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20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Our signature and most popular tour, the Cape Town to Victoria Falls 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!

Highlights:

  • Table View, offering a postcard view of Table Mountain
  • Wine tasting at the Cederberg Mountains & Vineyards
  • 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
  • 3 Day Okavango Delta Excursion incl mokoro ride & game viewing (optional)
  • Chobe National Park (game drives optional)
  • Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world

Touring Transport:

  • Budget Adventure Groups Tours by customised overland trucks.

Alternatives available

  • Small or Family Group tours can be arranged on private itineraries by landcruisers or 21 seater overland truck
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Summary

  • 3 Crew Members
  • Most Meals Included
  • 24 Passengers Max
  • Multi Country
  • 20 Days 19 Nights
  • Adventure Truck

DAY 1 Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains
Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain, picture taken we travel across the Piekenierskloof Pass on our way to the Cedarberg Region. 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 wine tasting and traditional dinner offer an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
Activity Package: Wine tasting & traditional dinner

DAY 2 Cederberg Area - Gariep River (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, 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 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 days travel.
Included: Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

DAY 3 Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia)
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. Later this morning we cross the border into Namibia and travel onwards to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest in the world. This afternoon we take a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge.
Included: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip

DAY 4 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. 

DAY 5 Sossusvlei Dunes
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.  A  last  stop  at  the  Sesriem  Canyon   may  end  our  visit  to  the  dune  fields,  but  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.
Included: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

DAY 6 Swakopmund
Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. 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.  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. We enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant tonight. 
Included: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon
Optional Activity: Dinner

DAYS 7 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.
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

DAY 8 Spitzkoppe
This morning we travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing
the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken.  Lichens  are  one  of  the  most  fascinating  examples  of  symbiosis  in  nature,  algae  and  fungus  unite  to  form  the  Lichen  and live  inseparably  as  one  organism.  We  will  have  the  opportunity  to  view  these  fascinating  desert  inhabitants before  turning  east  towards Spitzkoppe.  These  massive  granite  formations  tower  700  metres  above the  desert  plains  below  and  the  presence  of  rock  art  indicates  their  significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a late afternoon walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art.
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

DAY 9 Himba Tribe
We continue north this morning and on our way we will visit a project that will introduce us to the Himba people of Northern Namibia.  The  semi-nomadic Himba  Tribe  are  extremely  susceptible  to  Western  influence  and  have  lost  a large  portion  of  their  land  to  farmers,  engineers,  miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their
natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of or phaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and
 it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not. We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park.
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit

DAY 10 Etosha National Park
Rising early  this  morning  we  make  the  short  drive  to  the  Etosha  National  Park.  Etosha  is  the  venue  for  some  of  the  most  unique  game  viewing  
experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of  the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight. 
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in overland truck  
Optional: Etosha Night Drive

DAY 11 Etosha National Park
Our  second  day  in  Etosha  allows  another  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. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an
optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that our game viewing continues deep into the night.
Included Highlight; Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Optional: Etosha Night Drive

DAY 12 Windhoek
A last early morning and short game drive to the gate sees us wrap up our visit to Etsoha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today we make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. We will take a short walk through the city  centre  and  have  the  opportunity  to  view  some  its  better  known  landmarks.  Tonight  we  have  the  chance  to  eat  at  Windhoek’s  most  famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House has gained an international reputation for its venison dishes and quirky atmosphere.
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, walk through Windhoek with your guide
Optional: Dinner

Day 13  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 tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.
Included Highlight: San Tribal dance in evening

DAY 14 Maun
The San people have existed in some of the harshest conditions for thousands of years and this morning you will have the opportunity of joining an optional  walk  with  San  guides  to  learn  how  they  embrace  the  environment  to  survive.  This  afternoon  we  journey   to  the  outback  town  of  Maun  where  we  will  spend  the  night. This  afternoon  you  may  have  the  opportunity  to participate  in  an  optional  scenic  flight  over  the  Okavango  Delta  (weather  permitting).  This  evening,  your crew  will  brief  you  on  what  to  pack  for  the  Delta  excursion,  a  small  daypack  or  overnight  bag  will  be  needed due to space restrictions for our transfers to and from camp.
Optional: San walk/ Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta

DAY 15 Okavango Delta
This morning we rise early and depart Maun, heading towards our base for the next 2 nights in the Etsha 13 area.  This is our base from where we will enjoy our Okavango Delta excursion.  This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion

DAY 16 Okavango Delta
A  full  day  is  set  aside  to  enjoy  the  activities  on  offer  in  the  Delta,  while  the  programme  of  activities  is  flexible  to  accommodate  the  seasonal  
changes,  you  will  have  the  opportunity  to  enjoy  amongst  other  activities  traditional  mokoro  rides  and  natures  walks.  The  Okavango  Delta  is  not  
only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion

DAY 17 Okavango Delta to Caprivi
Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to the border and re-enter  Namibia.  As  we transit through the Caprivi Strip, much of our  day  is  spent  travelling  through  Game  Parks  and  there  is  always  the  possibility  of  a  lucky  sighting.  We  overnight  a  short  distance  from  the  Botswana border as we prepare for an exciting day of activities in Chobe National Park tomorrow

DAY 18 Kasane to Chobe NP
 We enjoy our breakfast in Namibia this morning before returning to Botswana and our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the 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. 
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park
boat cruise

DAY 19 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
With  the  memories  of  our  wildlife  encounters  firmly  etched  in  our  minds,  we  cross  the  border  in  Zimbabwe  this  morning  and  travel  the  short distance to Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, 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.  Tonight  we  enjoy  an  optional  dinner  out,  your  guide  will  assist  you  to  decide  on  the  many  options available. 
Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional: Dinner

DAY 20  Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
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. 
Optional: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Rates quoted per person sharing

20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls

  TOUR RATE Optional
Activity Package
 Single
Supplement
Camping R17,250 R7,620  R1,160
Accommodated R29,650 R17,530 R4,800
Small Group Accommodated R38,550 R17,530 R4,800
 
Included:
  • Transport in a 4x4 adventure truck
  • English speaking guide, driver and safari cook
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Tents, mattresses & all camping equipment
  • All national park fees and road tolls
  • 1x dorm style pre night accommodation free of charge

Excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any  unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
Departure Dates
Depart Return  
04 May 17 23 May 17 *German Translator, Garaunteed
07 May 17 26 May 17  
11 May 17 30 May 17 *Garaunteed
14 May 17 02 Jun 17 *Small Group Acc.
18 May 17 06 Jun 17 *Garaunteed
21 May 17 09 Jun 17 *German Translator
25 May 17 13 Jun 17 *Garaunteed 
28 May 17 16 Jun 17  
01 Jun 17 20 Jun 17 *Garaunteed 
04 Jun 17 23 Jun 17  
08 Jun 17 27 Jun 17 *German Translator, Small Group Acc., Garaunteed 
11 Jun 17 30 Jun 17  
15 Jun 17 04 Jul 17 *Garaunteed 
18 Jun 17 07 Jul 17 *Camping only
22 Jun 17 11 Jul 17 *Garaunteed  
25 Jun 17 14 Jul 17 *German Translator
29 Jun 17 18 Jul 17 *Garaunteed 
02 Jul 17 21 Jul 17 *Small Group Acc.
06 Jul 17 25 Jul 17 *Garaunteed  
09 Jul 17 28 Jul 17  
13 Jul 17 01 Aug 17 *German Translator, Garaunteed
16 Jul 17 04 Aug 17  
18 Jul 17 06 Aug 17  
20 Jul 17 08 Aug 17 *Garaunteed
23 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 *Family Friendly
27 Jul 17 15 Aug 17 *Garaunteed
30 Jul 17 18 Aug 17 *German Translator
03 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 *Garaunteed
06 Aug 17 25 Aug 17  
08 Aug 17 27 Aug 17  
10 Aug 17 29 Aug 17 *Garaunteed
13 Aug 17 01 Sep 17  
17 Aug 17 05 Sep 17 *German Translator, Garaunteed
20 Aug 17 08 Sep 17  
24 Aug 17 12 Sep 17 *Garaunteed
27 Aug 17 15 Sep 17 *Solo Travelers (camping)
29 Aug 17 17 Sep 17 *Accommodated only, German Translator
31 Aug 17 19 Sep 17 *Garaunteed
03 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 *Camping only, German Translator
07 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 *Garaunteed
10 Sep 17 29 Sep 17  
14 Sep 17 03 Oct 17 *Garaunteed
17 Sep 17 06 Oct 17  
21 Sep 17 10 Oct 17 *German Translator, Garaunteed
24 Sep 17 13 Oct 17  
28 Sep 17 17 Oct 17 *Garaunteed
01 Oct 17 20 Oct 17 *Camping Only, Solo Travelers
05 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 *Garaunteed
08 Oct 17 27 Oct 17 *German Translator, Small Group Acc.
10 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 *Accommodation only, German Translator
12 Oct 17 31 Oct 17 *Garaunteed
15 Oct 17 03 Nov 17  
19 Oct 17 07 Nov 17 *Garaunteed
22 Oct 17 10 Nov 17  
26 Oct 17 14 Nov 17 *German Translator, Garaunteed
29 Oct 17 17 Nov 17  
02 Nov 17 21 Nov 17 *Garaunteed, Small Group Acc.
05 Nov 17 24 Nov 17 *Solo Travelers (camping)
09 Nov 17 28 Nov 17 *Garaunteed
12 Nov 17 01 Dec 17 *Camping only, German Translator
16 Nov 17 05 Dec 17 *Garaunteed
19 Nov 17 08 Dec 17  
23 Nov 17 12 Dec 17 *Garaunteed
26 Nov 17 15 Dec 17 *Small Group Acc.
30 Nov 17 19 Dec 17 *Garaunteed, German Translator
03 Dec 17 22 Dec 17  
07 Dec 17 26 Dec 17 *Garaunteed
10 Dec 17 29 Dec 17  
14 Dec 17 02 Jan 18 *Garaunteed
17 Dec 17 05 Jan 18 *German Translator
21 Dec 17 09 Jan 18 *Garaunteed, Small Group Acc.
24 Dec 17 12 Jan 18 *Family Friendly
28 Dec 17 16 Jan 18 *Garaunteed
31 Dec 17 19 Jan 18  

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