, it’s our base for 3 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 rest stop here has proven popular with our safari members. Options include scenic flights over the Dunes, fishing, or our recommended option, quad biking. With automatic bikes and good guides, it’s a fun way to explore the nearby sandhills. Our accommodation is at Alte Brucke Lodge, located within easy walking distance of downtown Swakopmund. Arriving mid-morning, you have free time to head out to explore. Lunch today will be your option. Tonight, we have dinner at the Lighthouse restaurant, a local favourite. (BD)

Swakopmund

Day 19

After breakfast, we have planned a full day of fun activity. First off, we head down to Walvis Bay the port for Swakopmundand board a very comfortable motorised catamaran to explore the harbour on a Champagne and Seal cruise. This excursion has been our favourite now for many years. From Walvis Bay, we head south in 4wd Land cruisers to explore the beaches and dunes of this amazing coastline. (BLD)

Swakopmund

Day 20

A full day to relax, explore, go shopping or participate in some of the optional activities available. For dinner, tonight, we have arranged a private Seafood BBQ on the Atlantic beach with the twinkling lights of Swakopmund in the background. (BD)

Sesriem

Day 21 - 22

Leaving Swakopmund we head further south to the Namib Naukluft National Park. This is the home of the world’s largest red sand dunes, some reaching 300 metres. We have 2 nights here and ample time to explore this breath-taking desert eco system. We find time to climb one of the beautiful red dunes for stunning views out over the desert and explore Deadvlei for amazing photographic opportunities. Our base here is Moon Mountain Lodge. It affords desert views from all our chalets. A wonderful location from which to explore the region. (BLD)

Windhoek

Day 23

Another early start sees us heading back North east 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. (BLD)

Departure Day

Day 24

After breakfast a transfer is provided to connect with the group departure flight. The end to an amazing African Safari experience. (B)

This trip is an “All-Inclusive” Safari Holiday.

  • All transport in our custom made vehicle “The Beast”
  • Expert Safari Crew
  • Specialist local guides
  • All accommodation (twin-share)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All National Park permits
  • Local charter flights
  • Other transport – 4WD safari vehicles, canoes, speed boat
  • Extensive pre-departure information
  • Team safari shirt and cap
  • Africa specialist Travel advisors
  • International Flights,
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Vaccinations,
  • Alcohol,
  • Optional tours,
  • Personal expenditure, and
  • Zimbabwe Visa USD$50.

Covid test: Currently Covid testing is required worldwide pre-entry to countries. This may not be necessary at time of departure. Currently these costs must be paid in USD cash by you at the time.

Budget: USD$60 Botswana, USD$60 Zimbabwe, USD$60 Namibia.

OPTIONAL TOURS: In Victoria Falls and Swakopmund we have additional tours included, however, we will provide you with details on other optional tours available to enjoy. These can be booked on tour.

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  • Start Sunday August 28, 2022
    End Tuesday September 20, 2022
    1 - 18 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 18

    ( 1 - 18 Pax ) $13,960.00 /

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    Trip Extras:

    Back to Africa Safari Single Supplement
    $ 1990.00 / unit