Falls, Namibia & Cape - 24 Days
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.
On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. In the afternoon we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. 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
Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park, Botswana. The morning of day 2 is at leisure to take an optional tour of Victoria Falls or 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.
On day 3 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 National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1
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: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) | Breakfast, Lunch
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
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: Kamanjab | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kamanjab - Omaruru. After our cultural experience in the Kamanjab we head southwards to Omaruru. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. We will stop at a local distillery and small wine cellar to taste some of its home-grown produce before arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon.
Overnight: Omaruru | Breakfast, Lunch
Omaruru - Swakopmund. We move westwards across the flat desert plains travelling to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we head towards the Atlantic coast. 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
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
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
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
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 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
This morning you will be collected and taken by cable car up the top of Table Mountain for some of the best views across the city and surrounding peninsula. Back in the city we will visit the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap. We suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour offering an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast
Today we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, we stop at maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. Here you have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal - and not included in the cost). We carry on over Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breath taking coastal drives to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon we travel on to Simon's Town, a village with charming Victoria architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast
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. A post tour Cape Town Extension package can be arranged upon request.
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 - USD$195, paid in USD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Omaruru Guest House, Omaruru
In the quaint town of Omaruru, the Omaruru Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and a friendly service. Guest rooms are stylish with hard wood flooring and excellent modern amenities. The guest house boast from a refreshing outdoor pool, on site restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi. At the front of the property you can find the Bambu Wellness Boutique Spa - a perfect stop for some pampering when in the desert!
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.
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
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!
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.
Clanwilliam Lodge, Cederberg
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.
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.