Leaving from one of the famous natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the journey to Cape Town begins. Head to Botswana's premier Chobe Park for superb wildlife viewing on a morning game drive and sunset boat cruise. Travelling through the Caprivi Strip of Namibia you take a game drive in the diverse Mahangu National Park.
Then we venture into the untamed Okavango Delta to explore the pristine waterways in mekoros (traditional dugout canoes). Our next wildlife destination is Etosha Park in Namibia, with its magnificent pan and plains hosting hundreds of different mammal species. After Etosha, we meet the Himba people, visit a winery and view Spitzkoppe and its rock art. Continue further south through the gravel plains, to participate in adventure activities in Swakopmund. Explore the ancient Namib Desert with its towering red-orange sand dunes and visit the Fish River Canyon, then spend a day canoeing on the Orange River.
Crossing into South Africa the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Lodge Safari heads through Namaqualand's spring wildflowers and the picturesque mountains of the Cederberg. Finally arrive in South Africa's mother city, Cape Town!
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.
Arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where you will be met and transferred to your first overnight lodge.
You are free to relax at the lodge or enjoy optional adventure activities (own expense), before our sunset cruise this afternoon. A few things to do while visiting the Victoria Falls are bridge swinging, bungee jumping, a guided tour of the falls and helicopter flights to mention only a few.
The late afternoon cruise is an excellent way to ease into our African safari. Watch a scenic sunset from the Zambezi River and scan the riverbanks for wildlife while you enjoy sundowners. This evening meet up with your fellow travellers and tour guide for a pre-safari briefing.
Early this morning you can visit the magnificent waterfall of Victoria Falls on an optional guided tour (extra cost). This is the largest sheet of falling water in the world and one of the seven natural wonders. Seeing Victoria Falls up close is an unforgettable experience - going into the misty spray its thundering waters send up.
Then we leave Zimbabwe and cross into neighbouring Botswana. This afternoon is free for you to unwind at the lodge near Chobe National Park or head off on some optional activities.
On the morning of day three, we set out on an early game drive in the famous Chobe Park, going in search of its multitude of wild animals and birds. Chobe is one of Africa's top wildlife destinations, home to lions, buffalos, antelopes, giraffes and plenty of hippos. Chobe hosts one of the biggest elephant populations in Africa, offering outstanding sightings of these giant mammals in its 10,566 km² of untamed bush.
The afternoon is spent on a sunset cruise game viewing from the water. This relaxing boat trip on Chobe River provides excellent close-up sightings of waterbirds and other birds, as well as animals, are drawn to the river. The scenery is also spectacular and the sunsets over the wilderness are just beautiful.
Driving north through Botswana, we look out for game in Chobe National Park, the second biggest national park in the country.
Then we travel into the finger of Namibian land that extends east towards Zimbabwe - the Caprivi Strip. This narrow territory is unusually fertile for the desert country of Namibia.
Our next camp is located on the banks of the Kwando River in a natural setting. In the afternoon you are free to participate in some of the optional activities on offer here, or simply enjoy the lush Kwando River area and take it easy at camp.
We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta of Botswana.
Along the way, we venture into the untamed Mahangu National Park on a game drive.
Mahangu National Park covers some 25 400 hectares of diverse habitats, from floodplains and wetlands to riverside forests and grasslands dotted with baobab trees. This off-the-beaten-track game reserve is home to elephant, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, warthog and a rich variety of predators such as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. All kinds of antelopes are also found in Mahangu, including roan, sable, impala, reedbuck, tsessebe, sitatunga, red lechwe, kudu and wildebeest. This wild game park is a birding paradise, with over 400 bird species to be seen.
On day six we explore the network of pristine delta waterways gliding through the untamed bush in mokoros. Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes that are poled through the water by locals who take us into this watery wonderland. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, emptying into the arid Kalahari Desert.
We stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other wildlife and birds living in this watery paradise.
The Okavango Delta is a well-preserved gem of Africa with a vast oasis of crystal clear lakes, lagoons and palm-fringed islands.
Leaving Botswana we make our way into Namibia and head along the Caprivi Strip to Rundu and onto our overnight lodge, which is on the bank of the Kavango River overlooking Angola.
Take an optional sunset cruise or a village tour and local school visit in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can just put your feet up and relax on the banks of the river or take a dip in the pool, as the sun sets.
On the morning of day eight, we drive south into Etosha National Park.
We spend the next three days exploring this famous national park on game drives and in the evenings we get to watch wildlife at the floodlit waterholes at Etosha's camps. The park is dotted with watering holes that attract an array of animals, which makes for great game viewing. Etosha Pan covers much of the game park, stretching out in a flat expanse where animals can be seen roaming in the mirages.
Etosha is home to four of the Big Five of Africa, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope.
In the mornings we embark on game drives catching the sunrise and many animals that are active at this time of day. Both camps, Namutoni and Okaukuejo, feature swimming pools where you can take a swim between game drives. The camps also have floodlit waterholes where shy and unusual nocturnal animals can be spotted at night, amongst others that come to drink as the sun sets.
Setting off from Etosha Park we travel into the sparsely populated Damaraland region of Namibia, heading towards Kamanjab.
At Kamanjab, our final destination, we will visit a traditional Himba village. This fascinating cultural interaction offers a personal way to meet the last of Namibia's traditional tribes - the Ova-Himba. We take a walk in the village and get to see how these pastoral people live in Damaraland.
Leaving the cultural hub of Kamanjab we head south to Omaruru. This historic mission station has evolved into a lively centre for local crafts and small industries.
We stop at a local distillery and wine cellar, sampling various products made here during our visit. After our interesting tour, we proceed to our overnight accommodation and unwind.
Moving westward across the desert plains we travel through the Erongo region to the dramatic Atlantic coast.
On the way, we visit the iconic landmark of Spitzkoppe to admire the granite rock formations. We take a short walk to view the ancient San (Bushmen) paintings and engravings, before proceeding to the coastline.
This afternoon, we arrive in the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to try a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Activities include sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving, dolphin cruises, kayaking and fishing. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German town by day and night.
On day 14 we head north along the Skeleton Coast to visit Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross, where zoom lenses and binoculars will definitely not be needed. After seeing the Cape Cross Seal Colony you are free to explore and embark on optional activities in and around Swakopmund.
On day 15 we drive through the Namib Naukluft National Park heading to Sossusvlei Dunes in the ancient Namib Desert.
The Namib-Naukluft Desert is a vast expanse of shifting sands where it feels like time stands still. Although the environment is harsh and dry the desert hosts a surprisingly rich variety of rare plants and animals. The unusual inhabitants of this seemingly endless desert make for fascinating sightings. The desert-adapted animals of this stark place include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. You can also see the Welwitschia mirabilis, a strange-looking plant - one of which is specially protected given its old age at over 1 500 years.
The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset the light brings the hues of the dunes alive in glowing oranges, reds and yellows, as the shadows move across the sands. Towering over 300 m tall, this sea of sand dunes and the flat white pans are incredibly photogenic and beautiful. The cracked white-earth of Deadvlei stands in strong contrast to the silhouetted dead trees and surrounding ochre dunes - again providing fantastic photo opportunities.
We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. A series of pools dot the floor of this deep canyon, especially after the rains.
After a long drive, we arrive at the gaping Fish River Canyon and our accommodation near the second largest canyon in the world.
Later in the evening we admire the stunning views over this deep chasm in the earth from the edge and watch another gorgeous African sunset.
We leave the Fish River Canyon in the morning for our camp on the banks of the Orange River, which forms the South African–Namibian boundary.
We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides flows from a natural spring. With temperatures of around 60°C the hot springs are called "Ai-Ais" because this means "burning water" in the Nama language.
At the Orange River, you can relax in the fresh water that has supplied the region with its famous diamonds.
Day 19 is spent paddling gently down the Orange River in canoes, drifting along with the currents. This is a laid-back and easy canoeing trip, only going over a few mild rapids.
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the West Coast. If you are travelling in spring-time you will see the multi-coloured fields of indigenous wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region.
In the late afternoon, we reach the lush Cedarberg Mountains, where we’ll spend our last night in Clanwilliam. This pretty mountain village is set in a green valley where wildflowers also bloom in spring. One of South Africa's oldest towns, Clanwilliam enjoys a scenic location in the Oliphants River Valley.
This morning in Clanwilliam you have the option of taking a tour to the rooibos farms, to taste some of this local rooibos tea. The Rooibos plant is indigenous to the Western Cape and is used to make a hugely popular beverage in South Africa, boasting high nutritional value and great health benefits.
Then we drive through the scenic mountains to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at a beach along the Atlantic Ocean coastline to admire the full wonder of Table Mountain from a distance.
After breakfast, you will be taken by cable car to the top of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain to enjoy spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula. Back in the city, we will visit the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and the picturesque Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap.
We suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour for an abundance of shopping, entertainment and excellent food.
Exploring the Cape Peninsula, we travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via SeaPoint, Clifton and Camps Bay before stopping at Maiden Cove look-out point and then descending into Hout Bay. In Hout Bay, you have the option of doing a Seal Island boat tour (seasonal and not included in the cost).
We then continue along the spectacular Chapmans Peak Drive, a breath-taking coastal drive that leads to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.
In the afternoon we head back to the city stopping at the charming Victorian flavoured, Simons Town. The village has a naval base as well as a large penguin colony at the unforgettable Boulders Beach.
Your Victoria Falls to Cape Town Lodge Safari comes to an end after breakfast.
Airport transfers can be arranged on request.
This is a fully accommodated Budget Safari. Stay in mid-range lodge accommodation in National Parks, on riverbanks, or in other places of interest.
Tour accommodation will be in a mix of standard lodges, hotels and tented camps, mostly with private bathrooms (shower and toilet), and some with shared ablutions. Some of the lodges feature swimming pools and/or bar areas.
Contact African Budget Safaris for details.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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