Explore the contrasting lands of southern Africa

Experience the extremes of southern Africa's landscapes on this journey from the thunderous Victoria Falls to cosmopolitan Cape Town. Travel down lush waterways in the enigmatic Okavango Delta, cruise past elephants and birds on the Chobe River, climb giant sand dunes in Namibia, camp to the sounds of Africa's wildlife and spot big cats, rhinos, zebras and antelopes on Etosha National Park's arid plains. Visit the people who make their homes here, from cheerful delta mokoro polers to the fascinating San Bushmen. Get ready for this unforgettable tour through a land of contrasts.

Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Countries
Botswana,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YXOF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 22
Carbon offset
1 104kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls
  • Spot iconic wildlife in Chobe National Park
  • Camp out in the lush Okavango Delta
  • Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen
  • See animals come to drink at Etosha National Park's waterholes
  • Slide down a hot sand dune in Namibia
  • Visit the breathtaking Fish River Canyon
  • Soak up Cape Town's cafe culture

Itinerary

The adventure starts with a visit to Victoria Falls - a thundering, mist-shrouded sheet of white water.
Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer.
Continue to enjoy all that Victoria Falls has to offer then perhaps take an optional cruise along the Chobe River on the lookout for wallowing hippos and soaring fish eagles.
Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants.
Travel into Namibia and choose to relax with a boat trip.
Discover the watery wildlife haven of Okavango Delta by mokoro, a dugout canoe poled along by a local guide. Set up camp on a lush, remote island and fall asleep to the nocturnal music of the delta.
Enjoy a nature walk with your guide.
The African adventure continues to Bagani where we set up camp for the night.
Drive to our camp outside Grootfontein for the night.
Today we do a round trip to visit the Bushmen (180kms). We will 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.
Roam Etosha Park's dry plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelope and big cats.
Enjoy a full day game drive in Etosha National Park.
Watch the rock formations of Spitzkoppe change colour with the light.
See the seal colonies of Cape Cross.
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.
Today is another free day to enjoy this interesting beach side town.
Make our way towards the Namib Desert.
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. Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei.
Relax by the Fish River Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the world - which offers impressive photo opportunities.
Cross into South Africa and travel along the Orange River by canoe or simply laze by the scenic riverbanks.
Depart first thing the following morning to Klawer. If there's time we will have the opportunity to take mountain walks around the surrounding countryside and farms.
This Vic Falls to Cape Town trip ends among the cafes and vineyards of this stunning bayside city. If time permits, stay an extra day or two to experience all the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 17 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (15 nights), Chalet (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Nature Walk
  • San Bushman cultural experience
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
  • Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
  • Visit Victoria Falls

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for more information.
2. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Cape Town on Day 22. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

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Vic Falls to Cape Town , December 2015

Vic Falls to Cape Town , December 2015