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Explore Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Kalahari to Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls on this 22-day Explore Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour. Starting in the bustling city of Cape Town, you’ll move through the unique landscape of Namaqualand (with flowers in bloom during spring) and travel across the vast expanses of Namibia.

Experience the many sides of this captivating region, watch a traditional San Bushman dance, do the mokoro trail into the Okavango Delta, spot wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls.

If you’re looking for an adventure, this Cape Town to Victoria Falls itinerary offers the best of Southern Africa with a combination of unique wildlife, cultural insight and outdoor activities which will leave you with unforgettable memories you’ll want to share for many years to come.

Duration
22 days

Guide Price

 £5,099  pp
Best time to go
January to May
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Namib Desert

Trip highlights

  • Visit Cape Town and explore one of the seven wonders of the world, the majestic Table Mountain
  • Explore Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world and the Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert
  • Embark on a safari adventure through Etosha National Park and The Okavango Delta both known for their dense population of wildlife
  • Cruise along the Chobe River on a sunset boat cruise and choose from a wide-range of activities such as white-water rafting at the world-famous Victoria Falls
Lions Head and Cape Town

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. The afternoon and evening may be spent at leisure exploring Cape Town or relaxing and recharging before the incredible journey ahead.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar
a view of a rocky mountain

Following breakfast, you can choose from a wide variety of activities and excursions such as a trip to Cape of Good Hope at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. With its rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above sea level, the natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms.

Wildlife enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to the endangered Boulders African Penguin Colony in Simon's Town or for those feeling adventurous, why not check out the unparalleled views of Cape Town from the summit of Table Mountain? Cape Town is also well-known for it’s impressive selection of restaurants and boutique cafes, with the V&A Waterfront providing the perfect spot to relax and enjoy Cape Town’s cuisine and nightlife.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar

After breakfast, you’ll have the day to continue exploring Cape Town. Why not immerse yourself in the history of this city with a trip to the world-famous Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison? Catch a ferry to the island and enjoy spectacular views, you may even catch sight of some dolphins, seals or penguins.

At 18:00 you’ll meet with your tour leader to discuss the tour itinerary and meet with the other travellers.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken on a seven-hour journey to Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand. Springbok is set in a narrow valley bisecting the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge. This area is referred to as 'The Garden of the Gods' and is prominent for the wondrous display of spring flowers that explode into bloom every August and September. If time allows, there is an option to do the Okiep Mine Tour (surcharge applies).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Okiep Country Hotel or similar
Fish River Canyon Namibia

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and taken on a six-hour journey to Fish River Canyon. This canyon is the second largest in the world, being surpassed by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado. The canyon is over 110 miles-long, stretching south from Seeheim down to the Orange River, forming the border between Namibia and South Africa.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Canyon Roadhouse or similar
Fish River Canyon

Following breakfast, the adventure continues, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and taken on a four-hour journey to Helmeringhausen. Located in the southern part of Namibia, between Fish River Canyon and Sesriem. Upon arrival, you can relax and take in the tranquillity surrounding you, with the option to do some bird watching, a self-guided hike, a sunset drive or wine tasting.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bahnhof Hotel Aus
Namib Desert

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and taken on a four-hour journey to Sesriem, a small settlement found in the Namib Desert. The name Sesriem means ‘six belts’ and was named by the Dorsland Trekkers, a group of Afrikaans-speaking settlers. It is said that they had to tie together six belts (made of oryx hide) to reach buckets down into the Sesriem Canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved in the sedimentary rock. Upon arrival to your hotel, you’ll have some time to make use of the hotel facilities and then take part in an optional nature or sundowner drive.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hammerstein Lodge or similar

An early departure for a five hour journey to Dune 45, gives you the opportunity to climb this world-famous Dune during the cooler time of the day. Dune 45 was named for its proximity to Sesriem gate before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Sand that was carried to the west coast by the Orange River is blown back again inland by winds and formed the dunes of the Namib Desert.

The Namib, a minimum of 55 million years old, is regarded as the oldest desert in the world. The sand here is red in colour due to the prominent levels of iron oxide. These dunes are known as star dunes, created by winds blowing from all directions and is also known as the highest sand dunes in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a miniature canyon by world standards but beautiful to
walk around in and appreciate the distinctive sedimentary rocks and conglomerate that line the canyon
walls.

You’ll travel by 4x4 to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. There is an option to book a scenic flight over the dunes on request (additional surcharges apply).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hammerstein Lodge or similar
Sossusvlei desert

In the morning, after some breakfast, you’ll embark on a seven-hour journey to Swakopmund, known for its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences. Adrenaline seekers can enjoy adventures such as quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more.

Spend the evening at leisure, exploring the town and enjoying the night life. Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful restaurants and eateries where you can explore the local cuisine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Prost Hotel or similar

After some breakfast, there are plenty of activities to choose from for the day. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilogrammes. Bookworms will love the many excellent bookshops and for those who love shopping, why not spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area?

Suggested Accommodation

  • Prost Hotel or similar

Following breakfast, you’ll depart on a six-hour journey to Outjo, leading to the Etosha National Park. This quaint little town was founded by German colonial Schutztruppe. You’ll stay overnight before heading into the Etosha National Park the following day. En-route to Outjo, you will visit the famous Spitzkoppe (‘pointed dome’ in German) also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. These granite peaks host some incredible rock formations and bushmen paintings. You have the option to explore this area on your own or join an optional guided tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Etotongwe Lodge or similar
Zebra in the Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you’ll depart on a one and a half hour journey to Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. En-route there will be a stopover to see a Himba settlement prior to arriving in Etosha.

Once you have checked in to your accommodation, you’ll head out on a game drive in search of elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. Animals often cluster around the watering holes close to the campsites and this offers you the unique opportunity to sit and wait for the animals to come to you. These fenced watering holes have seating areas and are perfectly safe. The floodlights at this location gives you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Etosha Region
Elephant

Following breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the camp and taken on a full day’s game drive in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Etosha Region
Windhoek Church

Today you’ll travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. This capital town has lots of interesting things to see and do. One of the most famous attractions is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here, you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel the bodies contain.

There are plenty of shops for you to explore and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings in the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and historical landmarks is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Safari or similar

After some breakfast, you’ll depart Windhoek early for the nine-hour drive through the eastern part of Namibia, crossing the border into Botswana and travelling into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar

In the morning, enjoy a walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation. After your walk, you’ll depart for a five hour journey from Ghanzi to Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town.

Upon arrival, you have the option to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will have a fair idea of the magnitude of this massive mix of land and water with its intricate system of channels and islands. You might also see families of elephant, giraffe, and herds of buffalo or even hippo from the air. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Island Safar Lodge or similar
Leopard

After breakfast, you’ll spend the day exploring the Delta. To ensure the best Delta experience, we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique ecosystem due to the changing water levels. You will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro(boat) or on a 4x4 open vehicle game drive.

Mokoro:
The mokoro is used by local people as a means of transport. It is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘poler’ standing at the back, manoeuvring the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. Along the way, you will stop for lunch at a nearby island and enjoy a nature walk for a few hours. You will then head back to Maun in your mokoro, enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts to set.

4X4 Open Vehicle Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve:
Departing from Maun early morning, we are destined for the Blackpools and Xini Lagoon areas in Moremi Game Reserve. You can expect a full day of exploration in the search of wild animals, interesting and varied landscapes in this untamed African bush. You’ll stop for some lunch en-route. There will be plenty of opportunities to take exquisite photos, Moremi is well known for teeming bird life, elephants, buffalo, hippo, lion and more.

What makes Moremi unique is that it was the first tribal land to be proclaimed by a local African tribe
in 1963 as a wildlife sanctuary. During the dry season, a congregation of all bird and wildlife species, along permanent rivers and water holes makes Moremi Game Reserve one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences.

The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Island Safar Lodge or similar
a baby elephant standing next to a body of water

Following some breakfast, you’ll depart on a six-hour journey to Botswana’s village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa.

Elephant Sands is home to animals such as wild dogs, various antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on your favourite sundowner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Elephant Sands or similar
a boat is docked next to a body of water
Cheetah in Botswana

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a four-hour journey to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe, and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. (You have an opportunity to go on an optional photo safari at your own expense, however, you would forfeit the included afternoon sunset boat cruise).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Thebe River Safaris or similar
a elephant that is standing in the dirt

After breakfast, start your morning searching for wild animals on an optional morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Afterwards, you’ll depart on a three hour journey, crossing into Zimbabwe and towards the magnificent Victoria Falls. You’ll spend three nights in Victoria Falls, situated close to the breathtaking waterfall which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Phezulu Lodge or similar
Victoria Falls

After breakfast, you have the day to explore some of the action-packed activities in the area. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. 

For more adrenaline-pumping fun, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. In the evening, join a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery, and an open bar.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Phezulu Lodge or similar
a waterfall with a mountain in the background

After breakfast, your 22-day tour ends here. Continue on with your own arrangements.

Included

  • Airport transfer to hotel on arrival
  • Cost of accommodation (based on two people sharing a standard double room) for a total of 21 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Bed and Breakfast: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar, Prost Hotel, Hotel Safari or similar, Elephant Sands or similar, Phezulu Lodge or similar. Full board basis: breakfast, lunch and dinner at Island Safari Lodge or similar.
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Board basis is Half Board: breakfast & dinner at Okiep Country Hotel or similar, Canyon Roadhouse or similar, Helmeringhausen Hotel & Guest Farm or similar, Hammerstein Lodge or similar, Etotongwe Lodge or similar, Etosha Region, Ghanzi Trail Blazers

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel, unless specified
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)