The 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 32 950|
|Single supplement||ZAR 5200|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 19 560|
|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 18, Dinner x 14|
|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 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
We start our Victoria Falls to Cape Town overland tour with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls tonight, you have sufficient time to explore the falls and visit all of the view-points for some great photo opportunities.
Optional activities: Zambezi sunset cruise, bungee jump, helicopter flights, full day white water rafting
Activity package: Vic Falls National Park entry
Day 2 Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe to Kasane - Botswana
After breakfast we travel a short distance and cross the border into Botswana. Our overnight accommodation will be right next to 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 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 game drive (safari), Chobe National Park boat cruise
Day 3 Nata
Leaving Kasane early in the morning, we make our way to Nata where we will spend for the night. Those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Makgadikgadi Pans this afternoon. This evening we will prepare for our journey to Maun by packing smaller bags for our adventure in the Okavango Delta.
Day 4 Okavango Delta
Our route today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans. The road to Maun is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Upon arrival in Maun, we say goodbye to our truck and begin our Delta excursion. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character and while water levels may fluctuate the tranquility of this wilderness area remains constant. During your time in the Delta, our camping and accommodated guests will be staying in different locations.
Please note: On this tour is it possible for accommodated clients to purchase the camping Okavango Delta excursion package and for the camping clients to purchase the accommodated Okavango Delta excursion package. Please ensure that your final selection is made at the time of booking as changes cannot be made at the start of the tour.
Note: Clients who have not selected the Delta Activity Package will remain in the base camp with the truck for the next 2 nights. Accommodated clients in en-suite rooms and camping clients in the campsite with shared ablutions. Meals are provided by the base camp and optional activities are available.
Day 5 Okavango Delta
A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the program 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.
Day 6 Okavango Delta
Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences.
Please note: Clients who booked the accommodated activity package will board a flight and fly out of the Okavango Delta to Maun, while those that booked the camping activity package will re-unite with the truck and drive to Maun.
Day 7 Maun - Ghanzi
This morning presents the opportunity for a Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta before we travel to Ghanzi in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. An optional walk with San guides this afternoon gives us the opportunity to learn about the strategies that allow the San to survive in this harsh environment. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.
Included activities: San Evening Dance Performance
Day 8 Windhoek, Namibia
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses.
Included activities: Drive through Windhoek with the overland truck
Optional activities: Dinner at local restaurant, Bushman walk
Day 9 Windhoek - Outjo
Leaving the city of Windhoek this morning, we travel north towards Etosha National Park with all its wild animals. On our way today we will make a short stop at the craft markets in Okahandja before continuing to our overnight stop, located just outside Etosha National Park.
Day 10 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the place for some of the most unique wildlife 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 (safaris) and spend some time at the abundant waterholes for some excellent wildlife photography.
Included activities: Full day game drive in overland truck.
Day 11 Opuwo
We will rise early and enjoy our last safari in Etosha as we exit the park towards Opuwu. Opuwu is located in the Kunene region. Sit back and enjoy the scenery of rugged mountains and dry river beds.
Day 12 Himba Tribe
This morning we will visit a project that introduces us to the Himba people of northern Namibia. 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 displaces 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 13 Spitzkoppe & Swakopmund
En route to Swakopmund, we visit Spitzkoppe. Our guide will take us on a walk to marvel at the incredible landscape. and to show you some Bushmen paintings. Then we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.
Included activities: Guided walk with overland guide through Spitzkoppe
Optional activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund
Day 14 Swakopmund
Today is your chance to experience the adrenaline 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/ 5hrs, skydiving, sand boarding (Stand Up/ Lie down), quad biking (2 x Hours), dinner out in Swakopmund
Day 15 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 we tomorrow will see us up at the break of dawn.
Day 16 Sesriem Canyaon & Sossusvlei Dunes
Rising with the 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 4×4 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.
Included activities: Explore Sossusvlei, hike up Dune 45
Day 17 Fish River Canyon
Today we travel south on the gravel roads of Southern Namibia on route to Ai-Ais. Famed for its hot springs the resort and its hot pools are the perfect tonic to ease away the dust of the Namib desert. An evening swim under the Desert stars is not to be missed. Tomorrow will again be an early start as we aim to catch the morning light as it filters into the Fish River Canyon.
Included activities: Ai-Ais Hot Springs
Day 18 Gariep/ Orange River
As dawn breaks we head out towards Hobas and the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. The early hours of the morning offer great photographic opportunities as the morning light filters into the canyon. We will spend time exploring the rim of the canyon, before making for 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.
Included activities: Visit to the Fish River Canyon
Day 19 Cederberg Region
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 Cedarberg region. The Cedarberg is the home of Rooibos tea, which has become a popular beverage throughout the world. Tonight we enjoy a traditional South African meal and celebrate the many memories we have made.
Day 20 Cape Town
The final leg of our adventure group tour sees us travel through the wheat fields of the Swartland to the city of Cape Town. No visit to the fairest Cape would be complete without sampling some of the wines that have made this region famous. We will also make a stop at the well-known Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. We continue all the way down to Cape Town, where your tour ends on arrival.
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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…
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…