Group Size: 4 - 16 passengers
Departs: Scheduled small group departures during the year
Experience this popular Cape Town to Victoria Falls route, overlanding in style! Adventure through the Kalahari and Namib deserts, both of which offer an abundance of breathtaking scenery, African wildlife and rich cultural attractions. Explore the sights of cosmopolitan Cape Town, enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings in the Okavango Delta, view the mighty Augrabies falls and Fish river canyon, see the wild animals of the Kgalagaladi and Etosha National Parks, summit the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib desert and relax along the Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers ending at the world-famous Victoria Falls.
A 20% deposit will be required to secure your booking. The deposit is fully refundable 30 + days before departure.
Day 1 - Cape Town
The tour starts on day one with a pre departure meeting at 18h00 in the lobby of the hotel. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions.
It doesn’t get more convenient than this! The City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is located right at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront – allowing guests to not only easily enjoy this great Cape Town attraction, but also take advantage of V&A Waterfront’s ideal location near local highlights.
Day 2 - Cape Town
Depart from the City Lodge at 08h00, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, you will visit the Table Mountain National Park – Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to your well-situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront (at own expense). (B)
Day 3 - Calvinia (Hantam Region)
Distance: 425 km (7 hours)
Departing Cape Town you will pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region with spectacular views from the Van Ryns Pass. Arrive in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. During the months of August – October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region. (B)
Hantam Huis is an authentic building that is representative of the late 18th century’s building methods. Built in 1854, it is laid out in a T-shape, and is the oldest authentic house in Calvinia. It took more than a decade to restore this building to its original glory, complete with its authentic reed roof, and was declared a national monument in 1983. Hantam Huis is currently being used as licensed restaurant on one hand, and museum complete with curio shop stocked with handcrafted merchandise on the other.
Day 4 - Augrabies Falls National Park
Distance: 450 km (6 hours)
Leaving the Little Karoo you will head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. You will pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is ‘Aukoerebis’ or ‘place of great noise’. Spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints. (B)
Vergelegen Guest House was built especially with keeping the guests’ needs in mind is situated on the outskirts of Kakamas on a beautiful farm setting near the world famous Augrabies Falls. One overlooks the contrast of barren landscapes and lush green vine yards of the Orange River Valley. The guest house offers 16 comfortable en-suite rooms each with a personal touch. All rooms have their own private entrances which walk out on a patio. Take time to relax at the swimming pool under the African sun or take a walk down to the river.
Day 5 to Day 6 - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Distance: 370 km (5 hours)
Today you will head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane lion. Enjoy a game drive to your lodge. At the lodge clients can interact with the ancient Bushman people, discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (at own expense) including night game drive, sunset pan drive, Kalahari nature walk. The evenings are spent gazing in wonder at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck. (BD)
Only 5km from the Twee Rivieren gate of the Kgalagadi National Transfrontier Park, The Kgalagadi Lodge offers the perfect affordable, alternative to staying in the national park. The clean, fresh, modern style chalets and camping compliment the area.
They have a wide range of accommodation suitable for all guests, these include Luxury, Family, Standard, Business, Luxury Camp Chalets and Campsites each with own ablution. All chalets have air-conditioning, DSTV and outside braai facilities.
Strategically placed, the chalets make every morning a special treat. Seeing the sun rise from your front porch is an unforgettable experience.
Then, when the sun sets in the evening and everything turns red, your seat on the dune, a few steps behind your chalet will surely make for a brilliant photo opportunity.
Day 7 - Fish River Canyon
Distance: 495 km (7 hours)
Leaving the Kalahari region you will head west and enter Namibia arriving at your lodge situated in a scenically beautiful area. The following morning is free to relax and in the afternoon you will visit the Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe inspiring canyons in the world. (BD)
Quiver trees, Nama culture, rugged landscape and an impressive sweeping rock formation characterise Canyon Village. Stone-and-thatch chalets are positioned in a horse-shoe design around a celebration of young quiver trees and the sprawling thatched central area, bedecked with bougainvillea, serving as restaurant, bar, lounge and reception. A cart drawn by a team of mules waits outside, conveying luggage to the chalets in a flurry of activity and laughter. ‘Take a walk on the South’s side’ is a suitable motto for this Fish River Canyon lodge.
Day 8 to Day 9 – Sesriem
Distance: 520 km (7 hours)
Your journey today will take you north through ever changing scenery to your accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. Undertake a 5 km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon. (BD)
Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery characterised by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.
The 24 uniquely designed self-catering accommodation units have spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, patio and private parking. Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked bar with a big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal boma areas which are perfect to cater for groups travelling together.
Day 10 to Day 11 – Swakopmund
Distance: 370 km (6 hours)
Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch while viewing the flamingos feeding. Arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon and following day exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (at own expense). Activities available include dolphin cruises or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert. (B)
Amongst Swakopmunds captivating contrasts and old traditions, The Delight is a fresh breeze in the desert. Conveniently located within short walking distance of the ‘Mole’, this modern, uplifting and inviting hotel is the ideal base for your stay.
Day 12 – Damaraland
Distance: 380 km (7 hours)
Today you will drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Your lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool. (BD)
Welcome to the Ugab Terrace Lodge set deep in the heart of a rare and untouched mystery situated within Namibia’s famous tourist attractions. Indulge yourself with the breathtaking view enjoying a refreshing drink and overwhelming experiences of bathing in a splash pool constructed in the natural rocks at the top of the mountain surrounded by un spoilt valleys and bush. The accommodation comprises of 16 chalets set in a semi-circle on the edge of the mountain with a panoramic view over open valleys and the ancient terraces formed by water corrosion millions of years ago.
Day 13 - Etosha National Park
Distance: 220 km (3 hours)
Today you will proceed to Etosha National Park where you will enjoy your first game drive and relax by the floodlight waterhole in the evening. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes. (BD)
Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp. The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is only 17 km from Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst.
Day 14 - Etosha National Park
Distance: 150 km
This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. The day is spent on game drive through the Park from the Western to the Eastern side of the Park. (BD)
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is situated only four minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near Namutoni Fort and is the closest lodge to the Etosha National Park. Located on its own private nature reserve, it shares a common border with this fascinating National Park. Upon arrival, a cool, green tropical oasis welcomes guests. Charming thatched buildings and two sparkling pools nestled among the vast indigenous gardens, give credence to the name “Mokuti”, which in Ovambo means “In the forest”.
Day 15 - Okavango River
Distance: 400 km (6 hours)
Depart Etosha and enter the Caprivi Strip where you will spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River and Angola. An optional afternoon boat cruise on the river is available (at own expense). (BD)
Entering Hakusembe River Lodge at the end of the winding gravel track, you are greeted with a refreshing image of green lawn, large trees, a collection of thatched chalets and a strip of sparkling river. Instantaneously the fresh balm of beauty soothes your weary soul. You have reached the verdant Hakusembe river oasis. A feeling of calm descends. And it remains present for the time of your visit. River birds fly up between the reeds, people row their dugout canoes on the river and soft muted sounds float over the waters from the villages on the far bank. As you sit on the floating deck, legs up, book in hand absorbing the peace to the accompaniment of bird calls and the gentle splashing of water, all worldly worries float away.
Day 16 to Day 17 - Okavango Delta
Distance: 320 km (4½ hours) then 2 to 3 hour boat ride to Island
Continuing into the Caprivi you cross into Botswana were you travel by road to the edge of the Okavango Delta. You then transfer 2-3 hours by boat to Pepere island in the delta. The following day you do mokoro and game walks on the island and the smaller islands in the area. The activities included are Mokoro trips, scenic boat tours and game walks on the island.
Pepere Island Tented Camp is located deep in the delta on a remote island set on the Pepere Lagoon. Guests can enjoy guided game walks, Makoro excursions, helicopter game flights and stay in ensuite mini Meru style tents that are classic and original Okavango. Pepere Island remains an affordable and authentic delta camp.
Day 18 - Kwando River
Distance: 440 km (6 hours)
Continue to the Eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at your lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. A lush area teeming with wildlife and birdlife offers a great opportunity for a late afternoon game drive (at own expense). (BD)
Namushasha River Lodge celebrates the wonders of the Zambezi water world with accommodation fit for a king. There’s a magic, a feeling or a charm that enraptures you in these northern realms. With elephants, hippos, myriad bird species, waterlilies and African bush, a visit to Namushasha provides an enriching adventure into Nature – to the accompaniment of the chiming of reed frogs, bird calls, hippo grunts and the soothing sound of a boat skimming through water. Namushasha’s impressive central entrance, designed in true African style with a wooden chandelier and carved animals, leads guests into the attractive lodge set between the trees. The dining room, with its high thatched roof, is open on the sides to the river world, providing a suitable – and airy – welcome to wonderland.
Day 19 to Day 20 - Chobe National Park
Distance: 300 km (5 hours with border crossing)
Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park you will overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Relax on a sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Optional morning game drive (at own expense). (BD)
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on your doorstep is the meeting point of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi.
Day 21 - Victoria Falls
Distance: 90 km (3 hours with border crossing)
Today you will travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls – without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. Days are spent at leisure to browse the local markets, to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungi jumping, microlighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls and to visit the Falls (at own expense). (B)
Cresta Sprayview is situated just 1.4 km from the Victoria Falls Rain Forest entrance. It is the perfect gateway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. In months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from this majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the “Smoke that Thunders” and can be seen from the hotel, hence the name “Sprayview” from which the hotel derives its name. The hotel is ideally situated, in walking distance of the town of Victoria Falls, with its accompanying restaurants and curio markets and a short 10 minute walk to the falls themselves. Set on eight acres of manicured grounds, the hotel offers a tranquil oasis from which to enjoy all Victoria Falls has to offer. Alfresco dining and the large swimming pool make the hotel a relaxing retreat for families, international travellers and honeymooners.
Day 22 - End of TransKalahari Adventure Tour
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 11 Sep 21 $7,060 $8,295
- 09 Oct 21 $7,060 $8,295
- 13 Nov 21 $6,795 $8,030
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.