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22 Days  |  Victoria Falls to Cape Town  |  from USD $5,569  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Head south from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Africa's 'Mother City' Cape Town. Travel through Botswana and Namibia visiting some of the continent's most spectacular natural wonders including the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park and the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei.

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Day 1

On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. The rest of the day if free to explore. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group for a pre-departure meeting.

To partake in some of the exciting optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls we recommend arriving a day or two earlier.
Overnight: Victoria Falls

Days 2-3

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park, Botswana. This morning enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. A mid-morning departure takes us from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on to Botswana for the next two nights. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure or to partake in optional activities.

The next day, we rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park, the second largest park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. Chobe 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.
Overnight: Chobe N. P.  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 4

Chobe - Caprivi, Namibia. Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. The afternoon is at leisure for a number of optional activities, or sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River.
Overnight: Caprivi Strip  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Caprivi - Okavango Delta, Botswana. We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. En route to camp we 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.

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.
Overnight: Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7

Okavango Delta - Kavango River, Namibia. Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu. We make our way to Kaisosi River Lodge and spend a relaxing afternoon at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River. Optional activities such as a 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.
Overnight: Caprivi Strip  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 8-10

Kavango River - Etosha. On day 8 we head off to Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting four of the Big Five that are resident in the park - lion, elephant, rhino and leopard, 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. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight: Etosha - Namutoni and Okaukuejo  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 1

Day 11

Etosha- Kamanjab. We leave the wild animals of Etosha behind and move onto the spectacular scenery of Damaraland. Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village this afternoon or the next morning. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Kamanjab - Twyfelfontein. On our journey today we will stop to see ancient Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein as well as the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in the country. We continue to Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we take a walk to visit the “White Lady” one of the most famous rock paintings in the area. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland.
Overnight: Brandberg  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-14

Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund. We move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. We arrive into the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 15-16

Swakopmund - Sossusvlei. Day 15 is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It 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. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Overnight: Sesriem  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 17

Sossusvlei - Fish River Canyon. Today is a long driving day. We travel south to our accommodation which is situated close to the 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.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 18-19

Fish River Canyon - Orange River. We leave this morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". The next day the only travelling is done in a canoe. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream the Orange River – mind the rapids though!
Overnight: Orange River  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 20

Orange River - Cedarberg, South Africa. We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the coast. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in the late afternoon at the Old Village, in Citrusdal the gateway to the Cedarberg Mountains.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21

Cedarberg - Cape Town. Before heading off you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits. A day drive through the mountains takes us to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the bay.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22

Our safari ends after breakfast when you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

We recommend extending your stay to see more of beautiful Cape Town and partake in some of the optional activities on offer.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

A'Zambezi Lodge, Victoria Falls
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A'Zambei has an African-style design, curvy lay-out and distinctive thatched roof. Likewise, its accommodation follows the same theme, with thoughtfully decorated river-theme rooms in a variety of options.

Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe N. P.
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Caprivi. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Baris a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sunsets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.

Camp Kwando, Caprivi Strip
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

A beautiful African style camp, Camp Kwando has thatched island tents and chalets on stilts. All rooms are well appointed including en suite facilities and a private deck. Meals are served just by the river and it is possible to see resident crocodiles and hippos pass by. Jump in the outdoor pool for a refreshing dip between game drives! The camp is on the banks of the Kwando river in the Eastern Caprivi.

Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set in shade gardens, Guma Lagoon Camp offers beautiful canvas chalets each with their own private view of the water. Each chalet contains beautiful teak beds and en-suite bathrooms. In the mornings why not take a walk down to the main decking area to watch the sun rise over the lagoon with a steaming hot cup of complimentary tea or coffee? The lodge is is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta.

Kaisosi River Lodge, Caprivi Strip
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

On the banks of the Okavango River, Kaisosi River Lodge consists of a number of beautiful thatched chalets. All chalets are comfortable with en-suite facilities and have private terraces or balconies. There are two outdoor pools to enjoy as well as a friendly bar area. Delicious meals are served in the restaurant or for that special occasion why not take advantage of the floating breakfast on the river option? Perfectly position on the Okavango River near the Caprivi Street.

Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha N.P.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is a perfect place for relaxing and game viewing. Guest rooms range from Bush Chalets to Premium Waterhole chalets (which overlook the animals drinking place) Evenings are a great time to relax at the waterhole and watch the amazing wild life come down for their evening drinks - why not take a couple drinks of your own with you? Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.

Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Twyfelfontein
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

An oasis in the desert, oppi Koppi Rest Camp is the ideal place to stop when visiting Namibia's northwest. Bungalows are well furnished with fans in every room and tea and coffee making facilities. The camp prides itself on it's friendly bar, which serves a good range of cold beers, other alcoholic beverages and ice cold Jagermeister. The out door pool is a great place to refresh in the Namibian heat before settling down for a delicious meal in the evening. Located just outside Kamanjab in northwest Namibia.

Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Open since 2004, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge is a warm and hospitable lodge at the foot of Namibia's highest mountain. Choose from chalets or rooms, all are well furnished with en suite facilities and a private patio/veranda. There are 2 large outdoor pools perfect for cooling down in. The famous 'White Lady' Bushman painting is a popular half-day excursion from here - which is not to be missed! Located near the Ugab River Valley and Brandberg Mountains.

Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Meris a charming accommodation in popular Swakopmund. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. This warm and friendly pension offers a number of excellent activities including dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights - so be sure to enquire about them. Perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.

Sossusvei Agama River Camp, Sesriem
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

When the owners of Agama River Camp first entered the property the Agama lizard was the first animal to show their face, hence the name! This beautiful camp offers both rustic camping and air conditioned chalets. The chalets have excellent amenities including an open deck - perfect for sleeping under the stars if you wish! There is also a cosy bar, restaurant and a refreshing swimming pool for escaping the Namibian heat! Located between Solitaire and Sesriem just a 45 minute drive to the gates of Sossusvlei

Canyon Road House, Fish River Canyon
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Littered with old car relics, some beautifully restored, the Canyon Road House is fast becoming one of Namibia's most iconic places to stay. With a beautiful bar in the middle of a museum of old vehicles, it really gives a feeling of the olden days. Rooms are designed in a beautiful bright style with stylish wooden furnishings. Take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool overlooked by an authentic farm windmill making you feel like you are in the heart of the Wild West! Located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!

Felix Unite Camp Provencale , Orange River
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

On the banks of the Orange River, the Feliz Unite Camp Provencale offers an array of accommodation. The popular chalets or cabanas afford stunning views of the river and include en suite facilities. The camp includes an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. There is also internet facilities for those needing to stay in touch. Why not head out on one of the many river trips available and see all the Orange River has to offer. Perfectly located on the banks of the Orange River on the Namibian side.

The Townhouse, Cape Town
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and intimate, the Townhouse is a luxury hotel in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed, have luxury en suite facilities and are provided with Free WiFi. The in house 'Trees' restaurant offers an exciting menu from a Michelin-trained chef. Being in such a great location, why not grab a complimentary walking map and head out to explore Cape Town - right on your doorstep! Well located in down town Cape Town, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary Precinct.

Trip Highlights

Cape Town - 'the Mother City'
Orange River - South Africa/Namibian border
Sossusvlei and Sesriem - beautiful sand dunes
Brandberg and Twyelfontein - rock paintings and Himba village
Okavango Delta - world's largest inland delta
Mahangu National Park - lots of exotic birds and mammals
Chobe River - crocodiles, hippos and elephants
Cedarberg - rural village and bushman art
Fish River Canyon - world's second largest canyon
Swakopmund - adrenalin capital of Nambia
Etosha National Park - 'place of dry water'
Eastern Caprivi - place where four countries meet
Chobe National Park - home to Africa's largest amount of elephants
Victoria Falls - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Included

21 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 12 Dinners
21 nights mid-range lodges, chalets, tented camps
Services of an experienced local guide/driver
Bushman Art Walk including the White Lady
Canoe ride on the Orange River
Okavango Delta Mokoro ride
Victoria Falls Guided Walk
Airport transfers on days 1 and 22
Transport in fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Quantum minibuses, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles
Park entrance fees
Game Drives Etosha and Mahangu National Park
Himba Village Walk
Chobe River boat cruise.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

Local payment - ZAR2500
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
This is a bilingual departure - the tour guide will speak English and French.
Bilingual Departure
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
This is a bilingual departure - the tour guide will speak English and French.
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429
 
USD $5569
USD $1429

This tour is guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers and has a maximum group size of 12.

Tour Details
Starts
Victoria Falls
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Mid Range
Local Payment
ZAR2500
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 21, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 12
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