Cape to Falls - 22 days

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From Cape Town to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls, travelling through Namibia and Botswana along the way. Take in some of Southern Africa’s best game parks and reserves on this exciting 22 day adventure.

Highlights
  • Cederberg - sample South African wine, stroll through vineyards and admire the stunning scenery of the Cederberg Mountains
  • Fish River Canyon - enjoy the view of the world's second largest canyon and stop at several view points along the site
  • Namib Desert - explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park and watch a magical sunrise from the top of dazzling Dune 45
  • Swakopmund - unwind in Namibia's premier beach resort and enjoy optional activities such as golf and dolphin cruises
  • Etosha National Park - spend three nights in the wildlife-rich national park, with numerous game drives in search of lions, elephants and more
  • Okavango Delta - take to traditional mokoro canoes to explore the verdant delta, home to amazing wildlife and incredible scenery
  • Chobe National Park - camp amongst the wilderness of the national park, and listen out to the nocturnal sounds of the animals
  • Victoria Falls - marvel at the thunderous falls and participate in optional activities including bungee jumping and helicopter rides.
Age Policy
18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia). If a safari includes both East and Southern Africa then the minimum age will be 8 years old. Please note that they will be travelling with the normal group. These are not separate family tours. For family dates look for the icon next to the tour date online. 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
  • Cape Town
  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Safaris

Saturday. Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! An arrival transfer to our accommodation is included. Today there is a welcome meeting at 17.00hrs where you will meet your tour leader and fellow passengers.

Cape Town - Cederberg. Leaving Cape Town, we head around Table Bay and travel north to a picturesque campsite, surrounded by wine farms in the Cederburg Area. This afternoon we sample some of the nectar of the gods with an optional wine tasting after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains.

Meals: Lunch,Dinner

Cederberg - Gariep River. From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand and the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia). This morning we travel to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Fish River Canyon - Sesriem. An early start today, heading north we enter the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes which are reputed to be the highest in the world.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. View the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Following our sunrise experience we head a further 5kms into the desert and take a walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and explore the surrounding area.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Sesriem - Swakopmund. Our next stop is Namibia’s prime holiday resort - Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenalin for those that are keen! Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has lovely beaches, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. Optional excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more.

Meals: Breakfast,

Swakopmund - Brandberg. Our departure from Swakopmund takes us through the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ - Spitzkoppe. The 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. After our visit to Spitzkoppe we head off to our next destination – Brandberg

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Brandberg - Etosha National Park area. On day 10 our drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park. The following day we explore Etosha National Park. Covering 22,700 km, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! The camp tonight is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals which may come to drink in the evenings.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Etosha - Windhoek - Ghanzi - Maun (Botswana). From Etosha, we head to the capital Windhoek for some free time in the afternoon. Departing on day 14 we enter into Botswana and stop in Ghanzi in the middle of the Kalahari Desert - home to the famous San Bushmen. <br/><br/> Continuing on day 15 we head to Maun - our base for the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our 1 night excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Maun - Okavango Delta. The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. Here we take a 2 Day / 1 Night drive into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango. <br/><br/> On arrival you'll meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Okovango Delta – Maun. This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over the Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Maun - Nata Region. We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning and transfer to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through a sparse landscape where donkeys roam freely. On arrival, there's an optional game drive or bushwalk.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Nata Region - Chobe. We travel north to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The river forms a border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to Chobe National Park. The next morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. <br/><br/> Once we are packed and prepared on day 20, we leave for our Chobe National Park overnight mobile excursion – an experience in the wilds of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try to keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Rollers that swoop by. Spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane. We travel onwards to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town.

Meals: Breakfast,

Saturday. Our African adventure ends after breakfast today. We suggest extending your stay to take advantage of the exciting optional excursions available at Victoria Falls, which include horseback safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, flights over the falls and more.

Meals: Breakfast,

Included
  • Accommodation
    -Camping
  • Arrival transfer from Cape Town Airport on day 1
  • 1st night dorm accommodation at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town (upgrade available), 2 nights twin share accommodation in Swakopmund and 18 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided
  • All camping fees and appropriate equipment
  • 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 16 dinners
  • Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
  • A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
  • Sossusvlei transfer for Desert Walk
  • 2 day/1 night Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Park Entry and Game drive - Etosha NP and Chobe NP. Park Entry into Victoria Falls National Park
  • All road taxes and tolls

Not Included
  • International flights and visas
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  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own
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  • Accommodation upgrade fee - payable locally. Please see trip notes for more details.
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  • Optional activities
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  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
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  • Local payment - $700pp, paid in USD
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4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
An incredible adventure. Knox introduced us to Africa, giving us just enough information to keep us safe and interested. He was quick to respond whenever there were concerns on board the truck or with external influences such as vehicle break downs and border issues. At all times we felt safe. The tour itself was tougher than we anticipated with very early mornings and long hot days on rough roads. But then, that is what helped make it so memorable.
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Date: 16-Oct-2018

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Excellent trip. I had a great time. There was nothing I could complain about. While we were not on a luxury camping expedition from what we paid, and it was not all that much, it was good value for our money. Guide was great and was always willing to talk with me, even answer what was probably an endless list of questions. Over 22 days we definitely had a feel for what the country looks like.
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Date: 09-May-2016

4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
As this was a budget tour the accommodation was good. The tour took us to places that I didn't even envisage existing the group was great and we did get a true feel for the country.
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Date: 19-Jul-2019

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
The tour was fantastic value for money, its a camping tour and at times it was tough going travelling through intense heat and some hot sleepless nights, but you forget all the negatives when climbing Dune 45 and eventually seeing, and what you come to witness is the amazing African wildlife, seeing elephants giraffes zebras and of course a lioness trying to catch dinner will stick in our memory for a very long time. We are both in our early sixties and encourage other people of our age to get off those boring cruises and see the real world out there! Life is an adventure, go and have one. Tour was well organised, food was great considering the circumstances, Moyo the guide was great nothing too much trouble for him to organise, and Steve the driver was fantastic. Would we do it again? YES.
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Date: 22-Nov-2015

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Thoroughly enjoyed! Will return to Africa sometime but would like to include other countries e,g. Mozambique etc. The driver Ian and the amazing cook- Thembelani also added to the excellence of the trip.
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Date: 01-Mar-2016

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
This tour was very well organised with the tour leader Tabi, Driver Laban and Cook Ben. All fantastic guys. There was a good routine which we adhered to and this made everything flow smoothly. The driving was great, very careful and safe. The food was superb. Early mornings resulted in us being at camp early afternoon and making the most of the facilities. The campsites were all good and nearly all had swimming pools and a bar/restaurant. The tents were easy to put up and take down with plenty of room for mattresses and backpacks. A really enjoyable holiday. Tabi was a bit lacking in giving us important information at the evening briefing but Laban made up for this.
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Date: 09-Mar-2019

4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Overall terrific value for money but non stop
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Date: 14-Sep-2017

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
The trip was awesome. From the airport pick up to our guides escorting some of us to the border so we could leave early (corona :( ) We saw so many things and a great variety. We were safe and very well fed. Moonya? kept us happy and healthy with delicious mushroom sauce and yummy peanut cabbage. There was always a vegetarian option. Becky keep us safe on the road and was an excellent driver and helped me with my tent. Gift keep us organized and informed with a great sense of humour. His love of Africa always shone through. I did find some parts a bit slow. I did not really enjoy so many idle afternoons but some in the group did.The truck should have curtains and some small repairs to the seats but was pretty comfortable for the most part. A source of power in the back would make life much easier. Campsites were almost all excellent. I was in a great group and the three weeks flew by. I cannot say enough good things about our crew. A great trip.
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Date: 19-Mar-2020

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Loved this tour. As a 58 year old traveling with a fairly young group it was a challenging but thoroughly enjoyable experience. Our driver Steve entertained us on guitar most nights which was an added bonus. Matt our guide was knowledgable and made the trip nice and relaxed. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Date: 10-Jun-2015

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
This was an absolutely wonderful tour! The itinerary was remarkably varied, interesting & often extraordinary, & made all the more so by our incredible leader, Matt Dry!! Under his guidance we were acquainted with many of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa, & were provided with endlessly entertaining facts & figures concerning the history of the regions & of the people & creatures living therein - I learnt so much! As an introduction to this fascinating part of the world, & if you like wildlife, then this tour is surely unequalled! It was a joy from start to finish, providing experiences & excursions that will remain embedded in your mind forever! If you're thinking of going, then don't hesitate - It's the trip of a lifetime!!!
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Date: 09-Nov-2017

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
The best experience of my life. Dave, Aron and Monga were the absolute best. Their knowledge is second to none and they are very friendly and fun. Hope to at some point return!
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Date: 08-Jun-2017

4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
I joined a 3 week camping tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. The guide, driver, and cook assigned to my tour were great. The campsites all had running water and electricity. And almost all of them had pools. Even in the middle of the desert!
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Date: 12-Aug-2019

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Tour went extremely well. I’d recommend it to anyone. Only thought that I expressed to Tabby is that he would be more expressive and clear about what to expect at each stop. I realize things can vary a lot, but we are new to the area and would benefit by more explanation. May have been some language issue, which is expected. However I mentioned to Tabby that he may benefit from some sort of “public speaking” training. Otherwise he was a very personable and helpful guide, especially on a on-on-one interest in us. He was definitely likable and made the tour feel like a personal experience.
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Date: 06-Mar-2019

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Great tour and tour guide was the best. Great communication and organisation skills and knowledge.
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Date: 24-Apr-2019

4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Fantastic! The trip ran very smoothly. We were given plenty of notice of what was coming up, when we needed to buy extra water, how much to expect to pay for goods etc. The driving days were not super long, the truck was comfortable and the tents were great- so nice to be able to stand up! The only things I thought the trip lacked was perhaps more small optional activities at a simple price. So, instead of the only optional being adrenaline activities at $150 or so per person, we would have loved a $15 village walk, $20 orphanage visit (or make a donation when you get there), time with the meerkats at Spitzkoppe, $15 to try dancing with the local tribe etc. A little bit more of the cultural side of each country would've been nice. We felt Swakopmund was a bit overrated and would have preferred to spend that extra night in Chobe free camping as it felt a bit rushed. We had much better facilities in camp grounds than the backpackers in Swakop. We had two families each with two children on the tour which made the trip fun! The difference in demographics made for a nice, happy medium. Monga (cook) and Johnny (driver) were great. Johnny could not have been more personable and friendly. Monga's food was delicious. Overall a great trip! Thank you.
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Date: 15-Oct-2015

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Excellent guide who worked hard to ensure the trip went well. Always going out of his way to make the trip fun. He was well organized and cared for is all.
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Date: 11-Oct-2017

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
Tour was excellent. Enjoyed the township tour but the food hall tour we could have skipped. Gift is very knowledgeable welcoming and and excellent man.
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Date: 25-May-2017

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
I can't fault anything on the tour, our guide was amazing, the cook incredible and our driver wonderful! Great value for money and I had such a fantastic time!
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Date: 13-Sep-2018

5* Cape to Falls - 22 days
This was an excellent tour. We saw a variety of environments, saw many animals, had a variety of activities and really had very little difficulties (one tire issue for a couple of hours one day). I liked the variety, and even though we had many days of long, dusty driving, it was worth it to see as many things as we did. The 22 guests all got along well and the 3 staff were excellent. The guide, driver, and cook were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kept us all on track time wise. I would go with them again! A suggestion: at Elephant Sands I suggest there be an automatic upgrade to a tented cabin. Myself and 2 other girls stayed in the regular tents with a number of others who were tenting. It was a fabulous night watching the elephants from our tent door, but at one point 2 elephants were shoving each other and when one elephant hurried off its back foot caught the edge of my tent and twirled it around. I straightened my tent up, and slept the rest of the night just fine. I loved the experience and wouldn't have traded it for the world, but in the interest of safety, I suggest an automatic upgrade at this site, just add the additional cost onto the overall cost of the tour.
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Date: 28-Nov-2018

4* Cape to Falls - 22 days
We enjoyed the tour. Long days as expected on the truck for the first week we weren't sure if this was the part of Africa we expected. It was mostly geology, which while interesting made everyone wonder when the animals and wilderness camping would start. After that it did start and was amazing and just got better each stop after Swakopmund. Amazing experences and close proximity to wildlife. We would have liked more nights of back country camping such as we had in the Okavango Delta and Chobe and thought most nights would have been in these type of locations rather than urban campgrounds. That said, it was a rewarding adventure with a great Crew of David, Ian and Munya.
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Date: 01-Nov-2017

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Start:Cape Town
Finish:Victoria Falls
Group size:2 - 30
Suitable for: 18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (
Accommodation:Camping
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