20-Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls

from R17250 pp

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Southern Africa in a Beautiful Nutshell

 

Highlights: Table Mountain, Cederberg, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Aus, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Cheetah Park, Etosha National Park, Northern Okavango, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Country: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

See and experience some of the best points of interest and natural wonders in Southern Africa, from Table Mountain in Cape Town to the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Your tour starts with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, to have a bird’s eye view of the greater Cape Town area. There will be some water-based excitement with river rafting on the largest river in South Africa, the Orange River. You will also visit the 2nd largest canyon in the world, see (and climb) some of the highest sand dunes on earth, visit the largest inland delta in the world as well as the largest waterfall (volume-based) on the globe.

The Fish River Canyon is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 km (100 miles) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools.

The Namib Desert occupies an area of around 80,950 km² (31,200 square miles) It is about 1600 km (1,000 miles) long from north to south and its east-west width varies from 48 to 161 kilometres (30 to 100 miles). It is largely uninhabited by humans, but home to impressive natural wonders such as the Sossusvlei Dunes with its mysterious sliding rocks.

Etosha National Park is a national park in north-western Namibia. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq miles) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The park has about 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 1 species of fish (up to 49 species of fish during floods), including several threatened and endangered wildlife species such as the black rhinoceros.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large, swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction. The majority of the estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30 000.

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning “The Smoke That Thunders”), is a mighty waterfall on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft) resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. It is a spectacular sight to behold and the sound of the water rushing off the edge, falling down the gorge is a soul-stirring experience.

With all these wonderful sights and experiences on offer, this tour is guaranteed to leave you with a lifetime of fond memories.

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Pricing & Details

Departs: Enquire on booking engine – departs monthly 

Budget Tour:

Price: R17250

Tour Kitty: R7620

Single Supplement: R1500

 

Accommodated Tour:

Price: R29650

Tour Kitty: R17530

Single Supplement: R4800

What’s included in the price:

  • Transport
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary

What’s NOT included in the price:

  • Flights, visas (if required), personal travel insurance (compulsory when travelling with The Mzansi Experience)
  • Meals & drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

Mandatory:

A Tour Kitty is to be paid to the tour guide in cash upon collection (in addition to the tour price). This kitty is a cash contribution to a central fund and overseen by the travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals or activities for the entire group. Contribution to the kitty is compulsory.

Optional:

A Single Supplement is a fee charged to solo travellers when they take a room alone). This is pending availability, so please enquire about this in advance.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg

Our morning starts off with a visit to Table Mountain, after which we will have lunch and then depart from Cape Town and make our way to the Cederberg for the night.

Meals: Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 2: Orange River

After breakfast, we continue north to the Orange River, arriving early afternoon. Once here we can relax on the banks of the river for a short time before heading out on to the river for our rafting trip. We enjoy the outdoor life for the rest of the day, paddling down the river. The night will be spent camping along the river, and a hearty meal will be served. The evening can be spent enjoying the night sky and chatting to fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Camping

Day 3: South Africa – Namibia (Fish River Canyon)

This morning we will return to camp, where we will pack the vehicle and head off into Namibia. Our overnight stop is at a camp close to the Fish River Canyon, under the old acacia trees. There is time enough for you to have a swim in the pool or go for a walk along the marked walking trail that takes you into the mountains before sunset. This evening your guide will explain all there is to know about this awesome, scenic country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 4: Aus

Rising early we make our way to the Fish River Canyon to watch the sun rise over the canyon; a sight not to be missed. There is time for a walk along the edge of the canyon before returning back to camp. We will then make our way further north-west to the small town of Aus, arriving late afternoon, with just enough time to go for a short hike up the mountain to watch the sunset. This experience is something that you will not quickly forget. Our camp for the night is situated in amongst the boulders and Koppies (rocky outcrops).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 5: Sossusvlei & Sesriem

After breakfast we will visit the wild horses that roam the Namib Desert, before making our way up to Sossusvlei. The drive takes us through some of the most scenic areas in Namibia, as we head towards the most beautiful dunes in the world. We will arrive at camp late afternoon; it is situated close to the Sesriem Canyon. At the night the campsite is frequently visited by jackals, gemsbok and hyenas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Days 6, 7: Swakopmund

The drive from Solitaire to Swakopmund takes us through the Namibian Naukluft National Park, unmistakably the most barren section of the country. We will arrive in Swakopmund around lunch time, and check into our lodge. After lunch you will be briefed on all the activities on offer here. The days here are yours to spend as you choose. You can explore the town, take in some real German culture, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the area, and take part in some activities (quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, to name just a few).

Meals: Breakfast
Budget tour: Lodge
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 8: Twyfelfontein

Leaving Swakopmund the road takes us north-east, back into the semi desert area of Namibia and then onto Twyfelfontein. After setting up camp your guide will take you down to an area where a local guide can take you out into the rocky outcrops to observe the bushman rock paintings of old.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 9: Cheetah Park

Today we will make our way north towards Kamanjab. Our camp for the night is situated under the camel thorn trees at a Cheetah Park. Here our hosts will take you out on an open vehicle to observe the cheetahs being fed. These cheetahs are on the red data (endangered) list. You will also have the opportunity to experience a traditional African Bush Braai (BBQ) whilst here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Bush Lodge

Days 10, 11: Etosha National Park

After visiting the few tame cheetahs that live in the home of our hosts, we will make our way to Etosha National Park. Our time spent here will take us through most of the park. We will take a short break on the pan itself, the flood plains of this amazing park. At night, the watering holes at the camps are frequented by many animals, and the chances of seeing some of the Big 5 are high. Our 2 nights here will be spent at different camps: the first night at Okaukuejo, and the second night at Namutoni, a lovely old fort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Days 12, 13: Northern Okavango

Most of day 13 will be spent driving; we will pass through the towns of Tjomeb, Grootfontein, Rundu, and then on to Dovundu. Our campsite is situated alongside the Kavango River, at the northern-most part of the Okavango Delta. The campsite is known to most people as being one of the most beautiful camps in Africa. It is very common to see crocodile in the river, and hippo coming out to feed at night. Here you can enjoy the sunrise from the deck, or go for a swim in the river swimming pool. You also have the opportunity to go on a mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip up the river. Your local guide will inform you about the wildlife and parks in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Treehouse chalets

Day 14: Namibia – Botswana (Maun)

Leaving after breakfast, we will cross the border into Botswana and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. You will have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 15: Okavango Delta

We leave the world behind us today as we make our way into the Okavango Delta for the bush experience of a lifetime. 4×4 vehicles will take us into the Delta, and the drive will take us through the Mopani forest, before getting to the edge of the Delta. Once there, we will settle down into our mokoros. Whilst our guides pole us along the waterways of this 14,000 square kilometre wildlife wilderness, we can enjoy the tranquillity of the Delta. Our overnight camp is somewhere in the wilderness. Walking safaris and wildlife are on our doorstep for us to enjoy.
Please note: If you are booked on the accommodated tour, you will just do a day tour into the Delta, and return to our lodge in Maun for the night

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Bush Camp
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 16: Elephant Sands

We return back to the main camp in Maun in time for lunch, and then continue on our journey. We only have a short drive this afternoon, through a very arid part of Botswana. Our overnight stop is at a camp where the elephants frequently visit the watering hole. There will be enough time this afternoon for a swim, and you can relax and watch the elephants and other game from the restaurant area. Dinner this evening will be in the restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (restaurant meal)
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Twin bush chalets

Day 17: Chobe National Park

We head further north through the Kasane forest where we always see herds of elephants, rare antelopes and sometimes lion, hyena and wild dog. We will arrive mid-morning in Kasane, where we will be staying on the shores of the Chobe River at Thebe River Lodge, at the gateway to Chobe National Park. Here you can relax at
the swimming pool overlooking the river, where you stand a good chance of seeing animals like elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as a large variety of bird species. This afternoon we will do a river cruise in the Chobe National Park, well known for being one of the best river cruises in Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 18: Botswana – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

After an early morning cup of coffee or tea and biscuits you will go on a morning game drive into Chobe National Park for around three hours, returning to camp for breakfast.
A short drive then takes us across the border into Zimbabwe, and on to the adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. On arrival your guide will assist you with the booking of your optional activities, before taking you to one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the magnificent Victoria Falls. The waterfall is 1700 meters (1.1 mile) wide, of which 1300 meters is on the Zimbabwean side, including the main falls. Late afternoon we will do a sunset cruise on the 4th largest river in Africa (the Zambezi River), which has national parks on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the river. All soft drinks, wine, beer and finger snacks are included in the cruise.

Meals: Breakfast
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 19: Victoria Falls

Today is a free day for you to spend as you please. You can explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African arts and craft markets, or relax by the pool in the heat of the day. And of course there are plenty of optional activities available for you to enjoy!

Meals: Breakfast
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 20: Victoria Falls

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. Should you need help or advice on further travel, your guide you will be happy to help you with this.

If you need to get to Johannesburg, please enquire about our 2 day Victoria Falls – Johannesburg transfer

Meals: Breakfast

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