Group Size: Maximum 12 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
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. The slowly changing landscapes of Namibia 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 views. Travel to the bustling town of Swakopmund before visiting a Himba tribe. Next on your list is Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. From Etosha you will 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!
Day 1 - Cederberg Region
Leaving Cape Town this morning you will travel to the famous winelands region of the Western Cape and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. You 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 your overnight stop, offers an opportunity for you to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. (D)
Included Highlight: Visit to The Spice Route.
Activity Package: Wine tasting.
Day 2 - Orange River
Namaqualand presents you with your first experience of the desert vistas that will accompany you in the days ahead. Continue your journey north and travel to your 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 you enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River. (BD)
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 you will have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river (at own expense). Venturing north into the desert, you will visit the Fish River Canyon in the afternoon and overnight at the hot springs of Ais-Ais where you can indulge in a hot water swim under the desert skies. (BD)
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon.
Day 4 - Namib-Naukluft National Park
Every journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as you venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Your destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer you 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. Your base for the next two nights puts you at the doorstep to this desert wonderland. (BD)
Day 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park
It is a busy day today as you board your open 4X4 vehicles and venture deeper into the Namib Desert, starting off with a transfer into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. After walking around and discovering this area, you will make a stop at Dune 45, the highest dune in Namibia. The brave can climb to the top – the views will not disappoint the efforts. As you leave, you will make a short stop at Sesriem Canyon before returning to your accommodation for the night. (BD)
Included Highlight: Guided 4X4 excursion into Sesriem National Park (including a Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei Deadvlei).
Day 6 - Swakopmund
Today you will continue west and make your way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, you will make your way across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. You will 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 you will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer and enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant (at own expense). (B)
Included Highlight: Guided desert walk with local expert.
Day 7 - Swakopmund
While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more (at own expense). 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. (B)
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking.
Day 8 - Outjo
This morning you will travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works you head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. You will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. You will join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to your overnight stop in Outjo. (BD)
Included Highlight: Visit Spitzkoppe.
Day 9 - Outjo
Today you will continue north, on your way you will visit a project that will introduce you to the Himba people of Northern Namibia. The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not. Continue to your camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park. (BD)
Activity Package: Himba Project Visit.
Day 10 - Etosha National Park
Rising early this morning you make the short drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today you have a full day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park as you spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Your accommodation is situated just outside the National Park. (BD)
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the Nomad vehicle.
Day 11 - Etosha National Park
Your second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue your exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps your eyes wide open. (BD)
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the Nomad vehicle.
Day 12 - Windhoek
A last early morning and short game drive to the gate wraps up your visit to Etosha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today you will make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. You will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Tonight you have the chance to eat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery (at own expense), Joe’s Beer House has gained an international reputation for its venison dishes and quirky atmosphere. (B)
Included Highlight: Craft market stop enroute, short walk through Windhoek with your guide.
Day 13 - Ghanzi
Today you will travel east and make your 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. 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. (BD)
Included Highlight: San tribal dance in evening.
Day 14 - Maun
The San people have existed in some of the harshest conditions for thousands of years and this morning you will have the opportunity of joining an optional walk with San guides to learn how they embrace the environment to survive (at own expense). This afternoon you will journey to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and your launching pad for the Okavango Delta excursion. Your guide will brief you on what to pack for the Delta excursion, a small daypack or overnight bag will be needed due to space restrictions for your transfers to and from camp. (BD)
Optional Activity: Bushman walk.
Day 15 - Okavango Delta
This morning you will board your flight and embark on your Okavango Delta excursion. 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. (BLD)
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion.
Day 16 - Okavango Delta
A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional mokoro rides 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. (BLD)
Day 17 - Nata
Leaving the Delta behind, enjoy your return flight back to Maun this morning and reunite with your Nomad vehicle. Your journey today takes you across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree and you will catch glimpses of the extensive pans that stretch out to the South. As portion of your route bisects the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Parks, if you’re lucky you may encounter some of the wildlife that roams this vast protected area. (BD)
Day 18 - Chobe National Park
Rise early this morning as you continue north to your camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. Begin your exploration in 4X4 vehicles, which allows 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.
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise and Chobe National Park Game Drive.
Day 19 - Victoria Falls
With the memories of your wildlife encounters firmly etched in your minds, cross the border in Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will 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 (at own expense). For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight enjoy an optional dinner out (at own expense), your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available. (B)
Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry.
Day 20 - End of Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour
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 (at own expense). (B)
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights and White Water Rafting.
Dates and Pricing
- 25 Nov 18 $5,491 $6,038
- 09 Dec 18 $5,491 $6,038
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.