South Africa Cape Town to Victoria Falls - 20 Days, 19 Nights.

Take in South Africa's most incredible sights, from Fish River Canyon and the Orange River to Swakopmund and Botswana!

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Duration
Duration
20 Days / 19 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
24
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years
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Languages
English and German
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Meals
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Cape Town to Victoria Falls
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What's Included

  • 2 Crew
  • 24 Passengers Max
  • Meals (19 Breakfast, 11 Lunch, 15 Dinner)
  • All transport
  • Accommodation (2 person room or camping) 
     

    WHERE WE VISIT

  • Cederberg Region
  • Namaqualand
  • Gariep (Orange) River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namibia
  • Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Swakopmund
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Brandberg
  • Kamanjab
  • Etosha National Park
  • Windhoek
  • Botswana
  • Ghanzi
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Okavango Delta
  • Maun
  • Nata
  • Chobe National Park
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River

What's excluded

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
  • Entrance fees associated with optional activities
  • Souvenirs

Why do we love this

We love that you get to camp on the banks of the Orange River for a night! Awesome!

WHAT TO EXPECT

This epic 20-day trip highlights Southern Africa’s most incredible sights. Begin your tour at the spectacular Table Mountain in Cape Town and travel all the way up to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On the way, you will have the opportunity to paddle down the Orange River in Namibia before we venture deeper into the Namib Desert.
 
The slowly changing landscapes represent the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west. After a brisk climb up Dune 45, you’ll experience one of the most beautiful sunrises of Africa. We take you to the bustling town of Swakopmund before we will visit a Himba tribe. Next on our list is Etosha National Park
 
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. 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 bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline!

Itinerary:
 
Day 1: Cape Town – Cederberg Region (dinner)
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Marcuskraal .
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Marcuskraal Campsite.

 
Leaving Cape Town this morning we make the last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay, then we take pictures and we travel to the famous Winelands region of the Western Cape and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms.  We will also make a stop at the well-known Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl
 
The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavours unique to the Cape Culture – including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers – to name just a few.  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 dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.
 
Day 2: Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River (breakfast, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Felix Unite Cabanas or Bundi.
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Fiddlers Creek Campsite.

 
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 wildflowers 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.
 
Day 3: Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Ai Ais Resort
Camping: campsite with shared washroom - Hobas Campsite

 
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.
 
Day 4: Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground  (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated:  Two per room with en-suite bathrooms - Schutzenhaus Guesthouse
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms 

 
We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground - named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other - creating rock formations and a series of mazes.
 
Day 5: Namib-Naukluft National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Namib Naukluft Habitat or Desert Camp 
Camping: campsite with shared washroom - Sesriem campsite

 
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 6: Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park  (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Namib Naukluft Habitat or Desert Camp
Camping: campsite with shared washroom - Boesman’s Camp or similar

 
A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. 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. 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.
 
Day 7: Swakopmund (breakfast)
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison
Camping: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - 
Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation
 
Our final day in the desert comes to an end as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. 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 our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. 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
 
Day 8: Swakopmund (breakfast)
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Stay@Swakop or Haus Garnison
Camping: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - 
Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation
 
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.
 
Day 9: Spitzkoppe to Brandberg (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Brandberg White Lady Lodge or Uis White Lady
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Brandberg White Lady

 
Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. 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 our overnight stop for the evening.
 
Day 10: Brandberg White Lady (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Toko Lodge or Etotongwe
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Toko Lodge
 
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. This morning 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). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.
 
Day 11: Etosha National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Halali or Namutoni
Camping: campsite with shared washroom - Halali 
 
Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.
 
Day 12: Etosha National Park  (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Okaukuejo
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Okaukuejo
 
Our second day in Etosha allows for a 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 explore the edges of the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. 
 
Day 13: Botswana – Ghanzi (breakfast) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Heja Game Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Heja Game Lodge

 
It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some of its better-known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).
 
Day 14: Botswana - Ghanzi (breakfast, lunch, dinner)  
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Camping: campsite with shared washroom - Ghanzi Trail Blazers

 
Today we travel east to neighboring 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 this afternoon, we enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance, and story-telling.
 
Day 15: Okavango Delta (breakfast, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom  - Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Sedia Riverside Lodge

 
This morning we rise early and make our way towards Maun, where upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.
 
Day 16: Okavango Delta excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Sedia Riverside Lodge or Mokoro Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Sedia Riverside Lodge

 
The most rewarding and enjoyable way to experience the beauty of this intricate water system 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 spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala, and zebra.
 
Day 17: Nata (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Nata Lodge

 
Leaving Maun behind us this morning, we make our way towards the town of Nata. We will spend most of the day in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Nata Sanctuary, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.
 
Day 18: Chobe National Park (breakfast, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Thebe River Safaris
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms - Thebe River Safaris

 
We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This 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.
 
Day 19: Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls (breakfast)
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Camping: Two per room with en-suite bathroom - Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

 
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.
 
Day 20: Victoria Falls (breakfast)
Please make your own accommodation arrangements tonight.

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. 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.

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