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Visit one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where this journey to Cape Town begins.
Then enjoy premier game viewing in Chobe Park, embarking on a morning game drive and a sunset boat cruise. Traversing the Caprivi Strip of Namibia we go game viewing in Mahangu National Park. Then we travel to the famous Okavango Delta to explore this watery natural gem by Mokoro canoe.
Next stop is Etosha Park, Namibia with its magnificent pan and hundreds of different mammal species. Whilst in Namibia, meet the traditional Himba people, see ancient san rock art and visit petrified forests. Continue to coastal Swakopmund to sightsee and participate in adventure activities. Explore the ancient Namib Desert with its towering red-orange sand dunes and visit the Fish River Canyon, then spend a day paddling on the Orange River.
Crossing into South Africa the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari heads through Namaqualand's flowers and the picturesque mountains of the Cedarberg. 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.
Arriving in Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe side, we collect you from the airport and take you to our first overnight lodge, bordering on the Zambezi National Park.
This afternoon you are free to lounge by the pool or head off on an optional adventure activity (own expense). In the evening you meet up with your safari guide and fellow travellers for a pre-tour briefing.
On day two we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls to see why this powerful sheet of falling water, the largest in the world, is so famous. After our guided tour of the thundering falls we leave Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe moving on to Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Spend the afternoon cooling off in the pool and taking it easy, or embark on one of the optional activities (own expense) available here.
On day three we rise early for our game drive in the famous Chobe National Park. Chobe is home to one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa, we well as hosting an abundance of other wild animals and birds.
Later in the afternoon we set off on a sunset cruise game viewing in the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park. Chobe is renowned for its outstanding boat-based game viewing, offering close-up wildlife and bird watching.
Botswana's second biggest national park, Chobe National Park covers some 10,566 km² of scenic African wilderness inhabited by an array of animals, from giraffes, hippos and antelopes to buffalos and lions.
Leaving Botswana, we drive through Chobe National Park before crossing over into Namibia and driving through the Caprivi Strip to our camp on the banks of the scenic Kwando River.
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 unwind 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 flood plains 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 guided walk and enjoy nature up close, maybe spotting elephants, waterbuck or other wildlife and birds living in this watery paradise.
The Okavango Delta is a well-preserved natural 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.
A sunrise boat cruise, tour of the Mbanza Living Museum, traditional dancing and visiting a local school in the village are optional activities, or you can just put your feet up and relax on the banks of the river.
End the day beside the pool with a sundowner, listening to the sounds of nature.
The following morning we head off to Etosha National Park.
We fill the next three days with game drives and spend our evenings game viewing at Etosha's floodlit waterholes. Etosha is home to the Big Five of Africa, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous types of antelope.
In the mornings we have the opportunity to take game drives at sunrise when the animals are more active. At both camps, Namutoni and Okaukuejo, you can take a swim in the pool and watch game into the night at the floodlit waterholes.
We leave the wild animals behind at Etosha Park and move onto the spectacular scenery of Twyfelfontein. On our way we visit the small German town of Outjo where we relax for a coffee break.
Our final destination for the day will be Kamanjab. Depending on the time of arrival we go and explore a traditional Himba village in the afternoon or the next morning. This will be a personal cultural experience, offering a great chance to gain insight into the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
The Petrified Forest and San rock art are next on the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari itinerary. At the Petrified Forest we see trees estimated to be 250 million years old!
At Twyfelfontein we walk to view the ancient san bushman’s artwork carved and painted into the surrounding mountains. Twyfelfontein was the first World Heritage site named in Namibia, in 2007.
After doing this walk we head to our camp at the foot of the Brandberg Mountains. This afternoon or the following morning we walk to the “White Lady” - one of the most renowned rock paintings in the Brandberg area. The walk to the site offers spectacular views over the plains of Damaraland.
Today we move westwards across the flat desert plains to reach the cold Atlantic coastline. As we follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Swakopmund we visit Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross where zoom lenses and binoculars will definitely not be needed.
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.
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 town by day and night, experiencing the unique mix of African and German influences.
There are a number of activities to enjoy here: sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving, fishing and kayaking. You may even want to brave the icy sea.
Today is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Sossusvlei in the ancient Namib Desert.
The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world; sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian 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 1 500 years old.
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 these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake).
We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
After a long drive we arrive at the Fish River Canyon and our accommodation near the second largest canyon in the world.
Later in the evening we take in another magnificent African sunset with incredible views over the deep canyon and surrounding lunar landscapes.
We leave the Fish River Canyon in the morning for our camp on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) River, which forms the South African – Namibian boundary.
We stop at Ai-Ais, where thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx. 60°C gushes forth from the springs. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water".
At the Orange River you can relax in the fresh water that has supplied the region with its famous diamonds.
The only traveling today is done in a canoe on the Orange River. Put your feet up and relax as the currents take you downstream – mind the rapids though!
We cross the border into South Africa and make our way down the scenic coast.
If you are traveling in spring you will see the spectacular carpets of indigenous wildflowers of the famous Namaqualand region.
In the late afternoon we reach the lush Cedarberg Mountains, where we’ll spend our last night. We stay in Clanwilliam, a pretty mountain village set in a lush valley where wildflowers bloom in spring. One of South Africa's oldest towns, Clanwilliam enjoys a scenic location in the Oliphants River Valley.
This area is popular with hikers and fishing enthusiasts, as well as being the central rooibos growing region of the country.
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 tea 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 the beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain across the Bay.
The Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari ends after breakfast this morning. We can transfer you to the international airport for your onward flight at the end of the safari.
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This is a Camping & Accommodated Safari, spending some nights camping and some nights staying at lodges or guest houses.
On camping nights you stay at designated campsites inside national parks, on riverbanks, or scenic places. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with 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. Tented accommodation is in spacious 3-person dome tents, sharing two people per tent, with 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses.
On accommodated nights you stay at mid-range lodge accommodation, selected for consistent good standards and value. 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. Many of the lodges feature swimming pools and/or bar areas.
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