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.
Overnight: Cape Town
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 have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains | 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.
Overnight: Gariep River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia). This morning we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River before we cross into Namibia after lunch and 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.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon | 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.
Overnight: Sesriem | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sesriem - Solitaire. 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 you will have the option to take the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area. After our leisurely morning exploring the desert and its dunes, we exit the park and head to our next destination, the small settlement of Solitaire.
Overnight: Sesriem | 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.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2
Swakopmund - Brandberg. Our departure from Swakopmund takes 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
Overnight: Brandberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brandberg - Eldorado. Today’s drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to a farm called Eldorado - a private farm that is home to many free roaming animals. The farm is populated with gemsbok, eland,
impala, springbok, steenbuck, duiker, zebra and more.
Overnight: Eldorado | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Eldorado - Etosha. On day 11 we travel to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. After lunch 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! Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the parks boundaries. The following day 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 may come to drink in the evenings.
Overnight: Etosha N.P. | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Etosha National Park - Grootfontein. After our breakfast we head out of the park while doing a game drive. Today is a short driving day to our next destination where we set up camp for the night. Tonight’s campsite has a Thatched dining area, bar, swimming pool & curio shop.
Overnight: Grootfontein | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Grootfontein - Divundu - Maun (Botswana). From Etosha, we head toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. We spend the night on the banks of the Kavango River before entering Botswana on day 15 and travelling to Maun.
Overnight: Divundu (1), Maun (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). On day 16 we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Okavango Delta Excursion. We travelling into the heart of the Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds) and set up camp. In the afternoon we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness. The following day enjoy rest, relaxation and Delta experiences, with the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!
For those who’d prefer not to explore The Delta, spend the next 2 days at the lovely campsite in Maun relaxing by the swimming pool or challenging each other to a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm nearby that has it’s feeding times open to campsite visitors.
Overnight: Maun OR optional Okavango Delta | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Okavango Delta - Maun. For those on the Okavango Delta Excursion, this morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. Arriving back in the afternoon there is the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
Overnight: Maun | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maun - Chobe - Kasane. On day 19 we travel on to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset. Listen out for the resident hippos! On day 20 we embark on a Chobe National Park overnight excursion in the wilds of the 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.
Overnight: Chobe (1), Kasane (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Kasane - 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, and travelling on 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.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | 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 elephant back safaris, walking with lions, flights over the falls and more.
If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.
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After finding out about your tours through a cousin of mine we travel from Cape Town to the Falls on your 22 days tour.
The tour guide was well informed and listened to our every need. The truck was well equipped and the tents and sleeping mats were awesome. The trip itself was well planned and amazing we could not have asked for a better time. We felt safe and cared for and really loved every minute of it. We want to come back again and did not want to leave. The highlights were many but the environment and plethora of animals was second to none. We have travelled with various other travel companies and would choose On the Go again. ”