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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Cape Town to Victoria Falls
19 Days from $4,361 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

This accommodated group tour starts in the bustling city of Cape Town, travels through the unique landscape of Namaqualand (with flowers in bloom during spring) and through the vast expanses of Namibia. Experience the many sides of this captivating region, watch a traditional San Bushman dance, enjoy a mokoro trail into the Okavango Delta, spot wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of the magnificent Victoria Falls. Offering you several nights under the African sky and transport in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats), as well as time to explore on your own and choose optional activities, ensuring that you have an unforgettable experience, soaking up the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa. 

Overview

  • Country:
    Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • You will visit:
    Cape Town, Namaqualand, Fish River Canyon, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Maun, Okavango Delta, Kasane, Chobe River, Victoria Falls
  • Tour type:
    guided, small group
  • Safari standard:
    mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, kudu, sable, wealth of birdlife and much more
  • Viewing by:
    Game drives, mokoro, boat cruise, scenic flight, nature walk
  • Getting around:
    Game drive vehicle, transfer vehicle
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start in Cape Town, South Africa / end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Included

  • Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
  • Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 13 Dinners
  • Accommodation: Bungalows/Lodges (12 nts), Tented Room (1 nt), Hotel (5 nts)
  • Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park
  • Activities: Fish River Canyon, Climb Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, 4x4 Sossusvlei Transfer, Himba Visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle in Etosha National Park, San (Bushmen) Walk, Okavango Delta – Half-day Mokoro Trail including Nature Walk, Chobe River Boat Cruise
  • Airport transfer: Your arrival airport transfer is included.
  • Crew: Services of a Tour Leader and Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.

Note

On this tour there is the option to go on a Fly-in Mokoro Day Trip - this is an optional activity and it is not included in the tour price – subject to availability and weather conditions.

Day by Day

Day 1:  Cape Town

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18.00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, cuisine and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish bobotie or the freshest seafood at one of the exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. Make sure to arrive a day earlier to go to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or head up Table Mountain in the cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the top.

Meals: N/A
Travel Time: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel - Breakwater Lodge or similar
Activities Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 2:  Cape Town to Springbok

Depart Cape Town early on your way 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 7 hrs
Accommodation: Hotel - Okiep Country Hotel or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A

Day 3:  Springbok to Fish River Canyon

Travel onwards to Fish River Canyon and take in the sights. The canyon is the second largest in the world, being surpassed by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado. With a length of 180 kms approx, stretching south from Seeheim down to the Orange River, the canyon forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 6 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Canyon Roadhouse or similar
Activities Included: Visit Fish River Canyon Rim
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: Fish River Canyon

Day 4:  Fish River Canyon to Helmeringhausen

The adventure continues today to Helmeringhausen, a settlement made up of little more than a homestead, hotel and petrol station. Located in the southern part of Namibia, between Fish River Canyon and Sesriem. On arrival you can relax and take in the tranquillity surrounding you.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 5 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Helmeringhausen Hotel & Guest Farm or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Bird Watching, Self-guided Hikes
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 5:  Helmeringhausen to Sesriem

Sesriem is 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 6 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 4 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Hammerstein Lodge or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 6:  Sesriem

An early departure will give you the opportunity to climb the majestic Dune 45 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, known as star dunes which are created by winds blowing from all directions, are the highest sand dunes in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 5 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Hammerstein Lodge or similar
Activities Included: Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon Visit, 4x4 Sossusvlei Transfer
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem/Sossusvlei

Day 7:  Sesriem to Swakopmund

Continue to Swakopmund with its cooler Atlantic sea air, cultural experiences and options for some extreme adventures such as quad biking, sand boarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. The only meal provided today is breakfast as Swakopmund has plenty of wonderful places to eat local cuisine including a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: 7 hrs
Accommodation: Hotel - Prost Hotel or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad biking, Sandboarding, Skydiving etc.
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 8:  Swakopmund

Swakopmund’s wide variety of things to see and do caters for a wide scope of tastes and styles. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Krystal Galerie boasting the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kg. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing then you can enjoy various optional activities (weather permitting).

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel - Prost Hotel or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad biking, Sandboarding, Skydiving etc.
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 9:  Swakopmund to Outjo

Depart for Outjo en route to Etosha National Park. This quaint town was founded by German colonial Schutztruppe. This will be your stay overnight before heading into the Etosha National Park the following day.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 6 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Etotongwe Lodge or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 10:  Outjo to Etosha National Park

Depart after breakfast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. We visit a Himba settlement prior to arriving in Etosha. Then head out for a game drive in search of elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any other mammals of which there are over 100 species in the park. 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. Floodlights gives you the opportunity to sit at the waterhole and enjoy the interaction between different species of animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 2 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Okaukuejo/Halali or similar
Activities Included: Himba Settlement Visit, Game Drives in Overland Vehicle
Activities Optional: Night Drives
Entrance Fees Incl: Etosha National Park

Day 11:  Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in our premium overland safari vehicle. Gather memories of unique sights that you may not experience again. 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 the wide-open horizon. Fall asleep with the haunting calls of hyena or a lion’s roar in the distance.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: N/A
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Okaukuejo/Halali or similar
Activities Included: Game Drive in Overland Vehicle
Activities Optional: Night Drives
Entrance Fees Incl: Etosha National Park

Day 12:  Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital, and spend the last few hours of the day exploring the city. This capital city has loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous 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. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

Windhoek is the 'getting on' and 'getting off' hub for people who have booked shorter 'legs' of your combo trip. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (Tour Leader and Driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew are committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes, and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: 6 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel - Hotel Safari or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Markets and Museums
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 13:  Windhoek to Ghanzi

Depart Windhoek early for a long 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Bushmen Dances PM
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 14:  Ghanzi to Maun

Enjoy a morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation. Then depart Ghanzi and arrive in Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town, after lunchtime. Once you’ve arrived in Maun you will 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 hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 5 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Island Safar Lodge or similar
Activities Included: Bushmen Walk AM
Activities Optional: Delta Flight PM
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 15:  Maun (Okavango Delta)

Today you experience a new way of travelling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro, the same way as the local people do. A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people and is steered by a local poler. The first part of the journey is in a 4×4 vehicle to the 'polling station' where the mokoros and polers are waiting. Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into the Delta begins. Gliding along the quiet waters you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take stunning pictures of your surroundings. How long the mokoro journey will take will depend on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop at an island to enjoy a nature walk. Then you will be heading back to Maun again in your mokoro enjoying a last hour or two on the water. Enjoy lunch back at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Island Safar Lodge or similar
Activities Included: Okavango Delta Half-day Mokoro Trail including a Nature Walk
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: Okavango Delta

Day 16:  Maun to Elephant Sands

Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. Here you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different 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 to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 6 hrs
Accommodation: Tented Rooms - Elephant Sands or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 17:  Elephant Sands to Chobe River (Kasane)

Continue on to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to Chobe National Park and the 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).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 4 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Thebe River Safaris or similar
Activities Included: Chobe Boat Cruise
Activities Optional: Pangolin Photo Safari
Entrance Fees Incl: Chobe National Park

Day 18:  Chobe River (Kasane) to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. 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. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road, and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. Many of our groups opt to spend their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery and an open bar. We recommend that you book an extra day or two post-tour to make the most of your stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: 3 hrs
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge - Shearwater Village or similar
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Chobe Game Drive, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping,
Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Incl: N/A

Day 19:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD


From USD 4,361 per person

From USD 624 per person


Includes

  • Accommodation as per itinerary (12 nights bungalow/lodge, 1 night tent, 5 nights hotel)
  • Transport in premium overland safari vehicle
  • Tour leader and driver 
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (18 breakfasts, 13  dinners)
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Park fees


Excludes

  • Flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance  

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Africa4us'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Africa4us' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability
  • Tours can be customized but may be subjct to additional costs

Departures

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

Tour code         Start date    End date
1 CVL190225     25/02/2019   15/03/2019
2 CVL190310     10/03/2019   28/03/2019
3 CVL190318     18/03/2019   05/04/2019
4 CVL190401     01/04/2019   19/04/2019
5 CVL190414     14/04/2019   02/05/2019
6 CVL190422     22/04/2019   10/05/2019
7 CVL190506     06/05/2019   24/05/2019
8 CVL190518     18/05/2019   05/06/2019
9 CVL190527     27/05/2019   14/06/2019
10 CVL190610   10/06/2019   28/06/2019
11 CVL190623   23/06/2019   11/07/2019
12 CVL190701   01/07/2019   19/07/2019
13 CVL190718   18/07/2019   05/08/2019
14 CVL190728   28/07/2019   15/08/2019
15 CVL190807   07/08/2019   25/08/2019
16 CVL190819   19/08/2019   06/09/2019
17 CVL190901   01/09/2019   19/09/2019
18 CVL190913   13/09/2019   01/10/2019
19 CVL190923   23/09/2019   11/10/2019
20 CVL191006   06/10/2019   24/10/2019
21 CVL191018   18/10/2019   05/11/2019
22 CVL191028   28/10/2019   15/11/2019
23 CVL191110   10/11/2019   28/11/2019
24 CVL191122   22/11/2019   10/12/2019
25 CVL191202   02/12/2019   20/12/2019
26 CVL191215   15/12/2019   02/01/2020

 

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