Cape, Namibia & Falls - 22 Days
An amazing 3 week adventure starting in Cape Town travelling north to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe traversing through 4 countries en route. Experience the remote splendour of the sand dunes in Namibia, the wonderful wildlife of Botswana's Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta before arriving at Africa's adrenalin capital - Victoria Falls!
If you are travelling in 2018 then please see the additional information at the bottom of this page for details on the safari in 2018.
On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure but this evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting.
To experience all that Cape Town has to offer we highly recommend arriving a couple of days earlier - please contact us for more details.
Overnight: Cape Town
Cape Town - Cederberg Mountains. An early start takes us to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay. After lunch we head towards the Cedarberg Mountains, where we overnight in Clanwilliam, one of the ten oldest towns in the country. On arrival you can enjoy a local favourite of Rooibos tea tasting. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has major nutritional and health benefits.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cedarberg - Orange River. Travelling up the West Coast, we pass through some magnificent mountain ranges on our way to the Orange River. If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later in the afternoon we will reach the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. 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
Orange River - Fish River Canyon. Today we head to Ai-Ais, where we stop for lunch. Here thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the hot springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". We then proceed 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
Moving inland we make our way towards the Namib Naukluft National Park. 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
Sossusvlei - Swakopmund. Day 8 is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. 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. 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
Cape Cross Seals & Brandberg
Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein. We follow the barren Atlantic Coast on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals. Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind, we then head inland across the desert plains for Twyfelfontein to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first Namibian location to receive this honour.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein | Breakfast, Lunch
Twyfelfontein - Kamanjab. On our journey today we will stop at the Petrified Forest, a collection of fossilised trees estimated to be around 250 million years old. We then head off towards Kamanjab where we explore a Himba village in the afternoon. This will be a journey of culture exchange, learning and understanding the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Overnight: Kamanjab | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kamanjab - Etosha. Today we head to Etosha National Park. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four 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.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2
Etosha - Kavango River, Namibia. Our journey continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of 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: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch
Kavango River - Okavango Delta, Botswana. We leave Namibia for Etsha13, 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. 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
Okavango Delta - Caprivi, Namibia. Leaving Botswana, we drive up the western border of the Okavango Delta before crossing back into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River. Enroute to camp you 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.
Overnight: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Caprivi - Chobe NP, Botswana. On day 19 we head along the Caprivi and cross the border back into Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering 10,566 km2. After settling in to our lodge, 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 the Chobe National Park, which 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 National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1
Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Continuing our trip we leave Botswana and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the Smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many activities on offer.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast, Lunch
Our safari ends after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
We recommend extending your stay in Victoria Falls if you want to enjoy the many activities on offer.
Travelling in 2018?
If you are planning on travelling in 2018 on our Cape Namibia and Falls safari then please see here for details on departures in 2018. The safari will be 24 days in length and includes a couple of extra days in Cape Town at the beginning including touring of Cape Town and Cape Point. We will also now visit Spitzkoppe in Namibia (in lieu of Twyfelfontein) to see the Bushman paintings and we will also visit a local distillery in Omaruru.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 12. 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, paid in ZAR
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
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.
The Townhouse, Cape Town
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.
Clanwilliam Lodge, Cederberg Mountains
Founded in 1732, the Clanwilliam Lodge is a colloquial gem ensconced in the magical Oliphant's River Valley. Guest rooms vary from standard rooms to superior suites. All are tastefully furnished, bright and modern. The inviting outdoor pool is a great way to cool down and relax in the afternoons. Guests can grab a drink in the evening in the classy sunken lounge and bar or indulge in a bit of pampering at the luxury spa. The lodge is located just a 5 min drive from the Clanwilliam Dam - a hotspot for watersports and angling.
Felix Unite Camp Provencale , Orange River
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 are also internet facilities for those needing to stay connected. Why not head out on one of the many river trips available and see all the Orange River region has to offer. This camp is perfectly located on the banks of the Orange River on the Namibian side.
Canyon Road House, Fish River Canyon
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! This accommodation is located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!
Sossusvei Agama River Camp, Sesriem
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, a restaurant and a refreshing swimming pool for escaping the Namibian heat! The camp lies between Solitaire and Sesriem just a 45 minute drive to the gates of Sossusvlei
Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Mer is a charming accommodation. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent ensuite 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. This accommodation is perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the picturesque Huab Valley where its thatched roof and natural stone architecture blend perfectly with the surrounding rock formations. The lodge has 56 spacious en suite rooms, which all offer wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Sit back and enjoy Namibia's beautiful sunsets from the lodge's lounge, enjoy delicious cuisine at the restaurant, sample one of Twyfelfontein's tasty cocktails by the pool and if you're lucky you may even spot a desert elephant from your veranda. The lodge also offers a range of activities including cycling tours, guided nature walks and safaris.
Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Kamanjab
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 cool off from the Namibian heat before settling down for a delicious meal in the evening. The camp is situated just outside Kamanjab in northwest Namibia.
Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park
With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is the 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 - you could even take your own beverage and join in with the drinking. Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.
Namutoni Resort, Etosha National Park
Refurbished in 2007, Namutoni Rest Camp offers a luxury camp within Etosha National Park. Rooms are tastefully decorated all with private terraces to the front and rear. Namutoni is home to the famous German fort which overlooks the King Nehale waterhole. There are also a number of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On an evening why not head up the wooden walkway to the water hole and watch the animals come down to drink. This resort can be found on the eastern side of world famous Etosha National Park.
Kaisosi River Lodge, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)
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. The lodge enjoys the perfect position on the Okavango River near the Caprivi Street.
Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta
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 guests can 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 situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta.
Camp Kwando, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)
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 located on the banks of the Kwando river in the Eastern Zambezi region.
Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.
A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls
A'Zambezi River Lodge features imaginative African-style architecture with sweeping curved buildings that are complimented by attractive gardens. Nestled besides the river, the lodge provides a quiet ambience for guests to enjoy nature and the facilities provided from award-wining restaurants to an outdoor pool with its own bar. The tastefully decorated rooms are well-equipped with modern conveniences from air-con to satellite TV. The hotel is minutes from Victoria Falls town (5km) and the mighty falls themselves.