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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland - Camping


7YN24C
24 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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Experience 4 countries travelling from Cape Town to Zimbabwe. See the highlights of Namibia including Fish River Canyon, dunes of Sossusvlei, Etosha & Himba tribe. Traverse Botswana from Okavango to Chobe, for water & land game viewing. Finish at the mighty Victoria Falls. Travel by rugged 4x4 overland truck with dome tents, camping equipment & activities included. Regular departures with group size 4 to 18.
Namibia Botswana Overland Camping Tour South Africa 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
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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.
 
On arrival at our campsite erect your dome tent and enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region.
 
A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your own tent, which is easy to master. All meals whilst on tour are included and are prepared & served from the overland vehicle except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Facilities at campsites generally include shared ablutions & hot shower, except where bush camping is specified. 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 18). On camping tours the average age is 30 years, with a range from 18 to 55 although this does vary by tour. 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 for any last requirements.
 
After crossing the border from South Africa into Namibia, we check into our campsite overlooking the Orange River (also known as the Gariep River).
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. After setting up camp we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon and enjoy our dinner watching the sunset over the canyon.
 
Note: Hot water showers are not always available at this campsite, but there is a small swimming pool.
Day 8
Another full day on the road today 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 setting up camp, enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon then enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of this vast desert wilderness.
Day 9
Set out early this morning on our 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
We also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. We then return to our camp, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 10
This morning we enjoy a desert walk in the Namib Desert with a local guide to explore this ecosystem on foot. Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we then travel 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 to enjoy.
Day 12
Today we head inland and travel 4-hours into timeless Damaraland to explore the semi-desert flora and fauna of this region and its fascinating rock formations, travelling through vast uninhabited open spaces.
  
We travel through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain, an enormous granite monolith that dominates the otherwise flat landscape and set up camp in the wild plain at its base. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations, with the more adventurous among us trying some mountain climbing with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
 
Note: this evening is wilderness camping with long-drop toilet & no facilities.
Day 13
Today we travel 6-hours through Damaraland to Kamanjab in remote Kaokoland.
 
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.
 
Kaokoland is also home to the rare desert elephant and black rhino that roam free, as well as other desert-adapted wildlife (Note: this evening is wilderness camping with bush shower & toilet).
Day 14
Enjoy game viewing from our truck today as we travel southeast for 6-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 setting up camp there is the optional opportunity of a game drive with an experienced local ranger.
Day 15
As we travel to our next rest camp, 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 campsite 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
A full day on the road today as 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 accommodation 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 setting up camp, the local San Bushman community will entertain us with some traditional tribal dancing.
Day 18
Today we travel 5-hours through the vast Kalahari to the small town of Maun - the gateway to the famous Okavango Delta.
 
After setting up camp, relax and prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta.
Day 19
This morning we board the 4x4 truck that will take us into the Okavango Delta. In high water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station, where we will meet members of the local community.
 
Set up camp in this pristine water wilderness and enjoy spectacular game viewing under blue African skies before dinner.
 
Note: This is wilderness camping with long-drop toilet & no facilities.
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 centre on game viewing and bird watching. Water levels permitting, these include exploring the delta by mekoro canoe, as well as a guided nature walk to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness such as buffalo, hippo and elephants.
  
In the evening relax around a blazing fire under balmy African skies, whilst exchanging notes about your game sightings.
Day 21
We leave the Okavango Delta and travel 3-hours back to Maun to rejoin our truck.
 
We continue 3-hours to Gweta, where our campsite is set amongst majestic "upside down" baobab trees and the endless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Day 22
Today we travel northwards for 7-hours to Chobe National Park - Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve, uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
 
In the late afternoon a special highlight is an included Game Viewing Sunset Cruise on the Chobe River. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife. Later dine overlooking the river in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 23
This morning we leave Botswana and cross the border into Zimbabwe. After completing immigration formalities, we continue 2-hours to our accommodation 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 and explore on foot the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest (we suggest you take your own rain jacket, as those on hire are often well used).
 
Many optional activities are available, including a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River to see hippos, crocodiles and the abundant bird life. You can also enjoy an optional elephant-back safari, a helicopter flight over the falls, or white water rafting in the turbulent gorge below the falls. You can even bungy jump off Victoria Falls bridge!
 
Dinner is not included at Victoria Falls, as there is the option of dining out.
Day 25
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
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