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Cape to Falls - 22 days

From Cape Town to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls, travelling through Namibia and Botswana along the way. Take in some of Southern Africa’s best game parks and reserves on this exciting 22 day adventure.

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Trip Highlights

South Africa: Cape Town - extend your stay to explore the city. The Cederberg Area and the Gariep River.
Botswana:Chobe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants. Boat cruise along the Chobe River. Okavango Delta.
Namibia: Fish River canyon. Namib Naukluft National Park - Sossusvlei & Dune 45. Etosha National Park, Namibia's finest wildlife sanctuary. Swakopmund, a charming colonial coastal town. Spitzkoppe and Windhoek.
Zimbabwe:UNESCO Listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Included

Arrival transfer from Cape Town Airport on day 1
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
Cape Town Township Tour, Wine tasting in Cederberg, half day canoeing on the Orange River, transfer to Sossusvlei for Desert Walk
Park Entry & Game drive - Etosha NP and Chobe NP. Park Entry into Victoria Falls National Park
1st night dorm accommodation at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town (upgrade available), 2 nights twin share accommodation in Swakopmund and 18 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided.
20 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 16 dinners
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
2 day/1 night Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town

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

Day 2

Cederberg Mountains

Cape Town - Cederberg. Leaving Cape Town, we take a township tour before we head around Table Bay and travel north to a picturesque campsite, surrounded by wine farms in the Cederburg Area. This afternoon we sample some of the nectar of the gods with included wine tasting after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Gariep River

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

Day 4

Fish River Canyon

Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia). This morning we take 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

Day 5

Sesriem

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

Day 6

Namib Naukluft National Park

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 we head a further 5kms into the desert and take a walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and explore the surrounding area. After our 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

Days 7-8

Swakopmund

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

Day 9

Spitzkoppe

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

Days 10-11

Etosha National Park

Brandberg - Etosha National Park area. On day 10 our drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park. The following day we explore Etosha National Park. Covering 22,700 km, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, 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! The camp tonight is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner.
Overnight: Etosha National Park area  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 12

Etosha National Park

Today 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 National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-15

Windhoek & Ghanzi

Etosha - Windhoek - Ghanzi - Maun (Botswana). From Etosha, we head to the capital Windhoek for some free time in the afternoon. Departing on day 14 we enter into Botswana and stop in Ghanzi in the middle of the Kalahari Desert - home to the famous San Bushmen.

Continuing on day 15 we head to Maun - our base for the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our 1 night excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.
Overnight: Windhoek (1), Ghanzi (1) Maun (1)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2

Day 16

Okavango Delta

Maun - Okavango Delta. The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. Here we take a 2 Day / 1 Night Drive In Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

On arrival you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.
Overnight: Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Okavango Delta

Okovango Delta – Maun. This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over the Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Nata Region

Maun - Nata Region. We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of partaking in a game drive or a bushwalk.
Overnight: Nata Region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 19-20

Chobe National Park

Nata Region - Chobe. We travel north 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. The next morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane.

Once we are packed and prepared on day 20, we leave for our Chobe National Park overnight mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe 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 where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by!
Overnight: Kasane (1), Chobe (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 21

Victoria Falls

Chobe - 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

Day 22

Victoria Falls

Saturday. Our African adventure ends after breakfast today. We suggest extending your stay to take advantage of the exciting optional excursions available at Vic Falls which include elephant back safaris, walking with lions, flights over the falls and more.
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FAMILY DEPARTURES

Parents with children and teens aged 6 to 17 are welcome on selected Cape to Falls departure dates. Children under 12 get 5% off the trip price. See the Prices / Date tab above for details.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

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Local payment - 2017: USD$400 / 2018: USD$500, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Hotels

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.

Ashanti Lodge Gardens Backpackers, Cape Town

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Hostel

Situated in a Victorian mansion at the foot of Table Mountain, within walking distance of the city centre, Ashanti Lodge offers a range of 6 to 8 bed dormitories, in addition to private rooms with shared bathroom facilities. After a long day of sightseeing, travellers can unwind with a cocktail at the café-bar, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or relax in the landscaped garden. Kitchen/BBQ facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi are also available.

Highlanders Campsite & Lodge, Cederberg Mountains

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Nestled among the wine farms at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, this campsite is a perfect stopover in the Namaqualand region. Highlanders is set on 3 levels, giving campers plenty of space between each of the 5 individual camp areas, and a 12-room ensuite lodge has recently been added to the site. Each camp has a 'braai' pit, sink unit & power. There are stunning mountain views from the solar-powered hot showers, and a locally-sourced wine bar by the scenic swimming pool.

Oasis Sossus, Sesriem

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

This luxury campsite at the gates of Sossusvlei features 12 individually shaded camps, each with its own bathroom facilities, kitchen basin, barbecue, and electricity points. The campsite has a sparkling pool, and is within walking distance of a fully stocked shop, Internet café, and service station. The adjacent Sossusvlei Lodge offers a restaurant and Adventure Centre, where exciting desert activities such as quad biking, sunset drives, and scenic flights over the dunes can be arranged.

Urban Camp, Windhoek

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp is a comfortable campground combining city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi, a sparkling pool, and private bathrooms all contribute to an oasis of calm in campsites housing up to 18 people. Nearby is a small shopping centre for amenities, and for sightseers looking to explore the history and architecture of Windhoek, the city centre is less than 2km away.

Delta Rain Bushcamp, Okavango Delta

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

This unique campsite is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, as part of the Delta Rain safari experience. Accommodation consists of dome tents with twin beds, and "bush en-suite" bathrooms with a long-drop toilet and bucket shower. After settling in, guests can relax in the mess tent, partake in game viewing trips, or go on guided walks, while admiring the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Camp

Situated in the bohemian town of Victoria Falls, and 400m from the Falls themselves, the affordable accommodation at the Shearwater Explorers Village consists of 5 campsites with modern bathroom facilities, and 16 private chalets with en-suite showers and A/C. Shearwater operates a range of activities at the Falls, from bungee jumping to river rafting - and when the day is over, guests can wind down with Wi-Fi in the lounge areas, a drink by the pool, or even a back rub in the massage tent.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.53 out of 5 based on 15 recent reviews

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This was an absolutely wonderful tour! The itinerary was remarkably varied, interesting & often extraordinary, & made all the more so by our incredible leader, Matt Dry!! Under his guidance we were acquainted with many of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa, & were provided with endlessly entertaining facts & figures concerning the history of the regions & of the people & creatures living therein - I learnt so much! As an introduction to this fascinating part of the world, & if you like wildlife, then this tour is surely unequalled! It was a joy from start to finish, providing experiences & excursions that will remain embedded in your mind forever! If you're thinking of going, then don't hesitate - It's the trip of a lifetime!!!

• Submitted 09 Nov 2017
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We enjoyed the tour. Long days as expected on the truck for the first week we weren't sure if this was the part of Africa we expected. It was mostly geology, which while interesting made everyone wonder when the animals and wilderness camping would start. After that it did start and was amazing and just got better each stop after Swakopmund. Amazing experences and close proximity to wildlife. We would have liked more nights of back country camping such as we had in the Okavango Delta and Chobe and thought most nights would have been in these type of locations rather than urban campgrounds. That said, it was a rewarding adventure with a great Crew of David, Ian and Munya.

• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
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Excellent guide who worked hard to ensure the trip went well. Always going out of his way to make the trip fun. He was well organized and cared for is all.

• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
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Overall terrific value for money but non stop

• Submitted 14 Sep 2017
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The best experience of my life. Dave, Aron and Monga were the absolute best. Their knowledge is second to none and they are very friendly and fun. Hope to at some point return!

• Submitted 08 Jun 2017
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Tour was excellent. Enjoyed the township tour but the food hall tour we could have skipped.

Gift is very knowledgeable welcoming and and excellent man.

• Submitted 25 May 2017
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Excellent trip. I had a great time. There was nothing I could complain about. While we were not on a luxury camping expedition from what we paid, and it was not all that much, it was good value for our money. Guide was great and was always willing to talk with me, even answer what was probably an endless list of questions. Over 22 days we definitely had a feel for what the country looks like.

• Submitted 09 May 2016
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Thoroughly enjoyed! Will return to Africa sometime but would like to include other countries e,g. Mozambique etc. The driver Ian and the amazing cook- Thembelani also added to the excellence of the trip.

• Submitted 01 Mar 2016
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The tour was fantastic value for money, its a camping tour and at times it was tough going travelling through intense heat and some hot sleepless nights, but you forget all the negatives when climbing Dune 45 and eventually seeing, and what you come to witness is the amazing African wildlife, seeing elephants giraffes zebras and of course a lioness trying to catch dinner will stick in our memory for a very long time. We are both in our early sixties and encourage other people of our age to get off those boring cruises and see the real world out there! Life is an adventure, go and have one.

Tour was well organised, food was great considering the circumstances, Moyo the guide was great nothing too much trouble for him to organise, and Steve the driver was fantastic. Would we do it again? YES.

• Submitted 22 Nov 2015
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Fantastic! The trip ran very smoothly. We were given plenty of notice of what was coming up, when we needed to buy extra water, how much to expect to pay for goods etc. The driving days were not super long, the truck was comfortable and the tents were great- so nice to be able to stand up!

The only things I thought the trip lacked was perhaps more small optional activities at a simple price. So, instead of the only optional being adrenaline activities at $150 or so per person, we would have loved a $15 village walk, $20 orphanage visit (or make a donation when you get there), time with the meerkats at Spitzkoppe, $15 to try dancing with the local tribe etc. A little bit more of the cultural side of each country would've been nice.

We felt Swakopmund was a bit overrated and would have preferred to spend that extra night in Chobe free camping as it felt a bit rushed. We had much better facilities in camp grounds than the backpackers in Swakop.

We had two families each with two children on the tour which made the trip fun! The difference in demographics made for a nice, happy medium.

Monga (cook) and Johnny (driver) were great. Johnny could not have been more personable and friendly. Monga's food was delicious.

Overall a great trip! Thank you.

• Submitted 15 Oct 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cape Town
Ends
Victoria Falls
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
2017: USD$400 / 2018: USD$500, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 20, Lunch: 17, Dinner: 16
Visiting
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1st March 2017

Extra Tour Info

Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa
Spotting Africa's Big 5
Our guide to the best places to see the BIG 5
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling in Africa on an overland safari

This was an absolutely wonderful tour! The itinerary was remarkably varied, interesting & often extraordinary, & made all the more so by our incredible leader, Matt Dry!! Under his guidance we were acquainted with many of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa, & were provided with endlessly entertaining facts & figures concerning the history of the regions & of the people & creatures living therein - I learnt so much! As an introduction to this fascinating part of the world, & if you like wildlife, then this tour is surely unequalled! It was a joy from start to finish, providing experiences & excursions that will remain embedded in your mind forever! If you're thinking of going, then don't hesitate - It's the trip of a lifetime!!!

Keith Budd