Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tours
Online reservations to join 22-day Cape Town to Victoria falls Overland Tours water-sports in your gap year. The group of tourist enjoy a magical trip to force the adrenaline rush out of them-self. Our Cape To Vic packages includes travel sights in most regions of the Namibia desert landscape around Sossusvlei, Etosha national park, Okavango, Chobe game reserve in Botswana. ( $ / R )
(1)The Tours starts in Cape Town, SA, with its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern citys, the cityCape Town is one of continents most appealing cities. With Cape vineyards on its doorstep, adventuress activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.
The Cape to Vic group will stay in a hotel situated in Cape popular, lively and vibrant Kloof street with a large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafe's and bars all within walking distance.
Day 2 & 3, The Cape to Vic guest travel from Western Cape to Orange river, time to begin the journey with a long drive passing through Namaqualand's barren landscape to the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. The visitors will drive for approximately 7 hours (568km). The following morning there is a chance for an optional canoe adventures on this beautiful Oranje river - a great way to discover the beauty of this region. Pitch tents for the next two nights by the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange).
(4) Fish river Canyon in Namibia, this morning there is further time to relax before head further south into the desert lands of Namibia towards the Canyon. Travel time is approximately 3 hours covering 275km. At 500m (1,640ft) deep and over 160km (99 miles) long, The Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here, as the travelers take in the sunset orange glows before heading to campsite. Tonight's camp has showers and flush toilet.
( 5 & 6) Sesriem in Namibia, We head towards the fabled dunes of Namibia (500km, approx. 7 hours). Filled with the highest sand dunes on earth, the Namib-Naukluft National Park holds some amazing sights. It's also the oldest desert in the world and travelers get the chance to appreciate it in all its glory on a sunrise climb to the top of one of its sand dunes. Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of these dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are just incredible! Enjoy spectacular meal setting, enjoy their brunch with a view of the dunes. Afterwards jump in the back of a pickup truck for a excursion to Soussesvlei (approx. 30 minutes each way). Meet an incredible local with a passion for the desert and all that lives in it, who is dying to show you the hidden amazing mysteries this area contains. He really is the Steve Irwin of the desert! The camp in the Sesriem region in a bush camp.
(Day 7 & 8) Swakopmund in Namibia, from the desert, continue on to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund. It's long drive from the Sesriem region to Swakopmund (480km, approx. 9 hours). Swakopmund is a lovely oasis between the desert and the ocean, and there's plenty of adventuress activities on offer. The group have a full day here to go dune-bashing by quad bike, sand boarding or even skydiving over the town and surrounding desert. Then spend lively evenings in the town's many good restaurants and fun bars. Accommodation here is in A-frame bungalows. These accommodate 6 people each and share bathroom facilities , view Swakopmund tour map.
(9 & 10), Spitzkoppe, experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while travel-ling up the eerie Atlantic Coast (250km, approx. 4.5 hours). This is a place to get-away from it all and to appreciate the stunning harsh beauty of this sparsely populated country. Hike amongst these spectacular rock formations and visit the ancient bushman paintings they hide. Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and should witness the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscapes take on remarkable oranges and reds. The bush camp has very limited toilet facilities with a drop toilet and no shower or running water on these nights, view Spitzkoppe map.
(11 & 12), Etosha national park, home to a wide range of wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: Black Rhino, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Black Faced Impala, Roan Antelope and the tiny Damara Dik Dik. The wildlife is prolific and Etosha has every right to proclaim itself as one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas. Game viewing in the reserve is relatively easy due to the man-made water holes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to make most visits well worthwhile. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching and there are large herds of elephant, antelope and other herbivores. We stay for a couple of days, giving travelers plenty of opportunity for game drives. Stay at two different campsites, one of which, Okaukuejo, is particularly spectacular as it overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. The group cover approximately 480 km on their drive from Spitzkoppe to the Etosha which should take approximately 7-8 hours, Etosha national parks map.
(Days 13 & 14), San bushmen camp, this afternoon,the truck head to the pleasant market town of Grootfontein (90km, approx. 2 hours), visit a San bushmen village. Take the opportunity to go out tracking and gathering with the San bushmen, to spend a night and listen to the stories and songs of these fascinating people, presented in their fascinating and unique "clicking language". The bushmen are the oldest ethnic tribe in Namibia having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 San live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and the ecology, living in harmony with their environment. Taking part in their daily lives, visitors will stay overnight in the village, helping the men track animals and watch the women gather and prepare seeds and plants. A truly gap year authentic experience. Tonight the campsite is very basic - drop toilets and no showers, view San bushmen camp map.
The following morning, head off to Rundu, the launching pad for our Okavango Delta experience, aiming to arrive at lunch time (400km, approx. 6 hours). It is a great place to relax and if there is time to watch traditional dances or go horse riding. Camp at the beautiful n'Kwazi lodge, situated 20km north of Rundua, a tranquil spot set in lush vegetation on the banks of the Kavango River on the border with Angola, view N`Kwazi lodge map, Tonight we have flush toilets and showers.
(15 & 16), Drive to Okavango in the nothern Botswana , they head north along the pan-handle (the narrowest part of the water-channel that stretches south until the waterway fans out into the vast swamps of the south) travel-ling by vehicle, boat and mokoro safari. Drive to Sepupa (approx. 5 hours- 320kms), we leave the truck and board boats out into the swamps. Visitors will transfer by boat to Gao island where they will meet the mokoro poler's to explore the Okavango on a mokoro safari.
This intricate network of channels began life as the Okavango river in Angola, that finishes its journey as an inland delta unlike anything else in the world and creates 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands. The Delta is formed by the Okavango River, which flows into a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. The water channel has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. It is a wonderland of meandering clear waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. This ecosystem is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippo, crocodile, elephant, and the big cats. However, it is not for the game that we come, as this cannot always be found. The Delta is about exploring one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems.
In small dugout styled canoes guest will be poled out on a mokoro safari into the reed beds of the Delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled along by a local tribesman through the meandering waterways. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the makoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace of the Okavango ( or swamp ) may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos. Guest will be in the middle of a wilderness area and on the first night out, camping out on near Umvuvu island camp away from civilisation, view Umvuva camp map.
On day 16 continue the backpackers trip around the Okavango and then return to Gao island and head to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp with its hot showers (usually) and small bar, view Gao island map.
(17), Bagani community camp, visitors drive for 4 hours (110km) to reach Bagani in the western Caprivi strip, heading back up the pan handle of the Okavango. Here the group have time to relax away from the rigours of the road a little and take part in the various activities that are available at this charming place. Various boat trips, fishing or hikes are possible from Bagani. Overnight at, Bagani campsite it has flush toilets and cold showers, view Bangani map.
(Day 18 & 19), Chobe national park in Botswana, the trip from Bagani to Chobe national park is around 432km which will take approximately 7 hours This massive park is home to an amazing array of animals, especially huge populations of elephants. Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants. In the afternoon visitors take a Fish Eagle cruise down the Chobe River- the best way to enjoy the animals of Chobe national park. Keep an eye out for swimming elephants, a huge variety of bird life as well as hippos wallowing and crocs sunning themselves by the water's edge. Stay on the outskirts of Chobe national park near the town of Kasane in a campsite with flush toilets and hot / cold showers, view Thebe safari lodge and campsite.
(20 & 22), Vic Falls and Livingstone, moving on from the Chobe national park, cross the water by ferry and enter into Zambia. It's only a short drive to the town of Livingstone, located very close to the mighty Vic Falls. Travel time including the border crossing is around 3 hours and 150km.
While here we experience one of Cape to Vic journey's highlights- a visit to the magnificent Vic Falls. The Vic falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108m into a narrow chasm below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from Vic falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder the local name Mosi oa Tunya, means the "smoke that thunders". In the dry season, the view of Vic falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the waterstream below.
The remainder of our time in Livingstone is free to allow visitors to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer. There are various activities and excursions to choose from both on the water, on land and high above it all. Choose from white water rafting and canoeing, or go horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging. Take a ride in a micro-light, helicopter or small plane for a bird's eye view of the falls. The camping ground is centrally located on the Zambezi, only four kilometres from Vic Falls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of activities on offer in the area. It has clean ablution blocks, comprising hot and cold showers and toilets.
There are no activities planned and visitors are able to depart at any time. Check out time from the Vic Falls hotels is at 10am. If the travelers are departing later, luggage can be storage arrange at the hotels.
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