Cape Town to Victoria Falls

The best selling tour of Africa for more than 20 years!

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Introduction:
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. 

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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

  • The basics:

Camping option How much
Tour price ZAR 17 250
Single supplement ZAR 1160
Optional activity package ZAR 7620
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How long 20 days
Group size 24 clients max
Start point Cape Town, South Africa
End point Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals Breakfast x 18, Lunch x 18, Dinner x 15
Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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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 01 South Africa – Cederberg Region
We start our Cape Town to Victoria Falls as we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.
Activity Package: Wine tasting & traditional dinner

Day 02 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 03 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 04 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 05 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 06 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 07 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 08 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 09 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
Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive (safari) through to our campsite for the night.
Included Activities: Craft market stop en-route, Entrance to Etosha National Park, Afternoon game drive (safari) in overland truck

Day 11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique animal viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.
Included Activities: Full day game drive (safari) in overland truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we 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
This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional bushman walk with the locals, before we continue our journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush. We spend the night at our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.
Optional Activities: Bushman Walk (May take place on previous day when you arrive in Ghanzi)

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
After a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels.

Day 16 Okavango Delta
An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife. We return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water for a sunset cruise.
Optional Activities: Tips for Polers

Day 17 Okavango Delta - Caprivi Region
Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we re-enter Namibia. Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of North-Eastern Namibia.

Day 18 Kasane - Chobe National Park
This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.
Optional Activities: 3 hour photographic Boat Safari (includes usage of DSLR Camera, refreshments)
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 19 Victoria Falls
Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. We will rise early to enjoy a game drive (safari) through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable. After our game drive, we will pack our bags and head to Victoria Falls.
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Dinner out Victoria Falls

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Most people 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.

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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…

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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…