All Inclusive Overland Tour

12 Day Swakopmund to Victoria falls Camping Tour

Enjoy a journey of a lifetime in beautiful Africa and get familiar with some of the continent's biggest wonders on our 12 Day Swakopmund to Victoria Falls overland camping trip.

This exciting journey kicks off in Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, as we travel north to the Brandberg region (also known as the Burning Mountains). Home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings found in the area. The journey continues all the way up to the Etosha National Park where you will enjoy some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa! After two eventful days spent at Etosha National Park we make our way back down to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, where you will spend your last night on the Namibian side of the tour.

The next highlight of the trip is a visit to the Okavango Delta, which is found in Botswana. Exploring this significant landmark is a must for any visitor to Botswana and can be best explored by mokoro, which is a type of canoe commonly used for making your way through the shallow waters of the Delta canal. We spend our last day in Botswana at Chobe National Park for some game viewing and finishing of the day with a leisurely boat cruise on the river.

With nothing but memories made of our wildlife encounters we cross the border for the final part of the journey, which is spent at the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular Falls at own leisure or if you have an adrenaline side you can participate in the many activities from rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the Falls.

The 12 Day Swakopmund to Victoria Falls trip is suitable for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Included Highlights:

  • Visit and explore Spitzkoppe in Namibia
  • Brandberg White Lady Hike
  • Full day game drive in Etosha National Park
  • Walk through Windhoek with a guide
  • Enjoy a San Tribal dance in the evening and a San Guided Walk
  • Okavango Delta day excursion
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at own leisure or even possibly participate in the many adrenaline based activities at the Falls

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Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact us to make these necessary arrangements.

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Summary

All Meals Included

12 Days / 11 Nights
Adventure truck

Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Day 1 - Spitzkoppe to Brandberg
Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

Day 2 - Brandberg White Lady
The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area.  This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River).  After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike

Day 3 - Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in adventure truck

Day 4 - Etosha National Park
Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open.  We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in adventure truck

Day 5 - Windhoek
It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in adventure truck

Day 6 - Botswana – Ghanzi
Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and this afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community.  Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: San Tribal dance in evening / San Guided Walk (this activity could take place the next morning)/ San Tribal dance in evening

Day 7 - Okavango Delta
This morning we rise early and head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting).  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 8 - Okavango Delta Excursion
The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro.  Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta.  The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons.  Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler.  After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion

Day 9 - Nata
Leaving Maun behind us this morning we make our way towards the town of Nata.  We will spend most of the day in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival at Nata Lodge, you have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

Day 10 - Chobe National Park
We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4x4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive

Day 11 - Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry 

Day 12 - Victoria Falls
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.
Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

12 Day Swakopmund to Victoria Falls (Camping)

In ZAR Tour Rate
Single Supplement
2020 Tours R 22,250 pp sharing R 900
2021 Tours R 23,950 pp sharing R 450

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Included:

  • All meals which are prepared and served at the overland truck
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Qualified crew
  • Filtered water
  • Transport in an overland truck
  • Included highlights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.

Please note: Minimum of 4 people are required to operate a tour, except on the guaranteed departure dates

Excluded:

  • Snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips
  • Pre- and post accommodation
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

 

Tour Departures
  2020 2021
January   3, 6, 10, 13, 20, 24, 31
February   3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 28
March   3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 28, 31
April   4, 7, 14, 18, 25, 28
May   2, 5, 12, 16, 23, 26, 30
June   2, 9, 13, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 26, 29 7, 11, 18, 21 , 25, 28
August 9, 16, 23 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 2, 13, 23, 27, 30 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
October 14, 18, 21, 28 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
November 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 24, 28
December 6, 9, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 26
Guaranteed Departures in bold
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Child Policy on Tour on Overland Tours
We do accept children on our tours and for 2020
The following age policies will apply:
8 Years: No children under 8 years of age
8 –9 Years: Children between the ages of 8 –9 years will be accepted to travel on a request basis only.
10 –15 Years: Tours will accept a maximum of four children between the ages of 10 to 15 years on any tour without requesting permission from clients. If more children want to join a tour once the maximum has been reached, this will be allowed on a request basis.
17 –18 Years: Guests of this age may travel with us with a letter of permission from their guardian; they do not require a parent to travel with them.
Any traveler between the ages of 8 –16 must be accompanied by a parent, unless specific authorization had been obtained from Getaway Africa.
Due to our alcohol laws in South Africa –No children under the age of 18 are permitted to partake in activities involving wine tasting.
Age restrictions may apply to certain items listed in the respective tour activities. It is important that you are aware of these restrictions prior to confirming children on tour.

Travelers over 65 yrs of age
65+ Years: Guests 65 and older will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and return to us before we will be able to confirm their participation in the tour.

Accommodation on tour
We have done all that we can to keep our fantastic low prices on these tours so the accommodation is not luxury but you can expect 2 –3 star twin / double accommodation and the majority of it is en-suite. In some places, we also make use of permanent safari tents which are considered "accommodation". We have selected accommodation that is in line with the areas we visit so there is a good variety. It is important to note that general accommodation standards are higher in Southern Africa than they are in East Africa. Please bring along your own towel as these are not always provided.

Single Travelers
If you are interested to share a room with the same-sex guest, we will charge you the single supplement upfront and if successful in pairing you up, will refund your single supplement upon completion of the tour.

Medical Insurance
Medical insurance is compulsory and you will be asked for your policy number before embarking on tour. Please make sure that your travel and medical insurance covers cancellation as well as being airlifted in case of a serious illness or injury as our tours often travel a long way from good hospital facilities. If credit card insurance is taken out, this often does not provide sufficient cover therefore a separate travel insurance policy is recommended

Pre/Post tour Accommodation and Transfers, and Onward Travel
We are more than happy to assist with booking accommodation and transfers for you before and after your tour. The properties that we use are generally at the tour departure point and we offer this service to make life easier for you. We offer a good value for money transit from Vic-Falls to Johannesburg which you can add to your tour.

Do not book your onward travel or flights on the day your tour is scheduled to end (unless the last day of tour does not involve any traveling and ends after breakfast). We could be running late for a number of reasons. This also puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your fellow travelers and guides and turns the last day of tour into a rush. Getaway Africa will not be held accountable if you have booked flights out on the last day of tour and you are not able to get to the airport on time.

Visas - very important!
As visa requirements vary considerably depending on your nationality, please contact the various embassies or visa service agencies to re-check visa requirements at least four weeks prior to departing for your tour. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveler and that Getaway Africa will not be held responsible for clients being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.

Should the adventure tour you are joining be re-entering a country, be sure to have a multiple entry visa that enables you to re-enter the country.

Arranging VISAS is not our specialty and due to this we do not always have the most updated information as these regulations change regularly. We suggest that you contact Relocation Online who will be able to provide accurate information or alternatively check with the local embassy. www.relocation-online.com

Traveling in our purpose built Overland Trucks
The transportation on tour is a major component of all our tours. These tours are road trips and incorporate long drives, bumpy roads and possible mechanical problems, also, digging your truck out of mud is sometimes a considered a highlight.

We have the newest and most modern fleet around. While there are similarities between our vehicles, our camping/accommodated trucks have 24 seats and additional packing space for camping equipment. Ideal for small or large groups, we also have a club area, ideal for playing cards or socializing. Our camping and accommodated tours are not city to city coach liner trip and there is no air-conditioning or toilets on these trucks

Participation and Interaction, what's expected of you
Although we do most of the work, the nature of these tours is not that of a beach holiday. A little assistance from the group can make a real difference as it means that the guides have more time for you and more time to make the tour amazing so getting involved definitely enhances the tour experience. This is an adventure, not a holiday.

All camping & accommodated overland tours are limited participation tours and what we would like your assistance with is:

Assist with washing up duties

  • Offer your help with the food preparation if time is pressing
  • Loading and unloading the truck
  • Loading and unloading your own bag
  • Help keeping the truck and cooler box clean (it is your home after all for the next days and weeks)
  • Help setting up camp
  • Putting up and taking down your tent. The first time is a challenge, thereafter it’s a breeze!

Your tent and camping equipment and kitchen utensils are provided on your tour so please take care of our equipment, as anything broken or lost on tour cannot be easily replaced.Our guides do all the cooking, however you are welcome to ask the guides if you are keen to share your culinary skills with the group.

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