Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length20 days
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 24 Travellers
  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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2018 Itinerary Overview 2017 Info

Start in South Africa, travelling from Cape Town into the Cederberg Mountains and north through Namaqualand to the Orange River. Cross into Namibia and view the Fish River Canyon, before heading into the vast Namib Desert to climb Dune 45, visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, walk in Sesriem Canyon and take a guided desert walk. Then explore Swakopmund and enjoy optional adventure activities, before visiting the dramatic Spitzkoppe and meeting the Himba of the Kunene Region. Embark on game drives in Etosha National Park and camp inside this unique wilderness area, then stop over in Windhoek, Namibia's capital.

Enter Botswana and experience San tribal dancing. Journey into the untamed Okavango Delta to a bush camp in the pristine wilderness. Then we drive east via Nata to Kasane where we take a game drive in nearby Chobe National Park and a sunset cruise on the Chobe River to spot wildlife and birds. Travel into Zimbabwe to witness Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.  

An exciting scenic, wildlife and cultural exploration of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe's Vic Falls!

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.

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Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Mountain Region – South Africa

This Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari departs from the picturesque city of Cape Town, stopping at Table View to photograph or simply admire the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.

Then we continue into the Cape Winelands, South Africa's famous wine-growing region. We stop to taste some of the fine local wines at one of the established wine farms of the Cape Wine Route, before heading to the Spice Route. At this popular wine farm and artisanal hub, close to the town of Paarl, we have lunch and peruse the locally produced goods. The Spice Route offers a taste of uniquely Western Cape culture - hosting a beer garden, art studio, chocolate makers and coffee roastery. After lunch at the Spice Route, our road trip takes us northeast into the beautiful Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape. Along the way we pass small farmstalls (known locally as padstals), pausing to sample baked treats and browse handmade crafts.

Known for its rugged mountains, verdant valleys and citrus farms, the Cederberg is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree, endemic to this part of South Africa. The Cederberg is also famous for the indigenous rooibos plants that only grow here, and are used to produce a hugely popular, health tea.

Arriving at our first overnight camp in the scenic Olifants River Valley, we relax and enjoy the scenery. This evening we have dinner together and get to know each other better.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity Package: Wine tasting

Activity Package:

This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Namaqualand and Gariep (Orange) River – Namibia

We travel through the arid Namaqualand region, famous for its abundance of colourful indigenous wildflowers in spring (August & September) and continue on to the Gariep, formerly Orange, River.

We stop in the remote town of Springbok for last minute supplies before heading to our campsite set on the banks of the Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal under the starry African sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gariep River to Fish River Canyon – Namibia

In the morning we have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep (Orange) River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp. Letting the current carry us along, this is a gentle paddle down the river - a great way to take in unspoilt nature.

After the canoe trip we cross into Namibia travelling north to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. In the afternoon we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon in order to gain some perspective on just how large this natural phenomenon is, enjoying fantastic photographic opportunities as the sun sets.

  • Included Activities: Walk along the Fish River Canyon.
  • Optional Activities: Half Day Orange River Canoe Adventure.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

This morning we drive into the Namib Desert area of Namibia making our way to the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we set up camp.

Tonight we camp in a scenic spot near the Sesriem Canyon experiencing the vast star-studded sky and silence of the Namib Desert, occasionally interrupted by jackal calls and the unique barking sound of the gecko! Facilities at our desert camp include drinkable water, a bar, a swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions and a shop.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s geographic gems, is amongst Africa's largest game parks. The national park incorporates large parts of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sossusvlei Dunes in Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

Today we rise early to hike up Dune 45 in time for a spectacular desert sunrise over the endless dunes. The hike up this well-known dune is relatively easy and well worth it, for the panoramic views and excellent photographic opportunities from the top. Back at the bottom of the dune we have a hearty breakfast in the desert.

Then we take a 4x4 transfer to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes to see the towering, red-orange sand dunes of its remarkable landscapes. We spend time exploring Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot, soaking up the contrasting scenery of the stark pans. From the sea of tall dunes we venture into the Sesriem Canyon, walking along the floor of the narrow gorge dotted with shallow pools. The Sesriem Canyon stretches about a kilometer in length and reaches up to 30 meters deep. The canyon was formed by the Tsauchab River flowing through sedimentary rock deposited about 20 million years ago.

This afternoon Activity Package clients are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the Namib, exploring this unique desert ecosystem. The local guides share their detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib desert with us as we walk. We also learn how the indigenous San (bushman) people have for decades survived in the harsh desert environments of Southern Africa.

After our nature walk we head to our overnight camp with hot showers in the shared ablutions, a pool and a bar.

  • Included Activities: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei & Walk in Sesriem Canyon
  • Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Swakopmund – Namibia

Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn we make our way through the desert to the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Our first stop is Walvis Bay where we see many waterbirds, including flamingos, in season. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available for the next day.

In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant as well as the vibrant local nightlife. Our Swakopmund accommodation is in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a guest lodge, featuring a bar and internet.

  • Included activities: Visit Walvis Bay to view the waterbirds
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Swakopmund – Namibia

Today is left free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where strong colonial and contemporary German influences can be seen, or try one of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town. Take a quad bike over the dunes, try sand boarding, skydiving or take a cruise to see dolphins along the coast of Swakopmund. We spend another night at the friendly guesthouse in Swakopmund.

  • Optional Activities: quad biking, skydiving, sand boarding, scenic flights, dolphin cruises and dinner out
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe & Khorixas – Namibia

Leaving Swakopmund we drive north along the dramatic Skeleton Coast, stopping in Wlotskasbaken to view the lichen colonies around the town.

Then we drive inland to Spitzkoppe, also known as the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’. Spitzkoppe is a stark area of dramatic exposed granite peaks, with the highest outcrop rising to over 1780m above sea level. This afternoon we take a guided walk in Spitzkoppe to admire the rock formations and see ancient San rock art with a local guide.

After viewing some of San (Bushmen) rock art found in this rugged area we proceed to our overnight camp in the hills of Damaraland, near the town of Khorixas.

  • Included Activities: Guided walk in Spitzkoppe
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Himba Tribe & Opuwo – Namibia

Today we drive further inland towards Kamanjab village in the Kunene Region of Namibia. We visit a 'staged' Himba community near Kamanjab to meet the modern day Himba and gain insight into their disappearing traditional lifestyles.

The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practices. Today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. We visit an educational village, established to portray the Himba way of life, without impacting negatively on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments. The unique culture of the striking Himba is characterized by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewellery. Those Himba that have not become westernized still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.

Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who are taught about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of our tour we stop in at a market where you can browse or buy local goods, then we continue to our overnight camp in Opuwo.

  • Activity Package: Himba Tribe visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - 11: Etosha National Park – Namibia

On day 10 we make our way to Etosha National Park for some superb game viewing on the outskirts of Etosha Pan. The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language. Etosha's sparse vegetation improves chances of sighting wildlife as the animals are less hidden in the bush.

Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck which gives us a raised view out over the plains. We visit waterholes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, as well as exploring as much as we can of Etosha.

Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as a top safari destination in Africa. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.

You also have the option of embarking on night game drives on either of the nights in Etosha Park. We camp inside the game park, at Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni camp - all of which boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be spotted at night. Each overnight camp features a variety of facilities including a bar, swimming pool and shop.

  • Included Activities: Games drives in the safari truck
  • Optional Activity: Etosha night game drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Windhoek – Namibia

After an early morning game drive in Etosha Park we make our way to Namibia's capital city via an arts and crafts market where you can browse and purchase some authentic African creations.

Windhoek is situated at almost the exact centre of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek we take a short walking tour of the city centre, before heading to our overnight lodge. Tonight you have the chance to try game meat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House, and stop in at a German-style pub.

  • Included Activities: Craft market en-route, Windhoek walking tour with your guide
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Ghanzi - Botswana

Departing from Windhoek we make our way out of Namibia, crossing into Botswana. From the border we drive through the rural countryside of Botswana, dotted with villages and roaming livestock.

Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (Bushman) people are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa having lived in the area for over 30 000 years, surviving the harsh conditions as hunter-gatherers.

Tonight our camp offers hot showers in the shared ablutions and a bar, just north of Ghanzi.

  • Included Activities: San (bushman) dancing in the evening
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ghanzi to Maun - Botswana

On the morning of day 14 you can take an optional walk with the local San, learning more about their ancient ways and the hostile local habitat. Walking with the San gives you insight into the survival strategies of these ingenious nomadic people.

Then we drive to the bustling town of Maun, the base for trips into the Okavango Delta - the world’s largest inland delta. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, so it empties into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating some 15,000 km². The pristine Okavango Delta is the natural jewel of Botswana and one of the top wildlife destinations for travellers to Africa.

In the afternoon you have the chance to take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta (weather allowing). This scenic flight is the ideal way to take in the vast size and beauty of the delta, as well as offering excellent views of the wildlife below.

This evening we prepare for our trip (included in the Activity Package) into one of the truly wild places on earth. Those who opted not to take the Activity Package will be staying behind at the base camp in Maun, where optional activities are available and meals are included. Please bring along a small backpack (overnight bag) for our delta excursion as space is limited on the transfers in and out of the delta.

  • Optional Activities: Bushman (San) guided walk & scenic Okavango Delta flight
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 – 16: Okavango Delta - Botswana

Waking on day 15 we have breakfast and head into the amazing wetland area of the Okavango Delta. After settling in at our exclusive camp we set off on an afternoon mokoro canoe trip in the private concession area. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the labyrinth of shallow delta channels. Local polers (guides that pole the canoes through the water) take us on a relaxing mokoro ride ending with a spectacular sunset and sundowners in the bush. Returning to camp we spend the night around our campfire under starry skies in this wild place, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

We're up early on day 16, following the reed-lined channels of the pristine delta on a peaceful mokoro trip. Gliding through the delta by mokoro is the best way to appreciate this natural environment and get a closer look at the marvellous creatures and plants. We sit back as local guides pole us through the pretty lily pads to one of the secluded islands, where we stop to take a walk in the bush.

On our nature walk we learn about the delta from our guide, looking closely at the plants and signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon we take a sunset cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta.

The Delta system is made up of a series of rivers, flood plains and waterways fed by water from the plains of Angola during the rainy season. It takes a good six months for the waters to make their way down into the Okavango Delta. Not only is the Delta labyrinth a visual delight but it is also home to an abundance of fauna and flora, Including some amazing birdlife.

A truly wild African bush experience - camping in the Okavango Delta, you will be immersed in the wilderness, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this unspoiled area and its inhabitants up close.

  • Activity Package: Okavango Delta Camping Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Delta to Nata - Botswana

We leave the magical Okavango Delta returning to our safari truck in Maun. Leaving the delta region behind we drive east along the northern edge of the Makgadigadi Pans to Nata. Along the way, we pass big, old baobab trees and stop to get a glimpse of the expansive salt pans.

This afternoon when we arrive at our lodge in Nata you have the option of joining a sunset excursion out onto the open plains of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Optional Activity: Nata Salt Pan excursion

Day 18: Chobe National Park - Botswana

Today we continue north through rural Botswana on our way to Kasane, in the far northeastern corner of Botswana.

Reaching Kasane we head to our safari camp, located along the Chobe River a few kilometers from Chobe National Park. Our camp with shared ablutions is set up at the lodge, overlooking the Chobekilometres surrounding bush, and features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps. We have lunch at the safari truck and set off into Chobe National Park on a 4x4 game drive, going in search of the elephants and other wildlife drawn to the river.

Later this afternoon we set off on a Chobe River sunset cruise in the Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. From the water we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, buffalos, antelopes and elephants making for excellent photographic opportunities. The sunset boat cruise also offers outstanding bird watching!

  • Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive & Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Optional Activity: Photographic boat cruise (includes use of DSLR camera & refreshments)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

This morning we cross into Zimbabwe and travel to Victoria Falls town, from where we visit the much-anticipated Victoria Falls to experience the might of the great Zambezi River.

Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vic Falls is considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world at 1700m wide and over 100m high. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning The Smoke that Thunders, which you will be able to fully appreciate when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the gorge below.

We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers, at a hotel in Victoria Falls. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and laundry services.

In the afternoon you can embark on an optional activity or relax at the hotel and explore the historic town of Victoria Falls. Tonight we eat out (optional extra) in Victoria Falls town and your guide tells you more about the activities available here, helping you to choose and book activities for tomorrow.

  • Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park entrance fees
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Your Cape Town to Victoria Falls Camping Safari officially finishes after breakfast, but there is the option of booking extra nights at Victoria Falls.

Most people will spend an extra day or two in Victoria Falls to participate in exciting activities offered at this Adventure Capital. The Vic Falls area of the Zambezi River sports numerous rapids of varying grades, giving the area its reputation as one of the best places to go white water rafting in the world. Some other adventure activities at Vic Falls include bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, flying over the Falls in a helicopter or microlight, taking a zip-line ride across the gorge and swimming in Devil's Pool.

  • Optional Activities: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Meals: Breakfast

Okavango Delta Camp

Our intimate delta camp is located inside a 100 000 hectare private concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways, blending in with the wild African bush around it.

What makes this exclusive camp particularly special is that it only caters for one group of travellers at a time, so you will only share your delta adventure with your fellow safari-goers. Exploring this private delta concession with our experienced guides, you won't come across other groups, allowing you to escape the crowds. This laid-back camp is located in the remote northern section of the delta, in a game-rich wilderness area attracting buffalo herds and other wild animals, as well as a wide array of birds.

Stay in pre-erected dome tents fitted with camping beds and mattresses, at this bush camp with a low environmental impact on the wilderness. The camp features ablution facilities with hot showers, a bar and lounge area, a plunge pool and a spacious, open-sided boma with kitchen facilities. The camp is ideal for immersing yourself in nature, listening to the lion's roar amid other sounds at night. Activities offered at the delta camp include game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands, boma dinners, as well as hot air ballooning.

Please Note:

This Camping Tour is also available in the reverse order as the Victoria Falls to Cape Town Safari.

This tour is also available as an Accommodated Safari. For more details view the Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Overland Tour or contact African Budget Safaris.

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South Africa Activities

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip 

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise (4-5 hours) 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding
  • Quad Biking (2 hours)
  • Etosha Night Game Drive 
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • San Bushman Walk
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans excursion

Zimbabwe Activities

  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls 
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour 
  • Bungee Jump (solo) 
  • Helicopter Flights 
  • White Water Rafting  
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South Africa Activities

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip 

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise (4-5 hours) 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding
  • Quad Biking (2 hours)
  • Etosha Night Game Drive 
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • San Bushman Walk
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans excursion

Zimbabwe Activities

  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls 
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour 
  • Bungee Jump (solo) 
  • Helicopter Flights 
  • White Water Rafting  
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