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Your Exclusive Budget Safari begins in Cape Town, where there is something for everyone with its spectacular scenery and great city vibe! From the Cape you head through the mountains of the Cederberg and the Namaqualand's beautiful wildflower fields.
Spend the day exploring the Orange River by canoe, before visiting hot springs and the impressive Fish River Canyon. Head northwards through the orange-red sand dunes of Namibia's Namib Desert, going to Sossusvlei, before choosing adventure activities in Swakopmund. See the towering Brandberg Mountain and continue to the petrified forests and san rock art sites. Then venture into Etosha, famous for its vastness and fantastic game viewing. Do more game spotting in Botswana, exploring the remarkable Okavango Delta and game-rich Chobe National Park - both famous, world-class safari destinations.
Arrive at the roaring Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side, where this Cape Town to Victoria Falls Exclusive Budget Safari ends!
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 Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa for the Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari.
You have the rest of the day to relax and explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. In the evening you will meet your tour guide and the rest of the safari group.
An early start from the hotel in Cape Town takes us to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to have a last look at Table Mountain across the bay.
After lunch we head for the Cederberg Mountains, staying overnight in Clanwilliam. This pretty mountain village is set in a lush valley where wildflowers bloom in spring. One of South Africa's oldest towns, Clanwilliam enjoys a scenic location in the Olifants River Valley.
This area is popular with hikers and fishing enthusiasts, as well as being the central rooibos growing region of the country. Arriving 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 a hugely popular beverage in South Africa, boasting high nutritional value and great health benefits.
Travelling up the West Coast of South Africa we pass through some magnificent mountain ranges on our way to the Orange River.
If you are travelling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. Later in the afternoon, we will reach the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia.
The only travelling today is done in a canoe on the Orange River. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream in your canoe. A few small rapids add a bit of excitement to the trip, but the paddle is an easy one.
Today we head off for Ai-Ais, where we stop for lunch.
At Ai-Ais thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of about 60°C, gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water".
We then head onto our campsite close to the Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon. Later in the evening, we take in another perfect African sunset with the magnificent views and scenery along the rim of the massive Fish River Canyon.
On day six we travel inland towards the Namib Naukluft National Park in the ancient Namib Desert.
The next morning we wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.
At sunrise and sunset these red-orange sand dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for fantastic photo opportunities. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake).
We also stop to view the renowned Sesriem Canyon, carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
The day is spent driving through the arid Namib Desert via the Namib Naukluft National Park and the Kuiseb Canyon on our way to Swakopmund.
The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless atmosphere. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world; sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibia safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. One can also see the Welwitschia mirabilis which is an odd-looking desert shrub and one of these ‘shrubs’ is a large, protected specimen estimated at over 1500 years old.
We arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this little quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German-influenced town by day and night. Visit art galleries, museums and the aquarium, walk around the town and see the old colonial architecture, sit at a sidewalk cafe and visit the sights.
There are a number of activities to enjoy at Swakopmund; sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving, Himba village excursion and even fishing. You may even dare to brave a dip in the cool Atlantic sea.
We follow the barren Atlantic Coastline on our way out of Swakopmund to visit Africa’s largest seal colony after lunch.
The seal colony at Cape Cross is the breeding place of the Cape fur seals, which are actually a species of sea lion. Along the Namibian and South African coast, there are 24 colonies with a seal population of about 650 000 animals. At Cape Cross there are about 80 000 to 100 000 seals.
Leaving the dramatic Atlantic coastline behind we the head inland across the desert plains for Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Either this afternoon or the next morning we walk up a valley on Brandberg and visit the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting. The walk offers spectacular views over the dramatic plains of Damaraland in the Kunene Region.
An early morning start takes us from Brandberg to our first stops at Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is home to some trees estimated at around 250 million years old. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first in Namibia.
Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba Village that afternoon or the next morning.
This will be a journey of cultural exchange and learning and understanding of our last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
After our cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head to the land of the Big Five of Africa - Etosha National Park.
Lunch is eaten close to the small German town of Outjo where we relax and have the opportunity to visit an Internet cafe. Our final destination for the day is Etosha Park. As the sun sets and late into the night, the group has the opportunity to watch animals drink at floodlit waterholes.
Etosha National Park covers an area of more than 22 750 sq km in the game-rich northwest of Namibia. Etosha means 'place of dry water' and is one of Namibia’s top safari game parks, home to a variety of wildlife.
Etosha, dominated by a flat salt pan, 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 Park 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.
Spend two days game viewing in Etosha National Park, including evening game viewing at floodlit waterholes.
In the mornings we have the opportunity to take game drives at sunrise. We take safari game drives on the vast open pan in search of elephants, various antelope species and lions that congregate at the waterholes of Etosha.
At both camps, Namutoni and Okaukuejo, you can take a swim in the swimming pool or as the sun sets, and late into the night, the group can watch animals drink at the floodlit waterhole.
Leaving Etosha Park we head to Rundu along the Caprivi Strip and onto our river lodge, on the banks of the Kavango River overlooking Angola.
Put your feet up and relax on the banks of the river this afternoon or participate in optional activities, including a village visit to meet the local Kavango people, a tour of the Mbanza Museum and a sunset boat cruise.
At the end of the day, you can unwind by the pool with a sundowner listening to the sounds of nature.
We leave Namibia for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We will be transferred to our camp in the Delta.
The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes).
The Delta is a well-preserved gem of Botswana with a vast oasis of crystal clear lakes, lagoons and palm-fringed islands. The largest freshwater wetland in Africa the Okavango Delta is considered one of the last truly unspoiled wilderness areas in Africa. On our last evening in the Delta, we feast with a braai (barbecue).
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.
Leaving Botswana, we drive up the western edge of the Okavango Delta before crossing over into Namibia again and driving through the Caprivi Strip to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River.
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.
The next morning we depart from camp, head along the Caprivi Strip and cross the border back into Botswana, driving to Kasane, near Chobe National Park. Arriving at our safari camp on the Chobe River you are free to rest or embark on optional activities.
The next morning we rise early for our game drive in the renowned Chobe National Park. In the afternoon you will go on a sunset boat cruise along the banks on the Chobe National Park.
Chobe National Park, Botswana’s second largest National Park, is famous for its high concentrations of game, especially elephants and buffalo.
Chobe Park is also renowned for offering some of the best boat-based game viewing in the world.
This morning's drive takes you from Chobe to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls, also known as The Smoke that Thunders, is the largest continuous sheet of falling water in the world, plummeting 108 m (360 ft) into the Zambezi River below.
Later this afternoon we embark on a leisurely sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls waterfall. Keep an eye out for wildlife and birds as we cruise along, sipping on sundowners and watching the sunset.
We recommend that you spend an extra day or two at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, after the safari. Considered the adventure capital of Africa, there are numerous exciting activities to choose from at Victoria Falls, including white water rafting, bungee jumping and helicopter flips. Visiting Victoria Falls waterfall is a must-do optional activity!
The Cape Town to Victoria Falls Exclusive Budget Safari ends after breakfast this morning.
We can transfer you to the international airport of Victoria Falls for your onward flights at the end of the safari.
Please contact African Budget Safaris for details.
Accommodation on this camping and accommodated tour is in tents and at lodges, chalets and tented camps. Stay in designated campsites inside National Parks, on riverbanks, or other places of interest.
All campsites have communal ablution facilities with hot water, as well as showers, flush toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary). We stay at less crowded campsites taking you to secluded spots, often supported by the local community. Accommodation is in spacious 3-person dome tents, sharing two people per tent, with 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses.
Accommodated nights are spent at carefully selected mid-range lodges and chalet accommodation.
Stay in mid-range lodge accommodation in National Parks, on riverbanks, or in game parks and other places of interest.
The tour accommodation will be in a mix of standard lodges, chalets 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.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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