Skeleton coast by dconvertini

Overland Lodge Safari from Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Tour Length22 days
Priced from pps $4550 R63768 £3487 4012 A$6352 C$5995 NZ$6636 Full pricing info
Change Currency

Summary of this Budget Senior Tour

Save 5% Today

Book today and get 5% discount off the tour price. Find out more

  • Max. Group Size 16 Travellers
  • Departs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends at Cape Town, South Africa
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Lodge / Hotel
  • Transport Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
  •  See Departure Dates

Quick Itinerary Overview

This affordable Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari visits a mix of famous and lesser-known scenic, wildlife and urban destinations in Southern Africa. Stay at a range of well-selected three and four star lodges and guest houses on this memorable journey, offering a good level of comfort at an excellent price.

Enjoy an exciting combination of game viewing, sightseeing, leisure time and adventure activities in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, on this lodge safari catering for budget travellers over the age of forty.

Responsible Travel Note

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.

Enquire About This
Departure Dates
Send to a Friend

Itinerary for this Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Victoria Falls & sunset cruise on Chobe River
  • Okavango & Kwando River in Caprivi
  • Okavango Delta
  • Game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland & Swakopmund
  • Sossusvlei & Sesriem in the Namib Desert
  • Fish River Canyon & Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Augrabies Falls, Calvinia & Namaqualand
  • Cape Town, Table Mountain & Cape Peninsula

DAY 1: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

This affordable Forty Plus Safari begins at Victoria Falls - one of the most famous natural wonders in Africa. We start off with a group meeting at 15h00, so that your guide can tell you more about the journey ahead.

Before and after the pre-safari meeting at the lodge you have time to explore and jump into adventure activities. The following morning is also free for you to do as you please - explore the historic town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and take on exciting outdoor activities, resting at the lodge in between excursions.

Visiting the mighty Vic Falls waterfall is an unforgettable experience, an absolute must. This is the largest waterfall in the world - a thundering mass of water plummeting 108 metres into the Batoka Gorge. Standing before Victoria Falls you will see why it is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'The Smoke that Thunders'. There are numerous adventure activities to choose from, including high adrenalin options such as bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white water rafting down the Zambezi River and flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter, micro-light or fixed-wing plane. Other options include visiting the local market and historical attractions, taking a tram ride and canoeing on the river.

  • Overnight at a lodge within walking distance of Victoria Falls town and rainforest (or similar lodge)

DAY 2 & 3: Chobe River – Botswana

On day two we cross into Botswana, heading to Kasane and our lodge along the Chobe River.

In the late afternoon we take a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River - an ideal way to spot wildlife and birds up close. Moving slowly along the river also gives us time to admire the scenery and catch a spectacular sunset.

On the morning of day three, you can take an optional game drive inside Chobe National Park, one of Africa's most renowned game parks. Chobe Park is best known for its large population of elephants and also hosts high concentrations of other mammals, including predators such as lions and hyenas.

  • Optional morning Game Drive (own account)
  • Overnight at a safari lodge near Chobe (or similar accommodation)
  • Meals included: Breakfasts & Dinners

DAY 4: Kwando River – Namibia

Today we drive up to the border with Namibia, travelling through Chobe National Park, before crossing into the fertile Caprivi Strip region of this otherwise arid country.

Our next lodge is located next to the Kwando River offering lovely views over the lush bush and open floodplains. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing in the natural setting beside the river, watching for animals and birds visiting the area, or head out on an optional late afternoon game drive (own account) in search of wildlife.

  • Overnight at a riverside lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 & 6: Okavango Delta - Botswana

Continuing along the Caprivi Strip we enter Botswana and travel to the edge of the Delta. Here we transfer to a boat for our journey to Pepere Island, our home for the next two nights.

We spend our time in the delta on nature walks on Pepere and the smaller islands, looking for the wildlife that has adapted to life in this serene, watery wilderness. We are poled by local 'gondoliers' in mokoros (traditional dugout boats) through the meandering channels, viewing wildlife as we go. We camp on Pepere Island in Meru style tents, in the style of explorers past, although we are blessed with en-suite facilities.

  • Meru style tents with en-suite facilities
  • Meals included: Day 5: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Meals included: Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: Okavango River – Namibia

On day seven we take to the boat again for our transfer back to the boating station where we reunite with our vehicle to continue our journey. Travelling west we leave Botswana and head back along the Caprivi Strip to our destination set amongst lush vegetation and overlooking the river and neighbouring Angola. You can take a boat cruise this afternoon (own account) enjoying the lush surroundings and keeping an eye out for small animals and birds.

  • Overnight at a lodge in the Caprivi Strip (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8 & 9: Etosha National Park – Namibia

Next up - the famous Etosha National Park of Namibia, one of Africa's top game viewing destinations.

Entering the striking and harsh habitat of Etosha Park the game viewing adventure begins. This game park is home to numerous wildlife species, including the most famous large mammals - lion, elephant, leopard, wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah and rhino, as well as the striking oryx (gemsbok) and various other antelopes. We explore the eastern section of Etosha National Park, near Namutoni Fort. Later in the afternoon we exit the park and drive to our lodge near the park.

On day nine we re-enter Etosha and drive on through the untamed bush, making our way west to Okaukuejo Rest camp. On our morning and afternoon game drives, we stop at waterholes to see animals and birds coming to bathe and drink. Tonight we get to watch for wildlife at the camp's floodlit waterhole, which attracts a variety of nocturnal visitors.

  • Overnight at a lodge near Etosha & Okaukuejo rest camps inside Etosha National Park (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfasts & Dinners

DAY 10: Damaraland – Namibia

One more spin in the wild world of Etosha, eyes open for animals and birds, as we leave the park. From the big game territory of Etosha with its shimmering saltpan, we drive into the rugged and remote wilderness of Damaraland. This arid region has an eerie beauty to it - with its barren, rocky landscapes largely free of human development.

The next lodge on our safari is perched on the ridge of a hill overlooking the open plains, rocky koppies and ancient riverbeds. Spend the afternoon soaking up the stillness of this stunning setting and splashing in the natural-stone swimming pools at the lodge, or explore the barren surrounds on foot, before settling down for some incredible stargazing.

  • Overnight at a lodge in Damaraland
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11 & 12: Swakopmund – Namibia

On day eleven we make our way to the west coast of Africa, travelling across the open gravel and dry grassland plains of Damaraland to meet the icy Atlantic Ocean. Tracing the dramatic coastline south, we arrive in the town of Swakopmund - the top seaside holiday spot in Namibia.

There are no planned activities in the afternoon or on day 12 in Swakopmund, allowing you to do what you like. The town offers activities suitable for families, cultural buffs and adventure-seekers. Walking in the town you can see old European architectural styles in the churches, monuments, colonial-era buildings and other traces of this African town's colonial German-influenced history. Stroll along the sandy beach or on the jetty, brave a dip in the cold waters, visit the aquarium or museum and sit at a sidewalk cafe.

You can go sea kayaking, take a dolphin cruise or go fishing for the day. More adventure-based activities (own account) include sand boarding and quad biking on the dunes near Swakopmund, skydiving and hot air ballooning and scenic flights over the desert and ocean terrain of this stunning area.

  • Overnight at a guesthouse/ hotel in Swakopmund
  • Meals included: Breakfasts

DAY 13 & 14: Sossusvlei & Sesriem – Namibia

Moving further south we drive inland into the ancient Namib Desert where dune fields stretch out as far as the eye can see. We cross open gravel plains driving into the famous red-orange dunes of Namibia. Our next lodge sits on the outskirts of the desert - surrounded by sandy scrub-covered hills and flats of the semi-arid desert terrain.

On day 14 we wake early and head into the Namib Desert to visit Sossusvlei. Driving into Namib-Naukluft National Park as day breaks we watch the dunes light up in glowing warm colours. We see some of the world's highest dunes in the Sossusvlei Dunes area, walking 5km through the desert to reach the actual pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The stark pans consist of pale coloured, clay ground dotted with dead trees, fringed with low shrub and acacia vegetation, and encircled orange to red sand dunes. Photographic opportunities are superb in this natural setting of contrasts, where cracked clay earth, blue skies, ochre dunes and silhouetted tree skeletons meet.

This afternoon we walk through the narrow Sesriem Canyon to see the effects of ages of erosion in the layers of sedimentary rock exposed in the gorge.

  • Overnight at a desert camp (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 15: Fish River Canyon – Namibia

Journeying further south we transition from sandy desert dunes to the rocky lunar landscapes of the Fish River Canyon. Late in the afternoon we head to the famous Fish River Canyon, to view this massive geological wonder. The Fish River Canyon is arguably the second largest canyon in the world, formed over millions of years - an unforgettable sight to behold.

  • Overnight at a canyon lodge (or similar accommodation)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 16 & 17: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – South Africa

From grand and dramatic canyon to the Kalahari Desert, a fossil desert spanning seven Southern African countries.

Our next destination is the vast Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park of the Kalahari - one of Africa's largest protected areas covering some 3.6 million hectares of wild semi-desert habitat. The Kalahari is best known for the local San Bushmen, the original inhabitants of Southern Africa and for the black-maned lions found here.

Driving to and from our lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we are likely to spot desert-adapted animals and birds in the sparsely vegetated wilderness, especially predators, raptors and striking gemsbok. During our stay in the South African section of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, you can spend time with the local Kalahari Bushman community and set off on optional activities (extra cost). Options include taking a night game drive in search of nocturnal animals roaming under the starry skies, embarking on a sunset drive to a nearby pan and doing a nature walk in the fascinating Kalahari habitat, getting a closer look at the flora and fauna.

  • Overnight at a lodge in Kgalagadi (or similar accommodation).
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 18: Augrabies Falls National Park – South Africa

Today we travel south to the Gariep (formerly Orange River) in South Africa, making our way to Augrabies Falls.

This afternoon we visit the Augrabies Falls National Park to see the 56m tall waterfall flowing into the rocky gorge below. The local name for Augrabies means ‘place of great noise’ given the crashing sound of the falls. We walk around the barren area stopping at viewpoints along the river and taking in the stark scenery.

  • Overnight at a guesthouse (or similar accommodation).
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 19: Calvinia & Hantam Region – South Africa

On day 19 we drive southwest into the Northern Cape Province - passing into the wild daisy lands of Namaqualand. The otherwise bland rural area of Namaqualand is famous for its profusion of colourful wildflower blooms in springtime (August to October).

We overnight in the small Karoo town of Calvinia, a historic settlement just south of the Hantam Mountains. In season, we can see the multi-coloured Namaqualand daisies flowering in the area around Calvinia.

  • Overnight at a guesthouse (or similar accommodation).
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 20 & 21: Cape Town – South Africa

The final leg of our accommodated journey from Vic Falls takes us to Cape Town. We traverse Van Ryns Pass enjoying the breathtaking views as we descend from the escarpment. By the end of the afternoon, we arrive in Cape Town - the top city destination in South Africa.

The last full day on safari is spent touring the Cape Peninsula - from the picturesque city to the rugged Cape Point Nature Reserve and back. This day trip offers stunning scenery, travelling along the dramatic Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastline, via Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak. On the final morning or afternoon, we take a cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting) for spectacular views over Cape Town, Table Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and surrounding hills.

Spend your evenings sampling the fine local wines and world-class cuisine of Cape Town, or experiencing the nightlife of this cosmopolitan city.

  • Overnight at V&A Waterfront lodge (or similar accommodation).
  • Meals included: Breakfasts

DAY 22: Cape Town

Our Overland Lodge Safari from Victoria Falls to Cape Town finishes after a delicious breakfast at the lodge in Cape Town.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Please Note:

This tour also runs in the reverse order from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (following the same itinerary but in the opposite direction), for the same price, but on different dates. See the Overland Lodge Safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Pre-tour accommodation in Victoria Falls and post-tour accommodation in Cape Town, as well as return airport transfers, can be pre-booked through African Budget Safaris. For more details contact African Budget Safaris.

Optional Extras and Excursions

For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.

  • Kalahari activities - night game drive, sunset pan drive & Kalahari nature walk
  • Swakopmund activities
  • Boat cruise on Okavango River
  • Kwando afternoon game drive
  • Chobe morning game drive
  • Visit Vic Falls & activities
Enquire About This
Departure Dates
Send to a Friend

Browse Similar Trips

Search Tours by Type, Duration & Destination

+Where does the tour go to?
+Optional Activities & Day Trips
For confirmed pricing on these optional items, please drop us an enquiry
  • Kalahari activities - night game drive, sunset pan drive & Kalahari nature walk
  • Swakopmund activities
  • Boat cruise on Okavango River
  • Kwando afternoon game drive
  • Chobe morning game drive
  • Visit Vic Falls & activities
+Included in the Tour Price
  • 21 nights of en-suite accommodation in lodges, chalets and hotels
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as per itinerary
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Flights
  • Airport Taxes and visa costs
  • Optional Excursions
  • Drinks, mineral water and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
+Departure Dates

This safari requires a minimum of 4 clients to guarantee departures.

Scheduled Tour Departures
Click on a departure date to enquire

If you do not see departures listed for your dates, or would like information on potential changes, please do contact us for further info.

Explore the Route

Optional Extensions to this Tour

3 Day Kruger Treehouse & Private Game Lodge Safari

Priced from pps R9595 $685 £525 €604 A$956 C$902 NZ$998 Full pricing info
Change Currency

Rhino  An awesome wildlife adventure to the Kruger National Park with fascinating accommodation in uniquely stunning treehouses and a private game lodge. Experience the untamed bush and all the wonders and wildlife of Kruger Park on this short safari getaway!

More on 3 Day Kruger Treehouse & Private Game Lodge Safari