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Vic Falls to Cape Town

From £1660 for 22 days
Trip Overview
Experience the extremes of southern Africa's landscapes on this journey from the thunderous Victoria Falls to cosmopolitan Cape Town. Travel down lush waterways in the enigmatic Okavango Delta, cruise past elephants and birds on the Chobe River, climb giant sand dunes in Namibia, camp to the sounds of Africa's wildlife and spot big cats, rhinos, zebras and antelopes on Etosha National Park's arid plains. Visit the people who make their homes here, from cheerful delta mokoro polers to the fascinating San Bushmen. Get ready for this unforgettable tour through a land of contrasts.
Essential Info
Starts: Victoria Falls
Ends: Cape Town
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Overland
Trip Code: IYXOF
Countries visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
What's Included

Meals

19 Breakfasts included
18 Lunches included
17 Dinners included

Transport

4x4 Safari Vehicle,Mokoro,Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights),Camping (with facilities) (16 nights),Cabin (3 nights)

Trip Highlights
-Scramble to the top of Sesriem, one of the world's highest sand dunes
-Visit the incredible seal colonies of Cape Cross near Spitzkoppe
-Spot exotic wildlife on a full-day game drive through Etosha National Park
-Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen outside of Grootfontein
-Glide down Botswana's Okavango Delta on a mokoro
-Hear the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side
Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
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Price GBP
Availability
23rd December 2016
13th January 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,785pp 
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Good
20th January 2017
10th February 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,710pp 
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Good
24th February 2017
17th March 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,660pp 
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Good
31st March 2017
21st April 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,660pp 
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Good
12th May 2017
2nd June 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,740pp 
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Good
16th June 2017
7th July 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,740pp 
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Good
7th July 2017
28th July 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,805pp 
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Good
21st July 2017
11th August 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,860pp 
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Good
11th August 2017
1st September 2017
Victoria Falls - Cape Town
£1,805pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Victoria Falls
Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. Those who arrive early can choose from many optional activities and sights to see around Victoria Falls. Upgraded accommodation is available – please ask at reception or speak to your leader. WiFi is also available. You may also hear about the Devil's Pool. Intrepid does not recommend this activity due to the high risk involved. Our leaders cannot assist in organising this activity.
Day 2 - Victoria Falls
Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. This staggering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 metres and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. Today your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over the falls for an incredible bird's-eye view of it all. Tonight you'll enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers. Your camp has WiFi, flush toilets and showers. Upgrades are availabile (subject to availability). Notes: We have not risk assessed all activities offered, and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure about any, check with your leader. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles. If you are interested in the optional helicopter flight (12 minutes or 25 minutes), choose Zambezi Helicopter Company (CAA Zimbabwe), who we endorse exclusively. 

Additional Activities

Visit Victoria Falls
Included in Price
Victoria Falls - Canoe trail
185 USD
Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (half day)
100 USD
Victoria Falls - Flying fox
50 USD
Victoria Falls - Gorge swing
110 USD
Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins)
175 USD
Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins)
334 USD
Village & township tour
50 USD
Day 3 - Chobe National Park
This morning is free for you to continue enjoying all that Victoria Falls has to offer. Afterwards, travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 2–3 hours). Botswana's first national park is famous for its high concentration of elephants, so keep an eye out for them. They can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. Your camp, located outside of the park, has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and optional upgrades.
Day 4 - Chobe National Park
Enjoy an early-morning game drive. Adventuring through the park, you will have the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife. With some luck you will spot a variety of beasts and any number of exotic birds. As well as the Chobe icon, the elephant, the river also attracts hippos and crocodiles; the latter like to sun themselves by the water's edge. Cheetahs also come down for a drink. The birdwatching is excellent here too – look out for eagles, kingfishers and marabou storks, among hundreds of other species. In the afternoon perhaps take an optional cruise down the Chobe River – one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals.

Additional Activities

Chobe - Dawn 4x4 game drive
Included in Price
Chobe - Boat Cruise
220 BWP
Day 5 - Bagani
Today you will enter Namibia, driving from Kasane to Ngoma Bridge, and on to your camp at Bagani (approximately 7 hours). Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river. There are also plenty of nice spots in which you can simply relax and soak up the ambience. This area is the homestead of the local Mbukushu kings. You will have the opportunity to stop at an ATM and a market or shop today. Your camp has flush toilets, showers and WiFi. Upgrades are also available (subject to availability).

Additional Activities

Boat trip
25 USD
Day 6 - Okavango Delta
Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga. Here you'll leave your vehicle and join your transport for the journey into the delta (approximately 4 hours). Take a boat across the swamps to Gao Island to meet your mokoro team and start exploring the Okavango Delta with them. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, you'll hear hippos occasionally piercing the peaceful atmosphere with their grunts. On the first night here you'll camp on an island well away from civilisation.

Additional Activities

Okavango Delta - Mokoro trip
Included in Price
Day 7 - Okavango Delta
Continue your trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp. This camp usually has hot showers, and there's a small bar at which you can relax and perhaps enjoy a refreshing sundowner. Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide. This is a great chance to discover the beautiful natural surrounds, gain some insight into the history of the local area and take some photos.

Additional Activities

Nature Walk
Included in Price
Day 8 - Bagani
Return to Bagani to camp for the night. Various boat trips, fishing trips and guided hikes are possible from Bagani, so if you're feeling active, get out and make the most of it. Those who are feeling bold might even be able to challenge the local kids to a soccer match – don't expect to win though! Retire to your camp in the evening and enjoy this welcome break from the road.

Additional Activities

Boat trip
25 USD
Day 9 - Grootfontein
Drive to your camp outside Grootfontein for the night (approximately 7 hours). The town of Grootfontein, part of the Otavi Triangle, tends to get very green in the warmer months but dries out markedly in the winter. If it's springtime, you'll likely see jacarandas in bloom. There is the possibility of an accommodation upgrade here, but WiFi will not be available. 

Additional Activities

Farm Walk
Included in Price
Day 10 - Grootfontein/San Bushmen
Embark on a 180-kilometre round-trip to visit the San Bushmen. You will go out walking with some of the tribe, listening to their stories and songs. You'll soon discover that they communicate in a unique and fascinating clicking language. The Bushmen are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia, having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 of them live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and ecology, living in harmony with their environment.

Additional Activities

San Bushman cultural experience
Included in Price
Day 11 - Etosha National Park
Travel to Etosha National Park (approximately 5 hours). Enjoy a game drive here in the evening. The park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. Game viewing in Etosha is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. You will spend the night at Namutoni. Accommodation upgrades are on offer here.

Additional Activities

Evening Game Drive
550 ZAR
Day 12 - Etosha National Park
Enjoy a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, which means significant numbers of elephants, antelope and other herbivores reside here. The park is also home to some 340 species of birds – keep an eye to the sky where you might spot a soaring eagle. Tonight you will stay at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. Upgrades are not available at this location tonight.

Additional Activities

Full Day Game Drive
Included in Price
Evening Game Drive
550 ZAR
Day 13 - Spitzkoppe
Travel to the mountain of Spitzkoppe, the 'Matterhorn of Namibia' (approximately 9 hours). The wild lands around this superb granite peak are some of Namibia's most stunning. The mountain itself is 700 million years old and 1,987 metres high. Although you shouldn't try to climb to the top, there are some excellent hikes to do in the area, which is rich in plant life and has some bush paintings to be found. Be sure to look out for the sunset from your bush camp this evening – the landscape is known to take on dazzling oranges and reds.
Day 14 - Swakopmund
Continue to the town of Swakopmund (approximately 5–6 hours). Be dazzled by the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while you're travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast. At some stage today there will be access to an ATM and market or shop if you need some supplies. Your accommodation for these nights is a simple, cosy lodge. WiFi is not available at this location.

Additional Activities

Cape Cross seal colony
Included in Price
Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
Included in Price
Day 15 - Swakopmund
Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.

Additional Activities

Camel riding
15 USD
Fishing trip
120 USD
Swakopmund Museum
2 USD
Sea kayaking
85 USD
Seal and dolphin cruise
60 USD
Swakopmund - Sand boarding
50 USD
Swakopmund - Quad Bike Trip (2 hrs)
80 USD
Swakopmund - Horse riding
65 USD
Day 16 - Swakopmund
Today is another free day to enjoy this fun beachside town. If you're after a dose of history and culture, you can stop in at the lighthouse and visit the Swakopmund Museum. Active types and thrill-seekers might like to take advantage of the many outdoor activities on offer – this town is the adventure-sports mecca of Namibia. Notes: It's important to check with your leader if you are unsure about the safety of any of these optional activities, as some may not be recommended by Intrepid.

Additional Activities

Swakopmund - Sand boarding
50 USD
Seal and dolphin cruise
60 USD
Swakopmund - Horse riding
65 USD
Swakopmund - Quad Bike Trip (2 hrs)
80 USD
Fishing trip
120 USD
Camel riding
15 USD
Sea kayaking
85 USD
Swakopmund Museum
2 USD
Day 17 - Sesriem/Sossusvlei
Drive to Sesriem, your base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert region (approximately 6–7 hours). The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent burning tones created by the brightly coloured sands. These are the highest dunes in the world.
Day 18 - Sesriem/Bethanie
Wake up before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are simply incredible and provide a spectacular setting for your brunch. Afterwards you will jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei, the incredible salt and clay pan just nearby (approximately 30 minutes each way). Enjoy some time to explore this incredible and mysterious desert oddity. Later, continue to the small town of Bethanie (approximately 6 hours), arriving in the afternoon. Your camp has basic facilities, with showers, flush toilets, WiFi and optional upgrades.

Additional Activities

Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
Included in Price
Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
Included in Price
Day 19 - Fish River Canyon
Heading further south, deeper into the vast desert lands of Namibia, drive towards Fish River Canyon (approximately 3–4 hours). At 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long, Fish River Canyon is one of the very largest canyons in the world. During the dry season, the river bed tends to dry out completely, leaving only a few puddles. In the wet season, after the summer rains, the river can turn into a spectacular raging torrent. At any time of year there are remarkable photographic opportunities here as we watch the color of the granite rocks change as the sun goes down. Note that upgrades and WiFi are not available at your camp tonight.

Additional Activities

Fish River Canyon
Included in Price
Day 20 - Orange River
Departing Fish River Canyon, travel to Noordoewer (approximately 5 hours). Pitch your tent on the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River. Traditionally known as the Gariep River, the Orange River is the longest in South Africa, at 2,200 kilometres. Its source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range in Lesotho, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast. Upgrades are possible tonight (subject to availability), though there is no WiFi available. 

Additional Activities

Canoe trip - Orange River
495 NAD
Day 21 - Western Cape
Depart first thing in the morning, heading to Klawer – a town named after the Afrikaans word for a wild clover blooming after rainfall. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. If there's time, you will have the opportunity to explore some of it – take a delightful walk around the nearby mountains and farms before retiring for the evening.
Day 22 - Cape Town
Head to Cape Town (approximately 5 hours), where you trip ends. With its stunning coastline, modern cityscape, nearby mountains and a plethora of nearby vineyards, this is one of Africa's most exciting cities. There's no accommodation provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip. Notes: It's important not to book any outgoing international flights for earlier than 7 pm, to allow for possible delays.

Additional Activities

Bo-Kaap Museum
30 ZAR
District Six Museum
25 ZAR
Harbour cruise
200 ZAR
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
45 ZAR
South Africa National Gallery
35 ZAR
South African Museum
27 ZAR
Table Mountain - Hiking
720 ZAR
Table Mountain - Aerial cable
250 ZAR
Robben Island tour
260 ZAR
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