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Three unforgettable weeks of exploration, excitement and discovery in beautiful Southern Africa. Travel from picturesque Cape Town to the spectacular Victoria Falls, via Namibia and Botswana.
Journey through a diversity of stunning landscapes - striking Namib desert, watery Okavango Delta, remote Damaraland plains and the unspoilt African wilderness to mention a few. See the wildlife of Africa roaming free, in the famous Etosha and Chobe national parks, home to an abundance of animals and birds. Experience rich cultures and meet the local people, and enjoy extraordinary activities of your choice in the adventure capitals of Swakopmund and Victoria 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.
Our African adventure kicks off in Cape Town, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Heading to the outskirts of the city we visit one of the informal settlements, known locally as townships. Here we get an idea of what life is like beyond the cosmopolitan glamour, for masses of South Africans. The townships have a unique culture of their own and are often characterized by surprising vibrancy.
Then we head to Table Bay to look back at Table Mountain and Cape Town below, taking some iconic photos. Leaving the city behind we drive through wheat farmlands and into the rugged mountains of the Western Cape crossing Piketberg Pass. Arriving in the Cederberg Mountains we dip down into Olifants River Valley. Take a stroll in the fruit orchards and vineyards and indulge in some wine tasting to taste South Africa's local vintages. We camp in the Cedeberg Mountains, star gazing on our first night under the stars.
Today we continue travelling north into the semi-arid North Western Cape, entering the Namaqualand area. In spring the heath lands transform into a blanket of multi-coloured indigenous Namaqualand wildflowers. We stop for supplies in the tiny town of Springbok, and drive on into the more arid Richtersveld area of the remote Northern Cape Province.
Tonight we camp along the former Orange River, now Gariep River, in a secluded natural spot. Here the blanket of stars shine brightly again.
Rise with the birds and set off down the Orange River in a canoe, paddling along with the current. Look out for birds and animals along the rugged banks of the river as we enjoy our laid-back canoeing trip.
In the afternoon, after lunch, we cross into Namibia and drive to the nearby Fish River Canyon. One of the largest canyons in the world, we drive along the edge and stop to take photos and admire the breathtaking views of this dramatic landscape.
On day four we get an early start, driving north into the Namib Desert, Namibia's most iconic destination. We make our way Sesriem near the Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the best-known landmarks of the Namib Desert are located. From Sesriem we will explore the ancient desert to experience the majesty and solitude of this stark environment.
Arriving at our camp in Sesriem we settle in and have time to explore this arid area on foot. At the end of the day we witness the changing colours of the desert as the sun sets and at night we are treated to spectacular stargazing.
Today we get up before sunrise, heading into the Namib-Naukluft National Park in time to climb Dune 45 and watch the sunrise. Seeing the desert at sunrise is an amazing sight as the red-orange sands light up and the shadows shift across the dunes.
Driving closer to Sossusvlei we take the shuttle and then walk the final stretch to the salt pan. The much-photographed Sossusvlei Dunes are amongst the tallest in the world, rising up to 300 m tall. We walk on the dry, white clay of the salt pan amid the blackened, dead acacia trees, capturing this striking and surreal setting encircled with ochre dunes on camera.
After exploring the Namib Desert we return to camp to enjoy the magical blanket of stars.
This morning we cross the gravel plains and the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Walvis Bay on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Then we continue to Swakopmund, Namibia's most popular beach destination. Your guide briefs you on the exciting activities available in Swakopmund when we arrive. During the day there is plenty to do and at night you can eat out and have some fun out on the town.
The next two nights are spent in dormitory accommodation, with the option of upgrading to a private room (subject to availability).
Day seven, time for adventure and fun in the charming town of Swakopmund.
For families with kids there are dolphin cruises, the aquarium, lovely beaches, and other highlights of the quaint town. For families with youngsters there is horse riding, quad biking, sand boarding and sea kayaking along with crafts and arts markets. For the grown-ups sky diving, paragliding and scenic flights offer an adrenalin rush and art galleries, historical tours and side-walk cafes offer more cultural options. Walking around Swakopmund you will see old colonial German buildings mixed into this European influenced African town.
Some passengers wrap-up their travels in Swakopmund, while new clients often join us here.
Today we leave Swakopmund and drive northeast to Spitzkoppe, one of the most recognizable geological features of Namibia. We cross the eerie plains of Damaraland to the massive granite outcrop of Spitzkoppe, standing 1728 m above the open plains. At Spitzkoppe we visit old San rock paintings on foot and look out over the dramatic landscape.
From Spitzkoppe we travel further into the Kunene Region to Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's tallest peak.
On day nine of this Cape to Vic Falls via Namibia Family Camping Safari we drive to a private game farm near Etosha National Park. We camp at the guest house set on the game area, hosting antelopes, wildebeest, zebra, ostriches and other birds.
Today we embark on game drives in Etosha National Park, Namibia's top safari destination.
Covering 20 000 km² of arid bushveld and the barren Etosha Pan, Etosha Park offers superb game viewing in a dramatic wild setting. The national park hosts an abundance of wildlife, birds, reptiles and other creatures, including large elephant herds, rhinos and striking gemsbok antelopes. We explore the southern section of Etosha, taking a break during lunch and continuing our game viewing in the cooler afternoon hours.
Tonight we stay at the camp near Etosha again, enjoying a drink on the deck or in the quirky bar and a dip in the pool.
We venture back into Etosha National Park, for a full day of game viewing.
Our drive takes us to active waterholes as we make our way to Namutoni Camp on the fringes of the vast Etosha Pan. The salt pan stands dry most of the time, coming alive after the rains when short grasses sprout and blue-green algae grows in the shallow pools of water. Sightings include elephants, lions, zebras, rhinos, jackals, wildebeest, giraffes, kudus and other antelopes.
After dinner you can watch game at the camp's floodlit waterhole, a highlight of Etosha.
On day 12 we have breakfast and exit Etosha National Park, game viewing on our way out. Our next overnight stop is in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
Located on the central plateau of the Khomas Highlands in the middle of the country, this small city features interesting historical attractions and an old colonial charm. Spend the afternoon exploring on foot, visiting highlights and museums, shopping and browing at the markets.
Today we drive east through the semi-arid Kalahari Desert, crossing from Namibia into Botswana. We overnight in the remote, small town of Ghanzi, sometimes called the capital of the Kalahari.
In Ghanzi you can enjoy optional cultural activities that allow you to gain insight into the local San (bushmen) and their age-old survival strategies.
Next, we travel to Maun, located on the outskirts of the world-famous Okavango Delta. Settling in at camp, there is time to relax and swim in the pool before the guide briefs you on the Okavango Delta trip. Tonight we pack for our overnight camping adventure (bring a daybag) and get ready to experience one of the most wild places in Southern Africa.
Day 15 - time for the Okavango Delta. We drive north to one of the waterways of the delta where dug-out style canoes, called mekoros, await. Switching to the traditional vessels of the delta, local guides pole us through the channels to our tented camp. Sit back as we glide through the tranquil waterways and lagoons of the largest inland delta in the world.
A few hours of travelling by road and then mokoro takes us to our remote tented camp. The local team of staff is there to welcome you and show you to your tent. After settling in at camp you are free to set off into the delta in a mokoro or simply unwind with a cool drink, taking in the unspoilt wild surroundings.
Explore the delta by mokoro or take a guided walk to see the diverse flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem up close. Moving through the bush on foot is an ideal way to encounter birds, signs of animal activity and the smaller creatures and features of the delta, as well as possibly coming across larger animals.
Tonight we camp in dome tents fitted with twin beds. The tents feature basic en-suite bathrooms with bush toilets and bucket showers. Fall asleep to the sounds of nature in the middle of the bush, far from the hustle and bustle of city life, immersed in untamed nature.
Wake up to the sights and sounds of the magical Okavango Delta! This morning you can embark on a guided nature walk in the untamed delta looking out for animals and birds.
Then we return to camp and gather our things before gliding out of the watery delta in the mekoros. Reaching the mokoro station we say goodbye to our local polers and switch to a vehicle for the road transfer back to Maun.
This afternoon you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight (depending on weather conditions and availability) over the Okavango Delta - an incredible scenic excursion! From the air you can admire the sheer scale and beauty of the Okavango Delta, even spotting animals from above.
Today we drive through largely uninhabited rural country to our next camp, located on a private wildlife concession near Nata, in north-eastern Botswana.
At camp you can sit back with a drink and watch for elephants and other wildlife at the waterhole, or you can embark on an optional game drive or guided walk on the conservancy. Your guide will tell you more about the optional game drive and bush walk on the road.
Off to Kasane we go, travelling to the far north-eastern corner of Botswana, where four countries (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana) meet.
Our camp is set beside the Chobe River, where hippos and other animals, sometimes even elephants, can be spotted. Watch another lovely sunset as you unwind by the Chobe River and do some bird watching.
Take it easy this morning, ambling around Kasane town or chilling out at camp. Later in the day we set off into Chobe National Park, one of Africa's top game parks. This scenic game park incorporates gentle hills and open savannahs, as well as riverine forests, providing habitats for a range of species. We may see buffalos, lions, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, baboons, an array of antelopes (including impala, roan, kudu and sable), and many more.
We spend the night camping in the national park, an exciting bush experience. En route to our camp we look out for the abundant game and birdlife, for which Chobe is famous.
Tonight we fall asleep in the African wilderness where wildlife roams freely, listening to the sounds of the bush.
Wake up with the birds to find yourself immersed in mother nature, before setting off on an exhilarating game drive in Chobe Park.
After spotting some more of Africa's amazing creatures we pack up camp and return to Kasane. Here we transfer from 4x4 game vehicle to safari truck and head northeast into Zimbabwe. Our destination for the day - the mighty Victoria Falls.
Reaching our camp in the bustling town of Victoria Falls your guide briefs you on the wide selection of activities available at Vic Falls. The rest of the day is free for rest and relaxation at camp or time to explore and get active. While here, we visit the natural wonder of Victoria Falls to see the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Standing up close to the 'smoke that thunders' is an unforgettable experience!
Our Cape to Vic Falls via Namibia Overland Family Safari ends after breakfast this morning.
We recommend booking a few extra days in Victoria Falls, to allow time for more activities after the safari. Optional activities include bungee jumping, white water rafting, scenic flights, trips to Livingstone Island and many more.
This family trip departs from Cape Town on Sunday mornings, travelling north through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, before ending at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We recommend that you arrive a few days early to explore Cape Town and spend some extra time at Vic Falls after the safari. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary is a guide that is subject to change, dependent on local conditions. All prices and payments are subject to change and tourism laws in some countries require truck and crew changes.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
A fantastic adrenalin and adventure filled few days in beautiful Cape Town. From the thrill of diving with Great White Sharks to the bliss of exploring the scenic Cape Wine Route, staying in a comfortable guesthouse!
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