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Cape Town to Victoria Falls

20 day Small Group Tour - from £3309

With flights from £4195

An epic 20 day small group adventure, travelling by luxury air-conditioned safari truck from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, via the vast Namib Desert and Botswana’s incredible National Parks.

Highlights:

  • Sossusvlei sand dunes
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Cederberg region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make the last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today 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 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.

Hotel: Marcuskraal or similar
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Orange River

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 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 wild flowers that have made this region famous. Crossing the border this afternoon we enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River.

Hotel: Felix Unite Cabanas or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Fish River Canyon

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.  Around midday, we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop where guests will get a chance to enjoy the Ais-Ais Hot Pools this evening.

Hotel: Ai Ais Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

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.

Hotel: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Namib Desert

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.

Hotel: Solitaire Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Sossusvlei

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 4×4 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.

Hotel: Solitaire Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 to 8 - Swakopmund

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. Our day in the desert ends as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion before making our way across the Tropic of Capricorn and to the Atlantic coast. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund we have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

The next day can be spent on adrenaline fuelled adventures or take the opportunity 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.

Hotel: Bon Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Spitzkoppe

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 our 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.

Hotel: Branberg White Lady Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Brandberg

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 one 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.

Hotel: Toko Lodge of similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 to 12 - Etosha National Park

Rising early you will head to Etosha National Park where some of the most unique game viewing in Africa takes place. The rest of the day is used to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife from the elevated position of the Nomad safari truck. In the evenings spend time at the floodlit waterhole of the camp which is a major draw for a variety of wildlife.

The second day in Etosha is used to further explore the park giving additional opportunities to see some of the magnificent wildlife which includes rhino, elephant and lion.

Hotel: Okaukuejo Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Windhoek

A final game drive this morning as you head towards the gate on the way to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. There is a short walking tour of some of the city landmarks.

Hotel: Hotel Safari or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Ghanzi

Travel east today towards neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight you will enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

Hotel: Tautona Lodge or similar|
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Maun

Before departing Ghanzi we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community where you will learn about their culture and their interaction with their desert environment. After our walk, we head towards Maun.  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Hotel: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16 - 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 one 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 mooring 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.

Hotel: Sedia Riverside Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17 - Nata

Leaving Maun behind us this morning we make our way towards the town of Nata.  We will spend the next few hours in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon, you have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon guided game drive to the Nata Sanctuary (booked locally), which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.

Hotel: Nata Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18 - Chobe National Park

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. An optional exploration in 4×4 vehicles is available and will allow us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the River in the afternoons (booked locally).

The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise which offers excellent game viewing opportunities.

Hotel: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 19 - Victoria Falls

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. If you choose, take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). This can be done at your own account or arranged locally with a guide. Other activities with more adrenaline can be booked locally.

Hotel: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20 - Victoria Falls

With 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.

Enjoy the time you have before heading off to the airport for your flight home or onward to other arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast

20 day Small Group Tour - from £3309

With flights from £4195

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Prices are per person and include all travel, accommodation, most meals, activity pack and an experienced local guide. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary. Please note luggage restriction of 20kg.

YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your tour includes:

  • Comfortable lodges or hotels
  • All meals
  • Filtered water available
  • Expert guide throughout tour
  • Travel by luxury safari truck
  • Max 12 passengers
  • Park fees

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2020-10-22

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2021-10-14

2021-12-09

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