Explore South Africa, Namibia and Botswana on a tour beginning in Cape Town.

Jump on board an exhilarating journey through the magnificent nations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Southern Africa is bursting with a diverse array of wildlife, culture and landscapes - all waiting to be explored and celebrated. Travel through stunning scenery and watch as lush green landscapes give way to harsh desert dunes and rocky mountain peaks. Take to the water in canoes and on a houseboat, embark on thrilling game drives, be immersed in unique ecosystems and be blown away by the sheer force of Victoria Falls. With welcoming locals and genuine experiences around every corner, this trip is full of surprises.

Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Countries
Botswana,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UBKEC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
1 165kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Be wowed by Cape Town's dramatic beauty
  • Admire the almighty views over Fish River Canyon
  • Stop by the ancient lake beds of Sossusvlei
  • Enjoy a full day's game driving in Etosha National Park
  • Break bread with friendly locals on a Ghanzi community stay
  • Cruise about the Okavango Delta by houseboat
  • Gaze out across the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Witness the waters thundering down Vic Falls

Itinerary

Welcome to beguiling Cape Town, a city fillled with gorgeous scenery and world-class cafés, galleries, restaurants, shops and beaches.
Enjoy the clean salty air, white-sand beaches and fresh lobsters of Lamberts Bay, one of west-coast South Africa’s most popular seaside destinations.
Cross the border into Namibia and spend time exploring the banks and rugged scenery of Orange River.
Take to the river on a canoe adventure over waters that runs though the Richtersveld Mountains. Then, make tracks to Fish River Canyon, one of the largest - and most breathtaking - canyons in the world, especially at sunset.
Journey into the red sands and dramatic landscapes of the Namib Desert. Meaning ‘dead end marsh’, Sossuvlei is the ultimate place to experience the stillness and solitude of desert life.
Head to the Germanic achitecture and influences of Swakopmund, where scores of adventure activities, long stretches of beach and modern restaurants contrast nicely with the expansiveness of the surrounding desert.
Encounter Damaraland’s incredible scenery, which is made up of mountains, ancient rock paintings, welwitschia plants and petrified forests.
The numerous waterholes and sparse vegetation of Etosha National Park makes spotting Africa’s unique wildlife easy.
Use free time to wander about the Germanic architecture of Windhoek, Namibia's attractive capital.
Travel across the border into Botswana and spend a memorable evening learning about the culture and customs of the Kalahari Bushmen on a Ghanzi community project stay.
Get ready to be wowed in the incredible environs of the Okavango Delta. By day, travel in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) for the perfect way to encounter animals of all sizes – elephants, hippos, antelope and birds of every persuasion make their home here. And at night, fall to sleep on a houseboat, listening for the sounds of animals making their way through this incredible tangle of waterways in the dark.
Hop back back into speedboats and bid the Okavango Delta farewell on the ride to Maun. Perhaps choose to take one last look at this incredible plot of wilderness on an optional light plane flight over the top.
Head out on an excursion across the sparse salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Then check into the plush Nata Lodge and see out the remainder of the day lazing poolside, sipping cocktails or just doing whatever floats your boat.
Witness animals galore in the captivating surrounds of Chobe National Park. Watch the sun set on a relaxing afternoon cruise, while looking for elephants and crocs along the water’s edge.
Travel into Zimbabwe to marvel at the watery spectacle that is the mighty Victoria Falls. Having seen the best of Botswana, with a touch of Namibia and Zimbabwe thrown in, perhaps reflect on this incredible experience over a final African feast.
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Inclusions

Meals
21 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners
Transport
Canoe, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Chalet (3 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Houseboat (2 nights), Lodge (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Chobe - Game Drive (4x4)
  • Chobe - River cruise
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
  • Nata Pan Excursion
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
  • Orange River - Canoe trail (3 hours)
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Sossusvlei - Truck Entrance
  • Visit Victoria Falls

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the House Boat (2 nights) and in Ghanzi (1 night)
2. An arrival transfer is included. Please advise flight details at time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel.
3. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
4. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.
5. Please note that overland trucks used on this itinerary are not air-conditioned.

Trip notes

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