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20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Camping Tour

Our signature and most popular tour, the 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls 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 tour is ideal for the young and the young at heart. If you love spending time outdoors, camping under the stars and sharing unique experiences with your fellow travelers, 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

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.

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

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 traveling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers 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)

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, crossing the border into Namibia.  We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Swim in mineral hot springs (swimming pool)
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter 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

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 represents 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
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon

Day 6 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend 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. Our day in the desert continues this afternoon as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion.  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: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 7 Swakopmund

Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon

Day 8 Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled 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 a number of 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, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

Day 9 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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

Day 10 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. For those who would like to visit an educational centre showcasing the lifestyle of the Himba Tribe, you will have the opportunity to book an optional excursion this afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike

Day 11 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 overland truck

Day 12 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 overland truck 

Day 13 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: Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Day 14 - 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)

Day 15 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 16 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 17 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 optional 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 18 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 with an optional game drive in 4x4 vehicles and our afternoon ends with 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

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 & Dinner
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry 

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

Rates quoted per person sharing

20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Camping Tour

2020 Camping Tour Rates

In ZAR Per Person Sharing Single Supp
Jan - Dec'20 R30,750 R1,250

Departure Dates for 2020 (10% off / Guaranteed departure)

January'20 14, 18,  28
February'20 (11/11), (25,25)
March'20 3, 14, 21, 24, 28, 31
April'20 7, 11, 18, 21, 25, 28
May'20 5, 9, 16, 19, 23, 26
June'20 2, 6, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30
July'20 4, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August'20 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September'20 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
October'20 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
November'20 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 28
December'20 1, 8, 12, 15

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.

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.
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