Cape Town to Vic Falls Tour

Our signature and most popular tour, the Cape Town to Victoria Falls 20 Day tour, 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 represents 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!

Price:

From ZAR 30 314 p/p

*Activity Package:

(Includes a wine tasting, guided desert walk, Himba tribe visit, Okavango Delta excursion, Chobe National Park boat cruise & game drive, Vic Falls National Park entry fees.)

= an Additional ZAR 7 650 per person

Please contact us to confirm departure dates.

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01

South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay, picture taken 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 02

Namaqualand – Gariep (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 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 days’ travel.

DAY 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – 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. 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 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park:

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 05

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park:

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. 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. Our day in the desert continues this afternoon as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. 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 06

Swakopmund:

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. 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 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. We enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant tonight.

DAY 07

Swakopmund:

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 08

Khorixas:

The massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicate 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 09

Himba Tribe:

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the campfire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that the tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit a Himba village and interact with the villagers.

DAY 10

Etosha National Park:

Rising early this morning head for Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight.

DAY 11

Etosha National Park:

Our second day in Etosha allows another 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 will exit the park in the late afternoon and make our way to our accommodation outside the park.

DAY 12

Windhoek:

We rise early and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today we make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. We will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better-known landmarks.

DAY 13

Botswana – Ghanzi:

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring 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. This afternoon there is an option of a guided walk with your San hosts, this is an opportunity to learn more about the San culture and interaction with their Desert environment. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

DAY 14

Okavango Delta:

This morning we rise early, heading towards Maun and the Okavango Delta.  On arrival in Maun this afternoon, we transfer by 4×4 to our waterside camp where we spend the next 2 nights in these tranquil surrounds. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever-changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

DAY 15

Okavango Delta:

While the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional mokoro ride 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 16

Maun:

Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to the outback town of Maun where we will spend the night. This afternoon you may have the opportunity to participate in an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (weather permitting).

DAY 17

Nata:

Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. While we will pause to experience a finger of the pan on our journey from Maun, those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Pans this afternoon.

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. 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:

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:

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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Detailed Includes:

If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you at additional costs. We can also arrange airport transfers.

What’s included?

  • Meals (Breakfast x 19 / Lunch x 17 / Dinner x 15) (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck).
  • Accommodation/qualified crew/transport in the Nomad truck/included highlights as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.

What’s excluded?

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips).
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities/souvenirs/activity packages and optional activities.

 

*This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.