Cape, Namibia & Falls - 24 Days

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SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI :Travel from Cape Town in South Africa to Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls, taking in the best of Namibia and Botswana en route. Canoe down the Orange River and marvel at the Fish River Canyon. Scale the Sossusvlei dune and safari in Etosha and Chobe National Parks. Take a mokoro through the Okavango Delta and cruise down the Zambezi River. All this and more on an incredible 24 day African adventure.

Highlights
  • Cape Town - ride the cable car to Table Mountain on a tour of the city and enjoy a Cape Point tour to Maiden Cove, Cape Point and Boulder's Beach
  • Etosha National Park - spend three nights in Namibia's premier game reserve and head out in search of lions, elephants and more on numerous game drives
  • Okavango Delta - explore the network of watery pathways through the delta aboard traditional mokoro canoes and enjoy a guided nature walk
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park - scramble up the giant dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and marvel at the views of the Namib Desert
  • Chobe National Park - search for wildlife on safari and enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River to spot crocodiles and enjoy a magical sunset
  • Fish River Canyon - admire the view over the mighty canyon, which is second in size and impressiveness only to the Grand Canyon
  • Swakopmund - unwind on the sandy beaches or join optional activities including golf, dolphin cruises and fishing
  • Spitzkoppe - marvel at the beautiful curved granite mountains and go in search of some of the ancient rock paintings to be found in the area
  • Mahangu National Park - game drive through the small reserve and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, buffalo, hippos and more
  • Victoria Falls - finish your tour in the Zimbabwean town with a tour of the falls and a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
Age Policy
East Africa Child Policy -  If they accept children under 16 years of age, some places will not allow them to do certain activities e.g. Mokoro trip and open vehicle game drives.  Parents are to be advised of this, and that one parent will be responsible for their child/ children should the other parent want to go on an activity. The parents will also be required to sign indemnity forms for their children. Parents need to be aware of the long driving days and activities not suitable for children. If you have a family with teenagers, it is important to mention to them that there will be early starts throughout the trip, to minimize travelling in the heat of the day, to arrive at your destination early and to allow for activities en route.IMPORTANT: South Africa and Botswana regulations aimed at fighting child trafficking:'All parents travelling with children into or out of SA and/or Botswana may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.' Tell pax to contact the South African High Commission, South African Department of Home Affairs and/or the Botswana High Commission for further information.
Destinations
  • Table Mountain
  • Cape Town
  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Tour Types
  • Small Group

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure and this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at 6pm for a pre-departure meeting, combined with an experimental cocktail experience and dinner.

Meals: Dinner

This morning we take the cable car all the way up to legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views across the Mother City of Cape Town and the surrounding peninsula. Back to the city, we explore the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known Bo-Kaap. In the afternoon we head to Constantia, where we enjoy a local wine tasting and lunch. Why not head to the V&A Waterfront afterwards situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, offering an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Today we head over to the Cape Peninsula. We'll journey along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay and stop at Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay where there is an option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal and not included in the cost). We continue over Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. This afternoon we travel on to Simon's Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base with a large penguin colony at the famous Boulder's Beach (Boulder's Beach payable locally).

Meals: Breakfast,

Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains. After an early start we make our way to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch we continue to the Cederberg Mountains, for an overnight in Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in the country. On arrival you can taste the local Rooibos tea - an indigenous tea to the Western Cape with major nutritional and health benefits.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Cederberg - Orange River. Today we pass some stunning mountain ranges as we head up the West Coast on our way to the Orange River. When travelling in spring we will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later on we arrive at the Orange River which makes up a natural border between South Africa and Namibia. On day 6 the only travelling we do is by canoe. We can put our feet up and relax as the currents take us downstream on the Orange River – mind the rapids though!

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Orange River - Fish River Canyon. Today we head to Ai-Ais for a lunch stop. Ai Ais is famous for its thermal water which is rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approximately 60°C which gushes forth from the hot springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". We later continue to our accommodation for the night close to Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the edge of the canyon.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Fish River Canyon - Sossusvlei. Making our way inland on day 8 we head towards Namib Naukluft National Park. The next morning we have an early start for our visit to the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide fantastic photo opportunities. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We will also stop to view Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Sossusvlei - Swakopmund. On day 10 we drive through the Namib Naukluft National Park en route to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world and sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. Wildlife you are likely to see include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Arriving into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, an oasis set between the expanse of the desert and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. <br/><br/> Day 11 is spent at leisure to partake in optional activities or alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Swakopmund - Omaruru. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind us, we then head inland across the desert plains to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we continue on to the town of Omaruru where we overnight. In the afternoon we will stop at local distillery and small wine cellar in Omaruru to taste some of its home-grown produce. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Omaruru - Kamanjab. On our journey today we then head off towards Kamanjab where we explore a Himba village in the afternoon. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Kamanjab - Etosha. Today we head to the magnificent Etosha National Park which was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

We fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood lit waterholes encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals as they come to drink.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Etosha - Kavango River, Namibia. Our journey today continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. We arrive at our lodge for the evening and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the Kavango River. We also have the optional to visit to the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people, or a sunset cruise are available. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Kavango River - Okavango Delta, Botswana. Leaving Namibia we enter Botswana through the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Okavango Delta - Caprivi, Namibia. Leaving Botswana, we drive up the western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. Enroute to camp you will go on a game drive to the Mahangu National Park which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of spotting game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers the Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,

Caprivi - Chobe NP, Botswana. On day 21 we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. After settling in to our lodge, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities. <br/><br/> The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park, which has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. In the afternoon we go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the wildlife and the spectacular sunset.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of the mighty falls and a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast,

Our safari ends after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport. <br/><br/> We recommend extending your stay in Victoria Falls if you want to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast,

Included
  • Accommodation
    -Mid Range
  • 23 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 23 nights mid-range lodges, chalets, tented camps
  • Airport transfers on days 1 and 24
  • Game Drives Etosha and Mahangu National Park
  • Canoe ride on the Orange River
  • Entrance and tasting at local distillery and wine cellar in Omaruru
  • Himba Village walk
  • Okavango Delta Mokoro ride
  • Chobe River boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls guided walk and Zambezi River cruise
  • Transport in fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Mercedes All-Terrain vehicle, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles
  • Services of an experienced local guide/driver
  • Park entrance fees

Not Included
  • International flights and visas
    -
  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
    -
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
    -
5* Cape, Namibia & Falls - 24 Days
My Cape, Namibia and Falls adventure couldn't have been better. I had the most incredible time and it was the perfect itinerary, covering all the highlights of the countries we visited. There was plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities with lots of game drives but there was also enough downtime for us to relax and enjoy the lodges we were staying at. And speaking of the accommodation, I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. For me, the standout was the Guma Lagoon Camp in the Okavango Delta - it was truly magical with a rustic permanent tent right on the water's edge yet with all the essential conveniences. I could have happily spent a week here alone! As a solo traveller, I did wonder whether a lodge safari would be less sociable than an overland camping safari but I had nothing to worry about - everyone in the group was really friendly and as lunches are prepared at picnic spots, there's plenty of opportunity to practise camaraderie and bond over sandwiches. Our guide Joe was brilliant. He was a one-man band serving as our driver, guide and cook and did all three jobs with complete skill and care. He made sure we were well-looked after from start to finish. We were all amazed at his wildlife spotting skills, especially when he spotted a snake on the side of the road while driving! It was a pleasure chatting with him about Africa and his experience on the road and he really made the trip for all of us on the trip. This really was the trip of a lifetime and I can't recommend it enough.
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Start:Cape Town
Finish:Victoria Falls
Group size:2 - 12
Suitable for: East Africa Child Policy -&nbsp; If they accept children under 16 years of age, some places will not allow them to do certain activities e.g. Mokoro trip and open vehicle game drives. &nbsp;Parents are to be advised of this, and that one parent will be r
Accommodation:Mid Range
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests
Tour operated in: English
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