Dunes, Deltas and Falls: Southern Africa Overland

Posted on November 15, 2011 by

Having just returned from a hectic week at World Travel Market in London, I’m now off to South Africa for a month-long overland trip through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. I’ve long dreamt of traveling overland in this part of Africa – sand boarding in the oldest desert in the world, drifting along the Okavango Delta, watching wildlife in Kruger National Park….and now I’m about to experience it for myself.

My first stop will be Cape Town, the cosmopolitan hub of South Africa. I’ve heard plenty of good stuff about Cape Town: the majestic Table Mountain that overlooks the city, the miles of windswept beaches lining the coast and the vibrant street culture of City Bowl. As a guest of South Africa Tourism, I’ll be visiting tons of places in and around Cape Town – Cape of Good Hope, Wineland and Boulder Beach – as well as having some time to explore on my own in a week. So If you’re in the area, be sure to hit me up – I’d love to see the city from a local point of view!

While Cape Town promises to blow my mind away, I’m also really looking forward to traveling in the backcountry of South Africa and the surrounding region. From Cape Town, my journey continues on an overland tour with G Adventures, heading up north and crossing the border into the deserts. This will be my second trip with them as their Wanderer in Residence (if you haven’t checked out my WiR profile on G Adventures, head on there now!). The Dunes, Deltas and Falls tour (DCF) is described as the ultimate expedition into southwestern Africa.

Over the next four weeks, I’ll be experiencing game drives in the national parks, climbing the world’s highest sand dunes, camping under baobab trees, witnessing the grandeur of the Victoria Falls and canoeing on game-rich deltas in Botswana. Our group will be traveling on an overland truck and camping out in the wild which will definitely bring us closer to wildlife. As you may have already know by now, I’m a huge wildlife buff (with wildlife being a big part of my travels) – so rest assured I’ve got all my camera lenses and binoculars geared up for this trip.

That’s not the end. I’ll be continuing on from Livingstone, Zambia back into South Africa through many of the world’s most renown game reserves, including Chobe River, Kruger National Park, Nata and Polokwane Game Reserve. The Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Overland trip (DLLJ) takes me back in the reverse direction, but this time through the eastern edge of Botswana and northeastern corner of South Africa. My trip will end in Johannesburg, visiting the Apartheid Museum and spending some time with a friend in Pretoria. I’m rather sure this second section of my journey would show me a different side to the region and I can’t wait to be surprised!

While it’s not my first time in Africa, this region is definitely new to me – and with all that adventure, wildlife and nature packed into one, this is definitely a dream trip for me. I’ll be updating on Twitter and Facebook and I’ll try my best to blog during the way (internet permitting), but no fret, my new editorial assistant Shauntelle, will be sharing her travel tales in the meantime! Stay tuned for it!

This experience is made possible by G Adventures as a part of their Wanderers In Residence program. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Read more about my travels in Southern Africa here or follow me on Twitter with the #gadv and #WJAfrica hashtags.

*All photos above are provided by G Adventures.

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

8 Responses to “Dunes, Deltas and Falls: Southern Africa Overland”

  1. GBC Adrienne November 16, 2011 7:10 am #

    Your South Africa plans sound amazing! Almost made it to the world cup down there with an extended stay for a safari. Totally jealous and enjoy!

  2. Sam Kynman-Cole November 18, 2011 12:39 am #

    Sounds like its going to be a fantastic trip. I haven't been to South Africa since I was around 7 years old and only have vague memories of Table Mountain, Kruger National Park and the Richards Bay Yacht Club. I look forward to reading about your trip.

  3. Angie December 2, 2011 3:45 am #

    Hi! Your blog is awesome! I was wondering what app. You used to make the route Mao above. Was it myphotomap? If not, I would greatly appreciate your sharing. Thanks! Angie

  4. Cole @ FourJandals December 7, 2011 7:33 pm #

    Hopefully have a chat with you when you get back as we are heading out on an overland adventure though parts of the Middle East and Africa next April. Loved to hear how you coped with blogging/tweeting etc. Cheers Cole and Adela

    • Nellie Huang December 19, 2011 11:56 pm #

      hey Cole, good to see you here. Overlanding Southern Africa has been one of the best trips of my life – though I couldn´t really work on the road since we were camping in rural areas most of the time, I truly enjoyed being out in the wild. Now I’m trying to catch up with work and will be sharing all my photos and stories here!


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