24-02495Cape Town to Victoria Falls

24 Day Overland Tour, Camping

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From: Cape Town

To: Johannesburg

Number of Participants: 4-17

Tour Price: 2,495 EUR

On this 24-day overland camping tour you spend the first days exploring the bustling Mother City before you enter Namibia and to do a canoe trip on the Orange River. You stop at the Fish River Canyon and continue into the Namib Desert to walk in the wilderness and join guided game drives. At Sossusvlei you will climb the dunes for a spectacular view and drive through the Namib Naukluft Park to reach Swakopmund. Along the Skeleton Coast you will visit Spitskoppe and appreciate the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg. Look for the dangerous Big Five in the Etosha National Park. With motorboats you will cruise into the Okavango delta and later continue by Mekoro. Travelling through the Chobe National Park, you cross the border to Zimbabwe to visit the stunning Victoria Falls. You reach Hwange and spend time on game drives before you get to Bulawayo. You will travel back to Johannesburg via the Limpopo Valley.

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Day 1-3 | South Africa

  • Cape Town: Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Stellenbosch wine lands
  • Namaqualand: Spring flowers (seasonal)


Day 4-8 | Namibia

  • Orange River: Canoe adventure, Richtersveld National Park
  • Fish River Canyon: Walk along the edge of canyon
  • Namib Desert: Guided walks, day and night game drives
  • Soussusvlei: Dune 45


Day 9-12 | Namibia

  • Namib Naukluft Park: Kuiseb Canyon
  • Swakopmund: Quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving (all optional)
  • Skeleton Coast: Spitskop, seal colony
  • Brandberg: Bushman rock paintings
  • Etosha National Park: Game drives, Etosha salt pan
  • Caprivi: Okavango River


17-19 | Botswana

  • Okavango Delta: Boat trip into the delta, mekoro excursion
  • Makgadikgadi: Salt pans
  • Chobe National Park: Game drive


20-22 | Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls: Boat trip, white river rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant rides, scenic flights (all optional)
  • Hwange National Park: Game drive / walk
  • Matobo National Park: Nature walk


Day 23-24 | South Africa

  • Machete: Limpopo valley, Bushman paintings

Day 1-2 Cape Town, South Africa

You will be met by the team in Cape Town to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. You have one and a half days here, hiking up Table Mountain, visiting Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, a wine farm and numerous other sights. Our final program will be dependent on the weather. You will overnight at a beachfront lodge for the two nights. Lunches and both evening meals are for your own expense.
1 x Breakfast

Day 3 Cape Town, South Africa - West Coast, Kamieskroon, South Africa

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7-8h

You leave the Mother City behind, and after a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay, you travel north through the “Swartland” along the West Coast into Namaqualand. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with vast expanses of colourful desert flowers. You will overnight along the coast in basic accommodation.
Breakfast | Dinner


Day 4-5 West Coast, Kamieskroon, South Africa - Orange River, Namibia

Distance on day 4 approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 3h

Today you cross the border into Namibia and travel the short distance to the base camp on the banks of the Orange River from where you go on a canoe adventure. Once you have packed all of your gear, you set off into the wilderness in twin canoes. The Orange River is an awesome spectacle, like a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and past the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. You will spend one night camping on the river banks under the desert skies and will then return to the base camp’s relative comfort. 
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 6 Orange River, Namibia - Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Distance approx. 750 km; driving time approx. 9-11h

Today you head directly to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. After visiting the viewpoints and exploring the edge of the Canyon, you continue into the Namib to set up camp in the desert. 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 7 Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia

The campsite is situated on a private nature reserve within the Namibrand Nature Reserve. It is home to numerous species of fauna and flora adapted to live in the desert. The camp is spectacularly built against a boulder between the stark mountains and the red dune-fields. During your stay you we will set out on several expeditions including guided walks and a night drive. This will allow us to observe animals at close range.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 8 Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia - Sossusvlei, Namibia – Solitaire, Namibia

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3-4h

After a relaxed start you travel to the dunes of Sossusvlei. The last part of our journey will be through the thick sand in an open 4x4 vehicle. After climbing to the top of the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, you return to the vehicle and continue to the quirky trading post of Solitaire where you will camp the night.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 9 Solitaire, Namibia - Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4h

It is a short journey today to the seaside town of Swakopmund. You cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park to Namibia’s ‘adventure capital’. You will overnight for two nights at a lodge in Swakopmund.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 10 Swakopmund, Namibia

The lodge is ideally located for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and restaurants. The town has a huge variety of adventure options: try quad biking, sky diving, horse riding, dune boarding or just lazing on the beach. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. Sample fresh seafood at a local restaurant – for your own account.


Day 11 Swakopmund, Namibia – Cape Cross, Namibia – Brandberg, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4h

Today you head north along the Skeleton Coast to the seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing back inland. You travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg, where after you set up camp and spend the night at the foot of the mountain. With a little luck you might see the rare desert elephants.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 12-13 Brandberg, Namibia - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance on day 12 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

Etosha National Park is an incredible wildlife experience: mirages over the vast salt pan, animals flocking around watering holes and seeing black and white rhino and the black-faced impala. After setting up camp you will go on an afternoon game drive and spend the evening watching animals drinking at the camp’s floodlit waterhole. Continuing through the reserve, you camp another night. One night you dine at a camp restaurant at own expense. 
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 1 x Dinner


Day 14 Etosha National Park, Namibia - Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Distance approx. 600 km; driving time approx. 7-9 h

Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind, you will travel north to the tropical and green Caprivi area. Tonight you camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River. 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 15-16 Caprivi Strip, Namibia - Okavango Delta, Botswana

Distance on day 15 approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 2-3h

A short drive today along the ‘pan handle’ from where you will take a motor-boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Once in the delta you continue by Mekoro - the traditional dugout canoe - to a remote camp. This is truly nature’s wonderland with papyrus plants fringing the natural channels, more than 70 species of fish, the abundant lechwe antelope and huge crowds of elephant and buffalo. You will spend two nights camping and exploring this remote paradise.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 17 Okavango Delta, Botswana - Maun, Botswana

Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

After a morning exploring this wilderness, you can enjoy a mekoro and boat transfer back to the vehicle. You will then drive through the Kalahari to Maun to relax at the lodge’s swimming pool for the afternoon. Camp the night.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 18 Maun, Botswana - Nata, Botswana

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4h

After a relaxing morning you leave the camp in Maun and continue your journey through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the oasis-like camp of Nata.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 19 Nata, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

Traveling north through the Chobe forest reserves, you head for the border town of Kasane. From here you will enter the Chobe National Park in search of the large concentration of animals that this area is known for. Late afternoon you will cross the border and drive the short distance to the Victoria Falls where you spend the following nights in the lodge’s comfort. One of the nights you will enjoy a traditional ‘braai’ and experience traditional dancing around the pool.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 20 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning you wake up in the ‘adventure capital of Africa’ - Victoria Falls. You will have a full day to experience the falls or get the adrenaline pumping with white water rafting, bungee jumping or an airplane flight over the falls. (These are optional activities, not included in the rate).

Day 21 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Hwange, Zimbabwe

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3-4h

After some free time in the town, it’s back to the wilderness. You travel the short distance to Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. After an extensive game drive or game walk, you overnight at a remote camp overlooking a waterhole teeming with game.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 22 Hwange, Zimbabwe - Matobo, Zimbabwe

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Today you travel south to the wide streets of Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city. You then continue to the Matobo area – this area was called ‘bald heads’ after the round and smooth granite boulders of the region. In the afternoon you enjoy a game drive into the national park and track rhino on foot. Tonight’s camp is situated amongst the precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 23 Matobo, Zimbabwe - Machete, South Africa

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

Travelling south today, you cross the border back into South Africa to the bushcamp situated on a private game reserve in the Limpopo valley.
Breakfast | Lunch Dinner


Day 24 Machete, South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa

Distance approx. 600km; driving time approx. 7-8h

This morning you go on a short walk to view the magnificent bushman paintings surrounding the camp before returning to Johannesburg. You arrive at the lodge in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.


Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 17 nights camping, 6 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National parks fees
  • Camping equipment


Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag, towel and pillow
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 17 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 14 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
    - 3 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) in basic bush camps with very basic ablutions (bush toilet + bucket shower).
    - 6 nights are spent in twin rooms at nice guesthouses/lodges.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. For Zimbabwe a visa is usually required.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.
    - As the north of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.

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