From Cape Town to Victoria Falls this safari adventure takes you to top destinations in Southern Africa exploring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
In South Africa highlights include Cape Point Nature Reserve and the rugged Cederberg Mountains from where this affordable safari heads to the Orange River and on to the Fish River Canyon.
Visit the Namib Desert walking amid Sossusvlei's red dunes and in the Sesriem Canyon. Then stop in Swakopmund for optional adventure activities before visiting the dramatic Spitzkop area and walking with a local guide in Ugab Wilderness to see san rock art. Next this affordable African Safari travels to Etosha Park for game viewing drives and camping at floodlit waterholes. Spend a night in Windhoek before crossing into Botswana and heading into the Kalahari Desert.
Explore the pristine Okavango Delta, where we camp on a remote island and experience the untamed wilderness on foot and by mokoro canoes. From the delta our diverse journey through Africa continues to the vast Makgadikgadi Pans and onwards to our final stop - the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe!
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 Cape Town at 8:00am, after a tour briefing.
We make our way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve visiting the harbour in seaside Hout Bay village en route. After exploring the rugged Cape Point Reserve, home to endangered plants and animals, we stop at Boulders Beach to see the resident African Penguin colony. Then it’s off to taste some of Cape Town’s culinary delights at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).
We stay at a collection of guesthouses in the city centre area of Cape Town, near the V&A Waterfront. The guesthouses are within walking distance of each other, and the tour group will meet in one of the guesthouses for breakfast together.
Today our safari adventure travels into the mountainous Cederberg region of the Western Cape, known for it’s beautiful rugged scenery and Bushman rock paintings.
The Cederberg is a dramatic rocky wilderness featuring giant sandstone boulders eroded by wind and rain into bizarre and interesting shapes. We spend the afternoon exploring the solitary and wild area on foot.
Continuing north we drive through more arid regions of South Africa before crossing into Namibia. Once in Namibia we camp at the Gariep River, formerly called the Orange River.
At the Gariep you have some free time to swim and relax in this remote wilderness setting. Alternatively you can take an optional canoe adventure down the river (own expense), which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.
Next this Southern African Safari heads further north to the impressive Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
As the day comes to an end we watch sunset over the edge of this vast canyon, admiring the stunning views.
The Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert is known for its towering red-orange sand dunes, some of the tallest dunes in the world. Entering the ancient Namib Desert we walk to Sossusvlei and explore the Sesriem Canyon with its ancient sedimentary layers.
At the end of the day we get to enjoy another dramatic African sunset over the barren sand dunes of the Namib.
Leaving the barren landscapes of the Namib we head to our next safari stop, the popular coastal town of Swakopmund.
You have a full day to go sightseeing in this charming African town with strong colonial influences or you can partake in some of the numerous adventure activities available in Swakopmund. Activities include dune boarding and skydiving (own expense). There is also the option of taking a half day sea kayaking excursion to view seals, birds and sea life around the peninsula of Walvis Bay.
Enjoy dinner at one of Swakopmund’s many local restaurants in the evening (own expense).
Continuing our southern African journey along the stark Atlantic coastline of Namibia we make our way north to the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the world’s largest Cape Fur Seal colonies.
Then we veer inland to Spitzkoppe, where we camp at the foot of massive granite peaks rising out of the surrounding desert terrain.
We take a short walk in this remote wild area, also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. Witness another spectacular sunset over the open plains and looming rock formations.
Next it’s off to the Damaraland region and Namibia’s tallest mountain, Brandberg Mountain. Here we camp beside the dry Ugab River, home to rare desert elephants.
We take a walk exploring the mountains in search of San rock paintings with our local guides.
On day 11 of our African Safari adventure we travel to Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s finest game parks. Etosha is dominated by a flat saltpan that it is named after, Etosha, meaning “the great white place of dry water”.
Game-rich Etosha, located in the northwest corner of Namibia, is home to a variety of wildlife including more than 110 mammal species. The vast Etosha Park is known as a top safari destination for sighting endangered black rhino, the elusive cheetah and a rare black-faced impala species. Etosha hosts large herds of elephants and numerous plains game, such as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, springbok, impala and eland among others. Lion, hyena and jackal are also found in Etosha Park, as well as around 340 bird species and over 100 reptile species.
Our game drives take us in search of Etosha’s diverse wildlife that congregate at waterholes scattered across the huge dry saltpan. We camp at Okaukuejo rest camp in Etosha featuring an active floodlit waterhole (we may camp at one of the other Etosha camps depending on animal movements).
Today we leave the sprawling wilderness of Etosha Park making our way south to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city.
There is time to explore the charming city of Windhoek discovering its unique colonial German and African influences and architecture. In the evening we enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants in this friendly city (own expense).
The shorter 14-day Cape Town to Windhoek Tour option ends in Windhoek on the morning of day 14 after breakfast. See the full pricing details for the price of this shorter safari option.
We depart from Windhoek driving east towards Botswana. After crossing into Botswana this safari through Africa travels into the heart of the Kalahari Desert where we camp overnight.
In the afternoon we take a guided nature walk with a local San Bushmen, learning about these fascinating people and the ancient bush skills that they have developed to survive in this harsh terrain.
Set off for Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta where we prepare for our delta trip and camp for the night. On day 16 we journey deep into the untamed wilderness of the Okavango Delta by Makoro (dugout canoe) poled by locals. The unforgettable Makoro ride brings us to our bush camp set on a remote island in the pristine delta. For the next two nights we camp in the wild experiencing the African bush at its best.
Our days in the Okavango Delta are spent enjoying bush walks, swimming in the waterways and spotting the abundant birdlife and various wild animals found in the delta.
The Okavango Delta is a truly wild African safari destination, considered one of the best wildlife areas in Africa. The Okavango system consists of a vast network of winding channels, secluded estuaries and islands making up the largest inland delta in the world.
From the watery labyrinth of the wild Okavango Delta our African Safari takes us to the barren Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the world’s largest saltpans. The vast open expanse of the dry salt flats was once an enormous lake in the Kalahari basin.
Makgadikgadi is an ideal place to experience open space with the wide open African skies and endless pans. We enjoy a spectacular sunset over the solitary flat pans.
The pans are however not always dry. Annual rains fill the pans with pools of water that attract thousands of water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.
Our final safari destination is the famous Victoria Falls waterfall, the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
We visit the impressive Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, witnessing the “Smoke that Thunders” or Mosi-o-Tunya as the locals call it.
After admiring the spectacle of the Zambezi River plunging over 100 metres into the Gorge below you have the option of embarking on a relaxing sunset river cruise on the mighty Zambezi. Alternatively you can take the thrilling “flight of angels” over the Vic Falls (own expense).
This Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari ends on the morning of day 21 in the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The 21-Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls African Safari is also available as a shorter 14-Day Cape Town to Windhoek Tour at a cheaper price. Contact African Budget Safaris for more information.
This Cape to Vic Falls Camping Safari is also available as an accommodated Lodge Safari, see - Cape Town to Victoria Falls Budget Lodge Safari.
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