Namibia holidays and Namibia safaris - Sossusvlei dunes

Cape to Victoria Falls Overland - Accommodated


7YB24C
24 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
International flights quoted separately
Explore southern Africa from Cape Town to the Victoria Falls, travelling in a 4x4 overland truck and staying in rest camps & chalets overnight. Highlights include the Fish River Canyon, the sand dunes of Sossusvlei and Etosha Game Reserve in Namibia; and the Okavango Delta and Chobe in Botswana. Group size 4 to 18. Activity package included. Camping option also available.
Cape Town Victoria Falls Overland Tour Namibia Okavango Delta Botswana
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Cape Town
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Cedarberg Mountains
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Orange River
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Fish River Canyon
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Sossusvlei
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Etosha Game Reserve
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Windhoek
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Okavango Delta
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls
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Cape Town
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Cedarberg Mountains
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Orange River
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Fish River Canyon
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Sossusvlei
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Etosha Game Reserve
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Windhoek
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Okavango Delta
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 3
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
  
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 4
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens or simply relax on golden Camps Bay beach – the choice is yours.
Day 5
This morning your group adventure tour departs at 08.00 from 39 Castle Street (corner Castle & Burg Streets - opposite the Cape Sun hotel), travelling in a rugged 4x4 overland truck.
 
We have one last photo stop at Table View for picture postcard views of Table Mountain, before continuing 5-hours to the Cederberg Mountains.
 
Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner.
 
Regardless of lodge meal plans, all your meals are included whilst on tour and will be prepared & served from the overland vehicle - except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Accommodation varies and includes lodges, hotels, hostels, chalets, permanent tented camps and traditional huts. Bedding is provided, but you do need to bring your own towel. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction).
 
Average group size is 14 people (with minimum of 4 and maximum of 20). On accommodated tours the average age is 40+, with a range from 18 to 55 years although this does vary by tour. If over 65 years, you need a doctors letter that you are sufficiently fit for overland travel. Teens aged 16 to 18 years are on request and must travel with an adult.
Day 6
A full day on the road today, as we travel 8 to 9-hours through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers.
 
We check into our chalets situated on the banks of the Orange River (also known as the Gariep River) that forms the natural border between South Africa and Namibia,
Day 7
This morning there is the optional opportunity of a canoe trip down the Orange River.
 
After lunch we travel northwards for 5-hours to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth, and take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon. Afterwards we continue to our overnight stop at Ai-Ais and enjoy the hot springs.
Day 8
Another day on the road as we travel 7 to 8-hours northwards into the remote Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth, where some of the highest sand dunes in the world stand towering over the white desert plains. These great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature, with fog supplying life giving moisture for the survival of its plants and animals.
 
After checking into your lodge, enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of this vast desert wilderness.
Day 9
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise.
 
We continue to Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft National Park for an amazing view and photo opportunity. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.
Day 10
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushman survive in these harsh desert conditions.
 
From there we continue 6-hours to the beach resort of Swakopmund - the adventure capital of Namibia.
 
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Dinner is not included this evening, as there is the option of dinner out.
Day 11
At leisure to relax and explore the beach resort of Swakopmund.
 
This is Namibia’s adventure playground, with a wide variety of optional activities on offer - including quad biking, sandboarding and tandem sky diving. Alternatively simply relax at a quaint coffee shop or walk along the sandy beaches.
 
Lunch & dinner are not included today, as there are many restaurants in Swakopmund for you to enjoy.
Day 12
We leave Swakopmund this morning and travel 5-hours into timeless Damaraland to explore the semi-desert flora and fauna of this region and its fascinating rock formations.
 
We travel through vast uninhabited open spaces and arid landscapes to the Spitzkoppe Mountains, where enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape. In the afternon we check into our lodge in Khorixas.
Day 13
This morning we travel 3-hours through Damaraland visiting a petrified forest en route to Kamanjab  Here we visit a traditional Himba Village to observe their ancient nomadic way of life, which remains unspoilt, and learn about their customs through an interpreter.
 
This region is also home to the rare desert elephant and black rhino that roam free, as well as other desert-adapted wildlife.
Day 14
Enjoy game viewing from our truck today as we travel southeast for 4-hours through starkly beautiful landscapes to one of Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries – the famous Etosha National Park.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals, including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
 
After checking into our Etosha Rest Camp, there is the optional opportunity of a game drive with an experienced local ranger.
Day 15
Today enjoy the abundant wildlife of the famous Etosha National Park - one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa, surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
The vast Etosha Pan offers magnificent game viewing opportunities including springbok, oryx and black-faced impala. A series of waterholes throughout the park and at your rest camp guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and its “great cats” which are more easily seen on the open pans.
 
Etosha is also a bird watchers paradise, with hundreds of recorded bird species and many migrants during the summer months. In the evening, enjoy the balmy weather and pristine stars of the Southern Sky and Milky Way, as you have never seen them before – including the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 16
After an early morning game drive, we travel 9-hours through central Namibia to Windhoek. Along the way we stop at a local craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings.
 
After a short tour of Windhoek, check into your hotel and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
 
Dinner is not included this evening, as there is the option of dinner out.
Day 17
A full day on the road today as we cross the border into Botswana and travel 9-hours through the arid Kalahari to Ghanzi.
 
After checking into our lodge, experience traditional tribal dancing from the local San community followed by supper.
Day 18
Today we travel 5-hours through the vast Kalahari to the small town of Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
 
After checking into your lodge, relax and prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta (pack a small overnight bag).
Day 19
This morning we transfer to Maun Airport for our light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta.
 
You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your Okavango Delta camp. Settle in and relax in this pristine water wilderness and enjoy spectacular game viewing under blue African skies before dinner.
Day 20
The seasonal Okavango Delta is flooded annually by the great Okavango River, whose waters flow inland from Angola into the vast Kalahari – never finding the sea, but instead forming a great inland delta whose waters are absorbed by the desert.
 
Comprising 6,000 square miles of crystal clear channels, serene lagoons and a myriad of islands, the Okavango Delta forms a natural oasis that sustains a vast variety of wildlife and birds of all descriptions. The waters are at their height from July to October, forming an amazing wetlands ecosystem that is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
  
Activities at your camp centre on game viewing and bird watching, with experienced local guides. Water levels permitting, these include exploring the delta by mekoro canoe, as well as guided nature walks to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness - including buffalo, hippo and elephants (tips for polers are optional).
 
  
In the evening relax around a blazing fire under balmy African skies and exchange notes about your game sightings.
Day 21
After some final game viewing in the Okavango Delta, we transfer to the airstrip for our light aircraft flight back to Maun.
 
Here we rejoin our truck and travel 3-hours to Nata, where our accommodation is set amongst majestic "upside down" baobab trees and the endless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Day 22
Today we travel northwards for 8-hours to Chobe National Park, uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
 
Check in to your lodge in Kasane and relax in Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve – surrounded by vast endless landscapes, open plains, baobab trees and the abundant river-based wildlife of Chobe. In the late afternoon a special highlight is a game viewing sunset cruise on the Chobe River.
Day 23
After an optional early morning game drive, we leave Botswana and cross the border into Zimbabwe. After completing immigration formalities, we continue 2-hours to our hotel near the mighty Victoria Falls, where your tour will end after breakfast tomorrow.
 
We enter Victoria Falls National Park and view the magnificent Smoke That Thunders - first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
 
Dinner is not included at Victoria Falls, as there is the option of dining out.
Day 24
At leisure to relax at Victoria Falls where many optional activities are available, including a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River to see hippos, crocodiles and the abundant bird life.
 
Other local activities include an elephant-back safari, a helicopter flight over the falls or white water rafting in the turbulent gorge below the falls.
Day 25
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
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