Itinerary | J’burg to Cape Town via Vic Falls & Namibia
J’burg to Vic Falls, Namibia & Cape Town
The Best of Southern Africa Culture & wildlife
With Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Matobo National Park then Victoria Falls. Followed by the Okavango Delta, the waterholes at Etosha Park, the sand dunes of the Namib Naukluft National Park and Fish River Canyon. Lots of action on offer Victoria Falls and Swakopmund. The trip finishes in Cape Town, by Table Mountain
Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park overnight game trip, Okavango Delta overnight trip, Etosha Pan National Park, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Namib Nauklift National Park, Fish River Canyon, canoeing on the Orange River, Cederberg wine tasting, Cape Town and township tour.
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (L/D)
We leave Johannesburg and head through the Panorama Route, with its breathtaking vistas, towards the Kruger National Park. We camp near the park for two nights
Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. It’s great for day and night game drives, with lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.
Included Activity: Kruger National Park – Night Game Drive
DAY 2: Nkambeni Camp (B/L/D)
Kruger National Park. We spend the day looking for the game in the park. If you like, you can take an optional evening game drive.
Included Activity: Game Drives
DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (B/L/D)
We leave Nkambeni and go north to the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, a long deep canyon on the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains. We spend the night in Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city with a swimming pool.
Optional Activity: Blyde River Canyon
DAY 4: Polokwane to Musina (B/L/D)
On to Tshipise and to nearby Musina, with its natural hot water springs resort with warm pools, walking trails and other activities here. The town is beside the border of Zimbabwe; tomorrows destination.
DAY 5: Musina, South Africa to Masvingo, Zimbabwe (B/L/D)
Over the border to Zimbabwe, to the town of Masvingo, which is beside Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The finding of these monuments by European explores caused quite a consternation at the time, as they are the only area of old stone buildings or ruins in southern Africa, bar of those built on the coast by Arabs. It was supposed originally, that the ruins were even built by Phoenician’s, till it was worked out to the palaces of the ancestors of the local Shona tribe. Visit the ruins for great sunset view.
Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
DAY 6: Masvingo to Bulawayo (B/L/D)
From Masvingo to Bulawayo; the big towns wide streets and old buildings reflecting its colonial past. It’s Zimbabwe’s second largest city, with wide streets to turn full span ox wagon around. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the; Natural History Museum, National Arts Gallery and arts and crafts centres.
DAY 7: Bulawayo (B/L/D)
Here we visit Matobo National Park, (originally Rhodes Matopos). Just outside of Bulawayo town, it’s a series of granite hills; like islands surrounded by wooded valleys. The park has an unusual air about it with distant views combined with the closed valley. Many religious activities and rituals were held here in pre-colonial times. Cecil Rhodes is buried in a granite hill in the park is a place known as World View.
Included: Matobo National Park
Day 8: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
To Hwange National Park. Hwange; loads of wildlife including thousands of elephants, Sable and Roan Antelope. We take a late afternoon game drive.
Day 9: Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
We have a day in Hwange, game driving through the park.
Included: Game drive in Hwange National Park
DAY 10: Hwange to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B/L)
Leaving Bulawayo, we arrive in Victoria Fall in the morning. At the Falls there is plenty to do, with grade 5 rapids to raft over and the spectacular sight of the massive wall of water spilling over the falls, the mist rising 100’s of feet high into the air above. Our campsite is in the centre of town, within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A pleasant walk takes you to the entry point to view the falls, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls – Mosi-oa-Tunya – Smoke that Thunders. So named by Dr Livingstone on his explorations, is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. At 1,700 metres wide and 100 metres high, it is the largest sheet of falling water in the world. After our adventure activities, relax at the camps swimming pool, and looking at the Falls.
Included: Entry to Victoria Falls
DAYS 11-12: Victoria Falls (B)
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 rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
DAY 13: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana (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
Spend the afternoon looking at the wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park to spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises and wildlife.
Included Activity: Chobe National Park overnight game drive
DAY 14: Chobe National Park to Kasane (B/L/D)
Back in camp have a break after all the adventure You can go on a boat cruise on the Chobe River; an optional excursion, or spend your time at the swimming pool.
DAY 15: Kasane to Maun (B/L/D)
We travel along the edge of the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for the Delta trip.
DAY 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 way to experience the waterways close up.
We drive to the mokoro polers camp. The Delta has many local villages where people live traditionally in remote villages only accessible by canoe. We pack our supplies in the dugouts and head out into the waterways to our tented camp. At the camp take a paddle in the delta and go on guided walks
Included Activity: Overnight Delta trip
DAY 17: Okavango Delta to Maun (B/L/D)
Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos. Back to Maun and the end of your Delta trip. Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; 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 Maun.
Optional Activity: flight over the Delta
DAY 18: Maun to Ghanzi (B/L/D)
From the lush Delta, we pass through the arid Namibian landscape to our evening’s bush camp. Fingers crossed for a classic sunset in Botswana at 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 19: Ghanzi, Botswana to Windhoek, Namibia (B/L)
Today’s drive will take us through small rural towns and scenic landscapes. Nestled between the hills, 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 beer house, German style.
Optional: Dinner at a Beer House
Day 20: Windhoek to Etosha National Park (B/L/D)
Heading north to 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. The pan and surrounding bush support large numbers and a wide range of wildlife. We view the game from the truck and spend the evening by the floodlit water holes at the park’s campsites.
DAY 21-22: Etosha National Park Area (B/L/D)
These water holes 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. We leave the park through Anderson gate to our camp with a pool, just 10kms away.
Included Activity: Game Drive
Optional Activity: Night Drive
DAY 23: Etosha National Park to Brandberg (B/L/D)
We leave Etosha for Brandberg Mountain [fire mountain] a massive mountain outcrop rising above the gravel plains, uninhabited and isolated with the tallest mountain in Namibia.
DAY 24: Brandberg to Swakopmund (B)
Today we head for Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe – day trip. Swakopmund has many coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Beaches and promenades to walk along, as well as a museum, aquarium and galleries to visit.
DAY 25: Swakopmund (B)
In Swakopmund, an old German colonial seaside resort there are plenty of things to do for the energetic and German beer halls for those after a more relaxing time. Horse-riding, quad biking or sand boarding on the dunes, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic, jump out of a plane or take a scenic flight over the coastline are just a few of the things on offer.
Optional Activity: Swakopmund many side trips, as per side trips
DAYS 26 & 27: Swakopmund to Sesriem (B/L/D)
Swakopmund to Sesriem Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to the industrial Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. Continuing our journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a great place to experience the Namib and its many moods.
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Dune 45 & Sossusvlei. An early start into Namib-Naukluft National Park, we take a morning roaming around the sands. We take some time to summit the famous Dune 45. We then take a desert shuttle a further 5kms 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 28: Sesriem to Fish River Canyon (B/L/D)
After an overnight stay in the desert we drive south to Fish River Canyon; 160km long and half a kilometre deep; second in length only to the Grand Canyon. You can trek along the rim and look into the canyon from the various viewpoints.
DAY 29: Fish River Canyon to South Africa (B/L/D)
We cross into South Africa over the Gariep River or Orange River.
We camp just over the border, on the South African side of the river. Take a half day canoe trip down the river or relax by the pool enjoying the spectacular view.
Optional Activity: Canoeing on the Orange/Gariep River
DAY 30: Orange River to Cederberg (B/L/D)
We head south through the Richtersveld and past Springbok, to Namaqualand. We drive through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert following the farmland south through the sparsely populated areas of the Western Cape. Cederberg is the growing area of the centre of one of the Cape’s many wine routes.
Optional Activity: Wine Tasting Cederberg
DAY 31: Cederberg to Cape Town (B)
Continuing south through to the fruit growing area of Citrusdal; we cross the mountains Piekenierskloof Pass into the Cape Winelands region to Cape Town – a beautiful city, Table Mountain across Table Bay, plenty of cafes, pubs, clubs and markets.
Included Activity: Township Tour
DAY 32: Cape Town (No Meals)
The last day of our trip, where we finish in the morning.
While in Cape Town; go and climb Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for views of the city and visit Robben Island.