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Cape Town to Vic Falls

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
22
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Africa, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe | 24 days
Trip code: 
UXOF
What's included: 

Transport - Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Mokoro

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (14 nts), Chalet (3 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (1 nt)

Meals - 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 16 Dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Stunning Beauty of Cape Town
Elephants at Chobe NP
Glide by mokoro along the Okavango Delta
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Itinerary for Cape Town to Vic Falls

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1 - Cape Town
  • Day 2-3 - Western Cape/Orange River
  • Day 4 - Fish River Canyon
  • Day 5-6 - Sesriem/Bush Camp
  • Day 7-9 - Swakopmund
  • Day 10 - Spitzkoppe
  • Day 11-12 - Etosha National Park
  • Day 13-14 - Grootfontein/San Bushmen
  • Day 15 - Bagani
  • Day 16-17 - Okavango Delta
  • Day 18 - Bagani
  • Day 19-20 - Chobe National Park
  • Day 21 - Victoria Falls
  • Day 22 - Tour ends
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Day
1

Cape Town

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, you recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your kitty, insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.

With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.

Optional Activities

  • Abseiling/kloofing - ZAR880
  • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
  • District Six Museum - ZAR25
  • Scuba diving (excluding gear) - ZAR330
  • Scuba diving (including gear) - ZAR730
  • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
  • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
  • South African Museum - ZAR27
  • Table Mountain - Cycling - ZAR550
  • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
  • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR200
  • Robben Island tour - ZAR260

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
2-3

Western Cape/Orange River

Leaving Cape Town behind, travel up the Western Cape and spend the night on a working farm (290 km, approx 8 hrs).

Pass through Namaqualand, famous for its wildflowers that spring up from the end of July to mid-September. Flowers like daisies, gazanias and cinerarias are the most popular. Arrive at the beautiful Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. It takes about an hour to exit South Africa and enter Namibia, and you then head for your camp on the banks of the river (540 km, approx 9 hrs).

Traditionally known as the Gariep River, the Orange River is the longest in South Africa (2200 km). Its source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range in Lesotho and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
4

Fish River Canyon

This morning there's a chance for an optional canoe adventure on the stunning Orange River - a great way to discover the beauty of this region.

Head further west into the desert lands of Namibia towards Fish River Canyon (270 km, approx 4-5 hrs).

At 500 metres deep and over 160 km long, Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here.

Tonight's camp has showers and flush toilets.

Included Activities

  • Fish River Canyon

Optional Activities

  • Canoe trip - USD37

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

 

Day
5-6

Sesriem/Bush Camp

This is a long driving day towards the fabled dunes of Namibia (520 km, approx 10 hrs).

Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of these dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are just incredible and provide a spectacular setting for our brunch.

The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. It's thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are the highest in the world and home to a plethora of animal life.

Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei (approx 30 minutes each way). Here you'll experience the hidden and amazing mysteries this area contains.

Included Activities

  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

Day
7-9

Swakopmund

Continue on to the town of Swakopmund (360 km, approx 9 hrs drive).

Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around the town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.

You have plenty of time here to go dune-bashing by quad bike, sand boarding or even skydiving over the town and surrounding desert. Here you can spend lively evenings in the town's many good restaurants and fun bars.

Accommodation here is in bungalows. These accommodate 6 people each and share bathroom facilities.

Optional Activities

  • Camel riding - USD15
  • Swakopmund Museum - USD2
  • Parasailing - USD70
  • Quad biking (2 hrs) - USD80
  • Sandboarding - USD80
  • Scenic flight - USD385
  • Sea kayaking - USD85
  • Seal and dolphin cruise - USD60
  • Skydive - USD270
  • Tandem skydive - USD270
  • Balloon flight (on request only) - USD415
  • Fishing trip - USD115
  • Flying Fox - USD70
  • Hansa Breweries visit - Free
  • Horse riding - USD65

Accommodation

Chalet (3 nts)

Day
10

Spitzkoppe

Travel to Spitzkoppe (290 km, approx 6 hrs).

Experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast.

Visit one of the most stunning areas of Namibia, the wild lands around the mountain of Spitzkoppe - 'the Matterhorn of Namibia'. The mountain, which is 700 million years old, is 1987 metres (5857 ft) high. Although you shouldn't attempt climbing to the top, there are some excellent hikes and guided walks throughout the area, rich in plant life and with some amazing bush paintings. This is a place to get away from it all and to appreciate the stunning harsh beauty of this sparsely populated country.

Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and have the chance to witness the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.

Included Activities

  • Cape Cross seal colony

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)

Day
11-12

Etosha National Park

Travel to Etosha National Park (480 km, approx 9 hrs).

Etosha National Park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. The wildlife is prolific and Etosha has every right to proclaim itself as one of the world's pre-eminent wildlife areas. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.

You stay at two different campsites in the park - Namutoni and Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo Camp is particularly spectacular as it overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night.

Included Activities

  • Etosha - Game drive

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
13-14

Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Travel to Grootfontein and spend the night near a Bushmen homestead (315 km, approx 6 hrs).

Take the opportunity to go out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen. Spend some time with them and listen to the stories and songs of these fascinating people, presented in their unique "clicking language". The Bushmen are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 San live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and ecology, living in harmony with their environment.

Included Activities

  • San Bushman cultural experience

Optional Activities

  • Boat trip - USD25

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

Day
15

Bagani

Head to Bagani where you set up camp for the night.

Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river and plenty of places to just relax.

The camp has flush toilets and cold showers.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

Day
16-17

Okavango Delta

Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga, where you leave our vehicle and join our transport for the journey into the delta (140 km, approx 4 hrs).

Formed by the Okavango River as it flows from the highlands of Angola down to a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is unlike anything else in the world. The river has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. The 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands is a wonderland of clear meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the big cats. However, it's not for the game that you come as it can't always be found. The delta is about exploring one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems.

Boarding boats out into the swamps, travel to Gao Island to meet our mokoro team and to begin exploring the Okavango Delta. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the meandering waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace of the delta may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.

Out in the middle of a wilderness area, on the first night you'll camp on an island away from civilisation.

Continue the trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp with its (usually) hot showers and small bar.

Included Activities

  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts)

Day
18

Bagani

Return to Bagani for the night where you have time to relax and take part in the various activities that are available in this charming place. Various boat trips, fishing or hikes are possible from Bagani.

Camp has flush toilets and cold showers.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

Day
19-20

Chobe National Park

Bagani to Chobe National Park is quite a long drive, but it's well worth it (430 km, approx 8 hrs). Enter Botswana at Goma border which is also the gateway to the park.

Botswana's first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions which come down to drink.

Take a cruise down the Chobe River - one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals.

Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants.

Camp is outside of Chobe National Park and has flush toilets and hot/cold showers.

Included Activities

  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Chobe - Boat Cruise
  • Game drive

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)

 

Day
21

Victoria Falls

Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi (115 km, approx 3 hrs).

Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below.

Tonight share a final night dinner together. 

Included Activities

  • Visit Victoria Falls

Optional Activities

  • Abseiling - USD55
  • Canoe trail - USD140
  • Canoe trail (half day) - USD100
  • Flying fox - USD40
  • Gorge swing - USD90
  • Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD140
  • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD275
  • Horseback safari - USD80
  • Rafting & river boarding combo (half day) - USD180
  • Sunset cruise Zambezi river - USD50
  • Village & township tour - USD50
  • Bungee jumping - USD130

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

 

Day
22

Tour ends

You are free to depart any time today as there are no activities planned. Check out time is 10am.

For those of you who are planning on spending a few extra days in Vic Falls there are various activities and excursions available - either on the water, on land or high above it all. Choose from white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging (please see the 'Optional Activities' below for more details on what you can see and do around Victoria Falls).

If you are interested in the Optional Helicopter flight (12 minutes or 25 minutes ) we endorse the following operator only: Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe. Your leader can help you arrange this activity.

Responsible Travel Note:
During your visit to the Victoria Falls area you may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We recommend that you bypass this activity as it is contrary to Responsible Travel guideline stating that we 'actively discourage the participation of groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic.' Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans can shorten their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards lion research, you feel that the negative impacts on the lions' rehabilitation far outweigh this.