The tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls has been the most popular tour in Africa for years – and for good reason!
The international group tour starts in Cape Town, South Africa and continues up the East coast through Namibia. In Namibia we visit the Namib desert, Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and many more highlights before we continue onward to Botswana for the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, before reaching one of the 7 natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe!
This overland tour offers a great combination of adventures, safaris, natural landscapes and some pretty cool cultural groups - including the Himba and Bushmen tribes…
This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms. As described below.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. Click on the link for all the info
|Camping option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 19 750|
|Single supplement||ZAR 1160|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 7650|
|How long||20 days|
|Group size||24 clients max|
|Start point||Cape Town, South Africa|
|End point||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Meals||Breakfast x 19, Lunch x 17, Dinner x 15|
|Countries||South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.
Day to day description l Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour l Camping
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 South Africa - Cederberg Region
We start our Cape Town to Victoria Falls as we make our first stop at Table View for some photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We then travel to the famous winelands region of the Western Cape to enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms.
We will also make a stop at the Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavors unique to the Cape Culture - including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers and much more.
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 Cederberg 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 Cederberg, 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.
Activity Package: Wine tasting
Day 2 Namaqualand - Gariep (Orange) River
After an early start, we continue north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Day 3 Namibia - Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. We enjoy a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon before enjoying our dinner, while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.
Included Activities: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities: Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.
Included Activities: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Day 6 Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Included Activities: Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities: Dinner out Swakopmund
Day 7 Swakopmund
Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
Optional Activities: Dolphin Cruise 4/5 hours, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking (2 hours), Dinner out Swakopmund
Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
Included Activities: Guided Walk through Spitzkoppe
Day 9 Himba Tribes: Outjo
We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people 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 in 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 orphaned 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.
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit
Day 10 Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique safari experiences in Africa. Today we 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.
Included Activities: Entrance to Etosha National Park, Afternoon game drive (safari) in overland truck
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. We will exit the park in the late afternoon and make our way to our accommodation outside the park.
Included Activities: Full day game drive (safari) in overland truck.
Day 12 Windhoek
We rise early and set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
Included Activities: Drive through Windhoek with the overland truck
Optional Activities: Dinner out Windhoek
Day 13 Botswana - Ghanzi
After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.
Included Activities: Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Day 14 Gateway to the Okavango Delta
Today we head towards Maun and the Okavango Delta. On arrival in Maun this afternoon, we transfer by 4×4 to our waterside camp where we spend the next 2 nights in these tranquil surrounds. 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 tranquility of this wilderness area remains constant.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at this campsite for the following 2 nights.
Day 15 Okavango Delta
While the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional mokoro ride and nature walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.
Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels.
Day 16 Maun
Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way 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).
Day 17 Nata
Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. While we will pause to experience a finger of the pan on our journey from Maun, those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Pans this afternoon.
Day 18 Kasane - Chobe National Park
We get up early again this morning as we travel north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. We begin our exploration in 4×4 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 Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive (Safari).
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 the town of 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 traveler 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: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Dinner out Victoria Falls
Day 20 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is also known as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe. Many clients will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities and today you will have the day open to participate in the activities on offer.
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast.
Optional Activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Dinner out Victoria Falls, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting.
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How do I get back home after this tour?
- Option 1: The day after the tour ends, the overland truck will start a 2 day long Transfer from Victoria Falls, through Botswana, back to Johannesburg. You can then book your international flight back home from Johannesburg.
- Option 2: Book a flight from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This flight takes around 2 hours. From Johannesburg it should be easy to get an international flight back home.
Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.
Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront… and of course from where this tour departs. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound…
The Rainbow Hotel is situated 4km from the town centre of Victoria Falls, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush, but close enough to get into town quite easily if required. There is a complimentary shuttle that operates between the hotel and the town of Vic Falls…