This overland tour from Victoria Falls to Cape Town was designed for those who prefer a bit more comfort while travelling in Africa. Clients overnight in comfortable twin rooms in hotels/ lodges or permanent safari tents. All rooms offer en-suite facilities with hot water showers and “normal” toilets. This is of course still a tour with an adventurous nature and the accommodated option should be seen as an upgrade of the camping option.
On this tour highlights will include safaris in the national parks of Chobe and Etosha and we explore the Okavango Delta, the spectacular deserts of Namibia and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world- the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe… to name just a few.
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This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. As described below
2. 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. Click the link for all the info.
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 42 950|
|Single supplement (for single clients)||ZAR 7390|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2190|
|* Okavango Delta upgrade (optional, see day 4)||ZAR 13 200|
|How long||20 days|
|Group size||20 clients max|
|Start point||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|End point||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Meals||Breakfast x 19, Lunch x 12, Dinner x 15|
|Countries||Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa|
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 Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
As the tour name says, your safari from Victoria Falls to Cape Town starts in the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Today is your arrival day in Victoria Falls and you will be able to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your own leisure. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Day 2 Victoria Falls - Kasane - Botswana
After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana to our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. For those who have purchased the activity package we begin our exploration in 4x4 vehicles and enjoy an afternoon game drive (safari) through the Chobe National Park followed by a boat cruise in the afternoon, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoon.
Day 3 Nata
Leaving Kasane early, we set off for Nata where we will overnight. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to appreciate the spectacular view and a sundowner (drinks around sunset).
Day 4 Maun - Gateway to the Okavango Delta
Our tour today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the road to Maun is lined with majestic views of the iconic Baobab tree. Upon arrival in Maun, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (time and weather permitting – this could take place on day 6).
* Note: Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta today and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. View all the details here.
Day 5 Okavango Delta
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 encountered in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.
Day 6 Maun to Central Kalahari District
We travel to the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari and this afternoon we enjoy a guided walk with our San hosts. This is an opportunity to learn more about the San culture and interaction with their Desert environment. Tonight we get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle.
Day 7 Ghanzi - Windhoek - Namibia
We start early this morning as we travel west and cross the border into Namibia, travelling onwards to the capital city of Windhoek. 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).
Day 8 Windhoek
Leaving the city of Windhoek early, we have a full day of driving ahead of us and will reach the gates of Etosha National Park in the late afternoon. We begin with our first game drive (safari) as we enter the park and travel the short distance to our overnight rest camp for the night.
Day 9 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 the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our overland truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park.
Day 10 Etosha to Kamanjab
We will rise early and enjoy our last safari through Etosha as we make our way to the gates and exit the park. Sit back and enjoy the scenery of rugged mountains and dry river beds.
Day 11 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. After reaching our destination for the day, this afternoon 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).
Day 12 Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund
The massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe 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 walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for the seaside town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is well known for its many adventure activities, coffee shops and rich German influence. This evening you will have the opportunity to book some of the many exciting activities on offer and we end the day with dinner out at a local restaurant.
Day 13 Swakopmund - Adventure capital of Namibia
Today is an open day to enjoy adventure, explore Swakopmund or simply enjoy a great bake at a local coffee shop. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a little city and there is something to keep everyone busy. This welcome brush with civilization is the perfect launching pad as we venture to the Namib Desert tomorrow morning.
Day 14 Swakopmund - Namib Naukluft
Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. We make a short stop in Walvis Bay this morning before turning east towards the heart of the desert. Our afternoon will be spent with a local guide who will introduce us to the wonders of the desert environment. An early night is advisable as tomorrow will see us up as the dawn breaks.
Day 15 Sesriem and Sossusvlei
Rising at first light we travel to Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei dune fields. We enter the park early and make a stop to climb the famous Dune 45. Having stretched our legs we continue deeper into the Dune fields and take a 4x4 transfer to the marvels of Sossusvlei. We take time to visit both Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, before bidding the dune field farewell. Our final stop before continuing to our camp is the interesting Sesriem Canyon, a remnant of much wetter times in this dry region.
Day 16 Quiver Tree Forest
We turn east and head for Keetmanshoop, where we will spend our afternoon meandering through the quiver tree forest. Contrary to belief, the quiver tree is not really a tree, but a plant that can grow to between 200 – 300 years old.
Day 17 Giants Playground and Fish River Canyon
Our exploration continues with a visit to the Giants Playgrounds, named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other- creating rock formations and a series of mazes. We board the truck and travel south on the gravel byways of Southern Namibia on route to Ais-Ais. Famed for its hot springs the resort and its hot pools are the perfect tonic to ease away the dust of the Namib. The Fish River Canyon is one of the largest in the world and this afternoon we take a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge.
Day 18 Orange River
As dawn breaks we head out making our way to the Orange River and our final stop in Namibia. Our last night in Namibia is spent on the banks of the Orange River and the best way to experience the Orange River is by canoe. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe trip on the river.
Day 19 - Orange River - Cederberg - South Africa
A final border crossing sees us enter South Africa this morning as we travel through the desert landscapes of Namaqualand on our way to the Cederberg region. 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 day’s travel. Tonight we enjoy a traditional meal and celebrate the many memories we have made.
Day 20 Cederberg - Cape Town
The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and this morning we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. 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. Nearing Cape Town, you will notice Table Mountain appear in the distance and we will stop to look at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. Your tour ends upon arrival in Cape Town city centre.
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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.
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…
40onBurg is located in the centre of Cape Town, right next to the Greenmarket Square and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront. This is also the departure point of your tour. Offers Wi-Fi, laundy facilities, fitness centre…