Accommodated Overland Tour

20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Tour

Our signature and most popular tour, the 20-Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Tour is a comprehensive 3-week overland trip exploring the natural wonders of Southern Africa. Begin your tour at spectacular Table Mountain in Cape Town and travel all the way up to the barren salty flats of the Etosha Pans in Namibia.

On the way, we will stop to watch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, paddle down the Orange River in Namibia and visit the bustling town of Swakopmund. From Etosha, we travel to Botswana where you can take a Mokoro ride through the Okavango Delta and then watch the sunset on a boat cruise on the Chobe River before finishing your tour in Victoria Falls, the ultimate way to experience Africa!

The 20-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Tour is ideal for the young and the young at heart. If you love the outdoors and sharing unique experiences with your fellow travellers, then this tour is definitely for you.

Highlights:

  • Table View, offering a postcard view of Table Mountain
  • No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, where these farm stalls offer a variety of freshly homemade treats and bakes
  • See the Spring Wild Flowers (Jul - Sep only)
  • Canoeing in the Gariep/Orange River
  • Scenic vistas at the Fish River Canyon
  • Sossusvlei Desert (Inluding Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem)
  • Visit the renowned Himba Tribe
  • Desert Scenic Flights, Quad biking & dolphin cruises (optional)
  • Game Viewing in Namibia's premier game reserve, Etosha NP
  • Full Day Okavango Delta Excursion including a mokoro ride & game viewing
  • Chobe National Park (game drives optional)
  • Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world

For detailed information on this tour:
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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

20 Days 19 Nights
Adventure truck

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Day 1 Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains
Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
Meals included:
Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Traditional Dinner
Accommodation:
Marcuskraal

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wildflowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)
Accommodation:
Felix Unite Cabanas

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous Khoekhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river.  Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. At Ais Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur-rich hot springs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Ais-Ais Hot springs
Accommodation:
NWR: Ai Ais Resort

 

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
We rise early this morning, and pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filtering through the canyon.  After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other - creating rock formations and a series of mazes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
Accommodation:
Schutzenhaus Guesthouse

 

Day 5 Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represent the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Hammerstein Lodge

Day 6 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
Today we will rise early for our drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  We will enter the park just after sunrise and travel through to the famous Dune 45. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend to this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4x4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon / Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
Accommodation:
Boesman’s Camp

Day 7 Swakopmund
On our final day in the desert, we have the privilege of joining a local expert for an enlightening desert excursion. While bidding a reluctant farewell to the Namib, we make a stop to commemorate our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn. Having taken in the wonders of the Namib Desert we turn west and head into the sunset to our next destination, the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund where adventure awaits along with a welcome touch of civilization. Upon arriving in Swakopmund, we will be presented with the opportunity to book any number of thrilling adventures available. Tonight we’ll enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlights:
Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert, Local restaurant dinner
Accommodation: Haus Garnison OR Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Stay@Swakop

Day 8 Swakopmund
While for many it is the adrenaline-fueled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are several attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German-inspired treats.  Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.
Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Activity:
Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking
Accommodation:
Haus Garnison OR Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Stay@Swakop

Day 9 Swakopmund to Khorixas
Our exploration of the desert continues with a trip up north, where the hot desert sands meet the cold waves of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll stop at the seaside holiday town of Wlotskabaken for a photo opportunity before heading to the Lichen Fields for a viewing and talk by your guide on the Lichen Colonies. We then visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross, known as the largest in the world with over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals hugging the shore. Cape Cross marks the spot where the first European explorer set foot on the coast of Namibia in 1486 and was erected in honour of the then king of Portugal by explorer Diego Cao. (Please note that the Cape Cross Colony may be inaccessible at times which means that we will not be able to visit the seals.) The road then continues away from the coast and takes us towards the Khorixas area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Seal Colony at Cape Cross
Accommodation:
NWR: Khorixas

Day 10 Khorixas to Etosha National Park
This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region with a local guide. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San.  These inhabitants used the site to conduct shamanist rituals.  In the process, 2500 rock paintings were created.  This site displays one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa.  Also on route, we visit the Petrified Forest, a national monument, comprising prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands, creating this relic. We leave Twyfelfontein for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa's finest game parks. At 18,000 sq km, it is one of the biggest Parks in Southern Africa. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park. We will spend the afternoon exploring the park in the Truck.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Afternoon game drive in vehicle
Accommodation:
NWR: Okuakuejo

Day 11 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 the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Full-day game drive
Accommodation:
NWR:  Okaukuejo

Day 12 Etosha National Park
On our third day in Etosha, you will have the morning at leisure.  Climb the Okaukuejo tower to watch the sun rising or spend your time around the waterhole waiting for the animals to arrive for their morning drink of water.  After lunch, we board our truck and head to our next Etosha Camp – Namutoni and enjoy an afternoon game drive en-route.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Afternoon Game Drive
Accommodation:
NWR:  Namutoni

Day 13 Etosha to Divundu
We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our overnight stop in Divundu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:
Mahangu

Day 14 Divundu to Maun
Before departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River.  We then cross the border into Botswana and head towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. We overnight in Maun before heading for our next adventure – The Okavango Delta.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Morning Boat Cruise
Accommodation:
Sedia

Day 15 Khwai Conservation Area
You will be separated from your truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart Maun.  Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights.  Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari-type vehicles.  Our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activity:
Okavango Delta scenic flight
Accommodation:
Khwai Tented Camp

Day 16 Savuti Game Reserve
The Savuti Game Reserve is a unique area bordered by the Okavango Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east.  Today is a full-day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Savuti Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains.  Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4x4 vehicles.  Offering habitats from wetlands, and open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora as possible.  This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Full Day Game Drive Savuti Game Reserve
Accommodation:
Khwai Tented Camp

Day 17 Khwai to Nata
Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans.  You will pack up camp and depart at first light on the open 4x4 safari vehicles before meeting the truck in Maun.  The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana's breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination in Nata.  This afternoon, after our arrival in Nata, we enjoy a guided drive to the Nata pans, which form the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingos in their thousands (birds dependent on seasonal migratory patterns).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Afternoon pans drive
Accommodation:
Nata Lodge

Day 18 Nata to Kasane - Chobe National Park
We journey from the Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:
Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity:
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Accommodation:
Thebe River Safaris

Day 19 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
Optional Activity: 
Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Accommodation:
Shearwater Explorers Village

Day 20 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 suites 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
Accommodation:
Post-tour accommodation can be booked through Getaway Africa

20-Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Accommodated)

In South African Rands Tour Rate Single Supplement
01 Jan - 31 Dec'24 R 80,700 pp sharing R 5,200
Included:
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Filtered water in 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
Small Group Tour included extras:
  • 3-4 star rated accommodations
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Onboard lavatory
  • Reclining leather seats
  • Air-conditioning
  • Personal Electronic Safe
  • Reading light, USB & Power Outlets
  • Forward facing television
Please note: A minimum of 4 people are required to operate a tour (not applicable to guaranteed departures). Excluded:
  • Snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips
  • 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 Departure Dates
2024
January 6, 9, 16, 20, 27
February 3, 13, 17, 24, 27
March 2, 9, 19, 26, 30
April 2, 6, 9, 13, 20, 27, 30
May 11, 14, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30
August 3, 6, 13, 17, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
November 2, *5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Guaranteed Departures in bold German Translator  Italian Translator   Small Group   (*) Small Group German
 

Child Policy on Tour on Overland Tours
We do accept children on our tours
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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