20 Day Overland Tour Cape Town to Victoria Falls

An incredible life-changing trip to the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls

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 Countries visited:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe

Highlights:

  • Namib Desert
  • Himba Tribe
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls

This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary.  Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Activities available on this tour:
Cederberg guided walk
Guided desert walk with local expert
Himba Tribe visit
3 day Delta drive in
Chobe NP boat cruise
Victoria Falls National Park entrance

There is a additional payment supplement for people travelling alone. 

Approximate Itinerary:

Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. Today we will enjoy a guided hike in the Cederberg region. Later tonight at our camp, your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Guided walk in Cederberg region

Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
After an early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers.  We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity. Optional Activity: Half-Day Canoe Adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon

Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon

Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Optional Activity: Transfer into Deadvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Guided desert walk with local expert
Included Highlights: Sunrise hike up Dune 45

Day 6 Swakopmund 
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants. Optional Activity: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay to view Flamingos

Day 7 Swakopmund 
The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here.  Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving.  On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination!
Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations.  The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Guided walk with Nomad guide through Spitzkoppe

Day 9 Himba Tribes
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Guided visit to the Himba Tribe with Local Guide

Day 10/11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck!  We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Game drives in Nomad truck

Day 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia.  On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home.  Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia.  On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck.  Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.   Optional Activity: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Craft market en-route and short city tour in Nomad Truck

Day 13 Botswana – Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.  Optional activity: Bushman walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Bushmen Tribal Dance in evening

Day 14 Maun 
Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Optional Activities: Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15/16 Maun – Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4×4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland.  We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 nights.
Day 15 (Day 1 in Delta),
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: 4 x 4 vehicle transfer into Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride and guided nature walk
Day 16 (Day 2 in Delta)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Guided Nature walk and mokoro rides

Day 17 Nata
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata. The shady tree canopy surrounding the campsite is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck.  The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Botswana – Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River.  Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Sunset Boat Cruise in the Chobe NP

Day 19 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls
On arrival in Victoria Falls town, we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to end your tour with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.  Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Activity package: Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.  Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.
Meals: Breakfast

Details
Length 20 Days, 19 Nights
Accomodation Twin share Tents (Camps have showers and running water)
Start Point Cape Town / Victoria Falls
End Point Victoria Falls / Cape Town
Meals 19x Breakfast, 18x Lunch, 15x Dinner
Price R15 250 + R5000 Activity Package
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