Itinerary | Cape Town to Vic Falls via Namibia
Cape Town to Vic Falls via Namibia
DAY 1: Cape Town to Cederberg (L/D)
Cape Town – a beautiful city, with plenty of cafes, pubs, clubs and markets and visit a township before leaving Cape Town.
We leave the farmland of the Western Cape and the Mediterranean climate, following the road north through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert, past Citrusdal a centre of the Cape’s many wine routes. A wine tasting makes for a great afternoon. Then on to Cederberg; the growing area and centre of one of the Cape’s many wine routes.
Optional Activity: Wine tasting
DAY 2: Cederberg to the Orange or Gariep River (B/L/D)
We drive through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert, following the farmland north through the sparsely populated areas of the Western Cape. We camp on the South African bank of the Gariep River after taking a canoe trip down the river or relax by the pool enjoying the spectacular view.
Optional Activity: Canoeing on the Gariep River
DAY 3: South Africa to Fish River Canyon, Namibia (B/L/D)
After crossing the border into Namibia, we drive north to Fish River Canyon; 160km long and 550m deep; second in length only to the Grand Canyon. You can trek along the rim, to look over the canyon from the viewpoints.
Included Activity: Fish River Canyon
DAY 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem (B/L/D)
An early start; heading north, we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the starkness of the desert. Nearby is Sossusvlei and the highest sand dunes in the world. Great views of the desert can be seen from the top of these 300 metre high dunes. The stars at night are like diamonds on black silk.
Included Activity: Namib Naukluft National Park
DAY 5: Sesriem (B/L/D)
At dawn into Namib-Naukluft National Park, to roam around the sands. We take some time to summit the famous Dune 45. We then take a desert shuttle a further five kilometres into the desert, where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei; a river which ends is a salt and clay pan, surrounded by high red dunes.
Included Activity: Climbing Dune 45 & Sossusvlei
DAY 6-7: Sesriem to Swakopmund (B)
We cross the Tropic of Capricorn towards the Atlantic Ocean, via Walvis Bay, to Swakopmund; an old German colonial seaside resort, with lots of things to do for the energetic and German beer halls for those after a more relaxing time. Horse-riding or sandboarding on the dunes, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic or scenic flights over the coastline.
Optional Activities: Skydiving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding etc.
DAY 8: Swakopmund to Brandberg (B/L/D)
Namibia is a land of wide open spaces and we pass few inhabited areas as we drive towards Spitzkoppe; a group of massive granite peaks. Here you can take a guided walk with the San to their ancient rock art sites. To Brandberg Mountain [fire mountain] a massive mountain outcrop rising above the gravel plains, uninhabited and isolated, it’s the tallest mountain in Namibia.
DAY 9-11: Brandberg to Etosha (B/L/D)
Etosha Pan National Park. Thousands of years ago this vast saltpan was a lake, till Kunene River changed course and deprived the lake of water. Now the pan and surrounding bush support large numbers and a wide range of wildlife. We view game from the truck and spend the evenings by the floodlit water holes at the park’s campsites. These waterholes provide an excellent opportunity to observe animals that are hard to find during the day, particularly rhino and also smaller animals such as the genet. Elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich, springbok, jackals, hyenas and meercats are also likely to be seen here.
Included Activity: Game drives
Optional Activities: Night game drive
DAY 12: Etosha National Park to Windhoek (B/L)
We leave the park; game driving all the way to the gate. Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets. There are also many shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy. And if you like take a meal out at a German beer house.
Optional: Dinner at a beer house
DAY 13: Windhoek, Namibia to Ghanzi, Botswana (B/L/D)
From Windhoek to Botswana and Ghanzi. Here you can go with the San Bushmen to learn about their life and how they live in this harsh land.
Optional Activity: Bushman Experience
DAY 14: Ghanzi to Maun (B/L/D)
Through the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for a Mokoro trip into the Delta.
DAY 15-16: Maun to Okavango Delta (B/L/D)
A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and your transport into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife, birds in particular, and you will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking on the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great wilderness experience.
Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see the game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos. Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish, which the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear delta water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you can take a scenic flight over the Delta from Mau.
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion
DAY 17: Maun to Nata (B/L/D)
We head to Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through the sparsely populated country, where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of a game drive or a bushwalk.
Optional Activity: Game Drive, Bush Walk
DAY 18: Nata to Kasane (B/L/D)
After an early start and a stunning drive to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River, where elephant and hippo can be seen from the campsite.
DAY 19: Chobe National Park (B/L/D)
We visit Chobe National Park at Kasane town; sandwiched between the Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibian borders. In the park you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience – excellent game viewing is a must. With large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, all coming to eat and drink along the Chobe Riverfront, especially in the dry months. Lions, antelopes and hippos inhabit live in the surrounding forests and shallow lakes in the Linyanti Marsh. The seasonal flooding grasslands at Savuti Marsh have worldclass bird watching
Included Activity: Chobe National Park overnight game trip
DAY 20: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B)
After returning to camp we head to Zimbabwe and over the border to Victoria Falls. When the river is in full flow, the falling water causes a huge roar and sends a cloud of spray up to 500 metres into the air.
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls
DAYS 21: Victoria Falls (B)
We stay beside Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls town, there is a lot to see and do. Adventure activities abound – you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rainforest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
Optional Activities – Bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Gorge. Fly over the Falls. Whitewater raft down the Zambezi. You can float serenely down the river deep below the cliff topped gorge.