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Drive from Cape Town to the picturesque Cape Winelands and Cederberg Mountains to get a taste of South African food, culture and wine. Travel through Namaqualand to the Orange River and into Namibia to see the Fish River Canyon. Explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park visiting Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Take a Namib desert walk with a local San guide and discover coastal Swakopmund. Head to Spitzkoppe, then Kunene to meet the Himba. Embark on game drives in Etosha National Park, stopping at a craft market on the way to Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
Travel through rural Botswana, watch tribal dancing in the Kalahari and fly into the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the wild delta on a mokoro trip, nature walk and laid-back boat cruise. Drive to Nata along the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, before travelling to Chobe National Park, where we take a game drive and boat cruise. Cross into Zimbabwe to marvel at the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall on the Zambezi River.
An exciting scenic, wildlife and cultural exploration of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls!
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
This Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari departs from the beautiful city of Cape Town, stopping at Table View to take photos and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.
Continuing inland we head to a wine farm on the famous Cape Wine Route, where we sample some fine South African wines. Then we proceed to the Spice Route, a popular wine estate near the town of Paarl. We have lunch at the restaurant and take a look around the artisanal hub featuring coffee, chocolate and beer makers.
Then we drive northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls en route. The beautiful Cederberg Mountain region is famous for its hiking trails and the endemic rooibos plants, used to make a hugely popular, health tea.
Arriving at our first overnight lodge in the scenic Olifants River Valley, we relax and enjoy dinner. After dinner, your guides will give you a full briefing on what to expect during our safari through Southern Africa. Our en-suite accommodation is in the town of Citrusdal, at a lodge with a pool.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
Today we travel north through the Namaqualand region, famous for its colourful and abundant indigenous wildflowers in spring (August & September). Driving through this sparsely-populated Northern Cape region we make our way to to the Gariep River, formerly known as the Orange River. We stop in the remote town of Springbok in South Africa for last minute supplies, before crossing into Namibia.
The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal. We sleep in comfortable, en-suite chalets that overlook the Orange River, forming the border between South Africa and Namibia. Our accommodation features a pool, internet and a bar.
In the morning we have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep/Orange River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp.
After lunch, we travel north to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Getting there, we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon to gain perspective on just how large this natural phenomenon is. Then we make our way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs and our overnight accommodation close to the Fish River Canyon. At our resort in Ai-Ais, we take a soak in the hot springs, swim in the pool and relax at the bar. We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
This morning we hit the long dusty road that takes us north into the vast Namib Desert area of Namibia.
We stay at in twin share rooms with en suite bathrooms at a lodge with a pool and bar. The next two nights are spent at this desert lodge, just outside of the 50 000km² Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. The Namib-Naukluft protects large tracts of uninhabited desert, home to unusual and rare creatures, plants and birds.
Today we visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, home to Namibia’s most famous desert landscapes. The national park incorporates a large part of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.
We transfer to Dune 45 where you have the chance to climb up the iconic dune for amazing views over the stark desert and great photo opportunities. Then we take a 4x4 transfer to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, deeper in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Explore the dry pans on foot, absorbing the dramatic scenes of skeletal desert-adapted trees on the pale pan floors, surrounded by orange-hued dunes.
In the afternoon there’s a short walk into Sesriem Canyon, which stretches about a kilometre in length and reaches up to 30 meters deep. The floor of Sesriem Canyon is dotted with shallow pools and the canyon walls reveal layer upon layer of sedimentary rock, eroded by the Tsauchab River over the ages.
On day six we are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the unique desert habitat. Exploring on foot, our local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib Desert area with us. On this walk, we discover how the San (Bushmen) have long survived in the arid deserts of Southern Africa.
After our desert walk, we cross the latitudinal line of the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing to take some photos. Heading back to the west coast of Africa, we stop at the lagoon in Walvis Bay, to see numerous waterbirds, including seasonal flocks of flamingos. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available for the next day.
In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant, as well as the local nightlife. We stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Swakopmund featuring a bar, laundry services and internet. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers.
Day seven on this Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where German colonial influences can still be seen in the architecture, cuisine and culture. Stroll along the sea, sip coffee at a sidewalk cafe, visit a market and enjoy sightseeing on foot.
You can also try some of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town, including quad biking on the dunes, sand boarding, skydiving and cruises to see dolphins.
Leaving the Atlantic Ocean coastline we drive to Khorixas, the traditional capital of the former Damaraland region.
Our journey takes us along the rocky Skeleton Coast - a treacherous stretch of coastline littered with shipwrecks. We also stop in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken, known for its lichen colonies.
Along the way to Khorixas, we visit Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia. We spend a bit of time exploring the rocky outcrops that rise impressively above the flat plains, with a local guide.
Today we experience Namibian culture, visiting an educational village. This re-creation of a village was established to portray the Himba way of life, without impacting negatively on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments.
The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practices, but today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. The disappearing culture of the striking Himba is characterized by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewellery. The Himba that have not become westernized still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.
Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who get to learn about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of the tour, we stop in at a Himba market where you can browse and get some curios.
Today's drive ends at a lodge in Opuwo, where we prepare for our exciting wildlife adventure in Etosha Park.
Time for unforgettable game viewing - on day 10 we get up early and make our way into Etosha National Park. The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language.
Driving through the wild and rugged bush, we stop at various watering holes in search of the animals that come to drink at these sites while exploring as much of Etosha as possible. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.
Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park, inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, Damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.
We stay at the camps inside Etosha Park - Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camps. All three rest camps boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be viewed at night. We stay two per en-suite room at two of the three overnight camps, each featuring a bar, swimming pool and shop.
In addition to watching for wildlife at the watering holes, you can embark on an exciting optional night game drive on either day.
Start day 12 with a final game drive in Etosha Park, before travelling south to Windhoek.
On our way to Namibia's capital city, we stop at an arts and crafts market so you can browse and buy some authentic African creations. Windhoek is situated almost in the centre of Namibia and serves as the economic, cultural and political capital of the country.
Upon arrival, we take a short walking tour of Windhoek city to see some historical sights and highlights of the vibrant city centre, before checking into our centrally located lodge. Tonight you have the option of eating out at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House, which is known for its venison dishes and quirky setting.
Facilities at our overnight lodge include a big swimming pool, a restaurant, internet, laundry services and a bar. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Departing from Windhoek we make our way out of Namibia and into western Botswana. From the border we drive into the Kalahari Desert, passing through the remote countryside of Botswana, dotted with rural villages and roaming livestock.
Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (Bushman) people are indigenous to Southern Africa having inhabited the area for over 30 000 years surviving in harsh conditions as nomadic hunter-gatherers.
Tonight we sleep two per en-suite room at a camp with a pool and bar, just north of Ghanzi.
In the morning you can take an optional nature walk with the San people in the Ghanzi area of the Kalahari Desert. After walking with the San and finding out more about their survival techniques in this arid habitat we travel on to Maun. Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and irrigating some 15,000 km² of Botswana.
Arriving in Maun we head straight to the airport and board a flight into the Okavango Delta. We fly into the delta in small planes passing over the untamed labyrinth of delta channels and secluded islands. Our flight into the Okavango Delta takes us to a remote camp where we stay in permanent, en-suite tents for the next two nights. Flying over the delta gives us a chance to spot wildlife and gain perspective on the vast wilderness area. This evening we sit beside the campfire listening to the sounds of the bush surrounding us.
Travellers not taking the Okavango Delta trip stay in Maun for the two nights and have time to explore the safari town, take optional mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta.
Please note: You will need to bring a smaller daypack (overnight bag) for the delta excursion as there is limited space for luggage on the transfer flights.
Day 15 is set aside for exploring one of Southern Africa's wildest ecosystems, the watery delta.
We rise early and glide out onto the reed-lined channels in mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes), which are poled through the waters by local guides. Moving slowly along the channels by morkoro is ideal for watching birds, looking out for animals and taking in the scenery. Usually, we make our way through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands. Here we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk.
Returning from our mokoro trip, we have lunch and spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Wild animals are often spotted from the safari camp, along with a rich variety of birds. Later in the afternoon, we take a sunset boat cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta. Sit back and relax with a sundowner appreciating the diverse local flora and fauna.
On the morning of day 16 we return to the airstrip and fly out of the delta, marvelling at the untamed habitat and scanning for wildlife from above. Back in Maun you have free time to rest and relax at the hotel where we stay in en-suite rooms.
Leaving Maun this morning we travel east along the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana, to the town of Nata. Keep your eyes open for majestic Baobab trees along the road and possible sightings of the wildlife roaming in these parts of Nxai and Makgadigadi Pans.
This afternoon you can take an optional drive to the pans to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse, time allowing. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. In winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds.
Today we continue north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the national park.
In the afternoon we set off on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
After game viewing on land, we embark on a sunset boat cruise for water-based game viewing. From the water, we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles and elephants. Our boat-based game viewing provides excellent photographic opportunities for capturing the birds and wildlife attracted to Chobe River in Chobe Park.
Our accommodation is in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
Our final border crossing takes us into Zimbabwe this morning. Entering Zimbabwe we drive to Victoria Falls - the largest waterfall in the world.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls is one of the most unforgettable natural spectacles in Africa - an absolute must-see! We visit Vic Falls to experience the 'Smoke that Thunders' as translated from the local name - Mosi-oa-Tunya.
Our overnight accommodation is at a riverside lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi River on the outskirts of the Zambezi National Park. We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at the lodge in Victoria Falls, enjoying the facilities, including a swimming pool, internet, bar, laundry services and a restaurant.
Your Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Safari finishes after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying in Victoria Falls for a few extra days after your safari.
Most people spend an extra day or two at Victoria Falls in order to participate in a few of the exciting adventure activities. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and bungee jumping.
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